Visitors compared backyard cabins made by different manufacturer

Many visitors looking for a quality backyard home office, artist studio, guest room, teenage studio, parents retreat or a granny flat were impressed by YZY backyard cabin displayed by a reputable business The Australian Summerhouse Company at the Hills Home Show, 2015.

Visitors at Hills Home Show, 2015
Visitors at Hills Home Show, 2015

Also, there was a good opportunity to compare two different cabins made at different factories, displayed by 2 exhibitors: YZY Kit Homes and another company. From the first sight both cabins might have appeared quite similar for some, but more knowledgeable people instantly recognized the differences. Similar interlocking system was the only thing that was common to both cabins.

Different features

Visitors had a chance to learn about the different features of both cabins. Type of timber, treatment, engineering, design, glass and wall thickness were the main features that make a huge difference in the quality and the longevity of the cabin.

Cabins made of different type of timber. YZY backyard cabins are made of Nordic spruce—quality, slow-growing, producing a few thin limbs and therefore more expensive material than pine—the material other cabins are made of.

Engineering. YZY cabins are engineered with steel rods that run through walls from the top to bottom holding the wall boards tight but at the same time allowing natural timber movement. The same engineering has been used for big residential homes in New Zealand for decades. To this date, no other cabin supplier in Australia can offer this feature.

You can read more about the differences in the Expert advice column, article ‘5 things to look for when comparing Scandinavian backyard cabins from different manufacturers’


Compared to cabins of the same size and features, the cost of YZY backyard cabins is more than justifiable considering the differences. People looking for a long-lasting quality extra room preferred YZY cabins that had better value for money.

The bottom line is – do research first, definitely inspect the cabin recently built by the builder, talk to the owners of the cabin. Find out the differences to understand and justify the price difference before the order. Usually a rule of thumb applies – you get what you pay for.