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
Email: info@canberraoutdoorstructures.com.au
WWW: www.canberrastructures.com.au

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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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!

Backyard cabins and granny flats built in 2016

Looking back at 2016 – what a wonderful year it was with so many dreams realized with YZY backyard cabin kits.

YZY backyard cabins were used as a she shed, art studio, teenage studio, home office, parents retreat, pool house, kids house, guest house, B&B, beauty salon, yoga studio, hobby room, music room.

Book published with backyard cabins completed in 2016

This video below was created from a published photo-book which contains some of building projects with YZY backyard cabin kits completed in year 2016 across Australia. If you want to see the printed version of this photo-book, visit your nearest backyard cabins builder.

Testimonials from our happy backyard cabins owners

She shed | Pictures courtesy of our client

“In all the years dealing with trades people I must say Shane and his team are professional, excellent at customer service, skilled at their trade and I am thrilled with my ‘She Shed’!!! Thank you custom Creations!! Pam Hart”

Built by Custom Creations Central Coast, NSW

She Shed, backyard cabin Crete

Jen’s cabin | Pictures courtesy of our client

“The cabin looks fantastic. I am so pleased with the results. Visitors admire it greatly. The cabin is perfect and just what I wanted. Thank you so very much.”

Cheers, Jenny

Built by Canberra Outdoor Structures, ACT

Jen's backyard cabin Crete

Kids’ Room | Pictures courtesy of our client

“Kids are happy they have their own space.” Built by Custom Creations Newcastle, NSW

Backyard cabin Majorca, kids room

More backyard cabins and granny flats built in 2016

Backyard studio Crete 12m² studio. Built by New England Recyclers Armidale, NSW

Backyard cabin Corsica, wool spinning room with kitchen

Backyard cabin Sicilia 20m²  build as a Boutique home-wares shop. Built by Summerhouse Company Dural, NSW

Backyard cabin Sicilia, Boutique shop

Backyard cabin Sicilia 20m² built as a Guest Room. Built by Summerhouse Company Dural, NSW

Backyard cabin Sicilia by the river

Backyard cabin Sicilia 20m² built as B&B (on the right side). Built by Classic Kit Homes Sunshine Coast, QLD

Backyard cabin Sicilia, bed and breakfast

Backyard cabin Sicilia used as a Granny flat. DIY project Sydney, NSW

Granny flat Sicilia, Sydney

Backyard cabin Crete 12m² display at Newcastle Home Show. Built by IHConstruction Group

Backyard cabin Crete, Newcastle

1 bedroom granny flat Cyprus 40m² at Canberra Home Show. Built by Canberra Outdoor Structures

Granny flat Cyprus

Open plan kitchen and living room

Granny flat Cyprus interior

Our Granny flats features

  • High ceilings
  • Large bedroom
  • Open plan kitchen
  • Scandinavian design and quality
  • Healthy to live in
  • Well insulated
  • Fast building process
  • Affordable
  • Fully customizable

Granny flats features

What did people say about Cyprus granny flat at the Home Show?

“Couldn’t believe how big it was on the inside”

“It feels like a house, I could easily live in it”

“I like the windows”

“love the doors” – people were examining quality of internal doors.

“great size bedroom”

We at YZY kithomes are looking forward to building more backyard cabins and granny flats to realize more dreams in the upcoming 2017!

Granny flat Canberra home show 2016

Scandinavian Granny Flat Wowed Everyone at Canberra Home Show

What an amazing time we had at Canberra Home Show last week firstly, building the Cyprus granny flat and then showcasing it over the weekend. Cyprus 1 bedroom granny flat was built and fully furnished just for the show by Queanbeyan based Canberra Outdoor Structures – quite a lot of effort just for a 3-day event but, oh boy, it was worth it. Granny flat Cyprus was wowed by the builders and also by show visitors and everyone who saw it. Scandinavian engineered and energy efficient buildings have never failed to impress the world.

Below is 0:20s video of inside shots in Cyprus granny flat displayed at Canberra Home Show

More videos of building process Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4 and finished cabin on YZY kithomes YouTube Channel, 360 photos and live videos on facebook.com/YZYkithomes

Visit Canberra Outdoor Structures in Queanbeyan, 37 Kendall Ave, call (02) 6299 6735 for your site inspection or click here for other contact information.


“I believe we got the design of Cyprus granny flat right”- said Remi Buika, the Co-founder of YZY kithomes after the successful 3 days of chatting to the Show visitors. Indeed, the reactions of people stepping inside the building then taking a walk around were more than a desirable feedback.

There are the key feedback points from the visitors, that describe the cabin.

“Couldn’t believe how big it was on the inside”
“It feels like a house, I could easily live in it”
“I like the windows”
“love the doors” – people were examining quality of internal doors.
“great size bedroom”
“love it” “isn’t it amazing!”

Granny flat Canberra home show 2016

Inside granny flat at Canberra home show 2016

Welcome inside the Cyprus cabin to look around as if you were there on our facebook.com/YZYkithomes page, look for a post with 360 degree photo


“The beauty of this Scandinavian building is that it is highly insulated, soundproof and very cost efficient to construct” – said Murray Fleming, the owner of well-know local company Canberra Outdoor Structures. As a slow growing tree, spruce has a dense cell structure with trapped air pockets inside. “Solid timber walls paired with double glazed windows manufactured here in Emu Plains NSW and roof insulation will give the building R-value of 3.7 whereas most people live in homes with added R-values of 1.8. Also, Europeans have much higher standards for tolerances on windows, doors and overall buildings making them energy efficient”- says Murray.

