Frequently Asked Questions
All your important questions about our cabins, lofts and sheds answered. If you would like more information about any of the below please phone the team on 0800 12 22 32.
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No, there is no requirement for building consent for cabins or sheds. Sanders cabins and sheds are relocatable buildings with less than 10 square metre net floor area, so council consents are not normally required. As long as the requirements of the Building Act 2004 are adhered to.
To be exempt from building consent, the cabin or shed must not be:
However, our two storey Loft model does require consent due to its height being over 3.5m in height.
Yes. We can offer easy funding with low weekly repayments over 5 years to approved purchasers. No deposit is required either to make it easier for you. Note that payments are tax deductable for commercial / business purchases.
Yes, we have a Rent-to-own option available with low monthly payments and no deposit required.
Framing and cladding is made from New Zealand grown pine treated for longevity, H3 above ground level and H5 at ground level. The roof is KiwiColour Pre-painted steel. Insulation is Pink-Batts to NZ building standards.
Yes, all of our models include a 17mm plywood floor on H3 treated pine bearers in either 45mm x 45mm or 70mm x 45mm. Carpet can easily be installed for a finished look and added warmth.
Yes, you can have windows and doors on any wall.
Yes, you can add any of our optional extras including: electrification, insulation and ply interior lining that can be painted like any interior for a finished look. Staining or painting the exterior can add a completely new look to make it your own and compliment the style of your home and other outdoor buildings. View examples in our gallery here.
Yes, the veranda and deck can be customised to any size.
Yes, we can add gutters and downpipes.
Gable vs flat roof is a personal preference and also depends on location to boundary.
Yes this can be changed.
Sanders Cabins, Lofts and Sheds require very little maintenance. They are watertight so the interior requires none. The exterior is a board and batten construction using treated timber so can be left natural for a rustic look, or stained or painted adding extra protection from the elements. We recommend staining or painting no less than 2 months after installation.
Yes, as an affordable upgrade option.
Power supply is an optional extra and includes 1 plug sockets, 2 LED internal lights, exterior sensor light with standard caravan connection that is attached to the household or available power supply. Solar power options available.
Sanders Cabins, Loft and Sheds come with a 10 year guarantee on workmanship. We also offer customer support by phone and email. The guarantee on Optional Extras included are from market-leading suppliers with their own guarantees.
An advantage of Sanders Cabanas, Lofts and Sheds is that they are delivered as a flat-pack and assembled on site by yourself, your builder or by Sanders installation team. The flat-pack can be taken through narrow access ways (for example down the side of a house to a backyard) which means no trucks, trailers, cranes, or heavy vehicles damaging your site.
There is usually no need for site preparation on flat sites. Sanders can prepare the site in other situations such as a sloping site where piles are required.
Yes, they are demountable and can be relocated easily in their built form, or deconstructed to flat-pack form for moving.
Please contact us with the product and delivery location for an accurate quote.
Yes, you can build it yourself if you are a competent builder or handyman with a reasonable level of skill. A full set of instructions are supplied with the kitset. Sanders offer installation themselves or through third party partners across most of New Zealand – otherwise we recommend using a builder.
Instructions are available here.
2. Straight Edge
4. Chainsaw (optional)
5. Nail gun (optional)
6. Impact driver
7. Tec Screw Bit
8. 10g Hex bit
10. Skill saw
12. Tape measure
15. 12mm Drill Bit
16. Chalk Line
17. String Line
18. LH Tin snips
19. RH Tin snips
20. Sliding Bevel
Auckland City Council states that you will not need a building consent to add an accessory building that is less than 10 square metres in floor area and is placed more than it’s height away from all boundaries and other dwellings.
Yes, there are normally no restrictions on multiple buildings provided they are not joined together and maximum site coverage is not exceeded. Sander Cabins and sheds have existing rearrangeable multi-unit configurations available that can provide functional spaces dedicated (to cooking, cleaning, eating, lounging, working, sleeping etc) and connected using decking and overhead sun and rain protection.
Sanders are specialists in building high quality READYBUILT Homes and outdoor living spaces including 10sqm Cabins, Sleep Outs, Garden Sheds, Storage Sheds and Custom Made Sheds to maximise your homes space and add value. Made in NZ since 1975.
Our New Zealand made transportable homes, timber cabins and sheds are built tough with a 5 or 10 year workmanship guarantee and can be delivered NZ wide as a flat pack kitset to DIY or installed. Ideal as an extra bedroom, home office, hobby studio or rental accommodation.