How to Build a Shed On Sloping Ground

Published: 09th June 2010
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Planning to build a shed on level ground sounds straightforward enough, and how to do this is well documented by standard DIY shed plans. But what if you do not have the luxury of enough flat land to build your shed? That might mean you have to build the shed into the side of sloping land, and that needs a bit more planning and expertise.

You would need to assess the nature of the land you want to build on. Is it loose soil, or are there trees in the land near where you want to build the shed?

If there are, and depending how mature the trees are, it means there are likely to be tree roots which will need to be removed. You would need an excavator to clear the land anyway, and it is just one more level of preparation you will need to undertake.

It depends on the angle of the slope you are building into as well. Once you have cleared the site, you would need to remove any danger of the earth slipping back on to the shed, and causing damage.

That might mean building a retaining wall of some kind. I would definitely think about having concrete foundations for this structure.

To get some more ideas, I would ask a builder to come and look at the sight, with a view to giving you a free quotation. Even if you do not intend to commit to have him build the shed for you, he will give you an expert opinion on what needs to be done, and that is all you really need to know. He will also advise you on the materials and supports needed to ensure you have a solid and safe construction.

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