Frequently Asked Questions. To help you on your way to creating your unique room.
Can we have a site visit? Does it cost anything?
After the initial quote, Inoutside can set up a site visit (at no cost) in preparation for delivery and install.
What site prep is required? Who is responsible for it?
You will need to lay 100ml of road base and compact it together on the foot print of where the studio will sit. The studio sits on the footprint. Some times piers are needed to secure building to floor but not in most cases (depends on the ground make-up) and these come with an extra cost.
Can I fit a bathroom or kitchen? Do you complete the fit out of the bathroom or kitchen?
Inoutside do not fit bathrooms or kitchens however we can make the partitions for the extra rooms and also support plumbers and electricians with access points.
Who connects the mains electrics?
All studios come with an electrical pack. This is fitted by an electrician on install.
Do you do plumbing?
Plumbing has to be arranged independently by customer.
Do the studios have a Fire Rating?
If the studio is in a fire zone area we would have to upgrade elevations to meet fire rating.
What R Rating is the insulation in the walls and ceiling?
Walls R2.5, Roof R3.6. Can also insulate floor base and upgrade to double glazing.
Do you do sound proofing.
We offer sound proofing at an extra cost.
Where in Australia do you deliver to?
We currently deliver and install to Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra, and will soon be supplying to Brisbane through a major garden centre.
In other areas we can ship our rooms on pallets (in kit form) for self-assembly, or with the help of a local tradesperson. You’ll be provided with detailed assembly instructions and help line access. We aim to provide local agents in WA at a later stage.
Talk to us about your best options if you live outside the metropolitan areas listed.
Does tight site access provide any problems?
Not at all. Because our rooms come in kit form and are transported on pallets, they are assembled on site and require only a standard pathway with 2.8m height clearance to access your site. We have ensured the prefabricated sections are light and strong enough to be carried manually, so no special machinery or equipment is needed to carry, lift or position your new outdoor room.
How much space is required?
This will depend on the size of the floor plan you choose.
We don’t require any extra space for the installation process and can safely build on your boundary, but your local council may have certain boundary offsets that need to be observed. You should check for any building restrictions before your outdoor room is installed.
We also advise you allow sufficient room for us to clear any debris from your installation site (such as vegetation).
Can the rooms be built on uneven or sloping ground?
Yes they can. If you have a sloping yard, we can use an adjustable galvanised metal pier system to create a level floor space on any gradient. A site inspection will be needed to assess the site and this system will increase the cost slightly.
Contact us to discuss your site and whether or not this system will be required.
Do I require council approval?
In many cases council approval will not be required to install an Inoutside room, but it may depend on how you intend to use the space and the size of your room. Our rooms are intended as Class 10A structures under the Australian Building Code:
Class 10: A non-habitable building or structure.
- - Class 10A:
- A private garage, carport, shed or the like.
According to the BCA (Building Code of Australia) a non-habitable room is “a space which is not occupied frequently, or for extended periods of time.”
For most councils, a permit is not required if the floor space does not exceed 10m2 or 3m in height. Some councils allow a larger floor space before requiring a permit, so it is always best to contact your local council to get the right advice if you’re unsure.
Should you need a permit, we can supply you with the information you'll need to submit to support your application, including:
- The floor plan and elevation of your room
- Structural drawings
- Installation details
Council fees – if required – are not included in the cost of your outdoor room.
Do I need concrete foundations?
No. The design of our outdoor rooms eliminates the need for costly concrete foundations. We use a steel frame structure supported by engineered concrete footing blocks, which are installed to an appropriate depth to reduce the floor height of your new building.
This also reduces the overall amount of time and concrete required to establish your room.
Is there a large step up to access my room?
The steel framework of your room, plus flooring, is around 170mm in height. We also allow an 80mm gap beneath your room for adequate ventilation, which brings the total step up to about 250mm. This will vary depending on the slope of your block, so you may wish to consider creating a step or extended deck area for easy access.
Will my room be decorated internally?
No. Rooms are finished internally to a standard that allows you to decorate them to your own taste, including paint and floor coverings. But we can arrange installation of your choice of flooring, air-conditioning units, or other non-standard fittings upon request, although these costs will be in addition to your standard quote. Feel free to contact us to discuss your needs.
Are financing options available?
We can help you with financing through an independent finance broker if you require this option.
Do you have a showroom I can visit?
We are in the process of setting up a number of display rooms in select locations around the country. These locations will be made available on the site as soon as they are open to the public.