Front verandah Rhodes Sydney

Independent space for teenage kids, Sydney

Homeowners Catherine and Alex recently added granny flat Rhodes at the back of their property in Sydney. The growing family needed more space and a new added independent dwelling completely changed their life. Now two older teenagers get to enjoy their new space and privacy; parents have their house back for themselves and the youngest child.

Watch the video interview with Catherine and Alex reasons to choose YZY Kit Homes. Also, the builder for Sydney talks about the benefits of building system YZY Kit Homes are designed with.

Interview with the Homeowners and the builder

“It was a thrill when our Rhodes was finished and the kids could move in. We put our 2 older teenagers in here. It’s just completely changed our world having them in this space.” – said Catherine. “Honestly, we could not love it more. I pinch myself every day when I see it. Thank you [YZY Kit Homes] for creating such an incredible product we are so proud to own.”
“Everyone who comes over is blown away by it, from tradies to friends, everyone is like really impressed with the look, the tradies are impressed with the quality of the build. So we just feel like we made the best investment we’ve ever made.” – said Alex.

Rhodes: added independent space for teenage kids Sydney
Granny Flat Rhodes
Front verandah Rhodes Sydney
Front verandah
Kitchen and dining Rhodes Sydney
Kitchen and Dining
Bedroom Rhodes Sydney
Bedroom
Bathroom Rhodes Sydney
Bathroom
Living room Rhodes Sydney
Living room

Finding a granny flat that suits your property

Catherine came across YZY Kit Homes pretty early on in her research. “I was instantly drawn to Rhodes 2 bedroom design. It just completely complimented the look of our own house. I love that they were made of timber that they were quickly built, sustainable materials, just it really ticked all the boxes.”- said Catherine.

Tying new building with the existing house

When Shayne Price, the builder, initially got to the block, he noticed it was a nice, big, open block which works perfectly. However, Shayne didn’t want to just put a building in a backyard. He aimed to tie the new building in with the existing house.

Backyard space before Rhodes was built Sydney
Backyard space before Rhodes was built

To achieve this, builders raised Rhodes on the subfloor to be the same level as the main house. And then joined the existing deck from the pool area to the deck on the new dwelling. This way existing house, new granny flat and the entertaining area in between tied everything in together.

“I think it looks absolutely fantastic. I think it looks like it has been here for years like it was part of the original build, so tied in really nicely.”-said Shayne.

Arial view Rhodes Sydney
Arial view of Rhodes
View from the main house verandah
View from the main house verandah
View from pool area
View from the pool area
View from Rhodes verandah
View from Rhodes verandah

There was no challenge we could not overcome

We had to change a few things on the Rhodes model to suit council heights.
So, we changed the pitch of the roof to get it under a building height envelope. We also had to factor in that we are on the main road, we had low power lines for unloading and loading of trucks and we also had narrow access in-and-out of the property.

Delivery of Rhodes: challenges main road and low power lines
Delivery of Rhodes: main road and low power lines
Narrow access to the backyard
Narrow access to the backyard

The time it takes to build the Rhodes

“We [builders team] spent a few days doing the piers and the clients sort of think what’s going on and we’re not far ahead and then within 2 days, we have a whole building in the backyard. That is the beauty of YZY Kit Homes, they are very quick to go up.” – said Shayne. Every component just locks together, there are no nails, no need to seal any gaps. And then we tie the structure to the subfloor with cyclone rods. “We can complete a building to turn-key stage anywhere between 30 and 40 days. And that’s complete from footings to basically giving the key to the client to move in.” – said Shayne.

Raised sub-floor foundation for Rhodes
A few days building raised sub-floor foundation
Rhodes-completed independent space for teenagers Sydney
Rhodes: completed independent space for teenagers
Right side of Rhodes Sydney
The right side of Rhodes

If you are looking to build a granny flat in Sydney-Central Coast-Newcastle and the Hunter area, please contact the builder of this project.

If you need an extra room built somewhere else, please find your nearest builder and contact him for a quote, site inspection or general information.

Log house earthquake testing in Japan

Solid timber home takes earthquake resistant test

Japan Log House Association performed a test simulating an earthquake magnitude 7.3 in Richter scale, proving that solid timber homes are incredibly durable.

