Scottish carpentry company launches range of luxury living cabins



THE DEMAND for living cabins has given a Scottish carpentry business a boost.

East Lothian-based Carberry Cabins make eco-friendly pod style cabins that have garnered great interest from estate owners, farmers and trailer park operators.

The business grew out of RF Slight, a long established company, whose owner Ferrier Slight has family ties who have worked in carpentry for generations.

The booths are launched at the GWCT Scottish Game Fair at Scone Palace.

Derek Brodie, Ferrier Sleight, Willie Kinghorn and Robert Sleight of Carberry Cabins, Tranent

They cater to businesses that need luxury vacation accommodation due to a surge in demand for rural vacations that also offer the comforts of home.

Ferrier Slight was inspired to start Carberry Cabins following the successful design-build business of small garden rooms that were supplied to homes across the UK.

Since the start of the coronavirus epidemic, the company has built and installed more than 50 freestanding garden furniture, which are generally in demand for use as home offices or as independent accommodation for elderly relatives.

The Carberry Cabins management team has been strengthened with the appointment of two new partners.

Derek Brodie, owner of successful construction company D&G Developments Ltd, will oversee construction on site.

Willie Kinghorn, who was director of construction operations for a major Australian and New Zealand supplier of construction products, will be responsible for design and sales.

Timber frame cabins have an expected lifespan of up to 50 years, are made to order at Carberry Cabins’ Tranent shipyard, and can be assembled on site in less than a week.

Ferrier Sleight of Carberry Cabins, Tranent

Designs vary from staterooms to a bedroom / living room with bath and shower, up to three bedrooms, but can be enlarged further to accommodate available space, with prices for a 4 bed cabin, 8m x 7.2m at around £ 65,000 (plus VAT), depending on specification.

Carberry Cabins says its model guarantees minimal waste of material.

Most of the pods are made from home-grown wood that does not require any treatment or finishing, including Thermowood Scottish Larch, Siberian Larch, and Cedar.

Insulation materials will include Jablite expanded polystyrene, glass wool, sheep wool or rigid PIR insulation boards, while the wood cladding is FSC or PEFC certified and the doors can be accoya, wood hard, softwood or UPVC.

Roofing materials will have a minimum warranty of 10 years and up to 20 years, depending on the materials used, and may include living sedum roofs.

Each cabin will have a choice of parquet or carpet.

Ferrier Slight said: “Our primary carpentry business, RF Slight, is active and continues to grow, which has allowed us to branch out and examine the design and manufacture of custom garden furniture.

“This service proved to be extremely popular and we went from providing one unit per week to building five garden rooms per week as homework took hold or families searched for different care for elderly parents. “

He added, “We continue to provide garden rooms, but the next natural step was to level up and launch Carberry Cabins to meet a demand for high quality accommodation.

Robert Sleight of Carberry Cabins, Tranent

“Carberry Cabins are ideal for landowners and landowners, including farmers, looking to increase their income by providing UK holidaymakers with a country holiday, but with all the comforts of their daily lives.

“We have also piqued the interest of trailer park owners who see this as an addition to their base trailer offering, and we believe there is a market for home builders, with a Carberry Cabin being the ideal structure. to serve as a marketing and office suite at a new home development sites.

The Carberry Booths can be seen at the 2021 GWCT Scottish Game Fair at Scone Palace September 24-26


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