DE­SIGN YOUR OWN

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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

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