FAQ for Shed Foundations

Patio Stones Level of Difficulty: Simple

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12″x24″ Patio Stone

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Distance pending on size of shed

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Good Idea! 12″-15″ Gravel under patio stones

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12″x24″ Patio Stone

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Distance pending on size of shed

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Good Idea! 12″-15″ Gravel under patio stones

Patio Stones are the most simple method of building a foundation for a wooden floor. They are easily available at your regular box store or building supplier, and normally low priced. Please note that they are not included in our installations.

The most commonly used stones are 12″ x 24″ x 1.5″, although other patio stones can be used as well. The amount that you would need depends on the size of shed you plan to have built. We gladly supply you with a placement plan.

Gravel Base Level of Difficulty: Moderate

We recommend highly that should you use patio stones or cinder blocks for your foundation that you install proper drainage This will prevent your building from shifting.

This means you would have to remove the topsoil or sediment under the structure’s footprint (4″-6″) and refill it with gravel, river rock or other suitable drainage material. As a rule of thumb, the larger the stones, the better the drainage.

We can supply you with more detailed information if you have more questions.

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Patio Stones and/or cinder block

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Gravel, pebbles, or similar

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Pressure Treated Wood as frame to hold Gravel in place

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Patio Stones and/or cinder block

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Gravel, pebbles, or similar

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Pressure Treated Wood as frame to hold Gravel in place

Concrete Pad Level of Difficulty: Elaborate

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3-4 inches of concrete

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Normally with gravel base

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Armouring Steel

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3-4 inches of concrete

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Normally with gravel base

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Armouring Steel

Concrete pads are generally used when constructing larger structures or pool houses/cabanas. If you are planning to install a pool house, pool equipment should not sit directly on a wood floor. This shed foundation option provides a concrete base onto which your walls can be mounted, and, as such, a wood floor is not required. We would install the wall on top of the concrete with seal and a pressure treated bottom plate.

Concrete pads are an extensive foundation choice and we suggest that you hire the services of an experienced contractor who is aware of local regulations and will ensure that your structure complies with regional building codes. Concrete pricing varies drastically from area to area.

Earth Screws Level of Difficulty: Moderate

Earth screws are one of the most efficient ways of building a solid foundation for a structure. Depending on the soil condition they will be installed 4 feet into the ground and can level out uneven areas quite easy.

Depending on the size of the structure, four earth screws would be required as a minimum.

Very often this is a much more cost-effective way in comparison to concrete.

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48″ Ground Screw

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Support Beams for Subfloor

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48″ Ground Screw

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Support Beams for Subfloor

Wire mesh screens

Is your neighbourhood filled with wildlife? You may want to stop these critters from digging under your structure.

You won’t have to worry about this if you’re going with a concrete pad foundation; however, any other foundation would benefit from wire mesh screens that will stop these animals in their tracks when planted 3-4 inches down and out as much as 20 inches. You may be able to find it at a local hardware store.