1. Do I need a building permit?
  2. Do I need blocks?
  3. Should I use gravel?
  4. Which is better, blocks or gravel?
  5. What is considered a permanent foundation?
  6. Does the purchase of my shed include the site prep and foundation work?
  7. Do I need anchors?
  8. How is the building delivered?
  9. What kind of siding do you use?
  10. What kind of roof will I get on my shed?
  11. Can I purchase the same product at big box stores?
  12. How long must I wait for my building to be delivered?
  13. What should I do before the delivery?
  14. Can I finance my shed?
  15. Do you offer Rent To Own?
  16. What type of warranty comes with the building?
  17. What is the difference between Stateline Builders Inc. and Stateline “Custom” Builders?

Do I need a building permit?

In Virginia you do not need a building permit, so long as the building is less than 200 square feet. In North Carolina you do not need a building permit, so long as no dimension of the building exceeds 12’ feet. However, you may need a zoning permit, a CAMA permit, HOA permit or other types of permits that may be specific to your area. Please check with your local building inspector prior to ordering any type of new accessory building.

Do I need blocks?

If the location for your shed is a low lying area that commonly floods or holds water, it is recommended that you block up your building using 4” solid cap blocks. A building that sets low to the ground will be easier to get equipment in and out of, so if you have solid soil with good drainage, you may want to put the building directly on the ground. Our floor system is made of ground contact treated lumber. The skids allow sufficient air flow between the ground & the treated floor joist. Another more efficient alternative to blocks is to have a level pad of gravel or crushed concrete in place first. This will allow for an even distribution of weight as well as a moisture barrier between the soil and the treated lumber.

If you decide to use blocks, we do not provide them, so it is your responsibility to have the blocks on site at the time of delivery. You don’t have to lay them out in any specific order, just have them close by the site and our driver will position them.

Should I use gravel?

If you decide to use a bed of gravel or crushed concrete, lay out a border, like landscaping timbers, that is 1’ foot wider and 1’ longer than the building then fill it in and level it out before your building arrives.

Which is better, blocks or gravel?

Either option will be sufficient and code compliant for buildings in Virginia that are less than 256 square feet and buildings in North Carolina that are less than 400 square feet. Larger buildings will need a permanent foundation to meet code.

What is considered a permanent foundation?

In Virginia, buildings exceeding 256 square feet and in North Carolina, buildings exceeding 400 square feet are required to have a permanent foundation.  A permanent foundation for a shed with a wood floor would consist of a continuous concrete footer with cross sections or piers.

Does the purchase of my shed include the site prep and foundation work?

No. The purchase of a portable storage shed through Stateline Builders will include delivery and set up on your prepared foundation. The type of foundation you choose to use is up to you and your local code requirements.

Do I need anchors?

It is highly recommended and a requirement in most areas for any size accessory building. We have several options. Our basic DIY anchor kit includes four 32” augers and hardware. The kit is available for just 52 dollars or have the kit installed for an additional 100 dollars.  For high wind areas such as the Outer Banks, our hurricane anchor kit uses a heavy duty 42” auger that attaches directly to the wall studs by a cable. These are sold individually as some codes require one anchor every six feet around the perimeter and some only require 4 for the whole building. The hurricane strength anchors are sold as a DIY kit for 25 dollars each or 50 dollars each, installed.

How is the building delivered?

We use a full size pick-up truck and a small trailer to access the site. The trailer tilts and slides the building off into position. Our driver will then level the building.

What kind of siding do you use?

We use various types. DuraTemp, Fir, Treated Pine, LP and vinyl.  We offer a wide variety of options to match most any home.

What kind of roof will I get on my shed?

Architectural shingles are standard, but some 3 tab colors are also available. Optional metal roofs are available.

Can I purchase the same product at big box stores?

Not even close. If you’re not familiar with building materials and construction methods, we advise you to find a friend that is and have them compare our buildings against the competition. There’s a huge difference in the quality of materials, construction and service that we have to offer.

How long must I wait for my building to be delivered?

A custom designed building may take up to 8 weeks. A basic storage shed built to order takes about 4 weeks. If you select a display model off the lot we can usually get it to you within 7 days.

What should I do before the delivery?

Here is our recommended check list of things you should do prior to the arrival of your new building:

  • Checked with building inspector and are compliant to all local requirements.
  • Have building permit posted, if applicable.
  • Checked with zoning department and are compliant on all set back and other requirements.
  • Checked with HOA and are compliant and have met necessary approval.
  • Have underground utilities marked. Dial 811. (if anchors are used)
  • Have blocks on site if you want the building blocked up.
  • If using gravel or any other fill, have it graded out level.
  • Make sure the site is accessible. Trim any low hanging limbs, remove fences, gate posts or other obstacles that may be in the way.
  • If you have a dog, be sure you have scooped the poop, so our driver doesn’t have to work in it.

Can I finance my shed?

Each one of our stores works with local lenders in the community and can help you get the best interest rate on your new shed.

Do you offer Rent To Own?

YES – this easy process takes just a few minutes and everyone is approved.

What type of warranty comes with the building?

We offer a one year construction warranty and a 5 year manufactures warranties on the siding and roofing materials.

What is the difference between Stateline Builders Inc. and Stateline “Custom” Builders?

Stateline Builders Inc. is classified as a manufacture and a retailer. Stateline Builders manufactures and sells all sorts of products, such as lawn furniture, dog houses, play sets, cupolas, pergolas, gazebos, horse barns, sheds, building kits and more. Some products require due diligence by the customer to ensure that they are in accordance with legal requirements as to the use and placement of these products. Stateline Builders is NOT a licensed general contractor and therefore cannot act on behalf of a general contractor, which would include pulling permits or subcontracting of other trades on other aspects of the job, such as foundation work. When purchasing a portable building by Stateline Builders, the customer and or property owner are responsible for all legal aspects as to the placement of the building, such as building permits, set back requirements, etc… Most customers prefer this type of flexibility, which allows them to save money in exchange for pulling their own permits and doing their own site prep and foundation work. On some larger jobs, like our garage kits, the customer can choose to find their own subcontractors for slab and block work, garage doors, paint and various other mechanical trades, or in many cases do the work themselves. For many “Do it yourselfers” the money saved is well worth the effort, however… not everyone is up for the task.

Some customers prefer a turnkey service, for them we have partnered with Stateline “Custom” Builders, which IS a Virginia licensed class A general contractor and holds the appropriate credentials and know how to offer full service general contracting for larger more complex jobs. Stateline “Custom” Builders can manage the whole job from foundation to roof. See the Stateline “Custom” Builders page to learn more about these services available.