Questions and Answers about wooden shed kits
All sheds ship for free within 50 mile radius around Chicago, IL. This roughly covers the area from Michigan City, IN, Rockford, IL, and Racine, WI. We will do our best to accommodate other areas (up to 150 mi) for a reasonable shipping fee. If you live more than 150 miles away from Chicago, we suggest shopping at our nationwide wooden shed kit store that offers free shipping to all contiguous US. Visit our shed shipping information page for more details.
Building your wooden shed or cabin is easier than you think. Detailed instructions are shared via email before the delivery of each shed kit. Piece by piece, the components fit together to create a shed that is at once appealing and durable. The result is a DIY job to be proud of. Please visit a garden shed kit assembly video library on our US wide store for more details.
It depends on the size of the shed, but usually it takes one day to build a 10’ x 10’ kit. A team of two somewhat handy people would assemble a shed in about 8 hours - that includes everything from anchoring, to installing the roof boards and the floorboards. Additional time is needed to prepare the foundation for your shed, to install the roofing material of your choice, and to stain or paint your shed. Foundation and staining are typically the most time-consuming tasks.
The prefab wooden shed kit includes wall and roof components, tempered glass doors and windows, all door and window hardware plus extra boards, floorboards (select models) and trim parts. You will have to separately acquire foundation materials, anchors (depending on the type of foundation) and roof materials (see if you have some leftover material from your house!).
Permit requirements vary from county to county and even town to town. Please make sure to contact your local building department to find out whether a wooden shed requires a building permit in your area. Please contact us if you are asked for any specific information needed to receive the building permit.
If your building department requires stamped drawings, customers use a local engineer that understands log construction to stamp Wooden Shed Kits drawings for structural and thermal values. If a local engineer is not available, stamped drawings can be provided for your state by hiring a licensed engineering firm. Fees apply.
A firm, level base is essential. Concrete slab or compressed gravel foundation work the best for any type of shed. Another great and popular option is treated wood grid foundation which can be formed directly on the ground and filled with gravel, or raised on concrete piers if the soil in your area is soft. The shed can also be assembled on patio stones, super spikes, or cinder blocks that are placed under the treated floor joists, however, these options are most suitable for warmer climates with little precipitation and firm level ground.
If you chose the shed with a T&G floor kit included, it will come with a set of pressure treated 2x2 floor joists. They have to be attached to a concrete slab using concrete anchors or brackets. If building on the treated wood grid foundation, you can skip the floor joists. The first starter row has to be fixed to the floor joists, or directly to the wooden foundation using long wood screws near the joints. You may also fix the following row as well but it is not necessary.
A roofing felt and shingles or metal roof are great options. We mostly see people use same roofing material that's on their house, to match the looks or simply use up the leftover material. Roofing material selection is very broad and mostly depends on your taste and budget. Synthetic shingles are the most budget friendly and very easy to install yourself, especially 3-tab. You can find various videos on Youtube showing how to do it, and it does not require a lot of expertise. However, synthetic shingles are not the best choice for hot and sunny areas, nor is it the longest lasting one. Metal roofing (with some insulation underneath) is best for hot areas as it helps to reflect the heat better. If possible, we do encourage you to choose a nature-friendly option, such as recycled shingles. Since shed roof area is relatively small, you might be able to source some reclaimed materials for your roof. And for the experimental types, explore the solar roof options, or a "green roof".
The shed roof load bearing capacity is 20 lbs/ sq ft. This will support most popular roofing materials and about a foot of semi-compressed snow. If you worry about snow, a gabled roof is a safer option, and you may occasionally use a broom stick to help the snow fall off - just give it a few gentle taps from the inside.
The answer is complex. As is, our sheds come with single pane glass in windows and doors. So wall insulation will not be as efficient as it could be, plus the expanding/retracting qualities of the natural wood may cause the boards to split so wall insulation is not recommended. However, we do advice to insulate roof and floor to keep the shed from overheating or over-cooling in winter. It can be done by installing a sub-floor and stuffing the space between the floor joists with insulation material of choice. For the roof, form a 2x2 grid on top of the roof boards and fill with insulation material, then cover with any other wood boards or plywood and install the roofing.
