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A porch is an excellent addition to any shed, providing a versatile and functional space that can be used for a variety of purposes. With a little creativity and inspiration, you can transform your shed porch into a beautiful and inviting outdoor oasis. In this article, we’ll explore some shed porch ideas, designs, styles, and benefits that can help you create a space that perfectly fits your needs and preferences.

Shed porches can be added to your preexisting sheds. If you are looking to get a new shed with a porch, see what options of sheds and cabins you can order from Esh’s Utility Buildings.

Styles and Designs for Shed Porches

What are some shed porch designs?

Porches can be added just about anywhere on a shed. This includes the front, side, or even just as an inset. Additionally, one could choose a wrap around porch, or a combo porch, which is an L-shape porch set at the corner of the shed.

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Front Porches give the shed a welcoming touch and can have many uses, including a shelter for tools, a potted plant area, or a relaxation zone. These shed porches often add charm to a shed, providing a more comfortable, dimensional appearance to your backyard and decreasing the rigid style that sheds can have. Both extension porches and inset porches add great character.

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Side Porches are often longer porches that surround a side entrance door. They can extend the entire length of the building or merely a specific area. Like front porches these porches can add variety to simplistically designed sheds, being either an extension or built into the side. 

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Combo (Deluxe) Porches are porches that combine the idea of a side and front porch, resulting in an L-shaped porch at the corner of the shed. This design of porch adds even more of a creative, unique look than a front or side porch. It is also a great way to diversify the amount of light your porch gets throughout the day. 

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Wrap Around Porches are perhaps the biggest upgrade to your shed. They provide limitless porch area for storage or relaxation. They are, understandably, the most popular porches, as they add great opportunity for creativity, as they completely transform the feel of your shed.

What are some styles of porches that a shed can have?

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Enclosed Porches offer extra protection, crossing indoor advantages with a breathable outdoor environment. One can avoid insect annoyances and some weather inconveniences by simply adding screens or panels to your porch area.

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Half Enclosed Porches can be advantageous in several aspects. A railing allows you to have a safer place for children or pets to roam, or discourage unwanted critters and animals from entering your porch area. Half-enclosed porches can also add style to your porch.

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Overhang porches may only consist of an extended roof with a patio type base underneath it. If small enough, support pillars may not even be needed. However, the majority of the time it is both necessary and more appealing. These porches retain overhead protection while allowing plenty of air movement, and maximum space to move around.

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Uncovered porches lack any overhead protection, simply acting as either a pleasant patio space, or a way to keep appliances off the bare ground.

Additions to shed porches include benches, swings, decorative pillars and railings, and ramps. If you are planning to use your shed porch for a lounge area, complimentary chairs, benches, and tables are a great way to upgrade your porch. Permanent additions like decorative pillars and railings or porch swings are a lasting, durable style additive. Practically, installing railings or a ramp can increase the ease of accessibility to your shed.

Popular Decorative Ideas for Shed Porches

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Potted plants are a great way to add life and a creative, welcoming atmosphere to your shed porch. Some use their porches for the very purpose of providing a protected or shaded area for optimal plant growth. 

Analyze the placement of your shed porch and make sure you take into consideration the amount of light that the porch or areas of the porch receive. Combining hanging plants, pots, vines, and colors of plants can add attractive variety to a plant-filled shed porch.

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Shed porches are a great way to make an impression. A rustic aesthetic gives a traditional, vintage impression and capitalizes on creativity. To achieve this popular aesthetic, focus on exposed rough or stained wood. Add decorative pieces and plants to curate the rustic feel of your shed porch to your liking. The rustic aesthetic can be presented in the form of more traditional, weathered, antiques, or in the modern, sleek sense. 

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Soft lounge

Some shed porches are specifically designed to be a morning/evening relaxation zone. This is often characterized by cushioned furniture and matching accent pieces. Many different aesthetics can be used in outdoor lounge areas so creativity is unlimited, but all focus on comfort and stylish relaxation. Above is an example.

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Seasonal expression

Shed porches are often used to decorate for various seasons and holidays. This can be evident in small accents like wreaths, banners, or signs, or in completely changing the aesthetic. Popular holidays to portray on a shed porch include Christmas/Winter, Thanksgiving/Fall, Fourth of July, and Easter. 

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Evening Retreat

Shed porches can serve as a great hang out for evening get togethers. Therefore, people often style them with decorative lights, torches and maybe even a small fireplace. Some even outfit their shed porch (especially if it’s enclosed) with a small bar or drink stand, or perhaps even a small fridge or beverage cooler.

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Keep it basic

Keeping your shed porch “bare-bones” is perfect if you want to use it for more storage purposes or for a very small entryway that doesn’t have much room. Storage shed porches or business office porches are a good example of this.


Why a shed porch is popular:

  1. Relaxation area: As already mentioned, shed porches can be a perfect lounge space. For morning coffee, evening relaxation, company entertainment, and much more, a shed porch can be a wonderful addition. 
  2. For a small house or she shed, a nicely decorated porch can greatly enhance the quality feel of the building.
  3. Backyard hangout: As an overhang extension of a shed, a porch can serve as a wonderful outdoor hangout for a family or company. Complete the space with tables, chairs, fireplace, etc.
  4. Pool-side shade: Adding a porch to the side of a pool house can provide a convenient shaded lounge area, upgrading your pool area.
  5. Porches attached to a storage or garden shed can act as a basic open air storage space, or a temporary work area.
  6. Across the board, porches serve as an upgrade to the design and appearance of a shed, adding attractive variety and usefulness.

Examples of Shed Porches on Different Styles of Sheds

  1. Barn Shed:
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  1. Gable sheds
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  1. Modern (slanted-roof) shed
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Possible Disadvantages to having a Shed Porch

In short, Shed porches can potentially take up too much space.

Regardless, in general, the benefits of a shed porch are going to outweigh the disadvantages.


Shed porches are a useful upgrade to virtually any shed and provide its owner with endless creative opportunities. We hope this article gave you some ideas in either upgrading your shed porch, or deciding whether or not to add one. If you are looking for a shed with a porch, check out our customizable shed options at Esh’s Utility Buildings. Or, check out our Ultimate Guide to She Sheds. To learn more about some Awesome Cottage Shed Styles read this article.


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Not sure what building permit regulations apply to you in TN? This article should simplify the guidelines and help you understand how Tennessee building codes work especially with shed permits. 

Included is a table listing many counties that have opted out of having building codes, and a table listing some places where you need a state residential building permit (rather than local).

We would also love to help you find that perfect customized shed you have been looking for! Go check out our different kinds of high-quality sheds and their customizable options!

Do I need a shed permit in Tennessee?

The building codes of Tennessee vary greatly on a local level. According to the state building codes, shed permits are not required if no one will be living in the shed. But many local jurisdictions in TN have adopted different building codes that might require you to get a shed permit. Some jurisdictions may not have any building codes at all, requiring no permits for any type of shed. Therefore, it is very important that you check your local government building codes (and your county government building codes if you live in an unincorporated area, meaning you have no local government).

Chances are, if you have already done any research on what your local building permit requirements are, you are probably confused. Here’s a clear breakdown!

So how do the building codes (permit requirements) in Tennessee work?

Here is a visual representation of how building codes work in Tennessee. Continue reading down below for even more details.

