Real-life DIY customer project stories

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It’s easy to DIY your Backyard Pod – all you need is some basic construction skills and attention to compliance. Everything for basic installation is included in the Aussie-made kit, it’s more-or-less like assembling Swedish furniture from illustrated instructions (just more serious, folks – this is a structural BUILDING project, not a bookcase). Read these genuine DIY case studies, check details, and ask us for help if needed before ordering your Backyard Pod kit.

IMPORTANT NOTE: You should not attempt any major DIY backyard building project unless you have the necessary tools AND some previous building experience, or a tradie friend or relative to rely on if you need practical advice on basic installation. The instructions that come with backyard pod kits are simple but not easily understood by people with insufficient structural building experience. If in doubt, ask us for help to get a quote from an experienced installer in your area.

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DEAR CUSTOMERS: Please send us more pics and stories because other customers love learning from what you’ve achieved, like these examples:

Aaron 3.6m x 7m Beerburrum, QLD

Simple DIY backyard studio with ensuite for bedsitter cabin 3.6m x 7m at Sunshine Coast QLD

With previous building experience and the right tools, people can save on building a DIY backyard studio. Look at these stage-by-stage construction shots sent by our Sunshine Coast customer who is now the proud owner/builder of a modern 3.6m x 7m backyard studio – a bedsitter cabin with ensuite and kitchenette.

DIY home office 4m x 5m with veranda - Lithgow, NSW

DIY home office 4m x 5m with veranda at Lithgow NSW

At Lithgow, Blue Mountains NSW, this customer completed a DIY home office pod 4m x 5m with veranda. To undertake a DIY home office you WILL need previous building experience (or friends with know-how), and the right tools for the job. Otherwise, use one of the experienced installers in our network. The veranda and deck kit on this Backyard Pod is an optional extra – customers choose their own decking.

Poolside rumpus with bathroom at Reedy Creek in 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…

DIY multi-purpose flat pack cabin at Windsor Downs in 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…

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…

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…

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…