Melbourne’s Leading Quaker Barn Sheds
Mornington Peninsula Sheds are the Quaker barn kit experts. Use the building as a bush retreat or a suburban ultimate shed and games room. Quaker barns are the versatile alternative to getting a large building on a small footprint. By utilizing the second floor mezzanine floor you effectively double the footprint. Upstairs can be a games room, studio, home office with downstairs being a traditional garage or even a shop front. The most economical spans are from 6m to 9m and bay sizes up to 4m. Other sizes and spans are available too but utilize larger and heavier sections.
We are often asked to quote the Quaker barn as a house. It’s not quite that simple, a shed is known as a class 10a building and a house is known as a class 1 building. A class 1 building has much more stringent building requirements to comply with the building code of Australia. Some of the main additional items include
- Bushfire construction requirements for the site
- Energy efficiency requirements
- Additional architectural drafting
- Structural construction requirements for footings/slab on ground (soil test required), wall and roof framing; Slabs for dwellings have different requirements to those used for sheds.
- Damp proofing under concrete floors
- Termite protection where required
- Minimum ceiling heights (2.4 m for habitable rooms and 2.1 m for laundry, bathroom, corridor and toilet)
- Minimum window sizes (including openable portions for ventilation)
- Required facilities for cooking, laundry, bathroom, toilet and damp proofing of floors and walls
- Certificates of compliance for electrical, plumbing and glazing
- Septic Tank system (where required)
- Complying steps, landings, balustrades (where required)
- Hard wired smoke alarms.
The cost difference between a shed slab and a house slab can be up to double or more as a shed slab is generally 100mm thick with localized foundations only. The house slab is much more rigid and will have edge and internal beams to a depth nominated in the soil report and much more extensive steel requirements. The shed frame is usually cross braced much more and steel gauges can be heavier to get it to class 1 standard increasing build time and material cost. Thermal efficiency of a steel shed is much lower than traditional building materials which can add cost to insulation requirements required to obtain the nominated minimum energy efficiency requirement. Generally it can be cheaper and faster to get a shed based class 1 building to lock up but internal costs can increase as non-traditional building methods need to be applied to fixing to the steel frames and fixing the plumbing and electrical to the framework is a bit different without stud walls.
Fair Dinkum sheds are shed safe accredited. This ensures the building is designed and engineered to suit the site, purpose and most importantly the building code of Australia. Having a building that complies with the national building code (BCA) is important and ensures that insurance companies cannot refer to payout exclusion clauses such as “of a faulty design” or “do not comply with the national building code (BCA)”. Using a ShedSafe accredited supplier helps ensure your building is a compliant design.