Awnings can come in various colours and designs.

Design considerations for awnings

While the benefits of awnings may be the same for home and business owners, the awnings themselves are unique to each building.

If you're considering outdoor awnings for your home or business, there are a number of unique factors to take into account.


The main purpose of your awning will inform its overall design. After all, some outdoor awnings may be for shading and weather protection, but others could simply be an aesthetic choice.

The great thing is that regardless of why you invested in outdoor awnings, they can protect you and others from sunlight and provide energy savings, reducing heat gain inside buildings while offering respite from the harsh Australian sun.


Perhaps the most important design consideration for outdoor awnings concerns size.

How big your awning is will impact the coverage it can provide, as well as how it fits on your building. An awning that is not designed with size in mind will fail to offer sufficient shade or heat protection, and an awning that is either too big or small could also ruin the aesthetic value it can bring to buildings.


Outdoor awnings may serve a practical purpose, but how they look is another important factor. After all, there's no rule that says keeping your building protected from sun means it must look shabby or boring.

Awnings can come in various colours and designs. In this way, not only can they make outdoor areas more comfortable, they can also add to the overall visual appearance of your home or business.

No matter what your outdoor awnings needs are, we here at Shed Boss can help. We encourage you to come see our displays and talk to the professionals at your nearest Shed Boss outlet. You can also apply online for a free awning quote here.

Whether your custom designed shed is surrounded by structures that will shield it from wind is an important factor to consider.

Accounting for wind during shed construction

All commercial sheds should be constructed with safety in mind. This is why ShedSafe accredited builders provide their clients with specific information on their quotes relating to safety concerns such as wind speed.

For example, the region in which your custom designed sheds are built will affect the type of weather conditions it must be designed to withstand. This makes classifying wind region an essential part of the building process.

Next, ShedSafe accredited builders should determine the importance level of wind speed. This is based on what your shed will be used for and ensures commercial sheds comply with the Building Code of Australia.

Meanwhile, terrain category refers to what surrounds the proposed building site of the shed and topography accounts for whether the shed is placed on a hill, slope or flat surface.

Whether your custom designed shed is surrounded by structures that will shield it from wind is also an important factor to consider.

ShedSafe accredited builders will also let you know what your site wind speed is, which will be measured in metres per second. This is a vital factor to be aware of, as lower site wind speeds typically require less steel and therefore lower costs.

Shed Boss is proud to be ShedSafe accredited. Achieving this benchmark cannot be bought – it must be earned. The fact that we underwent rigorous independent auditing for the certification process shows our commitment to building strong and building right.

Building with specific site requirements in mind is a vital part of constructing quality commercial sheds, and it's something the designers and builders at Shed Boss are focused on through every step of the construction process.

If you're planning on building custom designed sheds, you owe it to yourself to work with builders who make safety a priority.

Top 3 questions your builder should be able to answer

Whether you're constructing custom designed workshops or industrial sheds for storage, chances are you'll have plenty of questions to ask the builders you're working with.

We here at Shed Boss are dedicated to working with our clients every step of the way, but not every builder is as forthcoming about keeping their customers informed.

With that in mind, there are at least three questions every builder should be able to answer for you when working on a project.

Are you qualified?

Being a qualified builder doesn't just mean having knowledge and experience, it means being licenced to work.

Not only is Shed Boss committed to only hiring builders who are properly licenced and insured, we're also passionate about sourcing workers from local communities to ensure money stays in the local economy and jobs are provided for those that live there.

Have you worked on similar projects?

No two building projects are the same, but if you're working with a builder who has no experience constructing commercial sheds, that should be a red flag.

Shed Boss has been building strong and building right for more than 15 years, and our focus on custom designed sheds makes us leaders in the industry.

How are you building for my site?

The actual building is only one part of the construction equation. The site it's being built on just as vital to consider.

At Shed Boss, we know how important it is to design for specific sites, building to suit the needs of our clients and their land.

Sites also affect the types of permits that may be required, a process Shed Boss is more than happy to assist with.

While there are plenty of other questions qualified builders should be able to answer, these three should be at the top of your list next time you plan on building commercial sheds.

Commercial sheds built in flood hazard areas need to be constructed with thought given to issues such as debris, waves and erosion.

Building in flood hazard areas

The possibility of flooding is something many Australians must consider when it comes to building custom designed sheds.

This is especially true for construction projects in New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia.

With this in mind, the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) has outlined a number of factors that should be taken into account when constructing commercial sheds.

Designing for safety

Commercial sheds built in flood hazard areas need to be constructed with thought given to issues such as debris, waves and erosion.

If debris is carried along by flood waters and strikes buildings, it can lead to serious damage to structures and cause injuries or even death.

