Frequently Asked Questions
A lot of things make our sheds different, and by different we mean stronger and more durable.
- Our sheds are built with 2x4 construction of 16 inch centers. Most kit sheds from the big box home supply stores use 2x3 or worse only 24 inch centers.
- Our sheds use 1/3 or 3/8 plywood sheathing. Most kits sheds don't have any sheathing, they have siding right on top of the framing. Without sheathing the building is not as structurally sound and cannot be properly sealed against rats, mice, insects and other pests.
- Our sheds use exterior grade doors and windows. Most kit sheds don't. Only exterior grade doors and windows will keep rats and mice out of your shed, the hand built doors found in kit sheds do not seal well enough and will warp over time allowing mice and other pests to enter the shed.
- Our sheds, all have roof over hangs over one foot on all four sides, this keeps more water off the siding and like your home, helps your siding to last a lot longer. A lot of other sheds, dont have roof overhangs on the gable ends, which are tallest walls in any shed.
- The building envelope on our sheds is sealed similar to the one on your home. Most kit sheds don't have much of a building envelope and often don't even use building paper. A properly sealed building envelope keeps the water out of the walls and makes all the difference in terms of a sheds life span.
- Our sheds are built on proper concrete foundations or raised off the ground on pressure treated 6x6 skids, this prevents premature rotting which leads to structural failure of your flooring.
- Most of our sheds are screened to keep insects out, this means our sheds have screening in the ridge caps and soffits. Many kit sheds, just let the insects in.
- Our sheds due to the fact that they are constructed like a home, can be insulated, heated, and the inside can be finished like a room in your home and are often used as a home office.
- Our sheds are built to be stylish and to fit well into your backyard. They are meant to add to your lansdcaping and be a feature in your backyard, not a detraction.
All in all our sheds are built like a home, to last like a home, so you can use them for the same things that you would use a room in your home for. (some exceptions)
A 100 sq foot shed for example, typically starts at $8000 dollars and goes up, depending on the options that you choose and whether the inside of the shed is finished or not. The connection of cables for electricity and a concrete foundation also adds additional costs. If you already have a concrete pad for a shed poured or you have a concrete pad left over from an existing shed that you have taken down or will take down, then that will save you money as well. Let us know what your budget is, and we will see what we can do for you. We build our sheds like a home, so they are durable and more usable, so they do cost more.
What rules do municipalities have regarding sheds?
Most municipalities have similar rules regarding sheds, however, there are some differences, so it is always wise to contact the city in question and have a discussion with them. The following rules we have found to be simlar in a number of cities:
- Most cities will allow one shed (except the City of Vancouver), up to 107.5 square feet to build per single family fully detached home without a permit. However, even if a shed is under 107.5 square feet some cities will still require you to notifiy them of the shed and/or file a site plan with the shed location clearly marked on it prior to construction of the shed. Rules for the maximum height of a shed seems to vary a bit from city to city. A building permit will be required for any shed over 107.5 square feet. We highly recomend that you contact the city in question before building a shed.
Our parent company is a design build renovations company. So we can design whatever you want. Please bear in mind though, there will be additional costs to a custom shed. However, as we want to encourage creativity, we will try to minimize them as much as possible.
That depends. If you are building a shed for storage you might be better off to keep it below the 107.5 sq feet. However, if you are building it for an office, workspace, art or studio space then it probably will be more than worth it. Building a shed, studio, or garage with a permit, will still be far cheaper than adding an addition onto your home or paying for rental space somewhere else. We have done the math and an $8,000 dollar 8x12 (96sq) shed costs the same as the rental of a 100sq storage locker for 3 years at today's rates ($225 x 36 months = $8100).
Depending on the design and options that you select for your shed, between 1 and 2 weeks. Our more standard sheds are built in 4-5 days. Custom sheds or a shed that is fully finished on the inside for use as a studio or backyard office, will take longer to complete because of the extra work involved.
Yes, but in both cases an electricity and/or water permit will be required. We have done sheds with electricity and it has never been much of a problem or difficult. Water for a sink, can be more difficult because the city in question will require that the drain for the sink be connected to the city sewer. If the city sewer line connection to your house goes through your backyard, then it may not be too difficult or expensive.
Yes. We prefer metal roofing because of its durablity. We also feel it adds some character and unquireness to your shed. However, we can also use asphalt shingles, cedar shingles, or tile on your shed roof, so it will match the roof on your house. Like the roof, the sides of your shed can done in a siding or stucco that matches your existing home, if you desire.