SheShed Garden Sheds NZ, frequently asked questions
The team gets lots of questions and we're keen to help you, here you'll find some common FAQs on SheShed Garden Sheds.
Q) How is the shed delivered
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.
- Q) Can you deliver to the Outer Islands of New Zealand?
A) Yes we can.
- Delivery is NOT included to the Outer Islands.
To ship to Waiheke Island, please add an extra $300 per shed.
To Stewart Island add an extra $200 per shed
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.
Q) Do you need a building consent for these Sheds?
A) She Shed recommends you check with your local Council requirements as these can vary from area to area. However, for most places consents aren’t required for buildings under 10m2.
This was taken from the Auckland City Council
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
- is less than 10 square metres in floor area
- is more than its height away from all boundaries and other dwellings
- does not contain cooking or sanitary facilities, or a potable (drinkable) water supply.
- If your accessory building doesn’t meet all of these criteria, you will need a building consent.
If your accessory building is more than 10 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 and Homelandz 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.
Q) Do you install these?
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.
Q) Is the timber treated?
A) The Ground Bearers are H4 treated. The wood is kiln dried pine timber and needs to be protected with 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 mouldy 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
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?
A) These are fully kitset, so they come with everything you see in the photos of the shed itself on our website (except final paint or stain) delivered to you all completely flat packed on 2 x pallets. These need to be hand unloaded when they arrive and stored somewhere where they will be kept completely dry and off damp ground until installation.
Q) Can I have a larger or smaller shed than this size? (3 x 3 x 2.8)
Q) Can they be insulated and / or lined ?
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, please follow this link, or we can email it to you.
Q) Do they have power / plumbing?
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.
Q) Can we have a larger / smaller or extra window / different door?
A) No, these come standard with the window/door shown in the photo. It is possible we could order you an extra window if required. This would need to be installed by a builder it is not part of the plan.
Q) Can I choose a different colour?
A) You can have it any colour you wish. If you order a non-pressure treated shed, it is delivered in its natural form, 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. If you order a pressure-treated shed it can be left in its natural wooden state.
Q) Can the Perspex windows be replaced for glass?
A) Yes, they can, although we don’t do this, you can easily organise yourself once you have the shed. You would need to contact a local glass company to give you a quote.
Q) Does the kitset shed come with a guarantee
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.
- Kitset Shed should be coated with 2-3 coats of a quality protective sealant, such as marine grade wood stain or primer/undercoat & paint. This must be regularly maintained as per manufacturer’s instructions. This needs to be done as soon as the shed has been completed, it must not be left unprotected.
We recommend checking your shed every six months for maintenance purposes.
- 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 or on damp ground pre-build, it needs to be protected from both sun / rain and any dampness at all
- This shed is an environmental choice, it is a natural product, that should be properly looked after and maintained.
Q) Should I put insulation under the floor?
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.
Q) Do your sheds comply with New Zealand Building code?
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.
Q) Do SheSheds come with a floor?
A) Yes! Our SheSheds come as a complete kitset ready to assemble floor to roof!