Welcome to Backyard Pods, the home of Australia's most reliable, versatile, and affordable prefab buildings and flat-pack kits

Delivery most areas NSW, VIC, ACT, QLD

CLASS 1 (DWELLING)

NO SLAB NEEDED

PREFAB OR FLAT-PACK

N4/CYCLONE OPTIONS

Backyard Pods can help with designs, approvals, and cheapest ways to get a backyard studio, granny flat, office pod, home extension, tiny house, portable building, and more. In Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Gold Coast, Brisbane, and other locations you can make huge savings and build almost anything more easily using genuine Australian-made, engineering-certified Backyard Pods.

Prefab buildings or flat-pack kits

2BR prefab granny flat or cabin 6m x 9m, ‘Coolum’ design, delivered complete QLD, NSW, ACT, VIC

The deluxe ‘Coolum’ design 2BR prefab granny flat or self-contained cabin 6m x 9m is delivered pre-wired, pre-plumbed, and complete to NSW, QLD, VIC, ACT. This upgraded example shows how basic prefab granny flat designs can be customised.

Granny flat display now open compact 3m x 8m tiny house installed at Campbelltown, Sydney NSW

Where to visit our granny flat display in Sydney, this compact 3m x 8m complete tiny house in Campbelltown, western Sydney, now open to book an appointment for your visit. It’s a must-see for anyone in Sydney thinking about tiny houses or building a granny flat in the backyard – exclusive Backyard Pods display.

Bedroom and ensuite home extension 2.5m x 5m + 4m x 7m L-shaped in Bonville cladding at Croydon, Sydney NSW

This approved bedroom and ensuite extension at Croydon in Sydney NSW was built more cost-effectively using Backyard Pod kits for the new structures, then fitting out the interior as normal. People wanting to extend their primary residence can also consider turning the pod into a home extension rather than creating a separate building.

Home office pod ‘garden office’ 3.6m x 5m with eaves and blade walls in Strathmore, Melbourne VIC

With WFH (work-from-home) many people in Melbourne need a separate home-office in the backyard. This one has views over the garden with black stacker doors a modern contrast with the Colorbond Monument cladding. Add eaves and blade walls for energy efficiency and detail – really cool.

Poolside rumpus with bathroom 3m x 9m at Reedy Creek, Gold Coast QLD

Brad and Kirsten needed a chill-out rumpus room for the kids, a late-night media room for watching footy and Netflix, and somewhere private for guests to stay. However, their compact backyard was mostly taken up by their swimming pool. They had a lightbulb moment… “We need a pool house!” This would be a multi-purpose space…

Ultimate ‘man-cave’ 4m x 8m with veranda makes room for hobbies in suburban Sunbury VIC

Discover how this Sunbury VIC local built an ultimate ‘man-cave’ with veranda to enjoy his hobbies in his own backyard on a low budget. You won’t believe the amazing atmosphere created inside by the proud owner with his collection of pinball machines and other eclectic vintage items.

Self-contained garden apartment 4m x 10m with N4 wind rating for suburban Katoomba NSW

Granny flats Blue Mountains – how a customer at Katoomba easily built a low-cost backyard garden studio apartment or granny flat. But “don’t call it a granny flat,” he said of his deluxe ‘bachelor pad’ shared with his Golden Retriever. N4 wind rating for Backyard Pods complied with the Blue Mountains building regulations.

Accessible granny flat (DPU) 3m x 8m with eaves and veranda at Mornington, outside Melbourne VIC

Many people want to find out how much it costs to build a granny flat in Melbourne now that granny flats are allowed in areas of VIC. This custom granny flat behind a lovely home in Mornington Peninsula was permitted as a DPU but recent changes allow backyard rentals as well as independent living for family members.

