Shed Site Preparation

When deciding to purchase and construct a new storage shed, the ground the building sits on is just as important as the structure itself. Having pressure treated floors will help to extend the life a shed sitting on blocks or grass, but to get the full life span out of your shed you need to go a step further. Let us, the shed experts, provide you with the best site preparation possible! Choose from either gravel or concrete and let us create a base that is not only ascetically pleasing, but also a solid foundation for your new shed to sit on for years to come.

Gravel Base

Like all of the services we provide at Best in Backyards, our gravel shed bases are a step above the competition. Not only do we provide a better quality building material, we also have an expert team of builders craft each gravel pad to fit your property perfectly! Please take a moment to see how we construct our gravel shed bases, so we can show you just how much better our finished product is!

Difficult or Unlevel Area? (Beyond a 10″ Slope)

Does having a sloped property or difficult lawn space mean you can’t get a high quality shed pad? Not with Best in Backyards! We can accommodate the toughest backyards and provide you with shed preparation that will extend the life of your shed! Take a look at some of the site preparation we have done for customers with difficult and un-level areas.

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Shed Site Pad Borders with 6x6 Timbers for Heavy Duty Installation

8 Steps Best in Backyards Takes to Prepare Your Shed Site

Step 1: Site Evaluation

Once a location has been chosen for your new shed pad, Best in Backyards will make a professional site evaluation. Here we can determine what we need to do to create the best looking and most structurally sound foundation for your new building.

Site Evaluation
Border Installation

Step 2: Border Installation

Once you have selected where you want your shed pad, our team goes to work and removes the loom (grass) from that area and installs the shed pad borders. Our 6″ x 6″ borders are secured to each other and to the ground with special brackets and stakes.

Step 3: Dirt Compaction

After the borders are set and staked, we use a power compacter to tamp the ground to prevent any settling in the gravel after the shed is placed on the pad. If the dirt under the pad is not compacted, the pad will settle over time leading to an uneven surface for your structure.

 

Dirt Compaction
Manual Dirt Compaction

Step 4: Manual Dirt Compaction

On top of tamping the dirt with our power compactor, our professional team of installers manually tamps the edges and corners of the pad. This ensures uniform dirt compaction over the entire area!

Step 5: Landscape Fabric

With every gravel pad we install a layer of landscaping fabric under the gravel. This will create a permanent weed prevention barrier for your shed, giving you one less piece of property to maintain.

Installing Landscaping Fabric
Border Filled With Gravel

Step 6: Fill Borders with Gravel

With the ground successfully tamped, leveled and layered with weed fabric, the prepared area is filled with 3/4″ crushed gravel.

Step 7: Gravel Compaction

Using the power compactor, our installation crew now tamps the gravel down. This will take the loose gravel and create a solid and level surface for your shed to use as a foundation for years to come!

Gravel Compaction
Finished Shed Preparation

Step 8: Install Your New Shed

The shed site is now complete! There is only one step left and that is to install your shed onto your new level, structurally sound and visually pleasing shed pad!

Concrete Base

Are you interested in a concrete pad instead of a gravel pad? Best in Backyards also provides concrete bases! Give your shed, pool house, garage or barn a base that will look great and increase its longevity. Not only can our concrete bases function as a foundation for your outdoor building, but they can also be used a floor for your new garage or barn! So don’t wait, let the professionals at Best in Backyards help you create the perfect concrete pad.

Here are just a few applications our concrete pads can be used for

  • Garages
  • Pool Houses
  • Outdoor Storage Sheds
Dutch Barn in a Backyard with White Overhead Garage Door