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we-cursive-text offer the finest architectural buildings to enhance your landscape and lifestyle. Our acclaimed collection features original, historically-inspired Garden Sheds, Potting Sheds, Tool Sheds, Storage Sheds, Pool Houses, Boat Houses, Green Houses, Carriage Houses, Cottages, Studio/Workshop, Home Office, Barns, Solariums, Observatory, Welcome Booths and Pavilions. Our published work can be found at gracious homes, estates, hotels, clubs, campuses, resorts, gated communities and public gardens across the country.

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The Basics

Building Cost

Production Facility / Showroom

Order Placement

Building Design

Customization

Paint/Stain Finishing

Delivery

 


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FAQs

The Basics

 How long have you been in business?

We’ve been in the construction trade since 1983. Every business is born out of a need. Gardensheds, Inc. was founded in 1993 because we could not find the quality and authenticity that we were looking for in a small building. What began as something of a “hobby” quickly grew as we discovered we were not alone in wanting a quality small building. To date we have shipped more than 1,500 buildings.  In 2011 we introduced Kensington Smith a division of Gardensheds®, that offers original garden furniture to complement our buildings.

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 What distinguishes a Gardensheds’ building from other “sheds”?

We have an unabashed love affair with small buildings and think it’s important to state upfront that all sheds are not created equal, even those that might appear “similar”. Part of what we do then is to try and educate others. We do not compete on price, but do compete on value and quality.  There’s a fundamental difference between these two. Our products are readily distinguished from others for four primary reasons:

1. ORIGINAL, COPYRIGHTED DESIGNS
All of our designs are exclusive to Gardensheds, Inc. and we are very protective about copyright protection. You won’t find our products anywhere except Gardensheds.com. We look to history and architecture as our primary source of design inspiration. Others have referred to our designs as ‘timeless’ and ‘classic’. 

2. MATERIALS
While our world is increasingly becoming a synthetic world of vinyl and plastic derivatives, we continue to use genuine, premium building materials like poplar, cypress, oak, mahogany, pine, copper, iron and cedar that endure for authenticity, integrity and durability. We mill and dimension much of our own material. Our steel hardware is hand forged with hammered edges and has a powder coat epoxy finish for durable rust-proof longevity. Because many of the materials we do use are natural we feel an obligation to use these materials wisely and responsibly.  All of the wood we use is harvested from sustainably managed domestic timber reserves.

3. CRAFTSMANSHIP
Our dedicated production facility is staffed by a consummate group of talented artisans, craftsmen, tradesmen and carpenters who embrace our mission and philosophy that form, function and beauty can enhance the quality of our lives. 

4. EXPERIENCE
There’s no substitute for experience. We’ve been in the construction trade since 1983 and have set the industry standard of quality for garden buildings and related products. Our designs are often poorly imitated, but never equaled, which is why demand for our products continues to grow each year. There’s a reason why we’re the preferred source of design professionals for landscape products.

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Building Cost

 I don’t see any prices on your website. How can I estimate cost?

Our fully finished buildings range in price from $8,000 to $50,000. Because no two buildings are exactly alike, it is difficult to publish fixed pricing. There are just too many variables and options with each order. Once we know what your building specifications are—style, size, windows, doors, cupolas, paint, exterior/interior options—we’d be happy to return a prompt quotation to you. As some guidance we find that our buildings fall within a price range of $100-$150 square foot for a fully assembled and finished building. Thus a 10 x 10 building will typically (although not always) fall within a range of $10-$15,000. 

 Do you offer financing?

Short answer, no.  We’re in the construction business, not the banking business.

 Do you ever have sales or promotions?

Generally, no.  Even with the recent economic downturn, thankfully, we continue to be busy. Each year we meet or exceed our annual production capacity. This year, for the first time we have implemented a new idea we call our “Good Fortune Program” that benefits one fortunate client and one fortunate charity.  In this program we sell a limited number of subscription tickets (250) for $100 each, with no limit on number of ticket purchases.  Once tickets are all sold, or a minimum of 150, we will randomly select one ticket for a client to receive our Williamsburg Classic™ painted to their selection for FREE ($11,000 retail value). Or, we will credit or refund $10,000 toward the purchase of any building in our Gardensheds™ Portfolio. Net sales proceeds will be donated to a designated charity.  For further details see our link—Charity Raffle Program.  It’s a great opportunity to potentially receive a free or discounted Gardensheds® building while knowing that you are also benefiting a charitable cause.

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Production Facility / Showroom

 Is it possible to visit your production facility?