“For some people it is quite hard to get their heads around the fact that there is no internal and external wall system like there is in traditional brick veneer homes. But I think we have a lot to learn from Europeans and should embrace what they’ve been developing and improving already for quite some time”-says Murray.

This type of construction building is prefabricated and comes flat packed straight to site. With all boards marked it takes a day to assemble it up to the roof. This obviously is a huge saving on labor costs and means people don’t have a mess on their site for long term which is very appealing. Also, it could be a DIY project for a handy man with Owner Builder permit. “A DIY kit of granny flat Cyprus cost is $45,000 including a building and roofing (color of your choice). If our team comes to install it, site prep and installation on raised sub-floor will cost you around $60,000 (subject to site inspections). I’d allow a total budget of around 90-95K for the building built, connected to all services, council fees for permits, flooring, kitchen, bathroom”- says Murray Fleming – “We do obligation free site inspections before we quote”. To book a visit, call (02) 6299 6735 or click here for other contact information.

Tim Shaw interviews Murray Fleming about costs and affordable accommodation options for aged care or young adults.

More videos of building process and finished cabin on YZY kithomes YouTube Channel, 360 photos and live videos on Facebook.com/YZYkithomes


Cyprus granny flat has quite a history of being designed here in Oz by listening to Australians describing their dream cabins. Yes, we talked to people just like you and draw the dream cabin knowing how it had to look from outside combined with the most desirable floor plan layout. Sketches were sent to the team of designers and architects to complete the design and engineering. Then the new born model was manufactured in Europe from the best quality timber spruce sourced from FSC forests that grow in the Northern part of Scandinavia.

Granny flat cyprus design


Many Home Show visitors thought the building was made of Pine, fast growing tree so popular and common in warm climate countries. However, “the timber species these cabins are made of is far superior timber than a pine”- explained Murray Fleming, expert in timber Industry with experience of over 40 years. “We don’t have Spruce timber here in Australia and have little or no knowledge about it. Spruce trees grow in very cold climate conditions in far North regions of Europe and saving energy produce very little limbs.  This makes timber strong, durable and easy to work with”- Murray said.

The fact that bridges and instruments are being made out of this timber says it all.

Granny flat Cyprus 40m²

Cyprus granny flat display in Canberra Home Show, 21-23 October 2016

For the first time in History of Canberra Home Show we are building a full size cabin just for the show. So, welcome to inspect our Cyprus 40 m² granny flat display cabin at Canberra Home Show, 21-23 October.

Beautiful Cyprus cabin was designed and engineered in Australia. Design ideas came from people like you when asking about your needs. Then architectural designers made a 3D version of ideas, we tested and it was a real success. For superior thermal performance and significant noise reduction cabin was made from laminated timber in 60mm thickness pairing with the quality Australian certified double glazed Windows and doors made with European profiles (custom made by PlusTec). Now builders at Canberra Outdoor Structures will build and showcase our common creation at the show.  This is not to be missed opportunity to touch and feel the space if you are looking for a granny flat. Also, visitors will be able to make a contact with the local builder specializing in sustainable and affordable granny flats.

So, come and feel the power of nature inside the solid timber cabin, you will be delighted to smell the wood inside, breathe in with ease. Scandinavian solid timber cabins are a must see if you are looking for options to build a home office, a granny flat or holiday accommodation. Also, cabins are Eco friendly and healthy to live in.

Meet with your local builder Murray Fleming with over 25 years of experience servicing Canberra and surrounding areas of New South Wales. Also, come and say ‘hi’ to Lina and Remi, people who strive for excellence and work hard to assure Australians enjoy the best quality Scandinavian cabins.


Home Show special will be available for orders placed during the Show.  As stocks are limited, if you are interested, we advise you to talk to the builder before the show. Canberra Outdoor Structures is a boutique type business which focuses on quality building projects. Murray takes care of every project himself which means he can manage limited number of projects. Also, spring season is the busiest time of the year.
Murray will offer free entry passes to selected enquirers. Please call (02) 6299 6735 or click here for other contact information.


21-23 October, Fri -Sat 10am-5 pm
Sun 10am-4pm

Exhibition Park In Canberra (EPIC)
Flemington Rd Mitchell ACT 2911

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Granny flat location Canberra Home Show


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Kitchen – Infinity Kitchens
Bathroom – Renovators Discount Depot
Flooring – Choices Flooring Fyshwick
Interior design – The Property Stylists Canberra
Outdoor Furniture – The Outdoor Furniture Specialists
Artificial plants – Balcourt



Day 1 – Sub-floor, flooring and the granny flat CYPRUS is going up


Day 2 – roofing, doors and windows installation

Day 3 – Final touches in Building Process


Day 4 – Interior Design

Cyprus granny flat is completely ready for Canberra Home Show!



Tim Shaw for 2CC Breakfast Canberra – podcast interview with Murray Fleming, backyard cabin builder in Canberra.

Watch interview on YouTube below or read a transcript Granny flats – affordable accommodation for aged care or young adults