We offer four project options:
1. Turnkey (A-Z includes design, construction, assembly, finish, delivery and installation)
This is the preferred option for the overwhelming majority of our clients as it offers many obvious benefits. Namely, we take care of everything from start to finish, including ability to fully insulate and pre-wire a building. The best part? Your building is fully assembled and finished and ready to use and enjoy the day of delivery. Our skillled and experienced team of designers, carpenters, craftsmen, tradesmen and painters labor together on your made-to-order building as it proceeds from one workstation to the next. Unlike field or onsite construction, there is no disruption to your property or life. Instead, we construct your building in a weather-protected, fully-equipped, sheltered workshop that includes a dedicated wood storage space, mill shop, assembly space, and a dust-free temperature controlled paint facility to ensure a superior protective finish before your building is ever exposed to the outdoors.
- We take care of everything—from start to finish.
- We specialize in small building architecture
- We're obsessive about quality
- We craft each building as if it were our own
- Design, construction, assembly, finish all under one roof
- Skill and experience of our team of designers, carpenters, craftsmen, tradesmen and painters
- Consummate craftsmanship
- Workmanship guarantee
- We deliver and install to 48 States
- Your building is ready to use and enjoy the day of delivery
- Let us know when you find one
2. Onsite Construction
Each year we are asked by clients to undertake onsite construction projects for buildings that are either too large [14 wide limitation] to transport or there is limited access to site location. Typically these are clients who are purchasing, or have already purchased one of our smaller buildings, and want a garage, carriage house, studio or large pool house to match their other building in design and quality. Because we are so busy with our standard smaller buildings we often have limited openings for this type of work and do require scheduling well in advance. Priority and preference is given to clients who already own one of our smaller buildings or clients who have already contracted for one. We do not get involved with general house renovations or additions. Our focus is strictly limited to free-standing small building structures.
For onsite construction projects we will arrive with pre-cut, dimensioned parts for assembly and finish.
3. Design (standard or custom building)
The starting point of any Gardensheds™ project is the design phase. You should begin with a review of our Building Portfolio and Gallery for general overview of our capabilities. Also, be sure to check out our Gardensheds™ Facebook link as well for weekly postings and photos that are often not included on our promary website.
Keep in mind that any models can be custom sized and configured and that all model variations are not published on our website. If you have something altogether custom in mind, different from any of the models in our Portfolio Collection, we can work with you on this basis as well (custom building). Approximately, 15% of our annual business is custom work. The only thing we will not do is to copy another design as this goes against our conviction.
Even with our standard models no two projects are rarely alike. Each building is made-ot-order to your requirements, including your selected paint color(s). During the iniitial consultation (which can be in person, or, more typically, by phone or email) we will assess the scope of your proposed project, including budget, needs and requirements. Site photos, including main residence, and property survey, while not required, are helpful so we have a better understanding of how your proposed building will compliment and fit into the overall landscape. From this information we’ll collaborate with you to design an appropriate Gardensheds™ structure. We’ll help guide you through the design process, looking equally at function, aesthetics and cost.
We’ll provide you with an initial design concept/proposal for further review. This will be followed with a final, measured CAD drawing, including specifications, that is rendered in your selected paint color(s). One round of revisions at this stage is included in the design fee should you want to make any changes. Final Approval Drawing will include four (4) building elevations and floor/electrical plan that is suitable for permit requirements. The value of the Approval Drawing is two-fold: One, you get a clear idea of what your building will look like prior to actual construction; two, the drawing serves as a work order on our shop floor so that there is no misunderstanding, for example, as to whsat style window should be located where. We don’t like surprises any more than you do and the drawing serves to safeguard against the likelihood of any errors. Your drawing will be sent via email as a PDF attachment. Allow 1-2 weeks for design phase completion from initial consult to final drawing.
Design Fee: The design fee is included with your building order and deposit. If you wish to have the design work done on the front-end, prior to placing an order, there is a design fee of $250-$500 (standard design) that varies depending on building size and level of complexity. Design fee for custom design not in our Building Portfolio ranges from $500-$750, again depending on level of complexity. There is no charge for an initial consultation and project review. The design fee is fully credited toward cost of either “KIT” or “TURNKEY” building order of same design one year from date of Approval Drawing.
Step One: NO CHARGE INITIAL CONSULTATION (office visit, phone or email) - Project Scope- Budget- Needs- Site Info/Access- Bldg Foundation- Bldg Model Selection- Windows/Doors/ Options
Step Two: PRELIMINARY CONCEPT - Design Fee- Design Review- Paint/Stain Review- Project Price Quote- Preliminary Layout- Changes/Modifications
Step Three: FINAL CAD DRAWING - Color Rendering- Building Elevations- Floor Plan- Building Specifications- Client Approval- Proceed to Order Placement
4. Build-It-Yourself KIT (available late summer 2012)
To build or not to build? The hallmark of any Gardensheds™ building is design, materials and craftsmanship. Because we mill our own material and produce our own sub-components (windows, doors, cupolas, etc.) our buildings have a distinct look and appearance. If you prefer the hands-on challenge (and satisfaction) of constructing one of our original buildings and realizing cost savings our newly offered KIT option may be of interest. This may also be a suitable option if property access for one of our pre-constructed buildings is limited and crane-in-place is not feasible; or, if you are located more than 500 miles from our PA facility. Construction of our buildings requires familiarity with carpentry terms and skills together with the ability to read a blueprint.
Each KIT includes all dimensioned, pre-cut material and hardware, together with fully assembled sub-components, including our exclusive windows, doors and cupola that we craft in-house. Assembly time will vary depending on scope of building design and should not be underestimated. A typical KIT will require on average 50-100 hours to assemble and finish. Building KITS will ship shrink-wrapped on a pallet via flatbed common carrier. Depending on carrier (we try to use carriers who have tilt flat bed) a forklift may be reqjuired at delivery location to off-load. Overall cost savings will average 25-30% compared to a turnkey building of the same design that we fully construct, assemble, finish and deliver.
NOTE: We do not sell individual components (windows, doors, cupolas, etc.) seperate and apart from the entire building KIT.
- Own an original Gardensheds® design
- Same materials, subcomponents, hardware and fasteners as our own construction
- All parts pre-cut, pre-dimensioned (eliminates time for set-up, measuring, cutting, etc.)
- Fun, challenging project
- Cost Savings
- Bragging Rights: "I built it myself."
- May take longer to complete than estimated
- May be more difficult than imagined
- Requires additional labor help to off-load and to construct
- Requires 2 months or more if weekend project
- May require rental or purchase of tools and equipment
- Can not be built in sheltered environment so subject to weather conditions