Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some of our most
frequently asked questions about our cottage, shed, gazebo and sauna
kits. Please read through them thoroughly as they will explain a
great number of questions you may have and some you may not have
even thought of yet. If there is anything you don't find answered,
and there will be, please feel free to drop
us a line and we might even add your question(s) to the list.
Please also look at the page entitled about
us for some more information about our company.
In this section
we cover the following list of questions. I have added a link to
their exact location in the page for your convenience. They are
ALL on this same page so once you have read the answer, just scroll
to the top of this page again to go to the next one OR just read
them all !
What kind of wood do you use ?
use what is known in the industry as SPF, which means Spruce, Pine
and Fir. In other words we use them all. That said, we use mostly
spruce and pine but on occasion there is Alpine fir within the mix.
For the floor sheathing, we generally use 19/32" OSB or 5/8"
Plywood, which is the same thing you would find in almost any house
construction going on today.
RARELY we get asked . We like cedar, can you make something out
of cedar for us?
build something out of cedar for you but be prepared to add a very
hefty premium to the price. Cedar qualities range greatly and therefore
it is harder to find a good cedar product. That and the fact that
much of the cedar found today is still "green", which
means it had not been dried or seasoned, means we cannot use it.
Lastly cedar is not a very strong wood and some people even have
allergies to it, so we opt to Stain our products with a very high
quality stain that can be colored to achieve a look that is very
similar to cedar but at much less cost.
Q: What kind of foundation do I need?
that really depends on where you are building, and what you are
putting the foundation under ( shed/cabin ). For the most part,
our sheds and some cabins are put on simple cinder blocks. That
is the cheapest way to do it. On larger buildings or areas that
require it, they can be installed on a concrete pier foundation
or a full perimeter wall foundation etc. We can help you with this.
How long does it take to build?
obviously really depends on the size and complexity of the building.
Sheds can often be built in 3-4 hours or less. Cabins generally
take at least 6 hours for the small ones, 2 days for the average
bigger one and up to 4 or 5 days for the large ones. It really depends
on your experience as well. That said, they are generally speaking
all very easy to build.
I have two left hands so to speak, can I really do this?
A: Well we have been doing
this for years and regardless of experience, so far 99.9% of the
people have found it easy if not fun to build our kits. They are
pre cut so it does take a lot of the guesswork out of it.
How long until you get your order?
A: Well that entirely depends on when
you order. As with any thing, most people order right when they
want it. Most people want cabins for May to June so they order in
March. That said, we can only help to many people at one time and
to be fair we do them in the order we receive them. Now please bare
in mind, this is not a Mc Happy Meal, no offence to McDonalds, but
these do take time and we strive to add some personality to your
order. This means, that you aren't just a number to us. We want
to spend the time with each person to make sure this is going to
suit your needs. If you want an instant building, we get close but
we do need some lead way. 6-8 weeks is a
common timeframe. If you
need something for a specific time frame, please order early. All
you need to do is place the deposit to get yourself in line. If
you desperately need something sooner, call us. We're always willing
to do what we can to accommodate you.
Q: I have no idea where to start. I know
one or all of the following but what now & How do I proceed
once I know what I want?
know any of these we can start to help you : Your budget , Your
need, Your idea on paper, You minimum and maximum sizes.
as long as you have some idea of what you want or a budget, we can
work out a plan to fit you. If you tell us you need room for
4 and a bathroom, we can design something custom for you. Once you
have decided on a plan, we make a formal quotation for you to go
over and give an approval to. Once you are sure you have what you
want for the agreed price, it's time to make a deposit. We
require 65% down on all orders with the balance upon delivery or
in some cases just prior to shipping. Once you place the deposit,
there is no refund. Each building is specifically custom built.
That said, once we start, we can in most cases ( 90% ) still
make changes to the plan.
What color of roofing can I choose. What type of roofs do you offer?
A: All of our buildings
come standard with Metal roofing at no extra charge. We feel metal
is the best overall roofing
since it's light weight, easy to install and virtually maintenance
free. However, we do allow you to choose the type of roofing you
want. If you want asphalt shingle, cedar shake, clay tile, or even
rolled asphalt roofing, we can accommodate you.
