Building Trends for 2019

What the past 12 months tell us about the building trends for 2019 

We’re gearing up for another busy year of building here at Specialised Structures New Zealand. Before we get too far into it, we thought we’d take a look back at our year in construction to pick out some building trends for the year ahead. Our team of local building experts located across the country give us the unique opportunity to identify our five top building trends for New Zealand’s construction sector in 2019.

Top Five Building Trends for 2019

1. Manage-it-Yourself Construction

Kitset sheds and buildings are fast becoming a top manage-it-yourself construction choice for many New Zealanders. We believe the demand will continue to rise into 2019! Many DIY savvy home owners and forward thinking businesses are turning to companies like Specialised Structures New Zealand for a wide range of commercial and lifestyle kitset buildings. It’s not hard to understand why! Take a look at our top reasons for choosing kitsets as a construction choice this year.

2: Choosing to build with a Local 

You may be familiar with the #ShopLocal movement, but have you considered the advantages of building local? When it comes to building local, you can’t beat the benefits of local expertise, and the likelihood is you’ll be enjoying a better service overall. Plus, you’ll be keeping it in the community! All of this translates into a much better building experience for you. More importantly, you can also be confident in the quality and sustainable choices that are better for us all. Find out why we think Building Local is the way to go in 2019.

3.  Design and Innovation for Smarter Rural Buildings

The secret to a good farm shed comes down to great design! Flexibility, versatility and customisation are essential to a good rural building that will provide great value for years to come. As New Zealand’s farming sector continues to diversify and grow, we’re proud to be providing the best customised farm buildings and sheds which stand up to the demands of modern farming. Here at Specialised Structures we don’t just build sheds! We help you create practical solutions for working smarter. Learn how we’re building the future of New Zealand farming, one custom farm shed design at a time.

4. Better Tools and Technologies for a Smarter Building Process

No more guesswork! The latest advances in construction technology make the building process a breeze, from concept to completion. These improvements make for a far more efficient process. At Specialised Structures New Zealand we tailor our process of Discover, Design and Build to create sheds and buildings to suit your exact requirements.  Plus, with a smartphone in your pocket, you can request an estimate online from anywhere. No need to take time to call around or visit builders for an estimate, simply fill in our online form and we’ll be in touch to chat in more detail.

Here are some common FAQs we’ve been asked, with some basic answers on the process at Specialised Structures New Zealand. If you have more questions, please get in touch with your local Specialised Structures branch.

5. More Customised and Convenient Solutions for any Size or Budget

Whatever you want to build, we can build it! It’s never been easier to find the right solution for your specific business needs, budget and project requirements. This adds considerable value and appeal to your business, and that vital personal touch to your lifestyle building project. Specialised Structures buildings are pre-engineered and designed in New Zealand. We can provide customised solutions for every building project or budget. Anything is possible, just ask!

Thinking of building in 2019?

Now’s the time to get in touch! Contact us today to chat about the latest options for your new project.

Request an estimate online or call now on 0508 787 828 for a free consultation with your nearest Specialised Structures Building Expert.


Building the Future of New Zealand Farming

Choose from the best range of custom farm sheds and kitset buildings… made to stand up to your farming needs now, and for years to come.

Specialised Structures are proud to be among New Zealand’s industry leaders in custom farm shed and rural building designs. Our buildings offer exceptional flexibility and are designed to meet the most asked for features and requirements of New Zealand farmers today. As pioneers of cold-rolled steel construction solutions for rugged rural environments, you can be confident that our structures stand up to the demands of modern farming. 

Our rural buildings and kitset farm sheds are fully customisable and flexible to suit budgets of all sizes. This makes them suitable for a wide range of farming requirements.  Our network of qualified building experts have both the experience and local knowledge to design, discover and build the best structure for your faming requirements. As a result, you will benefit from a personalised and professional experience, providing exceptional service and value for money.

Specialised Structures farm sheds are designed, engineered and produced in New Zealand – offering the ultimate range in quality materials, features, and flexibility to meet every farming need.

