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[Burkesville, KY, August 23, 2021] Esh’s Utility Buildings, a shed builder headquartered in Burkesville, KY, has been named to Inc. Magazine’s 2021 Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing privately-owned companies in the United States. The company was ranked #2761 on the list with a three-year revenue growth rate of 145% for the period from 2017-2020. Esh’s Utility Buildings was included on the Inc. 5000 list under their Kentucky state-registered business name, Gingerich Structures, LLC.

Founded in 1984, Esh’s Utility Buildings has seen expanded growth in recent years, including throughout the pandemic. In addition to simple sheds and storage buildings, their product lines have grown to include prefabricated garages, cabin shells, horse run-ins, dog kennels, chicken coops, children’s playhouses, and more.

Despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, Esh’s Utility Buildings saw strong sales in 2020. “The pandemic didn’t really affect our sales,” says Chad Gingerich, CEO of Esh’s Utility Buildings. “If anything, it made us even busier. It affected our ability to get materials, but not our sales so much.”

Gingerich credits the company’s growth in part to greater online visibility. The company launched a new website in the spring of 2020, including a 3D modeling tool that allows shoppers to create and save customized building designs. The company also began listing all in-stock buildings on their website, enabling website visitors to see the specific buildings available at every sales location.

An expanded network of physical sales locations has also allowed more customers to see buildings for themselves and enjoy the in-person buying experience. Esh’s Utility Buildings has sales locations throughout central Kentucky, including in Glasgow, Elizabethtown, Bowling Green, and Tompkinsville. Locations in Tennessee include the cities of Lebanon, Mt. Juliet, and Lafayette.

About Esh’s Utility Buildings

Esh’s Utility Buildings is a manufacturer and retailer of prefabricated sheds, garages, cabins, and other portable structures. For over 35 years, Esh’s Utility Buildings has been a leader in central Kentucky’s prefabricated building industry, focusing on customizable structures and detail-oriented construction. Esh’s Utility Buildings is headquartered in Burkesville, KY, and serves customers throughout central Kentucky and Tennessee. For more information, visit www.eshutilitybuildings.com.

Contact:

Judson Hibner
Marketing and Sales Manager
(270) 864-3381
judson@eshutilitybuildings.com

Source: Esh’s Utility Buildings

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As a property owner, insulation is one of the easiest ways to generate ongoing savings. Every degree of heat (or cooling) you keep in a building is a degree you don’t have to pay to generate!

In locales that experience at least a few months of cold weather every year, insulating homes and attached garages makes a lot of sense. But what about insulating detached garages?

In this article we’ll dive into some of the most commonly asked questions around detached garage insulation, including:

Should I Insulate a Detached Garage? – The Short Answer

In general, you should insulate your detached garage if it is located within IECC climate zone 4 or above, particularly if you plan to spend much time in the garage during cold weather months. You will also want to insulate a detached garage if you will be adding a heating or cooling system to the building, regardless of the climate zone. Photo: Building America Solution Center

Why You Should Insulate a Detached Garage

There are a number of benefits to insulating your detached garage, including:

Comfort

This one’s a no brainer. It feels a lot better to work in a garage that’s NOT freezing in the winter and roasting in the summer. Insulating a detached garage can help to reduce rapid temperature swings in the building, even if no additional heating/cooling is introduced.

Energy Savings

Of course, in most cases, if you add insulation to your detached garage, you’ll also be adding heating and/or cooling. Long story short, the better your garage is insulated, the less you’ll need to spend on energy costs.

We ran some quick calculations on the energy savings of insulating a 24×24 detached garage here in KY. By our rough estimate, for a garage heated consistently throughout the winter, insulating four walls, garage doors, floor, and ceiling to R-19 would result in about $1050/year in energy savings! (For the nerds: these calculations are based on a location like Kentucky with about 4000 heating degree days annually, 1900 sq. ft. of surface area with uninsulated walls starting at R-3, and heating with a propane space heater running at 90% efficiency and costing $1.70/gallon of propane.)

Those are some significant savings!

Protecting Your Belongings

Cold weather especially can be hard on some items. An unheated garage can be hard on any items with batteries (especially lithium ion,) paints, caulks, and many other chemical-based products. Drastic temperature swings in the spring and fall can also cause condensation in the garage, creating additional rust and mildew issues. And of course, if there’s plumbing in your detached garage, you don’t want the pipes to freeze!

Types of Insulation for Detached Garages

There is a huge variety of insulation styles and materials on the market (literally dozens!) We’ll compare several of the most popular kinds of detached garage insulation based on packaging/installation type.

Before we dive in, it’s important to know that insulation is measured in R-values. R-value stands for “resistance value” and is a measurement of how much a given material resists the conductive flow of heat. The higher the R-value, the better a material is at insulating. Materials are generally measured in R-value per inch (wood is ~R-1/inch,) while packaged insulation products are often measured by their total R-value (pink fiberglass insulation batts are ~R-15.) Photo: Home Depot

Here are some of the types of insulation to consider for insulating your detached garage:

Rolls

Roll insulation is typically sold in widths designed to fit between standard stud framing. 10”, 15”, and 23” are the most common widths of roll insulation, for use between 12”, 16”, and 24” framing, respectively. The most common type of roll insulation for detached garages is:

Fiberglass

Fiberglass roll insulation is one version of the common “pink” insulation found in many detached garages and homes across the United States. As the name indicates, it’s made from tiny fibers of glass packed together. Photo: Home Depot

Fiberglass roll insulation is typically available with R-values from R-5 to R-30, depending on the thickness. Keep in mind that fiberglass insulation is an eye, skin, and respiratory tract irritant (think itchy!) It’s important to wear the proper protection while installing it: long-sleeve shirt, long pants, gloves, head covering, and, in some cases, eye and respiratory protection.

Batts

Batt insulation is probably the most common type of detached garage insulation (along with roll insulation.) Like roll insulation, batts typically come in 10”, 15”, and 23” widths. Basically, a batt is a strip of roll insulation that has been cut to a specific length.

Batts can be either faced (meaning they include paper or plastic backing on one side) or unfaced. The facing on bat insulation functions as a vapor retarder to slow the transfer of air moisture. Additionally, faced insulation may include a stapling tab for fastening the insulation to the joists; unfaced batts (and some faced) are usually tables or “friction fit,” meaning they can simply be pushed into wall cavities.

Common types of batt insulation include:

Fiberglass

Fiberglass batts have many of the same characteristics of roll insulation. The main differences: fiberglass insulation batts are generally sold in lengths of 48” or 93” and come with R-values from R-8 to R-49, depending on the thickness. Photo: Pacific Insulation Supply

As mentioned above, it’s important to wear the right protective gear when installing fiberglass insulation in your detached garage.

Mineral Wool

Mineral wool is a term that encapsulates several sub-groups of insulation, including rockwool and slag wool. Mineral wool has many similarities to fiberglass but is typically a bit more rigid. Hence, mineral wool is almost always sold in batts and must be cut with an insulation saw. Photo: Menards

Mineral wool insulation batts are sold with R-values from R-15 to R-30, depending on the thickness. While not as irritating as fiberglass, it’s still a good idea to wear protective gear while installing mineral wool insulation in your detached garage. Be especially mindful to protect against inhaling mineral wool insulation dust.

Cotton

Most cotton insulation batts on the market are made from recycled denim…old blue jeans! While cotton would be a more expensive way to insulate your detached garage, it has the benefits of being environmentally friendly and requiring no protective gear during installation. Photo: Elemental Green

Cotton/denim insulation batts range from R-6.7 to R-30, depending on the thickness. One major benefit of insulating your detached garage with cotton is…no protective gear required!

