Real-life customers and their project stories

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Browse real-life case studies about customers who did their research and decided on a Backyard Pod. DIY project or installed by local trades, many Backyard Pod customers have saved lots of money compared to traditional construction and achieved a great result they can enjoy for many years to come. Thanks to the customers who’ve been happy to share their stories and photographs of their own Backyard Pods to help people like you.

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Bathroom and laundry extension 2.5 x 5m + 4 x 7m L-shaped in Bonville cladding - Croydon NSW

Bathroom and laundry extension 2.5 x 5m + 4 x 7m L-shaped in Bonville cladding at Croydon NSW

This approved bathroom and laundry 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 looking at a bathroom pod or laundry pod can also consider turning the pod into a home extension rather than a separate building.

Garden office pod 3m x 6m with Eaves and blade walls in Strathmore, VIC

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

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…

DIY 2-bedroom holiday cabin 3.6m x 13m with customised facade near Ballina NSW

DIY 2-bedroom holiday cabin 3.6m x 13m with customised facade near Ballina NSW

David and Mark have a beautiful property not far from Ballina in northern NSW, where they provide family respite accommodation. They had one respite cabin on the property, made from an upcycled mining donger (pre-used demountable building). But when the time came to create a second and even better cabin, their options were limited. Their…

The ultimate man-cave Sunbury VIC - main entrance by day

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

Dave’s wife gave him an ultimatum: “Get your pinball machines out of the house or else!” So, Dave embarked on finding a way to enjoy his vintage amusements with his mates and kids, without disrupting the household, which led him to Backyard Pods. Dave explored several options, such as getting a shed on a concrete…

Granny flat Blue Mountains NSW

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.

Granny flat 3m x 8m eaves Melbourne, Mornington VIC - Melbourne granny flat approval

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 security post at National Art School, Darlinghurst, Sydney, NSW

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…

DIY multi-purpose flat pack cabin in Windsor Downs - Sydney, NSW

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…

3m x 10m budget-minded granny flat at Redcliffe, Brisbane QLD

Budget-minded granny flat 3m x 10m at Redcliffe, Brisbane QLD

Our customer needed a budget granny flat so an elderly mother could be cared for close to the family home, whilst still maintaining her independence and privacy. The list of needs included a spacious bathroom with plenty of storage for linen and towels. A queen-sized bedroom, with ample wardrobe space, and an open plan living/dining…

Low cost granny flat - Tamborine, Gold Coast - QLD

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…

Multi-bedroom 'Brady Bunch' sleep-out pod 4.5m x 14m with eaves - suburban Aspley, Brisbane QLD

Multi-bedroom ‘Brady Bunch’ sleep-out pod 4.5m x 14m with eaves in suburban Aspley, Brisbane QLD

When this couple decided to make it official and move in together they had a happy hurdle to overcome. Where to accommodate their blended family? Brisbane’s own ‘Brady Bunch’, three boys and three girls ranging in ages from seven to 16, had outgrown the four-bedroom 1950’s fibro-Queenslander home in suburban Aspley. Doubling-up in bunk beds…

Gorgeous 3m x 6m flat pack garden studio - Blue Mountains, NSW

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…

Luxury self-contained yoga retreat in Byron Bay, Northern NSW

Luxury self-contained ‘yoga retreat’ 4.5m x 10m with eaves for Byron Bay acreage, northern NSW

In this busy world of ours, we could all use a little space to breathe. With more and more of us working from home, it can be difficult to carve out time for rest, respite, and wellbeing in our daily lives. Jade is another happy customer who has invited some breathing space into her life…

Relocatable catering pod - Kalbar, QLD

Relocatable commercial catering pod 2.5m x 4m on skids at wedding venue in Kalbar QLD

The wonderful White Chapel function centre at Kalbar, in Queensland’s beautiful Scenic Rim region, needed a cost-effective and relocatable small building to use for extra storage and preparation space at their operations on the site of an historic former Church. One of the key factors in choosing a solution was that it needed to be…