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Simplified, here is a rough guideline of how Tennessee building codes work. Tennessee’s state government has a State residential building code that all county and city governments are subject to unless they either vote to opt out or are given an exemption (meaning they enact their own building code instead). 

If you’re interested, here’s another article that further explains the state residential building permit requirements.

If they opt out, that county/city simply does not have any building codes (and therefore does not require permits). However, every 180 days, this opt out status must be renewed or it becomes  invalid, and the state code will be applied to that area. 

A county/city government can also get an exemption from the state and make their own building codes. This has to be approved by the state. It is then the local government’s responsibility to enforce the codes.

If the local jurisdiction does not opt out or make their own building code, then they are automatically only subject to the state residential building code and the state will begin enforcing their codes.

Some areas of Tennessee are unincorporated, meaning that they don’t have local governments. In these cases, they are simply subject to their county’s building codes. The county can choose whether or not to opt them out of the local county or the state building codes. City and county governments act independently of each other when it comes to building codes. For example, a county may have no building codes at all while one of the cities in that county choses to make and enforce their own set of building codes. Or, a county may have chosen to make their own residential building code, while most of the cities chose to opt out or follow the state code.

If you want to learn more, here are answers to frequently asked questions about how building codes work between jurisdictions and the state.

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Counties/Cities that have no residential building code

Here is a list of many local governments (mostly in central kentucky) that we could find that have opted out of the state building code. Keep in mind that different city governments in the county may have chosen to make their own codes or remain under the state codes. This list may not be exhaustive.

Benton CountyMinor HillLewis county
Big SandyGrundy CountyMoore County/Lynchburg
AuburntownAltamontPerry County
Carroll CountyBeersheba SpringsLinden
Cocke CountyGruetli-LaagerPickett County
Decatur CountyTracy CityPolk County
DowelltownHenry CountyScott County
VanleerHouston CountyStewart County
Fentress CountyHumphreys CountyVan Buren County
Franklin CountyJackson CountyWayne County
ArdmoreLawrence county
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Cities where a State Building Permit is required

AlexandriaDecaturvilleHickory ValleyMilledgevilleSunbright
AllardtDoyleHollow RockMitchellvilleTellico Plains
Bean StationDresdenHornsbyNewbernTennessee Ridge
BentonEastviewIron CityNiotaToone
Bethel SpringsElktonJellicoNormandyTrimble
Bluff CityEnvilleLaFolletteParker’s CrossroadsWatertown
CliftonGibsonLouisvilleRed Boiling SpringsWinfield
Cottage GroveGuysMcKenzieSaulsbury
Crab OrchardHallsMcLemoresvilleScotts Hill

Counties whose Unincorporated Areas require State Building Permit

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Do I need a shed permit in Shelby County, TN?

Yes, you need a shed permit for any shed in Shelby County regardless of size or cost. However, remember that depending what city limits you may live in, the building codes may be different. Remember to check your local city government as well (if applicable).

Here’s another site you can explore for more detailed information on shed/building permits in Shelby County, TN.

Do I need a shed permit in Davidson County, TN?

If your shed is larger than 10×10 square feet in Davidson County, TN, then you will need to get a residential building permit. If you are planning to convert or use it as a living space later, you will need to get a different permit. Do not forget to check if your local city government has different building codes provided that you live in city limits.

More detailed shed and building permit requirements for Davidson County, TN can be found in these articles.

Do I need a shed permit in Knox County, TN?

If it is more than 120 square feet, you only need a residential building permit for a shed in Knox County, TN. Again, if you live in city limits, check what the status of their building codes are.

Get even more details on the building permit requirements in Knox County by reading these pages.

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How much does a shed permit cost in Tennessee?

The basic state residential building codes are based on construction costs. For example, the fees begin at $100 when construction costs range from $0-$5,000, and are at $1,750 when construction costs range from $1,450,000 to $1,500,000.

As shown, the residential building permit fees vary greatly depending on the local building codes. Additional fees are added when electric and plumbing are present. For more information check out this guide and table of the state residential building permits fees.

How long does it take to get a building permit in Tennessee?

It usually takes anywhere from 5-10 business days to get a residential building permit in Tennessee.

Can a homeowner pull a permit in Tennessee?

Yes, a homeowner can generally pull a permit in Tennessee.

Can you get a building permit online in Tennessee?

Yes, usually you can get a residential building permit for your shed online, or at least be able print the application to fill out manually. Occasionally, smaller local governments require you to contact them directly, although it is not common. Here is a link to where you can get a Tennessee state residential building permit application.

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Getting a residential building permit for your shed can be complicated; hopefully we were able to clear up the permit confusion and give you a clear path forward! If you are looking for affordable sheds that perfectly fit your needs and style, we may have what you are looking for. Go check out our customizable sheds, garages, and cabins! Or, try your hand at designing your own shed in our 3D Shed Designer!



Golf Cart Garages for Sale


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Golf carts are becoming increasingly popular as a transportation method at golf clubs, amusement parks, airports, and even residential areas. Golf carts offer a convenient, low-cost alternative to cars and trucks; however, they need a secure place to be stored when not in use. That is where golf cart garages come in.

Golf cart garages are specially designed buildings that provide a safe and secure environment for golf carts. They are constructed with high-quality materials, such as metal or wood, and feature sturdy doors that can be locked to keep the golf carts safe from theft or damage. Golf cart garages are also weather-resistant, offering protection from the sun, rain, wind, and snow.

What are the standard sizes for golf cart garages?

Garages for golf carts come in a variety of sizes to accommodate different needs and spaces. The most common sizes for golf cart garages are:

Single-Golf Cart Garages

Single golf cart garages are designed to hold one golf cart and are usually 8 to 10 feet wide and 10 to 12 feet long. They are ideal for those who only have one golf cart and limited space.

Double-Golf Cart Garages

As the name suggests, double golf cart garages can hold two golf carts and are typically 10 to 12 feet wide and 20 to 24 feet long. They are suitable for those who have two golf carts or need extra space for storage and maintenance.

Multi-Golf Cart Garages

These garages for golf carts can hold three or more golf carts and are available in a range of sizes. They are ideal for golf courses, gated communities, and other commercial applications where several (or many) carts need to be stored.

Custom sizes can also be ordered to ensure that a garage fits perfectly in a specific location.

What kinds of materials are used to build a golf cart storage shed?

Golf cart storage sheds are typically constructed from durable and long-lasting materials to protect all golf carts stored inside the shed. The most common building materials for building golf cart garages include metal, wood, and plastic.

Plastic Golf Cart Garages

Plastic Golf cart garages are lightweight and easy to install, but they may not be as durable as metal or wood garages and may not provide adequate protection in extreme weather conditions.

Wooden Golf Cart Garages

Wooden garages offer a more traditional look and can be customized to match the style of a home or property. However, wood is more susceptible to weather damages and requires regular maintenance to keep it in good condition.

Metal Golf Cart Garages

Metal garages, such as those made from steel, offer excellent durability and resistance to the weather and other elements. They are also low-maintenance and fire-resistant, making them a popular choice for golf cart storage.

Are golf cart sheds customizable?

