Homeowner Help / Shed Pad

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by 2muchwork, May 15, 2012.

  1. 2muchwork

    2muchwork LawnSite Member
    Messages: 9

    Sorry if this is the wrong forum but the homeowner forum seems to be all mower talk. I need to put a pad in for a shed - the shed I am contemplating is 12X12 so I plan on putting in say 15 X 15 pad (maybe a bit smaller).
    Ideally I would like to use pavers - but I fear the weight might be too much?
    Its not as though it vehicular traffic - just the weight of the shed and its contents. Would a 4" base of Crusher Run and 2" sand be sufficient? I am in SE NY state. My second alternative would be a crushed stone base boardered
    by PT 4X4 's - but I want a level area so I can easily mow up to it. My last choice would be concrete - but I want to avoid that if possible. Any recommendations?

    Thanks for your input.
  2. Graveslawncare

    Graveslawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 472

    If you're in NY, I wouldn't make the base any shallower than 6"-8". And you never use more than 1" of bedding sand. 2" would cause problems. You may already know this but the sand needs to be a coarse sand, they call it concrete sand down here, not just some random play sand you pick up at home depot.

    If you use good quality pavers (again, not home depot), and your base is properly compacted, it should have no problem with the weight of the shed. There are other guys on here with a lot more experience than me, so maybe they'll chime in with more advice. Hope this helps.
  3. alldayrj

    alldayrj LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,793

    why pavers and not concrete?
  4. 2muchwork

    2muchwork LawnSite Member
    Messages: 9

    Fear of the unknown? I have atleast done a small landing for stairs out of pavers so I have a minimal amount of experience with that and feel I can handle a square pad for a shed. While concrete might make the best pad - I have no experience (ie..how deep I must go / what material to use for a base/
    how to build a good form to prevent a blowout before the concrete sets etc make this the least desirable choice - for me that is.
  5. Darryl G

    Darryl G Inactive
    Messages: 9,500

    Is this base going to be the floor of the shed or are you buying a pre-fab shed with a plywood floor and having it deivered? I'm a little confused. If it's the floor of the shed go with a concrete slab and if it's just a pre-fab crushed stone is fine. Pavers for either a shed floor or the base under a pre-fab is a little odd in my opinion.
  6. DVS Hardscaper

    DVS Hardscaper LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,619

    Do either a gravel pad or a concrete pad. Dont waste money on pavers. You'll nvr see them. Keep it simple, you're not the first one in NY with a shed :)
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