Design it Yourself: KiwiSpan’s 3D Design Tool

Looking to build a shed? Have an idea of what you’re looking for but unsure if it’ll work? We’ve got the tool for you. 

Our 3D Shed Designer allows you to build a visual representation of your perfect shed from the comfort of your home or office. Once done, simply submit it and we will be in touch to make your vision a reality. 

 

What is it? 

Unlike others, KiwiSpan offers prospective buyers the opportunity to create and visualise their ideal shed early in the investigation process. 

We do this with our unique online 3D Design tool. This tool allows you to virtually create the shed of your dreams, to the exact specs and with all the trimmings you require. It allows you to factor in everything from your roof pitch, number of windows and doors, number of external walls and shed colour. 

The end result, a digital representation of your shed, ready to be sent to our licensees. 

 

Benefits for you

Our 3D Designer is the perfect tool for people interested in building a shed. Whether you have your ideal shed already in mind, need inspiration or are unsure if your requirements are possible, the tool will answer all your questions. 

  • Build exactly what you want 

No matter what your requirements are or purpose for the shed, you will be able to visualise how these requirements will come to life. Ultimately, letting you know what is possible and not, and what is not possible is very small. 

  • Experiment with different variations

Considering roller doors? Or, not sure if you need lean-tos? With the 3D Designer, you have the freedom to experiment with every aspect of your shed. 

  • Super simple process

Above all else, using the 3D tool is unlike any other. The whole process is super easy and user-friendly. There is a logical step-by-step flow to the tool that guides you through all the key components of your shed. Allowing you to focus on designing your ideal shed, not getting angry at the screen. 

We the 3D Designer, you are able to factor in the exact dimensions of your land. Allowing you to see how you shed fits into that space. 

 

Benefits for our licensee

While the benefits for, you, the user are endless. For your local licensee, it gives them the perfect starting point. 

  • We know exactly what you want 

When you submit your completed design to your local licensee, they receive it and instantly know what you’re seeking. 

It gives them the perfect platform to initiate a conversation with you around your specific requirements and wants. From there, it is really a simple process. Together we work out the small or quirky requirements, and then we get seeking approval and breaking ground. 

  • Speeds up the approval process – getting to the building process faster 

Because we are able to move through the initial design stages a lot quicker than many, we are able to start the process of gaining approval and consents a lot quicker than many others in the industry. 

And, the real benefit of this? You get to start using your shed a lot sooner. 

 

For us, the 3D Designer is truly a game-changing platform. The success stories of customers using the tool and getting their dream shed are countless. 

Make sure you experience the benefits of using the tool today. 

The Perfect Garage: Why You Need a KiwiSpan Garage

The classic Kiwi garage. For many New Zealanders, they are a staple of our lives. 

Whether at home or at the batch. Whether a simple one-door slider or a three-door with a room. Whether controlled chaos or the source of ‘have you seen my…’ questions. Garages are a much-loved part of the Kiwi story. 

Our team understands that for some, garages aren’t just a storage unit outback, but one of the most important rooms in the house. Because of this understanding, we are the leading provider of garages in New Zealand. Come see why. 

 

Fit to your needs 

Like most things, there shouldn’t be a one-size-fits-all approach to garages. We understand this. 

Our team understands and appreciates that a garage built in the far north will have different needs from one built-in the Hawkes Bay and again in Southland.  

With that in mind, KiwiSpan garages are highly customisable. Regardless of whether you require two-doors, bay dividers, windows or clear lights, KiwiSpan can provide it. 

Want to get started? Check out our 3D designer tool and start building your dream garage today.

 

Understand your requirements

Understanding your requirements is the key to building a garage that you can be proud of. 

From the moment you first get in touch to the time you start using your garage, our aim is to understand exactly what you are after and execute that. Your local licensee takes the time to know what your goals are, what type of land you have and the restrictions this may cause, and even your colours preferences.

