Shed Information and FAQs

Answers to some frequently asked questions about purchasing and preparing a site for a storage shed, storage barn, garage, or similar structure are below. If you still have questions please give us a call at (717) 925-7170 or visit our online contact page.

Why are some of your structures called sheds and others are called barns?

The gambrel roof style has long been used on farmers' barns in Lancaster County and elsewhere. Consequently sheds that use the gambrel roof style (see the mini barn for instance) are typically labeled as "barns" instead of "sheds" though both terms are also used to describe either of them.

Will I need a building permit for my shed?

Some areas require building permits for sheds and others do not, so check with your local municipality if you have questions for your area. We have a shed diagram that may be useful in the permitting process if you do find you need a permit (see shed construction).

Do you send instruction manuals with shed & barn kits?

We do not have instruction manuals for our kits, but can give phone support to help your crew assemble your shed or barn if needed. Your crew will also need to provide some fasteners (e.g. screws & shingle nails) to complete the shed or barn assembly.

Do the skids stay in place below my shed?

The skids below the shed are spaced correctly to fit the transport trailer but also stay in place after installation. If your shed needs to be built on a concrete pad that you wish to use as the floor we bring the shed as a kit and construct it on your concrete pad.

Will you use blocks to level my shed?

We do not normally level a shed using blocks, though in some situations for smaller sheds we can use blocks for leveling. Let us know in advance if you believe blocking may work for your situation. Three things apply in the event we agree to try to level your shed with blocks: (1) You will need to provide ample blocks and have them on site before the shed arrives, (2) you may need to pay extra for the time needed to block the shed, and (3) we will not return to reblock a shed that has settled after installaion.

Can my shed be set on grass or do I need to prepare a site for the shed?

Grass areas are seldom level enough to set a shed without any preparation. The shed may be set on a concrete pad, patio, deck, or bed of crushed stone. A good way to prepare a foundation is to cut out 4" to 6" of sod and fill it with ¾" crushed stones. You will likely want to frame the pad with timbers if the ground is not level since you will then need to dig deeper at some places and may need to hold the stone in place on one of the sides. The foundation needs to be level for your shed to be level. To help prepare your site you may want to check with Eli Stoltzfus at Bedrock Foundations (484-712-8828), Gid Stoltzfus at Better Built Pads (717-629-0968), Jake Lantz at Firm Foundations (717-629-0689), or for the Lansdale area only Larry Bergey (484-336-9481).

gravel pad
What happens if I need to cancel an order for a shed or barn?

A shed or barn order may be cancelled for a full refund before the order has been processed at the shop. The amount of refund after the order has been processed depends on the order itself and the amount of work that has been done on the order at the point of cancellation.

How and when do I pay the balance for the shed?

The balance for the shed is due on the day of delivery. We will confirm arrangements for payment of the balance due before the shed is delivered. If you wish to pay by credit card we normally authorize the payment before delivery, then process the charge when the delivery has been completed. If the shed is being shipped as a kit via common carrier the balance needs to be paid before the shed leaves the shop.

How do I get an order for a shed started? What are my payment options?

To activate an order for a shed, we need 30% of the order total, including tax and delivery. We do not accept credit cards but a personal check is fine. Instructions for deposit will be included in estimate.

Do I need to pay my state sales tax if you deliver a shed or barn to my out of state location (outside of Pennsylvania)?

We are not required to charge NJ sales tax on structures delivered to NJ by a third party if the full amount (minus sales tax) is paid in initial deposit. All build on site jobs in NJ will be taxed as our crew will deliver and assemble the structure on site.

How do you build large sheds, barns, and garages? How do you build two story structures?

All larger structures take some final assembly at the job site. Sometimes a shed can be built and delivered in sections with the sections being joined on location. The second story of a two story shed is always finished at the job site. For some larger buildings the lower story is shipped as a kit with prefab walls rather than completed sections. We can send a crew to build kits at your site hundreds of miles from Intercourse, Pennsylvania.

Can you build a shed or barn at my site if the standard delivery doesn't work for me?

If space or ground conditions do not permit delivery of a fully assembled shed or barn to your site we can bring the structure as a kit with prefabricated walls instead and assemble it on location. Building a shed or barn on site is less efficient than building it at the shop so we need to charge more when we build a shed or barn on site.

How do you get a storage shed into my yard?

The shed is normally assembled at the shop and brought to your location on a truck and trailer. The truck and trailer are then backed into your yard to the point where you want the shed, the trailer is tilted, and the shed is slid off the back of the trailer (see photos below). An alternative method is to use a "mule," a specialized forklift used to move sheds. Unlike a standard forklift the mule can be used in a yard. Click here for more information about the mule.

Shed delivery with truck
shed delivery with mule
How do I figure shed delivery costs?

Use to determine the miles from Kinzers, Pennsylvania (zip 17535) to your address; use the “Shortest Time” setting under “Routing Options.” Then subtract twenty (20) miles from the total miles (first twenty miles free). Multiply the resulting number by $3.70 to get an approximate delivery charge. However, the actual charge may be different if the calculated route cannot be used due to a wide load, if escorts are needed, or the shed is to built on site.