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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.

6 Reasons You Should Build an Industrial Storage Shed

In today’s fast-paced industrial landscape, efficient storage solutions are essential for businesses to thrive. If you’re a business owner looking for an efficient yet cost-effective solution to secure your valuable business investments, we may have the solution for you. Whether you own a car care centre, run a trucking business, or are in the manufacturing industry, investing in a metal shed can be a game changer for your storage needs. Let’s explore how your business can benefit from building industrial storage sheds.

 

Reason 1: Increased Storage Capacity

Do you have a fleet of vehicles or a host of products without the space to store them? Minimal storage space could hinder your business operations, negatively impact productivity, and cost you money. Industrial storage sheds offer an ideal solution by providing ample space to accommodate various items. With a KiwiSpan industrial building or storage shed, you can rest assured that everything will fit. From machinery and equipment to raw materials and finished products, our commercial sheds can house a wide range of assets, ensuring everything is readily accessible when needed. We can deliver clear spans of up to 18m without obtrusive bracing, providing more usable space for your operations from top to bottom.

 

Reason 2: Enhanced Security & Safety

The security of your valuable equipment and materials is paramount. You can equip your KiwiSpan industrial storage shed with robust security features to protect your assets against theft. In addition to security features, the durability of KiwiSpan sheds stands as a formidable defence against New Zealand’s harsh weather. These tough sheds are built with the highest-quality steel, shielding your assets from harsh elements, UV rays, and moisture while preventing corrosion and damage.

 

Reason 3: Improved Organisation

Maintaining a well-organised workspace is crucial in an industrial setting. KiwiSpan industrial storage sheds are incredibly adaptable, making it easy to organise, categorise, and store items systematically. You can utilise additional shelving, racks, and storage bins to optimise organisation within the shed, making retrieval and inventory management more efficient.

 

Reason 4: Cost-Effective Solution

While initial construction costs may seem significant, KiwiSpan industrial storage sheds provide long-term cost-effectiveness. Compared to alternative storage options, such as renting warehouse space, our metal sheds often result in substantial savings. With minimal maintenance requirements, your shed remains secure and functional for years to come, eliminating the need for costly repairs or replacements. It is a wise investment that pays off in the long haul.

 

Reason 5: Customisation and Versatility

One of the greatest advantages of KiwiSpan industrial storage sheds is their versatility. You can customise them to meet your specific storage or business needs, tailoring the size, layout, and features to accommodate your unique requirements.

Such a high degree of adaptability not only improves the operational efficiency of your facility but also adds to cost-effectiveness, competitive edge, and customer satisfaction, all of which are vital for the success of your industrial endeavours.

 

Reason 6: Meet Customer Demands

As operations increase and expand, an industrial storage shed becomes a crucial asset to meet customer demand and attract more potential clients. KiwiSpan sheds offer the storage space needed to stock a wider variety of products, appealing to a more diverse customer base. With additional storage capacity, you can also store seasonal items in advance, ensuring they are readily available when customers start looking for them.

 

Maximise Your Business ROI with KiwiSpan

With KiwiSpan’s industrial and commercial sheds, your business has nowhere to go but up! Our unwavering dedication to crafting structures of enduring quality sets us apart. Whether you need a spacious warehouse, a state-of-the-art factory, or a meticulously designed workshop, our team has the experience and expertise to surpass expectations.

If you are interested in building an industrial storage shed, try our 3D Builder and start exploring the possibilities today. Talk to the friendly KiwiSpan team to further discuss your storage needs.

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! 

 

How to Organise a Shed for Storage

Very rarely do people use their garage shed solely for the car. With smart thinking and effective planning, you can transform any garage or storage shed from an empty shell into a versatile, high-use area, making them a real asset to your home. From home maintenance gear and hobby items to kids’ toys, garage storage sheds have the flexibility to store all your belongings. Some households in New Zealand even double their garages as laundry and drying rooms. 

