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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




Studios for Small Backyards

So you’d really love a studio for your property, but your backyard is on the smaller size?  Good news. You can get a custom-made studio that will suit your small backyard! Scroll down to find out about Small Studios, and how to get one on your property!     Small Studio Designs Most Melwood designs… 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 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: Window &… 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




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 BACKYARD TEEN RETREATS ARE SO POPULAR

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 & l00k 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

Helen’s Hampton’s 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… Click here to read on




10 Things you should be Storing in your Backyard

Do you ever look at something and wonder where on earth you’re going to store it? Does your house seem to be getting smaller and smaller each year? Here are 10 things you should be storing in your backyard, to save space in your house! 1. Bulky Pool Equipment & Toys Pool pumps, chlorine, flippers,… Click here to read on




3 Amazing Apps for Successful Christmas Entertaining

  We all know the festive season can get a little overwhelming! Between organising parties, running errands, selecting/wrapping gifts, setting up decorations and managing your most expensive period of the year, there’s alot to think about! We’ve wrapped up our 3 most useful apps to help you survive the silly season and earn the title of Hostess with the Mostess!… Click here to read on




Penny’s Sophisticated Storage Room

Have you ever wondered where to store your surfboard / pool equipment / hiking gear / sewing machine / hula hoops / anything else taking up valuable space…? I have the answer for you! In your backyard! Your goods will be safe, secure and protected from the elements, AND within reach when you need them!… Click here to read on




Scott & Berni’s Summer-Ready Pool Cabana

​Imagine a 50’s themed pool party, right in your backyard! Scott and Berni’s Pool Cabana has taken their outdoor area to a whole new level of fun! We love all the little details they have added to their Melwood Cabana to create this funky retro look. With plans to add a bar, fridges, seating, a… Click here to read on




How to create a Backyard Cabana Bar

It’s 5 O’Clock somewhere, time to head out to your backyard and whip up a cocktail or two? Backyard Bars are quickly taking off as the newest (and coolest) trend in outdoor living. Whether you make it a Personal Pub, your very own Sports Bar or a Flashy Cocktail Lounge, you’ve got the perfect space… Click here to read on




Alison’s Backyard Retreat

Meet Alison’s stunning Backyard Retreat! Perfect for the whole family, this has something for everyone to enjoy! Ample seating and the large deck area makes for perfect summer evenings spent with family and friends, whilst the cabana area is the ideal quiet space to relax. By adding an internal wall on the left of her Cabana,… Click here to read on




6 easy steps to get your entertaining space ready for spring

When spring does finally roll around, there’s nothing better than getting back into your alfresco area with a morning coffee or having guests over for a BBQ. Undeniably, Aussies take great pride in their outdoor areas. Whether it’s a small inner city balcony, a charming sunny courtyard or a sprawling covered wraparound deck with a… Click here to read on




David’s Art Studio

Step into the shoes of an artist and enter David’s world of colour. Situated neatly in the backyard, David uses his new Melwood ‘Art Studio’ Cabana as the perfect space for him to pursue his passion and profession! Whether you pursue art or another passion, as a hobby or profession, a specialised art space is the… Click here to read on




Cool study ideas & why you should work from home

Cool study ideas & why you should work from home Have you ever thought about how many hours you spend travelling to work? Whether it be a start-stop traffic session, or a shorter smoother route, the time spent sitting in your car each day adds up significantly over a lifetime. And by significantly I mean… Click here to read on




Claudia’s Outdoor Room

Claudia has created the perfect space for enjoying time with family and friends, completing homework, or just relaxing! We love the way Claudia has finished her outdoor room as well, and the custom decking and outdoor furniture she has added perfectly complement the space! In Claudia’s own words: “It was a great experience getting our garden house… Click here to read on




Need more space? Add more for Less than $20k!

