Finding the right shed for your storage needs is the fun part. However, a common question we hear is how do we prepare the ground for a shed installation? No matter how well you build a shed, a poorly prepared ground and foundation will cause yours shed to collapse. Here are the guidelines to follow when preparing the ground for a shed installation.
Tools you will need to Level the Ground for a Shed
- 1. Level
- 2. Measuring tape
- 3. Hammer or rubber mallet
- 4. 4-5 Wood stakes
- 5. Pea gravel or crushed stone
- 6. Masonry blocks
- 1. Chose a site that is somewhat level and free of standing water. We do require the construction area to be cleared and prepared to within 6″ of level, that we have at least 3′ of clearance around and above the building site (4 feet if your building is larger than 160 sq. ft.). Four stakes need to be placed in the ground where you want the four corners of your building and a fifth stake where you would like the center of the door opening. We will also need access to electricity within 150 feet of the unit.ft.). Four stakes need to be placed in the ground where you want the four corners of your building and a fifth stake where you would like the center of the door opening. We will also need access to electricity within 150 feet of the unit.
- 2. Once you have placed the stakes, you will need masonry blocks and pea gravel / crushed stone for drainage. Remove approximately four inches of grass and dirt. Place pea gravel in the area that you removed dirt and compact with a hand tamper. Add pea gravel until it is nearly flush with the ground. Next, place masonry blocks on top of the pea gravel. Use a level to make sure the blocks are level. Use a hammer or rubber mallet to level the masonry blocks if necessary. Repeat these steps until the ground is level.
How to Prepare the Ground for a Shed Video
If these guidelines are followed correctly, the shed builder will have an easier time installing your shed. Buying a storage shed is a big investment, which is why making sure the foundation is level is so important. Our sheds can last a lifetime if you follow the correct steps!