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From Shed to Home: Transforming Spaces with KiwiSpan

At KiwiSpan, we’re passionate about helping our clients achieve their shed dreams. When KiwiSpan Tauranga were approached by these clients, who had a very clear vision of building one of our sheds and using it as their forever home, we couldn’t help but jump at this opportunity.

This is such a cool concept, and it certainly seems to have been a cost-effective way to achieve a great outcome. If you are prepared to do some project management yourself then a project like this could be for you!

 

The Shed of Possibilities

 

Our clients approached us after doing some thorough research on turning the shell of a shed into a home to place on their piece of land in the rural Bay of Plenty. They had a very clear vision which included a gable roof with an extended eave, high pitched ceilings, black steel cladding, large glass windows and skylights. They were impressed that we were able to offer all these features, some of which are exclusive to KiwiSpan.

We sat down for our first meeting and discussed our four different gable roof pitch options available. To get the look our clients were after, the 22-degree roof pitch which was perfect for creating the raked ceiling in the living area. They were super impressed with our extensive range of cladding options and selected the new and trending Reverse Run Slimclad cladding in Flaxpod Matte.

We also discussed a wide range of joinery options, aluminium finishes and tints that would feature throughout their home, including the two skylights to be positioned above the kitchen to maximise light in the open living area.

All of this was the beginning of what is now an incredible home with the WOW factor!

 

Project Management and Collaboration

 

Our design team worked with the clients and an architect familiar with portal systems on the 200sqm house plans. They specifically wanted 100sqm open plan living with the remaining allocated to bedrooms, bathroom, storage, and laundry. We then obtained council consent on behalf of the client, arranged the concrete pad to be prepared and poured so that the clients desired polished floor finish was perfect, constructed the shell and installed the internal steel framed walls and ceilings to lock up stage…

The habitable shed vision was starting to take shape, and our clients were amazed with how fast everything was pulled together!

At this point, we must remind you that KiwiSpan supplies and constructs steel sheds… EXCEPTIONAL ones at that, but we are not a housing company. We are however, more than happy to help out and put you in touch with any of our entrusted team of contractors who can help in areas that we cannot.

From lockup, our clients were able to step in and start the management of the internal fit out, decking and landscaping, allowing them full creative control over how their home would be finished. They were able to save money by reducing management fees and dealing directly with their own contractors, getting more bang out of the budget!

 

Bringing the Vision to Life

 

Due to the nature of a shed, steel beam portals are a structural component that cannot be avoided. They are definitely something that should be considered during the design stage, especially when considering a habitable shed. Beams were positioned where they could be concealed within wall spaces, but where strengthening could not be compromised, Karma Construction did a magnificent job of showcasing them. A.One Kitchen & Interiors were even able to conceal part of a beam within their kitchen cabinetry.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Shed to Home Transformation is Complete

 

Together, we’ve all worked hard to bring this vision to life. The result? A collaboration between our team, our clients and their contractors have created a standout shed and transformed it into a unique home that has exceeded ours and our clients’ expectations.

 

Are You Ready to Bring Your Vision to Life?

 

All KiwiSpan sheds are custom designed, to suit you. Jot your ideas down in a drawing, a rough sketch is perfect enough to help us started for you. Consider your required dimensions and specific needs or features included your dream and contact us today to learn more about how we can help you.

Barn & Shed Storage Ideas – Maximising Storage Space

Lifestyle sheds are an extension of your living space and a reflection of your style. They also offer practical solutions for storage needs. The American-style barn, for example, presents a unique opportunity to blend functionality with aesthetic appeal, housing seasonal items and recreational equipment while complementing any setting you put it in.

KiwiSpan steel barns and storage sheds are designed to work around your need for additional storage, featuring open floor plans that allow for efficient organisation and easy access to stored items. If you own a KiwiSpan steel storage shed and want a practical solution to maximising storage space, you’ve come to the right place. Below, we share innovative shed storage ideas to optimise your available space, ensuring your KiwiSpan barn or shed is as efficient as stylish.

 

Categorise Belongings

The first step in maximising your shed or barn storage space is to declutter. Be honest with yourself about what you truly need and use. Discard broken items, donate unused belongings, and recycle anything you can. Once you’ve decluttered, categorise your remaining items by function or season; this will help you organise your storage solutions more effectively.

 

Create a Floor Plan

A well-thought-out floor plan can significantly impact the efficiency of your storage space. Take stock of what you need to store and plan accordingly. Allocate specific zones for different activities or items, such as workshop tools or recreational equipment. This will help you maintain order and make it easier to find what you need when you need it.

 

Embrace Vertical Space

Maximising the vertical space in your shed can dramatically increase your storage capacity. Vertical storage solutions, such as shelving units, wall-mounted hooks, and hanging systems, allow you to store items off the floor, making them easily accessible while freeing up valuable ground space. Consider installing high shelves for less frequently used items and lower hooks for tools you need to grab on the go.

