What are the steps associated with building a garage?

Here is a brief pictorial to show some of the steps, but for detailed instructions, download our installation guide here

The installation method and complexity will vary depending on the building size/type and your choice of footings and accessories.

1. Prepare slab or alternative footings

2. Prepare slab or alternative footings

3. Clad the frame with sheeting

4. Stand the walls, then brace and prop both sides

5. Install gable end framing, and roof purlins and rafters

6. Fix knee and apex braces, gable wall cladding and roof sheeting

7. Finish with flashings, cappings, downpipes and other finishing touches

8. Install doors, windows and other options


What purchase decisions should I consider before I get my quote?

As one of New Zealand’s leading distributors of residential garages, carports, barns, farm sheds and industrial and commercial buildings, we know how time consuming it can be when looking for a shed. So, to make this easier we’ve come up with ten important considerations when buying a shed.

What is the purpose of the shed?
Boat or caravan storage? Workshop and hobby space? Or a man-cave for entertaining or wanting solitude? Make sure you consider this up front as it could affect the council classification of the building with implications for future use. You must also carefully measure up what is needed to go inside. If building a garage for a boat or caravan check how much space is needed to get in and out with ease. Check heights, dimensions with doors open and towballs attached. Think about what other items you might acquire in the future and whether a little bit more storage space would be useful. Consider how often and easily you need access to items. A mezzanine storage area can add significant storage space without necessarily increasing the floor space of the shed. You should also consider what light, access, water, electrical and security requirements will be required, as these are cheaper and easier to install before the shed is built.

Who will build it?
Do you want a kit you can build yourself, or will you need the services of a shed-builder? Some companies provide high quality instructions and DVD’s to assist you in the construction of your shed or garage. Ask your supplier to see these beforehand to help you decide the best seller for your needs. If you plan to have the shed built, check what services your shed company provides, as some have in-house builders, whilst others use sub-contractors and assist with the project management. Either way, you should check their quality by asking to see testimonials or examples of their work.. Reputable sellers will be happy to share this information. When considering whether to build yourself or engage a builder, you need to be aware of the steps associated with building a shed which are:

  1. Measure, design, quote and get engineered plans
  2. Submit for council approval where required (check your local council)
  3. Excavation and site preparation (plumbing, electrical)
  4. Footings and/or slab poured
  5. Frame assembly then cladding
  6. Connect internal provisions and fitout

When do you need it?
Researching, financing, ordering, delivering and building are only some of the steps in buying a shed or garage. You also need to consider council approval time and potentially excavation and site preparation. Talk to your Fair Dinkum Sheds distributor for advice on council approval needs in your specific area. They have the local contacts and information to help.. And with our advanced design and engineering software they can instantly create plans and quotes to help expedite the process – no more waiting a week (or more!) for quotes and drawings as we can provide these on-site for the majority of sheds and garages.

Ensure you get a site-specific design.

Only some companies provide a garage or shed that is designed for the specific needs of your site. This can include topography, regional wind speed, importance level and snow loading of your building to name just a few specific requirements of the New Zealand Building Code. Only Fair Dinkum Sheds provide a free structural calculations document to give you evidence that the shed is engineered for your specific site.

Choose a well-known brand.
Fair Dinkum Sheds is widely acknowledged as one of the largest networks of Cold Formed Steel Building distributors in New Zealand. With over 18 years experience and over 150,000 sheds and garages sold internationally through our network of distributors, our experience speaks for itself.

Ask questions.
Will they help you with instructions over the phone if needed during DIY construction? Can they offer shed building services? Do they offer finance if needed? What is their deposit/payment schedule? Will they take care of council requirements? Can they prepare the site? By matching their services to your needs you get added value that will make the process smoother and less stressful. Also do your research, this industry has seen many providers come and go. Don’t fall victim to another short term player – research the supplier and ask for information on length of time in business as well as to see examples of local work and customer testimonials.

Customise your shed to suit your requirements.
All Fair Dinkum Sheds designs can be customised according to the customers’ needs using their exclusive MultiBuild® software. This allows you to change the design on the spot as well as incorporate options such as sliding or roller doors, personal access doors, garaports, lean-to’s, mezzanine floors and more. MultiBuild® software will update your quote and drawings instantly based on approved engineering principles so you are assured your customisation requirements do not impact the safety of the structure.

Get a quote!
Ensure you understand whether the price includes GST and delivery and get an itemised list of materials so you can compare quotes easily. Fair Dinkum Sheds distributors can also supply you with free designs, council plans and structural engineering calculations within minutes for most designs, thanks to their advanced design and engineering software.

Make Sure You Get Council Approval For Your Structure.
The variation between councils is great however there are a handful of situations where you do not need council approval and there are some limitations you need to be aware of.
From Kaitaia to Bluff, Taranaki to East Cape, Fair Dinkum Sheds has a local distributor that can supply a range of residential garages and carports, barns, farm sheds and industrial and commercial buildings to suit everyone’s needs.

Do you provide a building or installation service?

Fair Dinkum Sheds manages the supply of buildings to our nationwide network of distributors. Many of these distributors provide additional services such as concreting, building or other services – check with your local distributor for details on the services they can provide.

Does my building require maintenance?

To maintain your warranty, basic care and maintenance is required. Zincalume® and Colorsteel® high-tensile steel designed is designed for New Zealand conditions and requires an occasional wash with fresh water to keep it looking its best. Details on Zincalume® and Colorsteel® warranty may be found here.