Building a Shed Foundation

Building a Shed Foundation

Building a shed can be a nice value addition to your property. Depending on the use of construction material, there can be a number of ways for building a shed foundation. Starting with the shed flooring, you will need to put in some effort to create a customized place. Read on to know how.
Gardenerdy Staff
Last Updated: Feb 26, 2018
The shed types and uses can be as diverse as the requirements for building one. Therefore, in order to begin with the task of building a shed, you should have a clear vision of what you are looking for and the purpose it will serve. There are certain other considerations before you begin with the actual floor design. These factors are
  • The permission or clearance for constructing one, from the local authority or council. Make sure you obtain validated documents for the same as a proof for going ahead with construction.
  • Check for additional rules and regulations you need to adhere to, in case you decide to use an electricity or water supply or a telephone connection for use in the shed. The neighborhood guidelines are also a major factor to consider.
  • Assess the time and money you would require, along with the manpower or your effort, in case of a small shed. Decide the nature of investment and your work contribution. This involves everything from making a shed floor from the scratch to using some readily available material, fabricated flooring material. 
Starting with Building a Shed Foundation
Timber bearers and crushed stones, serve as one of the sturdy options for making a base. The first step would be to make the perimeter, starting with the corners. Timber, sharpened at one end, a square shape of roughly 2 inch length can be arranged along the perimeter of the shed floor. Check for the shape and size of the flooring, by simply verifying whether diagonal distances are equal.
The level of the flooring can be estimated by using a simple apparatus of spirit level along with a timber log of suitable length.
Crushed stone can provide a strong shed foundation. The only precaution one needs to take is to ensure that the size of the aggregate mixture should be unequal.
The material should be composed of a range of stone sizes from dusty powdered granules to pieces of around 40 mm diameter. This will ensure a strong inter-locking of the segments, making a lasting foundation.
A landscaping fabric can be used to act as a separating layer between stones and the soil. This will avoid gradual sinking of the stones, over a period of time, so that the foundation remains intact.
Waterproofing should also be one of the prime concerns while constructing a shed floor, since wood flooring can be damaged due to sustained contact with water. The fabric used also ensures that water drains off quickly from the surface.
The stone layer should be leveled by using a vibrating plate or a hand damper. The level should be smoothed out and in order to ensure uniform level, you can even remove or add stones.
Pressure-treated timber, that is more resistant to moisture along with a treatment of weed barrier and stones make for an excellent traditional base. There should be some space for ventilation and the installation of timber must be perpendicular to the joists.
Remember, all precautionary measures taken for prolonging the life of the timber will guarantee a lasting storage shed foundation.
Alternatively, a plastic shed base can be used to construct the foundation, which is more durable, light in weight and can even be recycled. There are a few simple modifications in the installation of the plastic foundation, but if you are keen on doing some really good stuff for your shed, it definitely is a better option. There are still many more advantages of using a plastic shed base, which can be found out in more detail from the vendor.
The choice of building a shed foundation can be a highly satisfying activity and a nice experience.
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