Site Preparation

When preparing your location for the  arrival of the shed, there are several options that will insure your structure has a level foundation upon which to sit.

gravel pad ready for shedCrushed Stone (Recommended)
shed on prepared site
blocks can be used for shed baseCinder Blocks
Concrete footers for a shed from Mid America StructureConcrete Footers
Crushed stone base for a shed from Mid America StructureCrushed Stone (Recommended)
Cinder blocks for a shed from Mid America StructureCinder Blocks
Concrete slab for a shed from Mid America StructureConcrete Slab

Site Preparation Options

Our structures built on 4x6 pressure treated skids, and setting them on the bare ground will last for many years. However, buildings set on bare ground tend to settle unevenly so you may have problems with your doors not working properly unless you periodically re-level and shim up the building. (A floor jack works great for re-leveling).

There are several options for preparing the site for your building...

Option #1: Concrete Slab

A solid, concrete slab for a pad makes an excellent and easy site base to place your structure. It will also not be nearly as attractive to rodents wanting to dig and live under your structure where they can be a nuisance.

Option #2: Concrete Footers

This option is recommended for all larger structures, or if you are planning on adding plumbing to your structure. This is usually a 16”-18” wide trench dug 12-24” deep. The trench is then filled with concrete giving you a very solid footer. Footers need to be as low to the ground as possible and run perpendicular to our 4’x6’ skids. Footers should be every 8’-10’ apart. The area between the footers should be filled with dirt or clean stone.

Option #3: Crushed Stone Pad (Recommended)

We have found the cheapest and easiest way to level and prepare a site for your shed is a base of 2” crushed stone, 3-5” thick leveled and stamped. It is a good idea to allow one foot additional space around the building to allow for good drainage.

Option #4: Cinder Blocks

If the customer wants cinder blocks, he must provide the blocks and have them ready to be placed. Cinder blocks are not recommended for larger structures! Cinder blocks will settle some too, so you may need to re-level and shim up the building periodically.

We Can Also Deliver Your Structure with No Floor!

A concrete slab is the only option for this setup. The concrete slab should be the same size as the structure you ordered. The outside perimeter must be very even, without humps or dips, because this is where your wall sets on. Mid-America Structures is not responsible for workmanship of the concrete.

Concrete anchor straps, placed when the concrete is still wet is the best way to anchor your structure. We can install anchors once the building arrives if needed.

A floorless prebuilt model has construction, labor, and material modifications that equal the cost of the floor.

Purchaser's Responsibility

Site leveling, preparation, and permits are the purchaser’s responsibility. Mid-America Structures cannot be responsible for any adverse effects an unlevel pad may have on your new structure. However, our drivers will do their best to satisfactorily position your structure in place and make sure your doors and windows are working properly before they leave.

Helpful Tips to Make Delivery Easy

  • Have tree limbs trimmed back 12” further then the width of your building. For example if you order a 12’ building please have accessible driveway 13’. We need 10’ vertical clearance on most sheds with no loft, and a 13’ vertical clearance on most sheds with lofts.
  • If your lawn has a sprinkler system, please mark all sprinkler heads with flags etc.

Let us do your site preparation.

Halteman Masonry is an experienced crew that works for Mid-America Structures and has a lot of experience in pads. Whether it's a Concrete Slab Pad, Concrete Footers, or a Crushed Stone Pad, Halteman Masonry is willing to help! Feel free to call us for a free estimate at 402-414-1677.

Please view the diagrams below to determine the placement of block supports based on the width of your building.

8' wide
eight foot wide site prep diagram
10' wide
ten foot wide site prep diagram
12' wide
Diagram of the 12' shed size.
14' wide
fourteen foot wide site prep diagram
16' wide
Diagram of the 16' shed size.