A shed for all seasons….
With increasing interest in creatively designed small spaces, Kerikeri-based company BetterShedz Ltd offers a good range of options.
The company was started in 2010 by Brett Lewisham and was based on the concept of offering high quality small spaces with a focus on distinctive design.
The company focuses on buildings that do not exceed 10sqm in floor area and the product range encompasses sheds for ride on mowers and workshops, sleep-outs, hobby rooms and home offices, small sheds and sheds for garden storage.
The company’s focus on high quality design can easily be seen in a perusal of its range with claddings including colorsteel and cedar weather boards.
Rooflines may be high gable, mono pitch or curved.
“Buildings can come with skylights, verandahs and steps giving a point of difference and ensuring they blend in well with the existing home on the site,” says Brett.
High quality materials are another focus for the company, says Brett who comes from a background in building and cabinetry.
Flashings are all custom made and include safety edges where required. The shed cladding is folded around the corners of the building.
This construction method eliminates leaks and adds considerable bracing strength. It also provides a professional looking finish with no sharp edges, he says.
Attention to detail means that a metal flashing is even fitted at the bottom of the cladding to limit insect access, and also to direct rainwater away from the floor area.
The raised timber floor is 21mm H3 treated ply on 150*50 H4 treated joists. Brett says that bespoke builds are also popular.
Features such as a wider door, ramps, work benches and extra windows can all be added to the design.
“Any of our featured shed designs can be redesigned to suit our customers’ needs.
“We have also had people see a design they like they bring it to us to design f or them,” he explains.
For example at the moment BetterShedz is constructing a shepherd’s hut – a small building with a curved roof on large cast iron wheels.
In the old days in England such huts were transported around by shepherds to live in as they tended flocks.
This one will not be transportable but the distinctive look was something the client loved and so the team at BetterShedz delivered.
Brett says colonial cottage looking sheds are also popular and the company currently has one under construction with beautiful macrocarpa cladding.
The reputation of BetterShedz is such that Brett says the company is always busy with orders.
The company’s high traffic location on State Highway 10, distinctive designs and satisfied clients are enough to keep the work flowing in.
All products are fully built at the BetterShedz factory in Kerikeri by Brett’s team of four full time staff.
Projects are delivered Northland wide and time frames are generally about three to four weeks for a shed and five weeks for a sleep-out.