You are considering buying a farm shed and, as is always the case when you make a major investment in the future of your property, the main question on your mind is the price. You want a cheap farm shed, but you also want a quality piece of infrastructure that will give you a good return on your money. There are far too many variables to give an exact answer, particularly when most farm sheds can be customised to meet your specific needs, but this will give you an indication of the costs involved.
What type of shed do you need?
The term “farm shed” is quite broad and encompasses a range of designs including open front rural sheds, fully enclosed shed and open-ended sheds. To decide which type of shed you need, first, you must figure out the uses you are going to put it to. For instance, if you are looking for a hay shed to keep your feed dry, the most important factor is protection from the elements. If you want a shed to store your valuable machinery and equipment, security is going to be one of the major factors.
Another significant question is whether you are going to use a standard design or have the shed customised to meet your exact requirements. Steel members can support many different bay sizes, offering multiple bays. With most sheds, you can also adjust the wall height, span and building length, while many shed builders offer optional extras if you want to upgrade the design.
What will the farm shed cost?
As mentioned, there are a lot of variables involved in determining the cost of a new farm shed or hay shed. At a base rate, however, you can expect costs to include:
Open front shed to cost around $80 per square
Fully enclosed shed: $20 per square metre
Concrete floor: $80 per square metre
Climate control, such as insulation, roof venting and skylights: $20 per square metre
Concrete walls (2400mm high and 150mm wide): $60 per square metre
If earthworks are involved in the construction of the shed – and there are usually some required – this will also add to the cost. It depends on the type of terrain, but as a general guide:
Flat ground: $10 per square metre
Hilly ground: $15 per square metre
Rocky ground: $20 per square metre
Your shed will also require approval from your local planning authority, usually the local council, which is another cost factor that needs to be taken into consideration. The approval requirements vary widely throughout Australia, both at a state and shire level, but as a rule, you can expect the approval fees and building license to add $5 per square metre to the cost of your shed.
One of the biggest costs will be the actual erection of the shed you have purchased. Again, these vary enormously, but to give you some indication here are the hay shed prices for construction:
Small to medium hay shed: $10,000 to $40,000
Medium hay shed: $40,000 to $65,000
Medium to large hay shed: $70,000 to $150,000
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Should price be the only consideration?
Absolutely not. You should try to get value for money when buying a hay shed or farm shed, but it’s imperative that you gain a quality piece of infrastructure and maximise your investment. For instance, you want to make sure you have a shed that will not be difficult to maintain. If you are thorough when planning your shed, it will save you a fortune in time and money further down the track.
Other factors to keep in mind are the quality of the materials being used in your shed – we recommend Australian-made structural steel rather than C-Purlin or cheaper imports – and whether the contractor erecting your shed has a good track record or not.
Get the ultimate guide
This is a very basic introduction to the costs involved in constructing a new hay or farm shed. If you’re looking for detailed answers you should look at this Ultimate Shed Buyer’s Guide. It will give you a detailed overview of the process, and how you can plan effectively to maximize your investment.