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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Celebrity Timber Studio Sicilia Christmas sale

Celebrity studio Sicilia for Christmas $1,500 Off

Who does not like Christmas deals and offers? For this year, we have a factory offer of $1,500 off our beautiful timber studio Sicilia 20m². Offer is valid for orders placed this year, until stocks last. This year our backyard cabin Sicilia took part in a few amazing projects with one being built just under the Harbour Bridge. This is arguably the most iconic place in Australia and so now we call her our celebrity studio Sicilia.

Celebrity Timber Studio Sicilia Christmas sale

Image: Backyard Cabin Sicilia And IKEA Growroom Illustrates Tomorrow’s Sustainable Future. Read more

Our Sicilia timber studio is an ensuite cabin mostly used as a teenage retreat, guest house, backyard home office or a pool house and outdoor entertaining area.

“The floor plan of Sicilia cabin was designed with 3 things in mind. Firstly to have a maximum floor area and comply with exempt development requirements at the same time. Exempt developments do not require council permission and you can have 2 of them per lot. This allows a very quick 1-2 day process installing a building.- explains Remi Buika, the man who developed Sicilia model from scratch to suit the policy.  “Clients are happy with no mess and noise in their backyard. Just like the builders are happy to get the job done efficiently. Thanks to ingenious Scandinavian design.

Floor plan Timber Studio Sicilia

Floor plan of studio Sicilia

Secondly, the floor plan of Sicilia was designed to have a separate room for a bathroom or a storage room which can be closed or locked off. So people can use it say as a cabana/pool room or a home office with a separate room for storage. And last but not least was the design of the cabin. We made it modern, light and airy with many windows to allow daylight and get the breeze. And it worked quite well, people seem to love everything about our Celebrity cabin” – said Remi and smiled.


So, if building a backyard cabin is on your list and Sicilia is what you need, take the Offer and have that $1,500 cash saved for Christmas presents.

Get the Christmas Offer for timber studio Sicilia

To get the offer, please contact your nearest builder or visit their display cabins. Find cabins builder closest to you.

We hope you will enjoy having a celebrity cabin built in your backyard!

Useful links:

Backyard Cabin Sicilia And IKEA Growroom Illustrates Tomorrow’s Sustainable Future, Insider Views

Backyard Cabin Sicilia 20m² A Pop-Up Restaurant With Views To Iconic Landmarks Sydney, August 16-17, 2017

Exempt development standards NSW

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Grand Opening Display Village Canberra 2017

Grand Opening of Display Village – Scandinavian Backyard Cabins and Granny Flats in Canberra

Canberra Outdoor Structures extended and revamped the Display Village of Backyard CabinsStudios with added Granny flat Cyprus. Cyprus and other models in a Scandinavian flat-pack granny flats range were specifically developed to Australian market and building regulations. Following a successful introduction of Cyprus model at Canberra Home Show in October last year, a new fully furnished Permanent Display will open its doors soon!

Grand Opening Display Village Canberra 2017

Grand Opening Weekend will be a 2 day event taking place on Saturday and Sunday, 11-12 November 2017. Gates will open at 9am and close by 3pm at Canberra Outdoor Structures. Address is 37 Kendall Ave, Queanbeyan. (check the map bellow for driving directions).

“There is a huge demand for stay-at-home children, aged parents, cabins for rent on Airbnb or granny flats for a long-term rent in Canberra and ingenious design of Scandinavian flat-pack cabins allows us to build them quickly saving costs on labor. This way superior quality energy efficient buildings come at affordable price making my clients happy. That’s all that matters to me. – said Murray Fleming, the owner of well-know local company Canberra Outdoor Structures.”

“Display Village will showcase not only the smaller up to 25 m² timber studios we build for a home office, art studio, teenage retreat or a pool house but also a granny flat range, larger buildings. Spacial awareness is very important for our clients. So it is important for us to have as many display units as possible. This way we strive to improve our customer experience”- said Murray.