The answer is, YES, garages for golf carts are customizable. At Esh’s Utility Buildings, we offer a variety of sizes, colors, and styles to choose from, and offer custom-made garages that can be tailored to meet specific needs and requirements.  For example, some golf cart sheds can be further customized with interior shelving or cabinets. Some golf cart garage sheds also come with windows, skylights, and ventilation systems to ensure a comfortable and well-ventilated space for golf carts.

3D Design Option for Golf Cart Garage Sheds

Esh’s Utility Buildings offers 3D design options for golf cart garages, providing a unique and innovative solution for customers who want to see what their garage will look like before it is built. The 3D golf cart garage designer allows customers to see the finished product in detail, including the size, shape, color, and price estimate for their custom golf cart garage.

Can you charge an electric golf cart in a garage?

If you plan on charging your golf cart in the garage, then having an electrical outlet or charging station is necessary. Additionally, electricity can also be useful for lighting purposes, as well as for running tools or other equipment that may be needed to maintain or repair your golf cart.

How much do golf cart sheds cost?

On average, the cost of a golf cart storage shed can range from a few hundred dollars for a basic metal to several thousand dollars for a more elaborate and custom-made garages. The price range for golf cart sheds can vary widely depending on factors such as size, materials, and custom options.

It’s also important to keep in mind that the cost of a golf cart storage will also depend on factors such as shipping and installation, which can add to the overall cost of the structure.

Additional Options: Shelves for Tools

Although protecting your golf cart garage from the elements is probably the most important step, adding different additional options can greatly enhance your golf cart garage.

A small tool section in your golf cart garage can be a great asset for several reasons. One, it lets you organize and store tools and other supplies or equipment. Esh’s offers customizable shelves that can be customized to meet your specific needs.

It’s important to consider factors such as durability, space, functionality, organizational options, and style before planning how you want the interior of your golf cart shed to look.

Golf Cart Garage Advantages

Having a golf cart storage shed offers countless advantages, including:

Protection from the elements

Golf carts are susceptible to damage from rain, wind, and sun. A garage provides a sheltered space to protect your golf cart from these elements, extending its lifespan and preserving its appearance.

Increased security

Keeping your golf cart in a garage can reduce the risk of theft and protect it from any other type of damage.


Having a garage makes it easy to access your golf cart, even during inclement weather. This can save time and effort compared to having to walk or drive to a commercial storage unit.

Increased property value

Adding a golf cart shed to your property can increase its value, making it a smart investment for homeowners.

Reduced maintenance costs

Golf carts that are stored outdoors are exposed to dust, dirt, and debris that can build up over time and cause wear and tear. Storing your golf cart in a garage can reduce the need for maintenance and repair, saving you money in the long run.

How do you store golf carts in garages?

Storing a golf cart in a garage is a straightforward process that only involves a few simple steps.

By following these steps, you can keep your golf cart in good condition and protect it from damage while it is stored in your garage.

What We Offer…

At Esh’s Utility Buildings, we construct durable, customizable, and long-lasting garages for golf carts made from sturdy materials that can withstand any type of weather condition. With our 3D designer, you can customize and design your own golf cart garage or shed to meet your specific needs and preferences. Our golf cart sheds come in a wide range of sizes and are budget friendly. We have 12 sales lots in Kentucky and Tennessee and are always available to answer any questions you may have.

Try your hand at designing a golf cart shed now!

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Not sure what the building permits are like for where you live in KY? Here’s a comprehensive list of town/cities all over KY that might answer your questions!

Whether you are ready, planning, or merely considering installing a shed, having an understanding of the legal requirements to do so is necessary in the decision-making process. Some regulations vary by local governments. Therefore, we have compiled a table of the largest counties, cities, and towns, providing more specific local regulations.

If you’re looking for a credible shed builder to buy a shed from in KY, we offer many styles of durable, creative sheds. Check out some of these options such as our Ranch shed and Low Barn shed, and their customizable options!

Do I need a Building Permit for a shed in KY?

Yes. Most likely you will need a building permit for your shed. However, if your shed is less than 120 sq. feet (i.e. smaller than 10×20), you are not required by law to obtain a permit in most cases. See a table of shed dimensions according to their sizes below.

More detailed requirements are specified on a local level. For instance, some local governments do not require permits for sheds smaller than 200 sq. feet as opposed to 120 sq. feet. We will provide more specific information in the table below for many counties and cities in Kentucky.  Because there are often regulations on how and where your shed is installed, it is important to check these local building permit requirements. You may, however, need to contact your local government office to obtain more permit information for your sheds.  

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What size of shed can I build without a permit in KY?

You can build a shed of at least 120 square feet before being required to get a permit. In some areas, you may be able to build up to 200 square feet. We’ve added a table below of shed dimensions below 120 and 200 sq. ft. respectively. 

Shed Sizes below 120 sq.ft. and 200 sq.ft

Below 120 sq.ft.Below 200 sq.ft.

Size requirements may vary slightly based on whether the shed would be considered commercial or residential (falling under the Building Code or the Residential Code). It is important that you check your building permit requirements of your local government to verify the specific regulations. 

Where do I get a shed permit in KY?

You can get a shed permit by accessing your local government website in KY and downloading/filling out the appropriate building permit application and submitting it for approval. We have collected links in the table below that give you more information on the local building permit application process in KY.

In filling out a KY building permit application, you will need to know what you are going to use the shed for and where it is going to be located on the property. The shed’s size, and often some construction and installment information will also be needed. If you intend to  include electric or plumbing in your shed, additional permits may be required.

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Local Shed Permit in KY Requirements

Counties in KY

Here are 30 of the largest counties (according to population) in Kentucky with links to their local building permit requirements.

CountyBuilding Code Information
Louisville County
Fayette County
Kenton County
Boone County
Warren County
Hardin County
Daviess County
Madison County
Campbell County
Bullit County
Christian County
Oldham County
McCracken County
Pulaski County
Laurel County
Scott County
Pike County
Jassamine County
Franklin County
Shelby County
Boyd County
Nelson County
Barren County
Hopkins County
Henderson County
Clark County
Calloway County
Whitley County
Graves County
Greenup County

Cities/Towns in KY

We have listed the largest cities and towns in Kentucky, having a population over 12,000 with links to their local building codes and permit requirements.

City/TownBuilding Code Information
Bowling Green
Mount Washington
Fort Thomas
St. Matthews
Fort Campbell North
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Do I need a shed permit in Louisville, Kentucky?

Yes, you will need to get a building permit for a shed in Louisville, KY.

No permit is needed if it is less than 200 square feet as a residential accessory building, and less than 120 square feet as a commercial structure.

For more details about Louisville’s building code click here.

Do I need a shed permit in Lexington, Kentucky?

Yes, you will need to get a building permit for your shed in Lexington, KY for residential accessory sheds that exceed the 200 square feet limit. While you do not need a permit for sheds that are smaller than 200 sq. ft., you are not generally allowed to install them under an easement or in your rear yard. 

For more information Lexington building permits, click here.

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What is the penalty for no building permit?

If you do not get a building permit before installing/constructing your shed, you will be liable for additional fees in addition to the original fee of the permit. At times they may force you to cease construction, or will remove/demolish the shed altogether. Like other detailed requirements, the fees and penalties vary slightly according to the local building codes in KY.

A common permit penalty in Kentucky is a penalty fee equal to and in addition to the original payment fee but not less than $500.

How long does it take to get a shed permit?

