Dennis – Sydney, Blue Mountains, Canberra to Newcastle
Dennis has a background in industrial abseiling – repairing and painting large buildings – followed by years of professional waterproofing. In 2000, Dennis entered the construction industry to focus on roofing. Dennis’s first encounter with Backyard Pods was back in August 2018 on a large house extension project in Croydon, NSW, where both 2.5m x 5m and 4m x 7m Backyard Pods were used to create a bathroom and laundry extension that wrapped around one side of the house, in an L-shape. It was also the very first time we had ever used the newly-released Bonville cladding profile.
Dennis is probably the most experienced preferred installer we refer to, and hence his workload allows him to perform work only to the ‘lock-up’ stage (not including the interior fit-out), which suits many customers wanting to do more of the detailed work themselves. Dennis quickly mastered the art of adding eaves to Backyard Pods when they were recently released and has now completed three projects with eaves. In August 2020, Dennis celebrated the completion of his 21st Backyard Pod and he has an extensive photo gallery to show for it. And so he should because he covers a very large area – from Canberra to Newcastle.
Dennis says: “I really like building these [Backyard Pods] because they go together so easily.” In the office, we joke between ourselves that Dennis “could erect one blindfolded”, and he’s super-quick as well.
Dennis is not a licensed builder, but you don’t need to be with a Backyard Pod kit being delivered as a fully engineered and certified flat pack. In NSW, for any Backyard Pod over 20sqm in size or to be used as a habitable dwelling, the homeowner needs to get an Owner Building permit in order to engage Dennis to undertake work. This sounds complicated but it’s quite easy really. You can refer to the Service NSW website for more information here >> https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/transaction/apply-owner-builder-permit
Stefan – CBD & Greater Sydney
Stefan runs a company that mainly does property maintenance, servicing the Sydney CBD and outer suburbs, particularly in the west. We first came in contact with Stefan when supplying a Backyard Pod flat-pack building kit to be used as an office for the security gate at The National Art School in Darlinghurst, situated at the former Darlinghurst Gaol. The heritage-listed site did not allow any significant changes to the existing buildings, so the Backyard Pod was used to accommodate state-of-the-art, high-tech security systems, and security personnel at the front gate, exactly where needed. Stefan assembled the structure on skids for easy relocation in the future, should the need arise.
Nominated for the PENRITH CITY LOCAL BUSINESS AWARDS in 2019, Stefan and his team are well equipped to assist Backyard Pod customers in all facets of the construction build, from lock-up (assembled and weathertight with flooring but no interior lining) to turnkey (fully completed). They can handle all aspects of fit-outs such as Carpentry, Cabinetry, Electrical, Painting, Plumbing, Insulation and Soundproofing, Doors, Windows and Security Screens, Plumbing, Plastering, Roofing, Floor Laying and Tiling, Deck Building and Fencing. The team specialises in budget fit-outs using off-the-shelf flat pack solutions such as IKEA or Kaboodle. They say: “you source, we’ll install it”.
It’s always a pleasure reading Stefan’s online reviews:
John from Colyton, NSW Aug 2020
Called in short notice and organised his crew to help me which was greatly much appreciated didn’t think I would be able to do it. Guys were friendly, easy-going, fast and hard workers they listened to what I wanted to do. If you need these guys to dig holes for your Piers they can do it fast and efficiently as well.
Graham B from Gymea Bay, NSW Jul 2020
Professional, friendly. Did a great job with no fuss. Basic Carpentry and fit-out of my Backyard Pod.
Pauline from Emu Plains, NSW Jul 2020
Good communication, quick and tidy work.
Jane from Hornsby, NSW Sep 2019
Stefan was very helpful, did the job well, and was very reasonably priced.
Elicia from Wolli Creek, NSW Jul 2019
Thank you so much! Such a great service, prompt and did an amazing job at replacing my old garden shed with my new Backyard Pod potting shed and craft space.
Emily L from Baulkham Hills, NSW Apr 2019
Stefan was quick to respond and provided excellent and thorough service. Would use his services again and recommend him to family and friends.
Noeline from Ermington, NSW Mar 2019
Very prompt and courteous communication and good teamwork in completing my job
Gavin G from Rushcutters Bay, NSW Aug 2018
Great on-time arrival. Did exactly what was required in the designated time. Great rate also. Friendly honest tradesman.