CARRavan is the first moveable cabin that Life Space Cabins has designed and built. It has been a unique and incredibly exciting project to work on, inspired by nature.
Our client’s enthusiasm was infectious and we got caught up quickly in her vision of creating a cabin that could be moved between various locations on her large Sussex farm.
She wanted to be able to tow the cabin up into the beautiful Downland valley and feel like she was part of the incredible landscape. Glass needed to be an integral part of the design, in order to bring the outside in.
A cabin on wheels would allow her to appreciate every aspect of the surroundings where she lives. Like many people, the pandemic had highlighted the need for a retreat; at home but distinctly separate from the main house. A place to escape, switch off and reset. As well as keep a watchful eye on the farm and sheep. As a writer, this concept of a peaceful sanctuary was particularly important to the client. So much so, that it was decided that CARRavan would be off-grid.
She loved the creativity and playfulness that we incorporate into our designs and she wanted a superior build quality. She felt that Life Space Cabins was the ideal company to deliver all of these elements. We completely agree!
Our founder, Jamie Wilson shared her excitement for the possibilities of this project and we took the time to explore many creative possibilities, including a bath on the roof! Some elements didn’t work from a practical perspective (roof bath included, due to the weight when full of water…) but others certainly did. The client said: “The design and build process has all been done during lockdown, which has been quite odd as Jamie has never visited the site and we’ve done it all online and via video calls. However, the communication has been so good that I’ve felt confident and reassured throughout the process. I’ve taken a lot of their advice on board as Life Space Cabins have an excellent sense of design and they certainly go the extra yard for their clients in my experience”
The final design is a steel structure on a hand-built chassis with large double-glazed Aluminium windows and doors. The cabin is clad in angled slatted larch painted in black, reminiscent of the Scandinavian designs she likes so much and giving a clean, modern appearance. A mirror stainless steel on the skirt of the cabin not only hides the chassis but beautifully reflects the surrounding grass.
One of our favourite things about CARRavan is the rather chic, vintage grey Fergie tractor that the client uses to tow it around her site! This inspiring moveable cabin is a unique sanctuary in which to relax, take in the views and feel at one with the rolling hills. Anyone inside will feel warm and dry but also like they are truly a part of the landscape. Every considered, bespoke detail of CARRavan adds to its considerable charm and character.
The client summarised her experience by saying: “Jamie and Jerry spent two days in the valley applying the finishing touches and ensuring that everything works. Their attention to detail is second to none and I cannot thank them enough for both taking on this unique project, and then delivering such a wonderful cabin on wheels which allows us to enjoy the majesty of the downs while keeping an eye on the sheep!”