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Running a business from home with your home office.

There’s plenty of upsides for working from home, including a flexible working environment, savings with no commuting costs and time wasted travelling.

From having worked in both a busy, lively, vibrant office and now from a cozy home office, I can detail the differences and the positive benefits working from home brings.

  1. Flexible working environment, I can work mornings, evenings or weekends as its fits into my busy weekly schedule.
  2. Cost Savings; No fuel, transport or commuting costs.
  3. Employees; people’s stress doesn’t eat you. You don’t hear about issues that don’t concern you, you’re not in sight for people to come and download on matters that you’re not involved in.
  4. Focus

If the home office is in a shed, being separate to your home allows you to shut the door on your work at any time. You then can have uninterrupted family or social time.

As we have detailed in our previous blog ‘The wooden shed brings small business home’. There are many options to what you can do in a home business.

https://www.homelandz.co.nz/blog/post/27/the-wooden-shed-brings-small-business-home.html

If you have got a talent; such as dressmaking, art or want to think seriously about selling products from your home, a cabin to do this may be the answer. 

View the photos below for ideas.

The Dog Spa

Dog Spa

A fully kitted out spa with power to run their business from home.  

Imagine the savings not having to lease out a building!

The Graphic Designer

Graphic designer

The Business Man (or Women) Are you a broker, Real Estate Agent,

Finance Adviser, Designer? --- this maybe your inspiration for your next home office.

Event Planner/Hire business 

Event/ Hire

A beautiful space to talk to customers.

The Beauty Salon

Beauty salon

Work from home with hours that suit you!

Craft Shop

Craft shop

Sell your crafts from home-no hidden costs.

Naturopathy

Naturopath

No stress, non invasive healing.

Dressmaker

Dressmaker

Make your talent work for you.

If you are thinking of working from home and need a kitset shed, talk to us today on 0800 626 500 – we have plenty of photos that may inspire you to create and set up your own work space!

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How easy is it to build a SheShed?

With step by step instructions, a great video link and awesome customer support when you have those "what do I do?" moments, putting together one of our kitset wooden sheds couldn't be easier.

Just ask one of our happy customers!

Penny's Shed 

'I'd just like to add that I was 68 years old when I put it together (69 now!) so that must be testament to how well your sheds are made - if a 68-year-old woman can put one together on her own, anyone can do it!' ~ Penny Rawlins

Detailed instructions come with the shed.

From the ground up, the tongue and groove timber fits together just like a jigsaw puzzle. Around you go until it's time to slide in the door and window. 
You will have a lot of fun watching how quick your little wooden building comes to life. 

Adding windows and doors

Pre-cut roof beams, sarking and fascia make the roofing job straight forward.

sarking & roof beams

Our asphalt tiles make the shed roof waterproof and add to the stylish classic look.

Roof tiles

Plus a video link.

Sheshed assembly

Watch our great video of the shed being built here.......

Then make it your own!.

Black & white shedWhite and yellow

Brown shedArt shed

Any Questions?

Our team are happy to help

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Kent & Stowe Tools crafted for life!

Kent & Stowe Logo

When you are working in the garden life becomes so much easier if you have the right tool for the job. With the Kent & Stowe tool range, you know you are using a quality tool that has been built with tradition in mind. These tools are crafted to last a lifetime if they are looked after correctly.

Designed in the UK these high-quality garden tools are made of stainless and carbon steel. Let’s look at the range available to Homelandz and the job they are designed for.

K&S Digging spade

 

The K&S Digging spade is the ideal tool for digging, turning soil and if you are having drainage problems and need to dig some ditches, this is the spade for the job. The beautiful ash timber handle makes this spade easy to use.

Length: 1110mm

Head Size: 290 x 177mm

Blade thickness: 2.5mm

K&S Digging Fork

A perfect mate to go with your spade is the K&S Digging fork. With its stainless-steel prongs and ash handle this larger fork is perfect for cultivation, turning the soil over, aerating beds and breaking up soil in the vegetable garden.

