A shed can be a lot of things, from a haven for storing all your DIY-related needs to a potential man cave to escape to for a few hours of “you-time” in the evening.
It’s also a great little key to kickstart a side hustle. That’s right, sheds can be great little money-makers with just a bit of know-how. Despite this, it seems that farmers and woodworkers are the only ones to have realised it so far.
This is a bit of a shame because there are actually quite a few ways to rake in a little extra dough with a shed – So we’ve put together a few ways you can too, without shearing a single sheep or milking a single cow.
A home office for your small business
We’ve all been hard at work in the office only to catch a glimpse of the perfect summer weather going on outside. Now imagine working in an office that allowed you to take advantage of that good weather.
A shed built to function as a home office could be that very place.
There are a lot of upsides when it comes to working from home – which is probably why it’s becoming more and more common nowadays. However, it’s often nice to have a dedicated workspace, somewhere you can set up to suit your professional needs perfectly and rev up your productivity (and thus rake in more dollars).
Also, think of the money you’d save on office rental funds and petrol – not to mention the time you won’t be spending in traffic.
A sleepout for long and short term stays.
Sleepouts are a fantastic way to give yourself a bit of respite from the teenager without losing the ability to check up on them when you need to.
But what about after the teenager finally moves out? Before you go using your sleepout as an extra storage unit, consider it’s potential as a rental accommodation first. There are always students looking to skip the student flat part of uni life – and they’re willing to pay good money to do so.
Or perhaps you’ve decided that you’d rather not replace one young adult with another? Well then consider posting it up on Airbnb and other similar places as a short term rental property.
Either or could sound like a pocket full of change before long.
Whilst we tend to think of outdoor gardens and glasshouses as the place for growing your own produce – a shed makes for a perfect place to grow (and sell) your own vegetables.
Via the use of skylights or ceiling mounted artificial lights (we can help with that), not only can you get those vegetables growing in no time, the indoor nature of shed gardens means you can continue yielding a healthy crop regardless of the weather, and all year around.
Rental photography studio
Photographers are always on the lookout for an interesting location to rent out for a few hours on their next project. And considering the funds, they’ve already sunk into their equipment, whatever you charge will seem like a mere drop in the bucket.
More and more people are using sheds as a darkroom for their photography needs. KiwiSpan provides several solutions that can make achieving this much easier, such as foregoing skylights, etc.
Have we ignited your inner-entrepreneur? Then you may be interested in checking out some of the sheds we offer here. Talk to one of our licensees about your specific needs so we can customize and create a space that’s perfect for you.
When it comes to sheds (something we’d like to think we know a bit about), there’s this idea that short of owning a multi-acre section, sheds are just a place to store tools and collect lichen.
Frankly, this is something of a tragedy, as there’s nothing quite like owning a shed. Whether it’s a man cave to escape too or a sleepout that provides your eldest with a small brush with independence (and more you-time for you) or a place to spend some quality time on a passion project.
The bottom line is, just about anyone, with any sized section (yes, even city folk) can own the kind of shed worth spending time in. However, if size still seems like an issue for you, here are a few tips you can use to make any small shed feel bigger.
Interior designers have been using colours to manipulate how big or small a room seems for years. Whilst dark colours tend to create a cosy and intimate (or simply put, a smaller) atmosphere, lighter, more neutral colours have been shown to make indoor areas seem instantly more spacious.
Our favourites lighter neutrals include Zincalume, Tatiana, Cloud and Gull Grey. You can make further use of this trick by incorporating the chosen colour of the walls into your furniture (i.e. a similarly painted workbench for a workshop, or by using the same shade in your furniture upholstery for sleepouts), as this will strengthen the feelings of extra spaciousness.
Invite in the Natural Light
Whilst aiding the “largening” effect that neutral colours create, natural light is also a reliable tool unto itself when it comes to making smaller spaces feel bigger – due to the airy and relaxed atmosphere it creates.
KiwiSpan offers a range of window configurations and translucent shed roofing. Consider making use of this natural resource when designing your next shed.
Choose Multi-Functional Furniture
One of the simplest ways to keep a smaller space from feeling claustrophobic is to keep it from becoming overcrowded, either due to excess clutter or by having too much furniture.
The easy fix for this is to simply opt for multi-functional furniture when possible. A common example of this would be to use a workbench that also has a compartment for storing your tools. Other common examples include a sofa bed for sleepouts.
Have any of these tips inspired you? If so, feel free to check out our website and custom shed designers to explore what possibilities may be available to you as a future shed owner.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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:
- Dimensions of the project (height, total area)
- Location on property where the project will go
- Size of property in square metres
- Total area of your property currently covered by buildings
- Total area of your property currently covered by hard surfaces, for example, concrete or paved areas
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.