In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the basic steps for building a block foundation for your new storage shed. This format, which involves basic cement blocks and wooden boards for shed support and protection from moisture and other potential ground risks, is one of the more popular foundation choices for sheds today.
At A-Shed USA, we’re happy to provide a wide variety of storage sheds, garages and other custom structures, plus related materials, for all our clients. Part one of this series was mostly about getting your materials and tools prepared while ensuring the block foundation is the right choice for your property – today’s part two will dig into the actual building and leveling process, plus some areas where our team will be happy to offer expertise and assistance as you complete this process.
When you’ve finished collecting your materials and tools, and have taken the time to determine the placement of the shed and foundation, it’s time to begin building the grid for your block foundation. This begins with laying your 2x4 boards on the ground in an L shape, corresponding with where the walls of the shed itself will be.
From here, it’s time to obtain some basic measurements from your shed’s skids. This is easier if the shed has already been delivered to your home – you simply have to use your tape measure to mark off the distance between the skids. If the shed has not been delivered, contact our team for skid gap measurements, which we’ll be happy to provide. When you have these distances, mark them on your shorter 2x4 as accurately as possible.
Now it’s time to move to block placement. One tip we can offer here is beginning with the highest corner on the grid, working around that point and using this area as the foundation of sorts. You will dig a flat spot in your grass or dirt for each block, allowing them to sit level, and also use a leveling tool.
Leveling should be done not only for each individual block, but also for the entire block foundation once you’ve placed everything. Place your leveling tool on a 2x4’s narrow edge, preferably on the pier that’s the highest. From here, ensure that all other piers match this one by stacking blocks on top of the base until they’re level. This may involve replacing original base blocks in some cases.
Do you have questions or concerns during this process we haven’t answered here? Our team will be happy to guide you in terms of the proper materials, tools or other basic expertise.
For more on building your own block foundation for your new shed, or for information on any of our custom sheds or other buildings, speak to the staff at A-Shed USA today.