Preparing For Your Shed
You are responsible to prepare your shed’s location and have ready access to your shed pad for delivery. Preparing a proper shed base is critical to ensuring the longevity of your shed.
1. Obtain Permits
Check with your local officials for necessary permits. Northland Sheds is not responsible to secure permits or ensure proper permits are obtained.
2. Prepare Your Foundation
This is our foundation recommendation. You can build a perfectly level pad that will drain water at a minimal cost (see illustration).
This provides a very solid foundation for your shed and minimizes the risk of settling or shifting. However, it is also the most expensive pad option.
This is the most economical foundation option but also the least sturdy and dependable option. We do not recommend blocking any buildings larger than 12’x16’.
Building a Gravel Pad
1. Build Temporary Frame
Using 2×4 lumber build a 3-sided temporary frame slightly larger than your shed. Fasten the frame to the stakes from the outside to ensure easy removal of the frame after it is filled.
2. Fill with Base Material
Level the frame and ensure it is square, then fill with base material. We recommend at least 2-3 inches of crushed gravel for a long-lasting foundation.
3. Level Base
Level out the base with rakes or shovels. Slide a board over the top of the leveled frame to make sure the base is level.
4. Compact Base Material
Using a compactor to finish your new foundation will make delivery easier and minimize the settling of your shed over time. This is not essential but is recommended. Remove temporary frame after finished.