How to Ensure a Successful Building Installation
*No Surprises with a Salt Spray Sheds Installation
Our shed pricing includes your design, building on site, and travel to and from your location.
In addition, we do not pre-build any of our buildings; all of our building are built on site by the owner of Salt Spray Sheds. The lumber for your building is loaded onto our trucks and most buildings are construct on site usually in one to two day.
By following the suggestions below, you can ensure a successful sheds installation. If you follow the steps listed below, it assures a building date with NO SURPRISES and no extra expenses.
Steps for Sheds Installation
- Stake out the shed: in its exact location. Use stakes in all corners and string to connect all the stakes together to enable you fully visualize the shed as it will be installed, and to see if there are any obstructions, such as septic tanks, trees, shrubs, large boulders, fences, etc.
- Space to work - Home builders utilize an entire lot while construction is in progress. While building your shed, we need space equal to at least an extra half the length and width of your shed. The minimum space needed by our workers to bring-in all the materials and tools and complete the project, is 3 feet on ALL sides.
- Permitting and zoning - It is the client's responsibility to arrange for all permits and approvals from all the local regulatory agencies and boards as well as to meet local "setback" requirements. We build the shed to your specifications only and can not be held responsible for delays due to any local regulations.
- How Level is the Site - Ground surfaces may look relatively level with natural vegetation, but may leave a building looking unstable or inaccessible from an access ramp due to elevation problems. To ensure an attractive and highly usable building, ensuring that the foundation is as level as possible is very important. By using a long 2-by-4 piece of lumber, lined up between your stakes, will allow you to gauge how level the location is.
- Obstacles - Trees, overhanging limbs, stumps, fences within the 3 foot work area around your new shed are all obstructions and hazards while working on your new shed. Please ensure that they are not present when we arrive at the site.
- Accessibility - Our delivery trucks are 8 feet wide and 12 feet tall in order to carry all the lumber needed for your new accessory building including our tools. Our workers will carry your shed materials and their tools up to a distance of 25 ft as part of our standard pricing.
Any distance beyond 50ft from where the truck can park and where the shed is to be erected is subject to an extra distance charge. If that distance is over 50ft, please specify at the time of the quotation so we can include it in our price and our estimate of the time required for that extra effort.
- Electrical Power- We use a 14amp compressor plus a 14amp Skill-Saw and need an outlet able to supply such power and be no more than 100ft away. If the outlet is over a 100ft away, please inform us in advance, so we can bring extra heavy-duty extension cords. Someone must be available in the event the circuit breaker trips during the building time. Please make arrangement with us or a neighbor, if you will not be available during the scheduled building time.
- Spectators, Children and Pets - We believe in safety first and curiosity may be a hazard. Our nail-guns occasionally fire strays and we want to make sure your family and pets are safe at all times. In order for us to focus on constructing your shed safely, we must ask that you, your children and pets are kept a safe distance away until the time that we "turn the keys over to you."
- STANDARD- Clear the ground and remove brush and limbs, as much as possible. There is generally not a strong need to dig down. We will use the solid concrete block to level the floor frame.
(Only for building sizes under 20' long)
- OPTION 1- Installation of a concrete slab foundation or cement piers (sona tubes) to the exact measurements of your new shed. This will ensure a strong, level foundation and anchors the building solidly to the ground.
(*Sona tubes or a concrete slab are required for sizes above 20' long. Some towns may require the installation of sona tubes, please check your towns regulations.)
- OPTION 2: - Clear the ground, level it as best as possible and then you or your landscape contractor can install, 3/4" blue-stone that will also aid in drainage. There is generally not a strong need to dig down. We will use the solid concrete block to level the floor frame.
(For all size buildings)
*Inclement Weather: New England weather can be quite finickyand for that reason, we may have to make an adjustment to your scheduled building dates depending on the severity of inclement weather. We will do our best to honor your building date, however, we must keep the building team safe and out of harm's way during rain, snow, high winds, or excessive heat and cold.
*Installing Your Own Concrete Piers: If you are installing your own tubes, please note there may be a charge if the tubes are installed in a manner that makes them unusable e.g. to close to the ground, unlevel, cracked. Any work that Salt Spray Sheds may be required to do with the piers will result in a $75 per hour (minimum 2 hours) charge. Please contact us for directions on installing piers properly.
*Exisisting Shed Demolition: If we are demolitioning an existing shed on your property, it must be free from debris, empty and disconnected from its power source. The Salt Spray Building Team cannot disconnect power.