Frequently Asked Questions

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General FAQ's

What is the primary difference between the LIVING and WORK & PLAY Ranges?

Our LIVING Range are habitable homes architecturally pre-designed by award-winning architects and engineered using our In-line Framing System. Our range offers a 45-degree gable roof pitch, considered internal layouts and large open voids designed to maximise building efficiency & certainty for our homeowners.

Our WORK & PLAY Range are our non-residential spaces. Architecturally designed to make wonderful workspaces, detached garages, or creative studios. These non-residential spaces have been designed to complement our LIVING Range of homes or as stand-alone spaces. These spaces adopt standard shed framing systems.

Are Shed House products delivered as Kits or Modular units?

Our range of designs are offered as Kits to be constructed by yourself as Owner-Builder or for you to engage a Registered Builder to construct it for you.

Our Kit designs offer a similar outcome to conventional housing, although our structural design has been through significant development to utilise a unique framing system using conventional shed framing materials. Our systems is simpler and faster to assemble to Lock-Up than typical kit housing or conventional housing. 

We do not offer modular, prefabricated off-site construction. 

What is the difference between a standard shed framing system and the Shed House In-line Framing System?

A standard shed framing system is made from cold rolled steel members. Horizontal members are applied to the outside of the portal frame, thereby increasing the thickness of the wall significantly to conceal the structural framing.

In a housing context, the application of this traditional shed framing system makes the walls, and any eaves look and feel very wide and limits the architectural merit of the design to achieve clean wall lines throughout the home.  

Our LIVING range of homes are fully considered architectural designs and are engineered with our revolutionary In-line Framing System which we have developed utilising cold rolled steel members but in a smarter way.

Our In-line Framing System delivers slim line perimeter walls, extruded eaves (where selected) & roof depths while still achieving targeted energy ratings. Combined with a 45-degree pitch as standard across a range of portal widths provides, our LIVING range offers beautiful proportions externally and dramatic volume and space internally that celebrate vaulted ceilings in key areas of the home.

This system creates clean lines internally without exposed columns & beams. 

Are shed framing systems as strong as ‘conventional’ framing systems?

Timber or steel is typically used for conventional framing systems within homes. Our shed framing systems and engineering provides equivalent structural strength and performance as these materials.  

Apart from the portal frame members, it is lightweight and extremely strong, won’t burn, is termite proof and won’t warp like timber. Using engineered cold rolled steel shed framing components is similar to light gauge steel stud framing but much more cost effective with reduced framing and lock up timelines through our in-line shed framing system.

What are the material warranties that apply to the structure?

The materials used in the framing system are backed by a Stramit Product Performance warranty and BlueScope steel.

The framing materials and Colorbond® roofing, cladding and other materials are also backed by a warranty of up to 25 years subject to geographic location.

How much is delivery of the kit to my property?

Our Kits are available Australia wide with FREE delivery* 

*Free delivery spans the vast majority of metropolitan and regional locations around Australia. Some remote locations are excluded. Please contact us for more information.  

What is the manufacturing & delivery timeframe for my Kit?

Manufacturing timeframes vary; however, we recommend you allow 4 – 6 weeks for manufacturing & delivery following execution of the Kit Supply agreement, payment of a 50% deposit and Shed House Australia confirmation of your order being placed.

What are Shed House Australia payment terms?

When undertaking our LIVING Design Process, fees are payable on a phase-by-phase basis, prior to us commencing work on each of the specific Design Phases.

Once you have completed our Design Process and are ready to order your Kit, we will issue you a 'Kit Supply Agreement' and 50% deposit invoice for your Kit. Once paid, we will place your order for manufacture.

The balance 50% payment is due 2 weeks prior to delivery of your Kit to site and a second invoice will be issued in advance. 

What is the first thing I need to do upon delivery of the Kit to my site?

A suitable flat set-down area should be cleared prior to delivery. This is required to protect your Kit and avoid any damage on site as this will be your responsibility.