It usually takes 10-15 business days to get your building shed permit after it has been approved.

How much does a shed permit cost in KY?

Shed permits in KY can cost anywhere from $50-$2,000, depending on the size, use, and if it includes electricity and/or plumbing. Remember the fees will be different depending on your location. You will need to reference your local building codes in KY to see specific cost details.

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Hopefully this article helped answer some of your questions about getting a shed permit in Kentucky. If you are interested in shed permits in surrounding areas, check out this article on shed and building permits in TN. We would love to further help you in your search for the perfect shed! We offer many quality sheds, garages, cabins, and more, each of which you can perfectly customize to your liking. Go check it out!

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Modular garages are affordable, customizable, and fast and easy to install on your property. There are many questions to ask before buying a modular garage, though. Questions like, “What are the pros and cons of a modular garage?” “How much do modular garages cost?” and “What are the alternatives to modular garages?” We seek to help answer those questions so you can make educated decisions when buying a modular garage.

What is a modular garage?

A modular garage is usually built off-site in pieces, transported to the site, and assembled there. This process is in contrast to traditional garages, which are built on-site. Modular garages are also known as prefab garages. ”Prefab” means that the garage was prefabricated or made before transporting it to the location. 

A double-wide modular garage.

What are the pros and cons of modular garages?

Like most things, prefab garages have advantages and disadvantages. Let’s look at the pros and cons of prefab garages.



Depending on what company you buy your prefab garage from, you can customize its size, color, siding, windows, and doors.

Esh’s Utility Buildings provides a 3D Garage Builder to customize the garage into precisely the right design for you.

Protects your car

Modular garages protect your car from rain, hail, and the sun. Prefab garages also protect your car from car theft by keeping them in a locked building.

Budget-Friendly and Less Waste

Modular garages are built in factories or shops with streamlined systems. These systems help cut down on manufacturing costs and waste for each garage. Another thing that makes a prefab garage affordable is they do not require a concrete foundation. You can instead install a much cheaper gravel foundation.

Fast and Easy to Install

Modular garages can generally be set up within a day. Esh’s Utility Buildings are generally built within 3-4 weeks in our shop, and we set up the garage on-site within as little as 4-5 hours.


Another benefit of a modular garage is it can be moved if need be. You can move or resell it since it is not a permanent structure. 


Not as customizable as a traditional garage

Depending on which company you buy your garage from, you will have options to customize your garage. However, some companies have few customization options, and their garages look similar to many other modular garages.

Traditional garages are very customizable because they are built from the ground up. There is no concern about transporting or assembling the garage in the shop beforehand, giving you the freedom to design the garage however you wish.

Not a permanent building on the property

Because a modular garage does not come with a foundation, the building is not a permanent building. Many people have remedied this problem by pouring a concrete slab and piers to hold it in place.

Durability can be questionable

The durability of modular garages varies by manufacturer and material. Some prefab garage manufacturers save money by cutting corners on the quality of their building materials and the quality of the building. For a durable prefab garage, the company must be trustworthy and dedicated to building high-quality garages.

How much does a modular garage cost?

Modular garages generally cost between $5,000 and $100,000. The cost of a modular garage varies quite a bit depending on siding, foundation, and size. 

One-Car Garage Prices

One-car garage prices generally range between $7,000 and $18,000. The standard size for a one-car garage is 12×20 feet.

An A-frame 1-car modular garage.

Double-Wide Garage Prices

Double-wide garage prices generally range between $15,000 and $40,000. The average size for a double-wide prefab garage is 20×20

A 2-car modular garage.

Below are current examples of our in-stock modular garage prices.

Types of modular garages

Double-Wide Modular Garage

Double-wide modular garages provide the space to store two vehicles or give you the space to have a workshop. They are often built in a shop in two pieces before being delivered and joined on the site. Our doublewide garages come with built-in wooden floors capable of holding up to two vehicles.

A double-wide modular garage with vinyl siding.

Modular Garage Kit

A modular garage kit is a kit shipped to you with all the necessary components and instructions to build a garage. You can save money with a garage kit since it only includes the materials, and you assemble the garage yourself. However, since a lot of skill is needed to assemble a garage kit, it is best to tackle a garage kit if you are sure you or a friend can construct it.

Wooden Pole Barn Modular Garage

Wooden Pole Barns are structures that look like sheds and are based on wooden posts. The structure’s entire support system is made of poles, and whatever foundation it has, needs holes to fit the poles.

A pole barn modular garage.

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Metal Modular garages

Metal modular garages have the advantage of being resistant to fire and bug damage. They are not easy to customize, though, and a metal garage tends not to have much curb appeal.

A-frame Garage

A-frame garages have a 5/12 roof pitch with enclosed overhangs. The A-frame roof gives the garage a contemporary look and allows you to customize it with gables or transom dormers.

An A-frame modular garage with vinyl siding.

Lean-To Modular Garage

Lean-to garages are usually regular garages with an addition of a sloped roof to one or both sides of the modular garage. There are often options for the lean-to part of the building to be enclosed or left open and used as a carport.

A modular garage with a lean-to.

Gambrel Garage

Gambrel garages have a barn-style roof, which allows you to maximize their storage space. Its unique rafter structure enables you to add lofts and store more items in your modular garage.

A gambrel modular garage.

What alternatives are there to modular garages?

Before purchasing a prefab garage, it is good to know the alternatives. There are several cheap options if you are only interested in protecting your vehicles from mild wind, rain, and snow. There are also options for temporary shelter for your vehicle if you are traveling and want to protect your car.

Awnings vs. Modular garages

Awnings are inexpensive ways to keep light snow and rain off your car. They are usually attached to a house or building and extend over a vehicle.

A car awning.

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Awnings are not all-around protective, as they only protect the vehicle from above to an extent. Since awnings usually only have a fabric or aluminum roof, they leave the vehicle vulnerable to strong winds and offer no protection against robberies.

Car coverings vs. Modular garages

Car covers are another inexpensive alternative to modular garages. Car covers protect your car from scratching and from its paint fading. It will also keep it from getting dirty and wet when it rains.

A red and black car cover.

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However, a car cover won’t protect your vehicle from severe weather. It won’t keep your car safe from falling branches and car theft as a modular garage will.

Carport vs. Modular garages

Carports are usually metal structures with a metal or fabric roof. They vary in sturdiness and how much they will protect your vehicles. They offer shade for your car, and they can protect your car from most wind damage. You can buy carports with walls, but the most common carports do not have any.

A carport garage.

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When comparing carports with modular garages, modular garages are better at keeping your vehicles safe all around. They have walls that protect your car from the elements and theft. You can also safely store many other things in a garage, while in a carport, it would be risky to leave your items in them.

Built garages vs. modular garages

Traditional-built garages have the advantage of being completely customizable. You can have complete control over how the garage looks, which allows you to match your house and other outbuildings.

A traditionally built garage.

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Built garages are generally more expensive than modular garages, though. Building them is often time-consuming, and since the construction is usually right outside your house, you will have to deal with a construction site around your home for up to several weeks. Modular garages have the advantage of being primarily assembled in a shop and then fully assembled on the site. Some pre-fab garages are built entirely in the shop and are delivered fully assembled.

Where can I place a modular garage?

