The IMBY Kit at Neutral Bay is owned by a young family, living on a small urban site who were after some extra play space for a growing toddler and a privacy barrier between their backyard and overlooking commercial neighbours.
A 4 Bay Frame and Features kit was chosen for its moderate size – small enough to fit within the tight constrains of the site, but large enough to provide enough space for the whole family. A pop out Window Type 1 was chosen to expand the space, bring in extra light and provide a place to sit looking over the existing garden bed.
The IMBY was delivered in flat-packed parts to the site, and carried down the narrow side path by hand to the backyard. With the help of a few mates, the full IMBY Kit took three days to construct.
Since it’s construction the IMBY has been a welcomed addition to the family home, used as a multipurpose space for anything from a child’s play space to quiet retreat from the main home.
“We use the IMBY daily, as a play space for our toddler, he (and I) love the escape from the everyday into the magical. It was quick to assemble as we enlisted some extra hands to help, making light work of it with 4 people, 3 days, 2 deliveries and 1 tiny backyard.”
“Sorry kids, mum and dad need your play space as a work-from-home office. During the COVID-19 lockdown the IMBY Kit converted into the perfect home office, detached enough from the home to concentrate and take video calls, but close enough to feel connected to family life.”
– Adriano and Fiona
The Katoomba IMBY Kit is used by a married couple for a separate extension to their home. They chose the IMBY for its attractive and unique design and DIY construction approach.
The IMBY Kit of parts was delivered to the site on a truck, then transported by hand down a narrow access path to the site of construction. One of the owners impressively constructed the IMBY on his own over a period of two and a half weeks.
Now in use as a studio/sleep-out space/garden room, the proud owners of this IMBY Kit have made it their own, adding rugs, blinds and furniture. Connecting the IMBY to electricity to power lights and a ceiling fan has resulted in a beautifully designed, comfortable space to enjoy this Blue Mountains site for owners and guests alike.
“The IMBY is a great product that fills a niche in the market for small DIY modular structures… The framework, made up with precisely fabricated pieces and assembled with mortice and tenon joints is ingenious and highly satisfying to work with.”
– Harry and Jann
This beachside IMBY Kit is located in Manyana on the NSW South Coast. Located on the property of a young family’s holiday home, the IMBY was built to provide a space to relax and spend time in the garden, also doubling as a home office during time spent out of Sydney.
This is an IMBY 1.0, an earlier prototype which informed the improved design of the updated IMBY Kit 2.0. It is 5 bays in length, with an additional deck bay and is clad with Western Red Cedar weatherboards which the owner charred by hand. The weatherboards make the contemporary shape of the IMBY fit beautifully with the main home – a classic Australian beach shack also clad in timber.
Two pop out windows provide built in seating to the interior space, as well as allowing increased airflow throughout. A deck bay at the front is the perfect spot to perch and read a book, extending the usable space of a 5 bay kit.
“We love our IMBY Kit, so quick to assemble and fun to char the timber cladding ourselves. With some old friends over we knocked it up in two weekends. While the assembly process was enjoyable and satisfying the real joy has been is in the everyday using of our IMBY. It sits so perfectly in the garden, enhancing the natural beauty with its timber shell and framing views of banana trees and the bush land beyond. It is so versatile, and we use it from everything from guest room, to tinker shed, to a play space for our grandchild when he comes to visit.”
– Bernhard and Cecilia