Julie’s Multi-Purpose Backyard Cabin

Creating customised cabins is what we do here at Melwood. One of our recent clients, Julie, originally wanted her own space for educational purposes, yet once she began the process she realised that she could do much more with her cabin!  “Initially, I wanted to build a studio to have a space for English tutoring. … Click here to read on

Lachlan’s Backyard Office and Relaxation Room

  Lachlan’s motivation to add a garden room to his property was simple. “I realised I enjoyed the working from home lifestyle, so I changed jobs to allow me to work from home.” But, there was one problem. “I found that our 3-bedroom home wasn’t quite big enough for me to do that full-time.” So… Click here to read on

Malcolm’s Stylish Hobby Room

  After recently selling his home, Malcolm says his garden room added exceptional value. “Having sold my property in a week, there was no doubt that a major selling point was that I had a studio where other similar properties did not.” The extra space away from the main dwelling was a highlight for prospective… Click here to read on

Laura’s Versatile Backyard Studio

  “I love it. It has been amazing. It’s my space.” “It’s my little sanctuary.” Here in this backyard sanctuary, Laura enjoys her dedicated creative space away from all distractions. “I’m an artist, so we needed a studio for me.” “Also, because we have a small garden, we needed something that was going to fit.”… Click here to read on

Laura’s Heritage Style Garden Room

  “It’s my excuse to escape from the kids.” “You will find me in the shed every weekend.” Laura knew what she wanted in a garden room, and Melwood ticked all the boxes. “We didn’t have a garage. We wanted something pretty and functional with an easy installation.” Laura recalls bringing her vision to life… Click here to read on

Ian’s Hamptons Style Teen Retreat

  “They love it.” “You can’t get them out of it.” “It keeps them away from the house.” When Ian’s home suddenly became a full house again, he found a solution. “My daughter and her three teenage kids were returning home after a divorce.” To give his family more space, Ian added a teen retreat… Click here to read on

This Pool Cabana is a Family’s Happy Space

  In and around this pool cabana, a family of four creates special memories. “Our garden wouldn’t be the same without it.” “We’ve had plenty of pool parties, so it gets good use during get-togethers.” Berni says it’s proving to be a valuable and versatile space for her family’s changing needs. “Initially, it was a… Click here to read on

Lesley’s Peaceful Art Studio

  “It’s fabulous. I love it.” “It’s a place to be creative.” Most of all, it’s a sanctuary, away from all distractions. “It’s away from the house. No one can phone me. I’m away from the internet.” Lesley chose a Porch 20 with a cedar upgrade. She added double doors, sidelights, and colonial-style doors. “I’m… Click here to read on

Anastasia’s Stylish Poolside Garden Room

  “We love it. We’re so happy with it.” “Everyone in our family uses it in their special way.” Anastasia was considering an extension on her home before finding an economical solution. “Instead of putting on a second level, I decided it would be a cost-effective way of getting extra space.” She and her husband… Click here to read on

Carol’s Backyard Gym and Hobby Room

  “It’s perfect. It’s exactly how I wanted it.” “You don’t have to settle. You get precisely what you want, and with Melwood, you get that choice.” Carol chose a Verandah 15 with a cedar upgrade for her backyard gym and hobby room. “It’s a good investment. It will improve my property. It’s extra room,… Click here to read on

Natasha’s Creative Studio, a Backyard Sanctuary

  Last year Natasha and her husband were at a crossroads. They were faced with two options – extending their home or adding an outdoor structure. They chose the latter and have never looked back. “It’s a cost-effective way of extending the use of the property without redevelopment.” It was the need for a creative… Click here to read on

Two Garden Rooms and a Truffle Farm Tree Change

  “It’s been a massive tree change.” It was a love of truffles that set Anna and Andy on a new path. “I said to Andy, ‘wouldn’t it be nice if one day we went overseas and I could work with an old truffle hunter in Italy?’” “Andy said, ‘why don’t we start our own… Click here to read on

A Backyard Hobby Room, a Husband’s Gift to His Wife

  “It makes me relaxed. It makes me feel fulfilled. It gives me a purpose to get up and get going.” “It’s saved me during lockdown because I felt like I had something to do and somewhere to go.” For Teena, pursuing her hobbies has been vital. “It’s been a saviour. It’s helped me with… Click here to read on

