- “Living in a small home has its pros and cons, especially when a robust collection of sporting equipment threatens to take over any and all available space. When it came time to update our 50-year old metal storage shed, it took some digging to find a structure that met our design aesthetic, budget, and functional needs. Enter Studio-Shed. With clean modern lines, a functional layout and ease of installation, we transformed our backyard into an outdoor living space and reclaimed our garage. When it came time to sell our home, our Studio-Shed made a strong impression on potential buyers as a fantastic and unique asset to the property. It is said that the details make a house a home. If that is true, then great design makes a ‘storage unit’ a Studio-Shed.””
- M.O., Eagle, CO
Planning your Studio Shed
Please allow 6-8 weeks for your Studio Shed to arrive from final design approval. If you are permitting your structure, lead-times could be longer and depends on the timeliness of your city / county building department.
It depends on the size and options included with your Studio Shed. Most counties allow for the construction of one 120 square foot structure without applying for a building permit. Be sure to check local regulations before ordering, however, as some municipalities have more stringent requirements.
Unpermitted projects have a shorter turnaround time, and are generally less expensive. For this reason, our 10 x 12 or smaller Studio Shed models are our most popular.
To make the permitting process as simple as possible, we offer several supporting products for clients who need to permit, or who choose a larger structure. We can provide full architectural plan sets as well as engineer-stamped drawings (for an additional charge) for any Studio Shed purchase that requires a permit.
Average all-in cost (Studio Shed, foundation, shipping, installation) for turnkey, Professionally Installed Studio Sheds with LifestyleTM Interiors is typically between $120-180 / square foot depending on sizes and options. This is much less than the cost of a comparable home addition, and far simpler logistically as well.
We also accept phone orders and encourage you to call our office any time with questions throughout the process.
Studio Shed Product Questions
Studio Shed’s Designer Series includes larger models – 14’ and 16’ depths – as well as smaller models that are heavily customized. Given the constraints and engineering structure of our modular system, some customization is possible and some is not. For example, non-standard window and door placement is possible, but typically not non-standard door or window sizes. Stacked window orientations are possible, as are rough openings for overhead garage doors. If you purchase a Designer Series model, you’ll work directly with our design team to make your dream Studio Shed a reality. Prices are quoted by your local sales representative, and lead times average 10-12 weeks, possibly longer if it is a permitted project.
The Studio Shed Mini is a small storage shed sold exclusively as a Do-It-Yourself (DIY) kit. It’s ideal for small spaces, tight side yards and is available in four sizes.
Clients who choose our Studio Shed Professional Installation also get a seamless finished and painted interior – turnkey and ready to use. Interior wall cladding is not included with Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Lifestyle Interior purchases, but a specific materials list is included to facilitate the easy purchase of these readily available materials by you or your contractor.
As the name says, you do it yourself! This is a great option for the handy homeowner who enjoys a weekend project and wants to save money. Every DIY Studio Shed purchase includes the same installer training tools that we use with our own Professional Install Teams. From specific building plans to short videos detailing key steps, we’ve got you covered – and we’re always just a phone call away.
Studio Shed Professional Installation – Shell Only:
Our Certified Installers take delivery of your Studio Shed and install all wall panels, roofing and siding. For clients who purchase a Studio Shed without a LifestyleTM Interior, this is a complete installation of the product. This is also a popular option for clients who choose a Lifestyle Interior and have the ability to install and paint the interior finishes themselves as the electrical package and insulation is included.
Studio Shed Professional Installation – Shell + LifestyleTM Interior:
A premium turnkey installation of your Studio Shed and all options. If you want to go to work and have your new Studio Shed appear in your backyard over a matter of days – this is for you. All of our Certified Installers are licensed, insured professionals who deliver the same level of service we would expect at our own homes.
Note: If it is required, obtaining an electrical-only permit is usually much simpler than a full building permit, which is not generally required for our most popular Studio Sheds.
There are multiple options to attach our floor system to the earth. The most popular method consists of simple poured or pre-cast concrete piers. For small, unfinished units, a 4×4 skid foundation may suffice.
Because every site is different, Studio Shed does not directly quote the cost of foundations or pour concrete. However, this is a service that the majority of our Certified Installers provide, and they will work with you directly to get the best foundation for your site in an efficient way.
See the diagrams below for 3D cutaways of our un-insulated and insulated (R-26) floor systems.
For additional information, please refer to customer responsibilities within our terms and conditions section.
Optimized engineering and clean factory production ensure the highest quality, minimal waste, and a product that installs efficiently. As with typical home construction, we use 2 x 4 wall framing (or 2 x 6 for larger units), sheathed with the high efficiency ZipWall system, then sided with Collins TruWood® Siding OR Certainteed cement board siding, and high-quality Galvalume for the wainscot option.
Our heavy-duty roof system is partially prefabricated in sections, engineered for maximum loads across the country, and constructed from 2 x 6, 2 x 8, 2 x10, or beams depending on the size of the Studio Shed. It is sheeted with ¾” plywood decking and finished with a weatherproof membrane and high-quality 24-gauge corrugated Galvalume metal roofing sheets.