The place you pick for your modular garage will need to be flat; this will mean excavating the site. Before excavating, ensure there aren’t any pipes, electrical lines, or cables beneath the ground.

It is also good to factor in if you have easy driveway access to your prefab garage. If you will park vehicles in your garage, make sure that you can easily maneuver your car in and out of the garage to the road.

You should also be aware of trees around a garage. If your prefab garage is delivered in sections, the construction crew will likely use a crane to fit the pieces together. Placing the garage under trees will make that job more difficult.

It will also need to be placed on a foundation of some sort. Below we will get into the different foundations for a prefab garage.

What foundation do I need for a modular garage?

It is essential to have a foundation for your modular garage. A good foundation will increase your modular garage’s longevity, while a poorly laid one can cause issues. The two main foundations used for prefab garage foundations are gravel and concrete. 

Gravel Foundation

A stone or gravel foundation for a prefab garage is one of the cheapest options for a foundation and works best if your garage comes with a wood floor, like Esh’s Utility Buildings.

A gravel foundation for modular garages.

Gravel foundations and your modular garage’s wood flooring should adequately hold 1-2 cars for years. For a larger, multi-car modular garage, you will want a sturdier foundation like concrete.

Concrete Foundation

Concrete is an excellent option for modular garages that don’t have a built-in floor and for large multi-car garages. A concrete foundation is the most durable modular garage foundation and offers excellent support for vehicles; however, concrete is also one of the most expensive foundations.

A concrete foundation for a modular garage.

What is the best material to build a modular garage?

Steel and wood are the two primary materials used to build prefab garages. Let’s look at the advantages and disadvantages of both.


Steel prefab garages have several advantages. Steel is non-combustible, which makes steel modular garages fire-resistant. Steel buildings are also more resistant to termites and pests than wood buildings.

Steel framing for a modular garage.

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The downsides to steel buildings are they are prone to rust, especially if you live in a humid climate. Heating and cooling a steel building is more costly than a wooden building because of steel’s higher thermal conductivity, especially if the garage is not insulated. Also, steel is generally around 40% more expensive than wood.

The last disadvantage of steel buildings is their appearance. Steel prefab garages tend to be less attractive than wood prefab garages.


Wood prefab garages are more robust than steel prefab garages and support more weight. Wood modular garages are less expensive and faster to install, and you will never have to worry about wood rusting. Wood modular garages are easy to customize and are often attractive buildings.

Wood framing for a modular garage.

The disadvantages of wooden modular garages are the possibility of warping and rotting. Wood also can run into issues with termites and other pests. When buying a wooden modular garage, the wood must be pressure treated to resist rotting and infestations.

Below is a video that explains what material we use to build our modular garages.

How is a modular garage installed?

If you plan on buying a prefab garage, it can be helpful to know what to expect when it comes to installation.

A one-car modular garage being installed.

Our single-car modular garages are constructed entirely at our shop and delivered to the site as a completed building. We can complete delivery and placement as quickly as an hour or two.

Double-wide modular garages are constructed in two pieces at our shop and delivered separately to the construction site. We join the pieces together on-site. This process can take one or two days.

A customized modular garage is delivered to the location in multiple pieces. The walls are generally preassembled in the shop, and the building is assembled when delivered to the site. This process may take several days to complete.

FAQs about Modular Garages

Can you put an apartment in a modular garage?

Yes, generally, you can put an apartment in a modular garage.  Before living in or renting out your apartment in your modular garage, check to see if it passes all the required building codes of your local town.

Are modular garages weather-resistant?

Yes, most modular garages are weather-resistant. Especially if you buy from a reputable modular garage company that builds high-quality garages.

Can a modular garage be moved?

Yes, you can usually move most modular garages after they are built.

Do you need a building permit for a modular garage?

Possibly. Building codes are different for each state or even for each county. Before building a structure on your property, it is always a good idea to check with your local authorities to see what your local building codes are.

Are modular garages good quality?

Yes, if you buy a modular garage from a trustworthy company. Your modular garage’s quality will vary depending on the material used in its construction and which company built it.

Create the Perfect Modular Garage

If you want a prefab garage customized for your property, you can use our 3D garage designer. It will let you create your ideal garage and give you an estimate of what it will cost! We also offer in-stock prefab garages in Kentucky or Tennessee, for an almost instant garage.


A small horse barn with metal siding and roofing.

There are plenty of ways to fight the different weather conditions in the countryside when it comes to protecting our horses, but the best way, by far, will be with horse barns. A small horse barn is the best solution for those with only one or two horses or for homeowners who need extra outdoor storage where they can keep their small garden equipment, such as lawnmowers.

Styles of Small Horse Barns

A traditional small horse barn.

Traditional Horse Barns

Traditional horse barns come in many shapes and sizes. There are also quite a few regional naming variations, such as Lancaster barns, Monitor barns, 3-section barns, and more. While traditional horse barns tend to be on the larger side, it’s also possible to configure them as small horse barns with 2-4 stalls.


For those who own a large property, a traditional barn will be the best option. Even though they can build in any size, the most common sizes of traditional barns are 30×40 and 38×48.


If you decided to have a traditional horse barn, it is vital that you ensure that the materials used in the barn construction are good quality and durable. Although wood is still the most common material to build traditional barns, metal barns can be much cheaper and last much longer than wood.


Because they are typically large structures, traditional horse barns can be used for numerous reasons, such as storing tack and other essential items or housing your horses. Some benefits of having a traditional horse barn are keeping your horses warm and comfortable from bad weather conditions and providing a warm, dry place to groom and saddle them during the winter. It also provides your horses with a spacious area to rest and eat.

A small horse barn with horses in the stalls.

Inline Horse Barns

Inline barns (also known as shed row barns) are one of the most popular fully-enclosed small horse barns. In general, they are significantly cheaper than traditional horse barns (though more expensive than run-in horse barns).


Inline barns provide an affordable way for farmers to meet their barn needs. They can be built in any size and are easy to customize. It may be the best option for those with limited available space because they can build in a U or L shape or back-to-back design, which can fit perfectly on your farm.


Most shed row barn builders offer both wood and metal options. For those who are looking for an attractive barn where horses can be kept warm in the winter and cooler in the summer, the wood option might be a better option. A metal barn, on the other hand, is durable and cost-effective. Because steel is naturally strong, it will last longer than wood. Metal shed row barns are highly recommended for those who are looking for a less expensive and durable barn for their horses.


Since inline barns are wider than run-in barns, they provide more storage space to store hay or farm equipment. Another reason that farmers tend to choose shed row barns is that they have excellent ventilation, which creates a healthy space for your horses. Shed row barns are also ideal for keeping your horses safe in a variety of weather conditions.


A small horse run-in barn.

Run-In Horse Barns

Run-in horse barns (also known as run-in sheds, horse run-ins, or loafing sheds) are certainly the most affordable small horse barn on the market. These barns are most popular for providing quick shelter in pastures, barnyards, and other outdoor areas.


Bigger isn’t always the better option! If you are looking for smaller, functional, cost-effective options, Esh’s affordable small horse barns will be the best option for you.

The number of horses you want to shelter will be the biggest factor in determining what size to construct.  Below we have listed the common barn dimensions our designers recommend.

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10 X 1612 X 16
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Board & Batten Horse Barn

This small modular horse barn has been built uniquely for those looking for practical design and high-quality traditional structures.

