It is essential that all garden buildings are assembled on a firm and level base constructed from an appropriate and durable material. When deciding where to place your garden building, you need to take a few things into consideration. Firstly, please remember not to place the base too close to any walls or fences as there may be a slight overhang on the roof of the garden building. Furthermore, when deciding the optimum location for your base and garden building please consider access – for example access around each side of the garden building in order to apply wood treatments or preservative. The guide below will help you to prepare and complete a base for your garden building using the suitable material of your choice. Within the excavated area, lay approximately 3” (75mm) of firmly compacted hardcore, scalping or brick rubble to act as a sound foundation and level with compacted sand if appropriate.
By measuring, cutting and fitting timber rails or steel shuttering to the shape of the base, board up the base as portrayed in the diagram. Spread the concrete evenly in the shuttering, taking particular care to push the concrete into the corners and edges. Brush off any excess sand and cement mix - the base is now ready for you to begin assembly of your garden building.
When buying a garden shed, you need to be sure to provide a firm and level on base on which to build your shed. Portabases are available for garden buildings of the following size variations: 6' x 4', 7' x 5', 7' x 7', 8' x 6', 10' x 6' and 10' x 8'.
A Walton’s portabase is a wooden frame constructed from pressure-treated timber that is measured to fit your particular wooden garden building.
Customers may purchase a garden building and portabase alongside our home installation option. If you are buying a wooden shed, summer house or workshop and you already have a firm and level base large enough for your new building, then you should be able to go ahead and build your garden building directly onto it.
With a Walton's Portabase you have a quick and easy alternative to the expensive and time consuming methods of concrete or paving slab shed bases. A few month ago we had to build the base for the shed; a project that took a considerable amount of time, money and effort in the warmer weather.
Cement pavers, or patio stones, offer a customizable appearance to a sturdy and stable pad. For additional stability and moisture control, sweep cement sand into the gaps between the stones and pavers.

When you're building a shed, concrete is usually the most typical choice for flooring material. Pavers are installed using a variety of mortars based on intended use and environmental conditions. Whether you build your patio from brick, pavers or stepping stone, the installation instructions vary only slightly.
Secondly, placing the base next to trees or large bushes could also cause problems from overhanging branches especially if these are likely to grow and come into contact with the building in the future. Try to visualise what the garden building will look like in the position selected – you may not want to carry large or heavy objects right down to the end of your garden.
Use a tape measure, spirit level, and tri-square to ensure the base with shuttering is 100% level and square. Arguably the best method to lay the concrete is to do it a layer at a time and compact it until the shuttering frame is full.
Please note however that the concrete must not be allowed to dry out too quickly and so spraying it with water may be necessary, particularly in warm and dry weather conditions. The surface of the paving slabs should be slightly higher than the surrounding ground to encourage rain water drainage.
Level this mix - you may wish to use a rake and a spirit level to aid with the levelling process.. These should be equally spaced at intervals of approx 400-600mm ensuring they are to run perpendicular to any floor joists which already come built in to your garden building.
A base which is neither firm nor level is likely to cause structural problems with your garden shed, resulting in doors and windows that have difficulty opening and closing. The Portabase is a pressure-treated wooden frame supplied specifically for the size of your shed, and once constructed can easily be laid onto softer ground such as lawn or soil.
The portabase can be selected on the individual product pages prior to adding to your basket, and will be delivered alongside your wooden shed, summer house or workshop.
The timber beams are held together by metal brackets, and the portabase uses either metal spikes to sink into a lawn or soil resulting in a firm and level base, or foot plates to rest securely on a patio or driveway. In this situation, it is the customer’s responsibility to ensure that the proposed site is level enough for the portabase prior to the arrival of the installation team. However, if you require a new base constructing, then a Portabase provides a quick and easy alternative to a concrete base, paving slabs or pressure treated bearers. I followed the Tiger Sheds Build a Shed Base guidelines when undertaking the project, using used paving stones to fill the base along with a 'shed load' of gravel and sand we had order from the local DIY.

The paver or stone structure, if assembled correctly, offers as much stability as a standard cement pad. Place the second paver against the edge of the first but elevated off of the ground and drop the stone or paver into place. Assembling a garden building on an incorrect base is also likely to invalidate any guarantee that your product may carry.
You may also want to consider where the building is most likely to receive natural light or a have nice view, especially for buildings such summerhouses or log cabins. Leave the concrete flush with the top of the framework and smooth it out using either a wooden or plastic float. Use a spirit level to make sure all the slabs are square, level and firmly butted together.
The portabase, which can be installed prior to the arrival of the installation team in order to save time, should not sit on a gradient of more than 65cm across either the length or the width of the base, as per this portabase illustration. Erecting a patio stone base for a shed is a simple matter of building a block pad out of the stones and placing the patio on top of the pad. Compact the subsurface with a hand tamper, which is a long metal pole with a wide, square base and two handles on the side, by slamming the tamper into the ground around the surface of the hole.
Wet the area down lightly to rinse the surface while solidifying the cement sand in the joints.
Once the garden building has been assembled, please check overhanging foliage regularly as any rubbing on the roofing felt may lead to your garden building becoming susceptible to rain and extreme weather conditions. Finally, if you intend to fit an electricity or water supply to your garden building, you may need to consider where would be most appropriate to cater for this (i.e.
The stability of the pad comes from the use of a rock and dry cement subsurface with a plastic edging border.
Mechanical tampers are available for rent from hardware stores and can accomplish the task quickly.

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