Exceptional Flexibility for Every Farming Requirement

Ever wondered what your new shed would look like with living quarters, or a new workshop attached? All of this is possible thanks to the exceptional flexibility offered by modern building techniques. Specialised Structures buildings can be tailored to suit every intended use – now, and for the future.  Whether you are looking for better stock protection or need more room to store equipment, or have the need to keep vehicles, tools and implements sheltered, our custom or kitset shed designs have you covered. From woolshed to cow shed, wintering barn or implement shed, our buildings can be customised to suit. Perhaps you’re thinking about an aircraft hangar, a new storage shed, garage or carport for the ute… and the boat! From the smallest operation to the largest agricultural enterprise, we understand the needs of your business and have rural building options to make your dream a reality.

Customised to Suit Wide Range Of Rural Building Needs

Specialised Structures offer a large range of building types and sizes, and they can customise any building to any size and style. Choose from a wide range of materials, including timber and steel. Build a shed as small or as large as you like! A shed with a 30-metre clear span is no problem with our cold-rolled steel product. All types, sizes & claddings, mono-pitch and gable roof can be accommodated for. Choose your own measurements and bay size to suit your exact requirements! If you’d like to contact us to discuss what you’re looking to build with your local building expert, they’ll be happy to give you an idea of costs, options and what you can build for your budget.

Farm Sheds Constructed For Rugged New Zealand Conditions

Designed with New Zealand conditions in mind, these buildings are strong and robust to suit the unique needs of your environment. Each of our buildings is engineered specifically to the site requirements, taking into account terrain, snow loads, wind and earthquake demands – built to withstand your local conditions.

What’s more, all Specialised Structures branches are independently owned and operated. You’ll be met with a personalised approach to the requirements of your building project, matched with a wealth of local knowledge.

Ready to get started on your rural building project? Call O508 787 828 for a free consultation today.

Built with materials to withstand weather extremes and the day-to-day wear. They’re sourced from New Zealand too, so you can be sure that they’re made to last. Not only will they look great, they are a great investment guaranteed to add value to your property.

To top it off, we make building custom farm sheds process easy, by helping you to design and meet your specific business needs and environment. Our aim is to give you the most economical building to fit your requirements.

Could you Build A Kitset Farm Shed Instead?

If you’d like to save on costs, Specialised Structures also supply construction kits should you wish to manage your own building project. Kitset Sheds are an affordable solution to budget constraints. We can supply you, or your builder, a construction pack with everything you need. You have full control over your kitset building project. Or Specialised Structures can take care of the whole building process for you, from concept to completion. Our building experts can look after every stage of the process. From design and engineering to council consents and the actual construction of your building.


Build your Dream Custom or Kitset Building with The Experts

Interested in building a custom farm shed or kitset building? Request an estimate online today or call now on O508 787 828 for a free consultation with your nearest Specialised Structures Building Expert.


Shed Design

Shed Design Tips from the experts at Specialised Structures

Shed Design – Customised Building Specialists is who we are, and supplying NZ pre-engineered custom designed buildings is what we do.

  1. Shed Design – Use and Placement

To help decide what size building you need, ask yourself these questions:

  • What is your shed going to be used for?
  • What will your needs be in 20 years’ time?
  • Could it end up being your retirement hobby area?
  • Where is the shed going to be placed?
  • Is the area you have big enough for your new shed?
  • Are there any Council bylaws you will need to consider on the placement of your new shed on your property?
  • If your shed is for storing machinery, have you got enough room for access and easy manoeuvring of machinery especially in front of the shed.
  • Simple things like building your shed away from trees will also ensure your guttering is kept free of obstructions.
  • If you are debating whether to add an extra bay now, or if you should leave it until later; keep in mind it is far more economical to do the whole shed at once because you will save on building consent fees, delivery and install.
  1. Shed Design – Size

Depending on the proposed use of the shed, the factors you should consider when designing your shed:

  • Width – is your building going to be deep enough to fit the length of the items you need to put in it? Eg; your car, ute or boat, maybe a caravan, camper of even a truck
  • Roof Height – depending on what you are going to store in your shed, you will need to ensure you have enough roof height to accommodate everything comfortably
  • Number and size of Bays – Basically the number of bays in your building will depend of the amount of gear you need to put in it. The size and the height of the bays will depend of the size of that gear. Note: Specialised Structures can make bays of any size and height.
  • Clearspan – Do you need a clearspan building? If not it maybe more economical to have centre posts.
  • Access – Roller Doors, Personnel Doors, open front bays.
  • Door Placement – If your shed is for storing machinery, you may also want to consider traffic flow patterns inside the building to determine door placement.
  • Lighting – clear lighting, open bays, roller doors, windows.
  • Ventilation – If you are building an animal shelter, you will need to ensure livestock are kept comfortable and healthy with natural ventilation.
  1. Shed Design – Materials your shed is built out of.

