Guest house in ACT: ensuite bedroom

Carly and Ben’s Garden Cottage for Guests

Canberra Outdoor Structures recently built a garden cottage for Carly and Ben Drysdale’s family in Conder. Initially, the cabin was meant to be built as a sleepout for guests, but in the process young family found out they were expecting a second daughter and would have run out of rooms inside their house!

Guest house in ACT: facade
Guest house in ACT: facade

“Carly had a very clear idea of what she wanted the cabin to look like and she designed and styled it beautifully” – said Murray Fleming, the builder. “We had the custom project modified to the client’s taste. Also, the new building had not to obstruct the views of the Lanyon Valley visible from the main house. So, we had Crete cabin prolonged with the additional room for the bathroom.”

Guest house in ACT: ensuite bedroom
En-suite bedroom
Floor plan Guest house in ACT
Floor plan

The talented owner was inspired by older style homes with the historical feel. “I managed to find vintage doors online and they were freighted from Melbourne, these brought some extra charm.” – said Carly.

Guest house in ACT: room
Cozy but bright and airy room

“I wanted to create something cozy but bright and airy – said Carly. “When I painted the inside stark white, I was a little worried it was too much, but once it was decorated, it was the perfect canvas. Our guests love it, and so do we!”

Murray and his team were so accommodating and happy to personalise areas for us. These include a bigger deck which steps down using spotted gum, a structural frame and moulding for our doors and the bathroom addition.” – said Carly.

Guest house in ACT: bathroom
Classy colors: the bathroom
Guest house in ACT: vanity

We asked Carly why she chose YZY Kit Homes. “I love the exposed timber, the natural knots and joins and the ceiling beams.”- she said. “The hinged windows and gold fittings are gorgeous and suit the overall style I was trying to achieve.”

Guest house in ACT: panoramic doors
Panoramic doors

Love the cabin? Contact Murray Fleming, the builder at Canberra Outdoor Structures if you live in Canberra and around.

If you need a cabin elsewhere, please find your nearest builder for a quote, site visit or a consultation.

Granny flat from Europe built in Sydney

Faith and Richard’s Granny Flat from Europe

Custom Creations, YZY Kit Homes builders for Sydney, recently built a granny flat in Campsie, a suburb in south-western Sydney. A new independent dwelling was built for Faith and Richard’s daughter and her family.

The clients started from one of the standard granny flats and customized it to suit their backyard and everyone’s taste. They have combined classic Australian architecture with a very modern Scandinavian feel.

“I love old Australian houses; my daughter and her partner like a more modern look.  Using the Scandinavian ‘timber cabin’ style enabled us to visualise exactly how the building would look – an Australian weatherboard with white painted lining boards – and achieve exactly what we all wanted.”

Interior design and styling

“We put in all the things we love the most – a very modern black and plywood kitchen (which we designed and built ourselves) with a pressed tin splashback; a cast iron freestanding bath; recycled timber floorboards and lovely large windows.” – said Richard.

Faith and Richard were able to design the building exactly how they wanted it to maximise the winter sun, summer shade and views.

“We now have a beautiful cottage which fits well with our 1940s fibro house and is comfortable, practical and stylish.” – said Richard.

Testimonial: YZY Kit Homes and Custom Creations worked with us to help us realise our dream, from our original concept to our finished cottage. We couldn’t be happier with how they worked with us and the level of care and craftsmanship they applied. Nothing was too much trouble. Do we recommend them? Yes, without any hesitation.

Building features

“Faith and Richard’s granny flat was custom designed by the client and we made it become a reality for them. It was only 23 working days from start to finish.” – said Shayne Price, the builder at Custom Creations.

Granny flat cyprus design

Scandinavian building systems are designed perfectly for uneven blocks as everything is built on piers so there is no concrete slab required. And, being Scandinavian manufactured obviously comes as a flat pack. So like a big jigsaw puzzle” – Shayne said.

According to the builder, another advantage of these building systems is access isn’t a problem. “You can basically walk in the front door and out the back door with our product. No crane needed for installation.”

Shayne also said that everything is built to all the Australian Building Code and is covered under homeowners warranty as per Building Code.

Sustainable building

A granny flat built out of sustainable building materials was one of the criteria of Faith and Richard’s. YZY Kit homes buildings are made of FSC certified timber and clients used other recycled materials for internal fit-outs. And a result is that “it is all built out of sustainable timber so it’s fantastic for the environment.” – said Shayne.

There are some shots while building a granny flat for Faith and Richard’s daughter and her family.

