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Order Sequence Overview
Step 1: Permit and Zoning Requirements
Ordinances vary from one municipality to the next so we recommend that you first check with your local building department to verify requirements pertaining to permit, zoning and property line setback for your building. Our buildings are typically classified as “temporary” as oppossed to “permanent” structures and may or may not be subject to permit regulations. The size of your building will often determine whether a permit is required. Often less than 200 sq. ft. (10’ x 20’ building size for example) does not require permit approval, although in some instances anything greater than 100 sq. ft (10’ x 10’) may require permit approval. Again, we advise you to check with your local town for permit requirements.
Step 2: Confirm Site Accessibility
One of the very first questions we’re going to ask you to confirm is if we are able to access the site location to delivery your building. Ideally, we can back our trailer to the site and off-load. Note: Even with a large building we are not driving an 18-wheeler! We arrive with a pick-up pulling a low trailer. For better sense of what a delivery looks like visit our Delivery/Installation Album under the Gallery menu heading. We have numerous other options for delivery and installation of a building if site is not completely accessible. We can review these options with you. If you have a concern about delivery—with access, clearance, or property grade—it's helpful if you could take a few digital pictures and email these so we can better understand the constraints. Another simple solution that many clients do, is to take their smart phone and make a simple video, walking from the property access to the foundation site. This is very helpful for us to review.
Step 3: Foundation Pad
It is the responsibility of the property owner to install a suitable foundation pad onto which the building will be installed. A variety of foundation options are available, including gravel, concrete footings, and concrete slab. If needed we can offer some guidance on type of foundation best suitable for your building. You should contact a local landscape contractor for your foundation installation. For clients in a 90 miled radius of our office we cann recommend an independent contractor. For further information about installing your foundation pad refer to our Foundation Guide.
Step 4: Price Quote Request & Review
Once you have selected your building, we ask that you complete the Price Quote Request Form to facilitate processing of your order. Once we receive your request we’ll promptly review and let you know if there are any questions. We’ll email a detailed price quote request for your consideration. No hard sell, no pressure from us. Price quote will also include delivery/installation estimate. Price Quote is valid for thirty (30) days and subject to change thereafter.
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Step 5: Deposit
Acceptance of your order begins with our receipt of your deposit (check or Visa/MC/Discovery).
Step 6: Order Confirmation
Upon receipt of your deposit you will receive an Order Confirmation and deposit receipt.
Step 7: Approval Drawing
Approximately 2-3 days after receipt of your deposit we’ll email a preliminary layout of your building order, including all specifications, to confirm that we understand everythign correctly. At this stage, all information, including paint/stain color(s) must be finalized. A final, measured CAD drawing that includes color renderings of building elevations and detailed floor plan, will follow the preliminary layout. Your Approval Drawing serves as the production document on our shop floor. We will not begin production of your order until we have received a signed copy of your Approval Drawing (or email confirmation of approval).
Step 8: Order Progress Update
Once production commences of your order commences on our assembly floor, the start to finish process is typically 2 weeks. Your building will make a continuous, non-stop loop, passing through various work stations as it progresses from framing to final paint and inspection. During the production phase we’ll advise you with order status, and, upon request, can provide you with progress photos.
Step 9: Delivery/Installation
The safe transport of your building is an integral part of the order process. We work exclusively with ZST, Inc., an independent transport service for one simple reason—they are the best at what they do. To date they have delivered more than 1,500 buildings of our buildings to clients. At the outset of your order we provide your contact information to ZST, Inc. who will contact you directly to coordinate delivery. ZST will review site conditions and will typically request site/foundation photos so they have a clear understanding of the “lay of the land.” Payment for delivery/installation is due at time of delivery and is between client and ZST, Inc. Gardensheds is not involved in this financial transaction. For further information about what the delivery/installation process looks like view our Delivery/Installation Image Gallery.
Step 10: Balance Due
Balance payment on your building is due upon completion. Building will not be released for shipment until balance has been received and payment cleared. Upon request we can provide you with photos of your finished building.