Loose-Fill

Also referred to as “blown-in insulation,” loose-fill is particularly useful for insulating attics and ceiling spaces. It’s also popular for retrofitting insulation into old houses and insulating detached garage ceilings. Loose-fill is great for insulating odd-shaped spaces, as it naturally fills all cracks and crevices. When blown loose-fill insulation is compressed into wall spaces, it is sometimes differentiated as “dense-packed.” Photo: Knauf Insulation

Loose-fill insulation is typically sold in 19lb or 30lb bales. During installation, the bales are placed into a machine called an insulation blower which shreds them and blows the insulation through a hose into the area being insulated. Because of the special equipment required, loose-fill insulation is often installed by professionals; you can rent an insulation blower for about $100/day if you want to insulate your detached garage yourself. You should always where protective gear, especially respiratory protection, when installing loose-fill insulation. Types of loose-fill insulation include:

Cellulose

This is by far the most common type of loose-fill insulation for detached garages (or any other structure, for that matter.) Photo: Paragon Protection

Cellulose insulation is largely made of recycled newspapers, treated for pest resistance and flame retardance. Cellulose insulation has an average R-value of about R-3.5/inch; the thicker the application, the better it will insulate.

Fiberglass

The primary reason folks choose fiberglass loose-fill insulation over cellulose is price. Photo: Menards

In general, fiberglass loose-fill costs a bit less than cellulose loose fill insulation. In addition, it’s naturally fire-retardant. However, the downsides of loose-fill fiberglass insulation include a lower R-value per inch (~R-2.5/inch) and higher respiratory risks during installation.

Mineral Wool

Mineral wool is the least common type of loose-fill insulation for detached garages. Photo: InspectAPedia

Loose-fill mineral wool has many of the same properties as loose-fill fiberglass. The R-value of loose-fill mineral wool insulation is about R-3/inch.

Spray Foam

Spray foam insulation has seen a drastic surge in popularity over the last few years. It’s no surprise since spray foam can be used as insulation in a huge variety of applications, both interior and exterior, and can also act as a sound, fire, and/or moisture barrier in some applications. It has become increasingly common to use spray foam for insulating detached garages, as well. Photo: Spray Foam Insulation MN

Spray foam insulation can be manufactured from various products, including latex and urea formaldehyde, but the most common variety is polyurethane spray foam. Spray foam insulation comes in two main categories:

Open-cell (ocSPF)

Open-cell spray foam is the cheaper of the two options. It’s often referred to as “low-density” due to the fact that it weighs only 0.5 lbs/ft3. Photo: Fine Homebuilding

With an insulation value of approximately R-3.8/inch, ocSPF serves many of the same purposes as fiberglass insulation batts, but with better coverage in small corners.

Closed-cell (ccSPF)

Closed-cell spray foam is arguably both the most effective and the most expensive insulation widely used today. It’s much denser than open-cell spray foam, weighing around 2 lbs/ft3. Thanks to its toughness and rigidity, it can even be incorporated as a structural element in some applications. (The photo below shows the differences between open-cell and closed-cell spray foam insulations in microscopic detail.) Photo: Kasi

open cell vs closed cell foam for detached garage insulation

Closed-cell spray foam boasts an incredible R-6/inch, making it more than twice as effective as fiberglass batts and rolls. The main drawback of closed-cell spray foam insulation is its cost, which can be as much as double the cost of other insulation options. Photo: Fine Homebuilding

Closed-cell spray foam is usually installed by professional insulators. This is due to the fact that most spray foam is a two-part chemical mixture which is mixed in the spray gun during the installation process and requires special equipment and protective gear to handle. Both open-cell and closed-cell spray foams can be purchased in small cans with one-part mixtures; these cans are suitable for sealing small spaces but can’t be used in a large project like insulating a detached garage.

ccSPF works very well in applications where it’s necessary to get the maximum total R-value out of the fewest inches of insulation (for instance, when insulating a structure with 2×4 framing.)

Panels

Insulation panels are a popular, versatile type of insulation. They are made from a number of different materials and can be used in interior and exterior applications, pretty much anywhere from the basement to the attic of a structure. Photo: Log Houses Australia

Aside from ccSPF, insulation panels have some of the highest R-values per inch of any insulation type, making them a great option for insulating a detached garage. Panel insulation is commonly sold in 4’x8’ sheets with thicknesses from ½” to 4” and is typically made from one of three materials:

EPS (Expanded polystyrene)

EPS insulation is the classic “Styrofoam” material, the same stuff that’s used in disposable hot/cold cups. Photo: Walls & Ceilings

Generally white in color, EPS is popular for being the most versatile insulation board, as well as having the best R-value per dollar of any insulation board. It can be used below grade around concrete footers or in the walls and roof of a structure like a detached garage. EPS has an R-value that generally ranges from R-3.8 to R-4.6/inch.

XPS (Extruded polystyrene)

XPS panels are often blue or pink in color. While made of the same base material as EPS (polystyrene,) XPS is both more effective and more expensive than EPS. Photo: Home Depot

XPS is often used on exterior walls or below grade. XPS absorbs more moisture than other insulation panels, so it’s R-value can degrade over time if it’s not kept dry. XPS has an approximate R-value of R-5/inch.

ISO (Polyisocyanurate, polyiso, PIR)

ISO-board is an extremely popular option for insulating the low-slope roofs of commercial buildings. However, it can be used in a wide variety of applications. Photo: IKO

With a general range of R-5.8 to R-6.5/inch, ISO-board is one of the most efficient insulations other than ccSPF, making it a great choice for maximizing limited insulation space.

One possible downside of ISO-board: it’s the only type of insulation that performs worse (in terms of real R-value) when outdoor temperatures are lower. So, if you’re in Minnesota or a similarly frigid location, you may want to choose a different insulation panel for your detached garage!

Radiant Barriers

Heat transfer generally occurs in one of three ways: conduction, convection, and radiation. While most insulation is designed to prevent heat transfer by the first two methods, there are some types of insulation designed specifically to protect against radiation. Photo: Lowes

Radiant barrier insulation is generally used to protect cooled spaces from being warmed by radiant heat from the sun. These radiant barriers usually take the form of a foil-backed product.

Since R-value only measures a material’s effectiveness against conductive heat transfer, most (honest) radiant barrier insulations do not advertise an R-value.

The most common type of radiant barrier insulation for detached garages is:

Double Bubble

This insulation is essentially bubble-wrap with a metalized film on one or both sides. Photo: Amazon

It is most often used to insulate the back of garage doors and the underside of roofs (particularly metal roofs.) Double bubble insulation performs best when there is an air space on one side of it.

I know, that’s a long list. But you can’t compare insulation types unless you know what types there are to compare! So, of all these options, which is the best insulation for a detached garage?

What is the Best Insulation for a Detached Garage?

That question can be tough to answer because it depends on several factors. We’ll break it down by defining winners in several categories.

What is the Best Overall Detached Garage Insulation?

In most cases, the best insulation for a detached garage is fiberglass batts or rolls. Photo: Norboard

Classic fiberglass rolls/batts are probably still the most common form of detached garage insulation, and there’s a reason why. They hit that sweet spot of being both easy to install and cost-effective. Plus, they boast a relatively good R-value per inch.

What is the Best Warm-Climate Detached Garage Insulation?

The best insulation for garages in sunny areas is double-bubble radiant barrier. Photo: GreenLeaf Roofing

If one of your main concerns is keeping your detached garage cool during hot summers, it’s important to guard against the radiant heat of the sun’s rays. That being said, you’ll still want to add a conductive insulation (batts, rolls, spray foam, etc.) if you plan to have air conditioning or heat in your garage.

What is the Best Detached Garage Insulation by R-value per Inch?

While it’s not the cheapest option out there, ccSPF (closed-cell spray foam) is the clear winner for getting maximum insulating power out of the fewest inches. Photo: Walls & Ceilings

When insulating a garage with closed-cell spray foam, you can generally expect R-6/inch or better for closed-cell spray foam! 

How Much Does Insulating a Detached Garage Cost?

