Frequently asked questions

General

Installation

Maintenance

Base

Finance

Legislation

General

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  • How long does it take to build a backyard cabin/studio?

1-2 days. It will depend on a size of your cabin, for example, 9m² backyard cabin Majorca takes 1 day for and up to 2 days for a larger cabin such as backyard cabin Sicilia 20 m².

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  • How long does a timber backyard cabin last?

It may last for a lifetime and beyond if you treat the backyard cabin properly. With any wooden product which lives outside and is exposed to the elements will need to be painted or stained periodically. Please refer to an instruction of a particular paints you use. If you add guttering to a building, this will also help preserve its life span by directing water away from the walls as it does on your house.

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  • Where do YZY backyard cabins come from?

YZY backyard cabins/studios come from Europe, where Nordic Pine Spruce is grown in FSC certified forests. When trees are ready, they are cut, delivered to the manufacturer, treated in a wood drying kiln and then milled according to an engineering drawing. All parts are then flat packed on a single (Majorca 9 m² and Crete 12 m²) or two pallets (Sicilia 20 m²) and shipped to Australia.

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  • How well are backyard studios insulated?

44mm of solid spruce timber after paints will give you R-value of 2.5. You can insulate the roof and/or floor as much as you like. Also, you can insulate the wall facing prevailing winds direction if you live in colder climate zone where temperature drops below zero. Contact your nearest builder for an advice or request a site inspection where you’ll be able to get all answers to your questions.

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  • What access is required to deliver my backyard studio?

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

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  • Do you have any guarantee on YZY buildings?

Sure we do. Our Products are protected with a 5-year guarantee concerning the structure if installed on a properly prepared base. Natural wear and tear is not covered under our warranty as it is dependent on how you maintain it. Timber as a natural substance may expand and contract reacting to environment conditions which may result in developing cracks and this is considered as natural wear and tear condition. Also, any damage caused by adverse weather conditions is excluded. For a full list of details on warranty please read Terms and Conditions. If your backyard studio was installed by Pro builders, you should have a guarantee on the building as well.

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  • Why would I choose a wooden backyard cabin of this structure?

These solid timber backyard cabins with stainless steel rods system are a very solid structure buildings, known as anti-earthquake structures. For example, in Italy and Japan, earthquake prone areas, these structures are very popular as they withstand the earthquakes, you can watch the video (0:37s), a test conducted in Japan of the same structure building on YouTube.

Also, YZY backyard studios, cabins and sheds are environmentally friendly, energy saving, natural, durable, they do not emit any harmful gases or toxic compounds, do not accumulate dust, and do not dry the air. Timber has the unique ability to “breathe”: air passes through the wood grain, gets cleared, moisturized and thus a comfortable micro climate always maintains inside the building. Scientists proved that people living in wooden houses get sick less; they do not suffer from allergies, depression and insomnia.

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  • Is this type of structure new to the market?

No. In fact, these structures are well-known type of structures in the World for centuries. This structure is considered as a structurally sound system. It is believed that first log cabins were probably built in Northern Europe in the Bronze Age (about 3500 BC). Seven United States Presidents were born in log cabins, including Abraham Lincoln, Andrew Jackson, and James Buchanan. Read more about the structures on Wikipedia.

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Installation

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  • What equipment do I require in order to DIY assemble my backyard studio?

You would require a 8-meter measuring tape, an electric screwdriver (phillips head sizes PZ1, PZ2, PZ3 and TX30), drill, wooden or rubber mallet (2-3 pc), spirit level, hammer, handsaw, hacksaw, jack-plane, crowbar, stepladder (2 pc), sealant, Stanley knife, PVA glue for wood, wood clamps, a ruler and a pencil; pliers and 13 mm spanner  (2 pc) for Sicilia, 20 m² only. A nail gun is optional but it would shorten the assembly process time in roofing significantly.

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  • How long will it take to build a studio if I already have a base prepared?

