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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
These days, there are more options than ever when it comes to building and owning a shed. And if you’ve been thinking about becoming a shed owner, you’ve probably taken a gander at some of the different options on offer.
We’re pretty confident that custom made sheds (such as ours) are still the way to go (and we’re not being biased, we promise).
Customizable to hobbies
Firstly, the great thing about getting a custom shed means it’s made specifically for you. Sure, you might not be the only person who plans on getting a shed, but your specific needs could be totally different from those of the next shed owner.
Are you looking for a new home office space? We can do that. Or maybe you’re hoping to make your shed into a space for that specific hobby of yours. Talk to us, we can probably offer plenty of customisation that’ll help you do what you want to do. Pre-built options, on the other hand, can only offer a one-size-fits-all approach. And sometimes – that’s not enough.
Colour and design
Another advantage of getting a custom shed made for you is that you get some input on the design and colour. KiwiSpan has several design options on offer.
Perhaps you’re looking to match your home or another building on the property. Or maybe you have a particular colour in mind?
We can help you implement any design choices you’d like to see with your shed, all in order to bring to life something that is truly yours.
We pride our sheds on their ability to withstand the elements too.
Despite its relatively small size, New Zealand weather can vary pretty drastically depending on the region you’re in. And since most places in the country are relatively close to the water, buildings have to be resistant to high levels of salt in our air. Furthermore, due to that big old hole in the ozone layer above us, we’ve also got to make buildings that can stand intense, direct UV rays.
In short – buildings in New Zealand need to be built to withstand the elements. We understand this and ensure our sheds are always up to the task.
We speak from experience when we say owning a shed is awesome – but if you are having to replace or perform unneeded maintenance each passing year, that feeling will diminish in no time.
Get a shed that can hold its own against whatever the environment throws at it – we know ours can.
Convinced? Feel free to browse our range of sheds and check our 3D shed designer to explore some of the possibilities on offer here.
Hay there, have you heard the good news about barns?
If not, we’d love to tell you about it.
Building a barn is now easier.
This used to be a bit of a process. It wasn’t just about finding land and building materials. You also had to acquire a building consent. This was a process that would take time, money, resources and require several permissions.
All this was before you can even think about building the thing.
However, it’s been announced that single-story barns under 110m2 are now exempt from this requirement. Provided you stick to those specs, you’re good to go.
The only other catch is that you actually have to use the barn as a barn. So, as cool as converted barn bars/wedding venues/stores are, you’ll still need a building consent for this kind of work.
But it’s worth noting that this exemption covers any sort of structure (enclosed, semi-enclosed or open) used for farming-related activities in rural areas, not just hay barns (despite the earlier pun).
Okay, that’s great – but why should you care?
Well, despite the stereotypical idea of an old, red wooden building found on old-timey farms, modern sheds are actually an incredibly useful utility building with a range of valuable uses. KiwiSpan offers a wide range of custom barn solutions for a multitude of uses.
So using a barn as a place for keeping various animals is probably the most obvious one, but you don’t necessarily need to be a livestock farmer to make use of this.
Raising animals can not only be a profitable, and fun activity. Studies have also shown that raising children around animals can help with allergy immunities and self-confidence.
More and more people are choosing to raise chickens (scrambled eggs for breakfast anymore?), and for all the rider’s out there – barns can also serve well as a stable for horses as well.
Thanks to the recent influx of “cute cow playing with beach ball” videos online (Who would’ve thought that cats’ time in the spotlight was limited?), adopting a cow as a pet rather than a future meal has also become more popular in recent years.
Actually, storing a lot of things.
If you have a larger property to maintain, then a barn is the perfect place to store some of your larger equipment, such as ride-on lawnmowers, without cluttering up the garage.
KiwiSpan barns are also much more weather resistant and much more stylish than the old weighted tarpaulin solution too. In fact, even if you don’t have a fleet of farming machinery to keep out of the rain, a barn can make for a pretty solid storage option for any property, and it’s not all about work.
Barns provide plenty of storage for play too. Keeping your toys, as you can store quad bikes, cars and jet skis and boats
Interested? Get in touch with us to see if your planned shed meets these requirements. Or feel free to browse our range of barns and other shed solutions here.
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.