For FAQ’s for a specific kit, please the web pages for each of our kits.
Can amateurs really build your kits?
Yes. In the past 40+ years, over 85% of our kits have been built by people with no prior building experience. Our kits are precut and predrilled, which will save you a lot of planning, measuring and cutting time, and prevent errors. Every part of the kit is labeled with a part number for ease of identification. A detailed, customized Construction Manual is written for each kit, accompanied by easy to read drawings. Our manuals have been modified many times over the years based on customer experience and feedback. We offer free support before, during and after construction.
What is included?
Shelter-Kit® buildings include all of the materials required to construct a weather tight shell on your foundation: hardware, fasteners, framing, sheathing, floors, roofing, flashing, drip edge and trim. The Barn/Garage and Unit One kits include a standard window & door package, which can be changed. All materials are hand selected, carefully cut to precise dimensions, labeled, and packaged in easily identifiable bundles that two people can carry. A small amount of siding for the Barn, Barn-House and Green Home kits must be cut at the site. An illustrated Construction Manual describes each step, from the construction of a foundation to the installation of the roof, all in simple, easy-to-understand language. Depending on the kit, options include doors, windows, skylights, stairs, dormers, loft floor openings and larger studs and rafters to allow for thicker insulation. We will gladly work with you on the design of your kit, including your floorplan.
Do you ship kits to Canada?
Yes, we can ship to all parts of Canada. There are no duty fees on shipments to Canada, and we meet the requirements for current building codes in Canada.
What kind of foundation is required?
The foundation can consist of a series of concrete piers, a continuous concrete wall with a crawl space or full basement, or a concrete slab. A pier foundation has a minimal impact on the site and usually does not require the use of heavy equipment: hand tools can be used to dig holes and construct the concrete piers. A plan for your specific foundation will be provided well in advance of the delivery of your kit.
How long will it take to assemble?
Our kits can be assembled by two people in about 3 to 15 days, depending on the kit. No cranes, lifts or power tools are typically required.
Will your kits meet building codes?
Most of our kits meet the latest International Building Code, as well as most local variations of the IBC requirements. Most of our kits meet Canadian building code requirements. We suggest that you talk with your local building officials about permit requirements, including wind and snow loads for your site. If required by local officials, structural drawings bearing a structural engineer's signature and stamp are available. There is a modest fee for these drawings.
What is the lead-time?
Lead time are generally 4-6 weeks, but orders can be expedited. We suggest that you contact us for current lead times. We will work with you to meet your schedule requirements.
Are other floor plans available?
Our kits allow for a wide variety of floor plans. You can create your own floor plan to meet your needs, or work from standard floor plans. We will be glad to work with you to create the floor plan that works best for you. Please see our model-specific floorplan, gallery and specifications pages, where some examples are shown.
How is the kit shipped? What does shipping cost?
The kit is shipped by truck. Generally, we use one of a few private carriers that we have worked with for many years. They guarantee competitive prices and the assurance of a safe, on-time delivery. In all cases, the kits are priced FOB (free on board). This means that shipping costs are in addition to the price of the kit. Shipping costs will range from $300 in our immediate area, to $3000 for areas on the West Coast. Some specific areas may cost more. We will be glad to provide a shipping quote. When the truck arrives at your site, you are responsible for unloading it. Four adults should be ready to unload the kit.
Can I buy just the Construction Manuals or plans?
No. Construction Manuals and plans are only available as part of the kit. They describe in detail the assembly of the individual parts that have been manufactured for your specific building.
Why should you buy a kit building from Shelter-Kit?
What you should know before you buy any kit building, from ANY company.