Can You Live In Your Shed?

22 March 2018

You’ve just bought your dream block of land and are wanting a slice of the simple life while your home is being built, or perhaps you have space on your current property to add a secondary living space for guests, teenagers or older relatives. If this sounds familiar, a liveable shed could be the ideal solution.

The shed home is still a relatively fresh idea, with many evoking the image of a perilous one room, looking rough and unkept. Yet, the number of Australians moving towards building shed homes has seen to be increasing as other sustainable living options are sought after and the cost of traditional living increases. A 2016 Google Survey study supported this, finding that 46% of Australians would contemplate living in a shed home.

For a shed to become a liveable dwelling or home, it must be converted into a Class 1a shed. Class 1a liveable sheds use a strong and robust portal frame system, featuring C-section columns which are supported by girts on the outer sides of the wall. This frame is then clad in your choice of ZINCALUME® or COLORBOND® steel sheeting. Many of our sheds can undergo this conversion and are designed and engineered to suit your wind region and site design criteria to ensure a fit for purpose structure, providing the ultimate strength and durability.

IS A LIVEABLE SHED RIGHT FOR YOU?

If you’re after an alternative living solution while you build your home, want a retreat for guests or need extra space for a growing family, then a liveable shed may be what you’re looking for. To build a liveable shed with Sheds n Homes you will start with our Class 1a steel shed frame and work with local builders, suppliers and certifiers to finish the conversion and add creature comforts such as lighting, plumbing, internal cladding and dividing walls.

CONVERTING YOUR EXISTING SHED

You may be considering converting your current shed into a liveable dwelling. While okay, a standard shed or garage is a Class 10 building and has not been built with habitancy in mind. If going through the conversion process on an existing shed you will need to consider factors such as termite prevention and protection, proper insulation and ventilation, approved septic and waste disposal system and an approved electrical plan.

CHECK WITH YOUR LOCAL COUNCIL

It’s important that you check with your local council and discuss with them the regulations around converting your shed into a liveable dwelling and/or if you need a Development Application approved before you begin constructing your shed. Each council may require contrary levels of compliance and adhere to different regulations so it’s important to get the correct information.

WHAT SHOULD YOU DO NEXT?

If your interest has been piqued at the thought of a liveable shed, get in touch with one of our local Sheds n Homes stores where you will be led through the complete shed building process and have an opportunity to discuss any points of interest or concerns. If you’re not quite ready to contact a store yet, take a look through our shed inspiration gallery and be inspired by the range of COLORBOND® steel colours on display, the different shed sizes and layouts and the add-on’s you can opt for, such as skylight roof sheeting, lean-to’s, insulation and more. 

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