Some Great Things About Buying Kiwi-Made…

When it comes to building quality sheds for Kiwi’s, KiwiSpan sets the standard. 

One of the keys to our success since 2003, is that 100% of our sheds and buildings are made with quality New Zealand steel. This means they’re built to the highest standard and made to withstand the harshest NZ conditions.  It also means that KiwiSpan is supporting the local community and economy as a true kiwi-made product. 

The impact of COVID-19 has seen many local businesses severely impacted. A recent Auckland Business Chamber survey revealed nearly one in three businesses will not survive COVID-19, along with industries like tourism and hospitality being severely affected. On the flip-side, one of the positive trends of the pandemic has been the tendency amongst New Zealanders to support local manufacturers and retailers, in a bid to boost the local economy and jobs. There have also been several local campaigns urging kiwi-shoppers to buy New Zealand goods, which have helped to drive this purchasing patriotism. 

A major advantage of being kiwi-made is KiwiSpan’s local know-how. KiwiSpan will deliver a shed, barn or carport that is suited to your needs, but perhaps more importantly, to your local conditions. Built to last, every KiwiSpan warranty is formulated on the basis of your site and its needs. Your local KiwiSpan licensee will supply a tailored warranty that is specific to your build and will work with you to ensure you understand your maintenance obligations and warranty terms. 

Perhaps KiwSpan’s most important kiwi-made element is our people. We have a nationwide network of experienced licensees, all fully owned and operated here in NZ. With the increase in online purchasing habits, KiwiSpan encourages all of our customers to do their research online, but also understand that sometimes nothing beats sitting down and talking with the local professional about what KiwiSpan can do for you. With KiwiSpan teams spanning from Northland to Christchurch, there’s a local shed expert around every corner. 

Whether it’s a shed, farm barn or carport, KiwiSpan has the solution for you. Contact us HERE today to get the ball rolling on your next project.

Thinking of Building Stables? Here’s What You Need to Know

If you’re considering getting some stables made, you probably don’t need to be told that there’s a bit to consider. Unlike other types of storage units, stables are used to house living, high-maintenance animals. And as we’re sure you’re aware, rearing horses is more of a lifestyle than it is a hobby, and requires a ton of time and effort – so you’ll also want to get their accommodation just right (remember, the better they feel, the easier they’ll be to handle). 

To help make this process a bit easier, we’ve put together a list of things to consider when planning your stables (although rest assured, when building with us, we’ll be with you all the way). 

 

Breathing Space

Being active animals, horses don’t like being stabled. In fact, they’d rather be out in the field all day and night. So in order to make their stay that little bit more comfortable, you’ll want to make sure they’re given enough space to rest comfortably.  

The minimum size requirement for a sleeping bay is 3.6mx3.6m, but you should go bigger if you can. The general rule of thumb is that all sleeping bays should be big enough for the horse to lie down comfortably in, without having to bunch up against the wall. 

Likewise, you’ll want to keep any entrances as wide as possible, giving your animals plenty of room to pass in and out of (this is typically between 1.5-2m). 

 

Materials

When it comes to internal structures (such as the walls between individual sleeping bays), we recommended you use a mesh-like design rather than a solid wall. 

This allows for two things. Firstly, the animals will be able to see each other, which will make them less prone to distress (and again, make them easier to work with). 

You’ll also experience superior ventilation around the stables, which is optimal for the health of its residents. These are also good reasons to include a few windows in your stables too (not to mention the increase in sunlight they’ll allow for). 

 

Security 

Getting the right locks for your stables is a fine art. Because you’ll often be guiding an animal whilst dealing with, locking and unlocking your stables, you’ll want a locking system that’s simple enough to operate while multitasking (and often with only one hand to spare). 

That said, horses are not unintelligent animals. It’s not unheard (no pun intended) of for horses to figure out how to unlock a simple hatch lock and go for a nightly galavant. In fact, it’s even been reported that some horses will not only break themselves out but will then also proceed to bust their friends out too. Whilst you can’t fault their loyalty to each other, this could be somewhat disastrous to deal with. 