Alternatively, factor in a mezzanine floor into your shed during the design phase. KiwiSpan will be happy to help. Because of our smart designs, our sheds are built without obtrusive bracing or centre poles, so you can maximise every metre of your shed and enjoy top-to-bottom storage space!

 

Utilise Wall Space

Your walls are prime real estate for storage. Pegboards, magnetic strips, and slatwall panels are versatile options that you can customise to suit your storage needs. Pegboards, in particular, are ideal for organising tools, gardening supplies, and small items, keeping them visible and within reach. Magnetic strips are perfect for storing metal tools and accessories, while slatwall panels can accommodate a variety of hooks, baskets, and shelves.

 

Invest in Multi-Functional Furniture

Furniture that doubles as storage is a game-changer when maximising space in your KiwiSpan storage shed. Consider benches with built-in storage for seating and organisation or cabinets that can serve as workbenches. These pieces not only save space but also add to the functionality and comfort of your barn or shed.

 

Opt for Stackable Containers

Stackable containers are a space-saving solution that can help keep your KiwiSpan barn or shed organised. Choose clear containers to easily identify contents or label opaque ones for quick access. This approach keeps items tidy and dust-free while making the best use of your available space.

 

Go Mobile

Incorporate mobility into your storage plan with rolling carts and tool chests. These can be easily moved around, providing flexible storage options and allowing you to bring your tools or materials directly to your workspace. This is particularly useful in multi-use spaces or when you need to clear an area for a specific project.

 

Think Outside the Box

Finally, get creative with your storage solutions. Repurpose old furniture or containers for new uses, such as turning an old dresser into a tool cabinet or using wine racks for storing garden tools. Look for inspiration in unconventional places, and don’t be afraid to do some DIY to fit your specific needs.

 

Get More Interior Space with a KiwiSpan Shed

Maximising your barn or shed’s storage space is not just about creating more room; it’s about enhancing functionality, improving accessibility, and infusing your style into the space.

Unlock the power of personalisation with KiwiSpan steel sheds! Our 100% customisable designs allow you to create a storage solution that perfectly reflects your style and meets your unique needs. From selecting the shed size to your ideal roofing, doors, and windows, you have complete control over every aspect.

KiwiSpan sheds have no obtrusive centre poles or bracing, allowing for more interior space, so you have the freedom to transform it into a well-organised, efficient, and stylish part of your property. Get started with a KiwiSpan shed and request a free quote today.

Why Choose a Hangar Steel Structure for Your Aircraft?

At KiwiSpan, we understand that your aircraft is a source of immense pride and passion. Such a prized possession deserves the finest protection. The best aircraft shelters offer long-term defence against the elements and unmatched security – and there’s no better material for this purpose than steel. Below, we explore the wide-ranging benefits of steel hangar structures, from their unparalleled durability and strength to their unique customisation capabilities.

 

Comparing Hangar Materials

Traditionally, hangars have been constructed from a variety of materials, including:

 

Wood

While a cheaper option initially, most wooden hangars require significant maintenance and are susceptible to rot, mould, and fire damage. Wood hangars may also warp over time and may not be ideal for large or heavy aircraft.

 

Fabric

Fabric hangars are portable and lightweight, making them a good choice for temporary shelters in mild weather. However, they offer little protection from harsh weather conditions like wind, snow, or hail. They are also susceptible to tearing and generally have a shorter lifespan than other materials.

 

Steel

When it comes to protecting your valuable aircraft, hangar steel structures are the clear winner. Steel hangars cater to the long-term needs and protection of aircraft.

 

Benefits of a KiwiSpan Steel Aircraft Hangar

 

KiwiSpan is a leader in steel building construction. We can design bespoke steel hangars that offer numerous advantages over materials like wood or fabric. Let’s run down the top steel hangar benefits.

 

Superior Strength and Protection

KiwiSpan uses up to 3.0mm-gauge steel for structural elements and 0.4mm-gauge cladding, complemented by even more robust 0.55mm-gauge flashings. This thickness and quality surpass industry standards. Our hangars can withstand severe weather conditions like snow, rain, hail, and strong winds while also being resistant to corrosion and pest invasions. Our steel hangars can last for decades, offering secure and reliable shelter against the elements.

 

Fire Safety

The non-combustible nature of steel significantly lowers the risk of fire, a crucial consideration in hangar design given the value and vulnerability of the aircraft stored within. This inherent fire resistance adds an important safety layer, protecting the valuable aircraft and the hangar infrastructure from fire-related damages.

 

Minimal Maintenance Requirements

Unlike hangars constructed from materials like wood, which necessitate regular maintenance efforts like repainting and treatments against rot and insect damage, KiwiSpan’s steel hangars require minimal maintenance. This low upkeep requirement not only reduces ongoing costs but also ensures that the hangar remains operational with minimal downtime, providing a hassle-free storage solution.

