Dozens of choices and a professional on-site consultation help you get the perfect shed, studio, or garage to fit your spot and meet your needs.
Example: 8×10 Studio, El Cerrito
Designed for Maximum Use as a Home Office AND to Fit the Existing Setting of the Home & Yard
Choose The Shed Shop… the “Greenest” sheds in the Bay Area.
“Radiata Pine” 3/4 inch Plywood Floor Our plywood flooring is produced using wood supplied by ISO 14001 certified plantations. This certification guarantees that all forestry operations are carried out in an environmentally responsible manner and are certified under the PEFC endorsed CERTFOR standard.
Collins TruWood Horizontal Siding Collins was the first major timber company to grow certified lumber and wood products, and implement sustainable practices into its manufacturing plants. The FSC logo is a guarantee that the wood comes from forestlands that are managed in a manner that is environmentally responsible.
Louisana Pacific “SmartSide” Siding LP SmartSide products start with sustainably harvested premium hardwoods, which are then engineered with the non-toxic SmartGuard process. LP SmartSide factories are driven by energy provided by waste wood unfit for use in its products.
Radiant Barrier Roof Sheathing All Shed Shop sheds feature LP Techshield roof decking, which blocks up to 97% of the radiant heat in the panel from entering your attic area, which keeps your shed cooler.
Wood waste is recycled At the end of our manufacturing process, all wood waste is separated and sent for recycling.
Low-E Glass Double-Pane Jeld-Wen Windows We feature high-performance double-pane Low-E insulating glass windows manufactured by Jeld-Wen. These windows lower energy use, help sheds stay cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter, help prevent fading of interior furnishings, and reduces condensation. They also delivers greater light transmittance compared to tinted glass.
“Green” Features of our Studio Models
Title 24 Low-Energy Requirements Our Studio model meets California’s stringent Title 24 efficiency standards for residential buildings.
Low VOC Interior Paint Studio interiors are painted with “Behr Premium Plus Ultra” Low VOC paint & primer.
In warm weather, Low-E glass reflects the sun’s energy and prevents it from entering the building.
In cold weather, Low-E glass reduces the amount of heat lost by reflecting it back inside.
8 Notorious Shed Problems and How I’ve Solved Them
By Paul Johnston
1. Ugly Appearance.
Are you proud of your home’s appearance? Is your yard nicely landscaped? Maybe you have put off buying a shed because sheds have a notorious reputation for being ugly. We believe an attractive shed begins with all-wood shed construction…. but that’s just the beginning. Residential siding and roofing, choice trim, gabled soffit & facia roof profile, strategically placed doors & windows, balanced roof pitch and shed height, and optional house type doors all contribute to our shed’s attractive appearance.
2. Premature Floor Rotting.
We’ve solved this shed construction problem by including a four component floor system… cement blocks, treated runners, floor joists, and exterior grade 3/4″ flooring. The blocks and treated runners elevate the floor allowing airflow under the floor so it stays dry. To insure the shed stays elevated, we offer a re‐shimming service for a nominal fee as long as you own your shed…. ask for details.
3. Moisture Condensation and/or Leaks.
This notorious shed problem is common in metal sheds. We eliminate condensation by building our sheds out of wood only, which has good insulating characteristics. Leaks on our sheds are discouraged by at least nine specific items including… self‐sealing shingles, galvanized drip edge, “Synfelt” roof underlayment, all trim is caulked, positive roof overhang, self‐flashed roof vents, out‐swing shed doors, etc.
4. Inability to Have a Shed Customized to Your Needs.
Most sheds come configured only one way, with very few sizes to choose from. But The Shed Shop builds each shed individually for each customer based on their needs and preferences. There are physical limitations, and we do not offer unlimited customizing, but you can choose between several styles and almost 30 sizes. Choices include door and window placement, and there are many optional upgrades to choose from. Not sure what to order?… We’ll take you through a thorough shed consultation process to help with these decisions.
5. City Ordinance Problems.
Watch out for a shed company that tells you not to worry about permits or codes. As the property owner, you are responsible for local “zoning” or “planning” codes that may apply to your property. Although local shed codes are not always enforced, we recommend you make every effort to be in compliance. To help in this area, we keep a file of local city and county ordinances in the areas we serve. We will help you understand these codes and help you design your shed so it meets them. You may not need one, but if your shed requires a “building” permit, we offer permit procurement services that will give your shed project the best chance of getting approved.