Length: 1110mm

Head Size: 300 x 170 mm

K&S Border spade

The smaller but no less useful K&S Border spade works well for marking out borders and beds, cultivation, soil turning and the never-ending winter job of improving drainage. The comfortable ash handle improves performance and being smaller and lighter a great spade for those not wanting anything too heavy.

Length:1040mm

Head Size: 225 x 140mm

Blade thickness: 2.5mm

K&S Border Fork

Next on the list is the matching K&S Border fork to go with the spade.

Again, ideal to use for borders and beds, soil turning, cultivation, aerating and breaking up soil. The lovely ash handle makes this fork great to hold.

Length: 1040mm

Head Size: 227 x 137mm

K&S Hand shears

The K&S Hand shears, with the traditional wooden handles and non-stick blades made from carbon steel, trim hedges and shrubbery effortlessly.

The K&S Midi Hand Fork is a very innovated tool that gives you much longer reach, awesome for those hard to get places like the back of borders and raised beds. The contoured ash handle for a comfortable grip when planting and weeding.

Length: 580mm

K&S Midi Hand Fork

K&S Daisy grubber

The K&S Hand Held Daisy Grubber is the ideal tool to remove weeds that have a large tap root. The handle, that has been contoured, provides a nice grip for leverage.

Length: 300mm      

K&S Potting scoop

With the K&S Potting Scoop you can scoop compost, seeds and soil from one container to another with ease.

Length: 330 mm  

For garden beds, planting bulbs & seedlings you need the K&S Hand trowel.

Length: 320mm

K&S Hand trowel

 

And to help with the job is the K&S Hand fork.

Length: 315mm

K&S Hand Fork

The K&S Transplant trowel has measurements engraved that help with depth when planting bulbs and seedlings. A very useful tool with minimal soil adhesion making planting simple.

Length: 325mm

K&S Transplant trowel

 

When it comes to planting bulbs, bedding plants or seed potatoes a K&S Bulb Planter with its neat wooden handle and serrated metal edge makes for fast planting. The measurement scale gives an accurate depth that is important in planting.

K&S Bulb planter

 

Winter is a great time for pruning and this job can be done with a pair of K&S Bypass Secateurs. With a cutting diameter of 18 mm you will be able to deadhead, prune and take cuttings for next seasons plants.

K&S Bypass secateurs

All Kent and Stowe tools come with a guarantee so if you look after them, they will look after you. It always pays to buy quality, not just for ease of use but to have something that lasts.

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Macrocarpa Raised kitset gardens

With spring just around the corner and the days getting longer and warmer, now is the time to start thinking about your garden. Save money, provide a healthy option for yourself and your family by growing your own food. There is nothing nicer than fresh home grown produce that you have nurtured yourself.

For those of us with limited space, or if you want to add some structure to an existing garden you can’t go past our locally made Macrocarpa garden beds. Macrocarpa has a natural durability and provides a chemical free option that is so important especially when you are growing edible foods.

Home gardening is great for those with children, you can provide a good base for self-sufficiency by involving them in the growing process. They will be very proud when the vegetables they have watched grow are served up in the family meal. You also might be pleasantly surprised at the change of attitude when it comes to eating those same vegetables!

Macrocarpa Raised Kitset Garden planted with vegetables

Macrocarpa Raised Kitset Garden planted with vegetables

Kitset gardens will look lovely planted with flowers, added to existing gardens or as a feature garden in an entrance way for a business or private home. Be creative with your kitset garden, the beauty is you can change the look with the seasons.

Daffodils bring a feeling of spring in an entrance kitset garden.

Daffodils bring a feeling of spring in an entrance kitset garden.

You can create a beautiful potager garden by joining several kitset gardens together. Vegetables can make a stunning statement when planted in groups, providing colour and structure. Plant vegetables, herbs and flowers to make your kitchen potager a delight to look at as well as providing edible fresh food to eat. A very simple but effective way to have a vegetable garden, great for those who find kneeling an issue, just sit on the edge for weeding or picking. Place bark or gravel between each garden to provide added texture with the bonus of walkways without mud.