 

We Use Quality Fixings and Fastenings

KiwiSpan takes pride in utilising high-strength bolts AND heavy-duty tek screws, coupled with brackets engineered and designed in New Zealand, to secure the hangar’s structure firmly. These industrial-grade components ensure a tighter, more durable connection, enhancing the overall stability and longevity of the hangar.

 

A Cost-Effective Choice

KiwiSpan’s steel hangars represent an economical choice over time. Their durability and minimal maintenance requirements contribute to lower overall expenses throughout their lifespan.

 

Customisation is our Forte

Understanding that each aircraft and owner has unique needs, KiwiSpan specialises in creating customised hangar solutions. Whether it’s specific dimensions to accommodate various aircraft sizes, aesthetic preferences in colour and design, or functional requirements like door types, windows, and cladding profiles, KiwiSpan can tailor your hangar to meet your exact needs, ensuring that your investment is practical and personalised.

 

Longevity Contributes to Sustainability

The durability and longevity of steel hangars mean they need to be replaced less frequently than those made from less durable materials. This longevity reduces the demand for new construction materials and the environmental impact of building new structures. By choosing a KiwiSpan steel hangar, you’re investing in a solution that will serve your needs for decades, minimising the environmental footprint of your aircraft storage.

 

What Types of Aircraft Can You House in a KiwiSpan Steel Hangar?

 

Steel hangars are incredibly versatile. Due to their strength and ability to be custom-designed, they can accommodate a wide range of aircraft, from small private planes to large commercial jets.

Some examples include:
• Private planes (single-engine, twin-engine, etc)
• Helicopters
• Gliders
• Ultralights
• Commercial jets (depending on the hangar size)

 

Choose KiwiSpan & Get Steel Hangars Designed for Your Aircraft

 

Looking for long-term protection of your aircraft? Invest in a steel hangar and know your prized possession will be well-protected for many years. KiwiSpan specialises in steel garages, hangars, and more. Don’t let an inadequate shelter ground your investment. Connect with KiwiSpan today, and let us elevate your aircraft storage solutions to new heights.

Shed Maintenance Tips for Summer

As the summer sun heats up, so does the need to properly care for your trusty NZ steel shed. Unlike some other sheds out there, KiwiSpan steel sheds offer a superior 50-year durability commitment. However, even the toughest sheds require seasonal attention to ensure they remain in excellent condition for generations. So, before the temperatures soar, roll up your sleeves and follow these essential tips for steel shed maintenance. 

 

Why Summer Maintenance Matters

 

While steel is inherently strong, summer in New Zealand can throw curveballs that can weaken its defences. Intense heat leads to thermal expansion and contraction, putting stress on the structure. New Zealand’s harsh UV rays can speed up the rate at which colours fade, especially dark colours and on the north-facing side of your shed. In parts of the country, high humidity contributes to increased condensation, which feeds the growth of mould and mildew. Neglecting these factors can lead to costly repairs or even premature shed replacement.

 

Keeping Your KiwiSpan Shed Cool

 

KiwiSpan understands that your belongings deserve the best. And you can give them the protection they deserve with a KiwiSpan steel storage shed. While the steel we use is tough and built for NZ’s harsh weather conditions, there are practical ways to maintain its quality, integrity, and shape during summer.

 

Shade Strategies

Position the trees or vines strategically to maximise shade during the hottest parts of the day. Be mindful of root growth to avoid damaging the shed’s foundation. Alternatively, you could install shade sails or awnings for targeted protection.

 

Reflective Paint

When selecting your shed colour, opt for paint with a higher Total Solar Reflectance (TSR) for your roof and exterior walls. A higher TSR colour will deflect more heat, keeping your interior cooler.

KiwiSpan uses COLORSTEEL® paint designed for New Zealand conditions, ensuring durability and effective heat reflection. We offer a wide range of colour choices to ensure that your shed will stay cool and look cool, too.

 

Insulation Matters

Consider adding reflective foil or bulk insulation to your roof and walls, especially if your shed houses heat-sensitive items. This creates a barrier against heat transfer. Your KiwiSpan project manager will be able to advise you on this.

 

Proactive Maintenance Tips

 

Regular Roof Checks

Inspect your roof for any cracks, holes, or loose fasteners. Prompt repairs prevent leaks and sun damage to the interior. At KiwiSpan, you can choose from MODNCOLOUR® and COLORSTEEL® cladding in various profiles to combat the heat, promote airflow, and prevent moisture buildup.

 

Paint Maintenance

Regularly inspect the paint for fading, chipping, or rust spots—touch up with high-quality, rust-resistant paint to halt the accelerated oxidation which can take place in warm, moist environments.

 

Gutter Cleaning

Don’t let clogged gutters trap water and debris. Clean them regularly, ensuring proper drainage to prevent water damage and rusting.

