FAQs


Can you create my building with internal walls, or do you have a partner I can work with?

No one knows our buildings better than us, and we’d be happy to add internal walls to your new or existing Totalspan building where required. The ability to add walls will depend on the size and type of building you have built, but in most cases we will be able to work with you to accommodate your specific requirements. Just talk to your Totalspan builder for more details.

We’ll need a water supply going into our farm buildings – do you have recommended plumbers you work with?

Our local Totalspan builders can certainly recommend other tradesmen, including electricians and plumbers, to help with additional work on your farm buildings based on your requirements. We can also work with them where necessary to ensure any other work carried out on your new Totalspan building is as seamless as possible.

We’re looking at building a sleep-out or self-contained granny flat on our section for our teenager. Would any of your buildings be suitable?

Because our modular buildings are standardised but customisable, they are ideal for converting into a sleep-out or self-contained flat. And not only can we design the building to your requirements – we can also take care of all the necessary council consents and permits to ensure your out-building meets every local regulation. Just call your local Totalspan builder for more information about adding a sleep-out to your property.

Are your buildings relocatable if we decide to shift in the future?

Absolutely. Because our buildings are modular, prefabricated, and lightweight despite being super-tough, there are many options for relocating a building to a new building site or section. While smaller structures can be moved while intact, larger buildings such as farm sheds can be partially disassembled, shifted, and then reassembled on your new site. Just call your local Totalspan builder for more details or to have your existing building assessed for relocation.

How long will it take to build?

We pride ourselves on offering a fast and effective service, and our customers are often astounded with how fast their buildings are completed. While our modular structure and highly capable crew ensures we can build quality quickly, the length of time it will take to get your building from the concept stage to a completed product will depend on the size of your building, how much excavation work is needed, and how fast council consents can obtained. Whether you’re planning garages, American barns or garden sheds for your property, your local Totalspan Franchisee will be able to give you an accurate estimate on time, so be sure to call them for a full outline of the building process.

Our existing horse stables are starting to show some major wear and tear. Can you offer stabling options for your rural buildings?

No problem. Our sister company StableMate manufactures a unique range of premium and standard kitset stabling systems, that can be custom-made for any stabling requirement. They also fit perfectly within the Totalspan range of rural and farm buildings options, which means installation is a breeze, and can be arranged via your Totalspan Franchisee.

We’re starting up our own business and need to build commercial premises. We’ll be starting out small, but can I expand the building once the business starts to grow?

That’s a fantastic idea – and an increasing number of our commercial customers are choosing to do just that. Why pay for a large building you’re not going to make full use out of when you’re just starting out? Once your business is growing and you find you need the extra space, we can extend your existing Totalspan building quickly and hassle-free thanks to our modular and customisable design.

We’re on a pretty tight budget at the moment – can we build the basics at the moment and then add accessories and special features later on?

Again – the flexibility to add-on at your convenience is one of the best things about building with Totalspan. We offer a comprehensive range of options and accessories, including everything from skylights and venting systems to shelving and mezzanine floors. Because we know our buildings inside out, we can add accessories quickly and easily when you need them – giving you even more flexibility in planning your budget.

We built a portal building with you last year to house some of our farming machinery. We’re really happy with it, but we now realise we probably should have built a bit bigger – can we expand it now?

Of course! One of the great things about Totalspan buildings is that they offer complete flexibility. The modular structure ensures you can easily and affordably add to them when you want to expand – meaning your building is future-proofed to continue to meet your needs in years to come. You can choose to add carports or a whole new building extension – the choice is entirely up to you.

I’m not sure which building solution is right for me. Where do I start?

The best place to start is by giving your local Totalspan team a call and having a no-obligation consultation with one of our experts about what you need. Whether you’re interested in a rural or residential building, garden sheds, or a commercial or farm structure, we can recommend the right product based on your current and future needs.

A building that is built to last is a big priority for me – how long are your buildings guaranteed for?

As a member of the Spanbild Holdings Ltd Group, offering buildings that will last for your family, your business, or your livelihood, is important to us as well. We offer a 25 year written structural and 5-year workmanship guarantee, so you can rest assured your Totalspan building will stand the test of time.

I have some pretty specific ideas in mind – can your buildings be customised?

Yes we can. Because we control every aspect of the building process, including design and manufacturing, we can custom-design our high quality steel buildings, sheds and garages, barnhouses and a whole lot more to your specifications. Whatever your requirements, we're expert in creating the right solution for your project, and our design team can help you through every stage of the process.

How strong are your structures? We need peace of mind after the Christchurch earthquakes that our building will be safe.

Totalspan specialises in steel buildings – designed for durability, and long-lasting strength. Over the years we have developed a standardised building system, which includes the strongest possible connections, hold-down brackets, a clever aspects such as a 15-degree pitched roof – all combined with the ultimate in strength in mind. For more information about the strength of our steel frame buildings, read about our steel sheds and buildings features.

I prefer to support New Zealand made products when I can. Where do you source your materials?

So do we! Supporting other Kiwi businesses and the local building industry is important to us, which is why the majority of our building materials are sourced locally in New Zealand. We also prefabricate all of our structures right here in New Zealand, at our Christchurch based factory.  So whether you’re after New Zealand manufactured lifestyle buildings, farm sheds, or anything in between, you can rest assured we use the best quality NZ materials. You can’t get more Kiwi than that.

I’m utterly confused by the council consent information I’ve managed to find online. Can you help me with the consent process?

Absolutely! We work closely with local councils, and can take care of the entire consent process for you. Our franchise owners also have expert, in depth knowledge of all the building consent-related ins and outs specific to your region, whether you’re planning garages, carports, or full scale residential buildings. Be sure to give them a call if you have any questions.

We don’t have a Totalspan franchise in our immediate area. Could the closest franchise still work with us, or could we have the kitset delivered?

We currently have 29 independently owned local franchises throughout New Zealand, so it’s likely there will be a franchise close enough to work with you on your next building project. Check out our locations map and give your nearest franchise a call to discuss your options.

I’m considering building a shed on our lifestyle block for extra storage. How do I work out what size I’ll need?

Knowing where to start can be the trickiest part! That’s why our franchise owners have loads of experience in working out what size building will best meet your needs. If you’re feeling stuck, get in contact with your local Totalspan builder – they’ll be happy to pop out for a site visit and to discuss your requirements, and are experts in giving you an idea of the right sized steel frame shed for your needs, and to fit your section.

What sort of cladding does Totalspan build with?

At Totalspan we are proud to supply only genuine New Zealand COLORSTEEL®. Every Totalspan building is engineered to meet the strength and stiffness requirements of AS/NZS 4600 and our unique seven-rib 0.35mm steel cladding has been independently tested to prove its toughness and durability. To meet the individual needs of our customers we supply steel cladding in various thicknesses up to 0.55mm and also in a range of profi le styles such as corrugate, six-rib and seven-rib.

Your local Totalspan Franchisee can help you work through the options best suited to your project.