Now we get to the big question: what’s it going to cost? We’ll break the answer down in two different ways as follows:

What’s the Average Cost to Insulate a Detached Garage?

To be honest, that’s a hard question to answer simply! The cost of detached garage insulation varies widely based on the size and shape of the garage, as well as the type of insulation material chosen. The average cost to professionally insulate a two-car detached garage is $1500-$3500, depending on R-value and which parts of the garage are included. However, the cost of insulating a detached garage can range from $500 to $5500+. At the lower end of the range is a simple DIY job with fiberglass or loose-fill insulation; at the upper end is a professional insulation job with closed-cell spray foam.

For prefab detached garages, you can often buy them either insulated or uninsulated. A prefab garage with insulated walls, windows, and floors will generally cost 15%-20% more than an uninsulated garage shell; insulating only the floor will add about 10% to the cost.

What’s the Cheapest Way to Insulate a Detached Garage?

If you’re wondering how to insulate your garage cheaply, the do-it-yourself route will definitely be the best option! If you have the necessary skills and tools, cutting installation costs out of the equation is one significant way to save some $$$! Photo: Eric Mclean

In most cases, fiberglass batts/rolls are still the simplest and all-around cheapest option for detached garage insulation. If your detached garage has an attic area to insulate, loose-fill insulation can be an extremely affordable option, but keep in mind that you will need to rent an insulation blower to get the job done. (Some home improvement stores will include a free blower rental with materials purchases over a certain size.)

The table below gives approximate costs for insulating a 24×24 detached garage with both R-13 and R-19 of insulation materials. The prices displayed account for insulation materials only, purchased at retail prices from a major home improvement store; the exception is spray foam (the most difficult to DIY) which is shown with prices for professional installation. Prices are per square foot of insulated surface, NOT per building square foot.

Insulation TypeCost/square foot of insulation (R-13)Cost/square foot of insulation (R-19)Total Cost to Insulate 24x24 Detached Garage (R-13)Total Cost to Insulate 24x24 Detached Garage (R-19)
Rolls - Fberglass$0.44$0.65$594.00$877.50
Batts - Fiberglass$0.44$0.85$594.00 $1,147.50
Batts - Mineral Wool$0.75$1.31 $1,012.50 $1,768.50
Batts - Cotton$0.89$1.29 $1,201.50 $1,741.50
Loose Fill - Cellulose$0.15$0.21$202.50$283.50
Loose Fill - Fiberglass$0.24$0.36$324.00$486.00
Loose Fill - Mineral Wool$0.23$0.34$310.50$459.00
Panels - EPS$0.84$1.16 $1,134.00 $1,566.00
Panels - XPS$1.41$2.19 $1,903.50 $2,956.50
Panels - ISO$1.08$2.10 $1,458.00 $2,835.00
*Spray Foam - Open-cell (installation included)$1.37$2.00 $1,849.50 $2,700.00
*Spray Foam - Closed-cell (installation included)$2.82$4.12 $3,807.00 $5,562.00
*Spray foam prices include professional installation

How to Easily Insulate Your Detached Garage

So, at the end of the day, how can YOU easily insulate YOUR detached garage? For our part, we’re still recommending fiberglass batts as the easiest and simplest way to insulate your detached garage. (Of course, to choose the best insulation for your situation, you’ll need to factor in your specific climate zone, skill level, spare time, etc.)

There are a lot of great tutorials to help you get the job done, so we’re not going to reinvent the wheel. Below, we highlight some video resources to help you insulate each part of your detached garage.

How to Insulate Your Detached Garage Walls

As mentioned above, we recommend fiberglass batts for detached garage wall insulation. Choose batts based on the stud size and spacing in your garage (24” on-center is a common spacing; 2×6 is a common size.) Note that the maximum R-value of your insulated garage walls will be largely limited by the stud size: 2×4 walls can be insulated up to about R-15 and 2×6 walls can be insulated up to about R-21 (with fiberglass batts.)

You can choose either friction-fit batts or faced batts with staple tabs for fastening to the joists. Faced batts can be stapled to either the front or side of the joist; if you plan to add drywall in your detached garage it’s usually best to staple insulation to the side of the joists. (The following videos demonstrate insulating garages with both fiberglass and mineral wool batts.)

Make sure to cut insulation batts so they fit around all outlets, window spaces, and other oddly shaped wall cavities. Otherwise, your insulation may perform below its advertised R-value, as the following videos demonstrate.

How to Insulate Your Detached Garage Ceilings

Fiberglass batts are often the simplest way to go here, although blown-in cellulose can also be a good option for detached garage ceiling insulation. Since you’re not limited by stud sizes and since most energy loss occurs through the roof/ceiling of your structure, you’ll usually insulate the ceiling to a higher R-value than the walls. With fiberglass batts, simply push faced batts into the spaces between the rafters/trusses and staple them in place. If you plan to install blown insulation, you’ll need to put drywall or plywood on the ceiling first.

How to Insulate Your Detached Garage Door

Obviously, the simplest way to insulate your garage door is to buy an insulated garage door! However, if you already have a fully functioning uninsulated garage door, your best bet might be to retrofit your garage door with insulation.

Garage door insulation kits are available at every big box home improvement store. These kits are usually made with fiberglass insulation or foam panels.

Another popular DIY method is to buy foam insulation panels (usually ISO or EPS) and cut them to fit the panels of the garage door. Gaps around the insulation panels can be sealed with a spray foam like Great Stuff®.

How to Insulate Your Detached Garage Floor

If your detached garage is built on a concrete pad, that’s usually all the floor insulation you’ll get. However, if you are purchasing a prefab garage with a built-in wooden floor, you may be able to buy it with an insulated floor. Here at Esh’s Utility Buildings, we offer insulated floors as an option for the prefab detached garages we sell in Kentucky and Tennessee.

During construction, we cover the garage floor joists with a sheet of plastic to protect the insulation from ground moisture, then place insulation batts on the plastic between the joists, before fastening the flooring in place.

The diagram below gives an approximation of our prefab detached garage floor insulation system (the thin black lines over the joists represent the plastic sheets for moisture protection.) In our experience, an insulated floor adds about 10% to the cost of an unfinished prefab garage.

Other Detached Garage Insulation FAQs

Here are several other miscellaneous questions that folks raise about detached garage insulation.

Should I Insulate an Unheated Detached Garage?

While there is some debate on the topic, the short answer is: “Yes, it’s generally not a bad idea to insulate an unheated garage.” There are numerous factors that affect the answer to that question, but here are a few things to consider.

Insulation helps prevent drastic temperature swings during the summer and winter months. That’s especially important during winters in climate zones above 4 and during summers in climate zones below 6. Preventing extreme temperatures will help to protect any cold- or heat-sensitive items stored in your garage.

Additionally, if you ever plan to work or spend more than a few minutes in your garage, it will be much easier to temporarily heat with a small space heater if the walls and ceilings are at least somewhat insulated.

What About Insulating Prefab Detached Garages?

There are several types of prefab garages, so the answer here also varies based on your specific situation.

If you have or are buying a prefab metal garage, condensation will be a primary concern for you. Metal buildings have their own set of insulating challenges due to the need for vapor barriers and moisture retarders as part of the insulating process. Spray foam has become increasingly popular for some of these buildings, but there are also ways to install batts, loose-fill, and insulated metal panels on these garages. This post gives some more details on insulating prefab metal buildings. Photo: Steel Master

If you are buying a prefab detached garage with a wooden floor like these, the insulation process will be similar to a standard stick-built garage. One key difference: as mentioned above, a wooden prefab garage allows for the option of an insulated floor.

The catch is that it’s very difficult to insulate a prefab garage floor after it’s built, so you’ll want to include floor insulation right from the get-go. If there’s any chance you may want your doublewide garage insulated in the future, we usually recommend that folks upgrade to an insulated floor when having their garage built; you can always add wall and ceiling insulation later at your convenience. We also recommend adding insulated windows and an insulated garage door while building your prefab garage. (If you’re in KY or TN, you can get a quote on insulated prefab detached garages here or design a detached garage in 3D here.)

And there you have it! There’s a wide world of insulation options to choose from for your detached garage. Evaluate your needs, choose the option that meets them best, and…have fun!

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We’ve all thought it when it comes time to pay rent or real estate taxes – “It would be so much simpler if I would just live in a shed!” Well, some folks did more than just think it…they actually took up living in a shed! Here are some of the most beautiful and creative shed living arrangements from around the world:

1. Off-Grid in Northern California

living in a shed in northern california

Don’t expect to be surfing the internet if you spend a few days living in this shed in northern CA! Located deep in the Six Rivers National Forest, this shed cabin is part of an off-grid village focused on sustainable living. In fact, living in this shed is so sustainable, it doesn’t even have electricity, so make sure you bring a flashlight!

2. “Love Shack” in Rosendale, New York

A love shack for shed living in NY

Believe it or not, this rural shed living experience is less than two hours from downtown New York City! The shed is designed to accommodate two adults and a child. It’s so eco-friendly that it even includes an outdoor composting toilet!

3. “Shed and Breakfast” in New Zealand

Example of living in a rustic shed

Located on an organic sheep farm on New Zealand’s South Island, this shed is large enough for 8 people to live in it. David, the farmer who owns the shed, has converted it into a beautiful space with an open floor plan with plenty of views onto the wide New Zealand countryside. He’s opened it up to guests on Airbnb and will even let them try their hands at milking cows and shearing sheep!

4. “Bed in a Shed” in South Australia

Living in a shed with metal walls

Living in a shed in the Clare Valley of Australia might be better than living in a house anywhere else! Designed and built by the resident artist, Andrew, the shed is located on a working vineyard. The unique wood and metal interior opens out onto a Mintaro slate patio, complete with a BBQ area and a pergola for shade.

5. “Shed and Breakfast” in Bristol

Shed for living in a backyard

Yes, the same name as #3, but on a different continent! This has to be one of the most beautiful sheds in the entire United Kingdom. Built by Daisy and Jon Bass in the backyard of their home, they spent two years living in the shed while their house was being renovated. Now, they rent it out to guests visiting Bristol. Best of all, they not only make some extra income from folks living in their shed, but they also use it to host homeless youth from the city at various times throughout the year. The Bass’ shed was nominated for the “Shed of the Year” award in 2018.

6. Tool Shed Tiny House in Arkansas

living in a tool shed

At 144 sq. feet this guest house is perfect for two people (but not much more)! Somehow, this tiny space manages to include a full bath, a closet, and a kitchenette. This is a great example of how much customization is possible, even when living in a shed. As the listing says, though, “If two are staying here make sure you like each other A LOT!”

7. She Shed Bungalow in Missouri

living in a she shed

Located near historic Route 66 in Conway, Missouri, this “she shed” guest house can accommodate up to 6 guests! The interior, including the ceiling and kitchen, is finished out with lovely wood paneling. The floor is carpeted, with the kitchen area utilizing a beautiful laminate vinyl flooring. Living in a shed doesn’t sound half bad with a setup like this!

8. Hot Tub Shed in Chattanooga, Tennessee

living in a shed with a hot tub

Ok, let’s be honest: living in a shed in Tennessee sounds…meh. But if it’s a fully finished shed, with a hot tub on the deck…that might be better than living in 50% of the condos out there! This vacation rental in Chattanooga is a beautiful, two-story shed with a deck, electricity, WiFi, a flat-screen TV, a queen-size bed in the loft, a huge charcoal grill, and of course…a hot tub! Whether you’re the type to get out and enjoy nature or the type to spend half the day in bed with the TV on, you could probably handle living in a shed like this! (By the way, we also sell sheds in Tennessee…)

9. Tiny Shed in Indiana

living in a shed in a backyard

This is pretty much the essence of living in a shed: a beautiful little building, perfectly fixed up to host guests with all the comfort of a hotel room. Dean & Nancy used an old, rustic-looking shed to create this little backyard retreat in the countryside near Fort Wayne, Indiana. Leaving the exterior of the building with its quaint, rough look, they added heat and AC and managed to fit a full-size bed into the shed as well. Seriously, this place is so beautiful!

10. Mountainside Retreat in North Carolina

Living in a shed on a mountainside

This 230 sq. ft. shed is the perfect place to find some quiet. Surrounded by trees, rocks, and a stream, it’s the kind of place you can kick back and get a break from the daily grind. A traditional board-and-batten exterior blends nicely with the rest of the natural elements surrounding this guesthouse. The interior features a beautiful blend of colors and a lovely loft area for sleeping.

11. Barnyard Shed in Bend, Oregon

living in a shed on a farm

Sitting in the shadow of Mt. Bachelor, this lovely shed is fully finished inside. Not only does it include a full kitchen, it also features a dining area, a full bathroom, and three beds! The exterior is finished with rustic wood, accented by bright red trim.

12. Downtown Shed in Orlando, Florida

living in a shed in the city

Bright and clean is the vibe of this backyard guesthouse. The vintage wood exterior is complemented on the inside with clean white shiplap paneling, kitchen fixtures, and subway tile. Gray tiling on the floor provides a beautiful contrast. While it’s technically a single room plus a bathroom, living in a shed like this would actually be quite nice.

13. Recycled Materials Shed in New South Wales

living in a shed made from recycled material

Let’s be honest, a building covered with rusty metal panels is not the first place many of us would think of sleeping. But if it’s finished out as wonderfully as this studio apartment in New South Wales, Australia, we might change our minds! Owners Michael & Mieke have created a wonderful little haven on the edge of Blue Mountains National Park. The design of this shed dwelling is much higher and more open than your typical shed, but it’s still very much a shed!

And there you are – some of the most genius living spaces created in tight quarters around the world!

Living in a shed is a fantastic way to make more from less…what’s stopping you from doing it yourself? At Esh’s Utility Buildings, we build durable prefab sheds and cabins that make great starting points for creating your own shed dwelling! Our buildings can be built-to-order with a wide range of customization, including exteriors in both wood and vinyl. Alternatively, we have numerous pre-made sheds in our inventory, all available for delivery throughout Kentucky and Tennessee, USA.

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Sometimes you just need more space. That’s all there is to it. Whether it’s the basement overflowing or no room in the garage for your car, you know you need to do something.

It’s at this point that a lot of people start considering their options for storage buildings. Of course, not everyone is willing or able to spend the cash required to buy a storage shed upfront. That leaves two main options: rent a self-storage unit or purchase a rent-to-own storage building.  If you are choosing between the two, one makes a lot more sense, financially and practically. Here are 5 reasons you should buy a rent to own storage building instead of paying for self-storage:

1. Rent to own storage buildings have a lower cost per square foot

Let’s start with the month-to-month cost of renting storage vs. a rent to own storage building.

CostHelper.com estimates that the average 5×5 self-storage unit costs about $40-$50 per month (although that number may be lower in some areas). That’s about $1.80/month per square foot!

A rent to own storage building in Kentucky

Larger units are generally slightly cheaper per square foot, but still quite expensive! By some estimates, the average monthly cost for a 10×10 unit in Louisville, Kentucky is $92. That’s as much as many households’ weekly grocery budget!

Now, compare that to the monthly cost of a rent to own storage shed in Louisville, KY. On our lots in Kentucky, we often have 10×12 rent to own storage sheds for under $85 per month. That’s a cost of about $0.70/month per square foot, making it even cheaper than self-storage units of similar size in the same area!

2. Rent to own storage buildings have a lower overall cost (aka. “Once it’s paid for, it’s yours!”)

Now let’s talk about the most obvious benefit of rent to own storage buildings. Once your payments are made, the building is yours to keep! Unlike a self-storage unit, where your payments continue month after month indefinitely, a rent to own storage building eventually becomes your property. Once your payments are made, your storage shed is effectively putting money in your pocket!

Let’s go back to our example from #1. Say you’re renting a 10×10 storage unit in Louisville, Kentucky at the average cost of $92/month. After 5 years, you’ve spent over $5500 on your storage solution. What do you have to show for it? Nothing but continuing payments stretching into the future.

Example of money wasted on self storage

How about if you purchase a rent to own storage building? Let’s say you get a 10×12 storage shed with low-maintenance vinyl siding and a metal roof for about $85/month. After 5 years, you’ve spent $500 less than with self-storage and you’re now the proud owner of your own storage, debt-free. Not to mention that you’ve been enjoying an extra 20 sq. ft. of storage the whole time!

At the end of the first 5 years, your friends with self-storage can look forward to their ongoing monthly payments. And you? You’ve got $92/month to put toward whatever you want!

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3. There are no restrictions on what you can store in your rent to own storage building.

Finished painting the spare room and want to keep the extra paint at your self-storage facility? Nope.

What about a couple of spare sets of tires for your vehicles? Probably not.

Extra garden fertilizer that you want to use next spring. Doubt it.

Self-storage facilities have a surprising number of regulations on what you can and can’t store in your self-storage unit. Cleaning products, paint, pesticides, oil, and fireworks are just some of the items prohibited in many self-storage facilities. Many facilities limit tire storage to a single set (4 tires). Even items like birdseed can be prohibited due to a fear of attracting pests.

A vinyl rent to own storage building in TN

Contrast that with your rent to own storage building. There are no restrictions on storage except the ones you make up! Leftover construction materials, gardening supplies, animal food; it’s completely up to your discretion!

On top of limiting what items may be stored, many self-storage facilities also have limited hours. If you need to retrieve an item late at night or early in the morning, you just might be out of luck. Some self-storage facilities also close on certain holidays.

With a rent to own storage shed, you’re allowed to fetch your own belongings any time of the day or night. Just make sure you don’t trip in the dark when you get inspired to organize at 11 pm!

4. A rent to own storage building is more convenient than transporting everything offsite.

One of the other major upsides of having your own storage solution on your property is the quick access to your belongings. Rather than driving back and forth across town to store and retrieve items, it only takes a quick trip out to the backyard and you’re all set. By storing items on your own property, you save time and fuel…and stress! A rent to own storage building is the ticket when it comes to convenience!

A lofted rent to own storage building in KY

5.A quality storage building can increase your property’s value.

Besides providing convenient storage, your rent to own storage building can increase the value of your property. If you’re hoping to sell your property sometime in the future, you’ll want to think about how your storage solutions will affect its value and curb appeal.

A well-constructed storage building is almost always a plus for the seller in any property sale negotiations. By choosing a rent to own storage building from a quality manufacturer, you’re helping to ensure maximum long-term value for your home.

Example of rent to own storage buildings in Kentucky and Tennessee

If you’re currently renting your home, your rent to own storage shed is an asset that can be taken with you when you leave the property. Of course, make sure you check with your landlord before you make your purchase!

Bonus: No credit check is required to purchase a rent to own storage building!

A common question is, “Will my credit history prevent me from being approved for a rent to own storage building?” Here’s the thing, a rent to own purchase is technically a rental agreement, not a loan. So, no credit check is required to gain approval! Contact us today to review available options!

As you can see, if you have a choice, it makes way more financial and practical sense to purchase a rent to own storage building rather than flushing your money down the drain of self-storage! Check out our deals page and contact us to discuss the perfect rent to own storage shed for your needs!

Delivery of a rent to own storage building in Kentucky

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A shed for business is a cost-effective way of starting a new business or growing your current one. Cut all the expenses and risks involved with buying or renting office space and get started right in your backyard shed. Starting a business is never guaranteed in success so cut the risk by avoiding additional expenses. Here is some shed for business ideas for individuals looking to transform their shed into their workspace.

1. Photography Studio Shed

photography business in a shed

Turn your shed for business into a photography studio. Offer friends and families the opportunity to create picture-perfect memories that will last a lifetime. Customize your vinyl shed for business with the latest digital photography technology and an array of scenic and full-color backgrounds. No matter the occasion, offer the service that will help create lasting memories right from your shed.

2. Business Office in a Shed

office shed for business idea

Sheds for business can be customized to become the office space you’ve always wanted. Separate your home and work life with an office shed. Whether you need private space to get work done or an office to meet with clients, turning your shed into an office is a cost-effective way of doing that.

3. Craft Studio Inside a Business Shed

craft studio shed for business idea

Don’t let the materials of a knitter, seamstress, jewelry maker, and other crafters take over the house. Invest in a shed for business customized to be a craft studio and keep all your craft materials and tools in one place. Have space to create your crafts without creating a mess in the house and make money doing so.

4. Business Shed into an Art Studio

art studio business in a shed

Express yourself with your artwork by turning your wooden shed into an art studio (like this Pennsylvania artist’s art studio shed). Make an income by holding classes, selling your paintings or just use it for personal use. An art studio is a popular shed for business where many people nowadays hold classes for an income. Individuals use art studio sheds to create art to sell online or in stores too.

5. Business Shed used as a Warehouse

warehouse shed for business

If you’re doing e-commerce or producing stuff at home, a shed for business used as a warehouse might be a good idea for you. Protect your goods and keep your products out of the house in a ranch style shed for business. Lots of entrepreneurs use their sheds to safely store their goods before reselling them to the public. Sheds are an affordable way to keep an inventory of the goods, to ship quickly and locally.

6. Business Shed for a Gardening Company

gardening business in a shed

Do you enjoy doing gardening work? Turn your passion into a career by starting a gardening business. Now with a vinyl garden shed for business that can be used for storage, you can have all your gardening supplies in one place. Help locals keep their gardens cleans and make an income doing what you love.

7. Pet Grooming Business Shed

pet grooming business in a shed

Transform your high barn vinyl shed for business into a salon for pets. Pet grooming is not an easy job but if you love animals and have great people skills, it might be a good fit for you. Help make pets prettier by giving them a shampoo trim, clipping their nails and styling their fur.

8. Business Shed Redesigned into an Architect’s Studio

architect studio business in a shed

Plan, design, and review the construction of a new or prebuilt building from the comfort of your Wooden High Barn Shed. Turn your shed for business into an architectural studio and work from the shed in your backyard. Provide service in connection with the design of the buildings and space surrounding the structures. Start from your shed to cut additional expenses of a studio or office rental.

9. Business Shed turned into a Personal Training Facility

shed for personal training business

If you’re a certified personal trainer or looking to become one, transforming your high barn shed or a two-car garage into a gym would be a very smart idea. Insulate your garage and buy used equipment to start off and help friends and family live a healthy lifestyle through the power of fitness. Personal training sessions vary anywhere from 30$ an hour up to 65$ an hour. If you train multiple people at once, you could double or even triple those hourly rates.

10. Salon and Spa in a Customized Business Shed

Idea for massage therapy business in shed

The world is massage crazy these days and the market is booming. Transform your shed for business into a massage and spa location. Help individuals with a deep tissue massage and clear them of body stress or pain. Whether it’s after a long day at work or post-athletic event, massages can help individuals get rid of body stress and pain.

11. Marketing Company Running out of a Business Shed

Running a marketing business in a shed

Customize your wooden shed for business to be a Marketing Agency and help local business grow their online presence. A marketing company requires very little resources, so all you would need to start really is a marketing office space with few computers. Cut the extra expenses of office space by turning your shed into one.

12. Rental Space from your Business Shed

Shed for business idea creating rental space

Do you live in a popular area with gorgeous views? Transform your shed in a tiny home and use it a rental unit. Customize the interior with a unique design and allow people to experience nature in a beautiful wooden shed. Use your shed for business as an Airbnb and make money by doing absolutely nothing. People enjoy having unique experiences and staying in a tiny home in a great location is just that. Check out these examples of folks living in a shed.

13. Business Shed Customized into a Writer’s Studio

writers studio shed for business idea

Turn your shed for business into a writer’s studio. Escape from your home and into your creative space in a writer’s shed. This private, quiet space could be the difference-maker in creating great blogs and research papers. Now you can just walk into your writer’s studio in your backyard whenever you need to get away from the noise of your home. Customize the interior to fit your needs and add a window for natural lighting.

Conclusion

Turning your shed into a business is a great way to make money and start your own company without a huge investment. If you live in Kentucky or Tennessee, Esh’s Utility Buildings can help you find a shed to become the office or art studio you always wanted. We offer both direct sales and very reasonable rent to own solutions. Find a sales lot near you or get a free online shed quote to start the process of owning your own shed for business. If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at (270) 864-3381.

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A garden shed in Tennessee with vinyl siding, double doors, and windows with shutters

In the storage shed industry, you often hear the term “vinyl storage sheds” being thrown around. That term is used for two very different kinds of storage buildings, namely vinyl-sided wood storage sheds and plastic sheds (also known as vinyl or resin sheds). There’s a need for clarity on the difference between these two very different types of sheds.

In order to keep it simple in this article, “plastic sheds” will be the term used to describe the vinyl or resin sheds. It seems that the plastic shed industry wanted to get away from the term “plastic” because of the negative connotations (we often think of “plastic” products as being of inferior quality). And since the term “vinyl” more accurately describes plastic that can be bent (think of vinyl flooring and vinyl siding), the plastic shed industry chose “resin” as the preferred term. The reality is that resin is the term used to describe the basic substance that is used in the creation of plastic. So plastic is the most widely understood term that will be used for plastic sheds in this article.

Let’s do a feature analysis of both vinyl-sided wood storage sheds and plastic sheds.

Plastic Sheds

Plastic sheds are a newer invention, many of which have entered the market only in the last 20-30 years. Plastic sheds come in all shapes, colors, sizes, and levels of quality. The cheapest plastic sheds have no floor and are simply staked down to the ground. More expensive plastic sheds come with a floor that’s made of the same plastic material.

One of the advantages of a plastic shed is that it can be more easily moved from one place to the other. Many plastic sheds are shipped as a kit that is assembled on-site, so if your location is extremely difficult to access a plastic shed may be your only option.

Tip: Some vinyl-sided wood shed builders offer onsite construction for hard to access areas. Check with your local builder.

Another reason to use a plastic shed is the price tag. Many plastic sheds can be purchased for less than vinyl-sided wood sheds, especially if you eliminate the floor. So if you don’t expect to use your shed for many years or pass it down to your children, a plastic shed may be a good option.

A disadvantage of a plastic shed is often decreased security. Many plastic sheds are easier to enter forcefully. So if you’re planning to store valuable items and live in a neighborhood where security is an issue, you may want to consider something other than a plastic shed.

A plastic shed also looks like plastic (surprise!). Can you imagine a plastic shed in your backyard? Compare that with a vinyl sided wood shed that’s built with the same materials as your house. A vinyl-sided wood shed certainly has greater aesthetic value.

Tip: Many vinyl-sided wood shed builders allow you to choose custom siding and roofing colors to match your house!

Vinyl-Sided Storage Sheds

A storage shed in Kentucky with vinyl siding, double doors, and windows with red shutters

Vinyl sided storage sheds have been around for a long time. At first, it was aluminum siding. Then in the 1980s vinyl siding increased in popularity and many home and shed builders switched to using only vinyl siding.

Vinyl siding is only the veneer that covers and protects a wood structure. It serves the purpose of adding visual appeal to the structure and it protects the wood structure from the elements. So as we talk about a vinyl storage building, we’re actually talking more about a wood structure with a vinyl siding veneer. With that in mind, we’ll take some time to explore the benefits and disadvantages of a wood structure.

Tip: Storage sheds are also available in wood siding. Modern wood siding is engineered to withstand moisture and holds paint and stain very well. It’s a good option if you prefer the classic look of wood.

There are many advantages to using wood as the main structural component of a shed. Wood is one of the strongest building materials (it’s probably what your home is made of). It’s a renewable resource that has been and will be used in construction for a long time.

vinyl storage buildings quality sheds framing 16 oc

Using wood as the structural component of a storage building means that you can easily customize the inside. You can insulate the walls if at some point you decide that you would like to control the climate in the shed. You can add shelving and organizing boards (imagine trying to pound a nail in the wall of a plastic shed). You can run wires through the walls for electricity. Basically anything that you can do on the inside of your house can be done to the inside of a wood-framed storage shed.

Although wood is more susceptible to rot and decay than plastic, it’s extremely long-lasting when properly protected from the elements. Think of wood homes that have been around for decades and even centuries! That’s why it’s important to purchase a storage shed from a reputable shed manufacturer that builds sheds following commonly accepted construction practices.

One of the most important components of a wood shed is pressure treated foundation components. This includes skids and floor joists. Pressure-treated wood that is approved for contact with the ground will hold off rot and decay for decades.

The beauty of a vinyl-sided storage shed is that it combines the strength and versatility of a wood structure with the long-lasting and maintenance-free aspects of vinyl. High-quality vinyl siding can perform well with virtually no maintenance for a lifetime (other than a routine cleaning), protecting the wood structure underneath.

Tip: Remember that not all wood sheds are built the same. For the sake of this article, vinyl sided wood sheds being referenced are built according to generally accepted housing standards (wall studs 16” on center, 30 yr. roof shingles, etc). Not cheap wood buildings that are susceptible to rot and decay or being blown over in the next wind storm.

Conclusion

When compared side by side, vinyl-sided wood sheds have many advantages over plastic sheds. So if you’re ever thinking of customizing the interior of your shed, if you want a building that lasts for decades with little maintenance, if you don’t like the look of plastic, and if you need secure storage space, you’ll probably want to start looking for a vinyl-sided wood shed.

We offer a wide variety of storage building sizes and colors and provide both direct sale and rent to own options. Don’t hesitate to contact us for more info!

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prebuilt garage two car

Part 1: Questions to Ask Before Ordering a Prebuilt Garage

Questions to Ask Yourself

Here are a few questions that you should be asking yourself before ordering your prebuilt garage:

Your answer to this question will determine the size of your garage, amount and location of doors and windows, and other important details. Will you be using your garage as a workshop or primarily for storage?

It might be helpful to take the items that you plan to store in your garage and lay them out in your lawn to get an idea how big your garage will need to be. Be sure to leave enough room for walking. Go a little bigger than you’ll think you’ll need because you’ll never regret having plenty of room.

This is perhaps the most important step because you don’t want to place your order only to discover that you won’t be able to get the building you want.

While it’s possible to go about insulating a detached prefab garage after it’s in place, some parts (like the floor) are much easier to insulate during construction. If you think you may insulate your garage in the future, you could have it built with an insulated floor, insulated windows, and an insulated garage door; you could add insulation to the walls and ceilings later as time and budget allow.

garage interior; 3d illustration

Questions for Your Sales Rep:

Here are the details that you don’t want to miss when talking to the sales rep about your building. This information will be helpful when comparing quality and price between different manufacturers.

Your builder should be able to accommodate your request to have the windows and doors installed at the location you prefer at no extra cost.

Wall heights vary between builders so you may want to check this detail before ordering.

Ventilation options include ridge vent and gable or wall vents. Ventilation allows your shed to breathe and reduces the temperature in the building on hot summer days. If ventilation isn’t included, your builder should be able to add vents for a fee.

A prebuilt garage for two cars in KY or TN

Part 2: The Prebuilt Garage Installation Process

Single Car Garage Installation

This prebuilt garage is delivered to your prepared site as a complete building. Delivery and placement are normally completed within an hour or two. Max width is usually 14′ or 16′ wide.

prebuilt garage single car

Double Wide Garage Installation

The double-wide garage is delivered to your site in two pieces. The two pieces are joined together on-site to form your new garage. Delivery and installation are normally completed within one or two days. Here are some more photos of a double-wide garage installation.

Delivery of a doublewide prebuilt garage in Kentucky

 Custom Built-on-Site Garage Installation

The built-on-site garage is delivered to your site in multiple pieces. Walls are usually preassembled in the shop, delivered to the site, and put in place with a machine. This type of prebuilt garage is built on top of a concrete slab that might include concrete knee walls. Built-on-site garages are bigger (often two-story) buildings. Construction time may require several days.

prebuilt garage built on site

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Interior of a portable shed in Kentucky

When it comes to buying portable sheds, you’re faced with a ton of options. How do you know which portable storage building will best fit your needs? First of all, you need to begin by asking a few simple questions.

First question…

How will I be using my portable shed? Portable sheds can be used to meet a variety of needs including storage, vehicle parking, living space, workspace, and the list could go on. The first thing you need to do is think about how you will be using your outdoor storage shed. Your answer to that question will greatly narrow down your options.

Here is a chart with suggested uses for wood storage sheds from Esh’s Utility Buildings.

portable sheds usage chart

Next question…

How much stuff will I need to get into my portable shed? It’s a good idea to order a storage shed that’s bigger than you’ll think you’ll need. Shed buyers almost never complain about a wooden shed that’s too big. If you’re not sure how much floor space you’ll need you can lay out the items that you plan to store in the shed and measure around them to determine the size.

How much stuff could you fit into this space?

Interior of a shed in Tennessee with shelving

Question #3

What options will you need to customize the portable shed for your needs? This question is closely connected with the first question. If you’re using the barn shed for storing small items, would an overhead loft or shelves come in handy? Would it be nice to have an extra set of doors or extra windows for better lighting? If you’re planning to work in your wood garden shed you may want to consider an electrical package. Be sure to explore all the options so that you won’t be disappointed with the end product.

Don’t forget to add these options…

portable sheds options

Another question…

Which portable shed style will best fit with the other buildings on my property? If your garden shed will be located near other buildings on your property, you’ll want to think about aesthetics. Apart from choosing an appropriate style, you’ll want to think about how your color choices will blend in with or compliment nearby buildings.

Would this vinyl storage building (or something similar) look good in your backyard?

A portable shed in Kentucky with double doors

Last question…

Is the portable shed that you’re considering built to last? You probably know by now that outdoor storage buildings require a significant financial investment. Will the building that you’re looking at give you a good return on your investment? A cheap building can quickly become expensive if it only lasts for a few years. Spending a little more for features that make your vinyl shed last longer and perform better is a good idea if you plan to use your building for many years.

Does the building you’re considering have standard construction specs that include:

Answering these simple questions will go a long way in helping you choose a portable shed that will serve you well for many years to come. You may also find our blog post on vinyl storage sheds vs. plastic sheds helpful. If you’re interested in a garage, see our learning center articles on ordering and installing a prebuilt garage and insulating a detached garage

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A quality storage building for sale in KY or TN

Do you ever wish for more for less money? Of course, you do! Do you ever wish for higher quality storage buildings for a lower price? The answer is obviously yes. You may think that you can either get a quality storage shed or a cheap shed for a good price, but not both. However, that is not necessarily true. Our goal is to build better buildings at cheaper prices. Our sheds are stronger and more durable than most other sheds in our area. There are 7 features of our quality sheds that set them apart from most others. We include these quality features at a cheaper price. When you buy from us you get higher quality for a lower price.

1. The Foundation

A storage building is only as good as the foundation that supports it. A quality foundation allows for proper drainage and minimizes shifting that can damage your shed in the long run.

We offer site prep as an additional service when you buy a building from us. Getting a good foundation is a big part of investing in a shed that will last. You can also install a gravel shed pad yourself.

Gravel foundation for a quality storage buildings

2. The Floor

A very important part of a storage building is the structure of the floor. That’s why we have invested quite a bit, over the last number of years, in testing and developing a quality floor system. To improve it, we have moved from 2×4 floor joists to 2×6 joists and from straight edge 5/8″ flooring to 3/4″ tongue & groove flooring. This tongue and groove interlocks and improves the overall strength of the floor. Plus it boasts a 50 yr warranty.

quality storage building flooring

3. The Threshold

We install a tough and attractive diamond plate on the door threshold to protect your floor edge. This prevents the floor from chipping and cracking while entering and exiting the portable shed.

diamond plate threshold on a quality storage building

4. The Frame

Most sheds are framed 24″ on center. However, our buildings are framed 16″ on center. From the floor to the rafters we follow standard house construction spacing. This closer spacing makes the sides and roof much stronger. It produces a higher quality shed.

inside of a high barn style quality storage building

5. The Inside Corners

The inside wall corners are framed in for a job done right! This makes it look much better. However, more importantly, it prepares the building for finishing the inside if need be. This provides the needed place to fasten drywall or paneling if you wish to make your shed an office, studio, or any other indoor space. We put these joists there for you as a standard feature!

Inside corner framing on a quality storage building

6. The Outside Corners & Overhangs

Building quality storage buildings is more than building a solid structure. It is also about making the structure look attractive. We are passionate about this. While we build with and focus on quality, we want your shed to look good as well. One of the ways we do this is to frame an overhang on our ranch-style storage buildings. These overhangs are up to 8″ wide. This adds beauty and elegance to the storage building.

To make the shed even more attractive, we style the corners. We cut the facia and corner pieces to the right angle so that it looks great. Elegance and beauty is a big part of these corners and overhangs.

quality corner of a well built shed

7. The Roof

Using felt paper on the roof deck, underneath the roofing material is good. It should be standard on all sheds. Unfortunately, we don’t know of any other shed manufacturer that does this. However, it is a standard feature that you get when you buy from us. Why not get a roof that has a little better roof and that will last for a few more years? Why go with anything less than a quality shed in the backyard?

metal with tar paper on a quality metal shed roof

Potential of Our Quality Storage Buildings

The potential of a storage building is sometimes underestimated. Many storage sheds are used in the normal way, namely, for tool and small equipment storage. Of course, they are great for that. In fact, they are built and designed for exactly that. However, sheds can be built and used for much more.

Are you wanting more living space? Or a small backyard studio? Or what about a hunting cabin? How about a place to park your car. The possibilities go on. Our quality storage buildings can be customized to suit your needs. With a little creativity on your part and some hard work on our part, we can build to meet your needs.

If you’re shopping around you may be considering vinyl storage shed vs. a plastic shed.

Our buildings are customizable because they are designed with customer needs in mind. A garage package can be added if you want a place to store your car; you can even insulate your garage and use it as a workshop area!

Or if you are looking for a prefab cabin for your backwoods the siding can be changed to log cabin siding instead of the typical wood or vinyl siding. Also if the smaller low barn shed is not big enough, it is as simple as going with a high barn style. The high barn style has a few more feet of vertical space plus an added loft.

Another great option is the ranch-style shed. This style is built to be a bit more attractive. With roof overhangs, a simple yet stylish roof, an optional window, they make a beautiful backyard or garden centerpiece. Also, see our vinyl sheds for sale for an attractive and durable storage building.

The list of options goes on and on. If you are willing to put in the time to think outside the box, we are willing to customize to your tastes.

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example of shed homes in a backwoods

In the last few years, the idea of a shed house has become the craze for a number of people. Within the movement, there is a push towards being minimalists. Advocates of the idea want to save space with their home, as well as save money. So, for those who haven’t made up their minds yet, here are 12 reasons why the idea of a shed home is a smart one. You might also like these 13 examples of people around the world living in sheds.

(Don’t have time to read this? See prices on our pre-made sheds for sale, some of which would make a great shed house!)

Practical Benefits of a Shed House

Ok, let’s be honest. Building a shed house is not merely something to experiment with over the weekend or just try for a while. Instead, it’s a lifestyle that requires a level of commitment. Give it the energy it deserves, though, and you’ll start to reap some of the many practical benefits.

1. A more cost-effective approach

While an average house costs $100Ks, a shed house can be built for only $10Ks, possibly even as little as $10,000.

Forget the need to make mortgage payments for 30 years or pay monthly rent year after year. A few years of saving is sufficient for most people to afford their own shed home.

What exactly are the costs of starting out with a base for a shed home? Well, here are base prices for our Ranch style cabin sheds, which make great starting places for shed homes!

shed house prices

(Note that prices do not include a porch and may have changed since this article was written. For current prices and information, download our catalog.)

As you can see, an unfinished 200 sq/ft cabin shed costs only $20 per sq/ft! Compare that to the average home price in KY, where we’re located. According to Zillow.com, “The median list price per square foot in Kentucky is $117.” That’s almost $100 more!

Do keep in mind that these cabin sheds would need to be finished on the inside in order to make them livable. Adding utilities and completely finishing the inside of one of these portable buildings will roughly double the cost. That said, you’re looking at $20,000 to $30,000 if you purchase a shed house shell and finish the inside yourself, depending on location and your choice of materials.

Compared to average housing prices, though, that’s still a steal!  Especially for a cute cabin or even a backyard living space that you can offer to your guests. Imagine the reaction when you show your guests into a space like this:

Granted, the above project would probably cost a bit more than $30,000 from start to finish, but you could definitely do something similar on a smaller scale.

2. A less time-consuming project

Because they’re smaller, tiny shed homes take way less time to build. Rather than the thousands of hours required for a normal house, it’s possible to construct a shed home in only hundreds of hours, especially if you start with a prefab shed or cabin

The time demand for a shed home is so minimal, you could possibly work on it in the evenings and on weekends, without needing to take time off from work. It’s a great way to own your first house without going into debt.

Even if you do end up taking a little time off from your day job it’s still worth it to save the $7200+ that the average one-bedroom apartment renter spends on housing each year! (That’s in Kentucky, according to bestplaces.com) Those savings will pay for your shed house in no time!

If you have a full-time job and want something cheap and fast, a shed home could be your solution. Build a wonderful home in weeks and avoid the hassle of months and even years spent to complete a typical house.

3. A lower skill requirement

If you’re a DIY (do-it-yourself) type of person, creating your own living space from a storage shed is a great idea. It is less involved than building a regular-sized home. The feeling of accomplishment, though, is just as great!

Building a house takes a broad range of skills. To become good at all of the needed skills takes years of experience.

However, to build a shed house, a lower level of skill (think YouTube) is required. Even an intermediate level of skill is sufficient to do most of the work yourself.

With all of the DIY advice available online away, the beginning of your new shed home is only a few screen taps away. Start with sites like The SpruceHomesteading, and The Tiny Life, which all have great advice (as well as free plans) for creating the perfect shed house or tiny home. 

4. A less taxing legal avenue

Permits, taxes, bills, and unwanted expenses pester even the most affluent homeowner. On the other hand, shed houses are virtually free aside from minimal maintenance and the initial building cost.*

Even if there are costs, they are much less than a house. Because of the smaller size, land requirements, and overall less demanding approach, legal costs and taxes are, at the most, more cost-effective and, at the least, non-existent. Generally, property taxes are calculated based on the worth of your home (about 1.3% annually, on average), so a shed home will be taxed at a much lower rate than a sprawling home in the suburbs. 

* This may not be the case in some townships which require shed permits for a small fee. Always check with your township before starting your project.

5. A great living-space addition

Whether you need a guest room, additional living space, or just a getaway space, a finished shed house fits the bill perfectly. Rather than spending lots of money to add to your house (and dealing with any red tape your local municipality adds to the process), try a simple shed home.

The idea of these portable buildings extends far beyond your immediate home needs. You can add affordable living space to your home if you are willing to stray a bit from the beaten path.

Extra Motivations for Shed Homes

6. A Shed House Is Trendy

It seems like some people are finally starting to realize that “bigger” is not always “better”. Building a home out of a portable shed is a great way to do something the majority doesn’t. It caters to the “be different” idea and makes a person stand out from the crowd.

According to Google Trends, internet searches for the keyword “shed homes” have risen significantly in the past 10 years.

shed homes trends

Break the mold of consumerism. Develop resourcefulness as a key attribute. Rather than a maxing out income for a mortgage on 3000 sq feet of living space, tiny shed homes promote simplicity and minimalism with only a few hundred square feet of living space.

For those wanting to go against the flow of hoarding space and leave some space for the rest of humanity, a shed home is the way to go.

7. People love it (you might love it too…)

Many who are willing to challenge the status quo and live more simply, love the idea of living in a shed.

Ethan at The Tiny House says:

“Starting in June of 2012, I built my own tiny house on wheels. I really love it.” (see his house below)

8. A shed house can be more mobile

Did you ever wish for a home on wheels? With this option, you can take your home with you wherever you go! Well…that is with limits. (You’d be challenged to take it to the top of Mount Everest!) However, whether camping in the Appalachians, traveling to Yellowstone National Park, swimming at Virginia Beach, or taking any other vacation, a house on wheels adds to the holiday experience.

Even if you are not on vacation, this shed house option has benefits. For a person on the go, a more mobile setup may be helpful. You have the option to live secluded from the world, out in the boondocks. Or you can join the hubbub of urban life. Whatever the case, you can move whenever you like. For a person on-the-move, a house on wheels makes life so much easier.

9. Shed houses offer an outlet for creativity and personal expression

One of the driving forces behind shed homes is the opportunity to be creative. It gives a homeowner a chance to better create something that expresses who he or she is. It creates space to express a unique story.

Check out these folks’ story on their shed tiny house.

Environmental Advantages to Living in a Shed

10. A shed house takes up less space

Many regular homes have 1000 to 3000 sq/ft of living space. Some even have 10,000 sq/ft+! According to New Home Source, “The average size of new homes built in the United States grew 62 percent from 1,660 square feet in 1973 to 2,687 square feet in 2015, an increase of 1,027 square feet, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.”

home average size america

Do we really need that much more space than our grandparents?

Most shed houses, on the other hand, often have only a few hundred sq/ft of space. Fewer square feet means less demand for water, electricity, heating, and other utilities, which in turn reduces the home’s impact on the environment.

You can help to reverse the trend toward larger homes by living in a shed home. If everyone would do this there would be more room for all of us.

11. Reduces your carbon footprint

Because of their smaller size, these living spaces take fewer building materials. Fewer materials means fewer trees. Choosing a shed house means you’ll leave more trees to support and sustain the natural environment.

As you can see in the pie chart above, a large part of our carbon footprint is connected to our homes. Reducing the size of our homes helps to reduce our energy usage, which in turn lowers our carbon footprint.

Also, this approach takes up less space and requires less land clearing than a big house does. Thus, there is more land left to allow for natural and beautiful green foliage.

12. Blends better with nature

Shed homes are more likely to blend in with their surroundings. First of all, they can be built to look more natural. Secondly, they are smaller and are not nearly as noticeable. Lastly, they are more versatile and can easily be placed at a spot that is more fitting with the surroundings.

And there you have it…12 reasons why it’s a great idea to consider a shed house! (Also check out these examples of folks living in a shed.)

How to Get Started with a Shed House

We can help you get started with your shed house. We can build the shell as a portable storage building and then you can finish and customize the inside to your liking, as time and finances allow. It only takes 3 simple steps to get a free quote on a building shell for your shed house.

  1. Choose the size.
  2. Choose the exterior finish. (We offer both vinyl sheds and wood sheds.)
  3. Choose any custom details.

You can make all your selections on our free quote page. If you’re not sure what to choose at any step, our sales reps are ready to help! You can reach us at (270) 864-3381.

Enjoy your shed house!