What is Buffalo Built’s Process for Building a Shed?

17 January

Need to Know:

  • The whole process takes around 11 weeks excluding permit approvals.
  • The planning and design stage involves a proposal, obtaining permits, and addressing any site related issues. 
  • Once permits are approved your shed kit can be ordered and produced, taking around 8 weeks. The slab and footings usually go in while this is happening. 
  • You will have received progress invoices throughout the process and your final invoice will come just before we deliver your kit to site.  Then it’s time to install your shed!
  • A final inspection ensures you’re happy with the end result.
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Ross Barker

Managing Director, Buffalo Built

In this Article:

How the Best Sheds Are Made!

Our shed projects tend to run smoothly because we’ve got a tried and true process in place. This ensures that both our production team and our clients are always on the same page, and that each element of the build happens at the right time.

Here’s what our process looks like, which typically takes around 11 weeks (plus the time for permit approvals). Sometimes the weather works against us and small delays are unavoidable, but regardless of what’s happening, our professional team will always keep you informed about the progress of your new garage, carport, farm shed or barn.

1. Proposal is accepted and deposit paid

Once you’re happy with your design, you can accept the proposal and get excited about kicking off your new Buffalo building project! Our team will send you a deposit invoice of 5% of the value of your kit, and as soon as we receive your payment we can start the permit process.

2. Permits – Building Permit and/or Planning Permit

It’s hard to provide a time frame for this part of the process as it’s in the hands of your local council. However, rest assured that our team has a wealth of experience applying for permits and we can work with you to streamline the process as much as possible.

3. Site visit

Our project manager, John Tieffel, will be in touch to arrange a detailed site visit. With 30 years in the business, John is adept at helping our clients overcome building constraints, site access limitations and shed positioning problems, and can talk you through how to manage any site issues.

4. Permits approved, second invoice is sent, kit ordered

Once your permits have been approved, you’ll receive a progress invoice from us for 25% of your Buffalo Built shed kit. After the payment arrives, your project moves to the production team and your kit is ordered. This stage can take around 8 weeks to complete.

5. Slab and footings

We aim to have your slab and footings laid while your kit is in production (although occasionally due to weather constraints this isn’t always possible).

Your concreter will contact you to arrange a suitable time to pour the footings and slab for your shed. Upon completion, you’ll receive the invoice for the concrete works directly from the tradesperson.

"A gable roof profile also helps with air movement, encouraging warm air to move to the highest point in the shed. Gable roof sheds are ideal for hot environments, helping to cool the indoor temperature when combined with good ventilation such as whirlybirds and windows," says Ross.
Ross Barker
Ross Barker

6. Final invoice and delivery of kit

Now the slab is cured and we’re ready to deliver the kit to your site, but just prior to delivery your third and final invoice from Buffalo Built will be sent out. Once this is paid, your kit is scheduled for delivery.

Once we’ve received your payment we’ll organise the kit delivery and notify you of the delivery date.

7. Installation time!

Once your kit arrives on site we’ll have the next available installer head to your place to erect your shed. Depending on the size of your shed, the building process can take anywhere from a few days to 3 weeks.

8. Final inspection

Now your shed is up and looking fantastic, our project management team will call you to arrange a final inspection and ensure you’re happy with the end result. Then, your installer will invoice you directly for the shed construction component when the project is signed off.

Picture of Ross Barker

Ross Barker

Managing Director, Buffalo Built

Build With Buffalo Built Sheds

As you can see, Buffalo Built goes beyond just selling shed kits. 

We’re there to help you through the whole process and take the headache away from erecting your shed, including applying for permits, technical drawings, determining local wind loads, and more.