Mobile Homes

We design and build log cabins that are classified as caravans

Perhaps surprisingly, given the name, a caravan/mobile home does not need to have wheels. It does though need to be constructed in two halves, be hypothetically transportable and comply to the requirements that govern mobile home use. Caravans are treated differently when it comes to planning legislation and building regulations. In brief, most people can site a caravan in the garden and use it as ancillary accommodation, as long as:

  • It conforms to the legal definition of a caravan. (Maximum size 20m x 6.8m).
  • It is in the garden (curtilage) of the main house (not in a field).
  • Is used only by family members or visiting friends.
  • It retains a connection to the main house (i.e. the people in the caravan also use the house).
  • It is not rented out as a separate dwelling or business.
  • Use of the caravan does not amount to a material change of use.

If you already have a mobile home/static caravan on your property it should be possible to replace it with a log cabin style mobile home. In all cases we recommend contacting your Local Planning Authority (LPA) and asking for a Lawful Development Certificate (LDC) first. This is a process we can either do on your behalf, or guide you through.

GBC Mobile Homes are fully compliant with the Caravan Act, which can simplify Planning and Building Regulation requirements. Our team will be delighted to guide you through from first design to handing over the keys.

All projects are hand built by our experienced carpenters. Prices are a guide as all projects are bespoke.