Newton’s Backyard Office, Gym, and Movie Room

  It’s the ultimate escape in the backyard! “I’ve got a spin bike, a treadmill on one end, and I’ve got my office in the middle.” “It gives me peace and quiet away from the kids during work hours.” Step inside, and the garden room is home to some of Newton’s favourite things. “I have… Click here to read on

Inside Charlotte’s Studio, a Backyard Sanctuary

“It’s beautiful. I love it.” “The minute the structure was in, I was in there.” Charlotte could barely wait to use her newly installed garden room. “I remember the walls hadn’t been done yet, and I wanted to be in there.” “It just spoke to how amazing it was having that separate space.” As a… Click here to read on

Sonia’s Teen Retreat, a Family Lockdown Project

“It’s not just the monetary value. It’s the lifestyle value the cabana has added to our lives.” This multipurpose space is a teen retreat and home office. “I felt it would be a secret spot for the teenage kids, a perfect place to work.” Sonia had her garden room installed a few weeks before lockdown.… Click here to read on

Keith and Rowena’s Lakeside Cabana Project

  “It’s been the most pain-free building experience we’ve ever had, and we’ve done a lot of building and renovations in our lifetimes.” Part fishing shack. Part art studio. This lakeside garden room is nothing short of idyllic. “We didn’t know we had fish in our dam. Keith caught some fish, which was a surprise… Click here to read on

Belinda’s Lockdown Garden Room Project

  “It has definitely been a positive addition to our home.” “It was an affordable way to add extra space.” For Belinda and her family, the garden room has come at a perfect time. “Our Melwood has kept us busy during lockdown. We have been painting and doing all the fitting out ourselves.” “We plan… Click here to read on

Step Inside Joanne’s Stylish Backyard Writing Studio

“I’m absolutely thrilled with it.” “That walk across the garden is amazing, a psychological distance you cross as if you’re going to work.” To create her ideal work from home office, Joanne chose the Melwood Mod 19. “It came at a perfect time, and I’m in here every day.” Joanne says the outdoor room has… Click here to read on

Katrina’s Home Office and Teen Retreat Proves Valuable in Lockdown

  “It’s changed the whole way we live.” Last year, Katrina found a cost-effective way to give her family more space. “We were looking for a bit more space in our house, and extending outwards on our house was going to be too expensive.” “We found that a garden room would fill our needs, so… Click here to read on

Claire’s Backyard Office, a Peaceful Lockdown Retreat

  Once a pool cabana, now a home office. This garden room has evolved to meet a family’s changing needs. When lockdown set in, Claire’s husband Ralph turned the garden room into a backyard office.  “If we didn’t have that, and he had to be in our living space, that would be very hard for… Click here to read on

Tony’s Backyard Office, an Essential Lockdown Sanctuary

  As Tony works from home, there’s something familiar about his backyard office space. “I feel like I’m in my old one.” “It’s fantastic.” His previous Melwood is almost identical to the new home office space he is working from today. Having sold his home, Tony now has a new Melwood garden room on his… Click here to read on

Amanda’s Peaceful Backyard Office, a Lockdown Lifesaver

  This all-white garden room is a striking backyard feature. It’s also Amanda’s work from home studio. “It’s been very beneficial for us.” “It’s lovely to have a separate space for the clients I have.” That sentiment is even more resounding now as NSW endures an extended lockdown. “I love working from home. If I… Click here to read on

Jamies Melwood Macrame Workshop

Essential Work from Home Solution to Make Your Family Happy

  “I army crawled in there.” “He was always on Zoom meetings.” Dodging daily video calls was not a game Jamie enjoyed playing. “I’d have to duck and try and get past the camera view to get what I had to get.” “It’s not a way to live. I couldn’t get dressed in there. He… Click here to read on

prefab backyard office shed showcase in the yard

Essential Stay-at-Home Studios, a Solution to Lockdown Stress

  As we find ourselves in lockdown once again, many families are feeling the strain.   With the rise of spending more time at home, so comes the demand for more space.   For these Melwood customers, timing was everything. Their garden rooms have given them space to break away from the family unit while… Click here to read on

