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    Default Looking for an advice on choosing a shed company

    Hello everybody. My name is James, I'm new member at this forum and I'm looking forward for your advice.
    Recently, I've bought a new home. The surrounding territory is too big and I'm thinking about the way to fill the empty spaces and at the same time to add some more value to my property. A friend if mine gave me an idea to build a shed. I think it is a good solution but I would like to ask you to give me some advice on choosing a reputable shed company in Melbourne.


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    Hi James,
    I can't give any Melbourne based advice, but when I built my shed I used one of the Ranbuild suppliers as they were the only company that would listen to what I wanted. My council would allow me a 45 sq.m shed on my block. Everyone else just wanted to sell me their standard size (either 6x7 or 6x7.2). These guy were the only ones that would do a 6x7.5 for me.
    All that being said, next time I would build the shed myself out of timber frame and trusses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cjbfisher View Post
    All that being said, next time I would build the shed myself out of timber frame and trusses.
    I would do the same if I had the time, much easier to fitout the inside


    When I had my shed built, I asked questions but didnít get brochures for extras provided, like doors and windows. If Iíd known the exact look and build of these I would of chosen differently. We also chose horizontal cladding which looks good but due to the way itís fixed, it stands 20mm proud of the shed frames and slab. No big deal but takes a bit longer to seal properly.

    My advice not Melbourne specifically, is to ask lots of questions and visit lots of yards to see what type you want. If the sales people are not prepared to answer questions, move along. My salesman got all the quotes wrong, with incorrect codes for options and took weeks and weeks to get everything correct before Iíd sign off on the quote. Check everything!


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    Thank you for an advice. It is very useful for me, as I'm looking for a company that can make a custom designed shed for me. I will try to apply to the company recommended by you. Thank you.

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    aaaand right about now my spidey sense tingles and says there's something weird about a new person, supposedly in melbourne, who signed up just now, and who responded to this thread, from someone else who is new. Not calling it blatant marketing by someone but..... Mod edit : he is gone...

    So James, can I ask, what timberwork tools and equipment do you want to put in your shed? What will be your first project?

    And Rayan, can you tell us what woodwork you're into? Just so we know what drove you here to sign up in this wonderful forum of ours.....


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    Hi James,
    having built several steel sheds in Vic. over the last few years both for myself and assisting with my local woodworking group I am happy to share some of my experiences. Firstly as others have said it is important to decide on the main purpose of the shed and then develop a design that optimisers both the use and location. My previous shed was a large American barn style with a central mezzanine floor that I later added two extra side sections to store a tractor and other garden equipment. Would have been more cost effective to have done this as part of the original build. Also the typical barn style used here does allow for more wind entry and leaves etc . Another issue is often the steel portals require posts that invariably get in the way. I have also seen the same issue with a friends shed made from heavy timbers. I have used several well known shed companies both to build and to supply but my current shed I used TruBuilt based in Braeside due to the flexible clear span design and strength from the use of welded RHS sections. In my research I found several companies with lower cost options but usually inferior designs or using imported steel of a lower quality some even claiming to use Colorbond (tm) when clearly it was not. My shed I now use is steel framed Colorbond clad 7.2x3.6 with a 26 degree roof pitch and 4.6m high at the ridge which enabled me to add a mezzanine section. All of this tucked into a corner of a suburban 830m2 block. I also fully wrapped it with 8mm Thermal Break that makes a huge difference in both winter and summer as well as with noise reduction. If you have a rural type situation as I have in the past you will also have to allow for extra costs in terms of power supply especially if you plan to run machinery you need heavy cable supply from the main property to avoid power drop issues. In my current case I also have a 5Kw solar which does help with the electricity costs. A couple of photo's show my shed set up specifically for wood working and the swing hoist to lift heavy items up top. Cheers, Paintman
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