Upgrading your workshop area? Planning a new machinery workshop shed build? Wondering about the cost to build a machinery workshop shed?
What options are available? And how much can you expect to pay?
There are a number of popular workshop shed designs and configurations available. These include fully enclosed sheds and open-front storage sheds with enclosed workshop bays.
The cost to build a machinery workshop shed can depend on which configuration you choose. There are also other factors such as shed size that will impact the overall project price.
If you are curious about workshop shed prices in 2023, then this is the article for you – it’s a handy price guide on the cost to build a machinery workshop shed.
We’ve included popular sizes, ways to save money on your project and more!
How Much Does It Cost To Build A Machinery Workshop Shed?
In 2023, the average cost of a new machinery workshop shed build was approx. $170,000 including GST, footings and erection.
This does include a wide range of sizes, configurations, and design features though.
For a better idea of how the cost to build a machinery workshop shed can vary between projects, keep scrolling to view the list of popular workshop shed sizes and prices.
Machinery Workshop Shed Sizes & Price List
Here are some of the workshop shed sizes and configurations that have been popular recently.
We have provided an approximate price range for each, to help you budget for your project.
- An open front 32m x 18m x 6m machinery workshop shed with a 6-metre canopy and one bay enclosed with sliding doors and a personal access door will cost approx. $135,000 – $165,000 including GST footings and erection.
- A fully enclosed 34m x 24m x 6.75m machinery workshop shed with sliding doors in the gable end and a personal access door will cost approx. $160,000 – $200,000 including GST, footings and erection.
- An open front 45m x 24m x 6m machinery workshop shed with one bay enclosed with sliding doors and a personal access door will cost approx. $175,000 – $220,000 including GST, footings and erection.
- An open front 40m x 27m x 7m machinery workshop shed with one bay enclosed with sliding doors and a personal access door will cost approx. $200,000 – $245,000 including GST, footings and erection.
- A fully enclosed 59.5m x 27m x 7.5m machinery shed with sliding doors on one long side and a personal access door will cost approx. $295,000 – $330,000 including GST, footings and erection.
Please keep in mind that these are approximate price ranges only and cannot be used as a formal quote. For an accurate price and an obligation-free quote, call us or submit a REQUEST A QUOTE form.
We hope you can use this information as a price guide for your project. To help you understand machinery workshop shed pricing, we discuss the different factors that will influence how much your project will cost below.
Factors That Influence The Cost To Build A Machinery Workshop Shed
The are several factors that will influence how much you pay for your workshop shed.
For example, the building classification of a workshop shed can differ from a machinery storage shed. This may mean that the shed requires a fire design or you may be required to include bathroom amenities, which will be an additional expense.
Some of the other factors include the shed size and configuration, design inclusions, materials and how complex the build is. We discuss each of these in detail below.
The shed size you choose will directly impact the cost of the project, simply because the bigger the shed the more materials and labour that are required.
The other point to keep in mind when it comes to shed size, which we have already mentioned, is that a large machinery workshop can be classified differently to a machinery storage shed under the Building Code of Australia. If this is the case there may be additional expenses such as extra access points, amenities and fire design requirements such as water tanks.
The configuration you choose for your workshop shed will also influence the price. For example, a longer shed configuration is usually more cost-effective than a wider shed configuration.
Or if you require a wide opening for your machinery some options are more expensive than others. For example, a girder truss opening or extra wide bay openings will likely be less cost-effective than accessing the shed from the gable end.
The design features you include in your workshop shed will also add to the overall price. These could include sliding doors, gantry cranes, cantilevered canopies and concrete slabs.
Having said that, many of these features are essential for a functional machinery workshop shed and a cantilevered canopy can be a cost-effective way to increase coverage or create an undercover storage area without increasing the shed size.
There are several material costs to be aware of when building a machinery workshop shed.
First, is the cost of structural steel.
Our sheds are manufactured from Australian-made steel including heavy-duty UB columns and open web trusses. And while steel prices are lower post-Covid, Australian-made steel typically costs more than imported steel.
You can learn about 2023 steel prices, here.
Keep in mind though, that Australian-made steel is the highest quality steel available due to the high standards and quality control in place in Australian manufacturing.
Similarly, the cladding on our shed builds is also Australian-made.
The three cladding options we offer are zinc cladding, galvanised cladding and Colorbond cladding. Zinc cladding is the most cost-effective and is used for most of the farm sheds we build.
The other material cost to keep in mind is the cost of corrosion protection coatings.
While hot dip galvanising is by far the most effective steel coating, it is also the most expensive, having a much higher initial cost compared to alternatives like paint or pre-galvanizing.
Having said that, hot dip galvanising has the lowest long-term cost. And we don’t recommend compromising on corrosion protection!
5. Project Complexity
The complexity of the project and the site can contribute to the project costs. For example, a site may be difficult for our installers to access.
We encourage customers to select sites with good access and to prepare the site well.
However, if you do have limited choices for your project site or if there is existing infrastructure to work with, our building consultants are available to visit site. This helps ensure that the shed will fit in seamlessly.
How To Save Money On Your Workshop Shed
There are several ways that you could save money on your workshop shed build – without sacrificing quality or functionality
These include choosing a standard-size shed, choosing a cost-effective configuration and working with the builder that is the best fit for your project.
While not a cost-saving, if you are limited by cash flow, you could also consider building your shed in stages.
1. Choose A Standard Size
One way to reduce the cost to build a machinery workshop shed – which we recommend for all farm shed builds – is choosing a standard size span.
Some span sizes are more cost-effective than others. This is because we work with a range of standard-size spans that are both practical and cost-effective.
Choosing a standard size span for your shed can provide a cost saving as a truss jig does not have to be set up specifically for your project. This saves both time and money in the drafting and manufacturing stages.
So, where possible we would recommend choosing a standard span for your project. But we do understand that these sizes won’t work in every situation.
2. Choose A Cost-Effective Configuration
As we have already mentioned, some configurations are more cost-effective than others so keep this in mind.
It is important to choose a configuration that suits your requirements best though, rather than the options that will be cheapest. A dysfunctional design will be frustrating and could potentially cost you more money in the long run.
3. Choose The Right Farm Shed Company
Choosing the shed builder or manufacturer that is the right fit for your project can go a long way towards reducing project costs – and alleviating stress!
We would recommend building your cover with a company that can look after the complete project.
Here at Action Steel, we don’t just manufacture the steelwork. We also apply for the required council permits, coordinate the erection stage and project manage your shed from initial sign-up to completion.
With Action Steel managing all these steps, it means your project becomes a much less stressful and time-consuming experience for you. And time is money!
So, that’s an overview of farm machinery workshop shed prices!
Here are some other articles on the cost of canopies, concrete slabs and council permits to help you finalise your project budget.
- How Much Does It Cost To Build A Canopy?
- How Much Does It Cost To Include A Concrete Slab?
- How Much Do Council Permits For Farm Sheds Cost?
And browse the gallery below for ideas and inspiration for your build.
Machinery Workshop Project Ideas (Gallery)
We hope this price guide on the cost build a machinery workshop shed has helped you with your project budget.
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Disclaimer: The prices included in this article are approximate only and are subject to change. They are intended only as a budgeting tool. For a more accurate costing, please request a formal quote.