Gazebo and Cabana site preparation

Protect your assets – a good, level base is important for your gazebo or cabana!

YES! Level stone pad

gazebo on ideal site preparation

→ OPTIMAL SOLUTION

This illustrates a well-prepared stone pad, which will provide great support and drainage, and minimize many potential problems down the road!

We offer this as a service – highly recommended!

OK. Set on blocks

gazebo on blocks

→ OK FOR SMALLER UNITS

If you have an unlevel area, we can use 8″ x 16″ x 2″ patio pavers to level it up. This is not an ideal solution, but for smaller units (under 100 square feet) it usually suffices.

This should not be done with more than 4″ out of level (two blocks high).

NO! Stack of blocks

gazebo on too many blocks

→ DON’T DO IT

Your gazebo/cabana will become unlevel, the floor will be stressed, and the warranty will be compromised.

Site preparation services are offered in-house through our own professional team.

We use a rubber-tracked mini-excavator.
We use a rubber-tracked mini-excavator.
  1. We remove 4” to 6” of topsoil where you want the gazebo/cabana.
    The pad area will be prepared the size of the gazebo/cabana, plus a 12″ perimeter of stone around all four sides.
  2. We fill the area with ¾” clean crushed stone.
  3. We laser-level the stone pad.
site prep diagram
AdvantagesBlocksStone Pad
Cost effective
Wood is separated from soil
Satisfies regulations in most areas
Suppresses weeds
Provides excellent drainage
Eliminates roof run-off splash
Shed will not sag between supports
Shed will not settle over time
Aesthetically appealing
Minimize frost problems
Discourages frost problem