Meanwhile, waves can pose a similar risk to custom designed sheds.

Flooding can also cause erosion of soil and damage shed foundations, something that needs to be calculated and prepared for.

Another issue to consider is floor height requirements. The ABCB states that unless otherwise specified by an appropriate authority, finished floor levels of habitable rooms must be above the flood hazard level.

On the other hand, enclosed non-habitable rooms must be no more than 1 metre below the defined flood level. However, any enclosures below the flood hazard level must contain openings to allow for entry and exit of floodwater.

There are various other guidelines, best practices and regulations in place for construction in regions vulnerable to flooding. However, these rules can change based on location, making it essential to ensure your building is in line with local law.

Fortunately, the building experts at Shed Boss are on hand to assist you every step of the way. This means we will not only design your custom designed shed to suit your site and your needs, we will also help you obtain the proper permits to ensure your shed is in accordance with local building codes.

Wood structures can rot due to exposure to extreme moisture, making it a good idea to consider foregoing repairs to damaged wood and replacing your commercial sheds with steel structures.

Repair or replace custom designed sheds?

Whether through the ravages of time or natural disaster, there may come a time when you'll have to decide if your commercial sheds should be repaired or replaced.

Each option has its pros and cons, but the best decision for you will ultimately come down to specific needs and circumstances.

How much will it cost?

It may seem like making repairs to your commercial shed will be more affordable, there are times when it could actually be cheaper to demolish and rebuild.

The costs you need to weigh aren't just in monetary terms, either. If you rely on a commercial sheds for custom designed workshops or office space, chances are you can't afford to have your property out of commission for long. 

Depending on the types of repairs you wish to make, it could actually take less time to build from scratch. Even if this turns out to be a more expensive option, it could ultimately save you time and therefore money in the long run.

Can it be saved?

Of course, before you can decide whether to repair or build new, you must figure out if your sheds can be saved at all.

Even commercial sheds that are still standing after a vicious storm may no longer be habitable or usable.

You should have the foundation, roof and interior framing inspected by professionals to ensure repairs can be safely made.

Also keep in mind that wood structures can rot due to exposure to extreme moisture, making it a good idea to consider foregoing repairs to damaged wood and replacing your commercial sheds with steel structures.

Issues like mould should also be carefully considered. Commercial sheds that feature mould can pose serious health risks. If mould cannot be safely removed, demolishing your sheds and building from scratch may be the best solution.

Studying your slope

Shed Boss is dedicated to building strong and building right, but premium commercial sheds depend on more than just quality materials and craftsmanship.

The land you plan to build on is just as important as the construction itself. Among issues like soil type and surface water, one of the key elements that can make or break potential construction is slope.

The angle at which land sits plays a major role in how commercial sheds are designed and built. While minimal slope can sometimes help with construction in the case of drainage, steep slopes can make building next to impossible, or, at the very least, more expensive.

Obviously, flat surfaces or those with gentle slopes are far easier to plan and build for. Steep slopes, on the other hand, come with a number of potential problems.

First, in order to create workable grades and prevent erosion, it may be necessary to to conduct cut and fill operations, which could include trucking in additional fill. You may also be forced to pay for retaining walls or special foundation in order to minimise erosion and ensure your custom designed shed meets building requirements.

Of course, what you plan on using your shed for could also be impacted by slope. For instance, if your shed is to act as a barn for cattle, a steep slope could make it far more difficult for animals to enter and exit the building, leading to slower cattle flow and potential injury.

Fortunately, Shed Boss is committed to not only building quality, great-looking sheds, but also making sure they're built for specific site requirements. We can help you determine the best place on which to build, and provide you with an estimate of site development costs.

Installing high-quality locks on doors is one good way to keep valuable items that may be stored in your shed safe.

Keeping your shed safe and secure

Whether your commercial sheds are being used as custom designed workshops, automotive garages, office spaces or anything in between, chances are security will be one of your chief concerns.

We here at Shed Boss understand how important it is to keep your construction safe, which is why we use premium quality materials like heavy steel galvanised anchor brackets that are specifically designed to withstand fierce weather.

However, not all threats are from Mother Nature. With this in mind, it can be a good idea to consider different ways to keep your shed and its contents safe and secure.


Only you and those you trust should have access to your shed, but this can be easier said than done. Therefore, when designing your shed, you'll want to pay special attention to any and all entrance points, as well as where windows are located and whether they could be used to gain access to your property.


Installing high-quality locks on doors is one good way to keep valuable items that may be stored in your shed safe. In addition to regular door locks, you may want to consider installing padbars, as well as securing door hinges with coach bolts or non-returnable screws.


