Site Preparation

Preparing for Your Shed Installation

To ensure a problem-free installation, please read the following information:

Your new building will provide you with decades of dependable service if care is exercised in the location and preparation of the building site. If you have any questions please call our customer-service desk at 888-857-4337.


Please note that permits are the responsibility of the property owner. Please check with your local building department for requirements. Reeds Ferry® has experience working with many building departments in New England. If you need assistance please call our customer-service desk at 888-857-4337 and we’d be glad to assist.


In most situations site preparation can be done easily by the property owner. Either the site is nearly level or the homeowner can correct it by spreading 3/4″ crushed stone. (See the directions below.)  In situations where the grade is significantly out of level the homeowner can address it themselves or contract the work. Reeds can help put you in contact with qualified contractors. Please call our customer-service desk at 888-857-4337.

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Often it’s difficult to determine if your site location is suitable as is, or perhaps you’d like to confirm that your site is ready for installation day. Whatever the case, please click the link below, enter your NAME, ADDRESS & PHONE and attach your site photos. Please add any questions or concerns and we will reply promptly. Thank you

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Site Preparation Before the Delivery Date

Select the EXACT location for your new building PRIOR to the delivery date. Once you’ve selected the site, consider the following:

Mark the Building Location

Reeds Ferry Shed Site PreparationMark the site using stakes to locate the four corners of the building (FIGURE 1). A three (3) foot clear work area perimeter is necessary for our crews to place your building.

Plate and Level Diagram of a site

Confirm the Site is FLAT and LEVEL

Frequently, customers assume because the ground is flat it is level. The building must be installed on a FLAT and LEVEL surface to function properly. (FIGURES 2 & 3)‍.

Checking if the Location is Level

Line levelTo determine if your building location is level use a LINE LEVEL – FIGURE 4 and check to see if there is a slope in the site. A LINE LEVEL can be purchased at most hardware stores or home centers for less than $2.

Line level determinationLocate the highest corner point of the proposed building site and using the line level determine location irregularities (FIGURE 5 & 6).

  • Start from the stake at the highest point of the site (A), run a string to each of the other three stakes: A to DA to C and A to B and check with a line level.
  • The string should be tied snug to the ground on stake A (the high point). The distance between the string and the ground at stakes DC and B must be six (6) inches or less.
  • If the proposed building location is more than six inches out of level, the site will need to be altered to ensure it is FLAT and LEVEL before the building is delivered.

Level shed site with gravelPreparation should be completed at least 10 days prior to delivery. A proper flat & level site should look similar to the photo on right. (click to enlarge)

Notice the crushed-stone is completely level like a table-top. This base will create a perfectly level shed. Yet the ground is not level, it is about 8-inches lower in the back, but the lumber frame corrects the slope because it is set deep in the front and not as deep in the back. Once the top of the frame is level front-to-back and side-to-side it’s filled with the crushed-stone.

Altering the Site if it’s Not Level

If the site is not FLAT and LEVEL there are several ways to alter the site. If the site is within the six (6) inch limitation we can shim the building using solid concrete blocks. CAUTION: Distances greater than twelve (12) inches can make the building unstable and unsafe. The site must be leveled.

Option 1 – Fill In

Fill level optionFill the low areas with processed gravel or washed stone and bring up to a level grade. NOTE: Do Not use Top Soil (Loam or sand) for the base since it does not provide a stable enough base.

Option 2 – Cut Out

Earth embankment shed siteThe site may be altered by re-grading the area. Cut out the higher area of the site. If the materials removed are unstable (loam or sand) you may want to add some processed gravel or washed stone to the site. If the material cut from the slope is used for fill, locate the building on the cut portion of the site.

Option 3 – Pour Concrete

If the building is to be constructed on concrete sono tubes or a concrete slab, the work must be completed at least five (5) days prior to delivery to allow for the proper curing time for the concrete.

‍NOTE: If you plan to install concrete sono tubes we will provide you with a foot-print drawing and instructions to assist you in the proper installation and alignment of the sono tubes.

