If you’re looking for a space to install your next garden shed, in a place where level ground is a premium, you may be left with no alternative other than building a shed base on uneven ground.
In this article, ShedsDirect.net will offer some advice on building a shed base on uneven ground. Sheds Direct build quality garden sheds, Dutch barns and garden workshops. All of our sheds are built to last, that’s why we use quality materials, thicker tantalised wood framings and solid structures.
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Planning your shed base
You only site your garden shed once so its really important to ensure you get it right. Choosing the position will greatly depend on what you use your shed for, along with the ground conditions. For example you may not want to be digging through tree roots or rocky surface if this can be avoided. The end goal will be to create a level space on uneven ground where your garden shed can be sited.
If you decide building a shed base on uneven ground is worth the risk then perhaps you should be aware of some of the risks, with a worst case scenario, your shed could fall over, split or reduce its life span.
How to Level the Ground
Once you have decided on the location of your new shed the next step is to start the process to level the ground.
To correctly level the ground I find it best to begin by marking out the area, the area should the total size and footprint of your shed. It’s helpful to place wooden posts or bamboo canes into the corners of the area and then join these together using string. This will give you a plumb line to follow when digging out.
Next it’s time to start the heavy work, remove the grass, topsoil any vegetation and rocks covering the area – a standard garden shovel should be fine for this job. Usually a depth of half a spade will be adequate but if your ground is wet or soft, it would be a good idea to dig your base space a little deeper up to 1 full spade depth.
Now that you have removed the topsoil and vegetation you will need to work out how and where the ground is uneven. This can be done by laying a plank across the area which will highlight any peaks or troughs in the soil. Soil can be moved from one area to another to either “shave off” the peaks or fill in any divots.
Once you’ve levelled out the area, it’s time to start building the base, we need to relay the top soil or add sand across the surface ensuring this remains completely level.
Make sure the surface is smooth and flat, using a roller to compact the soil or sand, and either a spirit level or the plank again to test the surface is flat.
Next we need to ensure that weeds are not going to grow through the base, here we add a thick weed membrane. I often recommend doubling up on the membrane laying one sheet one way and a second sheet in another direction.
It may sound a little like belt and braces however once the shed is installed you wont want to take it down because weeds have grown through.
Now that you have prepared the area you can start the process of building the shed base. There are several choices when it comes to the materials you may use.
The materials you use may depend on what you will use your shed for. As an example, building a hobby workshop to repair motorbikes will need a more solid base then perhaps a potting shed. If you have any doubts or questions feel free to call Sheds Direct to discuss.
Some people prefer to use Thick wooden planks or railway sleepers, some people prefer concrete or hard-core bases, the choice of materials is endless, the key is to make sure the base is firm and level before your garden shed arrives.
Now, you’ve got everything you need to get started levelling the ground ready for the installation of your perfect shed. As always, our team are on hand to answer any questions you may have so feel free to
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