About BBS

Heavy timberframe structures

 

What you can get from us.

What we do:

Byron Backyard make structures using old-time heavy timberframe carpentry, and modern prefab steel & SIP panel construction methods.  We can make a range of structures such as : garden gazebo, pool house, ‘man-cave’, sleepout, workshop, shed, backyard studio, ‘tiny-house’, not-so-tiny house, garage with flat above, barn-house etc. Maybe we’ll make one for you (or maybe we won’t). We’re of an amiable disposition, and like to stay that way in the execution of the task of good joinery. In order to maintain this, we have some conditions on how we work.

Our structures are made to a high standard, meet Australian Building Code, are engineer-approved and come with plans to (or including) subfloor for council submission. Because customers want different finishing materials, and even changes to the frame design, we can price the structure, and estimate the finishing cost, to be better-defined once the customer has decided preference. While we can quote non-frame related material expensies, we prefer to just make and assemble the frame; you can elect to complete the envelope and fitout yourself or with your own builder.
We are based in Northern New South Wales, and can supply anywhere in Australia, providing there is a transport network to get the kit to you. For Sydney & Melbourne, we may make the structure and/or source finishing materials locally.

Who we build for:

We build for those who are patient, friendly and understanding. Heavy timber-framing is very involved. One reason it nigh disappeared, is that it’s on the wrong side of the time = money ledger for most folk. With heavy timber-framing large beams with small powertools & mallet on chisel, it’s difficult to accurately assess how long a project may actually take – even if we’ve made it before – but each day advances the project.  For those who wish a faster and more time-certain outcome, we are also offering our ‘kits’ with industrial-production alternative building methods and materials, such as SIPs, CLT/DLT, Insulwall, Hebel panels etc… feel free to open dialogue with us on your requirements.

We can build on provision of your own plans, or we can build based on the frames shown below.

 

Cabins 18-60 sqm

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Nihon 20sqm

A genuine Japanese timberframe, design taken verbatim from a hundred year old farm worker’s cottage in rural Nagano-ken, Japan. 20 sqm + porch at sit-height level.

Two-purlins, one ridgebeam, hardwood rafters.

Options: Japanese-style cladding, genuine Kawara clay tile roof, Met-tile metal roof (Kawara-like), wooden doors & window frames. Larger dimension frame possible.

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Saltbox 20+ sqm

The saltbox frame is a classic design, popular in North American colonial days.  5 x 4m on the floor and 5 x 2.5 in the sleeping loft.

For minimal investment, you’ll have a great extra bedroom/sleep-out or office; add a porch roof for versatility.

$16,000 excl. includes standard frame with loft.

$19,000 excl. includes roof dormer, with larger loft.

Subfloor additional.

Estimate to live-in stage incl. frame, foundation, roof, insulation, cladding, windows, doors, flooring, ceiling, kitchen, bathroom: $30,000 to $50,000, depending on standard.

Smaller version 4 x 3.5m ground floor $13,000 excl. includes standard frame with 2 x 3.5m sleeping loft. Ideal sleepout/extra bedroom/office.  Possible to be completed including frame on skid footings for $20,000 budget standard. 3m from ground to ridge peak can be made, otherwise 4.5m height.

 

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Bluesky 18-24 sqm

A great extra bedroom; Bluesky at up to 20sqm and 3m from ground to top of roof ridge (subfloor being bearers & joists, or on slab) means this likely meets local council’s assessment requirements as being a ‘shed’. The Skillion roof Bluesky frame has generous headroom. We use quality aluminium joinery from Stegbar, and connecting materials from Rotho Blaas.

Options: subfloor, bathroom, kithen bench & cabinets, additional windows, Bondor panel roof, gable roofline, slight change in dimensions to customer preference.

Frame can be for slab or post & pier/Cross Laminated Timber platform

20 sqm Bluesky, enclosed, excl.footings: $22,500 low-budget spec, $26,000 mid-budget spec  including GST and freight allowance. 

Price includes royalty payment to the architect.

Contact us for detail on your requirements.

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Out Back Studio 27 sqm

Large-enough to be home, the Out Back studio can have rooms capable of becoming a bathroom, kitchen and bedroom, or keep it open-plan. 4 x 8m standard.

Kit price: $25,000 incl.  Includes structure and stud wall in-fill timber, sarking, plans and engineering to subfloor, windows & doors, roofing & cladding allowance, Yellow-tongue flooring, porch with treated pine decking.

Options: CLT floor,  change in dimensions, engineering of subfloor.

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Alleycat 35 sqm

Be it a garage, a workshop or a studio/sleepout, the Alleycat is a fine & versatile design: three heavy timber Queen-post trusses at 35 degree pitch, purlins + ridge board, a mezzanine (or full upper floor option), 4.8m from floor to roof peak.