 

Waterblasting

Waterblasting is an important part of KiwiSpan shed maintenance, not just for the summer but all year round. This cleaning method uses high-pressure water spray to remove dirt, grime, loose paint, mould, algae, and other unwanted materials from your shed. Unlike traditional cleaning methods, waterblasting does not require harsh chemicals, making it an environmentally friendly option.

 

Declutter and Organise

Remove unnecessary items from your shed to improve airflow and prevent moisture buildup. Organise remaining items efficiently to maximise space and prevent damage.

 

Pest Control

Pests can cause significant damage to your shed and its contents if not taken care of. Regularly inspect for signs of rodent or insect activity and address them promptly.

 

Winter Preparation

As summer winds down, prepare your KiwiSpan shed for winter by addressing any repairs, removing leaves and debris from the roof, and ensuring proper drainage to prevent any damage caused by the buildup of water, snow, or ice.

By following these simple yet effective tips, you can ensure your KiwiSpan steel shed thrives through the summer heat and wet winters, offering reliable storage for many years. Remember, regular maintenance is key to maximising the lifespan and functionality of your shed, saving you money, and preserving your valuable belongings.

 

Steel Sheds You Can Rely on All Year Round

 

Choose a shed that stands strong year after year – no matter the weather. Crafted from high-quality steel, KiwiSpan steel sheds can withstand harsh weather conditions and only require minimal upkeep. We offer a 50-year lifespan for our sheds’ structural frame and related brackets, assuming adherence to our durability and maintenance guidelines. Invest in quality and peace of mind – choose a KiwiSpan steel shed today! Get a quote here.

New Shed Designs to Take Inspiration from in 2024

Steel sheds in NZ have long been a versatile and popular choice for outdoor storage. However, new shed designs have evolved beyond mere functional storage spaces. Today, KiwiSpan sheds captivate architectural expressions that blend utility with aesthetic appeal.

As we step into 2024, a plethora of cutting-edge shed designs promises to redefine the concept of outdoor structures. Are you envisioning an expansive farm shelter, a modern workshop space, or a combined home office and storage space? The possibilities are vast. Let’s explore the latest trends in KiwiSpan steel shed design and construction below.

 

Sustainability Focus

Sustainability is a big trend across many industries, and steel shed design and construction are no exception. Sustainable construction aims to minimise environmental impact while creating energy-efficient, eco-friendly structures.

Choosing construction materials that are kinder to the environment will continue to be a priority in 2024. As one of the world’s most recyclable and durable materials, more people are choosing to use steel in their new shed designs. At KiwiSpan, we’re proud to use locally manufactured steel products for all our farm, lifestyle, and commercial and industrial sheds.

 

Increased Flexibility

The demand for greater flexibility in construction is growing. This need is driven by various factors, including rapidly changing market dynamics, evolving project requirements, and the desire for sustainable and adaptable structures.

Steel plays a vital role in creating flexible, versatile structures today. This strong material is highly adaptable to various architectural designs. The combination of steel strength with KiwiSpan’s bracket systems provides wide, open spans – a blank canvas to design your perfect space or shed layout. Steel’s flexibility also enables us to adapt designs in the future as our customers’ needs change. This means we can easily add new extensions or modify your structure without compromising your shed’s structural integrity.

 

On-Trend Colours

On-trend colours shift slightly from year to year. Right now, various shades of grey, including slate, charcoal and black, are trendy due to their and modern aesthetic appeal. Modern finish types, such as matte, are also popular right now because of their stylish, fresh look. Colour popularity, however, can differ by industry. For example, red is always a favoured choice for horse stables or steel barns in the agricultural sector.

At KiwiSpan, we understand that colour is not just a visual aspect but also plays a crucial role in functionality and branding. That’s why we allow our customers to choose from various colours designed specifically for New Zealand conditions. Your local KiwiSpan team can guide you on the colours coming into popularity.

 

Advanced Roofing Solutions

Cutting-edge technologies and materials have transformed how we approach roofing solutions. These advanced roofing solutions have improved the durability and strength of steel sheds while unlocking new design and functionality possibilities.

At KiwiSpan, you can choose between adjusting the height and the pitch or adding lean-tos depending on your needs. With a more durable and efficient approach to roofing, you can easily create a steel shed that is expansive, durable, and maximises every inch of space.

 

Maximised Natural Lighting

Maximising natural light in sheds has gained popularity for various reasons. Primarily, natural light contributes to a more inviting and pleasant interior. It also reduces the need for artificial lighting, making it a more energy-efficient choice.

There are various strategies for maximising natural light, including the strategic placement of windows or openings that allow for more natural light to enter, as well as expansive views of the outdoors. At KiwiSpan, we can tailor your windows depending on your requirements and what fits your shed best.

 

Textured Exteriors

Textured coatings bring depth and visual interest to steel sheds. In 2024, you can expect textured finishes like etching and embossing to take centre stage. These textures add character to metallic surfaces.

At KiwiSpan, we’re embracing textured exteriors with our steel cladding solutions. We offer MODNCOLOUR® and COLORSTEEL® cladding in a range of profiles to add depth and style to your shed exterior. These innovative cladding solutions add visual appeal while bringing strength and durability to your shed.