Two Siblings, Two Playrooms, a Grandma’s Huge Gift

  When Marie bought a Melwood cubby house for each of her granddaughters, it wasn’t just a gift but also a life lesson she was hoping to impart. Kristie, the mother of the two girls, recounts being at the Neutral Bay display centre with her mum. “She said one of them would be great, and… Click here to read on

This Beautiful Garden Room Uplifted a Family in Hard Times

“It’s been a tough six months, but we felt so blessed to have this addition. It couldn’t have come at a better time.” Last year, at the height of the pandemic, Annabel was also going through a health battle. “I was diagnosed with breast cancer.” “During all the chemo and radiation process, it was really… Click here to read on

How Jessica Added Space & Phenomenal Value to Her Property

  “We had a valuation more recently by a Real Estate Agent, and he said it added about $100,000.” Since having her Melwood installed, Jessica and her family now enjoy more space and a significant boost to their property value. “We definitely know we got our money back and more. From a resale point of… Click here to read on

Award-winning Artist Takes Us Inside Her Backyard Studio

  A portrait of Kate Ceberano has won the Archibald Packing Room Prize.   And it was here in this backyard art studio where the Australian music legend first laid eyes on it.   “She was very excited, and we were in the studio here on FaceTime talking to her mum about the painting.” “It… Click here to read on

Inside Julie’s Beautiful Cabana, a Heartfelt Tribute to Her Dad

  It’s a heart-warming story of two Melwood cabanas. One old. One new. And it’s where a daughter found inspiration to honour the memory of her late father. “Dad used to love to come down here, have a drink, and watch the kids in the water.” When Julie’s father, Jim, passed away in 2018, she… Click here to read on

Secrets to Make Your Backyard a Warm and Happy Place

  “Immense value of immense happiness.” That’s the worth Gitte places on her garden room. The South Sydney resident had her Melwood installed in 2017. Back then, the motive was simple; to dampen out the sound of her husband playing the guitar. “It’s just his hobby. It hasn’t always sounded as good as it does… Click here to read on

Boost Productivity with an Outdoor Studio

  With Covid restrictions still in place, our backyards have become sanctuaries and retreats. Making the most of your outdoor space is now one of the most valuable home improvement projects you could undertake. When Bob and Merinda needed a dedicated creative hub, they had a Melwood installed.     “We needed a space that… Click here to read on

A Multi-Purpose Space for a Growing Family

  As Covid-19 continues to impact our lives, the need for more room and multi-functional spaces is in higher demand than ever before. “This is only a 600 square metre block, so it’s a small block when you think that we have a front yard, the house, and the pool.” Long before the pandemic, France,… Click here to read on

A Work From Home Studio Built to Last

As working from home becomes the new norm, the trend is here to stay.  According to McCrindle Research, the future of work is likely to be hybrid, with 61 percent of Australians looking for a mix of working from home and in the office.  Melwood customers Heather and Patricia were well ahead of the curve.… Click here to read on

A Cost-Effective Way to Increase Your Property Value

In the wake of the pandemic, many of us are spending more time at home, sparking a renovations boom.   According to Suncorp lending data, Victorians were the biggest spenders, with the highest average renovation costing $71,067, followed by Tasmania at $67,416 and New South Wales spending an average of $66,609.   A Melwood Garden… Click here to read on

All-white inspiration for a summery garden room

When you want to make a statement in your backyard, a crisp, white garden room is a sure winner. We’ve seen it used in all of our designs, from modern to traditional, and gathered up our favourite photos to inspire you. Scroll down to take a look at some of our favourite all-white Melwood garden… Click here to read on

Stylish Black Pool Cabana

How to Plan a Pool Cabana for Your Backyard

If there’s one backyard upgrade Aussies love, it’s a swimming pool!   A lot of pool owners face a common problem though: no poolside shade to relax in and dry off after a swim. The solution? Pool Cabanas.   These popular structures are easy to install, and the best way to make sure you get… Click here to read on

Melwood Workshop 3254 in Mosman, NSW A dedicated studio in your backyard will help achieve work/life balance, and also improve your property value!