Storage lean-to can be on either side, or add another lean-to or verandah for more floorspace.
Frame-kit price: $28,500 excl. ex yard. Includes post & beam frame, roof, mezzanine floor, exterior stud wall in-fill timber (treated pine), connecting materials, windows, door, cladding allowance, plans and engineering to (but not including) subfloor. A good price for what you’re getting.

Options: more windows, subfloor.

With a moderate increase of investment, you can increase the height of the upper floor, add another bay to the frame (for staircase or larger living room), add another lean-to, and you’ll have a small home.

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Greenwood 54 sqm

A fusion of Federation-style and Japanese timberwork, the Byron Backyard Studio Greenwood is an exceptional one-bedroom timber cabin which has two impressive ladder trusses holding-up the roof.

Frame Price: (54 sqm)  $45,000 in Douglas Fir. Includes post & beam frame, rafters,  interior & exterior stud wall in-fill timber, wooden pegs and splines, steel bolts & plates, plans and engineering to subfloor.

Options: roofing, cladding, subfloor.

Estimate to live-in standard, mid-spec incl frame: 140k. Or owner-builder est: 80k.

last one in stock

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Lisette 59 sqm

Lisette, let me count the ways!

Fall in love with small footpint living and have Lisette waiting for you when you get home. Fifty-nine square metres of Goodfit design excellence for your section. Double bedroom with walk-in wardrobe which doubles as the laundry, full bathroom, study, storage loft, kitchen with dining nook, living room with window seat, and cosy covered porch. Lisette is a great long-term renter.

Frame Price: $42,000 excl. Includes post & beam frame, rafters stud walls, connection materials, plans and engineering to subfloor.

Options: Windows, doors, bearers & joist subfloor, cladding.

Estimate to completion excl plumbing: 80-110k mid-spec.

 

 

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Betty series 60* sqm

Well, hello Betty-Lu!

Sixty square meters here, with a high vaulted ceiling great room oriented perpendicular to the living quarters for point of difference in aspect; this can be quite welcome in a cabin. Betty-Lu is a sweet cabin design with everything you need.

A 2-bedroom version is available in this series. The second bedroom could be semi-detached as a sleep-out and classed as an outbuilding, thereby meeting council’s 60 sqm restriction on secondary dwellings.

Frame Price: $49,000 excl. Includes post & beam frame, rafters and interior & exterior stud wall in-fill timber, wooden pegs and splines, steel bolts & plates, plans and engineering to subfloor. Estimate to live-in stage $120k

 

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Hofmann 50* sqm

Fifty square meters of stunning modernist living space (excl. entry, decks & atrium) plus considerable decking make Hofmann House an outstanding choice of cabin for your Byron bolthole (we can build it nigh anywhere else, too).

Picture yourself in the tub looking through the glass atrium to the stars above, laying on the daybed reading a great book, sitting in front of the fire on a Winter’s night, lazing on the sundeck, staying in bed taking in the view through floor-to-ceiling glass doors, performing in the kitchen or serving party guests on the wrap-around balcony.

Hofmann House is available in timber & insulated panel kits.

Contact us for pricing detail and inclusions.

NB. price includes intellectual property royalty payment to the architect, engineering and plans.

 

  • Nihon 20sqm

    Nihon 20sqm

  • Saltbox 20+ sqm

    Saltbox 20+ sqm

  • Bluesky 18-24 sqm

    Bluesky 18-24 sqm

  • Out Back Studio 27 sqm

    Out Back Studio 27 sqm

  • Alleycat 35 sqm

    Alleycat 35 sqm

  • Greenwood 54 sqm

    Greenwood 54 sqm

  • Lisette 59 sqm

    Lisette 59 sqm

  • Betty series 60* sqm

    Betty series 60* sqm

  • Hofmann 50* sqm

    Hofmann 50* sqm

Homes 60+ sqm

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Gable House

Gable House in the Goodfit collection by Ross Chapin Architects,is an endearing three-bedroom small house design.  Available in heavy timber-frame, cross laminated timber panel and structural insulated panel construction methods.

Enquiries welcome

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Karina 150 sqm

Ross Chapin Architects’ Karina house from the  exceptional ‘Goodfit’ collection.

150sqm of thoughtfully-designed small footprint living space.

Price on application

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Super-Skillion

Skillion-roof with mid-span purlin, load-bearing capacity for a ‘living-roof’…put memrane, soil and plants atop!

The skillion design can take in the scenery in front, and are also can be cost-effective for those on a relatively low budget. Contact us for details on how you can get one on its way to you.

 

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New World Dutch Barn

The ‘New World’…back in the 17th Century, the Dutch – amongst others, such as the Swedes and English, had their colonies in Nth America. The Dutch – and the Germans amongst them – began to build barns to meet their subsistence farm needs.  A simple design soon gained ascendency: a design with a central nave for threshing wheat and cart access, and an isle off each side of it for livestock pens (the British had their ‘English Barn’).

The most prominent feature of the ‘NWDB’ is, arguably, the ‘anchorbeam’ : a long & deep, braced beam, hand-hewn from primal-growth forest logs, up to 9m long, with a tenon that passed through the nave post, to be anchored/pegged & wedged on the other side.