Potager garden

Potager garden providing colour, taste and smell.

Get some great ideas from

Veggie patch with panache as written by By Laura McKoy

http://www.stuff.co.nz/waikato-times/news/cambridge-edition/7838058/Veggie-patch-with-panache

How to design a Potager garden by Ann Marie Hendry

https://www.growveg.com.au/guides/how-to-design-a-potager-garden/

You can have a beautiful space that you have designed yourself.

Have fun with plants and in return they will provide visual splendour, smell and food in abundance.

Homelandz Macrocarpa Kitset gardens

http://www.homelandz.co.nz/Product/108006/Macrocarpa-Raised-Kitset-Garden---Large 

http://www.homelandz.co.nz/Product/108005/Macrocarpa-Raised-Kitset-Garden

http://www.homelandz.co.nz/Product/108000/Veggie-Station-Lite-Kitset-Garden-1800-x-900

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Tiny Houses making life an adventure.

 

Tiny Sheshed, the ultimate small space.

For some it is financially driven, many wish to reduce their environmental footprint, while others wish to downsize their life making it easier to enjoy travel and adventure without being tied to never ending mortgage payments.

For this writer, it was a lifestyle choice that evolved over time. After downsizing to a smaller property and ditching the mortgage, the intent was to build a new house while living in a bus. Nearly a year along and the financial and personal freedom that has come from not having a massive mortgage, has far outweighed the need to build that flash home.

Writers 1950 Bedford Bus heading to new home and new life.

With New Zealand home ownership becoming less and less affordable for many kiwis, perhaps we need to look at things from a different perspective and ask the question-Do we really need that big house and crippling mortgage? The Tiny House Movement would answer -a definite No!!

Environmentally it has never been more important to reduce our earth footprint. Why not make a positive change and go small? This does not mean you must do without life’s luxuries, just refine it to maximise space and function.

Tiny luxury living.

So, what defines a Tiny House? Typically, it is not usually larger than 46m2. It can be a bus, truck, small building or a house on wheels. The historic Yurt has even made small living possible for many families.

The Yurt-originated in central Asia.

If you choose to build your Tiny Home on wheels you would need to follow Transport agency guidelines for towing. A great FAQ on trailer sizes and buying a trailer for Tiny Homes can be found on the below links.

http://www.livingbiginatinyhouse.com/tiny-house-trailer-faq/

http://www.diyhousebuilding.com/tiny-house-trailer.html

Cute Tiny House on a trailer

The beauty of having your tiny home on wheels is that it can come with you if you move. You would have to decide if the cost of building a trailer, meeting the requirements of the transport agency, would out way the costs of getting a removal company to simply pick up your tiny home and put it on a truck. 

‘Lucy’ the tiny New Zealand house on moving day.

https://youtu.be/gzEKFWBHe0A

The above YouTube link will show you Lucy on moving day.

Lucy's Basic Measurements sourced from http://www.diyhousebuilding.com/index.html

‘These tiny trailer house plans are based on the trailer we used for Lucy. The trailer measures 7.2m by 2.4m (23'7.5" by 7'10.5") giving a floor area of 17.3m2 (186 sqft) and is rated to carry 3.5 tonnes. The total height of the timber framing is 3743mm (12'3"). It was designed for the additional height of the trailer and roof cladding to be below 4.25m (13'11") the legal limit in New Zealand. As far as we are aware, this would make it legal in most other countries.’

Tiny home living may have taken the world by storm, but it is not new. Many cultures have been living with the view ‘less is more’ for centuries. Some of us feel it has never been more important to now return to those values. For those contemplating making the move, try it! – the choices you can make with your own small space are limitless.

Horse and carriage-Writers personal favourite.

Don’t limit your imagination to just one room. Some small space owners choose to have multiple small buildings defining their living area. These can be stand alone or interconnected, read our How do I join two sheds together? Blog for some great ideas on joining two or more sheds together.

http://www.homelandz.co.nz/blog/post/29/how-do-i-join-my-two-she-sheds-together.html

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