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Footings & Solutions

In the world of freestanding structures, we are constantly faced with the issue of ground preparation, hold downs and footings. Typically, when people think of a backyard structure, whether it be a storage shed, patio cover or gazebo they envision the structure itself, but don’t give much consideration to the details of groundwork and site preparation.

At Stor-Mor, we offer manufactured buildings that are built on top of the ground. We do provide additional services for ground preparation, if requested. Fees vary, depending on details. Refer to the Floor Option Brochure for questions.

Groundwork can be as minimal as clearing debris or as extravagant as adding footing work or site excavation, for an additional fee. Typically, when we began discussing the details of groundwork, many experience sticker shock at the cost. Often, this expense exceeds the value of the structure itself, as it requires much manual labor and code enforced details.

As the city and or county municipalities get involved in the process, it gets more complex with building codes due to the size or permanency of the structure. In most cases, if the size of the structure is larger than 200sf, city jurisdictions require a building permit. At this point, the building requires excavation and footing work that will be called out by an engineer.

As a customer, this process can be discouraging at times. At Stor-Mor, our goal is to help customers walk through the process and offer the best customer service we can.

These are a few statements we often hear from customers in our office…

  • “Yes, we want to do whatever the HOA or city require for the property.”
  • “We are not going to pull a permit and are free to do what we want on our property.”
  • “Others in our neighborhood built a structure and didn’t pull a permit so why should I.”
  • “I don’t live in a subdivision that abides by an HOA, therefore, there are no requirements.”
  • “I am going to build the structure and deal with HOA/city at a later point.”

Please Note: HOA has its own set of rules that are different from the city and or county codes. HOA is typically concerned about the building aesthetics matching the home and not encroaching on the neighbor’s property. City and or county codes enforce rules regarding details of the structure being built and the property setbacks.

Wood Floor on Blocks

Temporary Foundation

The structure floor is typically built using a wood frame that is attached to pressure treated skids. The pressure treated skids are set directly on the ground or leveled using concrete patio blocks. This is the most basic and common method we use to build a shed floor frame. The ground is lightly penetrated, but not attached to the earth.

Shed Foundations: Wood Floor On Blocks

Steel Base on Ground

Temporary Foundation

The steel base is designed to be placed directly on the ground. The ground is the foundation. If the ground is unlevel shimming will be required.

The steel base is an upgraded method and often preferred by some customers. The ground is lightly penetrated, but not attached to the earth.

Shed Foundations: Steel Base On The Ground

Wood Floor with Hold Down

Permanent Foundation

This permanent foundation is like option one although concrete rounds are dug into the earth at the four corners. The floor is mechanically attached to the concrete rounds, providing a permanent hold down of the structure. The hold downs will align to local codes for wind requirements, but they do not serve as a full building foundation.

Wood Floor with Hold Downs

Monolithic Concrete Slab

Permanent Foundation

Monolithic slabs are “slab on grade” foundations that are poured in one (mono – single) application. In short – monolithic slab foundations are comprised of a single pour cement application, with thicker areas of concrete around the perimeter and areas supporting load-bearing walls.

This is a cost effective way to provide a footing and flatwork in one pour.

Monolithic Concrete Slab

Footings, Stem Walls & Flatwork

Permanent Foundation

This is commonly referred to as a “Three Pour”. First, the footing is poured. Second, the walls are constructed and poured. Lastly, the slab is poured.

This method is typically the highest cost, although it is the best foundation for a permanent structure.

Footings, Stem Walls & Flatwork

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