As with so many things in life, finding that perfect locking system is all about balance. 

 

Flooring

There are quite a few options when it comes to stable flooring, each with their own pros and cons. 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy homes make for happy horses. Contact us here today to get the ball rolling on your next shed-based project. 

The A-Z’s of Sheds

The dictionary definition of a shed reads as simply “a structure on your property that isn’t connected to your home”. By that definition, the options of what a shed is, and what it can do for you is pretty limitless. 

With our customised approach, this is a pretty accurate description. We understand that everyone has different needs, and we pride ourselves on our ability to meet those needs, whatever they may be. 

However, sometimes, with such a wide range of capabilities and options, it can become harder to nail down exactly what you want (and therefore need) in a shed. So we’ve put together a rundown of the different basic categories of sheds to help you find a starting point for your next project. 

 

Storage Shed

For those of you that grew up with parents that had a humble shack in your garden to store gardening equipment – that was technically a storage shed (although nowadays we tend to think bigger). 

As the name implies, the purpose of these sheds is to, well, store things. The details of what specific features these sheds have will largely come down to what exactly it is you’ll be storing. 

However, regardless of what you put in them, these sheds need to be able to protect your stored goods and keep them in pristine condition (read how we protect your valuables from NZ’s harshest conditions here

 

Habitable

Another shed type that says what it does in the name – habitable sheds are sheds that can serve as short term accommodation or as an extra, detached bedroom for your main residence. 

These sheds can also be combined with other shed types (such as garages and workshops) to serve as an area to relax in between long hours on the workbench (read: mancave).   

 

Barn

We’ve all got an image of an old, red farmhouse when someone mentions the term “barn” (and we probably got it from a painting or childhood storybook).

Unsurprisingly, a barn has traditionally referred to a shed that is specifically for agricultural use. Their trademark shape and design actually come from this original usage, as they were built to accommodate for windy days and getting the most out of the passing sun. 

Nowadays, barns can be used for general storage, and their trademark design is more for show (as weather mitigating technology has advanced a bit). With their aesthetically pleasing appearance and spacious interior, they are a great general-purpose asset for storage and vehicle housing, as well as continuing to excel in their traditional agricultural usage.

 

Has this helped clear things up? You can always contact us for further info or to discuss your next project here.

May I? How KiwiSpan Can Ensure Your Shed Meets Government Regulations

Better to ask forgiveness than permission is a catchy and often inspiring phrase – but please don’t apply it to your next shed building project. 

As it turns out, getting a shed built is not quite as simple as deciding to build one and heading off to the store to get supplies (although the experience IS quite similar to that when building with KiwiSpan). 

There’s a couple of government regulations you’ll need to abide by in order to ensure your new building project is nice and kosher. Failing that, you may have to seek permission from the council if your next project goes against any of these said regulations.  

 

How KiwiSpan can help

Now, when you choose to build with us, we’ll ensure that your shed will fully comply with the council regulations before we commence building. And whilst we’re aware that no one likes to be handed a list of rules, they are in place for a reason, and thankfully, they’re pretty straightforward. 

Of course – we’d always recommend discussing the particulars of your project with us and the council to ensure they comply with the most recent building code (which is often available online) – but here are a few things to consider for your next project. 

Because our sheds are entirely custom, we don’t often have many issues when it comes to size restrictions (generally speaking, as long as your shed is – at least – its own height in distance from all the boundaries on your property, it’s good to go).

Furthermore, there have been some recent changes to rural shed regulations, which means there’s never been a better time to get any rural building projects you might have in mind underway. Get in touch with us to discuss the specifics. 

All that said, it’s always best practice to contact your local council and inform them of your upcoming projects. Of course, you can always contact us and we’ll take the heavy lifting off of your hands.

 

Now we’ve dealt with the rules, let’s get to the fun stuff – the building! Get in touch here to take the first step in your shed building journey.

