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…

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…

New ‘Bonville’ cladding now available in greater Sydney, Central Coast, Newcastle, Hunter region

While many people believe the traditional corrugated profile of Colorbond is perfectly synonymous with the Australian landscape, others will prefer the square-style profile of ‘Bonville’ which can give the impression of a more Hamptons-style or urban-contemporary architectural look. Customers in the Sydney metropolitan area, Newcastle, Central Coast, and Hunter region can now choose ‘Bonville’ cladding…

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…

Relocatable office pod 3m x 4m at heritage-listed 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 office to ‘touch the earth lightly’ and not interfere with the existing…

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 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 in this…

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…

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,…

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…

DIY backyard ‘teen hangout’ 3m x 5m at Walloon, Ipswich QLD

Peter needed a 3 x 5m Basic Backyard Pod kit on foundation piers, in ColorBond® Pale Eucalypt delivered to Ipswich. The Backyard Pod is to be used as an entertaining space/teen hang out, and with the ability to be completely open with a large bi-folding 3600mm glass door. Peter works 6 days per week yet…

Gorgeous ‘garden studio’ 3m x 6m nestled poolside in village of Blue Mountains NSW

A creative Blue Mountains resident dreamed of a low-cost 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 a low…

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…

Commercial catering pod 2.5m x 4m on skids at 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…

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 virtually powered ‘off-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…

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

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…

Backyard Pod fit for business ‘King’ 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…

“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…

Victorian Building Permit Free Online Self-Assessment Tool

Do Victorian residents need a building permit to erect a backyard pod? We explore this issue and offer some insight into our new and exclusive free online self-assessment tool. The tiny house movement has taken the world by storm. People are using this concept to create everything from a permanent home to studio space. In…

How to build DIY bedroom with Backyard Pods and Handyman

This month we are featured in Handyman Magazine, how to “How to build a backyard bedroom by yourself” – our DIY backyard bedroom solution. You can see our ad and editorial feature in Handyman, available at all Bunnings stores or by subscription (a great gift for handypeople). Many people who are handy with power tools,…

New Backyard Pods range with extended eaves

Exciting news for would-be Backyard Pod owners everywhere is our new range of pods with extended eaves. While most people think pods look cute with their simple basic shape, people wanting to make a whole house out of pods or wanting an extension to an existing home are starting to prefer our new range of…

Talking DIY backyard pod projects with Handyman magazine

We went along to Sydney Build Expo at Moore Park in March 2018 to check out the latest building supplies that could be suitable to recommend for backyard pod projects. The expo was great and we exchanged contact details with several suppliers with a view to bringing their products onboard in future. It took ages…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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 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 (“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.

Tiny house TV shows gain Aussie following

Where did all these tiny house TV shows come from? Spawned by global pressures of population growth combined with diminishing resources, the growing interest in tiny houses seems to be more than a passing fad, and possibly indicative of what will become the new normal in housing solutions. Post-GFC America would lay claim to declaring this…

Ecocapsule by Nice Architects: sustainable tiny houses (at a price)

According to a report by Dana McCauley for News.com.au, the Ecocapsule by Nice Architects is the home for 2016. Ecocapsule interior view Managing to squeeze a bedroom, kitchenette, workspace, dining room and ensuite bathroom into an egg-shaped module just 2.25 x 4.5m, the Ecocapsule concept is ultimately about compact sustainable living – a tiny house for…

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 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…

Studio sleep-out pod 3m x 6m with IKEA fit-out

Sometimes people need backyard pods to be a flexible space – one that can be used for extra sleeping or guest accommodation but not quite as self-contained as a proper ‘granny flat’. Anyway, not everyone needs a bathroom in their sleep-out pod if there is easy access from the pod to a main bathroom or…

Bathroom and laundry pod 3m x 3m with IKEA fit-out