The team gets lots of questions and we're keen to help you, here you'll find some common FAQs on SheShed Garden Sheds.
A) Important, you must read and understand – Please choose one of the following options for small cabins under 10m2:
1. $100 OFF your purchase! – Conditions: Requires you to pick up yourself from your nearest Mainfreight branch with a large tandem axle trailer. Comes on 2 x pallets, total weight 900kg – 3.2 cubic metres (longest timber piece 3.6m).
2. FREE – Conditions: Requires hand unload at your delivery address by a minimum of 2 x capable people to unload all components. PLUS, a large 6 wheeler truck must be able to get down your driveway as close as possible to delivery point where you want it stored until construction. Delivery time can be coordinated with the freight branch Monday – Friday.
3. FREE – if you have a forklift on your premises.
4. Hiab unload – Contact us for a quote.
For the large cabins please contact us directly for a cabin.
Note: Weekend deliveries are not possible. If you have peculiar delivery circumstances, talk to us to discuss. I am sure we can work together and come to a solution for you.
You will not need a building consent to add an accessory building to your property, like a sleepout, garden shed, granny flat or cabin, provided the building
If your accessory building is more than 30 square metres in floor area, or is close to other buildings or fences, you may also need a resource consent, depending on the rules in the applicable District Plan
Note the floor area of an accessory building is included in any calculations of maximum permitted building coverage for your whole site under the planning rules.
This is written to the best knowledge and research of the writer. SheShed take no responsibility for misguided, misused information. This is correct at the date written and it is instructed that all purchasers of sheds do their own investigation to what consents apply in their local council.
A) There are skilled builders available to assemble your shed. Click here for details.
If you wish to assemble yourself, we recommend a home handyman with sound building knowledge / Trade skills put these up. They come with clear building instructions with photos as well as a video showing 2 x tradesman installing a shed. It is quicker and easier with 2 people.
A) Our Cottage Garden Shed and Standard Star Cabin are non-treated. The wood is kiln dried pine timber and needs to be protected with primer, paint or a clear sealant for weather protection.
It is advisable to put on a dry surface but if it’s going in a wet moldy area it would be advisable to put building paper over top of the treated bearers between the floor board joists. Bitumen building paper can be purchased from most building hardware stores, this is not supplied with the kitset.
Our Pressure Treated Star Cabin and cabins over 10m2 have been treated. This impregnates the wood with a treatment that helps protect against rot, mold, moisture and termites. You can paint over the treatment or leave it in its natural wooden state.
Read more about our non-toxic pressure treatment here.
A) Yes, they can – there are a few options available, if you are wanting to line them we suggest checking with a builder. We have a useful blog on several options for insulation also, click here or we can email it to you.
A) No, we do not provide power or plumbing. This can of course be done, You would need to contact a local registered electrician or plumber, they will be able to give you the right advise and a quote.
Our pressure treated Star Cabin or cabins over 10m2 can be either painted, or left in its natural wooden state.
A) If any components are damaged when the kitset arrives we will replace them as long as you let us know, including taking photos of any damages & emailing them within 2 days of arrival to your property.
A) Yes we recommend using a quality underfloor insulation such as Expol underfloor that is available from your local building supplier, again see the blog for information.
A) The New Zealand building codes relate directly to houses and habitable dwellings that are approved as the principle place of residence on a parcel of land, that is adequately serviced for living, which includes cooking facilities, hygiene facilities, is connect to waste water and potable water.
Our Kitset Cabins are not approved for use as a house, however they are currently being engineered by a chartered professional engineer to comply with the New Zealand building regulations under the building consent exemption regulations. These regulations are allowing structures of up to 30m2 to be built without a consent.
A) Yes! Our SheSheds come as a complete kitset ready to assemble floor to roof!