NEW Weatherboard Cladding now available

  We’re pleased to announce that we’ve got a new pre-primed weatherboard option available for your Melwood Garden Room. This smooth, sleek weatherboard is a great alternative to Cedar and has a range of benefits, which we’ve outlined below.   Save time As these weatherboards are pre-primed, & ready to paint, you’ll be able to… Click here to read on

Melwoods large garden rooms

How to turn a garden shed into an office

Working from home. Sounds great, right?  Until you’re on an important call and the vacuum starts up… Or you need to pack everything up because someone else needs to use the dining table.   With more of us working from home than ever before, 2020 has seen a dramatic increase in backyard home offices.   … Click here to read on

Melwood Backyard bar featuring counter

Rethinking the Garden Shed: How to Create a Backyard Bar

Imagine enjoying: 👉 Footy Finals  👉 Cocktail Competitions, and 👉 The best mojito you’ll ever try Right in your own backyard!   It’s time to transform the humble garden shed into an epic backyard bar so you can enjoy happy hour at home. No curfews, no driving, no worries.  We know you want to learn how it’s done,… Click here to read on

Pool Cabana beside Pool

6 Reasons a Pool Cabana is the best way to Create Poolside Shade

    A lot of homeowners realise (after putting in a pool) that they don’t have any shaded area poolside!   We all know the feeling of hot bricks or tiles under the Aussie summer sun. It’s definitely not somewhere you want to lie down!   It’s important to create a cool, shaded area where… Click here to read on

5 New Ways You Can Use a Garden Room This Summer

Summer’s nearly here and we’re all looking forward to spending more time outdoors with family & friends. This Summer, Aussies are investing in their own outdoors: garden rooms, entertainment areas and backyard pools; to create the Resort Feel at Home. We take a look at 5 unique & inspiring ways you can use the humble… Click here to read on

Top 5  Melwood Pool Cabanas (and how to create your own)

  The weather’s warming up & holidays are on their way; which means it’s time for some Pool Cabana Inspiration. “The best thing about Pool Cabanas? They create space the whole family can use, year-round.” We’re sharing our Top 5  Melwood Pool Cabanas of all time, PLUS all the details to help you create your… Click here to read on

Lucy’s 2-in-1 Garden Room: Storage & Playroom

Lucy recently sent us this beautiful photo of her Melwood cabana – and doesn’t it look fantastic! “We built our Melwood cabana 5 years ago and we recently added an awning n lights. We are attaching a photo- it looks amazing!– Lucy and Christos”     Multi-purpose Space: The cabana is split into 2 –… Click here to read on

A Summery Pool Cabana on Sydney’s Northern Beaches

Spring is here, and you can feel it in the air. The days are warming up, and getting longer. The birds are out and plants are flowering. With these promising signs of warmer weather on the way, we thought we’d share this inspiring Pool Cabana with you.   Our customer, France, chose the Mod23 as… Click here to read on

Case Study: Fred’s Outdoor Media Room

  Creating a multi-functional space is now one of the most valuable home improvements you can do, as we all find ourselves spending time at home. Fred & Deborah did exactly this when they created their Outdoor Media Room with a Mod No.12. We didn’t anticipate COVID-19 but having had the cabana and the technology… Click here to read on

A Visual Guide to Your Garden Room Options

When selecting the options for your new Garden Room, it can be difficult to know which one to choose, or how they’re going to look in person.  To help you with this, we’ve created a visual guide to your Garden Room options. Scroll down to see exactly what our different cladding types, windows, doors and… Click here to read on

Meet 396Bells: A sleek & stylish site office

If you’re familiar with the blue mountains area, you’ll recognise this sleek site office. 396Bells is a land release on Bells Line of Road, and they have used a Melwood Espace as their site office. This meant they could get their office up and running in just a few weeks – a quick, easy &… Click here to read on

Editors Pick: Our Top 5 Mod Garden Rooms (and the story behind each one)

Looking for some inspiration for a modern backyard re-do? We’ve hand-picked our Top 5 Mod Garden Rooms of all time to give you a little inspiration. Scroll down to see the famous five, and read the story behind each one.   1. Claire’s Black Pool Cabana (Mod No.18) By adding a Mod No.18 and a… Click here to read on

