If your shed has direct contact with the ground, it can absorb moisture—causing premature rotting and decay. But when placed on a level surface, not only will this help your garden building to stand and remain stable whilst allowing the doors to function properly, but this will also guarantee your garden shed has proper water drainage and ventilation underneath.
Building a shed base will require some manual labour, but we assure you that it’s worth it. Plus, we’re here to help you out!
Shed Base Tips
To ensure your shed base is just right, there are a few things you need to consider.
1. Determine If You Need a Shed Building Permit First
Planning permissions in the UK refers to the permission needed so you can legally build on land or to change the use of your property and its existing structures. Local planning authorities (or LPAs) are usually the local district council or borough, and each LPA has their website that allows the public to access necessary application forms, including contact information and other important documents.
Confirm the following with your LPA:
- Shed type, size and intended use
- Frost line
- Foundation type
Doing this will allow you to determine whether or not planning permission is required.
2. Find the Right Spot to Build Your Shed Base/Foundation
To ensure you’re building your shed base/foundation on the right spot, your chosen location should be at least within 6 inches of being level, whilst making sure of their being no standing water near the area. You’ll also want to make sure that your garden shed has a 3 foot clearance from trees and other hanging objects.
If you own a 10×16 shed or larger, make it a 4 foot clearance, so you can give your outbuilding an adequate amount of space to move.
3. Identify What is The Best Base/Foundation Type for Your Shed
A shed can warpp over time if there’s no foundation built on the level ground, and the roof boards will not go on straight, which will cause a noticeable incline in them. Even further, the outdoor structure will be prone to leaking and pest infestation—and long-term problems, such as twisting, straining, cracking, and splitting, can arise.
So when it comes to creating the base, it’s also important to know what exactly type of base/foundation you’re going to use. In some cases, a flat surface is not enough for an outbuilding to stand for long periods. If you don’t have a firm base, there’s an alternative you can opt for, and that is to create one.
Our experts recommend at least trying to flatten your chosen dedicated space as much as possible through levelling, using materials such as gravel and concrete, before installing.
- Gravel – Known as the most popular foundation material for a shed, gravelling the area where your outbuilding will go is a practical way of addressing potential problems, such as a distorted garden building. Here’s how you can lay a Log Cabins – The Ultimate Guide
- How to Prepare Your Garden for a Shed
- How to Build a Shed Base: A Guide
- The Top 15 Garden Shed Interiors You Need To See!