Because our facility is not safely set-up for client visits with viewing stations, it is not possible to visit.  Otherwise, for safety precautions, we would have to constantly shut down our workflow to accommodate visitors.  Apart from this, our insurance is rated with us being a “closed-to-the-public” production facility. Still, we do make every effort to be transparent and to give you a “window” into our “shop floor” with regular postings to our company Facebook® link.  Here you can see photos of buildings at various stages of production, including “ready to ship” photos.

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 Where can I see your buildings?

 The irony is that to date we have shipped more than 1,500 buildings across the country with limited showroom display. We do not maintain a “showroom” per se.  Our website photo gallery and Facebook® link are probably our most accessible “showrooms.” Even at our production facility we do not maintain a showroom. Instead, we ship buildings as they are complete.  We do have a few display buildings at our Lambertville, NJ location (open by appointment).  We are kind of like the “shoemaker” in that we’re so busy building beautiful buildings for our clients that we forget about ourselves!  We have many, many client installations that have been published and really should be our showroom! The good news is that we can generally direct you to one of our client installations in your area. Clients are always eager to show-off their buildings! Such visits do need to be pre-arranged.

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Order Placement

Do you have buildings in stock for immediate delivery?

Because each building is unique it is difficult to inventory buildings. Invariably someone wants a different size with different windows/doors

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Do you have client references?

Absolutely. Upon request we’d be happy to provide you with a list of clients you may feel free to contact.

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 Can my order be changed after you’ve received it?

We make every effort to accommodate change order requests, if possible. If construction has already commenced on your building a change order is often more difficult to implement and will typically result in a change order fee. The most important thing is that in the end we want you to be happy with your order.

Typically an order can be changed and amended up and until we receive your signed copy of Approval Drawing. Once we receive your signed Approval Drawing we immediately commence construction on your building. The first stage is the milling and dimensioning of material specific to your order so that your order can proceed to the framing station.  If we have already framed and positioned a 9-lite window for example, we cannot readily change this to 4-lite window in a different location. We pre-order your paint, so even if your building has not been painted we need to have material ready when your building arrives at the paint station. All of which is to say, that once your Approval Drawing has been received, changes are difficult and costly to implement. 

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 Can my order be cancelled?

While we discourage any thought of order cancellation once an order has been confirmed by us, we allow for cancellation prior to commencement of construction only, subject to a cancellation fee of 10% of the order total.  Because your building is made to order, once construction has commenced cancellation is not an option and is subject to loss of deposit. If you are unable to accept delivery, for whatever reason, we will make every effort to assist you in trying to sell your building.

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 How long will it take for my order to be completed?

Lead-time varies according to each order and time of year.  Although we are busy year-round, our peak seasons are spring and fall.  Whether a building is standard or custom will also factor into lead-time.  As a general guideline we recommend that orders be placed one season in advance of when you would like delivery.  If you are looking for a spring delivery, you should consider placing your order in winter.  Our spring early birds, for example, will start lining up in early January to be assured of a spot in our spring production cutting schedule.  As a general guideline, once we have received your signed Approval Drawing, orders will typically fall within a 6-10 week time frame for delivery.  The other variable with leadtime is that we constantly review our order queue. We try to consolidate “like” buildings and “like” geography on the floor at the same time.  Thus if we have a Williamsburg Classic™ building order at the head of the production queue going to the Boston area and another one of similar design going to New Hampshire but is at the tail of the queue, we typically will “bump” this NH order up on the floor for production with the Boston order.  All of which is to say, leadtime is part art, part science.

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Building Design

Can I copy one of your designs?

Not unless you want to be in violation of copyright law subject to penalty of up to $150,000.  That would be an expensive building!  Seriously, each of our designs is protected with enforceable copyrights that we have successfully defended. Copying is tantamount to stealing and is a violation of our rights we take very seriously. So our cautionary word of advice is, don’t go there unless you want to hear from our IP (intellectual property) lawyers.  Instead, we offer other less expensive options: Consider purchase of our building kit that includes all pre-cut and dimensioned materials and hardware that you can have the satisfaction of building yourself.  Or, consider purchase of design/license fee that provides you with building drawing and material parts lists for you to source and construct yourself.  

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 Do you sell building plans?

A measured CAD drawing (Approval Drawing) of building elevations (rendered in your paint color) and detailed floor plan is included with your building purchase. We do sell a building drawing/license fee, limited to a one-time single personal use for those who want to construct their own building.  Inquire for further information and pricing.

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 Do you offer a “kit” version of your designs that I can build myself?