It all depends on a size of your studio, any extra work required and DIY or Pro installation will take place. For example, Pro installation takes 1 day for Majorca, 9 m² and up to 2 days for a larger studio such as Sicilia 20 m². Be aware that unloading a kit on site may take up to 3 hours before installation can begin if there is no easy access close to the site. Please note, that a firm and level base with all 90 degree angles must be in position to start assembling a studio.

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  • What should I do if I’m having a problem with the assembly of my backyard studio?

All of our garden studios come with comprehensive self-assembly instructions and follow a very similar assembly pattern. However, if having read the installation section you are still experiencing problems then please feel free to contact the dealer you have purchased the kit from and he will guide you through the process.

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Maintenance

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  • What care is needed for my backyard cabin?

After the installation, backyard cabin must be painted or stained. You will have to repaint it every 10 years or re-stain it every 2 years if using Resene products. If you will be using other paints, please refer and follow the paint manufacturer’s instructions.

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  • How often do I have to paint/stain it?

You will have to repaint it every 10 years or re-stain it every 2 years if using Resene products. If you will be using other paints, please refer and  follow the paint manufacturer’s instructions.

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  • Is my backyard studio protected from termites?

Yes. YZY backyard cabins are treated and protected from termites with a fungicidal and insecticidal timber treatment applied in the factory. Be aware coating or spraying of wood is not in accordance of Building Code of Australia and may be insufficient protection due to the nature of structures having uneven surface.

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Base

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  • What base do I need for my backyard studio?

Any type of base. You can choose to have a concrete slab, paved base, timber stumps, decking, sleepers or breeze blocks. The base must be flat, solid, level and all corners must have 90 degree angles.

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  • What may happen to the building if the base wasn’t firm and level?

It is essential that your YZY backyard studio is assembled on a firm and level base constructed from an appropriate and durable material. Without that it may be very difficult to assemble your wooden cabin correctly 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.

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Finance

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  • Can I get financing for your products?

You should ask the dealer you purchase our kit from.

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  • Do I have opportunity to get Layby arrangements?

Please ask one of our dealers you can purchase YZY cabin kit from.

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Legislation

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  • Do I need council permission?

In most of the cases you won’t need council permission if the outbuilding is not used for habitable purposes. All our cabins are designed in Australia to meet regulations of exempt development and also 20m² and larger cabins meet Australian building standards to be approved as habitable with the average ceiling height of 2.4m.

Every state has different size limitations, please inquire with your nearest builder.

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  • What size buildings may be installed without council approval?

In NSW, under the state Environmental Planning policy, people may be able to construct or install a backyard studio on land in any zone without the need for development consent from the council if a building has a floor area of no more than 20 m² and is not higher than 3 m above ground level (existing) and ONLY if other development standards specified for the development are met. Click here to download 1 page extract from the full State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008.

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  • What placement regulations are on Exempt from council development?

There is a list of requirements regarding the placement of outbuildings in the Exempt and Complying Development Codes of the State Environmental Planning Policy, NSW.

Some of those requirements states that the 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. Click here to download 1 page extract, Subdivision 9 of State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008 or consult your local council or private certifier for further information.

  • Can I build a granny flat without the development consent from council?

No. Granny flat doesn’t meet the development standards specified in the Exempt Development Codes but may be eligible to be a Complying Development which has fewer requirements compared to a DA.

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  • How different the processes are for a development that has to go through DA, is a Complying or Exempt Development?

In common practice, DA is the longest and most expensive process, then Complying Development goes through streamlined assessment process and an Exempt Development with the least worries as may be carried out without the need for development consent.

If your development is an Exempt Development, you don’t have to go to council or private certifier but simply construct or install the building in accordance with all specified requirements for the Exempt development.

If your development is a Complying development, you can choose whether you want to go through council or a private certifier.

For more information about the Exempt and Complying Developments please read State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008 or consult your local council or other professional legal services provider.

If your development has to go through DA, you have to go to your local council.

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