How to build a Heavy Duty Garden Shed Base
In this article Sheds Direct provide general advice on laying a heavy duty garden shed base
Having a solid heavy duty garden shed base is all about creating the right foundations for your garden shed or workshop, spending a little time creating the right approach to solid, firm and level foundations will ensure your new heavy duty garden shed or workshop sits secure for many years to come
Generally speaking, there are commonly 4 different types of base you can use for your heavy duty garden shed base, these are:
- a timber frame base (also known as a portabase)
- a plastic base
- a paved area base, and
- a concrete slab base
To start with a firm, level base should be the goal for any shed or garden storage building. Without this the structure is likely to be assembled on an uneven surface and the Garden Shed may not be level – screw holes will not line up correctly, doors may not fit their doorways and the practical look and feel of your heavy duty garden shed could be impaired.
There are a number of different options to create the necessary flat and level surface, and we’re going to take you through four of them. All are ideal to prevent water collecting around the shed base and damaging the wooden structure of your shed
Building a shed base can be heavy going and very labour intensive, make sure you have access to skills and resources needed before you start the Heavy Duty Garden Shed base laying project. Neither of the paved or concrete bases can be laid straight onto soft ground and will require a sub-base structure first to firm the ground. A concrete base also has a further extra step – constructing the frame or edging that supports concrete while it sets, this is known as formwork. So do bear in mind that these options can take longer to build than the timber frame and plastic bases.
Sheds are generally classified as temporary structures so you won’t usually need planning permission unless you live in a conservation area. But for more information on the up-to-date legislation, check the Government’s Planning Portal website.
You will need access to all sides of the shed during construction and to apply an external paint, stain or varnish if your shed is made of wood. So ensure your base isn’t built too close to walls or fencing (these might also need easy access for maintenance).
If you have plans to add electricity to your shed, make sure you consult with a qualified electrician before building the base.
Keep a look out for some future articles from Sheds Direct:
- How to Build a timber Garden shed frame base
- How to Build a plastic Garden shed frame base
- How to Build a paving stone Garden shed frame base
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