Backyard cabins and granny flats built in 2017

Backyard Cabins And Granny Flats Built In 2017

Looking back at 2017 – what an amazing year it was for many of us with such an incredible projects completed with Scandinavian backyard cabins and granny flats. Big big thanks go to our dear clients, our fantastic teams – cabin builders, people at the factory, designers, engineers, transport and customs agents and all others involved in the process. Backyard cabins, studios and granny flats built in Australia are a result of hard work and a great input from everyone, so THANK YOU!

Scandinavian Cabins were mainly used as a Teenage Studio, a Home Office, Parents Retreat, as a Guest House, a Pool House, a Hobby Room, a Music Room, as a She Shed, an Art Studio, a Martial Arts Studio and a Rental Accommodation, B&B or rented through Airbnb.

We published a Photo Book which contains some of building projects with YZY cabins completed this year across Australia. The Photo Book YZY projects 2017 is available to view at any of our authorised backyard cabins builders and suppliers.

Below is a video created from all the most interesting and beautifully set up cabins published in the Photo Book 2017. We hope you will enjoy watching it and getting a few ideas for your own building project in upcoming year 2018. Please share it with anyone you know may need a Scandinavian quality building for any use.


If you prefer viewing of the pages and reading about the projects that are featured in the Photo Book YZY projects 2017, please find them below. You will find images, described usage of the backyard cabins and granny flats built and the builder who possibly suggested great ideas and of course built the cabins.

Cabin built as a Teenage Retreat and a pool House in the Central Coast

Backyard Cabin Sicilia 20m² built as a Daughter’s retreat and a Pool House with a huge outdoor area including a fully equipped kitchen.

Built by Custom Creations, on the Central Coast, NSW.

Backyard cabin Sicilia built in 2017 daughters retreat and pool house

Timber Studio built as a pop-up restaurant in Sydney

Our beautiful timber studio Sicilia 20m² built right under the Harbour Bridge in 1 day. Our cabin made of sustainable materials was set up as a pop-up restaurant. A 10-seater dining table was set up in the main room and a kitchen bench with drinks and tableware in the space to the right from the dinning room. Kitchen with the professional chef cooking meals was behind closed doors in a room at the back of the building. It was a part of IKEA’s Growroom project to illustrate tomorrow’s sustainable future. For a full article and photos from the event, please read: Backyard Cabin Sicilia And IKEA Growroom Illustrates Tomorrow’s Sustainable Future, Insider Views

The cabins was built and connected to services in one day by our excellent builder Custom Creations who is servicing Sydney, Central Coast and the Hunter.

Backyard cabin Sicilia built in 2017 under Harbour Bridge IKEA project

Sicilia studio at night


Backyard cabin Sicilia built in 2017 IKEA project sydney

Sicilia Studio by the Harbour, day time

New Home while the Main House rented through Airbnb

Our popular 1 bedroom granny flat Cyprus 40m² built in Buderim, QLD. Cyprus cottage is Tracey’s new Home while renting her main house through Airbnb. The cabin building process was managed by Adrian from Classic Kit Homes and Rowan and his team from Queensland Building and Construction. You can read about the 6 day building process and view pictures in the article “New Granny Flat For Christmas In Queensland”

Granny flat Cyprus 2017 tiny home Airbnb

Beach retreat cabin rented through Airbnb

Classic style backyard cabin Corsica 20m² was added to ‘The Lighthouse at Copacabana Beach’ retreat rented through Airbnb. You can see more pictures and read more about this project in the article “Backyard Cabin Within Beautifully Appointed Retreat At Copacabana Beach, Airbnb”

Built by our excellent builder Custom Creations servicing Sydney, Central Coast and the Hunter.

Backyard cabin Corsica built in 2017 for Airbnb

Backyard cabin Crete 12m² – the Hampton Hut built in Port Macquarie

“My husband and I were very impressed with the way our cabin was purchased and built in no time at all. We are very happy with the service Ian provided. We like to call it the “Hampton Hut” a lovely peaceful area to escape to. Thank you.”- gave feedback Curran Family.

