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Backyard Cabins: The Ultimate Solution to Rising Rent Prices!

Backyard cabins and granny flats have become a popular solution for homeowners seeking additional space on their properties. These small, self-contained units are ideal for accommodating guests, and teenage kids, or generating extra income as potential Airbnb rentals.

With the rental crisis affecting most Australian cities, backyard cabins, and granny flats have emerged as smart alternatives for both renters and homeowners.

So, what exactly are backyard cabins and granny flats? These detached units are typically located in a homeowner's backyard and are often self-contained, featuring their own entrance, kitchen, bathroom, and living space.

The rise in popularity of backyard cabins and granny flats can be attributed to their affordability and versatility.

For renters, they offer an affordable, self-contained living space that provides more privacy and independence than a traditional apartment and for homeowners, these units offer a way to generate extra income or help your kids, family members, or aging relatives, live comfortably and affordably, close to home.

The median unit rental price in Sydney is $550 per week, that's $28,000 per year. Just 3 years of renting will set you back just shy of $90,000. Our customers are putting these funds to good use and upgrading their homes.

$90,000 spent on a backyard cabin could easily add a 5-10% premium to your home when it comes time to sell, not to mention, it's far cheaper than a renovation and there is always potential to generate income by renting it out as an Airbnb.

In addition to being a smart alternative to renting traditional apartments or buying larger homes, owning a backyard cabin or granny flat has many benefits. These units provide extra living space, and can be easily repurposed once unoccupied for a variety of purposes such as a home office, gym, or art studio.

However, before purchasing a backyard cabin or granny flat, there are several factors to consider. These include checking local zoning laws, ensuring the unit meets building codes and regulations, obtaining necessary permits, understanding maintenance requirements, and considering the overall cost of construction.

Our expert team has built hundreds of Backyard Cabins and Granny Flats in New South Wales and would be more than happy to discuss your upcoming project and help you out with any questions you might have.

Backyard cabins and granny flats offer an affordable and versatile solution for those seeking extra living space or additional income. As such, they are becoming an increasingly popular alternative to traditional apartment rental for grown-up kids who are working or studying and families looking to downsize their aging parents into a safe, comfortable space only a few meters from their back door.


1. How much does a backyard cabin cost? The cost of a backyard cabin depends on a variety of factors, including the size of the cabin, the materials used, and any additional amenities. All of our pricing is available online so why not start configuring your build today?

2. How long does it take to build a backyard cabin? The time it takes to build a backyard cabin varies depending on the size and complexity of the project. At Custom Creations, we aim to complete most projects within 4-8 weeks.

3. Do I need a permit to build a backyard cabin? Permit requirements vary depending on your location and the size and style of the cabin you plan to build. Our team can help you navigate any local regulations and obtain any necessary permits for your project.

4. What materials are used to build a backyard cabin? At Custom Creations, we use high-quality, materials such as timber and steel to build our backyard cabins. We also offer a range of customizable options for finishes and features.

5. Can I live in a backyard cabin full-time? The regulations around living in a backyard cabin full-time vary depending on your location. Our team can help you understand any local regulations and ensure that your cabin is compliant with all necessary requirements.


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