A loft floor for produce storage could be built atop these long beams. Rafters ran from the perimeter top plate, over the purlins above the nave post, to meet at the peak, and affixed to the rafter on the opposite side.

The NWDB was a feature of N-E American rural life – especially around New-York-New Jersey, where the Dutch settlers made their original base in ‘New Netherland’.

From the early 1600′s until the 1840′s, the NWDB served farmer’s needs, however, when the Industrial Revolution changed farming methods, the NWDB passed into obselecense and history. One built by BBS near Byron Bay is the only one in Australia, and one of the few built since the 1850′s, anywhere in the world.

Today it is a cherished and documented architectural icon in the Nth American historic and geographic landscape.

BBS can build a New World Dutch Barn for your rural property.  The design lends itself well to social venue use. And with some internal walls: am impressive barn-home ‘barndominium’.

We can build these engineer-approved frames barn-size, or backyard-cottage size, to suit your requirments.

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Gambrel Barn House

The Gambrel is a frame from the American rural landscape. It’s two-slope per side allows for an upper floor/loft in what would otherwise be roof space. The lower slope in our gambrel design is steeper than the upper slope, for swift rain shed. A gambrel makes for an excellent office & warehouse, or character-filled home.

 

  • Gable House

    Gable House

  • Karina 150 sqm

    Karina 150 sqm

  • Super-Skillion

    Super-Skillion

  • New World Dutch Barn

    New World Dutch Barn

  • Gambrel Barn House

    Gambrel Barn House

  • Nava House

    Nava House

Services

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Heavy timber frame – P&B

Take a log, run it through a sawmill four times and you have dimensional lumber;  a large post or beam. Calculate, measure, mark and cut precisely and join multiple posts and beams according to engineer-approved plans and you have a heavy timber frame, or post & beam structure. Such structures lend themselves to showcasing the timber of which they are made, and can form great rooms with high vaulted ceilings and large openings ideal for sub-tropical and temperate living.

Milled post and beam structures are our specialty.

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Log Construction

Take a log, debark it, pressure clean it …and you have… a log.

Collect a few more of these logs, calculate, measure, mark and cut, join them together with steel and chainsaw carpentry, and you have a log post & beam structure; a salute to and celebration of wood in its natural state. We are one also one of the very few operators in Australia who can produce hand-crafted full-scribe Scandinavian log cabins, appx 7 x 7m @ $98,000 excl.

Byron Backyard Studios can make up to 36 sqm cabins, capable of greater floor area with stick-frame lean-to off side walls. If you like the thought of a log post & beam cabin, we make them from termite resistant Cypress White Pine, and can make one for you. Crane access to property would be required for assembly, unless you own a team of oxen.

  • Heavy timber frame – P&B

    Heavy timber frame – P&B

  • Log Construction

    Log Construction

BBS Process

BBS offers production and supply of timber cabin kits, which are delivered unassembled.
You will need to appoint a builder to build the foundation and complete the envelope. We provide documentation and are happy to provide assistance;
our focus is on making the superior timber frame.

Unless otherwise arranged (and responsibility to acquire engineering certification thereby passes to the customer), all frame work is approved through a competent structural engineer prior to commencement of work; where customer-request production deadline necessitates this to start prior to engineer or local council approval, all effort will be made to design and machine to accepted engineering standard, but the risk is the customer’s.

Steps to getting your frame kit:

1) Either choose from one of the cabin kit frames on offer or draw a structure of your own.

2) Contact BBS to discuss your requirements.

3) Frame agreed-upon, contract signed and a deposit of 1/3 of the frame price is paid.

4) Your frame is produced and you will be kept updated on progress with email and pictures.

5) Plans and engineering excluding subfloor will be provided as standard, and should you choose: with subfloor on confirmation of footings.
We can assist with the application to council for your D.A, C.C, BASIX and occupancy certificate where required.

6) Prior to being sent, the balance of the sale price to be paid in full.

7) If we are involved in the frame assembly, we’ll raise it on a voluntary free-of-charge basis (excluding charges such as crane, hoist, scaffolding, fence, hold-downs etc).  If we are not involved with assembly, the frame will be designed to be assembled by competent people following a carefully-produced step-by-step procedure relevant to the customer’s particular frame.

Contact Us



Byron Backyard Studios

6 Leadbeatters Lane, Alstonville, NSW 2477

by appointment only.

PO Box 1161 Byron Bay, NSW 2481.

No phone, I march to the beat of a different drum; by all means use the contact form on this page, or even better: pen a letter and post it to me. Tell me about yourself, and what it is that you would like to achieve with your intended building project. Perhaps add what it is you’d like the structure to do and how it may look and ‘feel’, in your minds-eye. If we can do this, then we are off to a good start.; as timber seasons, so too does correspondence and in so doing also the service provider & customer relationship.