You can find more outside pictures and internal shots of this cabin in the article “Hampton Hut In Port Macquarie”

This beautiful backyard cabin Crete was built by Ian, Port Cabins

Backyard cabin Crete built in 2017 for guests accommodation


Granny Flat Cyprus 40m² built as a Display on the Central Coast

In the begging of this fabulous year, our charming granny flat Cyprus was built as a display cabin at the new Display Village of Custom Creations. This is our largest display Village and convenient one-stop-shop for Sydney, Central Coast and the Hunter.

Granny flat Cyprus 2017 display cabin in Central Coast nsw

Pool House and Teenage Retreat built in Central Coast

This is our beautiful timber studio Sicilia 20m² built as a Pool House and later Teenage Retreat. The cabin has a bathroom with a shower, a toilet and a vanity. Project was built by Custom Creations on the Central Coast, NSW.

Backyard cabin Sicilia built in 2017 pool house central coast nsw

Customised Granny Flat Cyprus 40m² built in Kambah ACT

Our standard Granny Flat Cyprus was modified to suit client’s site and built in Kambah, ACT. Clients loved the original design of the building but could not fit it in between the fence and the existing garage. So we modified the floor plan moving the veranda and the entrance doors to the side. Clients were very pleased with the result. This granny flat now is rented out and generates a steady cash flow for the client.

If you live in ACT or within the 300 km radius and have a question to the builder, please feel free to contact Canberra Outdoor Structures.

Granny flat Cyprus 2017 custom built for rent in act


Music studio built in Armidale

Backyard cabin Corsica 20m² was built to be a music Studio with baby grand piano. This project was built by quality builders from New England Building Recyclers in Armidale. If this is your area, please get in touch with the team to discuss your needs for extra space.

Backyard cabin Corsica built in 2017 for music room


Twin Backyard Cabins built for a Private Martial Arts Studio in Armidale

Two standard one room cabins called Corsica 20m² were built and joined together with the joining deck for a private Martial Arts Studio. We have more information on this interesting project and images including the building process in an article “Twin Backyard Cabin As Private Martial Arts Studio In Armidale”.

Builder New England Building Recyclers.

Backyard cabin Corsica built in 2017 for private martial arts studio


Tiny House for a Young Family and their Brand New Baby, ACT

This Tiny House was customized to suit the site and built for a Young Family and their Brand New Baby in ACT Built by Canberra Outdoor Structures There are more information, the floor plan of the building and more images in an article “Custom Designed Backyard Cabin Sicilia In Kambah”

Backyard cabin Sicilia built in 2017 custom tiny house


Backyard Cabin built for a Fine Art Gallery in Macmasters Beach

Our backyard cabin Crete built as a New Gallery For Sherry McCourt Fine Art in Macmasters Beach. For more information about the gallery and more images, please read “New Gallery For Sherry McCourt Fine Art, Macmasters Beach”

Project Built by Custom Creations.

Backyard cabin Crete built in 2017 for fine art studio


What a great year 2017 it was with so many beautiful projects built. We at YZY Kit Homes are so proud to have our teams of quality builders working hard to realize even most complex projects.  Results are fantastic and we look forward with excitement to the next year 2018. Let’s see what ideas and results it will bring!

YZY kit homes builder Murray Fleming at Grand Opening Display Village Canberra

8 things people learned about Scandinavian Granny Flats at Grand Opening of display Village in Canberra

What a wonderful and interesting group of people came to view Scandinavian granny flats and backyard cabins at our Grand Opening of the Canberra Outdoor Structures Display Village. Not only local residents coming from Canberra but also from as far away places as Cowra, Jindabyne and townships on the South Coast NSW.

People were genuinely interested in the Scandinavian designed and  manufactured buildings and many came with specific questions related to their needs, many of the questions around the  building process and councils requirements. More often than not there was a queue to consult with Murray Fleming, the Builder and the Owner of Canberra Outdoor Structures. “Murray ably answered all our questions with a thank you very much, now it’s just a question of which cabin!” – people gave feedback after the consultation with the builder.