Beginning Late Summer 2012, for the first time, we will make available our buildings in “kit” format.  There are advantages and disadvantages to this approach. On the positive side we provide you with all pre-dimensioned materials and hardware so it is essentially an assembly task, rather than a more complicated fabrication and assembly task. There is an average cost savings of 20-30% if you are able to do the work yourself. There are some disadvantages you need be aware of:

1) onsite assembly is subject to weather conditions (unlike at our sheltered facility);

2) you may underestimate amount of time required;

3) knowledge and experience with carpentry is required;

4) may require rental or purchase of tools and equipment;

5) extra help required.

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 Can I purchase just windows, doors and cupola from you?

At this time we do not sell component parts separate from the complete building package itself—either fully constructed by us, or in “kit” form by you.  We do, however, sell replacement component parts to existing Gardensheds™ clients.

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Customization

 Can your buildings be customized to my particular requirements?

Yes, Each building we produce is made-to-order to your specifications and requirements.  Thus, there is a range of sizes for each building, including siding, roofing, flooring, windows, doors and cupolas options, together with an array of exterior and interior optional features.  We work closely with you to design a building that will best suit your needs.

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 Is it possible to have a building with walls taller than 8’-0?

Absolutely. Consistent with historical dependency buildings ours are proportionally scaled with a standard wall height of 6’-8”. Because our ceilings are open to 11’ and higher the interior feels very spacious, not restricted.  We have a transport height restriction of about 11’-2”.  For buildings that exceed this height we construct a building in two sections: body and roof that are then seamlessly connected at time of delivery. In some instances the roof may be in two sections.

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 Do you recommend that our building match the style of our house?

We try to discourage the tendency to create a “mini-me” version of your main house.  In this instance the smaller building tends to blend or disappear into the landscape, especially if adjacent to the main structure. In our experience, a small building looks best when it complements, but does not duplicate a main house. A building looks best when it stands on its own architectural merit. The historical tradition of small buildings, or dependencies as they were called, is that each was always architecturally distinct, but complementary to the architecture of the main house. Thus you would often find a dependency with white clapboard siding and hip roof dependency adjacent to a brick Georgian colonial with a gable roof.  We also discourage the tendency to match your house colors with a smaller building—storage/garden shed, cottage or pool house.  Instead we’ll encourage you to look at colors in the same hue or range so that each building is subtly distinct from one another.

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 Is it possible to have a finished interior?

Absolutely. Many of our buildings, depending on intended level of use are finished inside, including interior sub-divided walls/rooms. Interiors may also be fitted out with pre-wire electrical (outlets, switches, data wiring, ceiling and lantern mounts, etc.)  Simple storage or utility buildings are often unfinished, although functional electrical and interior paint for a fully sealed and protected interior is something to consider.  For buildings that will be occupied (gardening, studio, home-office, cottage, pool house etc.) the interior, more often than not is finished to some degree. The degree to which your building interior is finished depends on both personal preference and intended use. Typically, a pool house or cottage building will have a more finished interior than a utility building. With pool buildings it’s common for us to build out an interior changing room that might include a storage bench, closet, clothes rack and towel shelving. Interiors on all buildings can be partially or fully finished. Our standard flooring is tongue and grove ash. Alternate flooring can range from white oak, wide plank pine, parquet, linoleum, tile, cork reclaimed wood, and stone. We offer a variety of finished wall options including, cedar, bead board, reclaimed barn siding, wainscoting and panel walls. Other interior options include subdivided walls, zinc countertops and workbenches, shelving, storage loft/ladder, tool/towel/bike racks, storage benches, built-ins and trim packages. Because there are so many options to finish your interior it’s best to call us to review your ideas.

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 Are there different options for siding, roofing and flooring?

Yes. Our standard siding is cypress in either vertical or horizontal. With the clapboard) we offer either plain bevel, or traditional bead profile.  Optional siding materials include cedar shake, reclaimed barn wood or Hardiplank®.  Our standard roofing is western red cedar. Optional roofing materials include, metal, asphalt, slate.  Our standard flooring is 5/4 T&G solid ash. Optional flooring materials include, wide plank pine, cork, reclaimed barn wood, tile and brick.  With siding, flooring and roofing there are any number of sustainable, “Green” materials we can recommend.

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 Are your buildings suitable for year-round use?

Many clients use our buildings for guest cottage, studio, home office.  Our buildings are easily adaptable for year-round use.  We have had clients add wood burning stove and wall-mounted air conditioners for added temperature control. Buildings are easily heated with a simple 6’ electric heater.

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 Do you offer electrical or plumbing for your buildings?

We do offer pre-wire electrical as this is best installed at our facility

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 Can my building be insulated?

One of the standard features in our buildings is a fully insulated underside with vapor barrier. Our buildings are completely air-tight on the underside. To the best of our knowledge, we are the only company that does this. The rigid, closed cell insulation we use is a very effective deterrent in controlling insects/rodents and moisture. Insulation of walls and ceiling is an option we offer.

