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Turn your carport into the perfect outdoor entertainment space | Shed Bonanza

Summer alfresco entertaining is every Australian’s dream. The good news is that it doesn’t have to cost a fortune. With the right tweaks, you can turn a good quality carport into a luxury entertainment space for day or night. Here are our top tips for upgrading your carport.

 

Get the right lights

If you’re planning to stretch long summer days into warm summer nights, you’ll want to get the right outdoor lighting. Whether you choose to install a proper lighting system (our expert team can help you out) or string up some fairy lights, the right lighting system creates great ambiance.

 

Find the balance between sun and shade

Installing sun lights is a great way to make the most of the summer rays, however it can overheat your space on hot days. Make sure you get the right balance between letting the light in and creating a cool escape so you don’t swelter in the heat.

 

Leave enough space for outdoor furniture

When purchasing your carport, it’s good to have a rough idea of how many people you’ll need to accommodate. There’s no point getting a huge carport if you’ll only be seating four. On the flip side, you don’t want your outdoor furniture hanging out the sides of the carport and getting exposed to the elements. Get an idea of what your furniture setup is going to look like before you purchase your carport. That way we can create the shelter of your dreams.

 

Park the car somewhere else

If you’re going to be entertaining in the carport, you’re going to need somewhere else for, well, the car. For stylish and discrete off-street parking, Shed Bonanza has great garage options. If you want to use your carport to shelter your car most of the time – but use it as an entertainment area on weekends – you may want to invest in a small but sturdy shed to store your outdoor furniture.

 

Design your perfect evening

Dream of lounging by a fire? Anything is possible. Working with an architect or engineer is the best way to get the most out of your carport. You can install ventilation for fire pits or security doors to ensure your soirees are only for those on the guest list.

 

Get artistic

While we offer a range of colours and materials to build your carport out of, sometimes a personal touch goes a long way. If you’re handy, you might want to consider painting a mural, designing a mosaic or simply hanging some of your favourite ornaments or curtains, to make your carport feel more personal. Getting artistic is the best way to turn a beautiful shelter into a gorgeous and intimate entertainment environment.

 

To start building your dream carport today, contact the expert team at Shed Bonanza.

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How to choose between a shed or a garage

If you’re trying to choose between garages and sheds, Melbourne’s favourite shed suppliers are here to help. Different kinds of sheds serve different needs, and finding the best one for you is crucial. Here are some of the common questions we ask our customers when they’re trying to decide.

 

How much space do you need?

Garden sheds are the perfect size for small projects, storing household items, keeping a little workshop or simply creating a backyard retreat. However, the more space you need, the bigger the structure you’ll need to build. Garages are a happy middle ground, big enough to store cars and larger items. Anything of commercial quantities, however, and you should be looking at an industrial-sized shed.

 

What will you be storing inside?

Storage is one of the most common reasons people look into purchasing a new shed or garage. However, not all storage spaces are made equal. Sheds have limitations when it comes to moving goods from your home because their doors are often smaller. That’s why garages are ideal for anything that will need to be transported with a vehicle. Roller doors are easy to install and make life easy whether you’re storing your car, or shipping goods from your home business.

 

How much time do you plan to spend inside?

If you’re thinking of a shed or garage as a home office, you’re going to be inside it more than if it were a weekend workshop – and a lot more than if you’re simply storing old household goods. Deciding how much time you actually spend inside your shed or garage can help you figure out how comfortable it needs to be.

 

A little time

If you’re planning to spend less than a couple of hours a week inside, you can opt for a standard garage, without needing additional features, like insulation.

 

A moderate amount of time

If you’re going to spend a few hours a week inside, you’ll want to choose a style of shed or garage that is easily accessible. Our garages can have personal access doors installed, so you can move in and out with ease.

 

A lot of time

The more time you spend inside, the more you’ll need it to be comfortable. Installing insulation, ventilation and windows is a great idea.

 

How do you want it to look?

Our garages come with your choice of COLORBOND® colours, which can be mixed and matched to suit your home. However, sometimes even that’s not the look you’re going for. If you want something a little quainter, you might prefer to opt for a shed, which comes in cedar wood or horizontal cladding. How your new shed or garage looks can have a huge impact on how you feel about it, so take its materials into consideration before purchasing.

 

Match your structure to your needs

When neither a shed nor a garage quite meets your needs, we can help you custom-design the perfect middle ground. Talk to our team at Shed Bonanza today and we can figure out what you need and how we can make it happen. Anything is possible—we’ve even turned sheds into comfortable, livable homes! We’re all about bringing your dream shed or garage to life, so get in touch about options today.

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How to make your shed or garage Melbourne-proof | Shed Bonanza 

When it comes to garages, Melbourne has it a little tougher than most. Sometimes experiencing four seasons in a day, the average Melbourne shed or garage goes through a lot of wear and tear. But, few people have the space for a large weather-proof shed or garage anymore. Thankfully, Shed Bonanza makes sheds for every lifestyle and occasion. In this article, we explore some customised options that can help Melbourne-proof your shed or garage in no time.