Barns with board and batten siding come with a colored metal roof material and thick pine boards on the inside. It is durable and easy to clean. Board and batten construction provides natural insulation. It offers warmth in the winter and cooling during the summer.  This elegant model will not only be a shed for your horses but will also add aesthetic value to your farm or backyard.

Steel Horse Barn

Metal horse barns are fully customizable, depending on your needs and budget. Besides being affordable, these unique models are durable, safe, easy to maintain, and can stand against any weather. Since we know how important it is to keep a clean barn for your horses’ safety and health, steel barns are built so you can easily clean them.


Small horse barns allow your horses to run freely in and out and help them stretch their legs while exercising in their natural environment. Since run-in barns are easy to clean, they also help your horses to live in a healthy environment. The convenient size of the run-in barn provides space to store food and supplies or be used as a tack room.

If you are looking for a small horse barn design and quality you can rely on for years to come, our wood horse barns or steel horse barn models might be the best option for you.

Click here to see our current inventory of small horse barns for sale.

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As shown above, run-in barns are the most suitable option for those looking for an economical, small and durable barn. The construction and lead time of run-in barns are fast, and at Esh’s Utility Buildings, we offer to install the barn on your property.

What is the best surface for a small horse barn?

When it comes to comfort and easily maintaining and cleaning your horses, the material you must use for the floor of your small horse barns is essential. Let’s take a look at the most preferred floor options.

Concrete Flooring

Concrete flooring is one of the best options for horse owners. It keeps the barn from collecting dust and moisture. A big plus for concrete flooring is how easy it is to clean. This cuts down on the time it usually takes to clean and provides your horses with a healthy environment. Concrete flooring is also durable and hard to damage.

Dirt Flooring

Since dirt floor provides soft ground to stand on, it is easy on the feet and legs of your horses. Unlike concrete floor, dirt floor is more challenging to maintain and clean, but since it is the most economical choice, it is still the preferred option for many prefab barn owners.

Crushed Limestone

Another answer to “what kind of flooring is best for a barn” might be crushed limestone. Properly installed limestone can be an excellent option for small horse barn owners since it is durable, easy to maintain, and provides a non-slip surface. Since crushed limestone will harden overtime, you may need floor mats or deep bedding to ensure the comfort of your horse.

Why You Should Buy a Small Horse Barn

If you need a shelter that provides safety and health for your horses while still being affordable,  small horse barns are the most suitable options. 

Healthy Environment

There are so many reasons to go with this option. The main one is that a small horse barn with an open front offers better quality health for horses than four-walled stuffy barns. Being able to move in and out of the barn freely helps to keep your horses in good shape, and it also aids with  digestion.


Most of us do not like to consider the possibility of barn fires, but unfortunately, it is a real risk.  It is nearly impossible for a horse to escape from a four-walled barn with locked doors during a fire. A small horse barn will eliminate this risk and save your horses.


Another significant advantage of small horse barns is their affordability. Besides creating a healthy and safe environment for your horses, the economical prices of small horse barns make this unique model attractive for horse owners. Moreover, you can design and customize your modular barns without significant price changes.

All in all, small horse sheds are affordable buildings to keep your horses safe and healthy. If you want a small horse barn for your property, check out our Run-In Sheds or design a barn that will fit your needs perfectly using our 3D Barn Builder.


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We all face storage problems, whether it’s having a cluttered room or a full closet, finding the right place to store your belongings can prove to be difficult at times. One of the most popular solutions to this problem is to rent a storage unit. Even though this can solve your storage issue, there are plenty of better alternatives to storage units.

Storage Unit Disadvantages

Storage units can be good for storage, but they come with many of their own issues from security to limited access.

Lack of Organization

If you’ve ever rented a storage unit before, you know that the inside is an empty cube, typically with smooth metal walls and concrete flooring. Now, this is great for storage, until you begin to fill it up and everything is a cluttered mess. Then finding anything in there becomes a mission.

Security Issues

Even though a storage unit company may do countless background checks and screenings for their employees, at the end of the day, you are trusting your belongings with strangers. This makes you susceptible to multiple issues from theft to damage to your property.

Storage Restrictions

Depending on what you’d like to store in your storage unit, you must be careful as there are many items prohibited from being stored in a storage unit. These items include unregistered vehicles, furs, tires, money, hazardous materials, weapons, food, and more! These restrictions may vary between different companies.

Financial Burden

The average cost of renting a storage unit is around $180/month. You may be thinking, “That’s not too bad.”, but you’re paying $180/month for temporary storage. That’s $2,160/year that won’t even go towards something you can keep. You’d be better off paying for a rent-to-own shed.

Limited Accessibility

If you ever decide that you need to grab something you put in your storage unit, be ready for a journey. First, you must leave your house and get to your storage unit, whether that be walking or driving there. Then, you need to open the unit and search in between everything else that you stored in there. Not only do you have to worry about the commute, but not all storage units are 24/7 so you must work around the company’s schedule as well.

The 5 Best Alternatives to Storage Units

Now that we’ve gone over the disadvantages of storage units, let’s go over your alternatives.

1.     Rent-to-Own Sheds

At the top of our list, we have rent-to-own sheds. These are hands down the best storage unit alternative. They are cost-effective, secure, and organizable, and that’s just the beginning.

Here are some reasons rent-to-own sheds are a better alternative to storage units:

Cost Effective

Rent-to-own sheds are more a cost-effective alternative to storage units. For example, you can get a 10×10 storage unit in Louisville Kentucky for $164/month, or you can get a 10×12 rent-to-own shed from us at Esh’s Utility Buildings for $166/month. That’s $2 extra per month for a whole extra 20 square feet of space, and the best part is that once it’s paid off, it’s all yours to keep your belongings safe for years to come!

Becomes an Asset

Unlike a storage unit where you’re paying for something that you won’t keep, once you finish paying off your rent-to-own shed, the shed belongs to you and can be your storage unit for a long time. This also means that you now have a shed on your property, which is known to add to your property value! Experts estimate that a shed can add up to $15,000 to your property value! Learn more about sheds and property value here!

Convenient & Easily Accessible

A rent-to-own shed as a storage unit alternative provides unparalleled convenience. Need to grab something from your storage shed? Go take a walk to your backyard instead of driving miles away to your storage unit. Not to mention that there’s also no closing time for your storage shed, you can come and go as you please. Unlike storage units which may be closed during certain hours.


Since a rent-to-own shed will be stationed in your backyard, you can ensure its security. When you leave your belongings in a storage unit, you don’t know what’s happening to your stuff or who’s around it. But, if you want to check on the safety of your storage shed, all you must do is look out the window, or even install some security cameras.

No Storage Restrictions

As you may know, there are many restrictions on what you can store in a storage unit. You can’t store unregistered vehicles, money, furs, tires, weapons, and more. But you can store anything you desire in your storage shed. That rusty old axe that you barely use anymore? No problem. Your old motorcycle that doesn’t seem to work anymore, sure, why not.


Unlike a storage unit that has smooth walls and flooring with no organization methods, a rent-to-own shed is fully customizable! You can install shelving, drawers, wardrobes, and many other types of organizers. Here‘s an article about shed shelving for some ideas!

