Do It Yourself – Laying the foundations

Before you start

Double-check that all your paperwork is in order. Even if you believe you are exempt from seeking planning or building approval, get in touch with your local council to make sure you are meeting all their guidelines. Costs vary depending on your local area so always best to check first.

If you are an owner-builder, make sure that you have met all your legal obligations before you begin work. A small amount of inconvenience now can save a lot later.

If you have contracted a builder, make sure the builder is accredited or has the appropriate insurance and complies with all OH&S requirements.

Laying the foundations

Our range of Sheds come with plans for either a concrete slab or concrete piers, depending on your preference and building site. Unless your yard is perfectly flat, you’ll need to cut and fill to provide a level surface for the slab or piers.

Digging tips

• For a small job, some companies do half-day hires. If there are other excavations happening in your local area, it’s worth asking if they will quote on a price to fit your small job in, which can be both reasonably cheap and time-saving.

• For a large job, or if you’re unfamiliar with the equipment, consider hiring an excavator to do the work. Although they’re not cheap, they’ll be faster than you, and you won’t need to worry about damage to the equipment, your property, or yourself.
Work with the footing plan supplied with your Shed and make sure that your concretors, brickies and hired help have copies of it beforehand, too.

Make sure that the cast in brackets are in place before pouring concrete.

Keep your slab continuously moist while it cures – the longer you can do this for, the stronger it will be. Wetting it down with the hose will do. If you can do this for at least a week, it will be about 30% stronger than a fast-curing slab, and minimize cracking. Obviously elevated sub floors may need brick and timber work so employing a professional brick layer may save time and avoid costly mistakes.