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!

Granny flat building day 2 Canberra, 2016

How to build Granny Flat in 4 days

For the recent Canberra Home Show we built our Cyprus granny flat just in 4 days. Every day was documented – filmed and photographed. And so now we can show what is the process of building a granny flat to all our followers and readers. We hope will you find it handy for you to see what would it be like the process on your site while we manage all the building project. Also, for anyone thinking of building a granny flat or holiday accommodation themselves, this will help to understand the process.

Day 1 – Sub-floor installation and the granny flat assembly up to the roof rafters

Building a granny flat of that size ideally will require 4 men for the first day. 2 people can do the base and another half of the team can start unpacking the pallets and place every part of the building conveniently close the place where it will have to go. There are easy-to-follow drawings and plans supplied and you will just have to check the number on any given part and match it to the plan to find out where it will go on during assembling process.
Foundation is the most important part of a building. Any type of base you choose (concrete slab, paved base, sub-floor on timber or steel stumps, decking, sleepers or breeze blocks), it has to be solid, perfect square and level with all 90 degree angle corners. This part requires concentration, attention to detail and cannot be made in haste. It usually takes half a day for the size of Cyprus granny flat to properly do the sub-floor base  including yellow tongue flooring to be screwed on the top of it. When this part is completed, the first layer of wall-boards gets screwed down to the base. That is another point where you have to make sure you have all 90 degree angles in all corners, take time to get it right. Past this point – probably the most exciting and fun part of the building process begins. Wall-boards interlock in the corners and the building goes up quite quickly. The first day in building a granny flat is probably the most rewarding day as it can be seen as a very significant progress.

Day 2 – Roofing, doors and windows installation

On the second day, roofing goes on starting with the lining boards being screwed to the roof rafters. Then timber battens will have to be screwed to the rafters on top of the roof boards, insulation sheets laid and corrugated iron roof such as Colorbond on the top. Roof installation will require 2 men to comfortably do the job. Other 2 men can do external door and windows installation. This part of the job requires accuracy and concentration, making sure the windows are plum and level.

Day 3 – Final touches in building process

On Day 3 is all about the details that do not seem like it will take much of a time to complete. But be sure as it always does. In the end of the day it does not look like much happened on the day, but actually lots of small and important things were done.

We did install the architraves around the front door and all windows, mounted the mosquito nets on. Also, screwed fascias to the roof to cover all the cavities required for insulation. Then, for the veranda, we installed poles and did a small deck at the front just for the show. Deck can be a time consuming task to complete as it has to be properly leveled. We also cleaned inside of the cabin to be ready for interior design on Day 4.

Day 4 – Interior Design – a face-lift for a Granny flat

This is the day when the building turns into the home: cosy, beautiful and inviting to live in. First thing in the morning flooring guys from Choices Flooring Fyshwick came in. They installed luxury vinyl flooring featuring timber design for the living room and bedroom. For the bathroom went the same vinyl flooring but in stone design. During the show, the flooring was noticed by many visitors as a very good alternative to real timber or tiles. When the flooring was completed, guys from Infinity Kitchens arrived with already designed and pre-cut kitchen and installed it beautifully. Close to the end of the day, the team The Property Stylists Canberra arrived with the trucks full of beautiful furniture and decorative pieces to make the building shine for the show. What an amazing day it was witnessing how the building site becomes a home, just like an ugly duckling turns into a swan.

Companies who were involved in the building Granny Flat for the show

Granny Flat Builder

Building Project manager, Exhibitor and Authorized Distributor of YZY kithomes in Canberra

Canberra Outdoor Structures

Contractors within the Granny Flat

External Doors and windows custom made by
Kitchen was custom designed, made and installed by
Vinyl Flooring was supplied and installed by

Interior design concept and staging executed by
In the bathroom toilet and vanity was supplied by
Outdoor Furniture supplied by
Artificial trees and flowers supplied by

What has not been done for the home show display

This granny flat was built for the 3-day Home Show and the following work has not been done as it should be in a real-life building scenario. We have not concreted the footings into the ground. Also, we have not connected the building to any services like electricity, plumbing or gas.  Digging trenches for electrical and plumbing will be involved in the real building project usually before the building erection. Also, for waterproofing the bathroom, fiber cement compressed sheets will have to be installed in the flooring of bathroom area [we did yellow tongue flooring instead]. In case you have a question in mind on how to connect electrical wires, there are channels for electricity electrical wiring pre-drilled in the walls of the building. You just have to choose the places of your power points and light switches.
 We also did not install gutters and down pipes and did not paint or stained the building.
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

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 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


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.