Below is a color swatch
of the different metal roofing colors available. We use tough 29
gauge metal roofing for all of our structures.
What color of stains are there ? Can I choose which one I would
like? Why do you insist on using Sikkens brand stains ? Do
they make a paint I could use instead ? What about the insides?
A: There are a large variety of stains
and stain colors available. We exclusively use Sikkens brand stain
on all of our buildings. Over years of testing, real life use, we
find that although it's one of the most expensive stains on the
market, it also far outperforms them. This is the sole reason we
include stain in almost every one of our buildings. We like this
product so much, we encourage it's use on any wood project. We just
feel it's the best period. Below are the colors available with our
kits. Sikkens also makes a whole array of paints and such. If you
want quality, this is one of the only stains to buy. Currently,
we use the SRD 072 Butternut on most of our buildings. Up until
2 years ago, we used SRD 005 Natural Oak. The difference is that
the 072 Butternut is a little darker. If you want to know more about
the Sikkens brand click here SIKKENS.
As mentioned above, they
also make excellent paints and interior finishes. When you get your
building, it is not protected inside. It is not necessary to do
anything but a clear finish is recommended because it will make
removing finger prints and such much easier. It also keeps the wood
from changing color as much because it protects it from the sunlight
and if you have a wood stove, the smoke dirt that usually
builds up on the ceiling can be cleaned if necessary.
What type of windows do you use, who makes them and can I use my
A: We make all of the windows in house.
They are ALL dual thermal pane sealed wood windows. The nice thing
about them is that they match much better than vinyl. We can ,but
don't recommend, sell you a kit without windows. You would need
to give us exact dimensions of the hole you want to have for the
window you intend to install. If you look on the site, you will
notice that up until now, no one has opted to use any other windows
other than ours. Ours are well priced and accent the building very
nicely. Again, if you need something special, we can either make
it for you or accommodate you in some way if at all possible.
Can I have a skylight ?
A: This is a tough question
to answer. Although you can definitely install a skylight into most
any roof, many skylights leak when installed incorrectly. One of
the easiest installations is into Asphalt shingle. Since we use
steel roofing almost exclusively, it is more difficult to do. We
suggest that if you want a skylight, that you hire a professional
roofer to install it. They have the know how and capability to make
the flashing you need to make it function properly. If you have
the experience to do it on your own, great, but most do not. That
said, we can include them into almost any kit and will gladly do
so but we do not provide instructions or guarantees about their
How do you ship and where can you ship to?
A: We can ship almost
anywhere. So far we have shipped to almost every corner of North
America such as Alaska, New York, California, Nova Scotia and the
list goes on. We generally use a broker to find the best prices
we can to ship to where you want it. We also use companies like
Reimer Roadway / Van Kam / Manitoulin / Excel and many more. The
only real limit on shipping distance is cost. On average however,
shipping is about 15% of the total cabin price but this can vary
from 10% to 20% depending on where it's going to and a number of
Do you provide products like toilets and electrical items etc ?
A: Yes. We are a dealer
for Sun Mar (TM) composting toilets. They are a
well known, world class leader in composting toilets. We are also
dealers for electrical items for people who want to live off grid.
We offer you the ability to buy products from companies like :
( batteries ), Heart, Trace, Jazz ( inverters ), BP Solar ( solar
cells ), Bosch instant water heaters, Windseeker, Airco 403 ( wind
generators ) to name a few.
Can you insulate these buildings ?
A: Yes. All of our buildings can be
insulated to whatever value you want. Most people insulate the floor
and ceilings when they get their kit and then stop there. Some people
choose to insulate the walls as well because they plan to stay in
their place in winter as well. The choice is yours but we can help
you with that. Many of our buildings are what we call "3 season"
buildings. They are only used in Spring, Summer, and Fall. Therefore
they don't need a lot of insulation. This saves you time and money.
Again, if you need to use it all year round, we can help you design
it to accommodate any amount of insulation you desire. Typically,
code calls for R28 in ceilings and floors and R20 ( R22 in the US
) in the walls. This is easily achieved. If you want more information
please feel free to email us with your questions.
