If you are considering erecting a new shed in your garden you should first consider what shed base to you will building the shed bases on, the only really two options you should consider and the first is building a base using paving slabs which is the favourite of the do it yourself enthusiasts as it is the cheapest option but has the problem of movement which can affect the sheds structural integrity.The second which is the far more professional way and that is to pour a concrete slab which is of course more expensive and more work.
Which is the option you decide upon you will need to take out an area which is equivalent to 4 inches wider than the propose shed and around about 12 inches longer than the shed this will allow small hard stand area outside the door of course if you want a larger area then that would be up to you.
Shed Bases made with Paving Slabs
To construct the paving stone slab you will need tape measure, shovel, rake and a long spirit level you also need the necessary amount of paving stones and dependent on the size of the shed you will also need a couple of bags of sharp sand.
Firstly, you will need to mark out the area of the base remembering the extra 4 inches on the width and what ever you decide on the length you will then need to dig out approximately 2 to 3 inches of topsoil using his spirit level to make sure you level both front to back and side to side. Once you’re happy the area is level rake a couple of bags of sharp sand out over the area you’re now ready to lay the paving slabs on the sand again ensuring it is level tapping down and he slabs to get a perfectly flat area. Your base is now ready for your new shed.
Shed Bases of Solid Concrete
If you decide to go for the solid concrete shed bases, the only extra tools required will be a float to smooth the concrete once poured and material wise you will need enough 6 inch deep shuttering to hold the concrete and enough ballast and cement to fill 4 inches deep slab and enough hard-core to fill 2 inches deep.
Once you have dug out 6 inches off soil you will need to spread the hard core and compact it down firmly with a sledge hammer, you will then be unable to mix your concrete at a ratio of five parts ballast one part cement, to get the best finish on the concrete push and pull the concrete with the pace of straight timber lying across the shuttering until the shots are in is full you can then “polish” the concrete with your float. Allow at least 24 hours for the concrete to go off and it is now ready to take the wooden shed.
Topic: Shed Bases