Forming a rigid structure and being both flexible and stout, YZY Kit Homes can withstand earthquakes and cyclones.

Our homes are an excellent choice for seismic areas due to their flexible and robust structure. The factory has extensive experience in designing and delivering homes to seismic regions such as Japan and Italy. Because of the way buildings are designed YZY Kit Homes have the superb earthquake resistance.

Construction of the structure consists of tongue & groove milled solid timber logs interlocking with crossing walls in the corners and in one or more points with crossing internal walls. Buildings have a robust angular
bisector joint at the corners that keeps the structure solid in extreme weather events.

Having a Granny Flat Could Add Value to Your Property By 30%

We have big news for homeowners across Australia as according to combined researches by Archistar & CoreLogic and their report on granny flats, building these flats on your property has the potential to increase their value by about 30% and add another 27% to the homeowners’ rental income. The research revealed that just over half a million homeowners inhabiting the eastern seaboard of Australia have sufficient space on their lands to construct a granny flat. 

Researches by Archistar & CoreLogic

Top suitable areas in Australia

The analyses by the research departments of these two lead to them identifying a total of 583,440 properties in Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney that met the criterion for accommodating a ‘granny flat’ of at least 60 m². Out of these three, Sydney had the highest number of properties-233,218-that meet the criterion for the construction of a granny flat. Brisbane came next with a total of 204,598 properties, followed by the Melbourne metropolitan area comprising of 145,625 properties.

Custom Granny Flat built in 23 days, NSW Sydney 2019

Cost for homeowners

Expert researchers from CoreLogic believe that the construction of a double bedroom flat would require an investment of $200,000 whereas a single bedroom granny flat would require just $120,000. The availability of Scandinavian design granny flats available from our accredited builders has made the construction of these flats even easier. Ingenious building system allows for quick installation time, saving money on labour for homeowners across Australia.

Granny flat Cyprus, QLD
Tracey’s granny flat Cyprus built in 10 days, QLD Sunshine Coast 2017

Benefits of building granny flats

Tim Lawless, the Head of Research at CoreLogic, is positive that investment in granny flats not only has the potential to help homeowners in benefitting from boosted capital gains (up to a hefty 30 per cent) in the future. Tim believes that these flats can be a source of rental income for them as well.

Granny flats serve renters looking for affordable housing options. And it is important to mention that the demand for reasonable housing is increasing. A granny flat usually tends to be rented out for lesser than the standard rental charges. This way backyard grannys makes it a very affordable housing option.

The properties identified earlier are mostly located in areas that are traditionally expensive & densely populated as well. These characteristics will make a granny flat in any of the popular suburban areas very economical for potential renters and increase demand for granny flats.

Amidst these capital and rental gains, the family benefits of a granny flat cannot be neglected. Such a unit can be used to accommodate overseas family members residing in your house. Adult children will enjoy a temporary place to stay.

Guest house in ACT: ensuite bedroom
Carly And Ben’s Garden Cottage For Guests, ACT Conder 2019

Moreover, it is believed quite rightly that capitalization of this opportunity will reap benefits for the economy and society as well by creating employment opportunities for the construction workforce and others involved in the construction process. A prediction suggests a massive boost of $87.5bn in the construction industry.

Bedroom in John's House in The Snowy Mountains
John’s House, NSW The Snowy Mountains 2019

What should be kept in mind before building a granny flat

If you wish to have a granny flat on your property in Australia, make it a point to get into the legalities before. Laws related to secondary residencies vary depending on the state you’re in. Make sure that you are aware of each and every detail related to the construction of a granny flat in your area-size requirements, what you can add and what you cannot, rental laws governing granny flats, etcetera. Don’t hesitate in taking help from a local construction and planning expert!

Please feel free to consult with YZY Kit Homes accredited builder, either at their office or a display village or book your site inspection. It is usually cost and obligation free.

Granny flat from Europe built in Sydney

Faith and Richard’s Granny Flat from Europe

Custom Creations, YZY Kit Homes builders for Sydney, recently built a granny flat in Campsie, a suburb in south-western Sydney. A new independent dwelling was built for Faith and Richard’s daughter and her family.

The clients started from one of the standard granny flats and customized it to suit their backyard and everyone’s taste. They have combined classic Australian architecture with a very modern Scandinavian feel.

