Your First Home: Exploring the Benefits of Shed Homes for Buyers in NZ

30 / 03 / 2024
Blog Post


Housing prices have been on the rise for the last few years following the sharp dip they took after the pandemic. However, increased interest rates and difficult mortgage conditions are making things somewhat tricky for aspiring homeowners, so Kiwis are increasingly turning to alternative arrangements.

Did you know that shed homes are becoming increasingly popular? This great option opens the door for Kiwis to embrace housing without breaking the bank. While this may sound somewhat unconventional, there are many benefits to exploring shed homes as a viable option.

The Unique Benefits of Shed Homes


As housing prices continue to rise, the number one thing on every aspiring homeowner’s mind is: how much is it going to cost? Building a shed home with Durasteel is generally much cheaper than erecting a conventional home with a construction company. The materials are often much more affordable, and the construction process is usually much simpler than erecting a full timber frame and building over top of it.

Shed homes are also built to withstand New Zealand’s changeable weather, usually resulting in less maintenance and upkeep over time. Durasteel shed homes use industrial steel framing and comprehensive cladding options to build sturdy, durable, long-lasting structures from lightweight materials. For first-time buyers looking for cost savings, shed homes can present a very compelling option.

Make it Your Own

One of the joys of building your own home is the ability to customise it to your heart’s content. With shed homes, you don’t lose that opportunity. Whether you’re seeking a calm, cosy cottage in the middle of the countryside or a sleek and modern urban home, shed homes offer a wealth of possibilities.

The key is to work with a company that offers the flexibility you need to make your dream home happen. Look for a team that will help you choose the right layout and work with you to integrate your interior design sensibilities.

Eco-Friendly Futurism

Eco-consciousness is at the heart of many modern design goals, and shed homes are an excellent choice for creating sustainable housing. High-quality Durasteel is designed to go the distance, resulting in less waste and minimising overall environmental impact.

Not only that, but our team of Licensed Builders are able to incorporate green building technologies like solar panels, rainwater harvesting systems, and energy-efficient systems into our new builds. This makes a shed home ideal for Kiwis seeking the off-grid lifestyle.

Ultimate Versatility

These structures are incredibly versatile, lightweight, and sturdy. With industrial steel framing and comprehensive cladding options, this option works in a variety of climates – from scorching sun to driving rain – making a shed home a suitable choice no matter where you are in New Zealand.

Quick Construction

If you work with Durasteel, you can take advantage of our pre-designed variations, including:

  •       1 Bedroom Home
  •       2 Bedroom Home
  •       3 & 4 Bedroom Home
  •       Flat Roof Home
  •       1 Bedroom Dwelling Pod

The benefit of working with a pre-designed variation is that it provides a canvas for your interior design. Add accessories, change colours, and refine the design to meet your specific requirements without having to start from scratch.

What Should You Know Before Buying a Shed Home?

Before diving in, there are a few things you need to know. First and foremost, any shed-type residential dwelling over 10 metres squared absolutely requires building consent and must satisfy New Zealand’s stringent building standards.

At Durasteel, we’ve guided many clients through this process, including helping with the building consent application. When you contract Durasteel for your first shed home, you can expect the following:

  1.     An estimate. We connect with you to discuss your unique requirements and then help you select the design that most closely aligns with your needs. Alongside this design, we offer a no-obligation estimate that encapsulates any changes or additions you’d like to make.
  2.     Confirmation. We’ll work with you to tailor the design until you’re happy, using our experience to guide you on which choices are feasible. Once you’ve reached the final design, we’ll draft an agreement detailing your specifications. Once signed, this will signal the beginning of our work.
  3.     Building consents. Applying for building consents in New Zealand can feel intimidating, but when you choose Durasteel, we will prepare all plans for your consent application and submit them to the relevant Council on your behalf.
  4.     Construction. We partner with Licensed Builders, electricians, and plumbers to bring your home to life with minimal hassle and maximum reliability. Everything is completely up to code.

Once ready, we will hand you the keys, and you will be able to enjoy your dream home. This is the power of choosing a shed home!

Enjoy the strongest and most cost-effective shed homes in New Zealand.

Durasteel has shed home solutions to suit most budgets and requirements. Got a project in mind? Get in touch with the professional team at Durasteel, and let us help you build your dream home.