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The Woodcutter’s Refuge was designed and built for private clients in South Devon.

The initial conversation with the clients about the Woodcutter’s Refuge was simple. Similar to that of a Scottish Bothy (a small hut or cottage especially for housing farm labourers or for use as a hill/mountain shelter) our clients wanted a cabin on their land that could store tools, equipment and double up as a refuge should the weather turn. 

As with all Life Space projects, the brief developed into something quite amazing. Upon a site visit we discovered that they didn’t just want a simple rustic cabin in a field. Instead they wanted a beautifully designed space using considered materials that would withstand the weather and naturally blend into its surroundings.

The clients valued the time it took to get the design right, to choose the correct materials in order to create their perfect amazing small space. We showed them various material options and advised on what we knew worked best.

The location for the Woodcutter’s Refuge wasn’t just any field, it was a steep Devon hillside that entailed driving trucks through four fields until they reached the stunning location of the Dart estuary.

In our opinion the perfect challenge!

Woodcutters Refuge Devon as featured in Cabin Porn inside built on a hillside _ Life Space Cabins
Life Space Cabins Woodcutters Refuge featured in Cabin Porn Inside book October 2019

The Woodcutters Refuge featured in Cabin Porn Inside book 

Where To Begin?

Sometimes 2D images and designs are not quite enough for us to show the client exactly what we hope to achieve for them. With this cabin project in particular the cabin was built into a steep hillside, which was nestled in a woodland, so drawings were a restrictive medium for communicating how the space would interact with its surroundings. The answer? Life Space Cabins architect Alex made a beautiful cabin maquette. The delighted clients were shown the model and could immediately envisage it on their plot. They were able to make better judgements on choices for materials and placement of doors and windows for the Woodcutter's Refuge.

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  • Exterior: Corten corrugated steel sheets on the roof and rear wall with thin vertical strips of cladding for the other elevations to give linear consistency.
  • Interior: Working with specialised Yacht and Architectural Rigger Lee Rogers Rigging we created the fun drop down window using a combination of winches and pulleys. 
  • Windows: Double glazed Crittall windows allowing light to flow through the space. We worked with DandR Design 
  • Details: Local blacksmith John Churchill handmade all the latches and handles specifically for the cabin.

Cabin Facts

  • A full oak frame
  • Hillside location
  • Bothy style small hut refuge
  • Drop down side element
  • Bespoke elements such as door furniture
  • Design can conform to Permitted Development guidelines
  • Woodburning stove fitted

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  • Full Design
  • Full Planning Service
  • Full Construction Detailing
  • Full Build Service
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