If you are looking to build a granny flat in Sydney-Central Coast-Newcastle and the Hunter area, please contact Custom Creations, builders of this project.

If you need an extra room built somewhere else, please find your nearest builder and contact him for a quote, site inspection or general information.

Bedroom in John's House in The Snowy Mountains

John’s House in the Snowy Mountains

The Cyprus cabin was recently built for John in the Snowy Mountains as a house. John happily shared his feedback and kindly let us photograph and film his newly built and styled home.

John's House in The Snowy Mountains front
The Cyprus granny flat built for John in The Snowy Mountains

“It serves me well, I’m very comfortable in my new home.  Anybody who has come to my new home was very very impressed!

And I was amazed about how well the building insulated is. I only turned the Air conditioner on once or twice during summer even on we had 5 days straight of over 40 degrees.” – said John, the owner of the Cyprus home.


There is a walk through video of John’s House.
Bedroom in John's House in The Snowy Mountains
Bedroom in John’s House
View from bedroom in John's House
John's House in The Snowy Mountains: bathroom
En-suite bathroom

John was also impressed with the after sales service and spoke highly about the builder Murray Fleming (Canberra Outdoor Structures) who managed all building works of Cyprus cabin.

“I had quite a few minor queries, things that I did myself and Canberra Outdoor structures team came in and helped me with things in a timely fashion which impressed me.”– said John.

Living room in John's House
Living room
Kitchen in John's House
Kitchen and a bedroom

John has recommended us to several people, so we’ll see more YZY Kit homes in the Snowy Mountains or anywhere else in Australia.

Front deck in John's House
Front deck
John's House with views in The Snowy Mountains
Views from the deck

Interior and exterior colors

Exterior walls of John’s house were stained with Burnt Gum. And let me say it looks stunning with the classy white window architraves. Interior was stained in the clear finish with white painted window frames.

The building has underground power connected from the main house. And the existing house sewer line was used so the stormwater just goes to the existing tanks.

John's House in The Snowy Mountains water tanks
Water tanks connected at the back

Have a question? Find contact details of the builder, Murray Fleming, service area is ACT +200km.

If you need a cabin or a house anywhere else, please find your nearest builder/ YZY Kit Homes supplier here

Tax deductions Small business $20,000

TAX time! Deduct backyard cabin costing less than $20,000

If you are a Small Business owner or would like to work from the comfort of your own home, there is an Australian Government incentive allowing you to reduce tax. This simplified tax write-off scheme enable small businesses to write off each asset costing less than $20,000 instantly. If your company has a turnover of less than $10 million and your asset was purchased and used or installed and ready to use for business in the Financial Year 18/19, speak to your registered Taxation Accountant about this Tax benefit you could use for a number things you’ve been planning to purchase. Continue reading TAX time! Deduct backyard cabin costing less than $20,000

Pool house in backyard Southern Highlands

Jennifer and Scott’s Pool House

Ex display cabin Crete finds its new life and purpose as Jennifer and Scott’s Pool House. Solid timber studio has served as a display cabin at Round about The House yard in Mittagong NSW. With the plans to build a larger cabin, local timber merchants put their display cabin Crete on sale. It just so happened that Scott and Jennifer visited the local timber yard with the idea of building a pool house from scratch.

Pool house in backyard Southern Highlands

Jennifer and Scott’s Pool House Pool house, Southern Highlands

“We actually went to our local timber yard looking to build a very specific sized pool house, the ‘Crete’ was on display there and just so happened to meet the size we had asked.  We love the solid timber feel to the structure and it was very easy to construct.”

So, YZY Kit Homes cabin has found a new home in Southern Highlands beautifully set up in Jennifer and Scott’s backyard.

Pool house styling in backyard Southern Highlands

Pool house beautifully styled by Jennifer, the owner, Southern Highlands

We asked Scott who’s ideas was to style the studio so beautifully?

“Jennifer, my very talented wife is responsible for styling”- Scott said.

“The pool house has allowed us to enjoy our pool a lot more, even when it is a little too cold to swim, it is nice to relax in and take in the serenity.”

Pool and pool house in backyard Southern Highlands

Pool house – a new addition allows to enjoy this stylish backyard space more often, even when it’s too cold to swim, Southern Highlands

Contact the cabin supplier Round About The House if you live in Southern Highlands.

If you need a cabin else where, please find your nearest builder for a quote, site visit or a consultation.

Construction Time Lapse and Styling

Watch 1 day construction time lapse and styling video of Jennifer and Scott’s Pool House. Video and images are courtesy of the pool house owners. Big thanks to Jennifer and Scott for sharing their story!