Our 3m x 6m pod kit is most popular
We’ve had more customers complete their backyard building projects with one of our Backyard Pod 3m x 6m flatpack kits than any size. Whether for a DIY building project, installed to lockup, or completed, the 18sqm option is the most popular. Often exempt in NSW as a non-habitable room less than 20sqm, our 3m x 6m building is also often approved for occupation as a bedroom with ensuite and kitchenette, home office, pool house, backyard cabin, or studio with/without facilities.
See here one of our favourite examples – an approved pool house that doubles as a spacious guest cabin with ensuite. We love the use of our double-glazed sliding doors and awning-style windows inviting breezes while deflecting any showers. As a guest suite, it enhances the property value.
Start with your basic flat-pack pod kit
Inclusions: Fully engineered as a Class 1 (Habitable Dwelling), prefabricated in Australia from quality materials, the flatpack building kit from Backyard Pods includes the flooring system and flooring (Yellow Tongue); heavy-duty wall frames; corrugated Colorbond® exterior walls; wall sarking (thermal barrier); low-profile skillion Zincalume® roof with Permastop fibreglass roof insulation; guttering system (rear); screws and fixings; full drawings and instructions for DIY installation or local tradesperson; optional pre-engineered foundation piers. Choose from the full range of Colorbond® colours for your exterior walls. Our optional square-profile cladding is available in some areas.
Exclusions: Add your own choice of doors, windows, floor covering, wall lining, etc, to finish and personalise your pod. You can choose from our recommended range of double-glazed windows and doors or use any kind you like, even timber-framed. If you choose from elsewhere, tell us the opening sizes and we can supply your lintels. Otherwise, if you’re getting your Backyard Pod installed for you, your builder might like to supply the windows and doors.
Dimensions: The pod size is based on external wall measurements. Height from the existing ground level to the roof ridge (including piers) can be within 3m if required. The internal ceiling height is approx. 2450mm to 2650mm (raked). The skillion roof pitch is 5 °.
Shipping: Any auto-estimates for freight are approximate. Confirmation will depend on the details of your location and final kit size and weight. We will quote shipping specifics before finalising your order so you know what it will cost and what to expect.
Payment: Fabrication will commence when your 50% deposit is received. We do not accept deposits until your order specifications and delivery costs are confirmed. Contact us for current lead times in your area, terms and conditions, etc.
Get installation if you want it done for you
We don’t install pod kits directly, which de-risks your project. For your peace of mind, any warranties on your completed building are provided by licensed builders in your area with their own insurance as required by your state regulations. In most locations, we know experienced installers and licensed builders to help with your pod building and other requirements. You can get installation done to the lock-up stage, and finish the internals yourself. You can also get your entire project completed for you. Just ask us and we can probably help with your requirements. You could get local tradespeople to do the job for you by following the instructions. Alternatively, many of our customers are doing DIY building projects or acting as owner-builders to manage their projects. It’s up to you. We can help you save and achieve your dream any way you like.
Need something different? Get a custom quote
Installers and builders can help you with all kinds of customisations – even joining two large pods together to make an L-shape or whole house! Construction with our flatpack building kits is often half the cost of conventional construction methods. Get your builder or architect to specify your modifications and within reason, we can help.
Great for DIY builders and owner-builders
Countless people have successfully completed their own backyard building projects using our flatpack kits. If you have the right tools and previous building experience, you will love the ease and precision of our pre-engineered steel fabrications. Even as an owner-builder, handling your trades, you will find your whole project much easier to manage and control using our flatpack building kits as your basic structure and taking it from there. If you like DIY but don’t have time to undertake construction, you can get installation done to the lock-up stage and then save by completing your interior fit-out DIY. Some customers involve family and friends in their projects too.
Check first if approval is needed – we can help
While many Backyard Pods are successfully completed without needing approval, it depends on your intended purposes and relevant regulations. The regulations for habitable backyard studios and granny flats can be straightforward for some property owners and more complex for others. It’s your responsibility to ensure that whatever you’re doing in your backyard is compliant with the regulations that are specific to your property and intended purposes. If you’re not sure about what you can or can’t build at your place without approval, we can give general advice for starters. We can also help with low-cost professional assistance if your project will need approval.
Suitable for certification as a granny flat, etc
When erected according to the instructions, the engineering specifications of Backyard Pods comply with the Australian building code as being suitable for certification as a habitable dwelling (eg: granny flat, guest cabin, primary residence, etc). This is important to know because not every building or assembled building kit will meet the requirements for an occupancy certificate. There are no such issues getting genuine Backyard Pods approved or certified for occupancy anywhere in Australia. With Backyard Pods, you know you are getting a trusted Australian-made product that has been successfully proven for many years.