5 Backyard Home Offices to Inspire Your Own

Thinking of setting up an office in the backyard?  A backyard office gives you a clear, defined place to get work done. Unlike working inside the home, where you’re at the beck and call of everything vying for your attention, the backyard office brings you greater calm and focus while promoting productivity and creativity. What’s… Click here to read on

Maximise Living Space with an Outdoor Laundry

Now that more of us are spending time at home, space has become a luxury. That dining table that you used to fold laundry on? For most of us, that’s now become a homework / study / work-from-home desk! The solution? An outdoor laundry. Outdoor laundries are rising in popularity as people want a spacious laundry… Click here to read on

Planning a Garden Room? You’ll need these 5 Top Tips

  Planning your dream garden room? Not sure where to start? We’re here to help you with our Top 5 Tips for planning your garden room.    1. Positioning on your property Garden rooms can be positioned almost anywhere on your property; ideally somewhere flat and dry. Most people prefer their garden room to be in… Click here to read on

Joys Garden Studio

Joy’s Home Office/Garden Studio

There are a few things that most property buyers look for in a home; kerb appeal, backyard, nearby parks & shops and of course space. In today’s changing world, more space; particularly private, quiet space where you can work or relax is becoming a major aspect that buyers look for.  “We’ve just sold our house… Click here to read on

Melwoods large garden rooms

You won’t believe how little a space is needed for a garden office

A Home Office in the backyard is sounding more and more appealing to all of us who have had to work from home. However, it can be hard to work out what size garden room you need, or how much will fit inside. To help you picture this, we’ve curated a few of our favourite… Click here to read on

matt's family-friendly cabana

Need more space? Read this before you move house

  “This is the best decision we’ve made in ten years and it now means we’re no longer looking to move house.” With a full house and even fuller schedule, Matt’s family were desperate for more space.   “There are six of us —  two adults and four kids between 10-19 years plus a beloved… Click here to read on

Penny's Interior Design Studio

Penny’s Interior Decorating Studio (in the backyard!)

  With the ever-changing retail landscape in Australia, more and more business owners are moving away from rented premises and setting up at home & online. Penny recently made this move. After years of paying rent for a retail space, Penny decided to move her Interior Decorating business to a Melwood studio in her backyard,… Click here to read on

5 ways a garden room can benefit your business

Whether it’s an office, storage space, a workroom/studio or a private space for meeting clients, there are endless ways that a garden room can benefit your business. And – with the Australian Government’s Instant Asset Incentive; your new garden room could also reduce your tax bill! Assets (up to the value of $150k) purchased for… Click here to read on

annabel's mod 20 inside

Annabel’s Multipurpose Garden Room

More space – more valuable now than ever before “In these unprecedented times where all of us are now working or studying from home, we are feeling so lucky to have a Mod 20 cabana. Home office, painting studio and teenager retreat, it has been a blessing.” – Annabel Now, more than ever, Aussie families… Click here to read on

Jamies Melwood Macrame Workshop

Case Study: Jamie’s Backyard Workshop

Work from home, see your family more often and not have to travel. Sounds ideal right?  But for most of us who have suddenly found ourselves working from home, the reality is more like this:you’re working in the living room or on the dining table, and family are working just metres away. Trying to block… Click here to read on

Kids at Home? Create Space with a Study Room in the Backyard

Whilst we all #stayathome to help flatten the curve – we can’t help but think of all the amazing parents out there who suddenly find themselves doing a double-full-time job; parenting and schooling their children! The challenges of all working/learning in such close quarters takes some adjusting to. Aussie families are turning to their backyards… Click here to read on

ben's Melwood Home Gym

Working out at Home? A Guide to Your Home Gym Setup

Every day now, more and more of us are spending all day at home, juggling the airspace with partners, kids and pets who are also all staying inside.  While we all adjust to this new normal, it’s important to keep some of our daily routines in place. There’s never been a more important time to… Click here to read on

Temporary office exemptions for bushfire affected businesses

Amendments to the State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008 allow bushfire affected businesses to operate temporarily out of a portable office for up to two years without council approval, while they plan and rebuild their permanent premises. The provision will only allow existing approved businesses in business and industrial zones to… Click here to read on

Backyard Home Office

Your New Backyard Office Awaits We all deserve to have a comfortable backyard home office when you work from home. Every day now, more and more people are beginning to work from home. At times distracting, stressful and inefficient (especially when the kids are home from school), working from the dining room table or the… Click here to read on

Finance option now available!

