Building a shed - where do you start?

Building a shed
Building a shed

Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, Shed, Shed, Shed.

Every man wants a shed, but how do you decide what type of shed you need?

Let’s face it, you don’t have to be a handyman to have a shed - they’re a birthright of every Australian male. As for what we do in them, well that’s Secret Men’s Business. Just throw in your tools, bar fridge and a ten-year old telly and you’ll feel like you’ve died and gone to heaven.

The great thing is, no member of the fairer sex will object because a shed is clearly practical. It’s the place where projects are conceived and created. It’s the place where the kids’ boogie boards hibernate until your next holiday. Not forgetting the Santa LED Christmas lights or the home brew kit that seemed such a great idea at the time?

Sometimes you only need something small that can hold your gardening tools. Sometimes you need something garage-sized to give you some workspace as well. Then, sometimes you need the mother of them all, a shed big enough for a farm or a business.

Depending how handy you are, you can build a shed from a wide range of materials. That said, the most versatile and simple is steel. Why? Because it offers a big choice of prefabricated designs and can be configured to suit your needs. They look good, they’re great value for money, easy to construct and recyclable. Better still, being made by Steeline you can rest easy knowing they’re guaranteed for strength, durability and Australian conditions.

Once you’ve chosen your shed you’ll need to check with your supplier that the shed’s design meets BCA and Australian standards and that it’s engineered for your site and usage. For safety sake, ask for evidence of compliance. Another useful place to check is the Australian Steel Institute’s accreditation scheme, ShedSafe. Above all, make sure your plans meet with your council’s approval.

The best way to start is by thinking through what it is you need from your shed then talking to your local supplier to determine which shed is best. No matter the size and style you settle on be realistic about your abilities to construct it. A DIY option such as a garden shed with room for bikes might be easily assembled by the average handyman while larger sheds are probably best left to the professionals unless you’re a tradie or highly experienced. If that’s the case you’ll need a supply and install package. So take your time, do your homework and get it right. After all, it’s so much more than a shed, it’s your cave.

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