With so many uses, it’s only apt to have a plan for organising to keep your garage or storage shed neat and clean. Luckily, KiwiSpan’s innovative shed designs make organisation easy. Our sheds have no obtrusive centre poles or bracing, allowing for more interior space and flexibility.

Experience the freedom of a clutter-free environment with KiwiSpan. Read on for some handy tips on how to organise a shed for storage.

 

Why Organisation Matters in a Shed

 

To maximise a shed for storage, you must utilise every inch of space effectively; this begins with proper organisation. A well-organised shed allows for improved functionality, accessibility, and visual appeal – creating a more enjoyable space all around. Keeping your shed organised and tidy will also help preserve the condition of your tools, equipment, and belongings. You can achieve this by following a few simple steps, as seen below.

 

Our Organisation Tips and Tricks

 

Categorise Your Items

Sort your belongings into categories based on their purpose or type. For example, group home maintenance supplies together, separate sports equipment, and create sections for seasonal decorations or power tools. Categorising items makes it easier to find everything when needed, reducing time, effort, and frustration. 

Group your smaller items into boxes or containers and label them properly so you know what’s inside. Consider which items you use most often and dedicate a place to store them for easy access.

 

Use a Workbench

If you do a lot of DIY projects, you’ll need a centralised location for completing your tasks. A workbench is an excellent addition to any storage shed, providing a dedicated workspace for repairing or assembling equipment. You can customise it to suit your needs and use the space underneath the workbench for additional storage. You can also install shelves or cabinets above the workbench to store other supplies.

 

Utilise Wall Space

Utilising wall space is one of the most effective ways to organise your shed, as it allows you to see and access what you need more easily. Maximise your wall space by installing sturdy brackets or wall-mounted shelving. Pegboards are also a great solution, providing a practical space to hang tools or other frequently used items.

 

Clear the Floor

A clear floor is key to a usable space. You can create a more functional and efficient space that supports your storage requirements by keeping the floor free from clutter. This also reduces the risk of accidents caused by tripping over clutter or sharp objects. 

Start the process by removing any items from the floor you no longer need or use. If you have large items that take up too much floor space, consider how you can rearrange them. For example, you could move your bikes or e-scooters from the floor onto the walls with bike racks. And instead of using old clothes airers, opt for a ceiling-mounted drying rack. Use tall storage cabinets or shelves for smaller items to take advantage of vertical space.

 

Keep it Clean

Keeping your shed clean from dirt and debris ensures it remains strong and in good working order. Start by sweeping dust, cobwebs, or debris from the shed’s walls, ceiling, and surfaces. Pay attention to corners, nooks, and shelves where dirt accumulates. Once the floors and walls are clean, wipe down all your tools and equipment so they look spick and span. 

 

Invest in Multi-Functional Storage Sheds for Your Home

Looking to invest in a new storage shed? KiwiSpan’s steel sheds are 100% customisable, so you can have full control over what you want yours to look like and how it serves you. And now that you know how to organise a shed for storage, you can take full pride in your space and get the most out of it. Our sheds will last a lifetime, making them a valuable asset to your home.

No matter your project’s requirements, KiwiSpan has a customised solution for you. We also specialise in commercial sheds and industrial buildings. Contact us today, and our team will tailor a shed to meet your style and design needs.

KiwiSpan: a Network Supported by Donovan Group

There’s a lot to consider in today’s market before taking the next step in your construction portfolio. Security, business potential, and brand identity can take years to build – especially in a quickly-changing market.

KiwiSpan offers experienced construction professionals the opportunity to own and operate their business with ongoing support from Donovan Group. With a national reputation for excellence, Donovan Group provides added security and growth opportunities for KiwiSpan licensees.

 

Is now the time to invest in a construction business?

It’s no secret that the construction industry is currently facing unprecedented challenges. Delayed shipping, limited supply, and rising petrol prices are being met with increased pressure and frustration from clients. It’s not an easy time to be an independent building professional.

With inflation on the rise and uncertainties clouding the future, it’s important to invest in security for your next business venture. Joining the KiwiSpan license network allows experienced construction professionals to maintain their independence as a business owner, while also reaping the benefits of a strong national support system.

