The trendy American-style ‘tiny house’ concept is not so relevant in Australia where it makes more sense (and costs less) to buy and renovate an old caravan or bus compared to building a quaint little boxy structure on wheels good enough to pass road vehicle registration! Instead, many smart-thinking people wanting to downsize or live mortgage-free are using a certified Class 1 Backyard Pod kit as a tiny house kit to create a compliant secondary dwelling on an existing property.

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…

Respite by the CreekDIY 2-bedroom holiday cabin 3.6m x 13m 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…

Granny flat Blue Mountains NSW

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

The term ‘granny flat’ shouldn’t deter anyone from enjoying the privacy and security of a modern-day garden apartment on the family property, even where N4 wind rating is needed. This spacious, stylish ‘man-pad’ is the home of someone who returned from serving overseas in the defence forces. The goal was to create a 1-bedroom fully…

Accessible granny flat 3m x 8m eaves and veranda - Mornington

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

Some councils that don’t permit granny flats for potential renting may allow a DPU (dependent person’s unit) to be built on the property to accommodate a family member if certain structural and situational conditions are met. A customer with a lovely home on Melbourne’s desirable Mornington Peninsula purchased a 3m x 8m Backyard Pod kit…

Backyard Pods - Redcliffe QLD

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

Our customer needed a 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 with…

Backyard Pods kit for Sharon | 3.6m x 14m | Tamborine, Gold Coast

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 Backyard Pod 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 flats,…

Backyard Pods 'yoga retreat' - 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…

Backyards Pods granny flat with Veranda - suburban Melbourne

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

In Melbourne, the challenge of extended family living was resolved by cost-effective completion of an approved granny flat (DPU) in a Backyard Pod. A working mum with a young son was living with her mother and grandmother. After her grandmother passed away, it was time to re-assess living arrangements for her mother, her son and…

“Eliza” 1BR FSC 4m x 11m

DESCRIPTION: 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 5.9m, flexible furniture placement…

Granny flat builders Redcliffe, 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,…

Granny flat builders Five Dock

1BR granny flat 4m x 10m for Sydney backyard rental bonanza – BUILDING NOW

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 in the far corner could…

Garden studio flat Melbourne

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 study room 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 years…

Sydney demo backyard pod layout view #6

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

Well, 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 – the backyard pods revolution in housing availability and affordability – it’s already here.