ISSUE 7  |  Drought Week

Outbuilding of the Week: An Instant Backyard Room for Work and Play

February 20, 2015 11:00 AM

BY Margot Guralnick

Designed by Australia’s ArchiBlox, these instant Backyard Rooms–well, practically instant–create extra living or studio space, and they’re small enough that no building permit is required. All you do is pick a size, configure, and place the order. Six weeks later: Your room has arrived.

Photographs via Backyard Room.

Above: Available in several models and sizes (including a two-story layout), the Backyard Room can be customized with various windows and doors. Prices range from $15,840 AUD ($12,335 USD) to more than $150,000 AUD ($116,809).  

Above: ArchiBlox specializes in prefabricated design. The team’s modular workspaces have built-in bathrooms, kitchens, desk areas, and bookshelves. Some have green roofs, too.

Above: The perfect place to launch your startup? 

Above: Backyard Rooms also work well as guest rooms and teen lairs.

Above: An office nook with a view. Backyard Rooms are currently available in Australia only; we’re hoping they make their way Stateside soon.

For another of our favorite prefab cottages, see A Tiny Backyard Guest Studio (Sleeps One). No room for a pop-up shed? Try repurposing your garage, as in Outbuilding of the Week: The 186-Square-Foot Guest Cottage.