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How to build a shed base

6th August 2017

Your shed or outbuilding will give you its best if you spend a little time preparing the right foundation. But if you're not sure what kind of base you need to build, or how to go about it, this guide will help you through the process. 

Whether you're building a wooden base for a smaller shed, a paving slab base or a permanent concrete base for your garden building, download and read our guide first to make sure you get it right.

You can normally do the bulk of the work for your base in a day. Whichever kind of base you build, there are a few basic principles that you do need to adhere to:

  1. Make sure you have enough space to ensure you're able to get all the way around your shed.
    You'll need to be able to get round your shed when you're doing regular maintenance such as treating the timber or clearing away plants that are growing next to the building
  2. Check that your ground is clear and level.
    A base that's not level won't support your shed properly. Over time you'll find that the timber moves with changes in temperature and humidity. An uneven base will result in the building's structure losing its integrity over time.
  3. Build your base according to the instructions, making sure you keep the final product completely level
    Whether it's wood, paving slab or concrete, avoid short cuts that might result in a bumpy or lopsided base. 
  4. Install your shed on top of the base.
    A well-maintained garden building on a solid, level base can give you years of service and enjoyment. 

Download our free guide to building a shed base - it's an achievable task for any competent DIYer.

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