6. Door Problems.
Since it is the only moving part, it makes sense that sheds can have door problems. Our problem free door is the result of years of practice and know-how. Our door is braced, trimmed, glued, caulked, screwed, nailed, and hinged with heavy duty “T” hinges. You would need a heavy duty pry bar and reciprocating saw to take our door apart.
7. Flimsy Construction.
Most sheds are developed with low cost in mind. This approach usually leads to poor construction. A Shed Shop building is constructed in a manner similar to house construction. No bracing component is left out that should be there including floor joists, double top plates, ridge beams, double corner studs, and extra braced door & window headers. Our shed walls are so sturdy, they can comfortably support shelving from top to bottom.
8. Lack of a Trained Shed Assembler.
Who is going to build your shed? You may have a friend or relative who can do it, but when? And you still must purchase all the materials at retail price. Every shed we sell includes installation by our own trained employees; we do not use sub-contractors as is the practice of some shed companies. Listen to one satisfied customer’s comments….
“We wanted to write to let you know how happy we are with our new shed, and what a good job Aaron and Nick did in building it. They were prompt, personable, astonishingly efficient and meticulous, happy to answer questions, and did a good job of cleaning up. We are AMAZED that they could build such a sturdy and attractive shed so quickly. We also appreciate the well thought out design that makes that possible! It’s immediately apparent that it’s a quality building, even if it is only a shed.” – Jack & Gail in Richmond.
How The Shed Shop Compares to Our Competition
Home Depot & Lowe’s
Often no knowledgeable sales staff to answer questions and discuss options
Limited shed choices or options
Confusion & frustration having to deal with two companies; the retailer AND the subcontractor
Most people agree Shed Shop buildings are more residential friendly in their appearance
Tuff Shed buildings appear to cost less, but when our standard features are factored in, pricing is very similar
…for example, even on Tuff Shed’s top-of-the-line “Pro Series”; vents, window, radiant barrier roof decking, and 30 yr. dimensional shingles all cost extra.
…plus every Shed Shop shed has an elevated floor system, lifetime floor guarantee, double ridge beams… items which Tuff Shed does not offer
Best Shed Ever
By the clever use of their name they claim to have the “best shed ever” and claim to have the “same quality for 20 – 30% less than the big shed companies.” However, when we compare their standard features listed on their web site with the standard features of our best-selling “Classic” shed line, we count at least 12 items in which our “Classic” is superior. But don’t take our word for it. Go see a BSE building and then visit our showroom; we are both in Fremont; and decide for yourself which building has the better quality.
Individual Shed Builders Advertising on Craigslist
Ask the shed builder if they have liability and worker’s compensation insurance, which shields you from liability for accidents that could happen on your property
Ask about a warranty and their ability to give long term customer service
Beware of giving a deposit to anyone who doesn’t have a place of business
Out-of-State Sheds For Sale Over the Internet
Customer must assemble and waterproof the shed themselves
Shipping costs can be a significant part of the total price
Often comes with no floor or roofing
No demo buildings to inspect in person before ordering
No repair or warranty service available after the sale
Metal Shed Kits
Moisture condenses on metal, meaning everything inside will be exposed to moisture & mildew
Their drab (dare we say “ugly”) appearance is a major concern for most Bay Area Homeowners
Assembly has been described as a nightmare
“I wasted valuable time at Home Depot and on the phone with Tuff Shed. Fortunately I was referred to The Shed Shop.” Virginia S., Lafayette
“I am still impressed with the quality of my Shed Shop shed when I compare it to my dad’sTuff Shed.” Randall K., Newark
“We looked at a Tuff Shed but we thought the Shed Shop product was better constructed.” Bonnie M., Los Altos
“A room addition was too expensive and Tuff Shed didn’t have a quality building in the size we wanted.” Gary P., Walnut Creek
“We kept looking for a cheaper shed but we could not find any we liked. Our Shed Shop shed is the same design as our home.” John L., Concord