Metal Foundation Kit for 8' x 10' Sheds

Our plan is to have a concrete pad poured and we heard the pad should be the same size as the shed to keep water from gathering around the shed. Are we on the right track or do you have other ideas? Yes, you are on the right track for sure.

A concrete pad would be perfect for a solid shed foundation and will keep the rodents we all love so much from getting in. I found your blog and wanted to ask you for your opinion. Have u heard anyone doing that? The method of leveling above a wet area is a very good option in this case.

Other than a deck, you have your shed on this is a typical method used when raising a shed foundation off the ground. We even have some applications where we do exactly this type of post and concrete then attach the floor frame to the post. As long as the deck is solid, supports your shed, no concerns here. It should a very reliable foundation method. The idea is to use concrete pavers bedded in mortar to level them. Does this make good sense? Thanks, Neil.

Concrete is a bit out of our area of expertise. Typically we recommend consumers get suggested concrete thickness or foundation specs from a local source frost line, soil conditions, etc. With this smaller footprint, should I build a foundation with pea rock and concrete pavers?

What depth of rock? Which type of concrete blocks? What dimensions of concrete? The method you describe is perfect and one of our recommended methods for a shed foundation. Gravel allows leveling and water drainage. So, you are on the right track! I have a 20 x 30 Garage on skids. The main skids are running North to South. There is a 2 foot over hang on the East and West side which my walls are beginning to fall a little.

I tried to place blocks underneath the garage on each corner and after 6 to 9 months the block is beginning to sink into the ground. I did not add gravel the first time. I want to do it right so I dont have to do it again. I assume to do this about every 4 feet or so. Problem is I have to get the tiller close to the edge of my garage then dig til it get under the wood foundation then I can go under toward the skids.

Please give me advice to learn the right way to build a foundation on a heavy Garage. My next task is how to foundation this thing. My ideas are: A. Adding two skids to rest it on the ground. Jacking it up, resting the exterior joist on a row of leveled cinder blocks. Resting the floor joist in 8 locations 4-corners, 2 in middle floor and 2 on center of longest exterior joist on adjustable pier style blocks.

This would allow me to adjust it level? The foundation option you described are similar to ours. Just be sure to level at each location for whatever method you choose. Download our shed foundation guide.

I am building a 20 a 20 foot floor for a workshop in a space under my house so the area is always dry. There is already a crushed stone floor. If so, would they have to be pressure treated? Which is the least expensive way to go?

I am considering putting a shed in my back yard, 10 X 10 Wood. How large of a base do I need to create for the shed to be secure on? I hear I need to make the base larger than the shed, so how much larger should the base be? I am putting a small shed on artificial turf grass that was just installed.

The grade is at a slight slope. Any ideas on how i can level the shed foundation without penetrating the turf? Is that want I should do?

You actually do not need to cut your concrete pad. The concrete pad can be larger than your shed. Regarding your question on anchors, please refer to our concrete foundation installation guide below.

Concrete Foundation Installation Tips. Can in put rock down to cover the opening? Hi there I was wondering if you could help me and tell me how to insulate underneath a 9 by 16 shed that is sitting on cinder blocks on a concrete platform? Great blog. Is 4 inches considered thick enough? Since the slab is preexisting I was going to use the anchors that are epoxyed into holes drilled into the concrete. Good idea? Hi there, 1. How big does the concrete slab need to be? When I dig I to the ground do I need to lay down some type of material first, then rocks, then the concrete or is this not right?

The weight of the shed is pounds. If so how many and how far away from the edge of the slab Thank you! The manufacturer would have specifics in their instruction for foundation size.

For under the concrete, only pea gravel is required. Concrete over the pea gravel. Please refer to the chart below for number of shed anchors and placement. Thank you for the information! Thank you so much!! Hi, Much appreciate this website and all the info you have shared. I am putting in a Lifetime 8 ft.

Outdoor Storage Shed. I was thinking to build a wood base 9 x Is it better to make teh base exact size or bit bigger or no difference. I have removed teh grass, put rocks on teh base and going to use two 10 ft and nine 9 feet treated wood to make the base. We suggest to our customers to build a foundation that matches the shed size.

Is this true, do I really have to have one since the building already comes with a floor? If so, what is the easiest thing I could do for a foundation?

Please advise Thank you. Total of 9 support blocks altogether with them setting on gravel base ground. Does this sound like a good plan to you? All sounds pretty good and stout. But it shows more piers or blocks along the runners. Where do I need to go for permits and which do I need and what type of foundation do I need in order to support all the weight?

Sorry for the late reply. We are getting busy. Seems like a long metal tunnel type shed. On permitting, that would be something your city hall could direct you on. For a foundation to hold that weight? Well, concrete will do. Other types of foundation like a wooden floor frame can hold significant weight and could hold a truck. We have gumbo soil. The shed would have a floor on pressure treated skids.