 

Take Your Innovative Shed Design to KiwiSpan

In 2024, the possibilities for new shed designs are virtually limitless. These are some of the key trends we’re seeing now, and there will undoubtedly be more changes as the shed design and construction industry continues to evolve.

If you have any ideas you would like to bring to life, we can help. You can design your KiwiSpan steel shed using our online 3D builder and learn what’s possible. Choose the size, cladding, doors, windows, roofing, and colour scheme to create a custom structure that perfectly suits your needs. We’ll guide you through any shifts and changes when choosing a shed for your needs.

The heart of what we do is giving you a shed that fits your needs and lifestyle. Whether it’s a garage shed, personal workshop, or commercial shed, KiwiSpan has a customised solution. Contact us today to get the ball rolling on your next steel shed project.

Should You Design Your Own Shed? 6 Benefits of Custom Sheds

A steel shed is a valuable addition to one’s property, offering various benefits for lifestyle and industrial use. Whether you need a spacious workshop for your business or additional storage for your tools, equipment, and outdoor vehicles, a steel shed is a practical solution. However, not all steel or metal shedsare created equal, so how do you ensure it fits your needs? 

 

A custom shed design is the way to go if you need a steel shed that can comply with your specifications. If you want to design your own shed but aren’t sure where to start, KiwiSpan can help. Our sheds are 100% customisable, and we tailor each design to our customer’s needs. Read on to discover the benefits of custom sheds and how you can bring your vision to life with KiwiSpan.  

 

Why Should You Opt for a Custom Shed?

 

Need a custom shed design that can house your vehicles, such as boats and jet skis? Or do you dream of having an American barnthat can double as a personal workshop? With a custom steel shed, you can guarantee a shed that perfectly suits your requirements. Here are six key benefits of a custom steel shed: 

 

1. Design Potential

Custom sheds offer exceptional design potential and versatility. When you design your own shed with KiwiSpan, you can choose your ideal size, height, windows, doors, floors, colours, roof style, and more. This design freedom means you can create a shed that fits your available space and matches your aesthetic preferences. 

 

2. Increased Functionality

Steel sheds can be custom designed for different functions and purposes. Whether you need a shed for storage, a workshop, or a hobby space, customising your shed allows you to incorporate specific features and elements that enhance functionality and fit perfectly for your intended purpose. 

 

3. More Flexibility

Custom shed designs offer more flexibility in your steel shed’s size, layout, and interior configuration. You can choose the dimensions that best accommodate your storage or workspace needs and add partitions, shelving, or other organisational elements to optimise the space for your specific requirements. Do you have a tricky piece of land or property size? We can tailor your shed to your exact measurements, down to the millimetre. 

 

4. Personalisation

Customising your shed lets you add personal touches and unique features that reflect your style and taste. You can select the colours, finishes, and accessories that complement your property and create a cohesive look. With many years of experience under our belts, KiwiSpan can provide helpful ideas and expert advice to help bring your vision to life. 

 

5. DIY Potential

If you enjoy hands-on projects and have the necessary skills, you can take pride in building your own kitset shed. This do-it-yourself approach can save you money on the erection process. But of course, you’ll also have the option to let our trusted KiwiSpan licensees help you with the build.  

 

6. Cost-Effectiveness

While customisation allows you to add specific features and design elements, it can also help you optimise costs. You can work closely with KiwiSpan licensees or try our 3D builder tool to balance your desired features that accommodate your budget, ensuring you get the best value for your investment. 

 

How Do You Know if the Design Looks Good?

 

KiwiSpan makes it easy for you to visualise your custom shed design before the build process. The KiwiSpan 3D Builder Tool is a unique 3D design tool you can use online to customise your shed and see what it will look like. You can adjust the size, change the roof type, remove and change the colour of the walls, and so much more.  

 

How to Make the Most of Customisation

 

Here at KiwiSpan, all our steel sheds are 100% customisable. Whether you need a workshop or steel storage space, we can tailor your shed to suit your needs. Here are some of the many aspects of a KiwiSpan shed you can customise: 

 

Doors: You can choose sectional and roller doors and determine your preferred height. You can also opt for automatic opening door options. 

 

Windows: While our window options don’t come in a standard list, you can talk to our trusted KiwiSpan licensee about your preferred number and size of windows. Our team can tailor to what fits best for your shed’s intended purpose. 

 

Colours: We offer a range of high-quality paint colours for your steel shed’s roofing and cladding profiles. We also use COLORSTEEL®️, ideal for transforming the look of metal sheds. 

 

Flexible Designs: We can change the size and shape of your custom steel shed dramatically. Our ability to build up to 18m clear spans without obtrusive bracing or centre poles allows us to be very flexible with our shed designs. You dream it, we’ll build it. 

 

How Does the Customisation Process Work?