Within 5 days of receiving delivery of your order, it is imperative that you undertake an audit of all materials and parts delivered. We recommend the best way to do this is to check that all parts listed on the ‘Bill of Materials’ have been received and there has been no damage in transit.

We suggest your registered builder or shed builder (if you are an Owner Builder) is involved in this process. Using alternate claddings to Colorbond® means there will be separate deliveries from our suppliers for these materials.

In the instance that any parts are missing or damaged, we will arrange for new parts to be delivered provided we are notified within 5 days of delivery.

How are LIVING and WORK & PLAY spaces connected to the slab?

Our Kits are designed for the portal frame to be fixed to the concrete slab either via cast-in plates where there is a perimeter hob or dyna-bolts where the bracket is positioned on the flat slab. If your property is in a severe wind zone category, the engineering for your shed may require cast in brackets to connect to your portal frame.

This will be considered in the structural design phase by Shed House Australia based on your nominated site location and relevant engineering codes of practice and Australian Standards.

Details for installation will be included in the Assembly Guide provided with the Kit. It is critical to ensure that the slab is constructed accurately, and portal frames are installed in accordance with the design setouts provided in the working drawings.

Can the LIVING and WORK & PLAY Ranges be engineered to be constructed on a suspended floor system i.e.stilts?

Yes, we can engineer our designs to be built on alternative foundation systems including suspended floor systems. The base slab design allows for geotechnical classifications up to and including an ‘H’ class slab classification.

If a suspended flooring system is sought for your site or a geotechnical classification in excess of a ‘P’ class slab is identified by your geotechnical engineer our structural engineer will design this from first principles, however, please be advised that custom engineering fees will apply.

Can LIVING and WORK & PLAY designs be built on a sloping block?

Our Pre Designs are designed for a flat site prepared to accommodate a flat slab with no step downs.

Subject to the extent of slope across your block, siting preferences and planning requirements, civil engineering can be undertaken to re-grade your site and to design a retaining wall system that will allow for a flat slab. Additional fees apply for civil engineering design.

Subject to siting considerations, a suspended flooring system on ‘stilts’ may be used to overcome falls and significant site preparation and civil works costs.

Can Shed House Australia build my Kit for me?

Our in-house construction business 'Built by Shed' build our LIVING and WORK & PLAY spaces on sites located within a 2-hour radius of Melbourne.

Outside of our direct build region we are establishing a network of shed builders and registered builder partners in key areas of demand, we will continue to expand this network over time.

We can advise you of our builder partners on enquiry, if we don’t have one in your region, we will seek to help identify a suitable builder through the Design Process.


What is included within the LIVING Range base kit ‘From Prices’?

LIVING range ‘From Prices’ are based on the architectural plans and Class 1a Structural Engineering and include -

  • Structural framing components
  • Corrugated Colorbond® cladding
  • Corrugated Colorbond® roofing
  • Flashings
  • Fixing, brackets & fasteners/bolts 
  • Downpipes & gutters
  • Standard garage door (if applicable to the design)
  • Sisilation
  • Installation Package including Interactive 3D Model & Assembly Guide
  • FREE Delivery Australia wide*

Optional Upgrades

  • Front and/or rear extended eaves
  • Upgrade external cladding options
  • Feature Window & Front Door shroud
  • Supply of windows & doors (base or upgrade options)
  • Upgrade garage door options (if applicable)
  • Insulation


  • Non-structual internal walls
  • Internal floor, wall & ceiling linings
  • Staircase (if applicable)
  • Shed erection, services & fit-out works
Why are Windows & Doors excluded from the base kit ‘From Price’ and can Shed House supply these for me?

Due to the site-specific nature of all homes to optimise energy rating requirements and aesthetics, windows & doors are not included within our LIVING range base kit ‘From Prices’.

However, once you have completed Phase 2 of our Design Process and we have sufficient energy rating information, Shed House can provide an individual quote for supply & delivery of your windows & doors which will be added onto your base kit ‘From Price’.