You are on the right track. Build up the area and place crushed stone under any spot that touches the ground. Please let us know if you have any other questions. Hi We are interested in a 10 x 16 shed in our backyard. We plan on putting it near an area that is slightly sloped, leading to a low spot that collects water when it rains a lot. It will not be directly in the wet area, but close. Is compacted gravel recommended for this? Is there any problem with the shed sinking? Would a concrete slab be better for stability?

Thanks for your help! Thank you for reaching out. Well, can always be chance of it sinking. I am planning on putting an 8 by 6 foot or smaller resin shed in my back yard. There is already a cement floor. Besides buying and assembling the shed what else do I need to do and purchase?

We live in Queens,NY. Good Morning Marianne, Thank you for visiting our blog. The restrictions vary by region. I am in process of demolishing dilapidated cabin currently on site and then plan on installing footer and concrete slab. There will be 1 bathroom and small kitchen on 1st floor.

Do you have any recommendations for slab 4 inch vs. Any thoughts on best way to run piping? Should I give slab installer any specific directions anchors, etc. Do I need to send the schematic I prepared showing location of windows and doors? Thanks much for your assistance! Would this work assuming the slab and top of crawl space are level? Would 4 inch slab be sufficient for the slab? Any suggestions when installing slab regarding running pipe for plumbing?

Any suggestions when installing slab regarding electrical wiring? Thanks, Mike. Thanks again for reaching out to us. I spoke with our engineering department and your servicing branch. Our sheds are designed for typical storage. Transforming the shed into a livable space voids the warranty. Unfortunately, we cannot facilitate your requests. If you have any other questions, feel free to give our branch a call at It looks like, from the installation process photos, that the builder will assemble the foundation and can put that directly onto the grass.

Is that correct? Typical of our current sheds that are not being put on a slab. I was suggesting to use concrete blocks for the floor. Live in NJ and need an 8 x 10 shed. I believe they tamp it down. Question: Will the crushed stone eventually find its way outside and into the yard?? For the base, I am considering this:. I am buying a wooden shed and moving it to my yard from another location in my home town Indiana. The location I am putting the shed currently has crushed gravel.

Do I need to put down anything else, foundation-wise? Good Morning Debra, Crushed gravel should be fine. Allows circulation under your shed. The area we want to place the shed is not level with approximately a 4. At first we were thinking of a concrete slab with foundation footings but this is just too expensive so now thinking of concrete block walls with proper footing below the frost line we currently have a 12X12 with this foundation. Another thought is construction as for mobile home underpinning using concrete blocks.

Would the standard 8X8 concrete blocks be sufficient for this building with the recommended 2X footing width that is deep enough to be below the frost line North Texas? Does the area inside need to have ventilation area in the concrete walls for air circulation? What about using concrete footing forms and placing enough footings to support he weight?

Any suggestions would help in making our decision about the type foundation for the best value due to the slope. I am thinking about pouring concrete into one of the holes in each one and placing a lag bolt so that I can anchor a 2 X 6 for a base for the walls.

Will this work? I plan to fill the blocks, but cannot do so until the shed is in place. That will give me the space I need below, and ability to anchor. Black plastic on the ground for moisture barrier under the crawl space.

What would you recommend for closing all around the outside so critters and cats,etc. Any suggestions would greatly be appreciated!! Oh sorry the shed sits on top of crushed treated gravel and is framed with railroad ties!! The gravel is hard as concrete! Thank you in advance for you help in this matter! Have a great day!! Good Morning D.

Callison, We have heard of customers that wrap chicken wire around the shed. I want to build a 10 x 14 shed. All for maximum drainage.

I then lay brock paver base with 1. My questions are: …. I only have 2 inches clearance between the tile and the bottom of the shed floor foundation. What can I use for this spacing? Should I use composite lumber decking planks to separate the wood of the base and the cement tile?

How many of these risers will I need? Should I be using a moisture barrier like tar paper under the plywood?

How do I best allow air flow under neigh the shed? Use black so it blends in better. I will be using 2X6 pressure treated lumber MicroPro Sienna for the interior joists and surrounding floor frame. Can the floor frame be laid directly on the cement tiles? If the floor frame can be laid directly on the cement, what happens to air flow, is it actually needed or should I put screened ventilation holes through the joists and floor boards?

Im installing a home depot bought shed and require on what to put underneath to keep from rodents nesting underneath. Was told gravel? Please help????? Some type of black mesh fabric around the bottom perimeter of the floor framing will also work fine. The black will keep it from being noticeable. The area where I plan on putting the shed is out of level by a little more than a foot.