 

KiwiSpan’s customisable steel sheds work perfectly around your lifestyle and budget. You can start customising your steel shed through our 3D Design Builder. Once satisfied, you can discuss the initial design with your trusted KiwiSpan licensee, and they will give you a quote based on your design. Once approved, we can start manufacturing your custom steel shed based on your requirements. It’s that easy! 

 

Design Your KiwiSpan Shed Today!

 

Whether you want to design a standard blank shed, double garage, boat shed, parking shed, or workshop, we’ve got you covered! Talk to KiwiSpan to design a steel shed unique to your lifestyle and needs. Try our 3D Builder today! 

 

Case Study: Creating a Dedicated Space for Glenn Richard’s Race Cars

Background “I needed a new, purpose built workshop”

Glenn’s involvement in the car racing industry meant he needed a good amount of workshop space as well as storage area for car parts and mechanical equipment. He’d run out of space in his current barn which also housed his tractor and other non-racing equipment. Glenn was considering an extension when a conversation with his neighbour convinced him a new, standalone building would be a smarter choice. “It seemed obvious after that chat,” says Glenn. “A purpose-built space for the race cars was what I needed.”

 

Supplier selection “Things just gelled with KiwiSpan”

Glenn looked at the local options and decided to proceed with KiwiSpan. “They seemed to be doing the sort of thing I was looking for,” says Glenn. “And a good referral gave me confidence it was the right call,” he adds. 

“They asked what I needed in a building, and showed me lots of their work to compare styles and features – lots of valuable stuff came out of that and it really cemented the deal. Things just gelled with KiwiSpan.”

 

Design phase “I knew what I needed, but their input made the designs even better”

To Glenn, it was obvious where the new building had to go. He was based in the country and his piece of land had a relatively flat area near the existing shed. 

As a separate, standalone building Glenn could opt for a more modern aesthetic than the current building. He planned to keep the tractor and other things in the old shed, leaving this new building as a, dedicated space for the race cars. It would be clean, tidy, and dust free… and the exterior needed to emulate the clean modern tone.

“KiwiSpan helped enormously with the designs”, says Glenn. “With their expertise, I got the best possible outcomes for my money.” For example, when KiwiSpan told Glenn it wouldn’t cost much more for wider roller doors (only higher doors), he opted for really wide doors. “This has helped enormously with access and manoeuvrability,” says Glenn.

 

 

Another feature that added huge value to Glenn was the awning which extends over the roller doors. ”It’s added a lot more usable space by keeping the doors covered – if it’s raining you don’t lose any workspace or have to worry about things getting wet,” says Glenn. “The cantilever style was my idea – there’s no support poles to worry about the cars hitting. Visually, the lack of external structure makes things look really clear and tidy too.” Cladding the underside of the awning in white Colorsteel also helped with lighting the working areas. “The white surface reflects light down into the space, both during the day and night,” says Glenn.

Glenn needed a mezzanine level for extra storage space. Originally it didn’t fit in the plans so KiwiSpan worked with Glenn to raise the height of the whole building to accommodate a high functioning  mezzanine level. “It didn’t dramatically change the overall cost, but added value in many ways” says Glenn. “The extra height is great for bigger vehicles and in manoeuvring our car hoist. It’s also made the mezzanine more usable as we can stand up there and have more space to move large car parts around.

KiwiSpan designed a roller gate on the mezzanine lever to allow for easier access to the storage space. “Some large parts won’t fit up the stairwell, so this gate opens up the balustrade and now we can hoist big items straight up there,” says Glenn. “I’d requested a gate and KiwiSpan came back with this rolling gate suggestion – it’s better, more space efficient, than a swing gate. Their solution has worked, it’s good.”

A ventilation unit installed in the ceiling ensures heat doesn’t build up and fresh air continues to circulate. “It’s something I wanted – KiwiSpan estimated the price to gauge how serious I was, and then the quote came in very close,” says Glenn. “They were on the money, and I went with it.”

KiwiSpan also suggested underground pipework from the tank to the shed. “Little things like that were great,” says Glenn, who had assumed the pipes would run overground.

 

 

Construction “It was done really well, very professional”

One of the reasons Glenn had chosen KiwiSpan was that they could project manage the whole job – from getting quotes and council permits through to managing all the sub contractors. “They knew what was needed and just made it happen – all with complete transparency of costs,” says Glenn. “It meant that when it came to construction, I didn’t need to do anything except stay out of the way, and it worked.”

Built recently, Glenn’s project suffered delays due to Covid-19. “It was difficult to get going with all the supply issues,” says Glenn. “But KiwiSpan were very honest about the delays and timing – it was an evolving story and they kept the communication lines open.”

It was all done really well – very professionally managed,” says Glenn. “I wouldn’t have got the same result if I’d tried to do it myself.”

