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Can I live in a Shed? What You Need to Know

Choosing to live in a shed is something that you must consider thoroughly. There will be local council conditions you must adhere to before choosing to live in a shed. If you don’t, you could be making a costly mistake. Want to live in a steel garden shed? Here’s what you’ll need.

Dwelling Entitlement

Make sure to secure a dwelling entitlement from your local council, or check if your land already has one. Otherwise, you won’t be able to erect a building on your property.

Engineering of the shed

Garden sheds are Class 10 buildings which are classified as not suitable for habitation because of their engineering. What you will need is a Class 1 livable dwelling or shed home, in order to legally live in it. The foundation design must meet the criteria of the Building Code of Australia. Talk with the specialists at EasyShed to see their great range of quality sheds. 

Have a septic/waste disposal system

Your garden shed will need to have a proper septic/waste disposal system that has been approved by your local council. Or, your shed home should be connected to a sewer.

BASIX certificate

Your shed will need to meet the Building Sustainability Index (BASIX) standards. BASIX aims to make all residential dwellings energy and water efficient. A BASIX assessment examines thermal comfort, water use, and energy consumption, so you need to make sure that your shed has proper insulation and efficient hot water service among other things.

Concrete Slab

A Class 1 livable dwelling or shed home requires a significantly stronger concrete slab compared to a standard garden shed slab. It must be strong enough to prevent any settlement that will cause large cracks to the internal linings of the shed home.

The concrete slab must also have a vapour barrier. The bottom of the slab must be sealed with vapour retarders to prevent rising damp.

To achieve your dreams of living in a shed, you should contact your council or a local Private Certifier in the area that you plan to live in. You can also check your council’s website where they have details on policies regarding shed homes.

So in summary, can you live in a shed? Yes, you definitely can if you do it the right way, in the right location. Just make sure to cover all your bases before investing on a project of this magnitude.



Published: Aug 30, 2017 4:29pm by samnorth.

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