5 ways to prepare your site for a Beachy Barn

Most things turn out better if you start with a good foundation. In most cases, our buildings do not need an actual foundation, but it is good to consider what site preparation, if any, is needed.

I am sure there are other ways to prepare your site, but here are 5 options to consider.

1. Blocking. This is the easiest option. All of our buildings have treated 4×4 runners that run the length of the building. We put blocking under the 4×4 at regular intervals. The blocks can be used to level a building if the ground is mostly level. Best for: Works well for smaller buildings. Works well for sites that are relatively level. Blocking is included in the price of the building.

Blocking included

Blocking included

2. Gravel Pad. The advantage of a gravel pad is that it provides support to the building while also allowing for drainage. There are many ways of doing a gravel pad. The gravel can be above the ground or dug into the ground. A 4×4 can be used as a border to keep the gravel in place. Best for: A gravel pad works great for larger buildings. Gravel is also ideal to build up an area that has a drainage issue. In almost any situation, a gravel pad is our preferred site preparation. If you need a contractor that does a great job on gravel pads for our buildings, just contact us.

Gravel pad with 4x4 frame

Gravel pad with 4×4 frame

3. Piers. For a pier foundation, the piers are dug into the ground and set in concrete. Best for: Pier foundations are approved as a frost protected foundation for most zoning jurisdiction. It is also ideal for a site where you have a sloped site. We handle the whole process and can usually install the piers and build your building on the same day.

Gable on pier foundation

Gable on pier foundation

4. Concrete Pad. A concrete pad is a good option. If you have an existing pad, make sure it is level and not too cracked. You don’t want your new building to have a broken concrete floor. In this case, it may be better to have our wooden floor set on top of the concrete.  We can build right on top of an existing pad or one that you have your concrete contractor pour specifically for your new building. When we build on concrete, we use a treated bottom plate and we take care of fastening the walls down to the concrete.

5. Treated Timbers. Another site prep option is to run treated timbers perpendicular to the  treated 4×4 skids that are a part of the building.

Treated timbers

Treated timbers

Our goal is to make getting your building as easy as possible. If you have any questions about preparing your site for a shed, please contact us and we can discus which option would be best for your specific situation.

 

This entry was posted on by Shannon Martin.