Needing a payment plan or finance for your new Melwood purchase? We now offer a competitive finance solution that ticks all the right boxes! Brighte is Australia’s leading on-the-spot finance platform for solar, batteries and home improvements. Their payment solutions are designed to save you money and help the environment. Let us help get your… Click here to read on

Garden Room Timelapse Video

Have you ever wondered whether you would be able to put in one of our garden rooms? Take a look at our recent timelapse video below to find out just how quick and easy they are to setup! This is an eSpace design 1600 with the eSpace cedar upgrade and double hung windows. FREE delivery… Click here to read on

Coming in hot: Pool Cabana Inspiration (just in time for Summer)

Pool Cabanas are the new must-have that Aussie families are splashing out on. They’re stylish, functional and guaranteed to make you get your money’s worth out of your pool.   We’ve rounded up our Top 6 Pool Cabanas for you. Scroll down for serious backyard envy inspiration.     Claire’s stylish black pool cabana   … Click here to read on

Stylish Black Pool Cabana

Claire’s Must-See Backyard Transformation (with a stunning pool & modern black cabana)

There’s nothing we love more than a good before & after!   The lovely Claire of @theshabbychick, (aka queen of furniture transformations) recently applied her skills to her entire backyard. By adding a Melwood Pool Cabana, and a pool to her backyard, Claire has transformed a bare patch of grass (‘dead space’) into a stylish… Click here to read on

Teen Retreat doubles as a media room

This Stylish Teen Retreat doubles as a Media Room

Most parents can relate to the struggles of growing teens. They crave independance and their own space, but aren’t old enough to be ‘out on their own’ just yet.   The solution? A stylish teen retreat in the backyard! Aussie families are adding these garden rooms to their properties to give their teens independence & space,… Click here to read on

Proposed changes to the NSW Exempt & Complying Development

What is the SEPP? Complying & Exempt development in NSW is governed by the SEPP (State Environmental Planning Policy) 2008. The SEPP commenced in February 2009, and provides consistent state-wide standards that allow for faster & easier approvals for minor developments. The State Government is continuously monitoring the SEPP to ensure it is effectively “reducing… Click here to read on

Caz's Cottage - A multipurpose Home Gym & Sewing Room

This Multipurpose Garden Room is a Home Gym & Hobby Space

This multipurpose Garden Room is a Home Gym & Hobby Space. Meet “Caz’s Cottage” – a garden room that doubles as a home gym and a sewing space. Carolyn’s garden room gives her space to work out each day, as well as dedicated space to focus on her sewing projects.     Carolyn has chosen… Click here to read on

Get more use out of your backyard with a Pool Cabana

Pool Cabanas: transform your pool area & enjoy year-round use

A backyard pool provides endless enjoyment for family & friends in warmer months. But a lot of pool owners complain that their pool area is “only used for half of the year”. However, there’s a solution to this common problem! Sydney property owners are boosting their backyards with the addition of a Pool Cabana. These… Click here to read on

Space to focus, without distractions. Design: Melwood Workshop 3254

The secret to achieving work/life balance

Do you ever wish you had a space dedicated to your work? Somewhere to set up, and be able to focus without distractions. The ability to close the door at the end of the day, knowing that everything will be untouched until you return.  That’s the dream, right? But all too often, the dream is… Click here to read on

Top 9 Photos of 2018 | Melwood Cabanas and Garden Rooms

Top 9 cabana photos of 2018 – as voted by you!

The results are in! Here’s our top 9 photos from 2018, as liked and chosen by you. Scroll down for the story behind each photo.   1. Espace garden room becomes a sleek & stylish Bat Hospital This sleek and sophisticated Espace Garden Room is more than just a statement in the backyard. It’s now… Click here to read on

Andrew’s Metalworking Workshop

Imagine if you had space to focus on your hobby, without distractions. Space to perfect your work. To fine-tune details. Spread all your tools & materials out, and not have to pack them away.   The luxury of closing the door at the end of the day, knowing you can return to your workshop and… Click here to read on

Backyard bar in 5 easy steps

Backyard bars are on the rise. Create your own with these 5 easy steps.

