About us

Timber structures in stud, heavy timber, SIPs & cross laminated panels

What you can get from us.

What we do:

When not building kit homes, Byron Backyard make competitively-priced residential timber fencing, from treated pine or Australian hardwood.

We are a useful mob, and you can also find us building customer or architecturally-designed structures; all prefabricated and delivered for assembly by your licensed carpenter, or for your Owner-Builder project. For those who wish we can also undertake the Project Management role in organising everything from plans, building permit, contractor quotes and jobs, Council liaison to Occupancy certification.

Our kits can be frame-only, or with everything needed to complete the envelope (roof, windows, cladding, doors). We can help sort foundations in addition.

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.

Who we build for:

With regard to heavy timber frame, we will only build for those who understand it’s a very involved artisan craft, and is priced accordingly.

With regards to the stud-frame cabin kits, these are commercially produced and come with the requisite forms, to give your contracted carpenter assurance of kit build quality. Every effort is made to offer these kits at the best value for the customer without compromise on quality.

Cabins 20-60 sqm (click & view detail above)

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Saltbox 20+ sqm

The saltbox frame is a classic design, popular in North American colonial days, when a symmetrical gable frame later had a lean-to built at the rear; eventually the lean-to was incorporated in the new build frame design & resembled the kitchen ‘saltbox’ storage container of the age.

Multiple bays can be added to this frame, which would make an ideal pool house, studio with garage, character-rental.

Heavy timber frame in Cypress White Pine or hardwood, hardwood braces, loft and purlins, stud in-fill wall cassettes.

x1 bay,  $23,000 excl. includes standard frame with loft.

x1 bay,  $25,000 excl. includes roof dormer, with larger loft.

Estimated material cost x1 bay to envelope completion (incl. windows):  $12,000. Estimated subfloor – slab or p+B+ (pending geotech report): $5,000.

x2 & x3 bay price on enquiry.

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Bendigo 20 – 40 sqm

Way back in Bendigo, miners came into town with kitset cabin frames.  Cheap and quick to assemble, the miners could then get on with what they had come to town to do.

Byron Backyard’s Bendigo miner’s cottage is available in two building formats: Heavy timber frame, and pre-nailed stud wall cassettes.  The latter remains true to the ‘cheap & quick’, the former is for the aficionado who wants something more substantial in form.

The heavy timber frame Bendigo miner’s cottage (40 sqm) is a four-bent structure with a central bay, hosting the front & rear doorway plus access alcove to bed & bath.  The stud wall cassette Bendigo is available in 20 & 40 sqm versions.

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Twin-Skillion 30-54 sqm

A three Japanese ladder truss structure with rafters, in Ironbark. Plus pre-nailed Pine stud wall infill cassettes, steel connections & tie-downs, frame engineering and plans.

Can be made in a variety of sizes e.g: 4 x 6, 5 x 6, 6 x 9m.

Ballpark for the above in 6 x 9m, ex-yard supply: $29,000 +GST

Estimate clad & roofed, Colorbond, materials only: $5,500 incl GST

July 2021


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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.

2021 kit price ex-yard, includes: plans, frame engineering, frame pre-nailed stud timber wall cassettes, rafter trusses, roofing material, cladding, glazing and hardwood deck: from $75,000 + GST. Bargain.

NB. price includes intellectual property royalty payment to the architect. Subfloor, internal fit-out not included.

2021 estimate complete build & internal fit-out on foundations by your contractor from $110,000 +GST


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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: $77,000 incl. 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: 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: $77,000 incl. 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 mid-spec live-in stage $110k


  • Saltbox 20+ sqm

    Saltbox 20+ sqm

  • Bendigo 20 – 40 sqm

    Bendigo 20 – 40 sqm

  • Twin-Skillion 30-54 sqm

    Twin-Skillion 30-54 sqm

  • Hofmann 50* sqm

    Hofmann 50* sqm

  • Lisette 59 sqm

    Lisette 59 sqm

  • Betty series 60* sqm

    Betty series 60* sqm

>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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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’).

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 requirements.  eg barn: 150 sqm envelope + loft from $150,000 incl. ex yard.

  • Gable House

    Gable House

  • New World Dutch Barn

    New World Dutch Barn

  • Nava House

    Nava House


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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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Residential fencing

Are you seeking a new timber fence?

We can build you one.

Treated pine or hardwood. Post & rail or post & pail.

 From $110/m incl. GST + concrete

Servicing Grafton to Tweed Heads.

  • Heavy timber frame – P&B

    Heavy timber frame – P&B

  • Residential fencing

    Residential fencing

BB Process

BB offers production and supply of timber cabin kits, which are delivered in components, ready for assembly.
You will need to appoint a licenced tradesman to build the foundation, raise the frame and complete the structure. We provide documentation and are happy to provide assistance; our focus is on making the superior timber frame.

Steps to getting your frame kit:

1) Choose from one of the cabin kit frames.

2) Contact BB to discuss your requirements.

3) Frame agreed-upon, contract signed and 10% deposit is paid. A ‘cooling-off’ period of seven days guarantees full refund.

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 DA-CC, 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 not involved with assembly, the frame is 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

    6 Leadbeatters Lane, Alstonville, NSW 2477

    by appointment only.

    PO Box 1161 Byron Bay, NSW 2481.

    I’m filling this year’s work schedule, so a phone call may be your best bet in sounding-out a frame for your project.

    MOB: 0481 118 879