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Life Space Cabins were commissioned to design and build the Chappell Cabin by our clients Gavin and Lisa. The cabin is used as a reading room for Gavin to escape to and relax, with the benefit of a kitchenette and mezzanine occasional sleep deck. This oak frame cabin was the first official project as Life Space Cabins and subsequently is very special to us.

The Chappell Cabin was built in the most part in the workshops before being delivered in kit form to site in Derbyshire. The cabin was then assembled, frame raised and completely finished in just over two weeks including the ground works.

All work was completed by the team behind Life Space Cabins aside from the electrical installation, as this was over seen by the client directly with their local contact.

All design and construction for the oak frame cabin was led and completed by the Life Space Cabins and the talented Andy Guy.

Design Details

The space has a variety of uses, primarily being a study come reading room and home office.
At the weekends it becomes more social and offers itself as a social hub at the foot of the garden. One of our favourite elements is the sliding ladder, which was inspired by a grand library ladder, it is fixed to a sliding rail so it can be tucked to one side once finished with.

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Cabin Facts


  • A smaller space designed for intimacy
  • Handcrafted oak frame with a mezzanine sleep deck
  • 6m x 4m footprint and 4m high
  • Installed onsite in just over 2 weeks
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  • Exterior: Larch cladding
  • Roof: Corrugated tin with Lindab guttering and down pipes in silver
  • Structure: Handcrafted oak frame by Carpenter Oak in Devon. The oak frame forms the structural skeleton of the cabin and then is wrapped in pre fabricated insulation panels.
  • Interior: Farrow and Ball estate emulsion to the floors, walls and ceiling. Light fittings by Heals.
  • Glazing: Direct applied glazing, which applies glass to the face of the oak frame giving large apertures of glass.
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