Can I have plumbing and electrical in my building?
A: Yes, you sure can.
All of our buildings can have plumbing and electrical just like
any other home or cabin. On our non insulated buildings, which generally
lack the cavity in the wall to run insulation, we run it within
the floor system, the roof system, interior partition walls etc.
Plumbing is ran the same way. This poses no difficulty whatsoever.
Do these buildings meet code?
A: All of our buildings can meet code
but this depends entirely on the design you choose. Since this is
a fairly complicated subject, it's best to call us so we can help
you through the process. As a general overview, in order to meet
code, you will need a permit ( this usually applies to buildings
over 100 sq.ft ) and you will need to investigate the local permit
office to see what things might need to be done in addition to the
National building code or the building code that your area is in.
As I mentioned this is a lengthy subject and something that cannot
be adequately covered in a few paragraphs. Please call if you have
How can I finish the inside of the building and how are they finished
in the kit?
A: As many of you know,
these are "log" kits so there is not a lot of finishing
needed in comparison to an average kit. In fact there is very little.
However, the floor needs to be finished as it only has sheathing
down. Some people paint the sheathing ( for rustic cabins ) and
some people put carpet, linoleum, tile or click lock wood flooring
down. It's truly a personal choice. Those options like carpet or
click lock faux wood flooring usually start at about $1.00/ sq.ft
at current prices ( June 2004 ) The ceiling is the only larger area
that is not finished. You can use drywall or sheet rock as some
of you call it to do that or you can use solid wood as we often
do. Again this is a personal choice, but anything you find in an
average home can be used in our cabins just the same.
Here is what they typically
look like inside before and after finishing. This is the same building.
Do they come with all the hardware?
A: Yes all of our buildings
come with all the hardware needed to build them. The only hardware
you would need to buy ( if any ) would be special hardware to tie
the building down in high wind areas or hardware the building code
or inspector asked you to have. Those would be your responsibility
because we cannot include what may be needed in the hundreds of
different situations. That said, those additional items don't usually
add up to more than $100-$200 tops. This can vary but it's the most
we have seen to date. Usually $50 will take care of it.
Q: Can I put
a wood stove in these buildings?
A: Yes you absolutely
can from a technical standpoint. The building can have anything
normal installed into it. Legally, we cannot answer that. You would
need to check with your local fire department etc.Many places now
require the Ultra low emission wood stoves and some areas no longer
allow wood stoves. We cannot comment on that because we don't know
your area, but yes a wood stove can be installed.
How much room is there in the lofts?
A: This really depends
on the size of the building and to a great degree what you want.
We can build them in different configurations but mostly, the bigger
lofts have about 4-6ft of headroom. The largest buildings can exceed
11ft of headroom ! . Below is a guideline of our lofts on our small,
average to mid size cabins. As you can see, we sell our buildings
with three different loft packages. Stage I, II, and Stage III.
Measurements are approximate but it gives you a good idea of the
- Stage I - is most suited for additional storage and a very small
sleeping area. It is also our least expensive loft option. All
we do is add a floor into the current building design. The outer
walls are 8ft tall. Loft floor is inserted ( unless you say otherwise
) at 80" from the floor.
- Stage II - is most suited for storage and is much better for
headroom for sleeping. We keep the outer walls at 8ft. Insert
the loft floor at 80" from the floor BUT we steepen the pitch
of the roof to give you more headroom ! Much better already.
- Stage III - This is our deluxe loft. It is a great place to
sleep, has more than ample headroom and smaller people can often
stand without hitting their head. Headroom is usually about 4'6"
- 6'0" depending on the size of building. The outer
wall height is increased to over 9ft, we insert the floor at 80"
and we increase the roof pitch for even more headroom.
Unfortunately, we do not
have a picture of a Stage I loft. So far all lofts have been Stage
III except one which was a Stage II. Below are some pictures
showing each. They are marked so you can tell which one is which.
loft showing a pull out sofa in place.
loft showing two beds in place
loft Queen Bed and dresser in place
Custom Loft picture -
This is not a Stage 1,2 or 3 but we designed this to be a certain
size as per the clients needs. This was has about 14ft of headroom