Backyard Bars are quickly taking off as the newest (and coolest) trend in outdoor living.
How to create a Backyard Bar in 5 easy steps.

from the archives: an art studio for the honoured Keith Looby

From the Archives: An Art Studio for renowned Australian Artist Keith Looby

Taking a look through the Archives at our Head Office recently, we came across a fascinating #melwoodartstudio from the early 90’s.  It was the art studio we created for Renowned Australian Artist Keith Looby! #honoured Keith, who won the Archibald Prize in 1984 for his portrait of Max Gillies, is famous for his multi-layered painting style,… Click here to read on

Garden Rooms for Heritage Listed Properties

Got a Heritage-Listed property? You need to read this

Owning a heritage-listed property is a wonderful thing. Your property is a piece of history – representing a time gone by. That often means that it is also in need of a little TLC.    One of the biggest frustrations for heritage property owners are the limitations put on improving the property. In order to… Click here to read on

5 MultiPurpose Studios that Changed Lives

5 Multi-purpose Studios that Changed Lives

Multi-purpose studios change lives.    👉They transform dead space into valuable space, 👉They free up space inside your home, and 👉They make property value go up like a helium balloon. (Woohoo!)   You’re probably thinking Yes Please Especially if you live in Sydney.   In the name of Inspiration, here are 5 multipurpose studios that changed lives.… Click here to read on

Do I need a Concrete Slab for my Garden Room?

One of the most common questions we’re asked is “Do I need a concrete slab for my Garden Room?”. The good news is, most Melwood Garden Rooms don’t require a concrete slab!  Unless you’re using the garden room for exceptionally heavy machinery or equipment, a raised timber floor is the recommended choice.    What is… Click here to read on

how to choose the right garden room for your property

How to Choose the right Garden Room for Your Property

A garden room is a property investment. Selected carefully, and built to last, it will be enjoyed by your family for years to come. To ensure the design is spot on, you need to get its position, size and look just right. Here’s how:   1. Find the perfect spot Garden rooms can be positioned… Click here to read on

How small businesses can save tax by purchasing assets [May 2019]

Did you know you could save tax by purchasing assets for your small business this financial year? The Australian Government has increased & extended the Instant Asset Write-Off incentive for small business.  If you buy an asset and it costs less than $30,000, you can immediately deduct the business portion in your tax return.  … Click here to read on

Melwood's garden sheds studios

Studios for Small Backyards

So you’d really love a backyard studio for your property, but your backyard is on the smaller size?  Good news. You can get a custom-made garden shed studio that will suit your small backyard! Scroll down to find out more about our Small Backyard Studios, and how to get one on your property!    … Click here to read on

More than just a garden room

A garden room doesn’t just have to be a place to store unused tools or furniture – it can be an oriental tea-house, a dedicated music room or even a pottery studio! Recent years have seen a boom in stylish garden rooms. Fitted with all the modern comforts, these outdoor structures become a place to… Click here to read on

Top Tips for designing your Art Studio

Inspired by the many talented artists who have designed & purchased Melwood backyard art studios, we’ve curated a list of Art Studio design tips! From window & door placement to functional furniture, find out everything you need to know to design a space that will get the creative juices flowing!       Tip 1:… Click here to read on

Your Questions, Answered!

  This month on the blog, we chat with our product & interior stylist to get answers to some of your most-asked questions!   Q. How many windows can I have?  You can add as many doors and windows to your Melwood Cabana as you like! You can also choose where they will go. Our friendly… Click here to read on

Melwood outdoor room

How to create a Hamptons-Style outdoor room

Bring your outdoor area to life this summer with a Hamptons-style space that is designed to impress! With the right use of textures and colours, paired with carefully-selected furniture and finishes, you’ll have an outdoor room that will feel like a coastal retreat all year long!   1. Start with a spacious, airy room that… Click here to read on


3 Reasons why Teenage Retreats are Popular with Parents

As kids grow, the family home can feel more and more crowded. Parents are solving this problem with a teenage retreat in the backyard.  Designed to give teens the space they need, whilst keeping them nearby, teen retreats are a win-win for parents & teens.   Here are 3 reasons why teenage retreats work so… Click here to read on

Transform your pool area with a cabana

there’s no better way to enhance your pool area than with a Cabana.