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Paint/Stain Finishing

 Can I select my own paint or stain colors?

Yes, we can direct you to a variety of suppliers, including Fine Paints of Europe, Benjamin Moore, Sherwin Williams and Cabot. Bear in mind that there is a difference between paint and stain.  Stain is available in solid, semi-transparent or transparent. We recommend use of solid stain for best results.  Unlike a paint, a stain will penetrate the substrate material.  Stain is “flat” in sheen.  With paint we apply two finish topcoats in an eggshell finish trim in a semi-gloss.  Both paint or stain require maintenance. We recommend an annual light power wash with mild cleaning agent.  To properly maintain your building appearance we recommend a re-coating every 7 years. As part of the finish selection process we’re happy to offer color guidance and suggestions (we’ve seen them all!). For more information about finishing, paint and stain, please refer to our paint/stain web page.

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 Will you ship a building with an unfinished exterior so that I can paint myself?

We will not ship a building that is not painted on the exterior for good reasons.  Would you buy an unpainted car?  Let’s begin with the obvious. We’re obsessive about moisture control in our materials. Your building is never exposed to the outside weather until it is fully sealed and finished. We have a dedicated, dust-free, temperature controlled building designed to produce the best finish. We use a multi-step finish application from fill, seal, prime and topcoat. Window glass panes are carefully masked for crisp registration with painted muntins. Every building has a finished exterior. Interior paint is optional.  We will match to your color selection.  In the end we want to deliver the best finished building to you. 

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  Do you recommend painting of the interior?

Approximately 65% of our buildings have a finished, i.e. painted interior.  While not necessary for a utility or storage building, we certainly do recommend for a building that will be occupied, such as a guest cottage, pool house, studio, home office, etc.  With painted interiors we apply the cedar roof shingles after painting so there is a contrast ceiling with the natural cedar exposed on the interior ceiling so the cedar can “breathe”.  It would be very difficult to achieve this manner of ceiling if the building interior were not painted at our facility during construction. The advantage of a fully finished interior is that it all the wood is primed and sealed for protection.

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Delivery

 Is there a restriction on distance you will deliver to?

No, we routinely ship to 48 States. We have even shipped to Virgin Islands! We are ideally located for central shipping to East Coast, Mid-Atlantic, Midwest and South. Approximately 75% of our annual business is on the East Coast (ME, NH, VT, MA, NY, RI, CT) , Mid-Atlantic region (NJ, PA, DE, MD, VA, NC)  and Midwest (MI, OH, IL, KY, MO).  We make multiple annuals runs to both the south and west.  We do not, at this time ship fully assembled buildings to Canada.

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 How much does it cost to ship a building?

Shipping costs vary according to three factors:

1) mileage  

2) building size  

3) site conditions.

At time of order placement we provide you with a delivery/installation estimate subject to confirmation by our shipper ZST, Inc..  For deliveries within a 250 mile radius the average delivery/installation cost is $350-750; within a 250-500 mile radius the average cost is $1,000-$2,000.  On distances greater than 500 miles we typically consolidate two buildings to save each owner on cost. While we regularly deliver to CA, WA, OR, TX and other distant locations, another option to consider is purchase of our building in “kit” format to be assembled on your site by a local carpenter.  It is less expensive to ship a “kit” building than a fully assembled building. All parts are pre-dimensioned and cut. The advantage of this method is that when complete you will have an authentic, Gardensheds™ building.

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 What if access to my property is limited?

One of the very first questions we’re going to ask you is about property access.

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 Is the site accessible? Are there any obstacles or constraints?

If there is a concern we will likely ask for photographs or simple video so we can better evaluate. Smart phones make it very easy to walk and record a video from property entrance to site foundation and to then email this to us for review.  Often what may seem like an inaccessible site is often not the case. We have seen every imaginable site situation in our 18 years of business and can offer you guidance and suggestions. At the end of the day, if your site has limited access there are options.  One option is that we can off-load the building from our trailer as close to the site as possible and then transfer to a smaller remote controlled “BOB” machine that is able to navigate grade/terrain changes. Another option is to arrange for a crane installation.  There are few instances in which a crane cannot hoist and place a building where we cannot.  Property owner is responsible for contracting with local crane service and we will coordinate and assist with our delivery/installation.  Another option is to order a building in panelized sections, or “kit” format to be constructed onsite by your arranged crew or ours.  At the end of the day we have yet to encounter a site situation for which we have not found a solution for installing one of our buildings.  If you want one of our buildings, we’ll find a way to get it to you!

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