“I love old Australian houses; my daughter and her partner like a more modern look.  Using the Scandinavian ‘timber cabin’ style enabled us to visualise exactly how the building would look – an Australian weatherboard with white painted lining boards – and achieve exactly what we all wanted.”

Interior design and styling

“We put in all the things we love the most – a very modern black and plywood kitchen (which we designed and built ourselves) with a pressed tin splashback; a cast iron freestanding bath; recycled timber floorboards and lovely large windows.” – said Richard.

Faith and Richard were able to design the building exactly how they wanted it to maximise the winter sun, summer shade and views.

“We now have a beautiful cottage which fits well with our 1940s fibro house and is comfortable, practical and stylish.” – said Richard.

Testimonial: YZY Kit Homes and Custom Creations worked with us to help us realise our dream, from our original concept to our finished cottage. We couldn’t be happier with how they worked with us and the level of care and craftsmanship they applied. Nothing was too much trouble. Do we recommend them? Yes, without any hesitation.

Building features

“Faith and Richard’s granny flat was custom designed by the client and we made it become a reality for them. It was only 23 working days from start to finish.” – said Shayne Price, the builder at Custom Creations.

Granny flat cyprus design

Scandinavian building systems are designed perfectly for uneven blocks as everything is built on piers so there is no concrete slab required. And, being Scandinavian manufactured obviously comes as a flat pack. So like a big jigsaw puzzle” – Shayne said.

According to the builder, another advantage of these building systems is access isn’t a problem. “You can basically walk in the front door and out the back door with our product. No crane needed for installation.”

Shayne also said that everything is built to all the Australian Building Code and is covered under homeowners warranty as per Building Code.

Sustainable building

A granny flat built out of sustainable building materials was one of the criteria of Faith and Richard’s. YZY Kit homes buildings are made of FSC certified timber and clients used other recycled materials for internal fit-outs. And a result is that “it is all built out of sustainable timber so it’s fantastic for the environment.” – said Shayne.

There are some shots while building a granny flat for Faith and Richard’s daughter and her family.

If you are looking to build a granny flat in Sydney-Central Coast-Newcastle and the Hunter area, please contact Custom Creations, builders of this project.

If you need an extra room built somewhere else, please find your nearest builder and contact him for a quote, site inspection or general information.

Bedroom in John's House in The Snowy Mountains

John’s House in the Snowy Mountains

The Cyprus cabin was recently built for John in the Snowy Mountains as a house. John happily shared his feedback and kindly let us photograph and film his newly built and styled home.

John's House in The Snowy Mountains front
The Cyprus granny flat built for John in The Snowy Mountains

“It serves me well, I’m very comfortable in my new home.  Anybody who has come to my new home was very very impressed!

And I was amazed about how well the building insulated is. I only turned the Air conditioner on once or twice during summer even on we had 5 days straight of over 40 degrees.” – said John, the owner of the Cyprus home.


There is a walk through video of John’s House.
Bedroom in John's House in The Snowy Mountains
Bedroom in John’s House
View from bedroom in John's House
John's House in The Snowy Mountains: bathroom
En-suite bathroom

John was also impressed with the after sales service and spoke highly about the builder Murray Fleming (Canberra Outdoor Structures) who managed all building works of Cyprus cabin.

“I had quite a few minor queries, things that I did myself and Canberra Outdoor structures team came in and helped me with things in a timely fashion which impressed me.”– said John.

Living room in John's House
Living room
Kitchen in John's House
Kitchen and a bedroom

John has recommended us to several people, so we’ll see more YZY Kit homes in the Snowy Mountains or anywhere else in Australia.

Front deck in John's House
Front deck
John's House with views in The Snowy Mountains
Views from the deck

Interior and exterior colors

Exterior walls of John’s house were stained with Burnt Gum. And let me say it looks stunning with the classy white window architraves. Interior was stained in the clear finish with white painted window frames.

The building has underground power connected from the main house. And the existing house sewer line was used so the stormwater just goes to the existing tanks.

John's House in The Snowy Mountains water tanks
Water tanks connected at the back

Have a question? Find contact details of the builder, Murray Fleming, service area is ACT +200km.

If you need a cabin or a house anywhere else, please find your nearest builder/ YZY Kit Homes supplier here