The sales guy at KiwiSpan had persuaded Glenn to paint the floor which he highly recommends to others now. “Poxy resin is such a pain, but you MUST do it,” says Glenn. “It really finished the shed.” With painted concrete floors, Glenn’s new shed looked better and became far easier to keep clean. “Various people have come to use this space but because it is clean and looks clean, they keep it that way,” he says.

 

 

Finished result… “It’s perfect – I’m very happy indeed”

With no changes during the construction phase, the final costs were in line with what had been agreed. “KiwiSpan were really good at always talking about the cost impact during design changes – they were really transparent so I knew what to expect all the way through,” says Glenn. 

It’s one thing seeing a design on paper and another thing altogether to use the finished building. “It’s working really well, in fact, it’s perfect,” says Glenn. Having a dedicated building for the race cars gave Glenn the clean, tidy space he needed, along with sufficient storage for the equipment and parts needed to maintain those cars. “It works really well – I’m very happy indeed,” says Glenn.

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

 

Customer Testimonial: Carl Hinton, GM Fieldtorque

Fieldtorque is Taranaki’s most experienced tractor and farm machinery team. A family-owned and operated business, Fieldtorque was started in 2006 by David and Kathryn Hinton. 15 years later, in May 2021 the business moved into a new premise with a modern, custom designed KiwiSpan building. We spoke to David’s son Carl Hinton, now the General Manager & Director, about their experience with KiwiSpan.

 

Why did you choose KiwiSpan?

We chose Joel and the team at KiwiSpan because we found them easy to get on with and talk to. We knew that with a project of our size things would come up along the way, and we needed a building partner who was approachable and easy to communicate with. We made the right decision.

KiwiSpan was competitive on price, but it wasn’t just about price for us… the total value is what we were looking at. The detailed upfront conversations about how the building would be constructed really made a difference in our decision to go with KiwiSpan i.e. heavier steel, without knee braces, and using bolts instead of tek screws. We wanted a solid building that would last, without incurring downtime and costs on repairs.

 

How was the communication from KiwiSpan?

Throughout the project communication was good. During the design stage, Joel was incredibly patient as every ten minutes we were tearing up plans and making changes! Our Project Manager, Mike Preston, also had a lot of involvement in this stage so between ourselves, Joel and Mike, we had great ideas and advice… it just took a few rounds to test out all of our thinking. And the original plan Joel drew up didn’t really change much, just a few hallways and offices changed a bit. It shows how well Joel had listened to us. Right from the start he understood our business and what we needed.

Once the build started, Joel put a site foreman on the project and he was great for day-to-day updates and discussing things as they cropped up. He kept on top of anything we discussed with the electrician, the cameraman etc, and communicated it all back to Joel. Then Joel showed up regularly to check in, and discuss progress and the impact of any changes we’d made. He also covered off any possible supply issues, which were just starting to kick in as we finished the project.

 

Did KiwiSpan keep within budget?

Yes, the washup of our budget at the end was where we expected. Everyone always tells you to allow for 10%-15% over and that was right for us… however we’d added lots of little extras so knew we’d bumped up the spend too. For example, talking to the electricians when they were on site allowed us to customise how many power points there were and their positioning, and change the lighting to better suit our usage… we knew changes like these would increase the costs a little but it was worth it to get things exactly right for us.

 

Would you recommend KiwiSpan?

Yes, every time. We had such a good experience with Joel and the team and they really pulled out all the stops to support our business moving premises and working from split locations during the build phase.

The new building has worked out fantastic, even giving us the ability to grow beyond our expectations. Our turnover has lifted due to the sharp new presence and modern look. The appearance of our building is smart – it’s welcoming and customer friendly, and it’s really nice to have people walk into a building we’re proud of. This building better represents Fieldtorque and the business we always wanted to be seen as.

 

Do you have any advice for other business owners looking for a new building?

Firstly, take your time with the design work. Spend time doing your research and planning things out – that way when you’re ready to go, there’ll be no holdups and less scope changes throughout the build. One of the best things we did was go out and visit a lot of other tractor dealerships. We learnt a lot by looking at their facilities, how they had things laid out, and the way they went about their business. We took the best of all their ideas and our own!

Also, remember there are a lot of hidden costs you don’t think of. It’s not just the building, but all the other stuff that comes with having a new building. Think about if you’ll need new furniture – we didn’t want to put our old furniture in this smart new building, it didn’t look right… but it cost quite a bit to replace it all. Then there are things like building signage, new showroom displays etc. Our new building wasn’t just a new building, it was a whole new front for our business and we invested in all these extras, and we are really pleased with the final result and it’s reflected in our increased turnover, but if you don’t plan for it, the extra costs could catch you out.

My last piece of advice would be to share the load. With a build of this size, you can’t just have one guy making all the decisions and trying to think of everything. We split it by out-the-back functionality versus all the showroom and external signage stuff. It was great to have a few people from our business working on this – there was always someone to bounce ideas off and bring a different perspective. We definitely got a better result this way.

Like Fieldtorque, a customised steel shed may be just what your business needs. Contact us HERE today to get the ball rolling on your next project.

