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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. 

An Industrial Steel Frame Shed Is The Way To Go

If you’re considering a new industrial shed or building then you’ll want to make sure you’ve weighed out all your options before you start building. One of your most important decisions is the material it will be made from. 

When it comes to industrial structures, steel is becoming an increasingly popular material to use. It is widely used across the construction industry for durable structures such as high rise buildings and bridges due to its strength, versatility, and robustness. 

Find out the benefits of using steel for your next industrial shed project below. 

 

Strength & Longevity 

Industrial sheds can be a hub for a vast range of activities and house various types of machinery, so it’s important that they’re built to stand the test of time. Steel is an excellent material which requires little maintenance and has more durability than other materials such as timber. It is a high quality material capable of withstanding tough weather conditions including extreme heat, snow, rain, and wind making a great choice for building in New Zealand’s more varied climates. 

Additionally, due to its composition steel is less likely to warp, split, or break, and beams constructed from steel won’t sag or bend meaning that your building will hold its form for years to come. 

 

Low Maintenance Costs 

Due to the high durability of steel, you’re going to save yourself maintenance costs in the long run. A well constructed steel shed won’t require any repairs or replacements for years (if they ever do at all) making them a great choice for those wanting to avoid unexpected maintenance costs. 

Plus, another benefit of steel is that unlike timber, it is incredibly difficult to penetrate so you’re less likely to find that insects or animals have made themselves at home in your shed! This will also save you time and money from having to call in pest control to protect your building and remove unwanted inhabitants.

 

Versatility & Customisation 

Structural steel can be fabricated into a variety of shapes while still maintaining its strength. Our industrial sheds are all fully customisable to include any features you require, ensuring that the final product is safe, resilient, and perfectly tailored to your needs. 

Plus, it’s easy to future proof steel buildings as they are more conducive to structural modifications to additions such as renovations, increasing the size of the building or adding features. 

 

Eco-Friendly 

Steel is 100% recyclable and one of the most environmentally friendly construction materials available. It can be reused and repurposed over and over again without losing any structural quality or integrity. Meaning that even if you do end up removing or demolishing your shed the steel won’t be dumped in a landfill as it can be used for another project. 

As we look for ways to reduce our carbon footprint and be kinder to the planet, remember that using steel instead of a material such as timber is significantly better for the environment. It takes approximately 20 pine trees to build a timber frame home, and it will take at least another 20 years for new trees to grow to the same size. Steel is a better alternative because it requires no logging or deforestation which helps lower carbon emissions and create cleaner air. 

 

Choose a KiwiSpan Steel Shed 

When it comes down to it, KiwiSpan are leaders in building industrial steel structures. 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. 

 

Tips For Getting Your Storage Shed Placement Right

If you’ve decided that you want to invest in a storage shed then one of your next decisions will likely be where you’re going to put it. Where you put the shed will of course be influenced by its size, your property as well as building and council requirements but there are a few other elements you should also consider including: 

 

Purpose 

How are you planning on using the shed and what will be the most convenient spot for it to be located based on it’s intended usage? These are two questions that are important to ask yourself when deciding on where to put your storage shed. For instance, if you intend to use the shed to store garden supplies and equipment then it makes sense for it to be easily accessible in your backyard or, if the shed will be for bike storage then you may want to install it closer to the front of your house. 

 

Accessibility 

Another consideration for choosing where to put your storage shed is how convenient, safe, and easy it will be for you to access. If your shed is located a fair distance away from your house hidden away behind trees and overgrown shrubbery it’s unlikely that you’re going to be keen on venturing out to it very often, especially if you’re lugging heavy equipment with you. It’s a better idea to have the shed positioned closer to your home in an open area which is easily accessible. 

 

Aesthetics

We know that KiwiSpan sheds are a sight to behold but it’s up to you to decide whether you want your shed to take centre stage on your property or if you would like to tuck it away in your backyard. We believe that an appealing and well planned shed can add value to your home, so don’t be afraid to show it off! To help your new shed assimilate into your property you may want to have the shed painted a similar colour to your home or to build a path between your home and the shed. 

 

Light 

Whether your shed is located in direct sunlight or a shady spot can have a great impact on how comfortable your shed will be and how often you’ll use it. Having a shed which is in full sun most of the day can have negative impacts on your gardening supplies. Plus, if you plan on converting your storage shed into an office, studio, or workshop down the line then you could find the heat most unpleasant. 

 

By putting careful consideration into the location of your new shed you are bound to get the best use from your structure. KiwiSpan sheds are incredibly durable and custom built to last a lifetime, so give us a call to get the ball rolling on your storage shed project. 

 

Your Top Shed Questions, Answered

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

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

There are several questions which regularly come up when we meet with potential shed owners which we will break down for you now: 

 

How long will it take to build my shed? 