 

Built for New Zealand conditions 

We’re blessed with an amazing country. But, we are also blessed with some pretty extreme weather conditions. From the winterless north to the deep south, our garages are built to withstand and thrive in the varying New Zealand conditions. 

Whether it is the 0.40 gauge steel we use for our roofing and cladding or the 0.55 gauge steel we use for gutters and flashings, KiwiSpan garages are built to last. 

 

Passionate licensees

Above all else, it is your local KiwiSpan licensee and the excellent team behind them. When you decide to build your garage with KiwiSpan, you are not just buying a garage, you are buying experienced professionals, an unrivalled network, and ultimately a mate. 

Our team is passionate about creating industry-leading garages that stands the test of time and meets your expectations. Our aim is to make the entire process a seamless and enjoyable experience. 

To discover the KiwiSpan difference, get in touch today.

When Everything Goes Right

A new shed in steel complements a new home in timber

 

David Thompson is a builder. When he wanted a new shed big enough to fit a car hoist you’d imagine he would knock one up himself. Not so.

Once he’d checked out the options and the pros and cons, he decided to go with a steel frame shed from a local supplier. He was used to working with timber but he said a wooden-framed building would cost virtually the same, and he expected to have fewer issues with steel framing in the years ahead.

“And it was up fairly quickly,” he says. “Three big frame portals with some rails around — you don’t have to frame a complete wall.”

Another consideration for David was that he had retired and he didn’t fancy clambering about on roofs any more. He decided to turn almost the entire project over to KiwiSpan’s local Taupo agent and builder, Dave Frazer.

“I shopped around a bit and he seemed to be good to deal with,” says David. “He had a sketch in my hand pretty quickly with an estimate. It was quite easy.”

 

The perfect match


Apart from specifying the height needed to provide clearance for the hoist, David simply wanted the garage to match the house, which already had a built-in double garage at that end of the house. The right look was easily achieved by making the roof pitch the same, which also provided enough height inside for a car on the hoist with a standard 2.8m stud height. “It worked out well,” says David.

The Coloursteel roof could be exactly the same as the roof on the house, and the Coloursteel wall panel was also available in the same shade as the house. Owner David says going to the same composite weatherboard as used on the house would have been too expensive but he reckons the shed, with its ribbed steel wall panels, looks right and the different finish probably complements the house better.

He also points out the new shed could be literally tied into the house as the finished wall heights of the house and the shed are the same. This means he could run the roof straight across and make a carport between the two.

There’s one more detail that ties the two buildings together visually. “They added a white bargeboard to match the one on the house,” says David. “It was a good idea.”

 

Nice touch


Once builder Dave had got the roof and cladding squared away he realised he could match the look of the white barge boards on the house’s gables by adding an extra flashing. This white flashing would sit under the barge flashing to create the contrasting white lines that matched the look of the house

“It’s the finishing touch,” says David. The build had only one minor change to the original plan after David realised he didn’t need a double garage door to match the one on the house. There was enough room to drive through the same entrance, past the hoist, to get another car into the space alongside it. But that change was made before the concrete floor was poured, so moving the pillar wasn’t an issue. 

Heating may be added for winter but too much heat in summer was a bigger problem. As David didn’t want windows for security reasons, it was important to block out the extra heat that poured in through the clearlite roof panels. “It was just too hot in summer,” he says. 

So Dave came back and lifted the clearlite panels to install some white building paper behind them, which did the trick. He says it’s a solution that has worked before. Apart from installing the electrics, owner David says the only work he did on the shed himself was to line it with plywood, a straightforward job with its uniform 2.8m stud height.

 

Shakes change plans


David is highly satisfied with his new KiwiSpan shed. He says it was a straightforward job that went up fast, and he expects it will keep performing well for years to come. 

The only issue he has had is a geographical one. He decided against leaving cars on the hoist when a recent spate of earthquakes was running its course in the central North Island. “We had a 5.2 the other day. We felt that.”

 

Written By: Ian Parkes, The Shed.

Photography By: The Shed.