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A Weathervane, wind vane, or weathercock.

From as long ago as the 2nd century BCE weathervanes/wind vanes or weathercocks have been pointing the wind direction perched on the top of buildings, steeples and structures.

Initially people tied a piece of material to their roof to determine the wind direction. This is how the ‘vane’ joined the weather, as it is from an old English word meaning flag.

Weathervanes evolved to include Greek gods, saints, crosses and many other forms. The Rooster became particularly popular and even law at one stage after the story of St Peter and the last supper in biblical passages, (‘Peter would deny Jesus three times “before the rooster crowed’….). The Rooster was considered at the time to be a very suitable symbol of Christianity.

The world’s oldest surviving weathervane is a Rooster that was made in 820 CE. This can be viewed in the former monastery San Salvatore in Brescia-Italy.

Oldest weather vane

The Gallo di Ramperto. (the world’s oldest surviving weathervane).

No longer a law, but still very much a popular weathervane, the Rooster is still seen today.

There are also many other varieties of popular weathervanes that are available to place on top of your house, shed or tiny home.

Here are just some that we have available at Homelandz. Visit our website to view the whole range

Traditional Rooster.

   or a pony   

The horse weathervane is always very popular with equestrians for their tack shed roof.


Rural properties and even some residential dwellers love the cow or a deer .

Proving very popular is this cat weathervane.

Those with a slightly quirky taste love this flying witch and her broomstick.

Or a beautiful Tui or Fantail, very popular with all bird lovers. 


Visit our Weathervane page to purchase your wind direction adornment.

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Living off the Grid. How to use a shed for glamping, camping and everyday living.

Living off the Grid.  How to use a shed for glamping, camping and everyday living.

Here are some ideas for everyday living, using your shed camping style!

Sometimes we need a “go to” place to holiday or relax at a weekend and if we are fortunate to have a family farm, weekender, bach, or a getaway island, building a little cabin as a place to stay, camp (or glamp) then this shed may be the answer you are looking for.   At under 10m2 floor area a cabin can be the prefect size for glamping and use some camping accessories for power, solar, toilets to make yourself comfortable.   Coming as a flat kitset pack its transportable to any location.

Power: Using solar power is a great while camping. Portable solar power systems are inexpensive and a good size to bring along with you to your destination. Or installing solar power panels on your shed, for a more long-term style. The price for this can vary and a quote would be needed.

Generators can be an option for short term, as a source of backup power, are not designed to run continuously without end. Some models are made to provide power for up to eight hours, some twelve, and some can run for days on end. However, in no way should you keep your generator running for weeks, months, let alone years without rest.

Using devices than run off battery power is another option; smaller electronics can run for months on the same batteries. Plus using newer appliances are rated for less energy consumption.

Cooking: Buying a gas cooker can be the best option for frying, boiling, and even to make a cup of coffee. These can come in different sizes and can choose to have more than one element. You can buy gas bottles in small or medium sizing depending on how often you need it. It can be great if you don’t want to take up too much space. Plus, refilling and swapping gas bottles is a breeze at your local petrol station.

Heating: Gas heating is an option to keep your shed warm, but they can also be dangerous so take this option of heating with precaution, not leaving it on overnight, forgetting it’s on, and placing it too close to walls or other objects. Insulation, Carpet, Curtains, and double glazing the windows will help keep the warmth in also.

Bathroom & shower:  A solar shower is a portable way to heat water so that you can take a warm shower. Usually, a solar shower will consist of an insulated bag for holding and heating water, a hose for the water to drain from and a showerhead. You can also find shower tents.

A portable toilet flushes and carries waste away like a conventional toilet but the waste is not transported to a sewer, instead is carried to a holding tank underneath. ... Inside the holding tank are chemicals that break down & kills germs.

All of these items are easy to locate at any hardware/outdoor living store.

Contact us today to discuss your shed requirements.


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Things to know before buying a shed.

Things to know before buying a shed.


  1. First thing first, council consent: You will generally not need a building consent to add an accessory building to your property, Provided the building is less than 10 square meters in floor area. Is more than its height away from all boundaries and other dwellings. Does not contain cooking, sanitary facilities or water supply. If your shed doesn’t meet all these requirements you will need to ask your local council for consent.


  1. Size and purpose: What size shed is going to the best for you and what are you wanting to achieve from your new shed? Extra storage room, a place for gardening equipment, somewhere for you to work or craft from home. Is your property the right size for size of the shed? Where you place your shed, are the doors and windows accessible? Is the location going to block that morning or afternoon sun?



  1. Shed insulation and ground prep: Have you got a level foundation ready for your shed? There are many options to choose from when it comes to groundwork for your shed. Example: grass, concrete pad, gravel pad, skids, blocks or piles for more information on foundations click HERE and for information on insulation click HERE

The most important place to insulate your shed is under the floor, insulation products are easy to find and is inexpensive. If you’re going to be spending a lot of time in your shed being, comfortable all year round is a must!


