Common Mistakes People Make When Buying a Steel Garden Shed Kit

Common Mistakes People Make When Buying a Steel Garden Shed Kit
The popularity of steel shed structures has risen up immensely in recent years. There are some benefits a structural steel building offers.


  1. Structural flexibility and versatility
  2. Easily maintained
  3. Cost-effectiveness
  4. Soundness
  5. Ease of construction
  6. High quality and secure
  7. Resistance to the elements

The structural steel kit is one of the best options to choose for you shed. But there are some mistakes that should be avoided to ensure your future steel shed installation is stress-free.

Not applying for the appropriate permit for construction

If you’re going to install a new garden shed, garage or other steel structure over 10sqm or if it is situated within 1 m of a boundary and is more than 2,4m in height, or is located further forward than the front wall of the single dwelling, you must apply for the building permit. You can read more about Building Permits in Victoria here:

If you are going to install your shed structure without obtaining the council’s approval, you will face a number of problems when it comes to selling your property, insurance, etc.

Designing the improper shed

When you at the very first stage of designing your shed, it’s really easy to be excited with all the things you want to achieve. If you want your outdoor shed to suit all your needs, you should think of the main goal for the construction of this future investment. For instance, farm equipment is large in both size and investment, so constructing a machinery storage shed is a perfect solution for farmers to keep their operations running effectively, cut downtime and repair costs.

Therefore, before constructing a shed you should know the answers to the following questions:

  1. Have you checked on planning regulations? As it can delay the progress of a Building Permit until the Planning permit is approved.
  2. What size should it be to easily move your equipment, vehicles and or tools in and out?
  3. What is the height and width of the equipment and vehicles that will be stored in the shed?
  4. Does the access slope towards the entry as you would require an increased opening to allow for any angle.
  5. At what height will the finished concrete floor be, will the floor be laid prior to the shed being installed or after the shed is installed?
  6. Do you require windows, doors, skylights, spinaways, etc?
  7. Does it need to be insulated? Consider insulation if the shed will be used for a workshop – make sure you insulate your roof with high-quality bubble insulation.
  8. What are your storage needs for all operations?
  9. Make sure you allow sufficient clearance on each side of your vehicles or trailers.
  10. If you are planning to have a skillion Garden Shed next to the wall, make sure it slopes towards you and not to the wall to avoid rainwater collecting in the shed. 
  11. Have you checked the correct colour charts? Ensure you take the time to select colours (colour combinations) as unlike a house shed cannot be easily painted.

Ignoring the importance of the right shed foundation

Providing an appropriate foundation is an important factor in installing a shed and its soundness and durability as well. Poor shed foundation won’t last long as the base is exposed to moisture, humidity, etc.

In case of a simple garden shed laying slabs loosely on top of gravel does not create a stable base for your new shed. By using an unstable base, your shed will warp which could result in damage,  broken windows or doors which you will be unable to close. You will need to clear any rubble, piles of leaves or other garden debris from the area where you would like to build your shed. Even if you have bought a timber shed base kit. It is not recommended that you build your new shed directly onto a lawn, bare ground or gravel. The site should be levelled and compacted first. Not only can this result in subsidence and warping but can also lead to damage from damp. If you have a building permit for a shed over 10sqm, ensure you refer to the relevant engineering for the specific foundation required. 

An appropriate shed foundation provides its longevity and averts any form of corrosion and destruction.