Do I have to undertake the LIVING Design Process?

We have two design offerings - 'By You' and 'By Us'.

The Shed house 'By Us' Design Process has been developed to provide you with a compliant design outcome and therefore confidence in ordering your Kit. It ultimately provides peace of mind for the Client with respect to town planning approvals (if required) and obtaining a building permit.

If undertaking the 'By Us' Design Process, at a minimum Shed House will need to complete Phase 1 (Site Analysis), Phase 2 (Design Optimisation) and Phase 4 (Working Drawing & Engineering).

You can manage Phase 3 (Town Planning) and Phase 5 (Building Permit) yourself if you would like.

Notwithstanding the above, our 'By You' Design Offering allows you to order one of our Shed House Kits based on our standard design and engineering without undertaking the Design Process. In this instance, it is your responsibility to ensure the design of the Kit is appropriate for your site and obtain all planning & building approvals (as required).  Shed House does not have any involvement in design and/or compliance in the instance that you elect to bypass our Design Process.

Will I need a planning permit and a building permit?

Like all homes whether they be conventional, modular or Kit, the requirement of a planning permit is subject to the size and planning controls affecting your site. We will identify this for you as part of Phase 1 of our Design Process.

If it is identified that a planning permit is required SHA will be able to manage this process for you as part of our Design Process.

A Building Permit will always be required to construct one of our Kits.

Can LIVING Range Pre-Designs be modified?

Our range of homes have been architecturally designed by a team with decades of experience in residential design, development and construction. Each of our designs have been carefully considered with livability, form and functionality front of mind.

Our range has been crafted to maximize the efficiencies of our unique In-Line Framing System to provide a high-end, slim line architectural outcome that celebrates vaulted ceilings in key areas of each home. Our Pre-Design Kits therefore provide the perfect canvas for you to add your own individuality and creative flair to the fit-out. 

Our base design fees allow for only the following Base Design Adjustments to be made:

  • Flip, mirror or rotate your Pre-Design plan to suit your unique site.
  • Selection of external Colours & Materials.
  • Incorporation of an extended eave to the front or rear.

The following Design Modifications can be made, however additional design fees apply for each of the following changes: 

  • Adjust window & door locations (within structural constraints)
  • Minor non-structural internal layout changes.

Please note that no further changes beyond what has been outlined above are available to our pre-designed range of homes. 

Does Shed House offer a Custom Design service?

We are not currently offering a Custom Design Service. However, we have an extensive library of designs that we are working on that are yet to be released.  If you cannot see what you are after within our current range, please speak with our Shed House team and we will see if we have something that suits your needs.

What criteria are the LIVING Range structurally engineered to?

Our range have been engineered based on the following structural engineering design principles which are consistent with typical housing standards:     

  • Maximum 1.5 kPa design live loading for floors
  • Maximum 0.75 kPa superimposed dead load for floor
  • Importance Level 2
  • Windspeeds of 45 m/s
  • Region A1
  • Terrain Category 2

This criteria, and our distribution network cover a large portion of Australia. We will be able to clarify any areas not covered once we have the address of your site.

What is the LIVING Range slab design & foundations plan criteria?

Our Kits are designed to be built on a concrete slab. All designs are pre-engineered for Class A, S, M or H1 soil conditions. As part of the Design and Approvals process, we will ensure the engineering plans provide a slab design that reflects the geotechnical classification of your site including engineering certification.

For a Class P (Problem) site classification our engineers will need to design a customised slab and additional custom engineering fees apply. Similarly, the final design of the slab and foundations will include an engineering certification.

What Construction Code are the LIVING Range designed to?

The National Construction Code (NCC) 2022 sets out the minimum technical requirements for new buildings in Australia. Each state and territory have nominated varying timing for the enforcement of the new NCC and also the extent to which various elements are adopted. Our homes are designed and engineered to a Class 1a standard under the NCC.

What is the maximum BAL rating the LIVING Range can be designed to?

Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) rating dictates both the construction methods and materials used in bushfire prone areas. We can design up to BAL FZ (Bushfire Attached Level Flame Zone) which is the most extreme rating that can be applied to building design & construction.

In our experience windows & door specifications required to achieve BAL FZ compliance are significantly more expensive than standard, non-BAL FZ windows & doors.


What is included within a WORK & PLAY kit ‘From Price’?

Shed House WORK & PLAY ‘From prices’ are based on generic structual engineering, and include standard Corrugated Colorbond cladding to the roof and external walls.

WORK & PLAY Kits include -

  • Structural frame 
  • Corrugated Colorbond® cladding
  • Corrugated Colorbond® roofing
  • Flashings
  • Fixing, brackets & fasteners 
  • Downpipes & gutters
  • Sisilation
  • Single glazed windows & doors
  • Garage door (if applicable to design)
  • Structural engineering design package including framing, slab design
    and certification.
  • Installation Package including nteractive 3D Model & Assembly Guide
  • FREE Delivery Australia wide*

 WORK & PLAY Kits exclude -

  • Internal Walls
  • Internal floor, wall & ceiling linings
  • Staircase (if applicable)
Can I live in my WORK & PLAY space?

All WORK & PLAY spaces are designed and engineered to a Class 10 standard under the NCC. This standard is defined as being ‘non-habitable buildings or structures’, therefore you cannot live in your WORK & PLAY space.

Your registered building surveyor understands the NCC intimately and should be consulted if you require
clarification of the intended use and what is permissible. 

Can WORK & PLAY designs be customized?

Yes, the following changes can be made to our Shed House WORK & PLAY range -

  • Flip, mirror or rotate your selected design to suit your site.
  • Alter window & door locations.
  • Alter building height, width & length.
  • Add mezzanine/ loft space.
  • Incorporation of an extended eave to the front or rear.
  • Selection of external Colours & Materials.
What is the structural framing method for the WORK & PLAY Range?

Conventional shed framing is used for the WORK & PLAY Range using standard shed construction
methods all designed to Australian standards and National Construction Code (NCC) 2022.

What is the WORK & PLAY Range slab design & foundations plan criteria?

Our WORK & PLAY Range is designed to be built on a concrete slab. All designs are pre-engineered for Class A, S, M or H1 soil conditions.

For a Class P (Problem) soil a customised slab will need to be designed and additional custom engineering fees apply.

For both pre-engineered designs and custom designed slabs Shed House will provide engineering certification.

What Construction Code are WORK & PLAY spaces designed to?

The National Construction Code 2022 (NCC) sets out the minimum technical requirements for new buildings in Australia. 

Your registered building surveyor understands the NCC intimately and should be onsulted if you require
clarification of the intended use and what is permissible. 

Finance & Funding

Are there challenges in obtaining finance for supply & construction of my Kit?

Some banks are less willing to provide finance for Kit supply than others. We therefore recommend you explore your funding & finance options prior to commencing your Shed House journey.

There are several solutions depending on your individual circumstances, and we recommend a proactive approach to discuss with your current bank, other lenders or a reputable finance broker.

Some options that we recommend exploring are provided below. Please note that the options described do not constitute financial advice.

Option 1 – Equity Funding of the Kit

Many of our clients fund the Kit supply with cash equity and obtain debt separately for the balance of the construction contract with your builder or sub contracts as a registered Owner-Builder.

Option 2 – Alternate Equity Sources

If you have equity available in your land or another property, then banks can often lend a percentage of the land value as a loan, allowing you to pay for the Kit separately and then securing debt finance for construction of your new home. 

Alternatively, you may have a Guarantor that can underwrite a finance facility which can appease the lender.

Option 3 – Contract Structuring with your Builder

Another option is for your builder to include your Shed House Australia Kit within their Build Contract.

In Victoria for instance, a Master Builder's contract allows for alternate claim structures that allow Shed House Australia to act as a supplier, therefore the Kit is paid for under the construction contract in accordance with our payment terms. There may be other options your builder is willing to review.