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Site Preparation for a Shed

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Mon, Jun 6, 2011

What kind of site preparation for a shed do I need?

A level area for the storage sheds are the most important thing so the doors and windows open and close properly. 

Gravel base for drainage.  Gravel should be 4" to 6" deep and 2' wider and longer than the size of the shed. 

Gravel type for site preparation for shed:  If the shed is going to be placed in a dry area than crusher run in gravel is fine.  If the area where the shed will be placed is wet or tends to hold water you will want to go with a larger gravel such as 3/4" size gravel or commonly called #57.

The sheds are built with a pressure treated 4"x4" foundation with 2"x4" pressure treated floor joists and a plywood floor.

Here is a picture with an ideal gravel pad showing what you want the site preparation for a shed to look like.

site preparation for a shed 

The site prep for this shed is a 10x14 wooden a-frame shed.

The wood sheds all come painted.  Vinyl sheds are also available if you never want to have to paint the shed.  A third type of board batten sheds can be stained and gives you a shed that looks like the horse barns.

There are several options when you get the gravel pad in place.  You can just have the gravel in place and sloped down that last 6".  Or you can get some 4x4 or 6x6 post around the perimeter to help hold in the gravel.  Or you could dig down 4 to 6 inches and have the gravel stop flush with the ground around it.  

Is gravel required?  No, we recommend a gravel pad for drainage but at a minimum you will want to have a level area.

Let us know if you have any other ideas on the site preparation for a shed that you have.

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