“The response was fantastic, people walked through Scandinavian Buildings praising their quality and design. Many of the visitors had questions around building size and what  would suit best their site and needs. However with information they took from the event answered their questions and I believe and now people can make an informed decision” – said Murray Fleming.

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There were 8 frequently asked questions and observations we wanted to share with our readers. We hope information below will be both informative and useful.


If you have a question about your site and live in Canberra +300km, please contact Canberra Outdoor Structures.

For other areas, please find your nearest builder and/or supplier of Scandinavian cabins and granny flats.


1. Seek the advice from your local builder and use his expertise when going to council

Whether you’re looking for a fully installed building or partially DIY project, Murray will consult you equally well and help you during the process. Before deciding on a location and orientation of your future granny flat make sure there are no restrictions concerning your block or site. With over 25 years of experience, Murray is very familiar with local building regulations and will help you in dealing with Council. There are usually a few options when dealing with councils. Knowing all options is always handy before going to council.

Murray Fleming display village canberra granny flats

Murray Fleming, the Builder and the Owner of Canberra Outdoor Structures

2. Granny flats with flexible floor plans and building design

Undoubtedly we all have preferences. Some people like modern style buildings with clear lines, others are looking for a architectural character with detail in the buildings.  Also the land can dictate to us what design and floor plan would best suite the site. Normally we advise no windows on the side overlooking the neighbours and of course we would like as many large windows to the side with the view.

That’s where Scandinavian design options comes in handy. All our backyard cabins and granny flats can be installed with mirror floor plan. Photos of our Sicilia studio below illustrate that. Also, our granny flats have a few windows and an internal door included in a kit but not pre-cut in the walls.  So, you can decide on their placement and we install them to suit. Moreover, with the additions and colour schemes of the building you can add more character if you wish.

Backyard Cabin Sicilia Pool House & Gym Sydney

Sicilia built with mirror floor plan


Backyard cabin Sicilia mirror floor plan pool house gym Sydney

Pool House & Gym Sicilia built with mirror floor plan

If “A” the above changes are not sufficient and “B” you don’t need the building installed this week, then we can design a custom building to your specifications. Custom designs take approximately 15 weeks from order to delivery. There is an example of customised Cyprus granny flat built in Kambah. Clients loved the original design of Cyprus 40m² Granny Flat, but could not fit between the fence and the existing garage. So we redesigned it removing the veranda from the long wall and adding entry doors to the side. Our clients couldn’t be any happier so we can claim with confidence  we made it work!

Custom Granny flat Cyprus built in Kambah ACT
Custom Floor plan granny flat Cyprus built in Kambah

Floor plan custom Cyprus granny flat

Floor plan custom Cyprus granny flat

Another example of a modified backyard cabin is our Sicilia 20m² which we made into a one room studio called Santorini. The Santorini is built with an annex for a bathroom and is on display [and available to order] at Canberra Outdoor Structures yard.

Do you have your ideal floor plan in mind? Bring it on!


Santorini is customised Sicilia backyard cabin display in ACT

Santorini – customised Sicilia backyard cabin, display at Canberra Outdoor Structures


Santorini with annex for bathroom is customised Sicilia backyard cabin displayed in ACT

Santorini + Annex for bathroom, display at Canberra Outdoor Structures

3. Loft in a bedroom – great space for storage or sleeping

Everyone loved the idea of the loft we added to our Cyprus 40m² granny flat. It has many applications, it can be used as a storage space or could sleep 2 kids or one adult. As the building has high ceilings, adding the loft did not impact  the overall sense of space that exists in the Cyprus  design. It was roundly praised as a very smart and useful feature and it also looks good. Please take a look at the photos and  videos and judge for yourself. Note that the loft can be added to any of our granny flats.

4. Scandinavian granny flats built in 2-5 days

Everyone knows how expensive the cost of  labour is  in Australia. Luckily our ingenious Scandinavian design and excellent constructability allows us to build a 20m² studio in 2 days and 1 or 2 bedroom granny flat in one week, with only an additional short period of time for a full fit out. As a result, people get to enjoy a good quality building at affordable price in no time.