Illuminating the area surrounding your shed can be a good way to keep unwanted visitors away. This can be as simple as installing lights that can be turned on at night or opting for motion-detector lights that will illuminate once movement is detected.


The last thing a burglar wants to hear is a loud alarm blaring, so installing some sort of alarm system could be another good way to minimise theft or vandalism concerns. Some alarms can even be programmed to contact authorities once they are triggered.

One key factor to keep in mind is how your custom designed shed will contribute to the welfare of your livestock.

Building for livestock

The experts at Shed Boss know that creating custom designed sheds means accounting for a number of variables, and nowhere is this more true than when it comes to barns used to house livestock.

Determining use

Before a single shovel meets dirt or a nail is hammered, you must determine how your barn will be used.

This means accounting for what type of livestock you will be housing, the size of the herd, number of pens required, how long and wide feed barriers need to be and where access points should be located.

The ways in which your space will be used determine how it will be designed, after all.

Ensuring welfare

Another key factor to keep in mind is how your custom designed shed will contribute to the welfare of your livestock.

Different types of animals feature specific welfare standards which impact how a building must be constructed. Whether you're working with sheep, cattle or horses, the Australian Animal Welfare Strategy (AAWS) and Animal Health Australia (AHA) are on hand to ensure your barn meets national welfare standards and industry guidelines.

Considering site

Location is an essential part of shed building regardless of what it's being used for, but it can be even more vital in the case of housing livestock.

You must consider how your building site will be impacted by local weather, winds, exposure and surrounding buildings.

Additionally, you must account for biosecurity and disease risks when constructing multiple barns near each other housing different types of livestock.

The building experts at Shed Boss are on hand to assist you with everything from designing a barn to suit your specific needs to ensuring your custom designed building fits your site.

Regardless of how your custom designed shed will be used, we're dedicated to building strong and building right.

Sheds need to be properly winterised to deal with harsh weather.

Winterising your custom designed shed

Whether you're using commercial sheds to store vehicles and equipment or your utilising them for custom designed workshops, it's important to understand how changes in the weather may call for precautionary steps.

If your shed is not properly winterised, it could lead to damage of whatever you're storing within it. And if your custom designed shed is being used as an office space of some kind, chances are the people working within it will be mighty grateful for a little warmth during the colder and wetter months of the year.

Examine your shed

At Shed Boss we believe in building strong and building right, but it's still important to inspect your space to ensure there are no areas that might be vulnerable to winter's more extreme weather.

This is especially important when it comes to areas like doors, windows and roofs.

Sealing the inside of your shed off from the outdoors with weatherstripping is one good strategy to keep your shed interior protected from the elements.

Focus on insulation

Installing insulation in your shed is a great way to keep warm air from escaping during winter.

In addition to insulating walls, it might be a good idea to insulate large, garage-style doors as well. There are plenty of insulation types to choose from, offering you a wealth of options for keeping your shed warm.

Take care of heaters

Heaters can be invaluable during winter, but they can also pose certain risks. 

For instance, turning heaters off completely can cause pipes to freeze and break, so it might be preferable to leave heaters on at a low level if your custom designed shed is built in an area where temperatures drop considerably during winter.

Also make sure your heaters are regularly serviced and repaired to ensure they work efficiently and effectively. Not only will this keep your shed comfortable, it could help lower your power bill.

Surface water can cause soil erosion and lead to flooding, while subsurface water can wreak havoc on septic systems.

Evaluating the land you plan to build on

Where you build can be just as important as what you build when it comes to commercial sheds.

A piece of land may look like the perfect location for a custom designed shed, but there are plenty of potential pitfalls hidden from the naked eye.

Potential problems

Perhaps the easiest problem to spot is sloping. A sloping site can cause a number of problems for construction, and can make building next to impossible if it interferes with foundation too much.

Soil type is another important issue, but less readily apparent. Some types of soil are just not meant to be built on, featuring low load bearing ability. This can make the construction process that much more expensive.

Water is also a potential problem to be on the lookout for. Surface water can cause soil erosion and lead to flooding, while subsurface water can wreak havoc on septic systems.

However, land issues go well beyond nature's hurdles.

Building restrictions

Even if you plan on constructing a custom designed shed on your own property, it's essential to obtain the proper permits.

For instance, perhaps the land you've chosen features special building conditions or covenants. If it has a strata title, there will no doubt be certain restrictions placed on it.

If you don't first receive approval from the local government, you could face steep penalties and see your project torn down.

Fortunately, Shed Boss can assist you in not only making sure the land you wish to build on meets site requirements, we can also help you obtain all the proper permits.

We take pride in ensuring our clients' building projects suit their site and are completed in accordance with local regulations.

It's part of our commitment to building strong and building right.