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Building a Cabin

We are a design and build company specialising in smaller spaces. We’ve put together some Frequently Asked Questions to get you on the right track, but remember you can always get in touch to talk about your cabin project whatever stage you are at.

Q: What makes Life Space Cabins different?

A: We offer a range of services working with the best talent for each project in hand. We can offer site and feasibility visits, full design service, business planning and complete or partial build. Our knowledge of the sector is second to none and we are always looking to work with people who want to have fun with a playful way of thinking.


Q: I don’t have a big budget, what can I expect?

A: We offer a Simply Beautiful range for smaller budgets . These spaces are subject to access and client specification changes. Bathroom and Kitchen appliances. fittings and fixtures will not be included. As standard Life Space Cabins will offer guidance on helping you choose the right cabin for your site.

Q: Can you give me a guide price for a well considered bespoke cabin to fit my brief? 

A:  As a guide between £2000 and £2500 +vat per square metre. But this cost depends on client specifications and you will need to consider additional costs such as ground works, design fees, planning application and project management costs depending how much you want to get us involved. 

Q: Will I need to consider planning permission to build a cabin?

A: This all depends on the size of the space, the location and end use. But typically cabins within the domestic curtilage don’t require planning permission as Permitted Development allows you to build (within a strict criteria) without a full planning application.  There are some exceptions please read on further.

Q: What about Building Regulations? Do I need them for my small space or cabin?

A: Building control is separate to planning and you must check if you need approval before you construct or change buildings in certain ways. We have put together information on building regulations for cabins and small spaces here. 

Q: I’m looking to build a cabin in my garden and possibly rent it out via AirBnB or similar, what should I consider? 

A: We have listed some design and positioning elements to consider when building a cabin to rent out on your own land here.

Q: I am looking to diversify on my land. Can you give me some details about building multiple cabins for my glamping venture and the kind of ROI I might expect?

A: We certainly can help, have a read of this and get in touch to speak to one of our team about getting started.  

Q: What do I need to consider when fitting a wood burning stove or Log Burner in my small space / cabin? 

A: We have teamed up with West Country Stoves who have written a really useful blog post on choosing the right stove for your small space or cabin plus some hugely helpful top tips around the safety aspects. Read it here.

Q: Where do I start?

A: Call or email us! We love to talk cabins and small spaces and if you have a project that you’d like to discuss (domestic or commercial) then we can have a chat about some of your ideas. Get in Touch 

Q: Where can I see more of what you do?

A: Have a look at our About Us page and Portfolio pages . 
You can also follow us on Instagram @lifespacecabins to see regular updates of things that inspire us, our spaces being built and cabin musings. 
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