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Shed base help required

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Snowinsummer Thu 29-Oct-15 20:13:26

We've currently got a rotten 8x6 shed and want to replace it with a 8x10. I think the original one doesn't really have a base. We've been quoted £720 to put down a concrete base by the company we're buying the shed from which seems extortionate. Any ideas?

gingeroots Fri 30-Oct-15 08:12:38

Maybe ask over on Property/Diy as well ,they seem pretty helpful .Must say that does sound an awful lot .
Could you buy some paving slabs from B&Q and lay them yourself ?

lavendersun Fri 30-Oct-15 08:19:21

We have had both a new shed and summerhouse in the last couple of years.

Our local shed maker gave us the measurements of where lines of slabs needed to go, front to back and DH levelled the ground and laid three or four lines of slabs - really cheaply.

They then put thick timber planks on the slabs and built the floor/structure on those.

shovetheholly Fri 30-Oct-15 10:09:25

You don't need a concrete base! You can just level the ground (I dug out to a level then tamped down lots of crusher run by hand - this is hard work, and you won't need the gym after it, but it works just fine). Then use either one of the proprietary plastic grid-bases or a cheaper wooden slat base. This is even easier than laying slabs. Both are sold by lots of shed manufacturers.

tigerdog Fri 30-Oct-15 10:18:39

That is a lot and probably not needed as others have said - for our 8x10 shed we bought this summer, we were given two options - slabs to be laid for about £180 and (what we went for) was a wooden base, which cost about £120. We would have done it ourselves but time was an issue.

DoreenLethal Fri 30-Oct-15 10:23:34

I levelled the ground, bought some fence posts the width of the shed and laid them horizontally from front of shed to back, and the shed itself sits on those. They went at the places under the wood on the shed that the floor is nailed onto, supporting those.

unadulterateddad Fri 30-Oct-15 10:29:24

When I last put a shed up I leveled the ground then put down railway sleepers to act as the base - all done and dusted in half a day

bookbook Fri 30-Oct-15 22:01:12

Same virtually as everyone else.
We levelled the ground very well. The shed company we used gave us options - we went for a tannalised wood base, it was very reasonable I seem to remember - about £100 on top of the price of the shed about 2 years ago

SpaghettiMeatballs Sun 03-Jan-16 07:21:48

We had a concrete base for our new shed earlier this year. As pleased as you can be with a shed base....!

We paid £600 for the shed base AND a large area behind the garage to be concreted for extra parking. The space behind the garage was for the original owner's caravan so it's sizeable. I'd say £700 sounds really expensive.

SpaghettiMeatballs Sun 03-Jan-16 07:22:35

Just seen how old this thread is. Guess you're sorted now blush

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