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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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…

Backyard Pods diy teen retreat - Central West NSW

DIY eco-friendly studio pod 3m x 6m in harsh rural environment, remote Central West NSW

The ‘extra space’ dilemma is solved on a rural acreage in Central West, NSW when a DIY Backyard Pod features many energy-efficient, environmentally-friendly materials and is powered ‘off-the-grid’ to become a potential combination guest sleep-out and home office. Background The property was unusual as it featured a partly-restored community hall and adjacent amenities room which…

DIY Scandi-style studio backyard pod - Ainslie ACT

DIY Scandi-style ‘creative studio with ensuite’ 3m x 7m for suburban backyard in Canberra ACT

With basic construction skills and attention to compliance, you can save on your Backyard Pod with DIY. This prospect appealed to a family living in a suburb of Canberra. They needed versatile studio space to suit the various needs of a couple and three children. How did they achieve their plans? Take a look at…

Affordable future-ready granny flat (DPU) 4m x 8m with veranda in suburban Melbourne VIC

Affordable future-ready granny flat (DPU) 4m x 8m with veranda in suburban Melbourne VIC

How to build a low-cost granny flat in Melbourne – three generations, one suburban property In Melbourne, the challenge of extended family living was resolved by cost-effective completion of an approved affordable and future-ready granny flat (DPU) in a Backyard Pod. A working mum with a young son was living with her mother and grandmother.…

Relocatable hygiene-certified commercial business pod 3m x 3m Gold Coast QLD

Relocatable hygiene-certified commercial business pod 3m x 3m Gold Coast QLD

It’s amazing the many ways people are using Backyard Pods to find creative building solutions for unusual situations. Using skids, instead of foundation piers, smaller pods can be movable. This option has been adopted by customers in a variety of different situations. One of these on the Gold Coast we found quite surprising from several…

1 BR backyard pod kit size 4m x 11m with internal layout

“Eliza” 1BR FSC 4m x 11m

DESCRIPTION: 1 BR backyard pod kit size 4m x 11m with internal layout as follows: dual entry with 2x double-glazed sliding doors 2150mm x 1800mm kitchenette approx 2.3m-wide 1800mm-wide with sink and integrated waste; built-in microwave with cooktop over; wall cabinets over for additional storage; medium-sized fridge located on the opposite partition wall open-plan living/dining area approx 3.85m x…

DIY storage pod 3m x 6m in Toongabie, Sydney, NSW

DIY storage pod 3m x 6m rapidly completed in Toongabbie, Sydney NSW

Mark needed a  Basic Backyard Pod Kit 3m x 6m in ‘Colorbond® Wallaby’ (grey) delivered ASAP for an urgent DIY ‘storage shed’ project in Toongabbie, Sydney. He placed an order and by 11 January 2018, his deposit had been received. On 7 February 2018, his pod kit was delivered at midday and straight away Mark started his…

1 BR driveway apartment 3m x 10m for daughter in Brisbane

1BR ‘driveway apartment’ 3m x 10m for daughter in Brisbane

A family in Brisbane needed a ‘tiny house’ for a grown-up daughter still happily living-at-home, yet there was no space available in the yard behind the house. Our challenge was to come up with a backyard pod design that would fit neatly into the property’s driveway-width side lawn area. After viewing the property via Google Satellite,…

1 BR granny flat 4m x 10m in Sydney - backyard rental bonanza

1BR backyard granny flat for rent – 4m x 10m kit in Sydney – BUILDING NOW

Granny flat for rent – The owner of a contemporary-style renovated home on a large block in Five Dock, Sydney, was tired of mowing the unused rear section of the backyard, behind an existing swimming pool and pool-shed. This valuable land was simply going to waste and a nuisance to maintain. An old garden shed…

Compact studio flat 4m x 5m for homecoming Melbourne student

Compact ‘studio flat’ 4m x 5m for homecoming Melbourne student

A parent was quick to recognise that an adult son, soon returning from overseas travel to resume studies, would benefit in many ways from having a separate backyard studio flat with kitchenette, bed, wardrobe, and ensuite built for him on the family property in a trendy inner-Melbourne suburb. He could occupy it for a few…

1 BR granny flat 4m x 8m for Gold Coast

1BR ‘granny flat’ 4m x 8m for Gold Coast poolside downsizers

At Mermaid Beach, a couple with an established home wanted to explore the option of building a granny flat in their backyard. They could rent it out for the time being, and use it themselves if the maintenance of the main house and swimming pool ever became too onerous. This idea is gaining popularity as…

Plans for dream granny flat backyard pod in Sydney

Plans for ‘dream’ granny flat pod in Sydney – versatile 4m x 7.5m

We’re often asked: “Do you have some completed backyard pods we could look at in Sydney?” The answer, theoretically, is “yes” as there are completed backyard pods all over the place in NSW, VIC, and QLD – home offices, teenage retreats, hobby workshops, granny flats, even whole houses put together using our pods. In practical…

Backyard Pods 9 News

Backyard Pods (“granny pods”) featured on Channel Nine News

What are granny pods? They are small secondary dwellings in the backyard, intended to accommodate elder relatives. We’ve been saying it for ages, so it was no surprise when Channel Nine News featured Backyard Pods with the headline: “The mini real estate boom emerging in Queensland”. It’s not just in Queensland, but all over Australia…

Self-contained backyard cabin 3m x 6m with IKEA fit out

Self-contained backyard cabin 3m x 6m with IKEA fit-out

Is it possible to fit a self-contained cabin into a 3m x 6m backyard pod? Yes! That’s the astonishing answer – complete with practical kitchenette and bathroom with optional full-sized bath. Check out this clever tiny house design for a compact and functional self-contained cabin solution on a tight budget with no compromise on style. Incredible exercise…

Home office studio for two - 3m x 6m backyard pod with IKEA fit out

Home office studio for two in 3m x 6m pod with IKEA fit-out

The growth in working-from-home and home-based businesses is causing many home owners to wonder how to integrate their business requirements into their home environment without impacting either in a negative way. Lack of space inside the home is a common problem, and even when there is a spare room inside the home suitable for use as an…