If you would like to contact Canberra Outdoor Structures before the event, have a question or would like to scheduled a site inspection, call Murray 0428 488 531

Welcome to Grand Opening Weekend of Display Village

What a great news for Canberrians and people living in surrounding areas of New South Wales who are looking for that extra space or room they need for whatever use. We have one room, 1 and 2 bedroom buildings in our standard range and can also build a 3 and 4 bedroom cottage or a loft. All are welcome to a Grand Opening Weekend on the second weekend of November to view our Display Village with the new building set up and fully furnished and freshly painted in designer selected colors. 

What’s on: Consultations and Sweet Treats

Come down to view our beautiful timber studios and granny flats on display. It is also a very good opportunity to chat with Murray Fleming about your building project you have in mind. As Murray is building in and around Canberra for over 25 years and is well conversant with local building regulations. Just ask a question and you’ll see Murray’s expertise. Take with you new ideas for your home.

To sweeten up a day, seduce your taste buds with famous gourmet Annie’s cupcakes, have an Ice cream to refresh or boost your energy with a cup of coffee.

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Date and Time of the event

Grand Opening Weekend will take place on Saturday and Sunday, 11-12 November 2017 starting from 9am and finishing by 3pm.

Address and Parking

Display Village address is 37 Kendall Ave, Queanbeyan and there will be a free street parking. To get Google driving directions, please click the map below.

If you would like to contact Canberra Outdoor Structures before the event, have a question or would like to scheduled a site inspection, call Murray 0428 488 531

Otherwise, see you there!

Corsica cabin Bath and Queen size bed in Copacabana Beach Airbnb

Backyard Cabin within Beautifully appointed Retreat at Copacabana Beach, Airbnb

Classic style cabin Corsica 20m² was recently added to The Lighthouse at Copacabana Beach retreat rented through Airbnb. Backyard cabin from Scandinavian timber studios range complemented perfectly the cottage style main house with retained original windows and other features. Classic white and light grey colors of the cabin were matched to the color scheme of the main house. Furniture and bedding nicely blend into the overall color scheme, it looks so fresh and cozy – what a fantastic place to stay!

Corsica cabin with Bath and Queen size bed, Copacabana Beach Airbnb

Corsica cabin with Bath and Queen sized bed

Free standing timber studio is that perfect private space for couples or a ‘me’ time relaxing in a gorgeous 1.5m bath or reading a book comfortably in a queen sized bed. Relaxing massages and beauty treatments can also be arranged upon request of guests. Performed by professional practitioners ‘In Cabin’ service while relaxing to the sound of waves and birds – a perfect place to take time off, retreat and restore.

Corsica cabin in Copacabana Beach Airbnb

Classic style cabin Corsica 20m² matched to the cottage style main House

Retreat Corsica cabin decking

Happy dogs on a deck of Corsica cabin

Bathroom, Corsica cabin retreat

Bathroom, Corsica cabin retreat

This beautiful project was built by Custom Creations, our excellent builders team for Sydney-Central Coast and the Hunter. If you need a quote or just a friendly advice, feel free to call Martin on 04 5664 0543

Corsica backyard cabin builders

Custom Creations, our excellent builders team for Sydney-Central coast and the Hunter

This beautifully appointed Retreat now can accommodate up to 8 guests and also 2 dogs are welcome. The place includes the main house with a media room, 3 generous bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, a fully fit laundry and is well-equipped. Guests can enjoy the views to a beautifully layered canopy and beautiful sunsets. Stroll the beach, browse the shops and cafes that are only a short level walk away.

The hosts welcome you and your friends to come and make The Lighthouse your happy place.

Airbnb listing:

All pictures courtesy of our client.


Update – Free Weekend Stay Giveaway!

To celebrate the launch of The Lighthouse at Copacabana Beach, randomly selected guests will stay for free on the weekend of 3-5 November.

How to enter the giveaway?

  1. Like their Facebook Page The Lighthouse at Copacabana Beach
  2. Share the host Brooke Minards post
  3. Write ‘Shared’ in the comments.

The winner will be announced on Weds 18th October. Dates are not transferable. Good luck folks!