 

Putting Together the Perfect Workshop

The list of people who could benefit from having their own workshop is a lengthy one. Whether you’re an avid hobbyist or creating things in the garage is literally how you pay the bills, your life will only be made easier from having a reliable workspace. 

The problem is, however, a great workshop is much more than just a space set aside for work. A perfect workshop should be built for purpose, efficiently laid out and containing everything you need to get your work done as effectively as possible. 

At KiwiSpan, we believe that the best approach to creating such a workspace is a custom one. When working with a customer, we make sure we get a full understanding of what they want and need, and create a workspace that will allow them to achieve this. 

Here are a few things to consider to help determine what you’ll need to create your ideal workspace: 

 

Sizing

Many shed building companies only offer standardised shed sizes. KiwiSpan, however, allows you to design a shed to whatever size you need. As a bonus, our sheds don’t need a centre pole to remain standing, which means you’ll have more space for fixtures and storage. 

Finding the ideal size itself is a bit of a balancing act. You’ll want to ensure that there’s enough space for everything you’ll need (tools, machinery, etc) plus adequate working space for yourself. On the other hand, you’ll have to take into account that most councils require your shed to be spaced its own height in distance from all boundaries on your property (e.g. a 3m tall shed will need to be 3m away from the nearest fence). Aim for somewhere in the middle. 

 

Fixtures

You’ll want to make sure you have all the necessary workspaces sorted too. Even if it’s just a simple workbench, make sure there’s more than enough space to work and play in. 

Overestimation of how much space you’ll need is never a bad thing – we speak from experience when we say that none of our customers are ever upset by having too much space. 

For those of you with more ambitious projects in mind, you’ll want to take stock of what machinery you’ll need – and whether it requires storage or if it will need to be built into the workshop itself.

Lastly, but absolutely not least – health and safety. Sure, it’s not the most exciting thing to think about, but it’s particularly important when it comes to workshops – be it an emergency off switch or a dust extractor. 

After all, the perfect workshop should be one that doesn’t involve injuries right? 

 

Has this helped you determine what sort of workshop you’d like? Get in touch here to make it a reality!

 

Your Space: How to Create the Ultimate Mancave/Sheshed

The idea of owning a room just for yourself – and no, we aren’t talking about your bedroom – but a room specifically designed for you, and only you, is something just about all of us have dreamed of owning. 

What we’re describing has historically been known as a “Mancave” – and if you like that title, by all means, stick with it – but regardless of whether you call it that, or a SheShed, a MeShed or just “My Room” – here’s how to put together the ultimate space to elevate your spare time to a new level.

 

Getting starting

Planning is never the part of a project you most look forward to, but it’s vital to ensuring you end up with the best end product. You don’t have to have every detail down, but there’s a few things to consider before you start. 

What are the features you absolutely can’t live without? How much space do you have to work with? Do you have enough power sources available? Is there adequate lighting? Will you need to install some form of climate control (i.e. heating or air-conditioning)? 

Basically, what you’re ultimately figuring out is “how will you be able to achieve the space you’ve envisioned for yourself given the space you’ve got to work with?” 

 

Filling it Up

Now comes the fun stuff. The only right way to create the ultimate “you space” is to fill it up with whatever works best for YOU. However, should you find yourself needing a little creative nudge, we’ve got you covered with some hints, suggestions and a few general must-haves below.

  • Comfort – regardless of what you’re into, your space should be a place of relaxation, so comfortable seating should be your no.1 priority. Grab more than one, because sometimes the best ‘you time’ is spent with your best mates.
  • Mini-Fridge – in the spirit of relaxing, an easy beverage should always be nearby so you aren’t constantly having to get up and leave just to have a drink. What those drinks are – beer, soda, or good old water – is largely immaterial, just as long as what you want is always nearby. Same goes for snacks.
  • Coffee Machine – And whilst we’re on the subject of having your favourite beverage nearby, for many of us – that’s a good cup of coffee. Thankfully, the days when paying a barista was the only way to experience a warm cup of quality espresso are gone, as the user-friendly home espresso machine market is blooming. Making it incredibly easy and not too bank-busting to make your own café favourites without the café. So where better to enjoy some homebrewed caffeine than your private space?
  • Themes ­– Make this place truly yours. The traditional image of a man cave often involves a big TV to catch the game, and if that’s what you’re into, have at. If you’re more of a movie buff, consider said big TV but with a surround sound system and a few movie posters to boot. If you have a particular passion, why not go all out with it? Fill it with maps, books, hang guitars on the walls ­– Whatever you’re into. You could even put up some relevant memorabilia on the walls. Create a place to totally immerse yourself in what you love.