Additional Delivery Notes

The site must be clear of all debris including brush, stumps, animal waste and other impediments. Trees located in the general area must not have any branches hanging over the site closer than fourteen (14) feet from the ground.

  • Please, no building changes or modifications ten (10) days prior to delivery.
  • The owner does not need to be present during the installation, but should mark the 4 corners and be available by phone.
  • Please allow access for a truck to park as close as possible to the site. (Note: We won’t travel the lawn without prior permission.)
  • Severe inclement weather may cause a delivery delay. In that event we will contact you to schedule a new delivery date.
  • Any options not requested with the initial order may require an additional delivery fee.
  • If installation is impossible because the site was improperly prepared, an additional delivery fee may be required.

Please Contact Us If You Have Questions

If you need to delay installation or have any other question or concerns, please call our customer service desk at 888-857-4337, (888-85-SHEDS) or send us a message.

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Delivery and Installation

Step 1 - Arrive On Schedule

Most Reeds Ferry Sheds® are assembled on-site, and we always arrive on-time. Delivery and Installation is included in the price. Our installation teams are highly experienced and our delivery trucks are specifically designed for shed installations. Simply approve the location of your new shed and watch our installation crew go to work. We are in-and-out with no disruption.

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Step 2 - Prepare the Foundation

A properly prepared base is important. On this installation the homeowner installed a 3/4" crushed stone base. Notice how they used the stone to help compensate for the difference in grade. For site-preparation tips click here. If you need assistance consult with your Reeds Ferry® Customer-Service Representative to discuss the best site preparation option for your building.

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Step 3 - Build the Floor

Our floors are constructed on site. The 2x6 pressure treated floor joists are spaced 16" on center and topped with 3/4" exterior grade plywood. For added strength, buildings wider than 8' have a double 2x6 beam that runs the length of the building. This floor system is the best in the industry. Reeds floor construction is a major point of comparison with sheds sold by home improvement stores.

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Step 4 - Stand the Walls

The walls are set into place. Each wall is constructed on hydraulic jigs at our manufacturing facility to ensure 100% accuracy to square.

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Step 5 - Attach the Bottom-Plate & Join the Corners

When a Reeds Ferry® building leaves our facility the doors, windows, and hardware are already framed, trimmed and installed. The bottom-plate of the wall is secured to the floor and the corner framing is interlocked and nailed to create 4 self-standing walls

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Step 6 - Wall Framing

Every Reeds Ferry® building is constructed with 2x4 spruce framing 16" on center. Our wall construction is another major point of comparison with the sheds found at home improvement stores. To save on cost they use smaller 2x3 studs and frame them farther apart at 24 inches.

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Step 7 - Install the End Trusses

Now that the walls are standing, the end trusses are installed. Aluminum ventilation louvers are standard in all Reeds Ferry® end walls. (The shed in this installation has our optional arched "cottage vents" with white trim.)

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Step 8 - Install the Roof Trusses

Reeds Ferry® uses high quality machine pressed 2x6 roof trusses spaced 16" on center. Our roof is engineered to withstand snow loads of 110 lbs psf, better than the most stringent building code requirement in New England.

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Step 9 - Complete the Roof Construction

1/2" BC-grade roof sheathing is installed and topped with a high quality 25 year shingle in 8 standard colors. We also offer a 30 year architectural shingle in 8 standard colors. (Custom color options are available) Note the aluminum drip edge is installed on the front and rear of the roof. In addition, we run drip edge up the sides of the roof. This feature ensures a long lasting, weather tight roof.

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Step 10 - Finished in 3 Hours

After installing the finish trim and options we do a complete inspection and site clean-up. An average size Reeds Ferry® shed is installed installed in approximately 3 hours. This brand new 12x20 Grand Victorian with vinyl shakes siding is covered by our 30-year warranty and will provide a lifetime of use... Note that delivery and installation is included in all Reeds Ferry® pricing.

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