We bought a wood and built a cabin part 2

Martin and his family have had their cabin for over five years now.

In light of the Covid-19 lockdown as well as growing teenage boys we wanted to know what the cabin now represented for them as a family.

“We decided that we wanted the cabin to evolve organically inside and out and not fill it with useless items. This has pretty much worked so far.

With any teenagers it can be a challenge to get them involved. They asked one day if they could build an off road bike track? 100% they could. They did their research and have made a great track which they use with their mates.

We have also found that it has been a good escape for them during their exams when it has become a little stressful. There is no signal in the woods as well so it forces a down time. As they have got older they now chop wood and get involved in other wood and cabin related activities.

For Ness and myself the cabin has become a space to properly switch off and unwind, get involved with nature and go back to the basics of life. We are completely off grid, luckily we have water running through the woods, it does make you plan in advance what to eat/ drink and as it gets darker and colder how you move around the woods.

As night falls the cabin with its candle light and wood burner becomes cosy and snug and real lovely place to just, be……no regrets on the investment we made”
View their Foresters woodland cabin case study here and read part 1 of the cabin diary here
If you have a similar dream then take a look at for advice and information about how to get started including planning legislation notes for building a cabin or shed in woodlands.

This is a case study of one family’s experience of owning a piece of woodland. Life Space Cabins are not planning experts so professional advice should be sought from a planning consultant or your local authority for any similar projects.

This page aims to inspire and promote an awareness of the route through planning for a smaller space, but it is not intended to constitute advice. Every effort is made to ensure that the information is correct at the date of publication and to avoid any statement which may mislead. However, no duty of care is assumed to any person and no liability is accepted for any omission or inaccuracy. Always seek specific professional advice.

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