Can I just use more cement blocks on one end to bring the area into level? Or should I level the area out with crushed stone first? The area where I plan to put the shed is out of level by about a foot. Do I need to put down a gravel pad and then put cement blocks on top of the pad? Or can I just stack cement blocks to make it level? I was looking to put gravel under it or maybe just filling in the square area with concrete.

Any suggestions? We have a cement patio but it goes in at the center for drainage. The space is exactly 6. Please help!! You built and installed my shed a few years ago. Since then, it has shifted as a result of yard flooding. Can you help with lifting a putting in new blocks or assist with pouring a foundation? If not, who would you recommend I contact? Here is our shed floor leveling guide. Please let me know if you have any questions. Your email address will not be published.

All rights reserved. The foundation of a storage shed is the first and most important part of the installation process! Consult your Local Building Inspector Before beginning to build any foundation for your shed, consult your local building inspector to determine what type of foundation you will need. Does my Shed Need a Foundation? Guidelines to Follow when Building Concrete Slabs Not required, these are our recommendations Your concrete slab should be the same width as the storage shed.

What Shed Foundation is Right for Me? Posted on December 2, at pm. Posted by A. Is this wise? Posted on August 24, at am. Posted by bdeitsch Yes, that is acceptable for a foundation. Posted on August 26, at am. Posted by Paul M. Posted on October 6, at am. Posted on October 8, at am. I am trying to get rid of it Posted on October 21, at am. Posted by bdeitsch Hi Ken. Posted on October 21, at am. Posted by screenflow vs camtasia Hello!

Posted by Thomas I live in Florida and have sandy soil. Posted on November 10, at am. Posted by bdeitsch It would be best to put gravel underneath the shed.

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Posted by Ron I have plans for a 12 X 16 shed and plan on using 10inch poured concrete piers for a foundation. Thanks for your help.

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Posted on September 22, at pm. Posted by bdeitsch Hi Matt, Thanks for visiting our blog. Posted by bdeitsch Hi Matt, Sorry about this. Lets try it this time. Posted by Romeo Paleracio I will have a wooden shed 8 x 8 installed in my backyard. Posted on November 23, at am. Posted by bdeitsch Good Morning Romeo, Please give our customer service helpline a call at Posted on December 14, at pm. Posted by bdeitsch Hi Ernie, Thank you for visiting our blog.

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Posted on July 24, at am. Posted by Rachel I am planning on putting a 12 x 16 shed on pavers. Posted on December 2, at am. Posted by bdeitsch Good Afternoon Rachel, Thank you for visiting our blog. Posted on December 8, at pm. Posted by bdeitsch Hi N Mroz, Thank you for visiting our blog.

Posted on December 9, at am. Posted on December 9, at pm. Posted by bdeitsch Thank you for visiting our blog. Posted by nancy I am having an 8 x 8 shed delivered. Posted on January 13, at pm. Posted by bdeitsch Yes, cement blocks would be the best choice. Posted on January 28, at am. Posted by shelly I see you suggest the concrete slab be the same size as the shed.

Posted on March 16, at am. Posted by bdeitsch Good Morning Shelly, There is no reason a foundation cannot be larger than a shed. Posted by bdeitsch Good Afternoon Daniel, Please give us a call at Posted on April 21, at pm.

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Cheers, Roger Posted on June 2, at pm. Complexity: Easy Level the ground or mask slight imperfections a sand layer. The difficult steps are leveling the grids themselves and to each other. Some small shed manufacturers offer foundation kits for their sheds. Foundation kits are available in various styles. They can be used for the manufactured shed, or to support other small sheds of the same size.

It sits on the ground which means you need a flat area. The foundation pieces may also be lighter weight for moving around. The ground preparation is easy too. Ensure it is firm, flat, and fill in any depressions and remove high spots.

Prepare the ground. The base should be the same dimensions as your shed. Complexity: Easy Leveling the ground and manufactured foundation are the difficult steps for this foundation. Reading and interpreting the instructions can be difficult too. Always check with the Building Inspector before beginning any permanent foundation.

An excellent foundation for any shed size, but more difficult to build. Good for home built sheds and some prefab. The piers are concrete poured into holes dug or drilled into the ground to the frost line or bedrock. There are plastic pier forms which can be set into an excavation dug to the frost line. They are then buried and filled with concrete after being plumbed and leveled. The most common though are cardboard tubes. They are placed into the holes, plumbed level and secured in place.

Backfill the space around the tube, then fill with concrete. The piers need to line up with the framing they will attach to and support. The top of the piers should be level with each other. Before the concrete hardens in the piers, set pier or post ties and align in place. Shed dimensions determine the number of piers you need. Once the piers have cured, beams can be set in place on the piers or pier and post and leveled with shims. Suitable for flat ground or slopes.

