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The Importance Of A Proper Foundation

by Dakota Storage Buildings, on January 14, 2016


As with anything in life, starting with a firm foundation is essential. The success or failure of any outbuilding is no different. A proper foundation is crucial.

Before you order or start building an outdoor storage unit, research what zoning codes apply to your area. Rural areas are usually more lax, but those living in a city, town, or subdivision may have restrictions on size, color, foundation type, and sometimes style.

Consider the function of your shed and how much you’re willing to spend on it. Many choose Class 5 gravel or concrete as their base material. While a gravel foundation is usually sufficient, some feel that a concrete foundation—although more expensive—is better suited if small tractors, boats, snowmobiles, ATVs, or vehicles will be stored in the shed.

Now it’s time to prep your site and lay the foundation. Here are 7 easy-to-follow steps.

  1. Choose the perfect spot, measure the space, and remove vegetation. Make sure the foundation’s perimeter is slightly larger than the shed itself and that the depth extends past the frost line.

  2. Construct a temporary frame. We suggest using 2 ft. x 4 ft. lumber to build the frame.
    NOTE: The frame MUST BE properly leveled.

  3. Fasten the frame to wooden or steel stakes from the outside to ensure easy removal of the frame after it is filled.

  4. Fill the frame with at least 3-4 inches of your base material.

  5. Slide a straight board back and forth over the top of the temporary frame to level the base material within the frame.

  6. While this step is not essential, using a compactor to finish your new foundation will make delivery easier and minimize the settling of the shed over time.

  7. Remove the temporary frame after the base material is compacted.

Regardless of the material you chose for your base, if your site is perfectly level and compacted, you will have a great foundation for your shed.

See Our Site Prep DiagramWe're a family-owned business that manufactures and sells high-quality prefabricated and customized storage buildings in South Dakota and Minnesota. Prepare to buy a garden shed by downloading The Ultimate Storage Building Buying Guide, printing out our Shed Buying Checklist, or visiting a shed display lot near you.

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