Do I need louvers or ramps?
We often consider louvers (utilized as additional shed ventilation) and ramps either minor cosmetic enhancements or an utter God-send, depending on the shed’s use. In one camp, people could do with or without. In the other, additional ventilation while working on cars, painting, etc., is a must. They also help improve lighting within the shed. As for that ramp? You don’t even have to walk up a step… need we say more?
That being said, we include them. Standard. On everything. They do no harm, and look purty. However, if you are planning on using a shed as a living/working space that doesn’t require constant fresh air, or will be heated/air conditioned – “custom” is our middle name – and, we can exclude louvers upon request.
Delivery Day Procedure
Ah, delivery day! The day your beautiful new space arrives (finished for living or not) is truly a day to be remembered!
After the order has been received and processed by our online Builder, you will receive a receipt in your email inbox within an hour of purchase. From there, we will process the order on our end, and begin crafting the space you’ve been dreaming about. If you have any additional requirements not outlined in the Builder, it is a good idea to get in touch with us within 24-hours of purchase. Sometime within the next couple of days, while the shed is being constructed, from the ground up, we will call the number on record (provided at time of purchase) to confirm a day for installation.
On the agreed upon delivery day, we will securely load up the shed on our flatbed truck and head out to your destination. Upon arrival, you will be greeted by several of our friendly shed installers, ready to put the space together in the desired location. At this stage, the shed installation lot should meet all zoning and installation requirements, allowing for quick and successful installation. If the lot if not properly prepared, the shed installers may be able to prepare the site at an additional charge, or reschedule for another day, with a possible additional fee.
In addition to meeting the proper zoning and installation requirements, it is absolutely crucial that the site is less than one-hundred feet (100′) from where a large truck and trailer can park. If the shed site is between one-hundred feet (100′) and two-hundred (200′) from a possible parking area an additional $80.00 charge will be incurred, due at time of installation. For any site further than two-hundred feet (200′) from a possible parking area, please get in touch within 24-hours (or, ideally, before) purchase.
Zoning And Installation Requirements
While we do our very best to make sure that is possible for the sheds we craft to be installed cleanly and easily in the desired spot on your property, there are a few things you can do to prepare the space further. Making sure the installation site meets all the below suggestions and zoning requirements will make installation fast and easy, and will prevent you, the buyer, from incurring any additional costs. For more information on the delivery process, we have an article outlining the delivery day procedure.
When delivering and installing your new shed, it is delivered in prefab sections, meaning it was crafted at our shop, and ready for just the finishing glue and nails required to secure it for a lifetime in its desired location. As a result, these pieces can be very large and extremely heavy and difficult to carry. We request that if there are any stairs, narrow walkways, fences, gates, shrubs, etc. that may present difficulties in getting to the site be brought our attention prior to delivery.
For the long-standing health of the shed, and general ease of installation, it is absolutely necessary that the shed is located at least three feet (3′) from any trees, fences, buildings, etc. Also, it is necessary that any tree branches or other obstacles are clear of the three foot (3′) area surrounding the shed installation site. Lastly, it is imperative that there is at least twelve (12′) feet of clear area from the ground up, with no branches, wires, or other overhead obstacles that may come in contact with the shed’s roof.
There must be no protruding stumps or large rocks in the desired area of installation. Furthermore, to assure a solid foundation the land must be at a slope of less than twelve inches (12″).
Generally, for the shed foundation, there are no additional requirements. However, in some locations (pariticularly in sea coast areas, or some towns and cities in Rhode Island) sonotubes are sometimes required for proper installation, based on local standards.
Furthermore, prior to selecting you installation lot, it is a good idea to assure proper drainage (to prevent flooding of the shed), firmness of earth (to solidify the foundation), etc.
Can A Shed Be Moved?
When building the shed in our shop in Kingston, New Hampshire we create each part from scratch, dry assemble the shed to assure everything fits, and it looks exactly as requested. Once we have all fallen in love with the quality and design, we part ways, pack it securely on our truck, and head to your location, where it is assembled for realsies.
Although it may seem to come in a million pieces, that’s just to assure thorough transport, when hauling across the great North-East. Some towns (a lot in Rhode Island, specifically) require sonotubes for the shed to be placed on, further solidfying its foundation, however, sonotubes or not, with the right machinery (or enough man-power), you can just pick it right up and place it in a new location. This is great for moving, or when the shed is just blocking your light and you’re trying to even out your tan, etc.
Are Sonotubes Required?
WHAT IS A SONOTUBE?
“Sonotubes” are cardboard/fibrous tubes inserted into the ground, beneath the shed, and filled with concrete. They act as a leveling agent, a firm foundation, and elevate the shed to prevent flooding, etc.
ARE THEY REQUIRED
Most towns/cities/states do not require sonotubes for construction of a shed. However, it is always a good idea to confirm with your town whether or not this is a requirement (particularly if you are in Rhode Island or a seacoast area).
INSTALLATION AND LAYOUT
The sonotube configuration is quite simple. There has to be eight (8) in total for any shed foundation, and laid out in a square/rectangular configuration. There needs to be four (4) on each side along the width, evenly spaced, in one foot (1′) from the exterior edge of each wall.