 Did you know it’s possible to add space to your home for less than $20k?  Home Extensions don’t have to be time-consuming, patience-testing, nerve-wracking experiences! You can add precious space to your home in just a few easy steps, and save money! A Melwood product is the answer. It’s fast – short lead times and delivered in… Click here to read on




Style Your Garden Room: Winter Style Inspiration

STYLE YOUR GARDEN ROOM: WINTER STYLE INSPIRATION 26th July 2016 On a chilly winter morning like this it’s no surprise I find myself browsing through well-styled, warm and inviting images of living rooms and interior spaces from around the world. Imagine an immaculate, yet cozy-looking lounge room, with a sophisticated hearth and a warm fire.… Click here to read on




Mark’s Backyard Hobby Room

Let me ask you a question, just quickly… Do you have a hobby? What’s your passion? Is there something taking up a legitimately large portion of your time and thoughts?   Next – where do you pursue this? Have you ever wished for your own little space? Where you can escape from the world, and focus on… Click here to read on




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Save Tax in 2019 | A tip for small business owners.

Small Business Owners – did you know that making the decision to work from home could  save you tax this financial year? You can instantly claim the business portion of most depreciating assets that cost less than $20,000 each. In the recent Budget, the Australian Government extended the Small Business Tax Incentive until 30 June 2019.… Click here to read on




5 Household Jobs to tackle in June

When the cold weather sets in there are a number of household tasks you should get into the habit of to prepare yourself and your home to withstand the next few months of wintry weather.

Here are five jobs to add to your to-do list for a healthier, tidier and cosier home this winter.




4 easy ways to add real value to your property

4 easy ways to add value to your property

Everyone knows Aussies love the great outdoors. No doubt about it – the long summer nights and crisp winter evenings are perfect for lounging around, entertaining family & friends and catching up with the neighbours over a beer.   Check out these four easy upgrades that will boost your home’s value and provide hours upon hours of outdoor enjoyment for… Click here to read on




How to save money & solve your storage problems

Could you use more space in your home?   Do you currently pay for storage space?   If you answered yes to either of those questions, keep reading!   Undeniably, we all need and crave more space. A quick search for ‘storage’ on Houzz brings up 1,237 articles. Now that’s saying something! Many of us… Click here to read on




Melwood Teenage Retreat | Space for kids, Peace for parents.

Teenage Retreats | Space for Teens, Peace for Parents

 Every parent deserves a teenage retreat   A teenage retreat is a lifesaver for parents of school-age kids. Space for your teens = peace of mind for you.    As your children grow into teens it is a well known fact that their needs, requirements and tastes will change. Schooling demands a larger portion of their… Click here to read on




Melwood Backyard Music Studio

Backyard Music Studios | Space to Create, Record or Teach

Your Backyard Music Studio- convenient, private and intimate. Most musicians know that music takes two things: time & focus. When music is your passion, it can be frustrating to practise in a space that leaves you feeling less than inspired, or requires a commute that involves sitting in traffic when that time could be used for making… Click here to read on




how to create the perfect teenage retreat in your backyard

How to create the perfect teenage retreat

How to create the perfect teenage retreat in your backyard  Do you ever feel like your teenagers are taking over your house? Even just a little bit? Maybe just one room, or a little bit of every room? There is a solution! You can have your space – and your sanity – back in a… Click here to read on




Do I Really Need a Backyard Cabana?

Whether you are a homeowner looking to renovate your property or a home buyer considering a house with a cabana, here are some things you should know before getting a backyard cabana. Backyard cabanas are becoming widely popular in Australia and other parts of the world. They’re functional, they’re stylish, and everyone seems to be… Click here to read on




6 Outdoor To-Do’s Your Property Will Love You For

February – Australia’s Maintenance Month. Temperatures rise, the sun is out, the days are longer and the kids are back at school.     The perfect time to get some essential maintenance done to the hardworking areas around the house and garden.     By ticking off these 6 to-do’s, you’ll have your house and surrounds prepared and… Click here to read on




7 ways you can boost productivity with a home office

Could a Home office actually make you more productive? Is it possible to get more work done, and faster, in the convenience of your own home? Yes! Read on for our top 7 tried-and-true secrets to achieving maximum productivity in your Home Office: 1. Sssh! make sure your working space allows you a little valuable… Click here to read on




7 ways you can boost productivity with a home office

Could a Home office actually make you more productive?

Is it possible to get more work done, and faster, in the convenience of your own home? Yes!

