This latest case study comes from Renovation Bay-Bee who used a 12ft x 10ft Plastic Shed Base as the foundation under her brand new Waltons Shed. In this blog we will be going through the installation process Stephanie followed to create her fully recycled plastic shed base – you can follow the steps taken using the photos below too.
Step 1 – Measure & Mark
Using a tape measure, string and pegs, measure out your shed base area. Mark this out on the existing ground using string and pegs to give you a rough outline of where the base will sit.
(Photos 1 & 2)
Step 2 – Excavate & Level
In the now marked area, dig down and excavate the existing grass and soil down to a depth of around 70mm to ensure that once installed, your shed base will sit flush with the surrounding area. Once removed try to make the exposed soil as level as possible.
(Photos 3, 4 & 5)
Step 3 – Lay & Secure Your Membrane
On to the now exposed soil roll out your woven geotextile landscape membrane sheet and secure into the ground below. You can can do so using pins or using something heavy that can be moved once you move onto the next part of the installation. Membrane is used to prevent weeds from growing up and through your plastic shed base whilst still allowing water and nutrients to drain away naturally into the ground below.
Step 4 – Lay & Compact Sub-Base
On top of your now secure membrane, put down a bedding layer approximately 30mm deep of 5-20mm diameter angular gravel or crushed aggregate. Compact this down well and ensure that the surface is hard and as level as possible. If required, level the area with a sharp sand.
(Photos 7, 8 & 9)
Step 5 – Install Your Plastic Shed Base
Your Plastic Shed Base will arrive packed with 4 panels connected together making an area of approximately 660mm x 660mm. Each individual panel is 330x330x40mm and connects to other panels by using the slot and peg system to click them together. Starting in a corner, place one panel of Plastic Shed Base onto your now strong and level surface. Then begin laying more panels and connect them together with the slot and peg connection system as you move away from the corners until you have created your required area.
Step 6 – Fill Your Shed Base With Gravel
With your plastic shed base installed, fill the entire area with a suitable angular gravel or aggregate up to 20mm. Filling with gravel helps to create an even stronger surface to place your shed onto. Your shed base is 40mm deep and requires approximately 8 kgs of gravel or aggregate to fill each individual panel.
(Photos 11, 12 & 13)
Step 7 – Install Your Shed
The final step of your project is to have your shed installed onto your plastic base! Some shed suppliers offer an installation service where they will build your shed for you in your garden or you can erect your own shed.
Here is a video of Stephanie’s installation which shows just how easy it is to install your own plastic shed base:
A big thank you to Steph for the excellent photos she took and the video she created of her plastic shed base installation. If you have photos of your installation to share with us or have any questions regarding our shed bases then please do not hesitate to contact us.