Have we given you mancave (or she-shed) brain? Why not browse some of the sheds we offer.

What Makes a Good Lifestyle shed?

Lifestyle sheds are the ‘jack of all trades’ within the shed industry. 

With a range of possibilities and uses, there are endless options for how to use a lifestyle shed. However, because of this versatility picking the right one can be tricky. 

It doesn’t have to be, here is what to look for when choosing your new shed.

 

What is a lifestyle shed? 

Before we go into what to look for, first we should define what a lifestyle shed is. 

Lifestyle sheds vary in form. They can vary from small to medium-sized garages or sleepouts to larger American barns. 

Essentially, lifestyle sheds are buildings that are aimed at maximising the available space while giving you the space to grow, work, live or store your toys. 

 

Versatility 

KiwiSpan’s lifestyle sheds are incredibly versatile and adaptable buildings. 

Our lifestyle sheds have been used for everything from workshops, man caves, storage units, sleepouts and even your classic Kiwi farm wedding venue. When you are looking for a lifestyle shed, keep this versatility in mind. As chances are you’ll want to use the space for a whole raft of things once constructed. 

When you are designing and building your shed, be sure to experiment with the number of bays, access points and doors, and dimensions of the floor plan. A good builder, such as KiwiSpan, will be able to show you different layouts to choose from. 

 

Strength and durability 

The materials your shed is built from will dictate the strength and durability of the shed, which will directly impact the lifespan of your shed. 

Ideally, you will be intending for your shed to become an important part of your land, and life, regardless of what purpose you intended for it. Meaning you’ll want the doors, walls and roof to be capable of withstanding a few bumps. 

Insist on only using material of the highest quality. At KiwiSpan, we use 0.40 gauge steel for the roofing and cladding, with 0.55 gauge for all the flashings and gutters. Ensuring your shed is strong, durable and watertight. 

 

Internal options 

Tying in with the versatility aspect of your lifestyle shed, think about what internal features you may require. 

A good lifestyle shed isn’t just the perfect size for the land, but it also has versatile features that allow you to go about your business. Features such as internal walls allow you to create different spaces or rooms, or canopies and mezzanine floors allow for a separate space off the floor, for an office or sleepout. 

While, you’ll also want to include water facilities, such as taps and toilets, along with power sockets and plugs, for plugging in the power tools or sound system. 

 

Lifestyle sheds are a great addition to any lifestyle block or farm. With KiwiSpan’s wide range of lifestyle shed options, you can’t go wrong. 

If you are considering building a lifestyle shed at yours, talk to KiwiSpan. We can help create the perfect building for your space and needs. 

Contact your local licensee today. 

 

How KiwiSpan Builds Sheds Perfectly Suited for New Zealand Conditions

It’s no secret New Zealand has a diverse and wild range of climates. Whether you’re talking about the winterless north, windy Wellington, hot and cold central Otago or frigid Southland, we need to be prepared for any and all conditions. 

At KiwiSpan, we know New Zealand like the back of our hand. And, with the knowledge and experience we possess combined with the best materials available, our sheds are built to withstand all weather conditions. 

 

Weathertight building materials 

It all starts with the materials we use. Our approach to building your shed is that the quality of materials outweighs all other factors. 

We pride ourselves on being the only one in the market that uses the highest grade steel on all our sheds. Between the 0.40 gauge roof and cladding steel or 0.55 gauge steel, we use for gutters and flashing, our steel is durable, strong and watertight. 

