Frequently Asked Questions

Questions and Answers about wooden shed kits by Solid Build

Is it difficult to assemble a garden shed kit by myself?

Building your wooden shed or cabin is easier than you think. Detailed instructions accompany each kit. Piece by piece, the components fit together to create a shed that is at once appealing and durable. The result is a DIY job to be proud of. Please visit our garden shed kit assembly video library for more details.

How long will it take to assemble a shed kit?

It depends on the size of the shed, but usually it takes one day to build a 10’ x 10’ kit. A team of two somewhat handy people would assemble a shed in about 8 hours - that includes everything from anchoring, to installing the roof boards and the floorboards. Additional time is needed to prepare the foundation for your shed, to install the roofing material of your choice, and to stain or paint your shed. Foundation and staining are typically the most time-consuming tasks.

How strong are these sheds? Will they hold up through a hurricane or an earthquake?

These sheds are constructed in a "Lincoln Log" like manner. This type of construction has been used to construct homes in Northern Europe and Scandinavia for centuries. In fact, when Frank Lloyd Wright was supervising the construction of Imperial Hotel of Tokyo, he used a technique called “floating cantilever construction,” to protect the building against earthquakes. In this technique, the beams overlap and interlock at right angles, just like our sheds. That said, we do not have certificates issued by structural engineer, as these have to be issued by the engineers of each county around the US. But we have not had testimonies of sheds that had fallen apart due to earthquakes, and we suggest putting on the hurricane straps if one is coming just to be sure!

What is included in the shed kit?

Solid Build wooden shed kit includes wall and roof components, tempered glass doors and windows, all door and window hardware plus extra boards, floorboards (select models) and trim parts. You will have to separately acquire foundation materials, anchors (depending on the type of foundation) and roof materials (see if you have some leftover material from your house!).

Do I need a permit to build a shed?

Permit requirements vary from county to county and even town to town. Please make sure to contact your local building department to find out whether a wooden shed requires a building permit in your area. Please contact us if you are asked for any specific information needed to receive the building permit.

What kind of foundation is best for a wooden shed?

A firm, level base is essential. Concrete slab or compressed gravel foundation work the best for any type of shed. Another great and popular option is treated wood grid foundation which can be formed directly on the ground and filled with gravel, or raised on concrete piers if the soil in your area is soft. The shed can also be assembled on patio stones, super spikes, or cinder blocks that are placed under the treated floor joists, however, these options are most suitable for warmer climates with little precipitation and firm level ground. There is more information with pictures on the "How to build a shed foundation" page.

What type of roofing is recommended for a wooden shed?

A roofing felt and shingles or metal roof are great options. We mostly see people use same roofing material that's on their house, to match the looks or simply use up the leftover material. Roofing material selection is very broad and mostly depends on your taste and budget. Synthetic shingles are the most budget friendly and very easy to install yourself, especially 3-tab. You can find various videos on Youtube showing how to do it, and it does not require a lot of expertise. However, synthetic shingles are not the best choice for hot and sunny areas, nor is it the longest lasting one. Metal roofing (with some insulation underneath) is best for hot areas as it helps to reflect the heat better. If possible, we do encourage you to choose a nature-friendly option, such as recycled shingles. Since shed roof area is relatively small, you might be able to source some reclaimed materials for your roof. And for the experimental types, explore the solar roof options, or a "green roof".

What is the roof load bearing capacity of these sheds?

The shed roof load bearing capacity is 24 lbs/ sq ft. This will support most popular roofing materials and about a foot of semi-compressed snow. If you worry about snow, a gabled roof is a safer option, and you may occasionally use a broom stick to help the snow fall off - just give it a few gentle taps from the inside.

Can Solid Build wooden sheds be insulated?

The answer is complex. As is, our sheds come with single pane glass in windows and doors. So wall insulation will not be as efficient as it could be. However, we do advice to insulate roof and floor to keep the shed from overheating or over-cooling in winter. It can be done by installing a sub-floor and stuffing the space between the floor joists with insulation material of choice. For the roof, form a 2x2 grid on top of the roof boards and fill with insulation material, then cover with any other wood boards or plywood and install the roofing.

Solid Build garden sheds perform well as a tiny house or home office shed in the temperatures as low as 40s with a simple space heater but may not be the best choice for a year-round residence in the colder climates. We have customers who use them all year round in the Northwest. However, in the areas experiencing deep winters it's best for a 3-season use.

What are Solid Build wooden shed kits made out of?

These sheds are made out of solid 2″ tongue and groove Northern Spruce sourced from the sustainably managed forests in Northern Europe and Scandinavia. The lumber is link dried to 12% humidity and precision-cut to produce the beautiful sheds and cabins. Thick boards and reinforced roof structure allow these sheds to withstand harsh weather conditions. We do not use any harmful chemicals or glue for processing our lumber and meet all requirements for children and adult safe materials for the state of California and further.

Do you make custom garden sheds or cabins?

Yes. We can make anything up to the size of 20' x 20', larger projects are also possible but are more complex. All of the custom sheds and cabins are made from thicker boards - 1 3/4" (44 mm) instead of a standard 1 1/8" or 1 3/8" ( 28 mm or 34 mm respectively) boards. You can combine different elements you see on our stock models and let us know what you like. Ideally, make a hand sketch and send us a photo of that for the most accurate estimate or check out the custom shed price calculator. We typically deliver custom sheds and cabins twice a year - once in March, and once in November. Contact us!

Can the cabins be moved after assembly?

Yes. The smaller sheds can be moved, however, we do not recommend moving cabins larger than the 13′x 10′ model. You can always disassemble the shed and reassemble it at a different location. If any wood damage occurs during the move, use wood filler and sandpaper for repair. It can fix almost any imperfection!

How do I treat and care for my wooden garden shed?

Solid Build sheds are made out of 100% natural wood and therefore, need to be treated just like any other wooden product. It is very important to apply wood sealant of your choice as soon as you erect your shed. By doing so, you will prevent discoloration caused by sun and possible water damage. Please maintain your cabin properly and it will surely keep its original appeal for many years to come. You may use from a variety of paints and stains available at hardware stores, or chose an eco-friendly product. So far a better selection of eco-stains and eco-paints is available online and we encourage you to do your own research as properties for each product (conventional or eco-friendly) give very different aesthetic results, vary in the ease of application, future maintenance, etc.

Where are Solid Build sheds and cabins made, where is your factory?

All our shed kits are manufactured in the European Union. Our mill is located in a small town in Lithuania and has been manufacturing these beautiful sheds since 1996. We source the lumber from the forests of Northern Europe and Scandinavia that employ sustainable forestry practices and have sustainable forestry certification. The scrap lumber is turned into mulch, leaving minimal to no waste. All our mill workers are paid above minimum wage, and get the whole month of vacation time! Yes, that's Europe.

Our US store opened in 2009 and has been successfully equipping the American yards and gardens ever since. Let us know if you have any more questions! The message bubble in the lower right corner might be the most convenient.