Daughters Retreat and a Pool House built Backyard Cabin Sicilia

Daughter’s Retreat and a Pool House with Fully-Equipped Outdoor Kitchen, Central Coast

This amazing project was built on the Central Coast earlier this year. Owners were looking for that extra room needed for their daughter and also for a pool house. Our beautiful timber studio Sicilia 20m² fitted perfectly in between the existing pool and the fence. It seems that the functional aspect of the project would have been achieved. However, talented owners had great ideas to transforming their backyard into an ultimate entertaining space. Sicilia cabin was extended to have an additional outdoor space with fully-equipped kitchen. Bi-folding windows added to the right wall of the studio opens to the outdoor kitchen/entertaining area making it convenient to entertain. The total building size is around 40m2 half being indoor and another half for outdoor covered space.

Daughters Retreat and a Pool House built Backyard Cabin Sicilia

Scandinavian timber studio Sicilia with extended outdoor area for entertaining.

The result wows everyone. And it should, the building perfectly suits the backyard landscape, is aesthetically pleasing and functional. Who would not like to have that in a backyard. What can be better than quality time spent with your family and friends in such a beautiful set up? And it’s in the comfort of your own backyard.

Daughters Retreat and a Pool House built on Central Coast

Daughters Retreat and a Pool House with fully-equipped outdoor kitchen.


Daughters Retreat Pool House Central Coast outdoor kitchen

Fully Equipped outdoor kitchen added to the right side of Sicilia cabin


Daughters Retreat and a Pool House bi folding window

Bi-folding window added to the right side of backyard cabin Sicilia opens to the entertaining area with kitchen.


Daughters Retreat Pool House Central Coast facade

Light colored exterior walls paired with darker door and window architraves make the cabin look modern

Our backyard cabin Sicilia is very popular to be built as a teenage studio or a pool house. This project is exceptionally well planed and designed to be both with the bonus addition to double the space for entertaining.

This project was built by Custom Creations. You can view more cabins at their extended Display Village in Kincumber that was opened earlier this year.

If you have a question about this project or would like to book a time for your site inspection, please feel free to call Martin on 0456 640 543.

Granny Flat Madeira has the same look but is double the size of backyard cabin Sicilia

If you are looking for a larger building, we have a granny flat Madeira that has a very similar look to this project. But it is double the size and would suit a larger block of land. Total building size is 90m² with 43m² indoor living space and huge 47m² veranda. So, if you like the look, have the space and are looking for a quality building healthy to live in, please get in touch.

Granny flat Madeira 43m² front view

Scandinavian Granny Flat Madeira: total building size 90m² with 43m² indoor living space and huge 47m² veranda

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!

Granny Flat Cyprus comes with free Weber BBQ, Mothers Day Special valid for orders placed in May

Mother’s Day Special for Cabins all May

What a fantastic event the Mother’s Day Pop-Up store it was at Custom Creations Display Village, Kincumber on Saturday. We had visitors coming from Sydney, Central Coast, Hunter Valley and some even came from as far as Port Macquarie or Mudgee. Families and Mums enjoyed browsing the beautiful homewares from When the North Wind Blows, viewing the display of Weber BBQs from Kincumber Mitre 10, receiving gorgeous flowers from Guelder Rose and tasting yummy cakes from Nutmeg Cakes.

Most importantly visitors were able to see a range of Backyard Cabins and Kit Homes/Granny Flats from 9m² to 40m² on display.

Granny flat Cyprus Mothers Day cabins display village

Granny flat Cyprus, Mothers Day Event at Custom Creations Display village


Mother’s Day Special Offer for your Cabin or Granny Flat

Custom Creations pleasantly surprised with the Mother’s Day Special Offer – a free Weber BBQ and a gift from When The North Wind blows with each Backyard Cabin or a Granny Flat sold in May. And who does not like the gifts – it’s a perfect time to build more space for a greater lifestyle or an asset generating extra income.

To take the offer, please call Custom Creations 0456 640 543 or visit their Display Village, address 36 Empire Bay Drive, Kincumber.

For more information, contact details, photos and driving directions to Custom Creations Display Village, click here

Granny Flat Cyprus comes with free Weber BBQ, Mothers Day Special valid for orders placed in May

Granny Flat Cyprus comes with free Weber BBQ, Mothers Day Special valid for orders placed in May


Backyard Cabin Crete Mothers Day Special free BBQ

Backyard Cabin Crete comes with Mothers Day Special – free  Weber BBQ


Mother's Day Special for Sicilia - free Weber BBQ

Mother’s Day Special for Sicilia – free Weber BBQ


Majorca cabana has a free red Weber BBQ

Majorca cabana has a free red Weber BBQ

Like the Offer? Call Custom Creations on 0456 640 543

More photos from the Mother’s Day

Backyard Cabins Sicilia and Crete Mothers Day Display Village Central Coast

Crowd at Backyard Cabins Sicilia and Crete, Mothers Day Event at Custom Creations Display village


Hanging chair on a deck of Granny Flat Cyprus

Hanging chair from When The North Wind Blows, on a deck of Granny Flat Cyprus


Interior decor from When The North Wind Blows

Interior decor from When The North Wind Blows



Mothers Day event 2017

Pre-Mother’s Day Pop-up Event

Take Mum for a great day out to a Mother’s Day Pop-Up which will take place on Saturday, 13th of May 2017 at 10am in Kincumber. This Free admission and Kid friendly event will be hosted by When The North Wind Blows in conjunction with Custom Creations to help you spoil Mum this Mothers Day. (check the map bellow for the driving directions).

Mothers Day event 2017

What’s on: treats, gifts, entertainment, giveaways and more

Treat your Mum to delicious cakes by Nutmeg Cakes and Cookies, spoil her with gorgeous Flowers by Guelder Rose, surprise her with a gift from When The North Wind Blows. Mitre 10 will be conducting demonstrations on their range of Webers – enjoy a sausage sizzle on Weber BBQ by Mitre 10 Kincumber. And all while viewing our range of backyard cabins and granny flats at Custom Creations’ Display Village. There are 4 backyard cabins displays on site including our 1 bedroom 40m² granny flat Cyprus and backyard cabins Sicilia 20m², Crete 12m² and Majorca 9m².

Event organizers promised there will be Mother’s Day Specials and gifts – that is intriguing!

A relaxing day for Mum, not to be missed! For the updates on the event, check-in at the Event on Facebook.

Date and Time of the event

Mother’s Day Pop-Up will take place on Saturday, 13th of May 2017 starting from 10am and will finish by 3pm.

Address and Parking

Display Village address is 36 Empire Bay Drive, Kincumber and there will be a few free parking options around. To get Google driving directions, please see the map below.

Onsite consultations

Backyard cabins and Granny flats building process
– Off the grid solar systems
– Interior design consultation with Nicole Jones
– Finance options for the larger cabins

See you there!

If you would like to contact Custom Creations before the event, have a question or would like to scheduled a site inspection, call 0456 640 543