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If you are looking to have your new shed project managed from start to finish, your job is relatively simple; however, it is also important to understand the stages that go into the process and who is involved in delivering your finished product.

You can partner with a local builder, or we can put you in contact with one of our trusted and certified partners – specialists in their field.

Below, we walk you through everything you need to know about the process of your new shed build and what you can expect to happen at each stage.

1. Seek Consultation

More than likely you have a particular shed design in mind or at least a problem that a shed can solve. An expert in shed design can point you in the right direction.

We will listen to your requirements, make suggestions and get you thinking about specific designs. This part of the process is about helping you gain an informed and clear picture of what you want.

During the consultation stage, we will endeavour to gain a deep understanding of what you want and let you know what is available out there.

When in the initial concept stage, some things you will need to consider include:

  • What will you use it for?
  • The dimensions of any machinery or amount of produce you wish to store in your shed.
  • What size shed do you need?
  • Do you have a specific cladding type in mind?
  • What doors or openings do you need to access the building?
  • Will you want any insulation and other options in your shed? Check out our range of custom extras here.
  • Are there any existing buildings that you like the look of? You can view our gallery of past products for inspiration.

We can step you through all considerations in person or over the phone. By the end of it you will have a clear idea of what you want.

If you have any questions or need help understanding terminology, we will happily provide answers and recommendations based on your requirements.

By the end of this stage, you will receive an initial quote, a free concept design of your shed, and possible inclusions and exclusion based on your needs. This stage should also allow you to gain an initial quote from your local builder or our trusted partner on their part of project works.

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Contact us today to recieve an initial quote, a free concept design of your shed, and possible inclusions and exclusion based on your needs.

2. Survey The Site

Your local builder or our trusted partner will arrange your site to be surveyed to determine the condition of the building site and any things that need to be considered in the final design and construction of the building.

If you have not engaged a local builder or trusted partner at this point, we can arrange the site survey for you. 

The types of things that will be considered include:

  • The slope of the site
  • The type of soil. Is it rocky? Sandy? Black dirt or red dirt?
  • Will the building fit on the block?
  • Are there any local building restrictions?
  • What is the boundary easement on the property?
  • What is the council zoning? Can you actually build what you want on the block?

3. Detailed Designing and Planning

Do you like your concept design? Are you happy with the initial quote from us and your builder/trusted partner? Perfect, it’s time to get some elevations and planning and nail down your final quotation.

In this stage, we go through the full design of the building with a fine-toothed comb and work out the exact requirements, measurements, and specifications needed. Everything from height and colour to the amount of bays and door locations will be covered.

This is an excellent opportunity to look at options such as insulation, ventilation, internal fit outs and mezzanine floors and how they can fit into your design.

We will go through the design with you and make sure everything is how you want it. 
You can choose to do it over the phone, in person, or via email. We can walk you through the whole process.

By the end of this stage, we will have nailed down the exact design of your shed. We will include the final quotation and what it covers. You will also have a more detailed idea of the scope of works in order to obtain a final quotation from your local builder/trusted partner.

4. Conduct A Soil Test

In conjunction with the final design, quote, and drawings, it is always a good idea to get a soil test done.

A soil test will determine the properties of the soil on the site. It will include the compaction rates and reactivity (whether the ground contracts and expands considerably).

While a formal test is not necessary for an engineers certificate, it is recommended. The soil test will determine what is needed regarding the shed’s foundation and footings. This can include how deep the foundations should be and if long piers are needed.

Your local builder or our trusted partner will be able to arrange this through their preferred geo-technician. 

5. Engineering Certification

If you are happy with your quote and design, your shed design will then be sent to our independent third party engineer for certification. This is done once you have paid the deposit.

The engineer will evaluate your design and the future site of the shed. They will take into consideration:

  • Wind Ratings
  • Terrain Categories
  • Snow Loadings
  • Any Soil Tests
  • Importance Ratings (what the building will be used for). For example, if it is a commercial workshop or shopping centre, it will have different requirements than a farm shed on a remote rural property.

During this stage, the engineer will give further feedback and recommendations. We will make the appropriate changes in our drawings before sending back for further evaluation.

Once the engineer is happy with the design, they will issue a Design Certificate or Form 15.

​These plans and certificate can then be submitted as part of the Building application

6. Council Approval and Building Permits

Every council has its regulations and restrictions regarding building design and development.

The council approval step will go through various stages including design approvals and checking whether your finished development complies with the regulations. 

Your local builder/our trusted partner will liaise with the council planning staff or alternatively; engage a private building certifier.

Be prepared: This stage can often involve a lot of back and forth. You can expect the occasional headache or delay when dealing with a council. Knowing you have a professional on your side that has experience in these dealings/process with make your life much easier.

What your builder/trusted partner will do at this stage:

  1. Meet with the council planner prior to submitting your application to find out any specific requirements. Every council is different.
  2. Get together all required paperwork, including drawings and engineers sign-off (we will work with your builder/partner to supply these).
  3. Take your application and supporting documents to the council.
  4. Go through the back and forth process. The council will often request more information and details from your buioder/partner.
  5. When all questions are resolved the council will issue a building permit.
  6. Your builder/partner can now continue on with the development of your building

We are always ready to help out with any advice. If council needs extra details and documentation, we will be more than happy to help your builder along the way.

