SheShedz frequently asked questions.
Q) Do you need a building consent for these Sheds?
She Shedz recommend you check with your local Council as rules & regulations can vary from area to area. However, for most places consents aren’t required for buildings under 10m2. In some states (NSW & VIC) up to 20m2. This link for NSW properties is very helpful in showing what is allowed: http://interactivebuildings.planning.nsw.gov.au/
Q) Do you install your SheSheds?
We don’t provide or organise a builder. However, Flatpack Assembly Services are available to build our sheds and we have a number of contacts we can provide. If you wish to assemble yourself, we recommend a builder or 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.
Q) Is the timber treated?
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.
Q) I am interested in the wooden kitset cabins. Is it delivered like shows in the picture, or it is sheets in the package only?
All our cabins are wooden, made from Nordic Spruce. These are a complete kitset. All our cabins come with the wall planks, roofing beams, roofing boards, shingle tiles, interior flooring, double glazed door and minimum 1 double glazed window.
Q) Can they be lined?
Yes they can – there are a few options available, if you are wanting to line them we suggest checking with a builder. You can also check out our suggestions in one of our blogs. Click here.
Q) Do they have power or plumbing?
No we do not provide power or plumbing. This can of course be done, You would need to contact a local registered electrician or registered plumber, they will give you a quote.
Q) Are they waterproof?
Our Cabins are a solid, watertight build. You receive a bottle of sealant to go along the interior roof line.
Q) How is the shed delivered
We have different delivery options depending on the shed you choose. The Star Cabins (3m x 3m) have a set delivery price depending on the State its being delivered to. Click here.
For the cabins above 10m2 we recommend a Hiab delivery. We can arrange a quote for you. Contact us here.
All our cabins are delivered on pallet/s. The pallets contain all your wooden planks, shingle tiles, door and windows.
Q) Does the kitset shed come with a guarantee
- 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.
- Important: Non-treated Sheds MUST be coated inside and out with 2-3 coats of a quality protective sealant (wood stain or primer / paint)
It then must be regularly maintained as per manufacturer’s instructions.
We recommend checking your shed every six months for maintenance purposes.
This must be done as soon as the shed has been completed, (or it could be done prior to build) it must not be left unprotected.
- There is no guarantee against poor building workmanship, or if our instructions have not been followed for the complete build and paint to completion, including using the sealant provided for around door and window.
- You must have a clear and level site. An uneven or sinking site will cause the doors to jam or timber walls to move.
- You are responsible for the covering and securing of all materials on site against weather, (for both sun and rain protection) damage and/or theft.
Important – It must NOT be left uncovered pre-build nor stored on damp ground.
- This shed is an environmental choice, it is a natural product, that should be properly looked after and maintained.
The Cabins above 10m2 with pressure treatment come with a 5 year guarantee.
Q) Do SheSheds come with a floor?
Yes, all our cabins come with a 19mm floor board! Our SheSheds come as a complete kitset ready to assemble floor to roof!
Q) Should I put insulation under the floor?
Yes we recommend using a quality underfloor insulation. Click here to read our blog on insulation.
Q) Can I choose a different colour?
All our cabins are delivered in their natural wooden state. Meaning you can choose any colour you wish! If you purchase a non-treated cabin, you must paint or stain it to protect the timber (in a colour of your choice) with a recommended product from your local paint store, ensuring you follow manufacturer’s instructions.
Our pressure treated Star Cabin or cabins over 10m2 can be either painted, or left in its natural wooden state.
Q) Do termites affect your wooden sheds?
The questions about termites in Australia is sometimes raised. We have spoken to numerous builders who all recommend different options for termite protection
Depending on what type of foundation you required under your shed the options of a concrete slab or treated bearers if its flat ground, if the ground is sloping build it up with bricks or treated bearers.
Termites won’t touch treated bearers, but will walk up it. When it’s on bearers you can see what’s happening to the floor.
Regular inspection by you is advised, Contact a builder if you are concerned about termites and they can advise the best protection method or you might want to have a professional pest control company inspect your shed regularly to identify the any pest damage. With all wooden products keep watch regularly and you can use a termite treatment on the wood, control may only require a simple surface treatment of the wood.
For the Cabins above 10m2 and Pressure Treated, the pressure treatment is resistant to termites and fire.
Note on Shed Placement
Be mindful of how you position your shed, if you are in a cold wet area, sun and warmth is important. For optimal life span it is recommended to be sheltered away from direct driving rain, e.g. beside fences, house walls or trees, this helps break up driving rain.
We pride ourselves on excellent customer service and are available for after sales support.
This is written to the best knowledge and research of the writer. SheShedz 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.