Both practical and stylish, this covered area is perfect for entertaining family & friends, and relaxing after a few laps.

How Danielle transformed her backyard from barren to beautiful

Photos of Danielle’s newly-transformed backyard have us in awe!   With a busy work-from-home schedule, Danielle desperately needed more space.  By adding a Melwood cabana to her property, she has transformed a rocky, unuseable area of her backyard into a cozy, chic and useful space!   In Danielle’s own words,   “It’s also a great… Click here to read on

HSC Study Tips to help your teen succeed

The countdown is on, and this year’s HSC exams are nearly here! We’ve gathered together some top-of-the-class tips from former students to get your child a step ahead! Parents of teens in their final year, as well as those of us who have done the HSC, will remember what a stressful, taxing time it is.… Click here to read on

How this family added space to their home in just weeks

Most people need more space and don’t know how they can achieve it. This has become a major problem particularly in and around Sydney, where the ever-inflating property market means that many families cannot afford to move to a bigger home. The Nichols* family from Sydney’s Lower North Shore added this stunning outdoor room to… Click here to read on

Create an elegant garden room

Create an Elegant Garden Room & Improve Property Value

  When it comes to choosing colours and finishes, there’s nothing like some inspirational pictures to get you started! This Melwood garden room is the Workshop 3254 (5.4m x 3.2m), and features cedar cladding, double glass doors with sidelights and custom end doors. After installation, the clients  arranged painting and fitout to create this elegant… Click here to read on

Deck the Walls: wall lining alternatives that save time & money

The beauty of taking on a project at lock-up stage is that you have full control over the functionality & look of your interiors! When it comes to choosing your internal wall lining, you don’t have to go for the traditional plasterboard finish. There are a number of alternative wall lining options available that will save… Click here to read on

How an outdoor laundry can transform your homelife

Maximise Your Living Space With An Outdoor Laundry

Washing, drying and folding clothes can seem a never-ending task that takes hours every week. If you live in a small area, laundry procrastination can take over large areas of your home. This feels chaotic and disorganised.  The outdoor laundry has become the solution for space-savvy homes. By locating the laundry outside of the house,… Click here to read on

Jan & Andrew's Melwood Cabana serves two purposes: a studio for Jan, and a workshop for Andrew.

Jan & Andrew’s his & hers backyard studio

Jan & Andrew’s Melwood structure serves two purposes: a studio for Jan, and a workshop for Andrew. By requesting an internal wall in their order, they were able to divide the structure into the two main areas. Jan’s area has been lined, painted and decorated to create a cozy, comfortable studio space. Andrew has added shelving, storage cupboards, drawers, a pegboard and a sturdy workbench to his workshop.

Backyard Cabanas or Garden Rooms for Small Properties

Melwood Products can be delivered and setup on almost any site!

The modular building system designed and used by Melwood means that the structure is carried onto your property in relatively small sections, and then setup onsite.

Bertie’s Rural Art Retreat

Dutch artist Bertie paints beautiful portraiture in her Melwood Art Studio in rural NSW. Bertie says “I love the fact that there was an empty space in the morning and then there was the fully erected cabin in the afternoon. I just wished Patrick was as quick in lining it but he has done a beautiful job. It gives me inspiration.”

How to set up a Home Gym

Would you work out more if the gym was right in your own backyard? The convenience of home workouts has meant home gyms are becoming more and more popular. By adding a garden room to your property, you can quickly & easily create the space you need to setup your home gym. Ready to smash… Click here to read on

Cabana Photos of the Year: 2016

2016! What a year! Here’s our pick of the backyards of 2016! With inspiration like this, how will you improve your backyard this year? Pool Parties on demand At 5.3m wide and 3.2m deep, this funky pool Cabana has plenty of space for entertaining friends! Add a bar, fridges, shelves and a changing room and there’s… Click here to read on

Helen’s Hampton’s Style Backyard Escape

With clever styling, and classic door & window choices, you can have a slice of the Hamptons right in your own backyard! Helen has turned her Melwood Garden Room into the ultimate backyard escape.     After the Garden Room was delivered and setup (in one day!) by the Melwood team, Helen then arranged gyprock, flooring… Click here to read on