Watch time lapse videos Day 1, 2, 3, & 4 and read: How we built and furnished Scandinavian granny flat in 4 Days


5. Suitable for Bushfire Prone areas up to BAL-29

Some people wanted to build our Granny flat but weren’t sure if they would be allowed by the council. Much to their surprise, people learned that our buildings can be built and approved to BAL-29 in bushfire prone areas without any extra cladding added. Many people don’t realise that solid mass timber buildings withstand fires much better than a conventional brick veneer buildings. We will cover this topic in detail in a separate article, stay tuned!

So, if you’re dreaming about building a beautiful Scandinavian building on your bushfire prone land, don’t think it’s impossible and contact your nearest builder today.


6. Cost to build a top quality granny flat

To the surprise of many, the total cost of adding a 25m² studio cabin with the bathroom and a kitchenette could be as little as $45,000. One bedroom granny flat Cyprus with all its top quality features like high ceilings and double glazing on all doors and windows including council fees will cost you under $110,000. The total cost of 2 bedrooms granny flat completely built, submitted to council and connected to services is about $135,000.

Note. All prices are subject to site inspection and can change depending on your site specifics. When the builder inspects you site, things like access to site, slope and points of sewage and electrical are taken into account.


7. Relocatable granny flats and cabins, suitable for hard-to access sites

Some people were looking for a granny flat to be their temporary home. They would live in it for 2-5 years while they are building their main house. After their new home is complete, they would relocate the granny flat on to their holiday property or sell it off. With Scandinavian design flat-pack cabins it is possible as interlocking system allows dismantle the structure within a day. That’s how we dismantled our granny flat Cyprus displayed at the last years Canberra Home Show or our backyard cabin Sicilia displayed under the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

As for hard to access sites, these flat-pack buildings are arguably the least access demanding structures. For instance the wall-boards can be carried board by board through a standard residential hall way. So, if you can walk to your site, you can take every component with you. Transporting and building on an island or a very steep slope is not a problem.


8. Granny flats Suitable for Handy man DIY

Although we always recommend our Distributors construct your Scandinavian Cabin or Granny Flat, you can do some building work yourself. We can tailor the quote with the things you need our help with and exclude jobs you can DIY. For example, you are a carpenter and want to install the building yourself but need a help in building a foundation. Not a problem at all. Murray will custom quote you on things you require only.This way you can reduce the cost of the building and also have fun by building it yourself.


Contact or visit Canberra Outdoor Structures display Cabins and Granny Flats

Contact Murray Fleming at Canberra Outdoor Structures if you have any questions or require obligation free site inspection. You can also visit a display village and consult with the builder at the same time.

Phone: 02 6299 6735
Fax: 02 6299 6750

Working hours
Mon – Fri 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Sat           9:00 am – 12:00 pm

37 Kendall Avenue
Queanbeyan NSW 2620

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Scandinavian backyard cabins at HIA Building & Renovation Show, Newcastle

Looking to build a backyard cabin or a granny flat? Come down to HIA Building & Renovation show this Saturday, 9 September 2017 at HIA Home Inspirations, 17 Murray Dwyer CCT Mayfield West 10-4 pm. The entry is Free and you can view the display cabin while having a chat with Tim and Penny Lees from IH Construction Group, an award winning builder for Newcastle and the Hunter. You will find us in the home building & renovation area at the back in the corner to your right, please see the floor plan below.

Location Backyard Cabins at HIA Home Show September 2017

If you need more space for your Hobbies or have a Home business, want to keep your kids close enough but separate from your home or want to utilize your backyard for a steady income, it is a good opportunity to consult with experts.

Backyard Cabins Builders Newcastle Tim and Penny Lees

If you would like to contact IH Construction Group before the event,

Have a question or would like to scheduled a site inspection,

Call 02 4969 1979

What’s on at the Show

The show is perfect for those planning to build or renovate. Come for an advice from our experts or simply get inspired to rejuvenate your home or an investment property.

