4 things to consider when preparing your shed plans

DATE POSTED: Mar 20, 2017 11:30:00 AM
POSTED BY: Wheatbelt Steel

A new shed is a major investment for your farm or business, and getting the planning right is essential to a successful project.

Knowing everything from your Council’s approval process to the clearance heights you need to properly store your equipment will ensure your shed meets your requirements, both now and into the future.

If you’re about to start planning for your new shed, here are four things you need to consider:

Be Clear on Its Purpose

What exactly are you going to use your shed for? Is it machinery only, or will it store grain, produce and fertiliser? How about shelter for your livestock, or an associated workshop? Will you need access from both ends? Have you thought about a sliding track or roller door?

Today’s sheds come in a vast array of shapes and sizes, and can be customised to suit your specific needs. Being clear about what you want to use your shed for is a key part of developing a plan that will meet your requirements.

Clarify Any Permits and Approvals

Involving your local Council in preparing your shed plans is essential. While not all Councils will require a permit (this depends on the type of shed you’re building) they will be able to advise on other important factors such as water, sewer and power lines.

If you do need Council permits and approvals, look for a shed manufacturer that can oversee this process on your behalf. Some companies will be able to contact your local shire council and submit all the necessary documents and building license applications required to get construction underway.

Never begin construction without first seeking clarification from your local Council or Shire – building without the appropriate permits can result in hefty fines.

Measure Your Equipment

There is nothing worse than planning a new shed only to find later that it doesn’t adequately fit all of your equipment of machinery.

To avoid this nightmare, make a list of everything you plan on storing in your shed. Measure the height and width of each item so you can calculate correct clearance heights and bay widths.

Keep in mind that different features (such as a roller door) will affect clearance heights. Accurate equipment measurements will help your consultant design the best shed for your needs.

When it comes to shed dimensions the height of your shed is measured from ground to eaves; length is measured along the gutter edge of the shed and the width/span of the shed is measured across the gable end.

Remember that price isn’t everything

There’s a famous quote that says: ‘the bitter taste of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten’. This is especially true when planning a new shed.

A new shed is a significant investment, and using the price tag as your main criteria risks compromising on quality or – even worse – forking out your hard earned money for a shed that doesn’t even suit your needs.

While cost is important, it’s also important to weigh up the shed’s quality, control standards and if it’s been built the withstand Australia’s harsh climate. A new shed is a long-term investment and you don’t want to unnecessarily burden your home or business with a cheaper product that isn’t fit-for-purpose.

Time for a new shed? Our Ultimate Shed Buyer’s Guide is essential reading for anyone wanting to learn about the products, processes and priorities when planning a new shed.

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