Movable office pod 3m x 4m at National Art School, Darlinghurst, Sydney NSW

The National Art School in Darlinghurst, an inner-eastern suburb of Sydney, needed to enlarge and upgrade its security checkpoint to house new security and communications systems operated by on-site security staff. Situated at the former Darlinghurst Gaol, heritage listing called for the new movable office pod to ‘touch the earth lightly’ and not interfere with…

Easy DIY multi-purpose ‘family fun’ pod 3.6m x 6m at Windsor Downs, Sydney NSW

This family quickly and easily made their Backyard Pod into a much-loved flat pack cabin for slumber parties, office work, a rumpus room, and music practice. It’s an example of how a Backyard Pod can create an affordable space for everyone to enjoy. Whether you have a small-sized block, or an acre of land as…

Low-cost ‘forever home’ granny flat 3.6m x 14m at Tamborine Mountain, Gold Coast QLD

Sharon’s elderly mother had a final wish – that her daughter would have a place to call her own. It followed for Sharon to build a low-cost granny flat on her son’s property at Mount Tamborine on Queensland’s Gold Coast. When creating her ‘forever home’, Sharon did lots of research on kit homes and granny…

Gorgeous ‘garden studio’ 3m x 6m nestled poolside in village of Blue Mountains NSW

A creative Blue Mountains resident dreamed of a low-cost flat pack garden studio room that would fit nicely with the vintage Blue Mountains feel. This charming poolside cabana started with a Basic Backyard Pod Kit 3m x 6m in Colorbond® ‘Monument’ with foundation piers. The roof is standard skillion profile in standard Zincalume®. Part of…

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KITS + PRICES

  • Get the extra space you need - low-cost, easy
  • Granny flats, home offices, backyard studios
  • Delivered prefab complete, DIY, or installed
  • Granny flat approval? No worries - we help

Prefab, DIY, or installed

Get a prefab delivered complete (site permitting). Otherwise, experienced people with the right tools can DIY, or we can help with a local installer.

Free of approvals*

In some cases, your Backyard Pod project won’t need any approval (but always for granny flats, bedrooms, etc). Read more about exempt development.

Fixed specs and pricing

With Backyard Pods, you can know what you’re getting and anticipate total costs before you get started.

Portable buildings

Can be built on skids (instead of piers) for movable DPUs, site huts, tiny houses, relocatables, dongers, etc.

  • Installation now available Sydney, Blue Mountains
  • Installation now available greater Melbourne area
  • Installation now available Gold Coast, Brisbane
  • Installation now available Central Coast, Newcastle
  • Installation now available Orange, Bathurst, Lithgow
  • Installation now available Northern Rivers NSW
  • Installation now available Sunshine Coast QLD

Can be exempt development in NSW (conditions apply) – VIC and QLD have different regulations – read more about approvals here.

Finance for granny flats
Granny flats N4 wind rating

Backyard Pods are engineering certified Class 1 (dwelling) with standard N3 wind rating – now also available with N4 wind rating, compliant for building in high-wind areas (at a small additional cost based on pod size).

Flooring system included - no slab

With a Backyard Pod, there’s no need for the hassle and expense of pouring a concrete slab, or trying to turn a slab-based shed or garage into a habitable cabin, converting shipping containers, etc.

Backyard Pod kits come complete with an engineered flooring system and yellow-tongue floor, ready for floating floorboards, vinyl, or carpet – any floor covering you choose. Prefab Backyard Pods come complete with your choice of floor coverings as well.

The Backyard Pod floor structure ‘floats’ above-ground on optional foundation piers, allowing easy and economical installation even on sloping land. Flat-pack kits can be installed on our optional skids for portability. All of our prefab Backyard Pods are cyclone-rated and on skids so they’re movable if needed.

Optional DIY foundation piers

Ask for our prefab building catalogue

Only the best-prefabricated pod kits are recommended for your new home office, art studio, she-shed, man-cave, teenage retreat, rumpus, study, music room, yoga space, guest sleep-out – whatever your backyard pod dream!

Quality materials, engineering, and workmanship combine to create a pod that will perform beautifully for many years. Can be made easy to relocate.

