C & H Sheds

4014K Mountville Rd, Jefferson, MD 21755

When it comes to installing a shed on your property, proper site preparation is absolutely crucial. Without the right groundwork, your shed could face a variety of issues, ranging from instability to water damage. To ensure that your shed is placed on a solid foundation, follow this comprehensive guide to shed site preparation.

Section 1: Choosing the Ideal Location

The first step in shed site preparation is selecting the perfect spot for your new structure. Consider the following factors when making your decision:

1. Accessibility: Think about how easily you can access your shed from your house or driveway. You would want your shed to be conveniently situated, allowing you to retrieve tools and equipment effortlessly.

2. Sunlight Exposure: Pay attention to the direction in which sunlight hits your property throughout the day. Placing your shed in a spot that receives ample sunlight will ensure optimal conditions for gardening tools and equipment.

3. Drainage: Ensure that the chosen area is well-drained to prevent water from accumulating around your shed’s foundation. Improper drainage can lead to rot and other damage.

Section 2: Clearing the Area

Once you’ve decided on an ideal location, it’s time to prepare the site. Follow these steps to clear the area effectively:

1. Remove vegetation: Clear any grass, plants, or shrubs from the designated area. This includes taking out any tree stumps or large rocks that could interfere with the shed’s placement.

2. Level the ground: Use a shovel and rake to level the soil in the area where the shed will be installed. Uneven ground can lead to stability issues and water pooling.

Section 3: Creating a Stable Foundation

A proper foundation is essential for the stability and longevity of your shed. Follow these recommendations:

1. Use a gravel base: A layer of gravel provides excellent drainage and helps distribute the shed’s weight evenly. Lay down a bed of compacted gravel that is approximately 4–6 inches deep.

2. Use a concrete slab: A concrete slab is a good choice for your shed foundation. It keeps the ground level and prevents animals from burrowing underneath. Excavate the ground for the concrete slab. Dig the footers 36 inches deep and then add approximately 4 inches of compacted gravel. Build a level form to contain the concrete and pour it. After the concrete is dry, remove the form and grade around the slab for proper drainage.

3. Use concrete piers: If you are installing a larger shed or horse barn, consider using concrete piers as footings. Your concrete footers should be at least 36″ deep, so dig deeper to allow for approximately 4″ of compacted gravel. Install Sonotube (cardboard tube to hold concrete) of desired size and make sure the top of all the Sonotubes are level with each other. Pour your concrete into the tubes. After the concrete is dry, you can remove the cardboard if desired. Fill in the area between the footers with gravel to complete the foundation and allow drainage.

Section 4: Preparing for Utilities

If you plan on incorporating electricity or plumbing into your shed, proper preparation is necessary:

1. Dig trenches: Use a shovel or trencher to dig trenches for electrical and plumbing lines. Make sure the trenches are at the appropriate depths and properly sloped for drainage.

2. Install conduit and pipes: Lay down conduit for electrical wiring and bury it in the trenches. Likewise, install plumbing pipes according to local building codes.

Section 5: Ensuring Security and Safety

To protect your shed and its contents, consider the following security and safety measures:

1. Secure your shed to the ground: To secure your shed, use concrete or metal anchors to prevent it from moving or being lifted by strong winds.

2. Install proper lighting: Adequate lighting in and around your shed helps enhance security and accessibility. Consider installing motion sensor lights to deter intruders.


Proper shed site preparation is vital for ensuring the stability and longevity of your shed. Consider C & H Sheds and More for help with installing a shed on your property. We can provide expert advice and assist with site preparation. Contact us today!


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"We purchased a building in Nov 2007. The service and product was fine. It was a pleasure as always doing business with you."

- The Burks Monrovia, MD

"We have purchased 2 buildings from you all and we are very happy with them. There are other items we are looking at. Your sales person has been very polite and professional, that is one reason we made our decision along with the way they are built and delivered. We couldn’t ask for anything more from your delivery person, Josh."

- R. Caudill Frederick, MD

"C&H Supply Co. I would highly recommend people to your business. Josh was very friendly, pleasant and courteous. He worked very hard to get my building set and did a great job"

- M. Gladhill Frederick, MD

"My overall experience from the final sell to delivery and installation was excellent. C&H helped me analyze the various products to my needs and did not try to oversell. I would highly recommend C&H to anyone desiring a quality product with great service."

- R. Lohr Lovettsville, VA

"As always your products & service are superb, thanks."

- S. Jarels Frederick, MD

"My wife and I are very happy with our building and are also very happy and pleased with the service and cooperation that we were given from start to finish, Again many thanks."

- B. Miskell Jefferson, MD

"Our experience with C And H Sheds was very positive. We dealt with Josh and everything went smoothly from placing the order to the delivery. We definitely would use C&H again and will make referrals as necessary."

- D. Nardi Kearnesville, WV

"My husband and I were quite happy with the storage barn and the services in purchasing and in the delivery process. The building was to exact specification and the pad was done in a professional manner. Josh ,the delivery person was considerate of our property as we had a very rainy spell before and during delivery. A small imperfection on the building was repaired on site and we wish to say thank you. We will recommend your company to our friends who might need a building."

-Mr & Mrs Russ Frederick, MD

"Recently I purchased a lO’x16′ Shed from the C&H Sales Lot in Jefferson. Actually I found the shed I thought I wanted on the Jefferson Lot and called the Home Office and left a message for someone to get back to me regarding the purchase of that shed. A fellow named Josh called me back that same day to discuss, and made an appointment with me to look at the yard where the shed would be placed.. "

-J. Sanday Point of Rocks, MD

"A very pleasant and productive experience, Thanks"

-F. Tipton Frederick, MD




Address: 4014K Mountville Rd, Jefferson, MD 21755
Phone: 301-473-4771
Hours of Operation:

Mon – Tue             By Appointment

Wed – Sat             10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday                 Closed


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