2.     Your House

You’ve probably considered this already but take a minute to think about the space in your home. Maybe there’s space somewhere that you haven’t thought about yet, like an attic, a basement, or even a spare room that can be used for storage. Another option is to get rid of stuff you don’t find useful anymore to clear some space for storage.

Here are some reasons why at-home storage is a better alternative to storage units:


Using your house as a storage unit alternative is convenient because everything you store is within reach in the comfort of your own home! No need to take trips to your storage unit miles away when you can just walk downstairs to your basement.

No Storage Restrictions

When it comes to storing things in your home, you can store whatever you’d like with no limitations, unless of course whatever you’re storing doesn’t fit in the house. Unlike a storage unit with many different restrictions on what you can and cannot store.


Your home is a great alternative to storage units, especially when it comes to security. This is because in your home you know everyone that comes in and out (hopefully). So, there is no worry about someone stealing or damaging anything that you’d have if you used a storage unit.

No Cost

Storing your belongings in your home is also good because it’s practically free. Of course, you must pay for your house and living expenses, but the storage comes at no extra cost to you. Unlike storage units that can run around $180/month, you can use your house as an alternative for free-99!

3.     Lend to a Friend

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Storing your stuff with friends or family can be a great alternative to storage units. Not only is it safer as you know whom you’re trusting with your belongings, but it can also be free! Also, depending on what you give them to store, they may be able to make use of it, it’s a win-win!

Here’s why friend/family lending is a great storage unit alternative:


Depending on your relationship with the person you decide to lend your items to, storing your items with them can cost little to nothing. This definitely beats paying upwards of $100 per month for a storage unit!


Rather than locking away your belongings in a storage unit to collect dust, giving them to a friend can allow them to be used. Now you’re able to store your stuff and your friend has something they can make use of!


If you ever need to grab an item you lent your friend, it’s as easy as making a phone call for them to drop it off, or for you to go to their house and pick it up. No commute to a storage unit or tricky business hours.


Since you know the person that you’re entrusting with your stuff, this should provide you with a decent sense of security (depending on the person). I’d prefer this over storing my stuff with strangers any day.

4.     Donate

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If you don’t know what you want to do with those extra items of yours, you can always give them to someone who may need them more than you. Donating your extra stuff can go a long way as it will help someone in need and help reduce waste.

Here are a few reasons why donating your stuff is a great storage unit alternative:

Helps People

By donating your stuff, you can help someone who needs those things more than you. For example, clothing and equipment are ideal for donation as somebody will find a use for them. This can also give you a sense of happiness as you make a positive impact on people’s lives.


Why would you want your items to sit in a storage unit doing nothing, when you can instead have them being used, making a positive impact on someone’s life? Therefore, donating your belongings is a great alternative to storage units.

Reduce Waste

Donating your items can also help to reduce waste. By giving your unneeded items to someone else, you essentially help reduce waste because you’d probably end up tossing out those items sooner or later, and now you’ve given them to someone who will make use of them.

5.     Repurpose a Shipping Container

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Perhaps one of the least common options on this list, repurposing a shipping container is another good alternative to storage units. A shipping container can run you a few thousand dollars and provides you with a secure metal box that you can lock. While it may not be the prettiest choice, it’ll get the job done.

Here are a few reasons why repurposing a shipping container is a good storage unit alternative:


You can purchase your shipping container and keep it in your backyard. This allows for easy and convenient access whenever you’d like.


A shipping container is a large metal box, but that’s not all, you can also place a lock on your shipping container to protect whatever you decide to store in it. If someone tries to break in, it probably won’t be too hard to hear.


Now you know all the alternatives to storage units and can make the best choice for your situation! Considering your options, a rent-to-own shed is the best decision financially and physically, but the choice is yours. We hope this article helped you in one way or another, and we wish you luck in finding the perfect storage solution! Also if you liked this article, check out our rent-to-own sheds and learn more about how RTO works here!


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Need some durable and easy-to-maintain siding for your shed? Well, metal shed siding may be right for you, click here to learn more!

What is Metal Shed Siding?

Metal shed siding is referring to metal siding that is used on a shed. Now you may be asking yourself, “What is metal siding?”. Metal siding is a type of wall cladding that uses a system of metal panels to cover the exterior wall of a building, in this case, a shed.

Advantages of Metal Siding for a Shed

Metal siding for your shed comes with many advantages including high durability, low maintenance, insect-repelling properties, fire resistance, energy efficiency, recyclability, and it looks great!

High Durability

Metal is an extremely durable material, it can withstand extreme temperatures, strong winds, and even heavy impacts. Metal siding can last around 50 years with proper maintenance, it also isn’t susceptible to mold, mildew, and termites.

Low Maintenance

Metal siding is very low maintenance as it isn’t susceptible to as many problems as wood or plastic siding. Unlike other sidings where you’d have to apply insect repellents and mold-resistant coatings, to take care of metal siding all you must do is clean it occasionally.

Insect-Repelling Properties

Insects hate metal siding; this is because they can’t eat it or burrow into it to build nests. This gives you a lot less to worry about, if you had wood siding you’d have to worry about termites, ants, and other insects and treat your siding with different chemicals to keep them away.

Fire Resistance

Another reason metal siding is great is that it is non-combustible! Unlike wood or plastic siding, a small fire won’t mean it’s the end for your shed. So, if you live in an area that is prone to wildfires, metal shed siding may be beneficial for you.

Energy Efficiency

Did you know metal shed siding can lower your energy bills? This is because metal siding is very good at reflecting the sun’s rays as well as the heat that comes along with it. Properly installed metal siding will keep your shed cooler in the summer and lower your need to use your air conditioner.


Even though metal production isn’t the most eco-friendly process, metal is still one of the most recycled materials in the world! Considering the longevity of metal siding, the fact that you most likely won’t have to replace it as well as its recyclability can help you to reduce waste!

Good Looks

Not only does metal siding do everything mentioned above, but it also looks great and can complement your property well! Its sleek and simple design provides a modern look fit for any building, including your shed.

Disadvantages of Metal Siding for Shed

Even though metal siding comes with many advantages, nothing is perfect. So, here are a few reasons why you shouldn’t choose metal siding.

It’s Expensive

Metal siding can get expensive. Even though some metal siding like aluminum can be on the more affordable side, metal siding is usually more expensive than other types of siding. Here’s our article on outdoor shed costs.

It Dents

Metal siding is highly durable, however, impact from outdoor objects or even from an accident during installation can cause unappealing dents to be left in the siding. These dents can be difficult to repair.

It’s Hard to Replace

If your metal siding ends up getting damaged, it may be difficult to replace as you will have to change the entire panel if a part of it is damaged. Also, metal siding tends to change color over time, so finding the right color wouldn’t be easy.

What Types of Metal Siding Are There?

There are many different types of metal siding to choose from, here are a few:

Standing Seam Metal Siding

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This siding is comprised of metal panels with clean, vertical lines and raised edges for weather-tight interlocking. This also gives the siding a modern and sleek look.

Corrugated Metal Siding

Photo: BridgerSteel

This type of metal siding is great because of its wavy design, not only does this give it an appealing look, but it also allows it to hide minor dents and imperfections as they blend in with the bends.

Board and Batten Metal Siding

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This siding gives you a more traditional look and the fasteners are well-hidden allowing for a sleek and clean look. It provides a nice and bold look overall.

