DIY backyard cabin in 4 steps

These DIY instructions are for you if you are interested in building backyard cabin or granny flat by yourself. Please contact us if you have any questions regarding DIY instructions.

Step 1. Select your backyard cabin

You are welcome to visit one of our displays or request a site inspection contacting your nearest dealer. Find your nearest dealer here.

When choosing a backyard studio, you may consider size, price, features and design.

Size

First thing to think of would probably be a size. Some questions to think about: what place do you want your cabin to be placed in? What size building you can fit into that place? Think of trees and other vegetation. Please be aware that there is a list of requirements regarding a placement in the Exempt and Complying Development Codes of the State Environmental Planning Policy, NSW, e.g. a development:

  1. must be placed at least 0.9 m away from each lot boundary;
  2. be located behind the building line of any road frontage,
  3. constructed or installed so that roof water is disposed of without causing a nuisance to adjoining owners

These standards are the most common standards but there are more specific requirements if, for example, your lot is in a heritage conservation area, a bush fire prone land and etc. So please read Subdivision 9 of State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008 or consult your local council or private certified for further information.

Considerations regarding the size may narrow the choice down.

Price

If you can fit the biggest 20 m² backyard cabin or studio without a problem, then you may think of your budget. Think about the whole budget, not the price of a backyard cabin kit only. Remember that you will have to prepare a base before your studio arrives.

  • Will you DIY or you need a professional builders to help you?
  • What kind of base would you need and prefer?
  • Concrete slab, paved base, timber stumps, decking, sleepers or breeze blocks?

Prices of Pros to build a base for you vary depending on the type of soil, whether slope of flat your lot is, a size of a building and your preference of a base type and may cost you from approximately AUD 1,500 to AUD 6,000. However, if you DIY you would pay for the materials only in your local DIY store.

Also, will you assemble a backyard studio by yourself, or need a professional help? If you engage builders, this may cost you about AUD 650 to AUD 2,000 depending on a size of a backyard studio and any extra work required.

If size and price is not an issue, you may have to think of features and design you like.

Features

Every backyard cabin has different wall thickness raging from 34, 44mm solid timber to 60mm laminated spruce. Also, windows – double glazed or safety glass. If you need greater sound and thermal insulation, you may prefer thick walls and double glazed windows. However, you may be fine with 34mm thickness wall and tempered windows depending on what the studios is used for.

Common or separated area – backyard cabins Majorca, 9 m², Crete, 12 m² and Corsica, 20 m² have common areas whereas backyard cabin Sicilia, 20 m² has 2 separate rooms and you can organize your stuff differently. If you need a larger cabin for a granny flat, holiday accommodation or teenage retreat – our 1 and 2 bedroom granny flats in 40-53 m² size would be the way to go.

Design

Finally, design is your personal preference and you only may have to discuss it with your family and pick your favorite one.

Have a look at our backyard cabins or granny flats range pages, go through our backyard cabins interior ideas, we hope this will find you well. Also, you can inspect YZY studio live and talk to your nearest dealer/quality builder for an advice.

Step 2. Order

Start with the free obligation quote

Request online or contact your nearest dealer to visit a display or request a site inspection.

Please take time to think if you also need YZY help in Base preparation, Pro-Installation, Painting/Staining?

After we get your order information, YZY team will get back to you with the requested information.

When you’re ready to order, you will have to place your order with one of our Authorized Dealer. Find your nearest dealer.

Payment options

Please ask your nearest dealer/builder as payment options vary.

Get ready for arrival of a studio

If your studio kit will be delivered, please note that 8-meter 6 tonne truck with Hiab crane will arrive and make sure you create an appropriate space in your backyard or close to the kerbside on arrival. Place the pallets at a reasonably close proximity so it is convenient to unpack and unload the pallets.

Backyard cabin Majorca, 9 m² comes flat packed on a single pallet, dimensions (Length x Width x Hight in millimeters) 4370 x 1100 x 570mm; weight 730kg

Backyard cabin Crete, 12 m² – 4020 x 1100 x 830mm ; weight 820kg

Backyard cabin Corsica, 20 m² – 5540 x 1100 x 870mm ; weight 1,580kg

Backyard cabin Sicilia 20m² comes on 2 pallets – 5760 x 1100 x 730mm and 5760 x 1100 x 430mm;weight 1,885kg

Step 3. Prepare a base

You would have to consider 3 main things:

  • placement of a studio
  • whether you want to DIY or hire builders
  • what kind of base is optimum in your case.

Placement of a studio

Consider water and sewer pipelines which may be an obstacle for a base preparation. Please also be aware that there is a list of requirements regarding a placement in the Exempt and Complying Development Codes of the State Environmental Planning Policy, NSW. You may also need to think of trees, overhanging brunches, other vegetation, and natural sunlight and/or nice view the building will receive.

Base done by builders or DIY

For a professionally constructed base we would recommend to seek reputable builders in your local area. Just discuss all base options available also considering placement of a cabin, decide on optimum and watch your base to be prepared and ready for a studio kit to arrive.

However, if you‘re a handy man and decided to DIY a base, please note, the base must be flat, solid, level and all corners must have 90 degree angles. If the base is prepared incorrectly, it may be very difficult to assemble a studio and even may lead to deterioration of the product in the future. For example, windows and/or doors may become difficult to open and/or close; gaps can occur between the wall boards.

Base options

You can choose to have a concrete slab, paved base, timber stumps, decking, sleepers or breeze blocks. Ideally the base should be at least 10 cm above the existing ground level to prevent damp. Damp proofing should be considered before installation takes place.

Please read our build a Base guide for a concrete slab.

Concrete slab

  1. Measure the rectangular for a slab to be at least 50mm greater in all sides than your studio dimensions. Please ensure opposite sides of the square are parallel and equal in length and all corners are 90 degree angles.
  2. Remove any vegetation (if any) and soil about 10-20 cm deep depending on soil in the selected area.
  3. Lay rubble or other similar material to ensure firm background for the slab.
  4. Make a square-shape shuttering for the concrete.
  5. Lay the concrete. Make sure the concrete is spread evenly in the shuttering. Take extra care of all the corners and edges.
  6. Dry the slab naturally.
  7. Once the slab is dry, remove the shuttering. Now you’re ready for a studio assembly.

Step 4. Install

DIY or Pro-Installation?

Again, you would have to consider whether you want to DIY or hire Pro installation builders. If you have good hands and decide to DIY, following a comprehensive self-assembly instruction which comes in a backyard cabin  kit should be good enough to guide you through the process. You can also watch our backyard cabin assembly video on YouTube which provides you with the general assembly principles that apply to all models.

In case you‘d like to DIY but are not entirely confident or need two extra hands, simply ask YZY to send you a helpmate to guide you through the assembly process and help you DIY on the day.

If you hire Pro installation, then just watch your backyard cabin or granny flat installation as it should be a short one or two – day process depending on a size of a building.

Talk to us about the extent of work you would require. We will suggest an optimal option for you including a price.