Hi, I'm looking to put a basic timber-framed shed / workshop at the back of my place, and the location means that getting a concreter in to pump concrete for a slab will be nearly prohibitively-expensive. I have a stack of spare pavers and bricks I'd be willing to use as a floor, but wasn't sure of the best way to lay them and what mortar to use so that I could comfortably secure the timber frame. Does anyone have any suggestions? Thanks for your time, Jim
Is this a pre-fabricated timber-framed shed/workshop Jim (@jbs1)? If so, you might like to refer to their installation guidelines. Generally, structures like sheds need to be fixed into foundations/slabs to stop them from blowing away in high winds.
If you were looking at laying bricks or pavers, you'd find this step-by-step guide useful: How to lay paving for a path. When you use mortar to bed pavers, that's just to hold them in position, so they don't subside. I'd suggest the pavers or bricks could be used as a floor within the shed, but you'll need to look at a more permanent solution to secure the shed to the ground.
Please let me know if you have any questions.
Thanks, Mitchell. Not a pre-fab, so no instructions. Thanks for the steer re: brick with mortar not being suitable to attach frame to—would it be better then to a) use a series of post anchor stirrups concreted individually for the frame to attach to or b) lay a perimeter of concrete to attach the frame to, and (in both cases) fill in the centre with bricks to make the floor? Cheers!
My preference would be to have some anchor stirrups in nice solid 400 x 400 x 600mm footers and at least one in each corner. If you were going to do three footers on each side, you could reduce their size. However, I see no reason why the strip foundation around the perimeter wouldn't work as long as it was of a reasonable thickness (at least 150mm).
Thanks Mitchell, very much appreciated! Cheers, Jim