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Having relocated from Sydney, our client purchased a fantastic property in  Northern New South Wales on which to semi-retire. In addition to the main residence, he wanted to build a small shed for rental purposes to supplement income. The client had very specific ideas about the size and overall footprint of the building and all in compliance with strict Class 1A secondary dwelling Council restrictions (under 60 sqm).  He engaged Totally Sheds to supply and construct a dwelling based on his detailed design and exacting requirements and thus the ‘Gatehouse’ project was now underway.

Working with a sloping block, Totally Sheds organised contractors to complete the earthworks and construction of a Gabion wall in accordance with the clients’ engineering requirements and this, along with the engineered footings were completed over a few weeks. The main structure then took shape quickly and  within 6-days it was standing and weather tight; with all walls (in horizontal cladding) and windows/glass sliding doors installed.  The balance of the work to complete the dwelling (all designed by the client), the addition of the deck structures, internal walls, kitchen & bathroom finishing, joinery and fit out was undertaken by the client’s own builder.

Throughout the process Totally Sheds worked closely with the builder, client and his engineering firm to ensure a smooth build, and that all components/materials were to code including a Bush Fire Rating and required flashings.

The client is very pleased with the end-product and Totally Sheds is happy to report the building passed all council and certification requirements as a Class 1A Liveable Dwelling and is now tenanted. Totally Sheds is particularly proud to be associated with this unique building.

Totally Sheds provides all the assistance needed to complete your own Liveable Shed project. Offering full service using our contractors and/or yours to provide only the services you require.

Simply call 0423 088 880 or email  to start your Shed Home project today.

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With a sprawling property just outside Mullumbimby our client wanted to erect an affordable weekend getaway. This 8m x 12m x 5m Class 1A Building was settled on as the best option. In addition to the glass sliding doors, unique windows – sourced by the client – were incorporated into the design.

A mezzanine level was added and fully engineered to maximise floor space giving a total of 192 sqm. The top floor roof and walls were fully insulated using “Polyx multi”. After sheeting the steel frame, roof and roller door in the colour/s of her choosing our client was very happy with the end result and we believe once some landscaping and gardening work is complete this will be the oasis about which she was dreaming. All built to council and certification specifications. If you are looking to build a shed home for a getaway or some independent space for young adult children still living at home give us a call.

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Livable Sheds, Livable Dwellings, Shed Homes, Shed Houses or even ‘Shouses’, whatever your preference they are proving a popular option for affordable steel frame independent housing.

Known in the ‘biz’ as a Class 1a building, these portal frame liveable dwellings are great solutions for those looking to accommodate the kids that don’t look like moving out; providing independent living for extended family; guest quarters and even answering the question as to where to live while building your dream home.

For those wondering, it is the foundation design that makes the difference between a shed and a Class 1a habitable dwelling. The foundation for shed homes must meet Building Code of Australia criteria deeming it safe to live.

The Portal Frame System provides supreme strength and engineering to suit the region and site design criteria.

Sold in kit form, they are available in all sizes, modern styling and even in split level designs. This entry point option means you can keep initial costs down and add more features as the budget permits.

Totally Sheds are well placed to advise on what’s required for council and certification specifications.

If you are considering buying a shed house and in turn increase your property value, call or email Totally Sheds today.

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