How the Studio Shed planning and design process works.

Start with our Design Center to see options and schedule a free consultation with a Studio Shed advisor to plan the project from design through the installation. The Studio team will shepherd your project through permitting as needed and fulfill your dream design in a matter of months.

  1. Start Here

    Customer Configuration

    Site Visit

    2+ Weeks

    When installation is purchased, we charge a non-refundable site visit fee to initiate communication to a Studio Shed network installer. This contractor will come review your project on-site, then provides a detailed report to Studio Shed to inform the permit plan set and the site work estimate.

    Studio Shed Deliverables

    • Introduction to Studio Shed Network Contractor

    SS Network Contractor or DIY Contractor Deliverables

    • Site Visit Permit Report
      — Existing and proposed utilities
      — Foundation type and scope
      — Building use and interior layout
      — HVAC and water heater details
      — Photos of existing site and equipment
    • Answer Customer’s Pre-Construction Questions
    • Estimate for Scope Outside of Studio Shed Kit
      — Foundation
      — Site Work
      — Deck
      — Other

    Customer Deliverables

    • Providing access to site
    • Providing needed information
    • Verifying project is possible through building department or HOA

    Frequently Asked Questions

    The deposit exists to compensate the contractor for providing the time to achieve the proper amount of due diligence. This part of the process informs many consequent steps along the way. This deposit also will carry over to cover a portion of Studio Shed’s Permit Plan Set if project moves forward.

  2. Order Placement & Deposit

    Design Coordination

    2+ Weeks

    Studio Shed’s Design Coordinator prepares your site plan, floor plan, and elevations based on your configuration and the site visit. We share these documents with you for your approval then include them in the contract.

    Studio Shed Deliverables

    • Exterior Shell Design and Colors
    • Floor plan and interior layout
    • Local Energy Compliance
    • Proposed Site Plan

    Customer Deliverables

    • Design Approval
    • Signed Contract

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Chances are, yes. Any building that uses heating or cooling (conditioned) needs to comply with energy code. Further, any building that is considered ‘habitable’ is required to be conditioned.

    CALIFORNIA: Additional material or equipment upgrades may be required outside of Studio Shed kit. Solar panels are required for all new conditioned residential buildings in CA.

    Our permit plan set includes a general site plan based on GIS and Public data. Customer is responsible for verifying accuracy and providing a Survey or ILC if required by local jurisdiction.

  3. Approved Coordination Set & Contract

    Project Design

    4+ Weeks

    Studio Shed’s Project Designer works with our 3rd party Structural Engineer to prepare your unique Permit and Construction documents based on your configuration and local design criteria.

    Studio Shed Deliverables

    • Site plan
    • Floor plans
    • Design sections and details
    • Elevations
    • Electrical schematic
    • Foundation plan
    • Roof and wall framing plans
    • Structural design criteria
    • Structural sections and details
    • Structural calculations
    • Energy calculations

    Customer Deliverables

    • Submit to the authority having jurisdiction

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Building code allows us to make some assumptions, but ultimately the building official is allowed to request a soils report. If you are unsure, we recommend reaching out to the building department to determine if they’ll require one for your project.

    If any foundations on your site are showing signs of settling, or if you’ve needed to provide them in past, we recommend pursuing a soils report for your Studio Shed.

  4. Permit Plan Set Delivered


    2-24+ Weeks

    Your local building department’s plan review timeline can vary greatly, we often recommend engaging the building department early on in the process to make sure there are not unforeseen hurdles in their process. Your Project Manager and Project Designer are available to address any comments or concerns from the building department after they review the plans.

    Studio Shed Deliverables

    • Revisions if required
    • Itemized response letter
    • Communication with authority having jurisdiction as required to resolve any concerns

    Customer Deliverables

    • Submit to the authority having jurisdiction

    Frequently Asked Questions

    No, Permit fees are the responsibility of the customer.

  5. Permit Issued

    Scope Call & Production

    2-4 Weeks

    Studio Shed’s Project Manager schedules a scope call with you, your contractor, CER, and designers to discuss project specific production and installation details. This informs scheduling production, shipping, and installation dates.

    Studio Shed Deliverables

    • Schedule scope call
    • Schedule production date

    Customer Deliverables

    • Scope call

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Current material lead times are the largest factor in the production timeline. We are generally able to build and ship units with just a few weeks of permit approval, but site work and special materials can occasionally cause delays.

  6. Delivery


    1-2 Weeks

    If you choose a professional install option, our third-party installation partner takes delivery of your Studio Shed and installs all material as ordered (building shell only or shell + interiors). If you decide to place your order for DIY installation, your purchase gives you access to the same resources and instructions we use to train and certify our network of third-party installers, including 3D assembly instructions, construction plans for the Studio Shed you purchased, and a video that walks through the entire installation process.

    Studio Shed Deliverables

    • Studio Shed PM will support certified or DIY installation by phone and email on an as-needed basis
    • Studio Shed PM will provide all applicable project and installation documents to support a successful project
    • Studio Shed PM will provide support and solutions for any material damaged upon receipt or warranty claims
    • Studio Shed PM will provide all applicable warranty documents

    Customer Deliverables

    • Photos of the location
    • Proactive questions to avoid “fire drills” while building
    • Permit card and any related documents from the building department or inspectors
    • Written verification of HOA approval
    • Access for delivery

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Only if a Studio Shed BATHROOM kit is purchased. Otherwise, this can be quoted by your contractor directly.

    Depending on the foundation type (concrete or wood), you will use concrete anchor bolts or structural wood screws provided by Studio Shed.

    Duration depends on scope. A 10x12 shell-only installation can take as little as two working days, while a full ADU can take several weeks. This will be discussed more specifically in your scope call.

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Design Your Studio Shed

One shed does not fit all. Our innovative prefab solution is a flat-packed, panelized kits of parts with hundreds of customizations in the Design Center. There are millions of combinations of sizes, door and window placements, and colors. All thoughtfully designed to work together.