What is included with a Barn/Garage kit?
Our kits include the materials required to create a weather-tight building on your foundation: hardware, fasteners, framing, sheathing (in garages), siding, loft floor, roofing, flashing, drip edge and trim. We do not include windows and doors in the base kit, but a wide selection of exterior doors and windows are available as options. All materials are hand selected, carefully cut to precise dimensions and labeled with a part number. A small amount of siding 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. Options include other windows and doors, skylights, stairs, dormers, higher ceilings, loft floor openings and more.
What materials are used?
A variety of high quality materials are used to complete the shell; these are listed in the Barn Specifications page.
What kind of foundation is required?
The foundation can consist of a series of concrete piers, a concrete slab, or a continuous concrete wall with a basement (which will require that a first floor is added to the kit). 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 pour concrete piers. A plan for your specific foundation will be provided well in advance of your kit delivery. See Barn Specifications.
How long will it take to assemble?
A 24'x24' Barn can be assembled by two people in about 15 days. No cranes, lifts or power tools are typically required.
Will a Barn meet building codes?
Shelter-Kit® Barns are designed in accordance with the International Building Code, and local variations of the code. We suggest that you talk with your local building officials about permit requirements, including wind and snow loads for your site. See Barn Specifications for design loads and code compliance. If required by local officials, structural drawings bearing a structural engineer's stamp are available. There is a modest fee for these drawings.
What is the lead-time?
Lead times are generally 4-6 weeks, but orders can be expedited. Please contact us for current lead times. Generally, late spring and early summer are the most popular times to build, and because we produce kits one at a time, our production schedule for these dates is usually filled early.
Are other floor plans available?
The post & beam design of the Barn allows for a wide variety of floor plans. You can create your own floor plan to meet your needs or work from our standard floor plans. We will be glad to work with you to create the floor plan that works best for you. Please see our Barn Floor plans page, where some examples are shown. Please also see our How to Order, and Barn Specifications, Prices and Gallery pages for more information.
How is the kit shipped? What about unloading?
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. A shipping quote can be given on request. When the truck arrives at your site, you are responsible for unloading it. If we ship in a closed trailer, four adults should be ready to unload the kit. We recommend that you prepare the site well in advance of delivery, with materials upon which to stack the kit and tarps to protect it during assembly. With a little preparation and a willingness to work, most kits can be unloaded and stacked in about two hours.
We can also ship on a flatbed trailer, which can be unloaded with a forklift provided by you.
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.
What is the difference between a Barn with a standard frame and one that has a kneewall?
This is explained on the Barn kneewall comparison page.