  • Genuine BlueScope Steel
  • Prefabrication by Steeline
  • Proudly made in Australia
  • Engineered/certified Class 1
  • Endless design options
  • Your choice of extras
  • Personalised fit-outs
  • DIY or get installation*

Select from our range of exclusive designs for backyard pods with a purpose.

Home offices, studios, sleep-outs, cabins, granny flats, and more. Brilliant floor plans and great-looking structures at incredible prices.

You can also come up with your own customised pod design for Backyard Pods to do the fabrication, construction, and installation. So easy!

 

VIEW DESIGN GALLERY

Basic pod kits can be customised any way you want – with kitchenettes or full kitchens, powder rooms or full bathrooms, air conditioning, and more.

You can even have pods joined together to make a larger space – maybe a whole house for an unbelievably low price compared to conventional construction.

Talk to us about what you’d like to create with your pod.

We can deliver pod kits to almost any location in Australia. Shipping costs vary depending on your location and the size of the pod, as to the size/weight of materials to be delivered.

Access is no problem with pod kits as they are delivered flat-packed and materials can be walked around to the rear of the property for easy assembly.

Although we do not install pods directly, we can often help by introducing an installer or licensed builder in these areas:

Sydney metropolitan area

Melbourne metropolitan area

Newcastle and surrounding areas

Gold Coast and surrounding areas

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Choose from 22 genuine Colorbond® colours

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FEATURED PROJECTS

Gorgeous flat pack 'garden studio' 3m x 6m nestled poolside in village of Blue Mountains NSW

Gorgeous Blue Mountains backyard studio 3m x 6m

This charming poolside backyard studio building, completed in the Blue Mountains, started with a Basic Backyard Pod Kit 3m x 6m in Colorbond® ‘Monument’ and standard foundation piers. The roof is standard skillion profile in standard Zincalume®. How did they get the look?

Part of an existing low-height stone retaining wall was demolished for the pod to be constructed. The stones were recycled as a decorative surround for the piers, making it appear as if the pod is actually built on stone foundations. The timber-framed French doors add to the vintage look that perfectly suits the main residence and the Blue Mountains village atmosphere.

Pool cabana kit Sydney

Stunning inner-Sydney poolside cabana room

One of the superstars in our Sydney backyard pod installer network made dreams come true for his inner-city client with the completion of this stunning, low-budget poolside cabana room in Colorbond® ‘Night Sky’ with black-framed windows, stacker doors, and contemporary outdoor lighting details in black.

In some areas of Australia, like NSW, for example, it can be possible to build a straightforward cabana in the backyard without needing permission.

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Watch rapid on-site assembly

When delivered as a flat-pack kit (rather than prefab), Backyard Pods are fully engineered for structural integrity and easily assembled on-site from the instructions and fixings supplied. You can buy a flat-pack Backyard Pod kit and put it together yourself (with a little help from your friends). Alternatively, you could have a local builder or shed erector install it for you – and here we might be able to help. We know experienced Backyard Pod installers in Sydney, Blue Mountains, Central West NSW, Melbourne, Gold Coast, Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, and other areas. We also know professionals who can help with development applications and building permits if needed for your project. Just ask for more information.

  • NOW AVAILABLE: POD KITS 2.5m to 4.5m WIDE ALL LENGTHS
  • NOW AVAILABLE: DECK AND VERANDA KITS 1.5m + 2m WIDE
  • NOW AVAILABLE: SKIDS TO MAKE RELOCATABLE BUILDINGS
  • NOW AVAILABLE: YOUR CHOICE OF 23 DIFFERENT ROOF COLOURS
  • NOW AVAILABLE: COST-SAVING SEWERAGE FOR GRANNY FLATS
  • NOW AVAILABLE: EXTENDED EAVES AND 'FREE' BLADE WALLS

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Home office tax deductions?

Depending on your circumstances, you may be able to claim a home office pod in your backyard as a business expense if you seek an accountant’s advice.