Donovan Group has a proven track record of developing strong license systems, modelled to support each business owner with ongoing training, marketing exposure and engineering expertise. Plus, licensing has a lower statistical risk of failure – even through uncertain times.

 

Ongoing training and support

Working with Donovan Group means joining a network of driven business minds who consistently look for ways to improve, innovate and perform at a higher standard.

Part of being a licensee is receiving training through the KiwiSpan Support Office. Our Commercial Manager regularly visits licensees to monitor progress, and help achieve business and revenue goals. She also facilitates regional catch-ups for the network, as well as our annual conference, where licensees are able to share ideas, develop stronger relationships, and positively grow as business professionals.

Day-to-day support is also available with full access to Donovan Group’s in-house engineers. Being a part of the network allows licensees valuable support from experts with a wide range of skills, experience and knowledge.

 

Marketing an established brand

KiwiSpan is one of the leading New Zealand brands for quality and experience. Operating under the name offers new licensees immediate business momentum and authority in the industry.

The national marketing team delivers cutting-edge exposure of the KiwiSpan brand on an industry-wide scale – while also providing individualised support for local marketing initiatives.

KiwiSpan promotes the success of each licensee with the Donovan Group reputation for quality and innovation. A national backing doesn’t just offer clear and proven marketing tactics – it also helps provide a sense of security to new clients.

 

National pricing agreements

Quoting and costing in a constantly shifting market can put additional pressure and risk onto independent business owners.

KiwiSpan licensees can predict better financial stability with national pricing agreements for top-quality inventory and supply. The collective buying power of Donovan Group means immediate and significant savings for material costs when operating under the KiwiSpan brand.

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We are dedicated to long-term partnerships with our licensees. More than half of the current KiwiSpan business owners have been operating for over ten years. We believe that speaks to the ongoing strength and support offered through Donovan Group.

To learn more about KiwiSpan’s licensee opportunities and our territories for sale, get in touch with our expert business team.

 

Steel Sheds Are Not All The Same – Here’s What You Need To Know Before Buying A New Steel Shed

Before committing to a new steel shed, it pays to get into the nitty-gritty of your quotes and see if you’re really comparing apples with apples. Not all steel sheds are created equal and it’s worth checking the details to understand exactly what you’re getting before you buy.

At KiwiSpan we’re transparent about what you’re getting because we stand by the quality of our buildings. We’re proud of the work we do and believe differences in our buildings make a significant difference to the value of your shed – now and in the future. 

 

Thicker steel = greater structural durability

When your shed is built with a heavier grade of steel, you can rest easy knowing it’s built to last. KiwiSpan uses a thicker steel that is better able to withstand harsh conditions as well as bumps and knocks. So not only is your shed going to be strong and reliable, it will look good for longer too.

 

Stronger connections = a stronger shed

KiwiSpan chooses to use heavy duty bolts rather than lightweight tek screws, giving a stronger connection. All sheds are made up of many parts, and the stronger the connections between those parts, the stronger the overall build is. Our bolts also look a lot tidier than lots of messy screws, giving the inside of your shed a more streamlined visual aesthetic. 

 

Knee braces = more usable space

With the same dimensions on paper, a KiwiSpan shed will give you more usable space because we don’t use knee braces. Knee braces protrude into the internal space and can limit your storage and manoeuvering area. KiwiSpan’s smart designs allow for bigger sheds to be built without knee braces, optimising your space from top-to-bottom, and helping you make the most of every square meter.

The clear open spans of a KiwiSpan shed also allow for greater visibility with a clean and clear visual appearance.

The team at KiwiSpan are always happy to discuss these features with you, and can show you the parts to enhance your understanding of the impact. With KiwiSpan, you get a steel shed that offers greater usability right away, and retains strong value in the longer term. 

Whether it’s a commercial building, a garage, or something in between, KiwiSpan has a customised shed solution for you. Contact us HERE today to get the ball rolling on your next project.

 

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