What this article covers: Farm/Rural Shed – Equestrian – Industrial – Commercial – Educational – Aviation – Architect-designed – Domestic/Backyard.
Broad acre farming often requires huge sheds to store stock, feed, machinery & livestock. Wide spans give you the ability to have large openings that allow easy access for large farm machines like harvesters. They are robust and hardy against the elements; a lifelong investment that will serve you for decades.
Average cost for a big span farm shed: $68,261
Large equestrian structures are indoor riding arenas, often with stable complexes attached. We have a high level of expertise producing indoor arenas for dressage and other equestrian sports reaching up to sizes 77m x 46m. These structures are designed to fit the client’s need and can include all features you might desire.
Average cost to an indoor riding arena: $124,000.
Commercial & Office Buildings
Commercial builds need to be expertly engineered and flawlessly erected, particularly when building large offices & factories. We have experience building commercial structures up to 100m x 50m. Infrastructure is a valuable investment and will improve your business.
Average cost of a commercial building: $166,900
Large Backyard Sheds
Residential and domestic sheds usually include small storage sheds and garages. However, client often go bigger with an American-style barn. These sheds offer a larger space for storage big enough to house multiple vehicles and a workshop. The American-style barn is not only a stylish addition to your property, but offers large storage space for a range of purposes.
Average cost for an American barn: $43,005
Industrial Sized Sheds
This larger category of building refers to warehouses up to 80m x 80m. Value-engineering and intelligent design will ensure that your industrial investment will work efficiently and will increase your business’ productivity. It’s a great idea to talk to a consultant from the very beginning of your project to endure your budget is adhered to and your building suits the functions it needs to.
Average cost for a large warehouse is $80,000 to $400,000.
Educational Buildings & Ball Covers
Those in the educational industry looking at building a big construction, covered-over learning areas offer you bespoke sizes and designs for ball court covers ranging up to 48m x 43m. This is a lasting investment for schools and their students’ safety, as well as those in educational or sporting. Covers like this have padded columns, anti-bird netting and roof insulation.
Average cost for a large ball court cover: $114,00
Aviation Hangars & Buildings
Bigger aircraft hangars can range up to 64m x 30m. We provide a variety of options for those interested in building a large aircraft hangar, customised to your aircrafts and needs. We have the decades of experience in aeroplane and helicopter hangars that are required to get the precision and value a large aviation building requires.
Average cost for an aircraft hangar: $98,782
Taking a more architectural and customised approach to sheds, people often choose to engage an architect to design a unique, one-of-a-kind homes that make use of steel frames. Larger constructions that come under this category are referred to as liveable sheds, reaching up to sizes of 100m x 50m. These buildings are completely customised to fit your dreams and your vision.
Average cost for bigger habitable sheds: $56,488
Branding Your New Horse Business
Starting a horse business, as a hobby or full-time, can be as much fun as it is hard work.
Part of the appeal of starting a business is getting to build up a name and a brand. All of your efforts will be poured into your new brand, so you’ve got to make sure that it’s something you love and are proud of.
Branding is all about being recognisable and having a good reputation. So as you build your new brand, continually ask yourself these two questions:
– Will people remember my business?
– Will people feel positively about my business?
Recognition and positivity means returning customers and a thriving business.
Let’s look at the 5 steps it takes to build a great horse business brand.
1. Visual branding.
Often, when people think ‘branding’ they think of a company’s logo. It’s an important way to make your business recognisable.
A good brand does the following things:
– Means something to the customer.
A logo needs to ‘click’ with a customer – it needs to make sense. A customer should know what industry you’re in when they look at your logo.
– Means something to the business owner.
Sometimes a logo means something special to the business owner that isn’t obvious to consumers. The Apple logo, for example, represents the story of Isaac Newton discovering gravity. It has a connection for employees. Your own logo should have a special meaning to you that reminds you why you do what you do.
– Looks good.
This is an obvious one! You want people to feel positively when they see your logo. Make it look nice.
– Is easy to recognise.
Clients need to be able to distinguish between your logo and the logo of competitors. You can’t use a standard horse image. A good test is the ‘squint test’. If you can still recognise your logo when squinting, you’re doing it right!
Here are some really great examples of horse-related logos.
Websites are absolutely necessary. Even if you find a client face-to-face, they’ll use the internet as a reference for your business. Need to find a number? Check out your website. Need to know when you’re available? Check out your website.
A website needs to include these things (and they need to be clearly visible) :
When people look you up, they want to know how much you charge. Even if you can’t give an exact figure, you need to offer an estimate. When they call, you can clarify further.
– Your location.
It’s also worth registering your business with Google My Business.
– Your contact details.
3. Word of mouth.
Horse communities are usually very tight-knit. That means word-of-mouth is really important and will help you get loyal customers.
Generating good word of mouth comes down to going the extra mile. Make sure that everyone who engages with you (clients, suppliers, peers), feels great about having met you and interacted with you. Be generous and kind.
4. Build your reputation.
Your value as a business comes down to your reputation. A brand is a reminder of that reputation. If you have any awards or qualifications, if you’ve achieved any milestones, that can be a great start for building your brand. People want to know they’re getting quality.
This also means that everything you do affects your reputation. Make sure that you protect it well.
This is a really important part of branding that a lot of people overlook.
After an interaction with a client, it’s a good idea to leave them with something special and nice. If you’ve taken a student through a course, give them a framed certificate, for example. Anything you can leave behind that reminds people of your business will be worth the investment.
Imagine you’ve spent a year studying with a horse riding instructor and have decided to take a year off riding. When you get home, some hand-made muffins are left for you with a note thanking you for being such a great student. When you return to riding in a year, you’ll remember those muffins.
They’re some of the important basics to branding. Invest in your brand; it is the value of your entire business. Love it, and make it loved.
City of Melbourne Decides to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages
The iconic but controversial Melbourne Horse-drawn carriages will no longer be allowed in the Melbourne CBD.
License for the horse drawn carriages will no longer be issued, after Melbourne’s Lord Mayor spoke against the ‘cowboy’ operators, who disrespected road rules, endangering the horses, pedestrian & other motorists.
Photos of Melbourne’s horses and carriages can be seen below