Here at Specialised Structures our buildings can be designed from a wide range of materials.

Most small to medium sheds in NZ, the framing is either lightweight cold rolled steel or of timber pole construction.

The team at Specialised Structures were pioneers of the lightweight cold rolled steel building design and construction in NZ. Their knowledge and experience in this product is second to none.

Specialised Structures not only offer timber pole sheds, but they are the only company in NZ which offer pre-engineered Laminated Timber Portal Buildings.

For the Industrial and Commercial customer, as well as the above, Specialised Structures offers Structural Steel Construction along with Concrete Tiltpanels. Various fire rating systems can easily be incorporated into any of our buildings.

All Specialised Structures buildings can be clad with almost any cladding type a customer desires, to give their building the exact look they are after.

  1. Shed Design – Budget

Specialised Structures will design your building to fit your budget. Our aim is to give you the most economical building to fit your requirements.

A great way to save costs is to erect the building yourself … Specialised Structure’s kitsets are affordable and we can supply you, or your builder, a construction pack with everything you need.  You have full control over your kitset building project.   

Remember Specialised Structures has a large range of building types and sizes, and they can customise any building to any size and look you require.

To give you a good idea on cost and building design, chat to one of our Specialised Structure’s merchants today.  You can contact them here or give us a call on 0508 787 828.  

View our range of Shed Designs in this video


A Storage Shed for Lovett Family Farms

Need a Storage Shed?

Read about our latest project here at Lovett Family Farms…

Storage Shed

A Storage Shed can be used within the rural, industrial, and commercial industries for a diverse range of purposes.

Specialised Structure’s has recently built a storage shed for Lovett Family Farms in Wakanui, Mid Canterbury.

This storage shed is being used to store all their onions and you can view the stages of the build in our YouTube video.

Specifications for the building were:
720 m2 extension
24.000 m clear span
4 X 7.500 m bays
6.800 m knee height
8.400 m apex height
Structural steel portals
Cold rolled roof purlins and wall girts
Colorsteel roof lined with plywood

Other storage sheds the Specialised Structure’s merchants have built throughout the country include bulk storage sheds in our commercial buildings section, storage barns, farm shed storage, and garages with storage facilities.

We are experts at customising the design and build process so you get exactly what you need in the way of your new storage shed.

Our commitment is to provide you with a solution that expresses the right balance between budget and purpose.

Not only can you customise your building, but you can also customise which parts of the process you want us to control. So whether you use your own architect or builder we will work with you to ensure that your vision becomes a reality.

Specialised Structures is a construction company that offers New Zealand’s widest range of Portal Construction Systems, using structural steel, cold rolled steel, timber and concrete tilt panel.

We can also provide kitset construction options should you wish to manage the project yourself.

Build something meaningful and of value with Specialised Structures, your Customised Building Specialists.

To request an estimate please contact a Specialised Structure’s merchant near you today or phone 0508 787 828.

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The Versatile Storage Shed

A Specialised Structure’s storage shed is a shed with a purpose!


We build our sheds to accommodate a wide range of needs and end uses.  These include sheds for the farm and home, to larger scale commercial and industrial sheds.

The versatility of a storage shed is only limited by your imagination.  It could be a shed to house your vehicles, equipment, chemicals, wood, tools, or office supplies. The final use of your shed could be anything from a safe place to house your classic cars through to a fully operational commercial shed for your business.

At Specialised Structures we offer a complete design and build service with the latest computer-aided design technology to turn your ideas into reality.  Our aim is to provide our customers with customised building solutions at cost-effective prices.

We can build your storage shed from a wide range of claddings including timber or steel construction. We can also build your shed to any size and include roller doors, aluminium windows and doors.

If you would like one of our Specialised Structure’s teams to give you a free estimate on getting your storage shed up and running, contact a Specialised Structures merchant located near you today!