MOST FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Why is Cal Custom Sheds the company we should purchase our building from? Click here to find out!
- What does the base price of a shed include? Our prices include local delivery and installation on your property. Every shed includes ¾” Heavy-Duty floor, (1) 43” x 6’3”shed door, 50-Year Pre-Primed exterior plywood siding, 3-Tab Asphalt/Fiberglass Shingles, Local Delivery, and Installation on your level lot. Also includes a Rock-Solid 7-Year Warranty.
- Is the shed built on my property? Yes. Nothing is pre-fabricated with our buildings. We deliver a fresh load of lumber, then cut and build everything on-site. This assures us that we can customize right on the spot if necessary.
Nothing is Pre-Fabricated. Everything is
completely cut and built at your site.
- Where are your service areas? We serve the counties of Monterey, Santa Cruz, Santa Clara, and San Benito. Non-Permit jobs only in Santa Cruz and Santa Clara counties which is usually a maximum size of 120 square feet (10' x12' or 8' x 15'). Check with your local building department if a building permit is required for your area no matter what size shed you want to purchase.
- How is the shed built? How big is the truck? Our own employees who have been with us since 1996 will deliver, cut & build your California Custom Shed at your home. Our truck is a 16' flatbed as shown in the picture. It is approximately 28' long bumper to bumper.
- Will you ship me a shed if I’m not in your service area? No. All of our sheds are built on site.
- How long does it take to construct the shed? Most sheds 1 day. The large custom sheds with many accessories may take 2 days.
- What is the time frame on the installation date? 2 to 8 weeks depending on the time of year.
- Do we need a building permit? Most areas require permits for accessory structures over 120 square feet. Call your local building department for more information on maximum size and height requirements. There are a few cities that require building permits for any size shed. Extra charges will apply for any job that needs plans from our architect, structural-calcs, or engineering. The maximum size sheds we will build in Santa Clara and Santa Cruz county is 120 square feet (10' x 12' or 8' x 15').
- Can I place the shed anywhere on my property? No. Every lot within all cities has different “setback & height requirements” you must abide by. Setbacks are distances you are allowed to place a shed from your house, property lines, and other existing structures. Your local building department officials are the only people that can give you the correct answers on what your particular setbacks are for your area.
- Will the beams that are used for the floor decay? No. It is Pressure Treated wood which protects against termites and decay. We also place 2 1/2” tall CONCRETE PAVERS on the ground, under the beams insuring long life.
Leveling Your Job Site
- What do I need to do to the ground where the shed is going to sit? The ground preparation is the single most important ingredient we need to build you a quality shed. You must make an effort to level the site properly, which will ensure that we can build your shed without delay and no additional expenses to you. In order to finish such a quality shed in 1 day we must start with a flat, level and clean jobsite with plenty of room to work. We ask that you provide us with that.
- Do I need to pour a concrete slab? No. The sheds are designed with Heavy-Duty Pressure Treated beams and 2x4 floor joists on 16” centers. Our floors can be placed on any level surface. Compacted dirt, drain rock, existing asphalt, or concrete slabs all work just fine.
- What is the best way to level the site? If you don’t have enough dirt available to cut from the high side and move to the low side, then the most efficient way to create a level pad is to spread and level 2” to 6” of drain rock over your existing ground. This creates an elevated building pad for your shed as well as adding better drainage away from the storage building.
- Can you build a shed on a concrete slab with no wood floor? Yes. The slab must be poured to our specifications, with proper footings, anchor bolts, and must be the exact size of the shed you’re going to purchase. Call us for more details before proceeding.
- How much room is needed to build the shed? We must have access to three sides of the shed for ladders in order to safely construct a quality building. Usually a 24” space is enough on 3 sides. We also need at least 5’ above the shed to install the roof sheathing & shingles. The Tall Gambrel needs more space around all the sides than other styles. Please call us for more details.
- Can the doors be placed in a different location? Yes. You choose the location of the doors, windows, shelves and any other accessories that we offer.
- Which direction does the center ridge of the roof line run? Any direction you choose. We completely customize each shed to fit your needs.
- Do your sheds come standard with a roof overhang on all four sides? Yes! Our standard roof overhang is 4” to 6”. You may request up to an 8” overhang at no additional charge. This is aesthetically pleasing to look at and also protects the shed and its contents from the elements.
- Are the sizes on your price list all that you offer? No. We can customize a building to fit your particular needs if we have enough room to work.
- Do you have other options or accessories available that are not shown? Yes! We customize our buildings and can add options to fit your needs. Some other options we offer that are not shown are; Wall heights can be lower or taller, roof pitch can be changed, overhangs, decks, framed openings, and interior walls can be added.
- Which styles offer more headroom? The Peak-8 roof style usually allows the most headroom (7' 8" Tall Eave Walls) while keeping the overall outside height at a minimum. If your overall height isn't an issue, then the Tall Gambrel will give you the most overhead storage.
- How tall are the sheds inside? Most sheds have over 6 feet of clearance to the lowest point. The highest interior point is anywhere from 7 feet to 10 feet, depending on what size and style you order. All heights can be customized to fit your needs.
- Will you install my own windows? Yes. There is a charge for this service. We will frame, caulk, install, & trim your windows. The windows must have a nailing fin around the perimeter.
- Will you install my own door? No. We will frame the opening for you to install your own door.
- Does the shed have to be painted? Yes. The exterior siding is pre-primed and comes with a manufacturer 50-Year Warranty only if protected with paint. We offer this service the same day we build your shed if you wish.
- Do the sheds come in a kit form so that we can install it ourselves? Sorry but our sheds do not come in a kit form.
Building Permits, Zoning or Covenant searches (if required)
Site Preparation and Leveling
Provide proper clearance around shed for construction
If there are any other questions you would like answered, please call us at:
General Contractors License #826018
(831) 443-6163 --- FAX 831-443-5822
Toll Free 1-888-756-4237
728-I El Camino Real North, Salinas, CA 93907
Located on El Camino Real -N (Highway 101) & Ralph Lane
BUILT ON YOUR LOT IN ONE DAY!