This is a question we hear quite a lot! Given that every single KiwiSpan shed is tailored specifically to the customer, the time it takes to build each one will always differ. Obviously smaller builds like garages and smaller sheds can be constructed a lot more quickly than larger shed buildings, so size is definitely a factor. We design our sheds to make them as quick as possible to build, and in some instances, they could take as little as one week to build.

However, it’s important to note that elements such as the weather, supply delays and subcontractor availability all play a role in the timeframe that your shed can be delivered. Given the current climate, there are some additional considerations that need to be taken into account regarding steel supply in New Zealand which may cause delays to the process. Not to worry, our licensees are extremely experienced and will make sure your building process goes as smoothly as possible. Plus you can count on us to keep you in the loop and up to date throughout the entire process. 

 

Does KiwiSpan do the council paperwork for the building consent application? 

Yes, the KiwiSpan team can help guide you through the entire building consent application process. We’ve helped many customers through this process and all of our licensees have a deep understanding of their local council requirements. 

 

Could we have a look at similar sheds? 

Sure thing! You can take a look through a gallery of our past projects based on categories by following these links: 

Lifestyle and Residential Sheds 

Farm Sheds 

Commercial and Industrial Buildings

You can explore these galleries to find inspiration and if you do find one that you like the look of, you can quote the reference number on the image when submitting an enquiry. Plus, each local licensee has a portfolio of sheds that they have constructed for you to browse through. 

 

Does my shed come with a warranty? 

When it comes to quality sheds, we’re proud to say that KiwiSpan truly sets the standard. Our premium products are made with New Zealand fabricated steel, built to the highest standards, and made to withstand even the harshest weather conditions. 

One of the most important factors to take into consideration with your new shed is what your warranty and durability will cover. Our products are governed by the 2004 Building Act, the 2002 Construction Contracts Act and the 1993 Consumer Guarantees Act, and we also provide a 50-year structural durability statement. 

This means that your local KiwiSpan licensee will supply a tailored warranty based on your building use and location which will clarify both your maintenance obligations and warranty terms. 

 

How can I customise my new shed? 

Every single shed we build is tailor-made for each customer. We offer a huge range of customisation options including cladding, roof pitches and windows, and you can check out this blog to see all the choices you can make for your new building. So why settle for a standard shed when you could have exactly what you want. 

Plus, our 3D Shed Designer Tool 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. 

 

Chat to your local licensee about your project and they’ll provide a free quote based on your exact specifications. Contact us today to get the ball rolling on your ideal shed. 

Why KiwiSpan is New Zealand’s Shed Builder of Choice

When it comes to quality sheds, you know that you can trust KiwiSpan to deliver on promises. The sheds we build are backed by unrivalled experience, premium materials and products, and an unmatched attention to detail.

In fact, we’ve been creating high quality steel sheds that Kiwis love since 2003. We take great pride in providing an experience which is transparent, straightforward, and cost effective. That’s why we’re the Kiwi choice!

 

Tailor Made for You

KiwiSpan have been pioneers in the New Zealand shed market since our inception. During this time, there is nothing that our extensive network of licensees hasn’t been confronted with. Think you have an out of the box or hyper specific requirement? Well chances are, it’s something we’ve faced before so you can bet that we can build a shed to meet your needs.

Your KiwiSpan shed will be designed and tailor made just for you. We have a totally flexible approach because our sheds don’t come straight off plans. We customise your shed to the land you have available, what you plan on using it for, weather and environmental conditions, and future purposes. With KiwiSpan, you can have your dream shed.

 

Built for the Long Run

With KiwiSpan, you’re guaranteed a shed that is built to last. This is why we only use the highest quality materials and products available.

We proudly build our sheds with New Zealand fabricated steel, to the highest standards, and foolproof in even the harshest weather conditions. You can have peace of mind knowing that you’re getting a strong and reliable shed that won’t let you down.

 

A Team You Can Trust

At the very core of who we are is our people. We have a national network of passionate, dedicated and trustworthy licensees who are equally as proud of their sheds and customer service.

With KiwiSpan teams spanning the country from Northland to Christchurch and everywhere in between, there’s a local shed expert around every corner. Every single one of our licensees has years of building experience, are knowledgeable about the sheds they construct, and are passionate about seeing happy customers.

Our team will be with you every step of the way throughout the process. Right from the first meeting and initial quote through to the building consent, managing the build process, and celebrating with you once your shed is completed; we’ll be there with you throughout the entire journey.

 

When it comes down to it, we want you to have the perfect shed.

So whether you’re looking for a shed for work or play, or a mixture of both, KiwiSpan should be the first name you think of.

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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