  • Kids Entertainment – jumping castle, slide and Big Dog
  • 11am – Demonstration from Coastal Colour Curtains & Blinds showcasing trends in window
  • 12pm – Colour Talk
  • 1pm – Kitchen Planning & Design
  • 2pm – Kitchen Design Trends and Inspirations
  • ‘Ask an Expert’ for a FREE consultation with an electrician, builder, bathroom renovator
    and an interior designer.
  • BBQ compliments of the local Lions Club and Bean Boss mobile café.
  • All day colour consultants, compliments of Bristol
  • Major prize draw – $15,000 Bathroom Renovation Package
  • HIA magazine stand for all your renovation & building publications.


Location, Parking and Driving directions

Located only 7 minutes from Newcastle CBD and 15 minutes from Newcastle airport, HIA
Home Inspirations is easily accessible and has ample parking space.

To get driving directions please click on the map below.


See you there!

Backyard cabins offers fathers day

Father’s Day Special Offer for Cabins all September

Our excellent builders team for Central Coast, Sydney and the Hunter just announced their Father’s Day Offer for all timber studios, backyard cabins and granny flats valid all September. Wait a second, so it is not a Father’s Day but a Father’s Month Special!

Fathers Day Offer all September 2017

What is the Offer?

With every 20m²and larger studio from backyard cabins or granny flats range ordered in September Custom Creations offers a $1,000 to spend at Kincumber Mitre 10. Dads will love this deal! Call Martin now 04 5664 0543 to secure the offer.

Fathers Day Offer Granny Flats 1017

For our smaller backyard beauties let it be cubbies, kids room, pool houses, cabanas you will be offered a $500 voucher again, to spend on anything you need from Kincumber Mitre 10.

Fathers Day Offer Backyard Cabins 1017

This is the best time to improve your lifestyle by creating more usable space in your own backyard. Hurry up to get the September offer and before the Christmas madness begin!

Do you live in Central Coast? Our Largest Display Village is just around the corner, welcome to visit and view the range of fully furnished cabins and meet the team.

Custom Creations Display village working hours, address and driving directions:

If you are in other areas of NSW or other states, please contact your nearest dealer.


Popular backyard cabin Crete at Outdoor Leisure Show

Our popular backyard cabin Crete 12m² will be displayed at Outdoor Leisure Show which takes place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 7 – 9 of July 2017 in Lismore, NSW. Look for your local cabin supplier and builder Sarwood Timbers and meet their wonderful team at the show. Also, there will be event offers to be revealed at the show!

Backyard Cabins at outdoor leisure show Lismore NSW

Where to find us?

Visit Sarwood Timbers located at site 53 as shown on the Site Plan.

Backyard Cabins location at Outdoor leisure show Lismore 2017


If you would like to contact Sarwood Timbers before the event,

have a question or would like to scheduled a site inspection,

Call 02 6628 1101

About the event

Over three fabulous days you will be able to view hundreds of the very latest industry products all in the one place, while discovering all there is to know about caravanning, motor homes, camping, boating and four wheel driving in Australia.

Everyone who comes to the show goes into the lucky door draw to win loads of fabulous prizes!

There’s something for every adventure at this year’s Outdoor Leisure Show with everything you need to plan your next getaway all in one location, get ready for a fun filled day at the Show!

All proceeds from the show go to Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter.


Show Dates / Opening Hours

Friday 7th to Sunday 9th July – 9am to 4pm daily.



There is ample FREE parking available on site, close to four entry gates around the perimeter.  A free shuttle bus is also available to drive you to and from your car.


General Public Admission

One Day Pass
Adults – $12
Pensioners – $10

Two Day Pass
Friday/Saturday or Saturday/Sunday (only)
Pensioners – $15
Children under 14 are FREE when accompanied by an adult.

How to get there?

Lismore is located on the Bruxner Highway, which joins the far northern New South Wales countryside to the coast. The main coastal road is the Pacific Highway, and the turn off routes to Lismore are clearly signposted.

Lismore is 1 ½ hours drive from the Gold Coast, 2 ½ hours from Brisbane, and 9 hours drive from Sydney.

To Get Google directions please click on the map below.

Official Organiser’s website: