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Site Preparation for Your Shed or Gazebo

Do you need a crushed stone pad?

A crushed stone base is recommended to evenly support a building or gazebo (similar to a floating slab or a railroad track bed). The stone provides a level base for the structure and absorbs splattering caused by rain runoff.

  • Even support
  • Excellent drainage
  • Cleanliness
  • Any size available
  • Any shape available
  • No blocks needed

We can not stress enough, the importance of your stone pad being level.

How do we prepare your site?
  • We use ¾” stone to accommodate ground up to 6″ out of level.
  • Size and price are based on building size, pad will be 1 foot larger on all sides (like illustration).
  • Your needs are never a problem. Even a difficult site will be expertly prepared and if any additional charges occur, they will be submitted for your approval first.
  • Extra fill, grass and debris will not be hauled away.
  • Prices apply to sites clear of protruding stumps and rocks.
  • Kloter Farms is not responsible for rock, ledge, stumps, roots or anything under ground, including pipes and wires.

Level ground

Make sure pad is level

Spread ¾” crushed stone

Rake ¾” crushed stone

Crushed Stone Pad Pricing

  • Prices include material, labor and the parameters listed above.
  • Sites exceeding 6″ out of level will be subject to additional charges to cover the cost of extra fill and stone.
  • Within a 10-mile radius, mileage is included. Beyond that it is $5 per mile one way. This service is completely separate from that of delivery and delivery charges.
  • Larger sizes available, ask for details.
Site Prep Pricing 2023


Or prepare/level your own site as follows:

  1. Place a stake in the ground (high side) with a long string (at least the length of your building/gazebo) attached to it.
  2. Have a helper hold the other end of the string.
  3. Hang a line level (available at any hardware store for under $3) in the center of the string.
  4. Raise or lower the string until the bubble in the level appears between the lines.
  5. Keeping the string taut and steady, measure the height from the string to the ground (low side).
  6. This is the amount of inches/feet your site is out of level.
  7. Using ¾” crushed stone for building and gazebos, approximately 4″ deep, level the site 1 foot larger all the way around. Example: 10′ x 12″ building requires 12′ x 14′ site.
We can not stress enough, the importance of your stone pad being level.


For smaller building (8′ x 12′ or smaller):

Minimal leveling of small buildings (8′ x 12′ for smaller) may be accomplished using cement patio blocks; 10-15 patio blocks should be provided by the customer. Minimal leveling (6″ or less) of swing sets may be accomplished by partial burying of one end and securing the other end on a 4″ x 6″ pressure treated beam – provided by the customer.


If you have any questions along the way – we’re here to help!
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