A Team You Can Trust: Building With KiwiSpan
When it comes to quality sheds, KiwiSpan is a cut above the rest. Our sheds are backed by our unrivalled attention to details, premium products and material, and vast experience.
Since 2003, we have built countless sheds that our customers have fallen in love with. We pride ourselves on providing an experience that is enjoyable, transparent and cost-effective. This is why we’re the Kiwi choice!
KiwiSpan has been paving the way in the shed market since 2003. In this time, there is nothing our network of licensees hasn’t faced. Think you have a difficult or obscure requirement? Chances are we’ve designed and built a shed that meets your needs.
Because of this, your KiwiSpan shed is designed specifically for you. Our approach is completely flexible. None of our sheds are built from predetermined plans. We tailor your shed to the land you have available, the intended use, weather conditions and future needs.
Because of our experience, you have the freedom to design your perfect shed – not settle.
Leading products and materials
We believe in using only the highest-quality products and materials available. Because of this, the shed you build with us today will stand the test of time.
We guarantee that our sheds will last. How can we do that?
Because we only use the best materials. This includes New Zealand steel that is proven to withstand the harshest conditions. We use steel 0.40-0.55 gauge steel throughout our sheds. This will give you the confidence that your new shed is durable and reliable.
At KiwiSpan’s core is a national network of passionate and trustworthy licensees, who pride themselves on two things – their sheds and their customer service.
Our network of licensees reaches from the cape to the bluff and everywhere in between. Every single one of our licensees possesses years of building experience, knowledge of their area and a passion for seeing happy customers.
Throughout the entire process, our licensees have your best interests at heart. From the first meeting and initial quote, we are with you every step of the way. We’ll advise on getting building consent, manage the build process, and we’re there to cut the ribbon when completed.
At the end of the day, we have one goal, to build a shed that you can be proud of.
Whether you are building a new man cave, workshop, place to store your toys or place of business, KiwiSpan should be the first name you think of.
Our commitment, expertise and approach make us second to none. Discover the KiwiSpan difference today, get into touch with your local licensee or use our 3D designer tool to kickstart the process.
5 Tips for Choosing The Perfect Builder
One of the most important decisions to make when building anything of a sizable scale is choosing the right builder.
Pick anything less than the perfect partner to achieve your goals with, and you might regret it – not only during the build but down the line too.
Below, we share our top 5 tips for finding the right builder for you:
You want to work with a builder who knows their stuff, so needless to say, research is vital to a successful project. That doesn’t necessarily mean digging deep into the depths of the internet – but asking around too.
Authentic recommendations from friends and family might seem like an old-fashioned way of doing things but the best builders will be known for their reputation. Community groups and forums like Facebook are also incredibly useful for local endorsements.
- Consider Relevant Experience and Skills
It’s integral you have an idea of the skills needed for your build. Different builders have different expertise and experience, which you’ll be able to get a clearer understanding of by asking to see their portfolio.
For example, if they only have experience in renovations and extensions, they’re probably not the right choice. Enquire about the details of their previous projects – time, material, requirements – and you can compare this with your needs.
When it comes to a new building, the last thing you want to worry about are on-going repairs – which can be costly, to say the least. It’s important to check with your prospective builder what kind of products they use and the quality of their work. Don’t be afraid to ask if you can tour their past work, be sure to check references and question your builder about the materials you can’t see.
A good builder will answer all and any questions you might have about your build. They will understand the needs of the project, and moreover, want to do the best job possible for you. This means they won’t shy away from giving you answers.
If you feel communication isn’t flowing from the initial meeting, they probably aren’t the builder for you.
Talk to as many builders as you feel comfortable talking to, and then start whittling them down. We would recommend a shortlist of 3. And then, consider the 3 P’s:
- Their reputation in the community
- The connection you have with them
- Their transparency around the process on how to help you reach your goals
- Their transparency around pricing
- Their experience with the type of build you have planned
- Their experience with the type of materials you want to use
And, if this still comes out as a level-playing field, go with your gut!
At KiwiSpan, we understand what it takes to build to last. We have years of experience in the industry and pride ourselves on supporting our clients with affordable solutions, high-quality steel and advice you can count on.
For a free estimate, drop one of your friendly experts a line today on 0800 870 078.
The 6 Secrets of a Great Building
Inexperienced engineers. Poor working standards. It’s easy to get even just the basics of a building wrong if you don’t do your research. With weather conditions becoming ever-more extreme, it’s vital that those looking to build do it right, with suppliers they can trust.
Below, we share our top 6 secrets of building a structure that will stand the test of time:
When KiwiSpan first began, we were involved with the first cold-formed buildings imported into NZ. We then went on to head an Australian franchise group, where we quickly noticed a number of Australian companies who were only interested in sales, with no attention to quality, durability and structural integrity.
We also noticed a number of discrepancies, for example, their cyclonic engineering calculations were less than NZ’s very high calculations. Fundamentally, the MPA (compression strength of high tensile steel) did not match the engineering calculations.
Under engineered buildings fail under pressure. When this failure occurs the structural members buckle and collapse. A great building starts with great design.
The manufacturing process of any product will determine the quality in supply. If you want to go super-cheap, the reality is the quality of your build is going to suffer.
Proven suppliers take a range of variables into consideration, enabling them to accurately access and establish durability and performance of their product. This allows them to meet their requirements for warranty and durability statements. Manufacturers such as NZ Steel (NZ’s largest manufacturer) are readily available to back their product and statement of claim.
Working with a company with experience can save you thousands of dollars, so look to the well-established. For us, it’s our view that if you have:
- An NZ designed building
- Locally supplied product with transferable warranties
- A nationwide company behind you with years of experience
- A good rapport with the company you are working with
Then you’ll experience a quality product with quality service.
Testimonials matter. If you know the company you choose has good customer satisfaction and retention, you can move forward with confidence, backed by credibility.
All it takes is one simple question: Can I please review your current customer satisfaction file? From this, you can expect to see current authentic testimonials. If you are still in doubt of their authenticity, ask for contact details and pick up the phone.
- The Building Life Expectancy
This is generally determined by three demographics:
- Usage: You may experience durability issues around doorways, and low clad areas, most of which can be replaced over time or protected further, such as the installation of door bollards, electric door openers or concrete panels.
- Location: Buildings located within sea spray locations will deteriorate faster than inland areas. There are cladding options available that are more suited to harsher environments (coloursteel maxx).
- Type of building: By this, we mean the products of which the building is manufactured from. Consider the thickness of cladding, UV protection and the roof as key factors.
A good building company will be focused on the future of your building. Look at building warranty and the materials they commonly use. Are they future-proof? Are their previous builds sturdy in structure?
At KiwiSpan, we mostly use high tensile galvanised steel and cladding is typically ModnColour according to customer’s requirements.
Want a Free Obligation Service?
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