The Differences between a studio & a shed

One of keys to understanding studio and its associated costs, is to understand how a studio is more similar to a small home than a shed. Although sheds and studios may appear the same they are fundamentally different in many ways. Sheds are typically built with no insulation, a basic building envelope and no interior finish. While studios in essence are like small homes, and have a full building envelope and are insulated and heated, to make them as comfortable as possible. The walls in studios as they are insulated, need to be finished. The biggest thing to understand when considering a studio versus a shed, is the use and related differences in construction. For these reasons, a studio typically costs considerably than a simple shed. Some considerations are as follows:

  1. Design
    By far the biggest considerations with a studio, is having a design that supports the use. As part of our design build process for studios, our designer meets with you to understand the needs and functions of your studio, to ensure that the design will be met. Another goal of studio design is to ensure the new studio fits nicely into the backyard and its landscaping.
  2. Foundation

    Studios are typically built on a solid concrete foundation, while sheds are often built on a pier block foundation. The major disadvantage of a pier block foundation is the open space between the bottom of the floor and the ground, that makes a perfect space for mice, rats and skunks to live. There is nothing worse than having to work in a skunk smell filled office. This is why we recommend that studios be built on a concrete foundation, similar to a home, so there is no space for critters to occupy beneath.The other main reason we recommend concrete foundations for studios, has to do with frost and settling. A studio built on a concrete foundation will generally not sink or settle due to winter frosts or moist soft soils. Whereas a pier block foundation can move from frost heave, and also individual piers can sink into soft ground causing the floor to be unlevel.

  3. Structure

    Although our sheds and studios are structurally very identical, most sheds on the market, are much weaker than the framing that you would find in a studio.Another big difference between sheds and studios is sheathing. Sheathing is not only used to make the building structurally sound, but it effectively seals insects out when combined with building paper and exterior grade doors and windows. While sheathing should be standard for all studios, it is often left out of sheds for budget reasons.

  4. Building Envelope

    Our studios use a full building envelope, which includes, sheathing, building paper, blue skin, and exterior grade doors and windows. Most sheds on the market, only have a basic building envelope, and often lack sheathing and building paper.Also, most sheds only have roof overhangs on two sides, while our sheds, have roof overhangs on all four sides. The roof overhang is important, as it stops water from entering the top of wall assemblies and from penetrating the top of doors and windows.The biggest difference between sheds and studios in terms of building envelope is exterior finishes, such as hardi fibre cement siding. By adding fibre hardi cement siding to an exterior building envelope, you not only make the shed much lower maintenance, but you also give it a second line of defence, against water penetration.
  5. Insulation and Interior Finish

    As studio sheds are often used for offices or hobby spaces, they must be insulated in order to be heated. Once a building is insulated the vapour barrier insulation must be protected with a drywall or wood finish. This adds significantly more cost.
  6. Electricity

    A building that is used for storage, does not necessarily need electricity for light or heat, while a studio being used as an office or hobby space, often needs both. The cost of running electricity to your studio is also something to keep in mind.If you would like to get a custom built studio in your backyard, call us today or fill out our online form, so we can build your dream backyard living space.