2022 Projects: Design Inspiration From our Homes of the Year

Looking for inspiration for a new home, backyard cabin or granny flat in 2023? Check out our recent featured projects!

The past year has been huge for the YZY team and our network of builders. We’ve built many amazing homes, backyard cabins and granny flats across Australia and New Zealand, travelled to Europe to visit our suppliers and see the latest in sustainable homes, and met many of you at the Tiny Home Expo where our Victorian builders constructed our Sicilia Panorama 30 in record time just for the show.

But, always the highlight for us is creating amazing homes for our clients! So to showcase some of our favourites, and inspire you to dream up your own eco-friendly cabin for the new year, we’ve put together this collection of our 2022 featured homes.

Sustainable, Stylish Poolside Cabin – Brisbane, QLD

Sicilia Panorama 30

Sicilia Panorama 30 pool house in Brisbane 2022

What better way to enhance this stunning poolside space than to add our popular Sicilia Panorama 30. Designed as a pool house that can also double as multi-generational accommodation, this poolside cabin project looks amazing from every angle.

Sicilia Panorama 30 pool house in Brisbane during sunset

The colour scheme of the exterior blends beautifully with the existing home, creating a cohesive and visually stunning look and feel that is so impressive. As our client Trevor explains:

‘We settled on the Sicilia Panorama 30 from YZY due to its perfectly proportioned size for our yard and its modern skillion roof with internal exposed beams. The final design feels very contemporary and suits the concept of being a “pool house” whilst also providing an accommodation option.’

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Stunning Multipurpose Granny Flat – Sydney, NSW

Madeira 1-bedroom

Madeira night deck in Sydney

For those who have made the switch to working from home, a lack of space is a common problem, and this was certainly the case for this Sydney family. After researching the options, they decided our sustainable kit homes ticked all the boxes for a multipurpose home office that could transform into a guest house or teenage retreat as needed.

Madeira living room

Today, the one-bedroom Madeira is perfectly positioned in their backyard, and the family couldn’t be happier with the difference it has made to their lifestyle and household harmony.

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Custom cabin creates more space – Brisbane, QLD

Sicilia Panorama 30, customised

living room, Custom Sicilia Panorama 30 in Brisbane

Needing to accommodate their growing teenagers, our custom cabin created more space in record time for this family. The fast and easy building process along with the ability to customise the cabin to suit the dimensions of their backyard space made the decision to build a modified Sicilia Panorama 30 cabin an easy one.

living room and kitchen, Custom Sicilia Panorama 30 in Brisbane

The bright, breezy colours combine beautifully with the natural elements throughout, creating a modern, comfortable space that the family loves. As Amy explains:

‘We absolutely love the overall feel of this cabin, it’s better than we ever could have imagined it to be, and it’s a great space for our family and friends, which will be used for many years to come.’

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Eco-Friendly 2-Storey Extension – Waitati, New Zealand

Custom extension

home extension front

When our clients’ two-bedroom home was getting a bit crowded for their growing family, they opted to extend so they could remain on their block in the picturesque South Island.

home extension second floor

Our two-storey addition added three more bedrooms, and with a focus on sustainability and natural materials, the extension was completed with minimal environmental impact. The exposed timber and high cathedral ceilings give this beautiful home character and a unique charm that makes an impressive statement in this beautiful home.

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Sicilia Shines at Tiny Home Expo – Melbourne, VIC

Sicilia Panorama 30

Sicilia Panorama 30 at Tiny Home Expo Melbourne

At the Tiny Home Expo in Melbourne, the team at A40 Group built our popular Sicilia Panorama 30, showcasing their skills after recently joining our trusted building network.

Sicilia Panorama 30 at Tiny Home Expo Melbourne lounge room

With double-glazed doors and windows, contemporary exposed beams, environmentally friendly mass timber walls and many other Scandi characteristics that make you feel good, it’s no wonder our cabin was so well-received by the thousands of visitors who attended.

Lakefront 1-bedroom house – North Europe

Enlarged Cyprus

After a long week of work, what better way to relax than in a gorgeous lakeside home by the woods? That’s exactly what our client does, bringing his family here to this customised Cyprus cabin for peace, tranquillity and a spot of fishing.

Multigenerational living at its best – Central Coast, NSW

Madeira 1-bedroom

Custom Madeira 1B outdoor area

Our Scandinavian granny flats can be the ideal solution for empty nesters and those looking for sustainable multigenerational living. For our clients on the Central Coast, building the 1-bedroom Madeira in the backyard of their existing home, proved the perfect fit.

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Eco-Friendly Private Hideaway – Noosa, QLD

Iceland, customised

DIY customized Iceland kitchen dining table

Built as a DIY project, this customised Iceland looks right at home in the stunning surrounds of the Sunshine Coast. The natural materials and modern colour scheme really take this eco-friendly private hideaway to the next level.

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2-Bedroom House – Otago, New Zealand

Ibiza 2-bedroom

Living room and kitchen, Ibiza, Otago, New Zealand

The natural beauty of timber really shines in this gorgeous Ibiza 2-bedroom home. The enclosed deck looks like the perfect place to relax and unwind, and enjoy the greenery and peaceful surroundings!

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Get your photobook copy today

Whether you need more space at home, or are looking for a place to get away from it all, our range of small homes, backyard cabins and granny flats are a smart and sustainable option. Be sure to check out the video of our photobook above, or pick up a hard copy from any of our authorised backyard cabins and granny flats builders and suppliers and get inspired about the possibilities today!