  1. Building your shed: Do you have the right tools and safety equipment needed to assemble your shed? Having an extra person to help you isn’t a bad idea either! If you haven’t built a shed before just bear in mind that the first one does take longer as you read the instructions, familiarise yourself with the plans and materials. Hiring a building to build your shed for you can speed up the processes but this can come with extra costs. When you purchase a shed, full instructions are given along with a component box and a video tutorial on the build. There is also a list of kitset assembly builders you can contact by clicking HERE, give one of them a call and they will give you a quote. There are other places you can look for a builder, google, trade me, social media.




  1. Dispatch and delivery: Once you have checked off these four points it’s time to purchase. She Shed can deliver your shed to your location with the help of freight company if a large six-wheeler truck can access your property, just make sure you have two people available on delivery day to hand unload the two pallets that it will arrive on. The other option is to collect your shed from your local freight branch with a large tandem axle trailer.




  1. Shed Maintenance: Now that your shed has arrived, are you going to start building it right away? If not, keep it out of the sun and rain, as the wood is not treated yet! Once the shed is built, the timber will need to be protected with a good quality primer / paint and or a clear sealant for weather protection. To keep your shed in the best condition a repaint once a year or so will keep it looking fresh and new!


SheShed has excellent customer service with help available every step of the way.


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Benefits of a Wooden Shed for storage.

Benefits of a Wooden Shed for storage.

Wooden storage sheds are becoming increasingly popular because they’re the perfect solution for anyone who needs to clear out space within the home. Maybe you’re looking

for a garden shed with a place to keep all your tools, or a space for you to have your very own craft shed where you can work and enjoy your hobbies.


The most popular size She Sheds is 3x3m with a floor area of 9m2, which gives you plenty of options on how you would like your storage to work and make it most versatile for you.



Helen fitted out her craft shed with well presented shelving units andv clear storage boxes for buttons, tapes and laces for all sorts of her craft projects.

Shelving units, wardrobes, with large and small drawers are perfect for craft sheds, keeping all your arts and craft belongings organized and in easy reach, different sizes for all different objects. Now you can spend more time creating rather than searching. Who doesn’t enjoy a de cluttered workspace?

The artistic Sirpa has created some under bed storage for supplies - fantastic idea!

If your wanting to transform your She Shed into a garden shed, adding hooks along the side walls will give you space to hang all your equipment, giving you that extra floor space while you’re busy at the work bench. No more fumbling around trying to find what you need, safe and secure is the way!


Love Kates self-made racks for her shed hanging up Bee Keeping equipment and Garden Tools

In a garden or tool shed a memory board is a great way of keeping tools in order and in place!


A shed is a perfect space for a library, a quite place to read alone. Plenty of wall space for tall book shelves.

A She Shed for storage can have endless possibilities, you will be surprised with how space – efficient it can become. The design is totally up to you to decide!

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Increase your income with a Glamping Hut!

New Zealand’s great outdoors makes a perfect backdrop for one of the biggest tourist growth areas Glamping.


Glamorous camping; meaning candles, an outdoor fire, a hot tub and lovely food, combined with a rustic but luxurious place to stay has become the holiday dream of many visitors. It can bring in a tidy income for those who wish to share their beautiful outdoor spaces with others. If you own a farm or a rural property you may be looking for a lifestyle where you can host guests and show them a true natural side of NZ.   Imagine little huts dotted beside the river or overlooking a scenic outlook of beautiful green farmland.

Glamping by the river

A fire heated outdoor bath, BBQ, cute SheShed and matching composting toilet makes the perfect river retreat.

For a relatively small outgoing expenditure you can bring in a tidy wee profit. Most people want their outdoor escape to be private and if they have everything they need, along with a luxury feel, they will be happiest when left alone to explore, relax and enjoy what you have to offer.

Bush Glamping

Come home to a bottle of wine and a warm bath after a day of tramping with a luxury glamping cabin in the bush

Wine and luxury

If you have the space, you can add more than one cabin to accommodate larger groups and families. Glamping huts are perfect for an investment property or an escape of the grid.  Perfect for batches or huts by the beach

3 sheds

Glamping for all the family in a beautiful remote spot.

Imagine being in the trees! listening to the birds as the sun comes up.

This is possible with a kitset shed and the results can be amazing.

in the trees

The Gully Hut! Luxury at its finest.

Gully hutt

As Glamping suggests, its not just about the outdoor experience, it is the total package. Wonderful views, enjoyed in a beautiful space, relaxing with great food. Watching the sun go down and enjoying the night sky. A hot bath or shower, followed by a comfortable bed, a book and the sounds of nature.



Make your Glamping accommodation something to remember by being unique.


So, if you live in a beautiful part of the country, from the far north to the wild country of the south, why not share your own piece of heaven and make a little bit of cash adding some glamping huts to your land.

It is not hard to find that others have taken this idea by storm, Stuff have put together a blog on their pick for the top ten. Watch the video and become inspired, see what can be done with a little bit of imagination.

Its not that hard with a kitset wooden Sheshed.

Buy yours now!

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