Our sheds kits perform well as a tiny house or home office shed in the temperatures as low as 40s with a simple space heater but may not be the best choice for a year-round residence in the colder climates. We have customers who use them all year round in the Northwest. However, in the areas experiencing deep winters it's best for a 3-season use.
Since wood is a flexible material in respect of modification, holes for electrical boxes and wire channels can be easily drilled anywhere on the shed body. Ceiling wiring is done from the exterior prior to covering or insulating the roof. We suggest to consult, or better, hire a local electrician who knows the local code requirements and can ensure safe electrical installation.
These sheds are made out of solid 1 3/8″ double tongue and groove Norway Spruce sourced from the sustainably managed forests in Northern Europe and Scandinavia. Due to the presence of cold seasons, the Norway Spruce is slower growing than the common American pine species used in the lumber industry, and presents more tree rings per volume. This makes our sheds stronger and longer lasting than a T&G products made from most local white-wood. Our lumber is kiln dried to 12% humidity and precision-cut to produce the beautiful sheds and cabins. Thick boards and reinforced roof structure allow these sheds to withstand harsh weather conditions. We do not use any harmful chemicals or glue for processing our lumber and meet all requirements for children and adult safe materials for the state of California and further.
Yes, all outdoor wood construction shrinks and expands seasonally. The precision cut and kiln drying allows for calculated shrinkage, and our shed construction is designed to accommodate this movement. Walls shrink approximately 1 ¾" for every 8' of wall height. Windows and doors are not fastened to the walls and must float in the rough openings. They are held in place by the trims sandwiching the wall boards.
Within 12-18 months your shed will have acclimated and shrinkage nearly eliminated, however there is always some level of expansion and contraction in any natural wood products, especially the outdoor ones.
This natural movement of the wood will not affect cabinets that are hung with a french cleat, or have a sliding bracket at the bottom. It is best to hold off on fixtures attached to more than one board vertically for the first year, and allow an inch of room from the roof line down so the shed can settle and let the roof follow the walls.
Yes, but we do not recommended it. You will have to attach plywood to all the walls to prevent separating of the boards. Another option of moving your shed is dismantling it but it poses a damage risk and may be difficult to reassemble. If you know you will want to dismantle your shed, only use screws and no nails throughout the construction.
Yes. We can make anything up to the size of 20' x 20', larger projects are also possible but are more complex. All of the custom sheds and cabins are made from thicker boards - 1 3/4" (44 mm) instead of a standard 1 1/8" or 1 3/8" ( 28 mm or 34 mm respectively) boards. You can combine different elements you see on our stock models and let us know what you like. Ideally, make a hand sketch and send us a photo of that for the most accurate estimate. We typically deliver custom sheds and cabins twice a year - one in March, and one in November. Contact us!
Yes. The smaller sheds can be moved, however, we do not recommend moving cabins larger than the 13′x 10′ model. You can always disassemble the shed and reassemble it at a different location. If any wood damage occurs during the move, use wood filler and sandpaper for repair. It can fix almost any imperfection!
Solid Build sheds are made out of 100% natural wood and therefore, need to be treated just like any other wooden product. It is very important to apply wood sealant of your choice as soon as you erect your shed. By doing so, you will prevent discoloration caused by sun and possible water damage. Please maintain your cabin properly and it will surely keep its original appeal for many years to come. You may use from a variety of paints and stains available at hardware stores, or chose an eco-friendly product. So far a better selection of eco-stains and eco-paints is available online and we encourage you to do your own research as properties for each product (conventional or eco-friendly) give very different aesthetic results, vary in the ease of application, future maintenance, etc.
All our shed kits are manufactured in the European Union. Our mill is located in a small town in Lithuania and has been manufacturing these beautiful sheds since 1996. We source the lumber from the forests of Northern Europe and Scandinavia that employ sustainable forestry practices and have sustainable forestry certification. The scrap lumber is turned into mulch, leaving minimal to no waste. All our mill workers are paid above minimum wage, and get the whole month of vacation time! Yes, that's Europe.
Our US store opened in 2009 and has been successfully equipping the American yards and gardens ever since. Let us know if you have any more questions! The message bubble in the lower right corner might be the most convenient.
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