Tim Shaw Talking Canberra

Granny flats – affordable accommodation for aged care or young adults

Tim Shaw for 2CC Breakfast Canberra – podcast interview about Scandinavian granny flats as affordable accommodation for aged care or young adults with Murray Fleming, backyard cabins builder in Canberra. You can listen to the interview on YouTube or read a podcast below.

Tim Shaw: They’re calling it The Canberra Home Building Caravan, Tourism, Four Wheel Drive and Camping Show kicking off at EPIC this morning and it continues all this weekend. A range of stalls including a display by Canberra Outdoor Structures. Now, who the heck are Canberra Outdoor Structures?
They’re showcasing some of their backyard cabins and granny flats, which I think is extraordinary, including one of their Scandinavian granny flats that has been constructed and fully furnished for the show. Now to tell us more about it, Queanbeyan-based Canberra Outdoor Structures’ Murray Fleming is on the line.

Good day, Murray!

Murray Fleming: Morning Tim!

Tim Shaw: So tell us about Canberra outdoor structures and more importantly the Scandinavian-inspired granny flat which you’ve actually constructed and fully furnished just for the show at EPIC.

Murray Fleming: Yea, we’ve been selling these for a while, Tim, but we did quite a lot of research and the smaller models that we were selling, whilst there was quite high demand for them, the bigger demand was for structures of forty square meters size to go into backyards for multiple uses: aged care accommodation, obviously, but children who can’t quite scrape up enough money for a mortgage there don’t leave home and so that, and guest accommodation and/or rentals. That’s why we’ve designed them and constructed this one and released them for the first time actually in the world.

Tim Shaw: Well done, well done. Tell us about- what do you call the Scandinavian-inspired one, which model do you call that one?

Murray Fleming: Well this one’s called the Cyprus because we’ve got three forty square metre models but this one’s got one bedroom with a separate bathroom and a combined kitchenette and living area.

Tim Shaw: Now it comes in pre-cut flat packed kits and it’s delivered on pallets. A studio can be assembled in three days. So you were at EPIC, you’ve got the show on today, tomorrow and Sunday, so you and the team, you delivered one of the Cyprus pre-cut flat packs and you’ve actually constructed it on site for EPIC this weekend.

Murray Fleming: Yea that’s correct. And on the steel flooring system. There’s quite a lot of effort obviously just for a three day show but as I said it’s the first time one of these models has been made. They come from Lithuania; first time it’s been not made for anywhere in the world and so we thought it was a good place to release it.

Tim Shaw: What kind of money are we talking if we have room in the backyard for one of these, as you call it the forty square metres Cyprus granny flat, if I want to have it all delivered and me and my mates assemble it ourselves or if we want to buy it, get it delivered, and have some professionals assemble it for us? What kind of money are we talking?

Murray Fleming: Yea well, the kit’s around $50,000 and for another $10,000 we could put it up. Realistically we tell our clients to allow somewhere around $90,000 to include your kitchenette, and your plumbing and electrical approvals. Which, when you compare it to the cost of going into aged care accommodation home, for $50,000+ is quite good value.

Tim Shaw: Absolutely. What is your website details for Canberra Outdoor Structures?

Murray Fleming: It’s just and it’s got the facebook link [] there as well, it shows the photos of it [Cyprus granny flat] going up on accelerated form [time lapse videos], and we’re looking forward to a successful show!

Tim Shaw: Well done! Congratulations Murray, a terrific idea, the 40 square metre Cyprus Granny flat and you’re right about those high costs of aged care and moving into nursing home. Having nan and pop in the backyard, being so close family members, what a terrific idea. Murray have a great show at EPIC – The Canberra Home Building Caravan, Tourism, Four Wheel Drive and Camping Show kicking off today at EPIC. Have a cracker weekend, Murray!
Murray Fleming from Canberra Outdoor Structures, they’re based in Queanbeyan, and isn’t that terrific? They actually delivered the granny flat to EPIC and then assembled it. Now, it’s a big effort, but boy oh boy, how good would that be? Go and have a look at it!