 

Local knowledge 

Underpinning the materials we use is our unrivalled knowledge and experience in each region. When you source KiwiSpan to build your garage, shed or barn, you are tapping into this wealth of expertise. 

Our licensees are locals like you. Chances are we’re already mates. And, because of this, we know exactly what weather conditions and obstacles we’re up against. 

With this, we’re able to visit your site and advise on what options make the most sense to combat the conditions. Whether this is recommending building height, consideration around wind speeds, how to maximise sunlight and building orientation. 

 

Understanding your needs

Obviously, the above doesn’t matter, if we don’t know exactly what you are looking for. That’s why our most powerful tool in understanding local weather conditions is understanding your needs. 

From there, we’re able to advise you on the best solutions and options for building the perfect shed for your unique conditions. 

 

Combining all three 

Next, we bring it all together. What sets us apart from our competitors is that we combine all three of the above factors to design and build your shed. Ultimately, resulting in a shed that will stand the test of time, meet your needs and be the envy of everyone in your region. 

To discover how KiwiSpan can meet your needs, get in touch with our team today.

Is It Time You Built a Sleepout Shed?

From a quiet home office to an extra bedroom for teens, sleepout builds have only grown in popularity across New Zealand in recent years. These smaller spaces are a great way to add extra habitable space to your home and have the ability to increase your property’s value.

A flexible space

As a separate entity from your main house, a sleepout has a host of possibilities: a hobby room, extra storage, an art studio, a music room, a gym, a guest room, a home office and more.   Whatever it is you need, you’ll have a space that’s versatile and adaptable, designed to meet your growing needs. 

Boost your income

With a new space comes new opportunities; ones many Kiwis are tapping into. Using your sleepout as a short-term rental investment makes the build unquestionable value for money – an invaluable chance to increase your income. 

Get building consent

Like anything, there are rules and regulations. With the help of your local KiwiSpan team, you’ll need to check you have consent before building a sleepout or cabin. This will include having your plan ready detailing:

At KiwiSpan

We offer a range of stylish sleepouts and habitable sheds to suit everyone. Built with New Zealand fabricated steel, they promise strength, style and comfort.

Every one of our builds can be finished with quality insulation and aluminium joinery, ensuring full protection from harsh weather conditions. 

We can help you build the sleepout of your dreams – adapting design to suit your specific needs.

Design your own or make an enquiry today.

We should note that not all KiwiSpan licensees offer habitable sheds as a service. Be sure to check with your local KiwiSpan team to understand your options – they’ll be happy to help.

5 Reasons You Need a Shed

Sheds have a lot more to offer than people might initially think. Improving your quality of life, they have the ability to transform your day-to-day in a number of surprising ways.

Here are just a few of the reasons it might be time to consider building a shed:

1. Value

Having an outdoor storage space will automatically add value to your home. The added bonus of more space is a huge attraction to homebuyers, meaning you can enjoy the short-term benefits knowing the long-term also pays off.

2. Protection

Our hard-wearing, New Zealand Steel manufactured sheds provide complete protection against the elements. That means your vehicles or more expensive items won’t be ruined by moisture exposure and rust. 

3. Flexibility

Build the right kind of shed and you’ll have a versatile and adaptable space that can change and grow with your lifestyle and situation. What might be a place for extra storage now may well be an art studio in five years time.

4. Storage

Everyone needs storage. A shed is the perfect solution for packing away Christmas decorations, toys, tools and more. Freeing up room in your living space and giving you a lockable area that can even serve to childproof your home. 

5. Inspiration

We all need time to ourselves away from the hustle and bustle of family life. A shed makes room for hobbies, old and new. A workspace without distraction that allows you to work more efficiently or in a more creative way – opening the door to a whole new world of opportunities.

And these are just some of the reasons! With KiwiSpan, there are many styles of sheds to choose from, each easily adapted with our innovative 3D Shed Designer tool. You can create a model of the building you want, take walls out, add lean-tos, or rollers doors and more.

To start planning your shed contact your local KiwiSpan licensee today.