 

Choose Aussie-made materials

If it’s got to withstand the Australian climate, it’s best to choose Aussie-made. With nearly 40 years’ experience supplying Australian homes with high-quality sheds and garages, we’ve learned a thing or two about quality materials. We recommend choosing Australian materials like BlueScope® Steel, which have been proven to withstand our climate.

Get quality insulation

Melbourne is well-known for its scorching hot summers and frosty winters. If you plan to use your shed year-round, you’ll want to prepare for all temperatures. We use high-quality insulation that’s designed to keep your shed cool in summer and warm in winter. More than simply providing you with personal comfort, insulation can protect your car, bikes or whatever else you choose to store.

Custom fit your garage to your space

With rising house prices, most of Melbourne is living on more compact properties. That doesn’t mean you can’t have the perfect garage for your home. Opt for a custom-designed shed or garage that can be tailored to the space you have, rather than choosing a pre-made design. At Shed Bonanza, we work with you to create the best shed or garage for your home.

 

Install a skylight 

You never want to miss a ray of sun, especially in Melbourne. But when you’re working with limited space, having a big window isn’t always possible. That’s why installing skylights is a great way to catch some rays without compromising on space. Plus, it makes your garage a much friendlier and more inviting space, which is perfect if you plan to use it for multiple purposes. Which brings us to…

 

Design for the life you want

 

Too often garages are thrown into a property to serve a purely utilitarian purpose. It doesn’t have to be that way. We love working with our customers to expertly craft garage solutions that don’t just meet a need—they serve a want. Whether it’s a space to study, a workshop, a reading nook, or a storage space to help you launch your very first business, a garage can be so much more than a space to store your car.

 

Talk to Shed Bonanza about custom-designed options that will bring joy to your home. We’ll work with you to discover what you need in your new garage and tailor it to meet your needs. Believe it or not, the right garage can change your life. Get in touch

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The ‘She-Shed’. It’s No Secret.

Have you ever said to somebody you’d love to have a secret room in your house? A special, hidden room that is only accessible through a mysterious bookshelf turned doorway? Past the doorway a secret passage takes you to a spiral staircase that descends into a sheltered living space filled with all things that encapsulate…you. Well, If you’re lucky enough to have a secret room like this surely you are the envy of many, however for most a secret room may seem a little impractical. But don’t give up just yet, there’s a new trend that might tickle your fancy. The ‘She-Shed’. Although it’s no secret unless hidden, a ‘She-Shed’ will deliver on the elements that drive the imagination towards having your very own secret room.

Your Backyard Quiet Retreat!

A ‘She-Shed’ is a quiet space reserved for the ladies of the house. A personalised space harmonising downtime with productivity depending on how you’re feeling. Your ‘She-Shed’ can be a welcoming, quaint space to hangout and be social or to recluse and get that much needed you-time. It’s your choice when it comes to decoration so go wild with style and immerse yourself in your favourite colours.

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Work or Create in a Space of Your Own

She Sheds make great offices or studios for women who work from home or want to focus on creative projects. If you’re experiencing a creative slowdown, don’t despair! A ‘She-Shed’ is the perfect secluded spot to find that new inspiration.

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Safe and Secure Outdoor Storage

Whether you’re into art, collecting, DIY projects, gardening or maybe you’re running out of space in general, the ‘She-Shed’ is a great addition for storing and displaying personal items and equipment. Your ‘She-Shed’ is a place made for you to feel safe and cosy within your element, relieving that built up anxiety.

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Escape, Refresh & Recharge

The ‘She-Shed’ makes the perfect hideaway. If you’re feeling stressed and need to escape the clutches of reality what better way than to curl up with a good book and cuppa and let the world drift away. It’s a wonderful place to recharge so that you can exhibit a fresher, happier you.

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Evolve your Space at Any Time

As you move forward in life your ‘She-Shed’ should follow. You can update your space to reflect new hobbies, interests and aesthetics. Sprout your favourite plants, dressing the inside and out to calm the mind, body and soul.

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If men have “Man-Caves” why shouldn’t women have their own? Installing a Timber Shed as a humble beginning will set passage to the creation of your own space of pure bliss. Be prepared to put in some elbow grease but once it’s revealed and looking incredible you’ll discover it’s going to be harder than you thought keeping this one a secret. For more creative ideas check out our Pinterest board here

 

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Creative ways to customise your shed | Shed Bonanza

Creative ways to customise your shed

Whether you’re looking for a workshop, some extra storage, or a a place to escape to, having a shed can give you some much needed flexibility. When building the perfect shed or garage for your lifestyle, customisation could be key. There are lots of creative and practical ways to make your shed uniquely yours.

Let the light in

If you want to spend a lot of time in your shed, it needs to be inviting. Windows are a great way to transform your shed from simple storage to a retreat you’ll love working and relaxing in. Skylights can also create a beautiful, sunny atmosphere, even if you’re not north-facing.

Once you’ve installed some large (or extra large!) windows in your shed, you can install flower boxes to help bring even more nature into your working space.

Choose colours that blend

You don’t want your shed sticking out like a sore thumb. The colour of your shed can have a huge influence on how your shed looks in relation to your house and garden. We have an online tool that lets you play around with different colour options for your shed or garage, so you can get an idea of what it might look like. Shed Bonanza also offer the full range of colorbond® colours, so you can match your shed to the colour of your home.