Complexity: Difficult You are not leveling the ground, only how far the piers extend above the ground. Making the piers level vertically and horizontally increases the level of difficulty. The number of concrete piers required will depend on the dimensions of the shed. The distance to the frost line and the slope of the ground are also factors that affect the cost.

A great foundation for any size shed: ready-made or home-built, a garage, or even a 2 story house. Ensure you have access to the concrete truck, or you may need a pumper truck or crane at added expense.

This is NOT a step-by-step for making a concrete slab. It identifies many of the steps you need to become knowledgeable about. Set the 4 corner stakes, ensuring the corners are square. Use a string line and level to determine ground slopes. The more slope, the more material to move. If built on solid, well-drained soil your slab will last longer.

The thickness of concrete and gravel determines how high the forms need to be. Once the forms are in place, they should be vertically braced and the top diagonally braced every 2 feet. Compact the gravel using a gas powered compactor; working to keep the gravel base level. This makes a footing which helps support the walls of your building. Cover the pad with 6 mil plastic poly sheet to help keep moisture out of your concrete pad once it sets.

Bend it at the perimeter to connect with the perimeter rebar. Use blocks or rebar rests to lift the rebar off the poly. If attaching a sill plate, place anchor bolts every 4 feet around the perimeter before the concrete hardens not in doorways.

You may need expansion grooves cut in too depending on the size of the concrete foundation. If it looks like rain, cover with plastic to protect the surface. Once the concrete is cured 24 hours , remove the forms. Before you backfill you may want to address any drainage issues. Complexity: Difficult There are many steps to this type of foundation. It is a permanent foundation, so mistakes are permanent.

Image courtesy of StorageBuildingsUnlimited. This is a good foundation for any size shed; home built or prefab. It is similar to the concrete pier construction but more forgiving. Only dig down as far as you need, the posts should sit on undisturbed soil. The holes should have gravel in the bottom for drainage. You can mix and pour a bag of concrete into each hole too. The posts are placed into the holes, plumbed level and secured in place, then backfilled and tamped. Leave the packed soil mounded around the post.

All the posts need to be in the exact location to line up with the framing they will attach to and support. Each post can extend several feet above ground level. The top of the posts can be leveled with each other after they are all set. They provide a level surface for the pressure treated beams to sit on. Cut the posts level with each other, then notch for the beams make sure to notch the correct side of each post.

Shed dimensions determine the number of posts you need. Once the posts are notched, place the beam in place, drill holes for carriage bolts, and bolt into place. Diagonal braces should be attached between the posts to beam for lateral support.

Good for flat ground or slopes. Complexity: Slightly Difficult You are not leveling the ground, only how far the posts extend above the ground. Making the posts level vertically and horizontally increases the level of difficulty. The number posts required will depend on the dimensions of the shed. How high off the ground you want the shed to be must also be considered.

Image courtesy technometalpost. This is a good foundation for any size shed or house; home built or prefab. Great for any soil type too. It is similar to concrete pier and post and beam construction.

The screw piles are galvanized steel posts with a screw end. They come in a choice of lengths and diameters. Some need a small excavator with a special attachment to screw them into the ground to the frost line. Other types use a special handheld powered screwdriver — hope you have strong wrists.

The screw helps to prevent vertical frost lift. There is also minimal settling since the soil is undisturbed by digging. Once in place, attach the beams and joists and build on. Great for use with any type material. Making the piles level vertically and horizontally increases the level of difficulty.

This becomes Easy if you hire a certified installer and get a guarantee. The number piles required will depend on the dimensions of the building. Your choice of foundation is an important decision. It helps keep your shed level and dry, and provides a stable base for it. All extend the life of your storage shed. Select the one that fits the type of shed you want it to support, and the location you want it to in.

Your Building Inspector can answer many of your questions too. Permanent foundations tend to be more complicated and may need more ability. Always involve the Building Inspector with all permanent foundations. Base your choice on the size and type of shed you want to build. A small shed has different requirements than a large one. The open bottom or built-in floor, sloped or flat ground, all affect your choice.

Your comments are appreciated. If you know someone who is thinking about building a shed foundation, share with them if you liked it. Please make sure to check out my post about different shed roof styles.

Eugene has been a DIY enthusiast for most of his life and loves being creative while inspiring creativity in others. He is passionately interested in home improvement, renovation and woodworking. Pro Tips: Throughout the build, check your levels. Use sand to make leveling easier. Garden cloth under the pavers helps reduce weeds coming up in the cracks. Pro Tip: Remember to check your levels as you build.

Pro Tip: Use sand level the ground. Remember to recheck for level as you work. Pro Tips: : Re-check your horizontal and vertical levels Triple check that the 4 corner posts remain square Set the 4 corners first, it makes it easier to square and level the other piers Good helpers are an asset.

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