Frequently Asked Questions

PLANNING YOUR STUDIO SHED

Our typical turnaround time for unpermitted Studio Shed orders is 4-6 weeks from the order date. The timeline for installed products can vary with the availability of our certified installation teams. If you are permitting your structure, lead-times could be longer and depend 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.

Before you begin your order, check that the type of unit is allowed on your property to reduce the chance you will have to change the size or location of the shed.

Questions to ask the building department:

  • Is there a certain size/sq footage where a building permit is required?
  • What is your zoning and allowed building forms?
  • Is an engineer-stamped plan set required to pull a permit?
  • Is there a limit to the number of structures you can add to property?
  • What is the max lot coverage for all structures?
  • Any wall or roof height limitations?
  • What is the required distance between structures on your property?
  • What are your setbacks (distance off the property line to the new structure)?
  • Any special easements (utility, cable, access roads, open space, corner lot) that affect where you shed can go?

Clear pricing for every one of our Studio Shed models is available in our 3D Design Studio. You can add or subtract window and door options, change sizes and see in real-time how your customization affects the final price. Shipping and installation prices are listed as well.

Average all-in cost (Studio Shed, foundation, shipping, installation) for turnkey, professionally installed Studio Sheds with Lifestyle Interiors is typically between $120-180 / square foot depending on sizes and options. This is much less than the cost of comparable home addition, and far simpler logistically as well.

Ordering your Studio Shed is simple. You can build your Studio Shed to your exact specifications in our 3D Design Studio and place a deposit directly on our website. We will contact you immediately to confirm any remaining details of your order – and to walk you through the production and installation timeline.

We also accept phone orders and encourage you to call our office any time with questions throughout the process.

For unpermitted orders, full payment is required at the time of order. For permitted units, we require a 50% deposit with the balance due four weeks before your ship date. We accept all major credit cards and checks.

If you are interested in financing your Studio Shed, many of our customers use an existing HELOC.  We also recommend Lightstream for quick and easy financing.

STUDIO SHED PRODUCT QUESTIONS

The Studio Shed Summit Series is available in sizes from 14×18 to 20x50. They feature taller ceilings, enclosed eaves, and a variety of customizable window and door placements selectable in our Summit Series 3D Configurator. Our Studio Shed Signature Series includes sizes from 8 x 8 up to 12 x 20. These can be customized, priced, and ordered online in our 3D Shed Configurator. There is a variety of window, door and color options available. Our Portland Series features a gable-style roof and a variety of siding options. It features the same high-quality mix of materials and clean design as our other product lines and fits with a wide range of residential aesthetics.

All Lifestyle Interiors include high-efficiency insulation in the walls and roof, your choice of finished flooring, code-compliant electrical package, all interior/exterior fixtures and outlets, and all finish trim and hardware.

Clients who choose our Studio Shed Professional Installation also get a seamless finished and painted smooth knock-down (level three) drywall 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.

James Hardie HardiPanel siding. A fiber cement product, designed for the severest of climates and to withstand anything mother nature can throw at it.

Yes – all Studio Sheds arrive as a flat packed kit. Our pre-finished panels are fabricated in our factory, then crated and shipped to each building site where they are installed by our clients or professionally installed by our Professional Installation Teams

All available window and door options are shown in the Design Center. That said, if you wanted to drop a window, that can be accommodated easily as a custom quote. Save a design to your email to discuss with one of our advisors.

We offer multiple installation options:

Do-It-Yourself (DIY):

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 Lifestyle 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.

Studio Shed models with Lifestyle Interiors include an electrical package for a simple electrical hookup and include all fixtures, switches, and outlets. Trenching and hookup to the home are the responsibility of the homeowner. In most cases our Professional Installers can work with you to provide this service. Depending on your municipality, you may need a permit.

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.

See our Summit Series models for turnkey bath and kitchen options. Those interiors and partition walls are field installed into our base building kit called the shell. The engineer-stamped plan set details electrical, plumbing and fixture locations. Local contractors can assist with design and quote for adding interiors to other models typically 250sf or larger.

Studio Shed products are designed to be placed on either a poured concrete slab or installed with a self-supported joisted floor system similar to a deck.

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, other than for our pre-configured selections, Studio Shed does not directly quote the cost of foundations or pour concrete. However, this is a service that the majority of our professional installers provide, and they will work with you directly to get the best foundation for your site in an efficient way.

For our pre-configured selections, we offer a turnkey foundation system at a fixed price provided your site is level to within 6″ across the footprint of the Studio Shed.

Studio Shed operates a 10,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Boulder County, Colorado. We prefabricate wall and roof panels in our factory, and build all of our signature structural CloudLite and VistaLite windows in house. 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 HardiPanel 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.

Popular solution is the ductless, mini split wall unit system typically sourced through the local installer. However, if you purchase our interior bath kit, a mini split is included.

For a 10 x 12 model, the interior ceiling height varies from 7’6” at the rear to 8’6” at the front. The tallest exterior point of the building varies by depth from 9’3″ to 9’8″ (when placed on a concrete foundation, it is higher if using our framed floor system). Expand the graphic below to view all key Signature Series product dimensions.

It depends on your preference and your location. In some climates they can be left untreated. We offer pre-painted or stained rafters starting at $700.

Our team can advise on the need for any product upgrades due to local conditions, such as high wind and snow loads.
Examples of upgrades are boosted wall framing and rafters for the Signature series. Whereas our Summit and Portland models are 2x6 framed. For Florida impact-rated glass is expected and may be solved for a couple ways. Extra hold downs also are available.

OTHER QUESTIONS

All Studio Shed products as well as our certified installations are backed by a 1-year warranty covering material defects and workmanship. Additional manufacturer warranties apply to our doors, windows, roofing, and certain other products included with your Studio Shed.

Check with your local authorities for occupancy regulations.

Studio Shed ships to all 50 U.S. states and possible to the Caribbean and Hawaii by special quote. Shipments to Canada are not possible at this time. Customers may take delivery in a U.S. city and handle all transportation logistics from that point to final destination in Canada.

QUESTIONS FOR EXISTING CUSTOMERS

All of our product and installation guides, along with a complete DIY video are available at: https://www.studio-shed.com/installation-resources/. Also feel free to contact us with specific questions at any time throughout your order or installation process.