Add charm with a Verandah

Imagine kicking back with a book outside under the shelter of your new shed’s rustic porch. Verandas give your shed a cottage-like feel, which is perfect when you’re using your shed for a home office or creative space. You can even get some creeping vines growing up the posts for a picturesque escape.

Design your own structure

Building something truly unique means thinking about the design from day one. How big do you want your shed to be? How tall? Think about the sort of features you want in your shed, such as roller doors, open bays, side doors, roof vents, garaports, lofts or even balconies. With the right support, anything is possible. Looking to build a truly unique shed? Contact us today and we can help you design and customise the shed or garage of your dreams.

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DIY sheds or professionally built sheds? | Shed Bonanza

What’s the difference between a DIY shed and a professionally built shed?

Some people are born handy. Others are more talk and less do. Whichever category you fit into, building a shed can seem like the ultimate DIY project. Before you pull out the hammer, you’ll need to plan ahead. There are a few steps involved in building a shed, and it’s important to be prepared.

Figure out your needs

Why do you need a shed? What qualities do you want in it? Thinking about these questions will help you work out what kind of shed will best suit your purpose. While you’re the one who knows best, a professional can give you advice on the different types and styles of sheds available.

Prepare your shed design

Before you even think about starting construction, you’ll need to sort out a plan. It’s a good idea to sketch out where your shed will sit in relation to your house and yard. You can work off of copies of your property plans, or you can use Google Maps as a reference. Having drawings for your shed will be useful if you need to apply for building permits.

When you choose a professional they can help you with the design and planning process. Along with helping design your shed, Shed Bonanza will also provide you with drawings for reference and permit applications.

Apply for a building permit

Depending on the type of shed you’re trying to build, this step isn’t always necessary. When building a larger shed, you’ll have to apply for a building permit. If you want to do the applications yourself, you can always call your local council or town planner for advice.

Professional shed suppliers often have experience applying for building permits, and have good relationships with permit authorities. At Shed Bonanza, we have dedicated staff members who deal almost exclusively with permit applications. If you’re in doubt, have any questions, or just want someone else to sort it for you, we’d recommend getting a professional.

Sort out your materials

Once you’ve got approval, you’ll need to prepare to build. That means finding the right materials and tools. If you’re on a tight budget you can opt for recycled materials, however you’ll need to be aware of the material quality.

You’ll want to look into the materials used by professional suppliers too. While Shed Bonanza only uses high-quality materials, some suppliers use low-quality imported products. You don’t want your shed to be flimsy or of poor quality.

Start building your shed

Unless you have construction experience, building can be tougher than you expect. Even if you’re okay with a hammer, we’d recommend getting a professional handyman to help out. Any mistakes you make could compromise the quality of your shed, so it’s best not to cut corners.

When you hire a professional, you can get qualified builders to set up your shed for you, or have it delivered with easy to follow instructions to take some of the guesswork out of building.

There are many steps involved in building a shed, and constructing your own can be a rewarding experience. If you’d like a little expert advice and assistance, you can always give Shed Bonanza a call.

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When do you need a building permit? | Shed Bonanza

When do you need a building permit?

Wondering whether you need a permit to build a shed? While you need a permit to build most things, there are some exceptions for sheds, carports and garages. Whether or not you need one can vary on a case-by- case basis. Luckily, we’re here to help you understand when you need a permit and why. If it turns out you do need a permit to build the shed of your dreams, Shed Bonanza can lend a helping hand with the application process.

Most sheds, carports and garages are classified as Class 10a buildings, which means they follow slightly different rules from homes and other construction projects. Consequently, your shed will only need a building permit if it meets certain criteria.

If your shed is bigger than 10m 2

When it comes to building permits, size matters. If you’re building a small garden shed or timber shed, you shouldn’t have to worry about getting a building permit. However, for bigger structures like our garages and American barns, a permit will be required.

If you’re building a shed out of stone

Masonry is heavy and can be difficult to build with. To make sure that you’re following the correct safety procedures, and building a safe and secure structure, you’ll need to get a permit before you start stacking bricks. A permit helps ensure that you have a sound building that won’t fall down (no matter who’s huffing and puffing).

We build our sturdy structures out of steel, so you won’t have to worry about this rule when buying a Shed Bonanza shed.

If your shed connects to your home

If you’re building a shed or garage that attaches to another main building, you will need a building permit to do so. This is to ensure that you don’t compromise the structural integrity of your home while building. With proper planning, getting this permit doesn’t have to be a big deal. We’re here to help throughout the whole process, including concept, planning, permit application, construction and completion. So you don’t have to do it alone.

Needing a permit isn’t a bad thing. It simply means that your building will be held to strict Victorian safety and quality standards. All of our sheds come with drawings to simplify your building approval, or Shed Bonanza can arrange your building permit for you. We have extensive experience sorting out permits for Class 10a sheds, garages and carports. If you’re confused about the process, or would just like a little advice, get in touch today and we’ll lend a helping hand.

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