Thank you for downloading this guide and congratulations on taking your first step toward designing and building your dream shed! Whether you’ve owned a shed before or are a first-time buyer, it’s important to know that not all sheds are created equal. This guide will help you navigate several of the most important considerations and decisions you’ll need to account for when purchasing a new shed.
The first question to ask yourself may seem like an obvious one: why are you building a shed in the first place? The type of space you’re looking for—and how you intend to use it—will help you select the right size and style for your needs.
Here are just a few potential reasons you might be in the market for a new shed:
Storage - probably the most obvious reason to purchase a shed. No matter how large your home is, there’s a good chance you’ve got some things piled up in a back closet or makeshift storage area that are taking up unnecessary space. A shed is the perfect way to declutter the house and organize all of that stuff that’s been lying around for the past few years.
Workspace - woodworking, DIY projects, repairs and everything in between—a shed is the perfect way to get your favorite hobbies and projects out of the garage (or the house) and into a proper designated space.
Safety - whether you’ve got valuables, food, equipment, or just need somewhere to stash the kids’ toys when company comes over, a shed can offer protection from weather, animals and theft.
Aesthetic - a balance of fashion and function, the right shed can significantly improve the overall look and feel of your yard—particularly if it’s currently covered in items that need storing. A shed is also likely to increase the value of your home and property!
ONCE YOU’VE DECIDED HOW YOU’RE GOING TO USE YOUR NEW SHED,
IT’S TIME TO START PLANNING THE PROJECT.
A good shed should be built to last, and the right materials can make all the difference. There’s quite a bit of variety in the type and quality of available materials today, and you’ll want to choose carefully based on how you’re planning to use your new shed.
Plastic, for instance, tends to be more affordable and provides some protection against weather, rotting and other potential problems. Other materials like vinyl or metal each have their own benefits and drawbacks—some are lightweight and easy to set up, but aren’t as customizable or don’t add quite as nice an aesthetic to your property. Others require varying levels of maintenance over time. Wooden sheds tend to offer the best options for customization, paint and other finishing touches.
In addition to the base materials you’ll be using, it’s equally important to get the right supporting components to match the aesthetic and style you’re looking for as well as the type of property and environment where you’re hoping to build.
At Urban Sheds, we use the highest-quality materials and building processes to ensure our sheds can withstand the test of time. We use double top plates on walls and headers across door openings, and our flooring systems are completely pressure-treated to protect against rot, termites and ants.
We’re proud to back each of our sheds with a 30-year structural warranty, and to leverage quality materials and processes including:
• Pressure-Treated Floors(Including 4x4’s and 2x4 Floor Joists)
• Moisture-Resistant Floor Sheeting
(3⁄4” Advantech or Pressure-Treated Plywood)
• 16” O.C. Framing on Walls and Roofs
• Double Top Plates on Walls
• 2x6 Headers Above Openings
Greater Than 24”
• Rafter Crossties Every 4ft Installed on
Bottom 2⁄3 of Rafters
l• Drip Edge Around Complete Roof Edge
• Hot-Dipped Galvanized Nails in Pressure
Treated Lumber and All Exposed Fasteners
• Galvanized or Powder-Coated Door Hardware
with Optional Stainless Steel Upgrade
• Minimum 1⁄2” Roof Sheeting with 7⁄8” Shingle
Nails to Prevent Penetration against rot,
termites and ants.
city or hoa building regulations
Every city is different but if your shed is 200 sq ft or larger, you most likely will be required to get a building permit through your local building department. Typically there are regulations for things such as how close you can build to the property line etc...Checking with your building department and filling out the required paperwork can save you some headache down the road.
To get started, design your shed on our 3D Shed Configurator and email the link to yourself. You can use this information when you contact your local building department.
To start, keep these three basic questions in mind to ensure you’re gathering all of the
right information before you move forward:
1. How large of a shed can you build before a permit is required?
2. What are the set back requirements (i.e. required distance from the property line and other structures)?
3. Are there any height restrictions?
Click the link below to apply.
For a shed to remain structurally sound over a long period of time it needs to have a solid base. This can be accomplished in a number of ways, but some of the most common are: cement blocks, installing a stone pad, or installing a concrete slab.
If the area that you would like to install your shed is significantly out of level (12 or more inches), we recommend consulting with your local Urban Sheds builder to determine the best solution for the shed base. The most common solution is to have your local landscaper install a level stone pad.
Many shed companies try to sell a stone pad with every shed. This isn’t necessary. One of the advantages of having your shed built onsite, is the ability to distribute blocking evenly under the shed before it is built. When sheds are delivered fully assembled it is difficult, if not impossible, to properly install blocking under the shed; so many shed companies will push to sell a stone pad with the shed so it’s easier for them to deliver. (For northern locations, consider designing your shed with larger overhangs and install a crushed stone border around the shed to prevent frost heaves)
Pretty much any site will need some adjustment to get a solid and level foundation. For shed sites that are up to 12” out of level we can adjust with a gridwork of cement blocks before constructing the shed. If you are ordering your shed using our 3D Shed Configurator, be sure to check the box for Blocking to Level the Site.
If you would like site prep. recommendations from one of our builders, you can schedule a free consultation here.
about urban sheds
The world is rapidly changing the further we advance into the 21st century. You are part of that new story.
The way you research and buy products is one of those shifts, changing from browsing at showrooms to browsing online.
To keep up with this demand, Urban Sheds has invested in a 3D Shed Modeling Software that you can access for free to help our customers design and purchase their shed from the comfort of their homes.
With the increased fluctuation in the economy, we have adopted a low overhead business model, that flexes with demand and is always there to supports its customers. In this model we have no inventory or shed lots, as well as no large manufacturing plants. All our sheds are sold by local builders who use our design and building processes. They are glad to come meet with you and build your shed onsite according to spec.
A recent report by Upwork predicts by 2028 the majority of the American workforce will be freelancers. We embrace this trend by recruiting and utilizing a network of freelance builders, who all use our 3D Shed Design Software and building processes. Since freelance builders run their own businesses, they get a greater percentage of the sale vs. employees who work by the hour. This model helps to build more resilient neighborhoods and communities where they live. Freelancers are also more responsible for their work. All our sheds are backed by Urban Sheds' 30 yr. structural warranty as well as a 3 yr. workmanship warranty.
Many aspects of life are moving towards a zero marginal cost which is giving rise to a radical new sharing and cooperative economy. Software and platforms, once built and distributed, become an advantage that many can use with little additional cost. Urban Sheds makes available its shed design software for free to anyone. For the builders, the sales, and marketing platform is broadly distributed, sharing out the cost of the software. Our network of builders is able to share latest building innovations as well as successes and failures which help us keep a good pulse on the shed market and serve our customers well.
And finally as technology advances, there is an increase in the demand for personalization, customization as well as relationship. Urban Sheds endeavors to keep a solid balance between technological automation and accessibility to people. We make it easy for you to connect with your builder by email, text or phone call. Our information emails are mostly distributed automatically but can be replied to if you wish to reach a real human. The website chatbot can be used as well to get in contact with your local Urban Sheds Builder.
We look forward to connecting with you and starting a new story together.
To get started visit our 3D Shed Configurator