Building a new extension

We loved our house from the first time we went through, but it really didn't have enough living space. We have worked on improving the layout of the home and increasing the living area of the home to create a modern and more pleasant layout to the home. We are really proud of how the job has turned out and we wanted to share some of the details of how the extension and layout changes where designed and constructed. This blog has some of the photos of our extension as well as tips that we have learnt along the journey,.

Living on a Shed on Your Rural Block

Construction & Contractors Blog

It can be extremely expensive to build a full urban style homestead on a rural block. Many landowners instead opt for a rural shed as a living option either as a temporary option whilst they save enough for their final home or even as a low-cost longer-term option. Here are some things to consider as you plan a rural shed construction. 


Living in rural areas can often make you very aware of the highs and lows of temperature over the year. When you are heating and cooling your space it can be worth considering how you will preserve the heat. This usually includes insulation in the roof and wall spaces, as well as judicious planning of where roof dividers and walls will go to create individual spaces that you can heat and cool. This can help to make your living spaces more comfortable and save energy costs. 

Powerpoints and power capacity

Much of our modern life relies on powerpoints. While you might want to get back to nature and rely less on gadgets, it can be hard to fully forgo all modern conveniences, including washing machines, refrigerators, lighting and water pumps to bring water from tanks and bores. It can be worth considering how much power you will need and how that need will spread over the day so that you can put enough power capacity in the home to have a reasonable lifestyle. It can be very frustrating for homeowners if the entire power circuit becomes overloaded at night when they shower or run the tap for a glass of water. 

Equally, if you plan to rely on renewal power options such as solar or wind power, it is very important to consider how you will store the power for times that your renewable option is not available such as cloudy or still days. 


If you are living off the beaten track you need to think about how much capacity you need to have to deal with the sewage each day. Depending on your budget and local council restrictions composting toilets or sewage tanks can be a good idea for homes that are not connected to the mains sewer line. 

Most rural shed construction companies are used to designing spaces that can be used for living. If you plan to live in a shed on a rural block why not talk to a shed construction company to explore the options to make it as a comfortable as possible?


27 September 2016