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How to Prepare Your Yard for a Shed: A Comprehensive Guide

How to Prepare Your Yard for a Shed: A Comprehensive Guide

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Prepare Your Yard for a Shed:

Are you considering adding a shed to your yard? Whether you need extra storage space, a workshop, or a place to relax, a shed can be a valuable addition to your property. However, before you can install your new shed, it’s essential to properly prepare your yard for a shed to ensure a smooth and successful installation process. In this guide, we’ll walk you through everything you need to know to prepare your yard for a shed.

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Assessing Your Space:

Before you start preparing your yard for a shed, take some time to assess your space. Consider the size and placement of your shed, as well as any obstacles or potential challenges you may encounter. Take measurements and note any uneven terrain, trees, or existing structures that could affect the placement of your shed.

Choosing the Right Location:

One of the most crucial steps when you think about how to prepare your yard for a shed is selecting the perfect location. Ideally, you’ll want to choose a flat, level area that provides easy access to your shed. Avoid placing your shed in low-lying areas that are prone to flooding, and be mindful of any underground utilities or property lines.

Clearing the Area:

Once you’ve chosen a location for your shed, it’s time to clear the area. Remove any obstacles such as rocks, tree roots, or vegetation that could interfere with the installation process. Depending on the size and scope of your project, you may need to rent equipment such as a chainsaw or stump grinder to clear the area effectively.

Leveling the Ground:

Ensuring that the ground is level is essential for the stability and longevity of your shed. Use a long level or a transit to check for any uneven areas, and add or remove soil as needed to create a flat surface. Consider using a compacted gravel or crushed stone base to provide additional stability and drainage for your shed.

Preparing the Foundation:

Once the ground is level, it’s time to prepare the foundation for your shed.

A GRAVEL / STONE DUST BED: A simple foundation, best for level sites
For sites that are fairly level, a layer of A gravel (made from 3⁄4 crushed stone and sand) / stone dust (limestone) is best. Spread the A gravel in a flat-topped bed, extending it by one foot per side. (For example, a 6’x8’ shed needs an 8’x10’ bed.)
STEP 1: Strip away 3” to 4” of sod and top soil.
STEP 2: Optional: To control weeds, lay landscape fabric on grass or dirt. Fabric must allow water
through; DO NOT use plastic, which can encourage rotting.
STEP 3: Spread 4” to 6” of A gravel / stone dust the length and width of the building plus one foot
per side. Ensure it is level and compacted. Suggest renting a compactor.
STEP 4: Optional: You can frame out your bed with 4”x4” treated landscape beams to keep the A
gravel in if you are planning not to dig too far down into the ground.

CONCRETE PAD: Requires a level site and extreme accuracy
You can order a building without a wood floor and install a concrete floor, but the concrete pad must be measured precisely and made slightly smaller than the building. To keep the building dry, the siding must fit over the concrete pad and extend 1” down on all sides. If you want a
concrete ramp, it must drop down 11⁄2” – 2” from the top of the pad so the door can open. 

STEP 1: Call us for precise pad size and door location.
STEP 2: Level the site.
STEP 3: Measure with extreme accuracy for size and ensure it is square.
STEP 4: Pour and level concrete pad to a minimum of 6” above ground level. Do not attach bolts
or anchors. We will drill into the concrete, install anchors, and attach the building to the concrete
pad. If you are installing on a concrete pad, we will replace the standard bottom plate with
treated plates to protect the walls from moisture wicking up and causing rot.

You are responsible for preparing your yard for a shed. You can do it yourself or contract with Bosman to prepare the site. We will build directly on your A gravel pad, or concrete pad. Please call if you have questions.

Ensuring Accessibility:

In addition to preparing the ground for your shed, it’s also essential to ensure that the area is easily accessible. Make sure there is enough clearance around your shed for installation and maintenance, and consider pathways or walkways to provide easy access to your shed.

Securing Permits:

Before you begin construction on your shed, be sure to check local building codes and secure any necessary permits. This will ensure that your shed meets all regulatory requirements and avoids any potential issues down the road.

Starting to prepare your yard for a shed may seem like a daunting task, but with proper planning and preparation, it can be a straightforward and rewarding process. By assessing your space, choosing the right location, clearing the area, leveling the ground, preparing the foundation, ensuring accessibility, and securing permits, you’ll be well on your way to enjoying the benefits of your new shed. So roll up your sleeves, gather your tools, and get ready to transform your yard with a beautiful and functional shed!

**Remember Bosman Home Front offers hassle-free site preps for an extra investment!

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