Three Big Reasons People Choose KiwiSpan

When you need more storage, or a place to run your business from, or space to better explore your hobbies, there are a lot of options to consider. Deciding on a new shed gives you the benefit of a whole new area for your activity. Here are three key reasons why you should choose to build that new shed with KiwiSpan.

 

1) Customised shed design

Whatever you need from a shed, KiwiSpan will design a shed that’s just for you. It’s completely customised. Your shed will have a unique combination of size, shape, openings, colour, steel profile, roof style, etc. and you can choose how open or enclosed your space is. It all adds up to flexibility. With KiwiSpan we understand your needs then create a new shed that fits on the land you have available and meets your budget.

Understanding how you’re going to use the space is vital, it means KiwiSpan are able to design a shed that returns the most value to you. Our 3D shed builder tool allows you to design a shed yourself and create visual drawings in real time. Your local licensee then contacts you to discuss your shed design and to give you a quote – this stage gives us the opportunity to add years of expertise to your shed design and ensure the shed is best designed to suit your needs. Our 3D builder helps you visualise the possibilities and see exactly what you’re getting.

Customisation sounds expensive, however the price is really no different than buying off the plan. Value however is significantly greater when you have a shed that’s tailored to your exact needs.

 

2) Strong, durable steel sheds

KiwiSpan sheds are built to last – more so than some other options because we use heavier steel. The thicker steel in KiwiSpan sheds helps your shed withstand the harshest conditions. You can rest easy knowing your shed is strong and reliable, and will stand the test of time.

As well as thicker steel, we choose to use heavy duty bolts rather than tek screws. Heavy duty bolts benefit you with;

 

3) Experienced design and build team

When you choose KiwiSpan, you benefit from years of experience and our knowledgeable design and build teams. Knowing we’ve been in business since 2003 gives you the confidence we know what we’re doing, and we’re here to back up our work.

We have a nationwide network of experienced licensees, all fully owned and operated here in New Zealand, so there’s bound to be a local shed expert near you. Across New Zealand the building compliance and council requirements differ, and our local teams are expert in navigating these regulations. Plus they have all the advice and support you need, and a passion for delivering the perfect shed just for you.

Whether it’s space for hobbies or a dedicated business building, KiwiSpan has a customised shed solution for you. Contact us HERE today to get the ball rolling on your next project.

 

The Benefits of a Steel Hay Shed

Ensuring that your hay stays dry is undoubtedly one of the most important factors when it comes to hay storage. Investing in a new hay shed is a great way of making sure that your harvest is secure, protected, and safe, but a well designed steel shed can also make you some money down the line! 

So, with that being said, let’s dive into some of the benefits of a steel hay shed: 

 

Protection from the elements 

Your number one priority when storing hay is making sure it isn’t exposed to moisture. Even the smallest amount of water finding its way into your hay bales could result in mould developing and ultimately spoilage. Similarly, if your hay bales are exposed to high heat for long periods this can also cause damage. 

Therefore, proper storage is vital for avoiding these risks and having a shed structure with open bays is ideal for this purpose. Benefits of open bays include providing protection against New Zealand’s weather conditions and allowing for air circulation to keep your hay fresher for longer. 

KiwiSpan’s steel hay storage sheds are designed to specifically protect your hay from all kinds of weather conditions, making sure you have minimal waste. 

 

Minimise fodder freight costs 

As you’re probably already aware, moving anything to or from your farm can be an expensive feat. If you can store your hay or grain on your property instead of with a third party provider you will be able to save yourself the costs of freight and trucking. Plus, you’ll have the added convenience of being able to use and store fodder without the added logistics. 

While a steel hay shed may feel like a large investment, having your own allows you the flexibility of storage on your farm that can be utilised for years to come. 

 

Easy access 

KiwiSpan hay storage sheds usually feature open bays along the front of the structure allowing you easy access to your hay. These open bays allow for your farm machinery, feed, and equipment to move easily. 

However, the design of your shed is completely up to you. If you would prefer an enclosed structure we can include roller or sectional doors. 

 

Custom-made just for you 

Not all farmers have the same needs, which is why KiwiSpan sheds are tailor-made to match your exact requirements. You decide on the width, height, span, colour, and sheeting, and we’ll build your structure to your specifications. Plus you have the ability to add additional elements such as doors, windows and flooring to ensure you have a fully functional hay shed. 

Every hay shed we build is designed to prevent moisture traps and ensure proper air circulation so you can rest assured that your hay is always protected. 

 

After all the hard work you’ve put into producing your hay, having somewhere to store it where the quality won’t be affected should be the least of your concerns. At KiwiSpan, we are leaders in building steel structures that will last the distance. Our approach, commitment, and expertise distinguishes us from the rest. 

Discover the KiwiSpan difference today, get in touch with your local KiwiSpan team or try out our 3D Designer Tool to kickstart the process. 

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