If you have a spacious backyard, and you think that it is the perfect place to build that storage shed you've always wanted, you're at the right place. Shed construction is not an easy job, but with the right knowledge, skills, tools and supplies, you can build a shed yourself. You just need to be able-bodied and have time to do the construction.
No shed, no matter how well it has been put up, will last for long if it stands on a weak foundation. A concrete slab foundation is a popular choice for sheds because it is robust and offers maximum resistance to the wear and tear of normal use. A successful pour, however, calls for proper prepping.
Here is a number of important things you should do before getting started with concrete slab installation on the job site.
Make sure there are no utilities running underground.
Before choosing the exact spot where your shed will be built, you'll need to know the location of underground lines first. Ask the local utility companies to come out and mark where any power, gas, water or communication lines may be located. This way, you won't have to demolish your shed later on when you find out that you violated existing restrictions by building the structure on top of underground utility lines.
Check with your local building codes and home owners' association regulations.
Before installing a concrete slab foundation, you should make sure that you're allowed to do so by your local council and home owners' association regulations. Your local area may have guidelines on what type of concrete foundations can be installed and how they should be installed. Make sure your concrete foundation conforms to the required standards. Otherwise, the entire structure may be rendered illegal.
Work on a day when the weather is good.
Weather conditions can be the break-or-make factor when it comes to your concrete pour. Avoid pouring the concrete slab in rainy weather when the ground is wet and humid, making your shed base to trap moisture, which can cause extensive structural damage to the base. It is best for you to pick a day when the ground is not wet so as to prevent cracking caused by shrinkage of the concrete over time.
The best way to put your shed together is to think about the basic design of the structure and then work out the details step by step. With proper prepping, your shed will be built on a robust concrete base that will last long.