Granny flats and holiday cabins

Consider turning your home-style hospitality into a money-spinner with cost-effective accommodation pods. Please note that all habitable pod projects (bedrooms, etc) will need relevant approvals.

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Backyard Pods as hang-outs

Kids growing and home too small for their friends to gather? Keep them close but maintain more peace and privacy in the main residence with a Backyard Pod. Backyard Pods can provide the extra room that the whole family needs for storage, work, study, hobbies, or whatever.

BACKYARD PODS MAGAZINE

Latest news and ideas about backyard building projects in Australia

Melbourne granny flat builder attends Backyard Pods summit on Gold Coast between lockdowns

Backyard Pods founder, Mel, held a mini-summit on the Gold Coast with our sales team and Melbourne granny flat builder, Renato, to devise the cheapest and best ways for people to get a granny flat built in Melbourne.

Would a Backyard Pod fit INSIDE the Sydney Harbour Bridge? Yes!

When Transport NSW needed to erect a building inside the northern pylon of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, tight access made prefab buildings unsuitable and conventional construction impractical. Backyard Pods Sydney met this challenge brilliantly, with a flat-pack building kit.

Colorbond® rainwater tanks for granny flats help save environment

In dry Australia, everyone needs to conserve water. Backyard Pods formed a supply partnership with Kingspan to provide slimline Colorbond® rainwater tanks to match our Colorbond® Backyard Pods for delivery in VIC, NSW, ACT, and SE QLD.

Granny flats Melbourne – new VIC backyard building code

Granny flats Melbourne are here at last. Victoria has quietly launched a program to fast-track approvals for secondary dwellings like Backyard Pods. The Melbourne granny flats can be used for extended family or to gain rental income.

Buy exterior wall mounting plates for Colorbond® cladding and water tanks from Backyard Pods

How do you attach exterior lights, taps, and powerpoints to the 762 corrugated profile of Colorbond® external wall cladding? Buy some clever new Corryplates from Backyard Pods.

New weatherboard-look Colorbond cladding now available in Sydney, Central Coast, Newcastle, Hunter

While many people believe the traditional corrugated profile of Colorbond cladding is perfectly synonymous with the Australian landscape, others will prefer the square-style profile of Bonville for a low-maintenance weatherboard look.

How to build DIY bedroom with Backyard Pods and Handyman

This month we are featured in Handyman Magazine, how to “How to build a backyard bedroom by yourself” – our DIY backyard bedroom solution. You can see our ad and editorial feature in Handyman, available at all Bunnings stores or by subscription (a great gift for handypeople). Many people who are handy with power tools,…

New Backyard Pods range with extended eaves

Exciting news for would-be Backyard Pod owners everywhere is our new range of pods with extended eaves. While most people think pods look cute with their simple basic shape, people wanting to make a whole house out of pods or wanting an extension to an existing home are starting to prefer our new range of…

Talking DIY backyard pod projects with Handyman magazine

We went along to Sydney Build Expo at Moore Park to check out the latest building supplies that could be suitable to recommend for backyard pod projects. The expo was great and we exchanged contact details with several suppliers with a view to bringing their products onboard in future. It took ages to get right…

Prefab buildings or flat-pack kits

FEATURED ACCESSORIES

Attach exterior lights, powerpoints, and more with corrugated-wall mounting plates

You can buy external wall mounting plates for corrugated profiles like Colorbond® right here. The ‘small’ size covers two corrugations, perfect for mounting smaller items like external powerpoints, switches, taps, etc. The ‘large’ size covers three corrugations and is ideal for mounting larger items like external lighting and making openings for pipework, etc. Choose your external wall mounting plates below and we’ll ship promptly by Australia Post.

BUY CORRUGATED WALL-MOUNTING PLATES FOR COLORBOND HERE

*For DIY backyard studios, granny flats, offices, and other building projects, owner/builders will need previous building experience and appropriate tools