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June 12, 2011 at 3:56 am #255126
We are looking to move to property sometime in the next 6 months or so we hope. Has anyone moved to land & set up a shed (or similar) to live in? We wouldn’t be able to afford to build for 5 or more years so would need to set up something that is completely liveable for 2 adults & 2 small children. I’d love to know more about what’s involved both practically & financially, if anyone has experience they could share with me?June 12, 2011 at 4:02 am #497818
Some councils won’t allow a live-in shed, so perhaps you could do some discrete enquiries before buying, if you haven’t already done so. 🙂June 12, 2011 at 4:42 am #497819
I currently live in a shed. Have decked it out to be a pretty nice house but we have to keep renewing our temporary occupancy permit with the local Council each year before we build next year. We figure it was better than renting close by in the meantime.June 12, 2011 at 6:44 am #497820
1st up i’d suggest you contact the local council see what their rules are, it should come under temporary accomodation, if you can it may draw an annual fee, up here they require you be able to cook, and wash and toilet. up here they did accept a thunder box that had to be emptied weekly and buried 1 meter deep so ferel animals didn’t dig it up.
there is a property for sale north of gympie, they claim their shed has now be approve to ‘A1’ classification that is the classification for an approved dwelling home.
of course it helps to have plans submitted.
lenJune 12, 2011 at 3:48 pm #497821
There are lots of people in our area that hve build WIde Span sheds into homes and they look lovely. Maybe thats the way to go.
One around Milang in SA area has been done up in straw bales after they lived in it for a while. I haven’t seen it but next time I am around that aarea I will try and find it and ask them if I can take some photos.June 12, 2011 at 10:37 pm #497822
Thanks so much for the suggestions! 🙂
Rowdy so can you tell me more about what was involved in living in a shed? Was it there when you moved into it or did you put it in & deck it out as a home? What kind of cost did it involve?
I didn’t even think about asking council – oops :laugh:June 12, 2011 at 11:02 pm #497823
The shed (6m x 12m) was here when we bought the block (I think the shed has been standing for some 50 years from what the locals tell us) and luckily it already had a shower and toilet in it. We concreted the floor, put some industrial carpet over it, put in a glass sliding door and some windows, then we put in timber stud walls along the inner tin lining of the shed, stuffed them with insulation, plaster boarded over the top and painted the plaster board to make it homely.
We bought a cheap flat pack kitchen from Mitre10 that we put in ourselves and bought a reverse cycle split system to cool us in summer and heat us in winter.
Luckily we didn’t have to worry about putting in septic as it was already here. As the bathroom already had timber stud walls around it, we put a roof over the top of it, which acts like a mezzanine and we store all our junk up there.
Given that it will become a shed again once we have built our new home, we didn’t worry about putting in any internal timber stud walls. We just use our furniture to create “rooms”.
Our local council has been around and seen it and has given us a temporary occupancy permit. Our Council can issue temporary permits for up to a year and and they will extend it at the end of that time if you give them a good reason. We have been living here for just over 2 years and probably have another year to go. I guess it probably cost us around $20-$25k all up, which is a lot for a shed, but when you divide that cost over the 3 years that we will have been here, it’s comparable to paying rent.
Hope that helps. Happy to provide further info if you have any other questions.
RhysJune 13, 2011 at 1:32 am #497824
Check out this shed……June 13, 2011 at 1:57 am #497825
One thing I’ve noticed about friends that live in sheds is that if you make it too ‘livable’ you can overcapitilise and not afford the next step! You may become stuck in the shed!June 14, 2011 at 3:18 pm #497826
We have a simalar house down here, to what was on real estate.
They have made the upstairs into a grandparents room and family room
Down stiars has 4 bedrooms and a good sized lounge down stairs. They are also off the grid and on tanks yet with in 4 ks of a town.June 21, 2011 at 10:34 pm #497827
Another idea to consider here,
For the money spent building the shed, concreting the floor then start decking it out to live in, go do the sums and make sure your sitting down when you get the answer…
Now transportable homes aren’t that expensive and I have heard of people just buying the outer shell of the house and doing each room as they could afford it. Also the septic system will set you back abit. I heave heard atleast here in SA the only approved septic systems MUST be powered and for off grid people unaware this could mean dead batteries and dinner by candle light so much research must done on the septic system.
If the block is off the grid then a power system will need to be designed and installed, if you guys are the handy type I can help out there too.
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