DESIGN YOUR OWN
Australians are keen renovators and it seems that enthusiasm is also being applied to backyards.
“People are taking control over what they’re wanting in their backyard,” says In Outside director Julie Atkinson. “They want to customise and design it.”
In Outside, which makes prefabricated outdoor rooms, has a tool on its website so people can customise their own garden studio. Popular sizes include 5m x 3m and 6m x 4m. Julie says people are also opting for their backyard rooms — which come as a flatpack — over home extensions.
“People are getting quoted $300,000 or $400,000 for essentially the same size room, attached to the back of the house, when they can get the same with us for $60,000 or in some cases $30,000.
She says a bonus in NSW is the studios can often be installed without going to council.
“It’s considered an exempt shed because it’s a prefabricated transportable building, so it’s exempt in most areas,” Julie says. “If it becomes a liveable space, if you add a bathroom, you would have to go through the processes, but lots of people do and it’s not a great deal more to do that.”
In Outside has released a new range of studios which can’t be customised, priced from $8000 to $12,000. inoutside.com.au
Brad Griffin, BG Photography