Quick disclaimer: Some buildings are exempt. Make sure your builder checks with your local council.

7. Procurement and Working Drawings

Once you have received council approval we start the process of converting your drawings into a shed kit. This stage involves pre-fabrication administration such as ordering materials and parts needed for the construction of your shed kit.

This is an internal job we do and usually takes 2-2 weeks before we can start manufacturing your building.

8. Fabrication Of Your Shed

Once the required materials for your shed have arrived, we start manufacturing and arranging the parts that make up your custom shed kit.

These parts will include:

  • Structural Members
  • Purlins
  • Cladding
  • Windows
  • Doors
  • Flushings
  • Finishings
  • Fixings
  • Fasteners
  • and much more.

Your shed will be painted and put together, ready to go with the shed drawings, after everything is manufactured.

This process does take time and can vary depending on the size and design of your shed. Don’t worry, we will give you a lead time based on the work needed.

9. Site Preparation

It is always easier to build a shed on a solid flat block. 

At this stage, your builder will;

  1. ensure the area you want your shed locates is levelled. 
  2. consider how you will approach and access the shed and prepare the ground leading up to the shed to allow easy access to the site.
  3. any existing trees and plants removed, 
  4. excess dirt is out of the way, remove from site or piled up to make the site level.
  5. ensure the site is correctly retained if it is on a sloping block 
  6. make sure soil compaction is up to the specifications we provide
  7. ensure access and room around the site will allow for the installation stage

There are some circumstances where this stage will not be necessary. For example, if you are building a cattle yard cover and you already have an existing cattle yard on a slightly sloping block, we can take this into consideration when designing the shed. In this case, we can make some columns longer than the others to ensure that the roof remains flat even though the ground is sloping.

If you don’t require a flat site, then this is already taken care of in the earlier design stages.

10. Foundations and Slab

Foundations are essential for a strong and long-lasting shed.

The foundation designs will be included in the final drawings based on the site conditions for your build to follow. If you have had a soil test done, the engineer will give a recommended footing pier size based on its findings. If you have not had a soil test done, the engineer will provide footing details based on the average subsoil conditions of your local area.

Footings can often be a pier (often a round, deep pier) or a pad foot (a square flatter footing).

Your builder will;

  1. mark out the hole locations for the piers
  2. arrange to drill the pier holes or dig the footings in the ground
  3. pour the piers or footings to spec and 
  4. cast the hold-down bolts provided into the foundations

With large sheds, there could be additional reinforcement required depending on the soil conditions and engineers recommendations. This would typically be identified in the design and planning stage and included in your final quotation. 

TIP: If your builder identifies the need for any additional reinforcing later, we can provide this but please note that this will be considered a variation to the original quote.

Your builder may choose to pour the slab at the same time as pouring the piers/footings during the foundation stage. Alternatively, they may identify it more efficient to complete the concrete slab after the shed construction stage. Ultimately, this is dependent on your particular project type and it is up to you and your builder to discuss the most appropriate approach for your project.

The slab drying time will depend on the thickness of the slab needed. We will identify your intended usage and any load bearing considerations in the earlier consultation and design stages and provide the specs to your builder, as required.

11. Shed Delivery

Once the shed kit has been manufactured, it is ready for delivery.

The delivery of your shed is included in our quote, however, it doesn’t include unloading as your builder will typically arrange this. We will work with your builder to tee up a delivery time to ensure they are ready to be on site. 

To make delivery as smooth as possible, your builder will:

  1. Make sure there is side access for a machine to access the truck.
  2. Ensure the ground is not soft or washed out due to heavy rain.
  3. Have someone there to unload your shed when the truck arrives.
  4. Have room for the shed once it is unloaded.
  5. Be available to answer the phone on the day just in case the delivery driver needs directions to/or once on your site.
  6. Notify us of their machines lift capacity to ensure it is capable of handling the load.
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12. Shed Installation

This one of the most exciting stages as you will really start to see your new shed coming to life when your builder will:

  1. Stand the main structure.
  2. Clad the shed.
  3. Install everything we supply as part of your scoped shed kit including; mezzanine floors, roller doors, crane rails, insulation, windows and more.
  4. Where included; complete any internal fit-out (more detail on this below)

14. Install Any Internal Fitout

Once the main shed structure, cladding, doors and windows are complete, the finished product is getting extremely close. 

Your builder will;

  1. complete the ‘internal rough-in’ of your new shed including services such as plumbing and electrical
  2. complete the ‘internal fit out’ for features such as; offices, toilets, washing blocks, change rooms, lunchrooms, etc 

Once your internal fit-out is complete, congratulations, your new building is ready to go!

we can draw the internal fit-out and design in the initial design and planning stages; however, it won’t be a detailed design; only a floor layout. Your local builder will organise these final details.

Still Have Questions?

We have had plenty of experience helping people, just like you, through the shed construction process.

If you still have questions, please give us a call on 1800 004 940 or contact us online. One of our team will be more than happy to help.

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