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Preparing the site for your new shed.Specifications for mini barns, storage sheds and pre-built garages are very important because of the water dripping from the roof eaves. In the morning when there is dew, drizzle or frost, the lower edges of the shed or barn is subject to constant moisture. Putting porous gravel 1 ft. wider then the storage shed causes the water to drip on the gravel and break up rather then splattering up against the bottom edge of the storage shed or mini barn. Also extending the gravel wider then the storage shed will keep weeds and grass from growing up against the shed which causes the storage building to age prematurely. Caution: Do not stack materials against the side of the storage shed or mini barn as this will also not allow proper air flow and will cause pre-mature aging.
Diagram 2b stone layout
  • A bed of 4 inches or more of 2-B stone, or other porous gravel is required for all sheds over 8 feet wide.
  • Gravel base is to be 2 feet larger than shed size.
    Example =10x12 shed requires 12x14 base. (See diagram below).
  • Sheds 8 feet wide or less can be set on blocks (provided by customer) but gravel base is preferred.
  • You will need approximately 3 tons of gravel per 100 square feet of shed.
    Example =12x16 shed = 192 sq. ft. x 3 tons = 5.76 tons.
  • Using a straight edge or line level, make sure gravel base is flat, not racked or twisted. The integrity of the shed depends on the Quality of the base.


Our truck delivering sheds.We take great pride in the timely and efficient delivery of the product that you have purchased from Tuscarora Structures, Inc. and work hard to get it placed. For this reason please take into thought that all our products are delivered by truck and trailer which is restricted by its physical size and turning radius.

In addition to you ensuring the proper preparation of the site prior to delivery, we also require sufficient space in order to deliver and install your structure.

A pre-built garage that is 12 ft. wide needs at least 14 ft. of clearance for width and approximately 14 ft. height clearance. For mini barns and storage sheds we should have clearance at least 2 ft. wider than the building dimensions.

We ship our products to most any location in the continental United States.



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