How we Build Sheds at Countryside
In order to understand our shed construction processes and standards here at Countryside, the first thing you should know is that we structurally build our sheds like a contractor builds a house. This is no mere coincidence either. When we began in 1995, we were doing just that–building houses. As time progressed, we realized there was a deficit of small portable building providers in our area, hence the transition to building sheds and garages. We approach this enterprise with a clear understanding of what makes high quality and long-lasting structures, and we apply that expertise to this field.
To begin with, every structure we produce is formed with fully framed 2×4 construction. There’s no skimping on the details here. We space our studs at a fully-standardized 16″ on-center spacing and use double top plates to reinforce the strength in the walls and roof of each structure. We undergird each building with hefty runners made of 4×4 pressure-treated lumber. The floors are made of 3/4″ plywood, which is strong enough to bear the weight of almost any load you may place in our structure.
Our buildings are typically covered with Roseburg Duratemp textured plywood siding. There are many other siding options available. Trim is installed on all the edges, including the soffit and fascia. Then we carefully calk around all the door, vent, eaves, and all the other important areas to make the structure tight and waterproof.
The making of a tough shed begins with the foundation, and it ends with the roofing. Instead of hoping that an a-frame roof will withstand any snow load, we insist on using full 2×4 trusses to undergird the ceiling. The actual roof sheeting is comprised of 7/16″ plywood, and covered with 30-year architectural shingles, or the roofing material of your choice.
Of course, a building is only as useful as it is accessible, which is why we offer plenty of flexible door options on any of our structures. The standard single and double-door options are our own sturdy proprietary wood design. These doors are available in a variety of sizes and not only look great, they feel sturdy and are guaranteed to align.
If you’re looking for something a bit more formal, we also offer metal and fiberglass insulated doors, with optional 9-lite windows for additional security and light. And if you’re wanting a roll-up door for moving larger equipment and supplies, we’ve got you covered with a variety of sizes.
If you’re planning on spending time in your structure for projects, or need good visibility for managing your stuff, then good lighting is a must. Our standard windows are tried and true, and come in two sizes, 18×23 or 24×27. For extra insulation, we also offer double-pane vinyl windows from Cascade Windows, which are made here in Oregon! These are available in sizes 24×24, 36×24, and 36×36. An optional 5×10 transom window can be used to let in even more light.
Questions and Answers
Will my riding lawnmower or 4-wheeler fit through your standard door?
Usually not. Even though our standard custom door is an extra-wide 43″, it is recommended to upgrade to at least a 5′ double door (6′ is also available) or a roll-up style door. A ramp will be needed also, as the floor is around 7–8″ from the ground. We offer these as options. Call for pricing.
Does the building come painted?
No. However, each building does come factory primed and caulked along the vital areas (around the door, vents, eaves, etc.) and is ready to paint. We use DURATEMP© plywood siding that comes pre-primed with exterior latex primer. The manufacturer recommends a quality topcoat of exterior paint be applied. Do not use vinyl acrylic exterior paint.
We offer custom painting as an upgrade option on every building—using professional paint sprayers and brushes. We can custom match paint to almost everything. Please let us know at the time you place your order for a price quote. Some stock buildings may be painted already.
How tall are the buildings?
Measurements listed are taken from the top of the ridge cap of the roof to the bottom of the floor runners sitting on the ground. Your final height depends on the elevation of the blocks used on the runners.
- 8′ wide= 9′ 9″ tall
- 10′ wide= 10′ 10″ tall (11′ 10″ with a 7/12 pitch roof)
- 12′ wide= 11′ 4″ tall
- 14′ wide = 11′ 8″ tall
- 8′ wide = 9′ 4″ tall
- 10′ wide = 9′ 11″ tall
- Mini-Barn Style:
- 8′ wide = 8′ 6″ tall
- 10′ wide = 9′8″ tall
- Tall Barn Style:
- 10′ wide = 12′ 3″ tall
- 12′ wide = 13′ 4″ tall
How much do the buildings weigh?
This varies by a number of factors. But a few sizes are listed below for a “ball park″ reference:
- 8′ × 10′ Gable = 1700 pounds
- 8′ × 12′ Gable = 1800 pounds
- 10′ × 12′ Gable = 2425 pounds
- 10′ × 16′ Gable = 2950 pounds
- 10′ × 16′ Garage = 3850 pounds
- 10′ × 16′ Tall Barn = 3900 pounds
- 10′ × 20′ Garage = 3780 pounds
- 12′ × 20′ Garage = 4420 pounds
- 12′ × 24′ Quaker = 5480 pounds
- 12′ × 24′ Tall Barn = 6000 pounds