Read on for our top 7 tried-and-true secrets to achieving maximum productivity in your Home Office:




11 tips for easy BBQ cleaning this summer

Barbecuing: it’s an Australian national pastime. Good friends, beautiful weather, a few beers and a lot of food. All the ingredients for a great time. But there’s one big downside to every barbecue: cleaning the grill afterwards. Burnt-on food, charcoal residue, and grime of unknown origins can all require serious elbow grease to remove. But… Click here to read on




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5 Design Tips for a Gorgeous Backyard

Some new lighting, sprucing up the greenery or adding a new garden room. Your backyard deserves to be gorgeous this spring! Spring is the perfect time to transform your backyard into a gorgeous haven perfect for spending more time outdoors in the warmer months ahead. Need some inspiration to make that happen? Take a look… Click here to read on




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Get Your Home Ready With a Garden Shed

Getting Your Home Summer Ready With a Garden Shed Now that winter has come to a close, the sight of spring and summer fun is like the light at the end of a very long, cold tunnel. We bet you’ve already started talking about vacations you want to take, the beaches you want to road… Click here to read on




Small Business Owner? Here’s how a garden room could save you tax!

Small businesses are the winner for this years 2015 Federal Budget. Do you know the full extent of what you can claim and what you can deduct in full? Here is a run down of what small businesses are entitled too. You will be pleasantly surprised…




5 Benefits Backyard Storage Shed

5 Benefits of a Home Storage Shed | Never Pay Storage Fees Again!

A home storage garden shed or backyard cabana can be a smart alternative for storing your home goods. With having many benefits, we explore why a cabana in the run can make save you money click here to read on…




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Granny Flat Alternatives-What are your options?

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that having a granny flat has become one of the biggest trends related to increasing the value of your home in the past decade. With the rise in Australia’s property market, the granny flat has become a very popular alternative to housing accommodation. So what do you… Click here to read on




Cedar Board and Batten Cladding

Cedar Batten and Board

What is Cedar Batten and Board cladding? This is a very attractive style exterior wall cladding that has been in constant use since 1800’s. Board and Batten is an attractive and more weatherproof cladding than horizontal palings, and because it is real wood, it can also be stained for a beautiful natural look




Backyard Home Office best investment you'll ever make

10 reasons a backyard home office is the best investment you’ll ever make

In case you needed more confirmation that working from home is a great idea, here’s 10 great reasons a backyard home office will be the best investment you ever make.   Better work/life balance Work/life balance, the aspiration of the modern professional, is often achieved and tuned to satisfaction through a working at home arrangement,… Click here to read on




Melwood Grid Floor System

Melwood’s Clever Grid Floor System

The clever grid-floor design by Melwood gives many advantages over a normal static cabin, saving time, money, hassle and danger of flooding! 1. “Our Structures Do Not Require A Concrete Base Or Concrete Foundation.” Because we use pre-cast and pressure tested concrete footing pads, we do not need a concrete foundation. Not needing a concrete… Click here to read on




So Quick & So Easy!

Watch how easily our DIY kits go together! All our structures are pre-built in panels to minimise time on site. Click play to view a short clip on one of our sheds being installed.




Melwood Cabins, Sheds & Cabanas

A MELWOOD Cabana is the perfect answer for your outdoor living and lifestyle. These prefab, relocatable backyard cabins are extremely popular in Sydney & NSW as garden storage sheds, home offices, pool changing rooms and teenage retreats. MELWOOD are the originators and pioneers of prefabricated timber structures and Micro Homes in Australia. We have been… Click here to read on




August News – The Melwood Workbench

Did you know we offer custom made workbenches? These are built into your cabana or shed to provide a strong sturdy work surface that you can also use to mount heavy tools like bench vices or chain sharpeners. Contact us today for more information!




May News – Outgrown your old shed?

Melwood sheds last forever due to their hand crafted high quality. When your existing shed is full, don’t replace it, contact us today about extending your old shed to provide more space.




December News – Install Video

The New Melwood Setup Video… It’s been an eventful month keeping on top of the Christmas rush, but during our last display shed setup, we got the cameras rolling and created this little timelapse. Click here to view now…