Box Rib Metal Siding

Photo: BridgerSteel

This siding is made up of strong and bold lines that stand out for an appealing look. Exposed fasteners make installation easy, and the ribbed design allows for a unique appearance.

Things to Look Out for With Metal Siding

If you decide on metal shed siding, here are a few things you should be aware of:

Metal Siding Can Rust

Depending on the type of metal your siding is made of it can be susceptible to rust, especially in humid environments. For example, aluminum siding will not rust, but steel siding on the other hand can rust after minor scratching and exposure to moisture.

Poor Insulator

Even though metal siding is good for blocking UV rays and deflecting sunlight, essentially keeping your shed cooler in the summer, metal siding is not too great in the winter. This is because metal is a poor insulator. Therefore, if you plan on spending extended periods of time in your shed in a cold climate, you should consider insulating it.


Now you know if metal shed siding is right for you! We hope you found this article valuable and if you’re interested in metal sheds, be sure to check out our options here!


            Buying a shed is a wise investment, but paying the full price upfront is not always an option for everyone. That’s why many shed companies (including us) offer a rent-to-own payment option. However, there can sometimes be confusion around rent-to-own (RTO) sheds and exactly what an RTO agreement is or isn’t. In this article, we want to clear up the confusion and help you decide whether you should rent a shed. 

What are rent-to-own sheds?

A rent-to-own shed (also known as a rental shed) is that a shed is leased in exchange for a pre-agreed monthly payment, with the option to purchase the shed at some point during the agreement. 

In other words, you will pay a monthly fee to use a shed, much like renting an apartment or a house. However, when you rent a shed and you complete the pre-agreed payments, the ownership of the shed transfers to you. 

How do rent-to-own sheds work?

Rent-to-own sheds work by creating a contract between a shed company and a lessee. The company and the lessee will agree that the lessee will pay a specified monthly rate to rent a shed for a set amount of time. Ownership of the shed will be transferred to the lessee after this period or when the full cost has been paid.

Is rent-to-own the same as financing? 

No. Rent-to-own is not the same as financing. The main difference is you do not build up equity with the shed you are renting until you have finished paying all the monthly payments or paid the total price of the shed. 

What are the benefits of an RTO shed?

One of the main benefits of a rent-to-own shed is that it provides a way to buy a shed for your property without needing 100% of the finances upfront. You can figure out the monthly rental payments and lease terms with the shed company and the shed rental company, letting you pay for the shed in affordable increments. 

If you need a space to store your items, a rental shed is an excellent alternative to renting a storage unit. Depending on your RTO shed contract agreement, the monthly price of a rent-to-own shed is often cheaper than a storage unit. Plus, in the end, you own the shed, while a storage unit has no long-term value for you. You can read more about rent-to-own sheds vs self-storage here.

Rent-to-own sheds are also an excellent option for those who want a shed for temporary storage on their property. For example, if you are moving into a new place and need some short-term storage space, rent-to-own sheds would allow you to have a shed on your property, but you can return it whenever you are finished. 

How much is a rent-to-own shed?

It depends. The cost of a rent-to-own shed will vary depending on the shed company, the shed rental, the size and style, and the length of your lease agreement.  

For example, if you want to rent a shed, our 10×12 Low Barn Shed is a great choice, the original price (as of this writing) is $4,185. If you choose the 24-month payment period, your monthly payment will be $257.06. If you choose the 60-month payment plan, your monthly payment would only be $162.95. 

For your convenience, we have included a “calculate payment” feature on our shed pages so you can quickly and easily determine what each shed would cost on a rent-to-own plan.

Are rent-to-own sheds more expensive than buying a shed?

Yes. In the long run, a payment plan to rent a shed will be more expensive than buying a shed upfront. If you can afford to buy a shed in one payment, that will be the cheapest way to go.

Here we have a calculator to determine your monthly rent-to-own payment. Enter your shed cost, chooses a rent-to-own payment period, and it will automatically calculate how much you will need to pay a month.

Rent-To-Own sheds vs. building your own shed

Like buying a pre-fabricated shed, building a shed will generally be cheaper than a rent-to-own shed. Building your own shed might be the best and most affordable option if you enjoy carpentry construction and have extra time. 

However, for someone with minimal experience and knowledge of building a shed, a rent-to-own shed might be a better option to ensure they get a quality shed that will last. 

Rent-a-shed vs. storage unit

If you are trying to decide between a rent-to-own shed and a self-storage unit, then rent-to-own is a far better option (assuming you have a place to put the shed). You will pay monthly (or weekly) rent with both options, but a rent-to-own shed’s payments result in ownership of the shed at the end of the full payment period.

If you are still on the fence about renting a shed vs. a storage unit, here is an article to help you make an informed decision.

Can I pay off my RTO shed early?

Yes! Generally, at any time in your lease, you can pay off the remaining balance on your rent-to-own shed. Esh’s Utility Building has no fees for early payoff, and it will save you money. 

We also offer rent-to-own 90 days same-as-cash, allowing you to pay the total price within 90 days and still get the same savings as a one-time payment.

How does rent-a-shed affect my credit score?

Rent-to-own sheds will not affect your credit score at all. Part of the beauty of rent-to-own is that rent-to-own buildings fall under a lease agreement, and a credit card check is not required. Anyone can rent a shed regardless of their credit score. 

Can you make modifications to rent-to-own sheds?

No. Most rent-to-own contracts specify that you can not make any alterations to a rent-to-own shed without prior written consent from the shed company. This usually includes adding shelves, equipment, and accessories, or placing signs on the shed. 

Can you convert a rent-to-own shed into a tiny home?

No. Typically rent-to-own shed contracts state that a shed can not be used as a dwelling. 

Can you keep animals in a rent-to-own shed?

No. Rent-to-own shed contracts typically state that animals can not be housed in the shed. Luckily, when the shed is put in your name at the end of the rental agreement, you can do whatever you want with it.

What happens if I can’t make my rent-to-own shed payments? (Can my RTO shed be repossessed?)

If you decide at any time during your rental agreement you no longer want to or can no longer afford to continue renting your shed, you can return it. Generally, in rent-to-own shed contracts, you agree that the shed company can retrieve the shed if you decide not to renew (continue) the rental agreement. At Esh’s Utility Buildings,  we will give you 30-180 days (depending on what percent of the total cost you have already paid) to reinstate the shed if you decide you want to continue to rent the shed. It’s best to contact your shed builder or rent-to-own company with specific questions about your rental agreement.


In conclusion, is it worth it to rent a shed?

Well, this depends on your situation. Rent-to-own sheds are more expensive in the long run than simply buying the shed in one payment. So, if you can swing the purchase of the shed from the beginning, then an RTO shed will not be worth it to you. 

However, if you need a temporary shed on your property, a rent–to–own shed is an excellent option. If you are debating renting a storage unit and a rent-to-own shed, then RTO sheds are the way to go. Also, if you need a shed on your property but cannot currently buy it with one payment, rent-to-own sheds offer a great way to buy a shed in affordable increments. If you’d like to rent a shed click here to learn more!


BURKESVILLE, Ky., Aug. 17, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — For a second straight year, Esh’s Utility Buildings, a shed builder headquartered in Burkesville, KY, has been named to Inc. Magazine’s Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing privately-owned companies in the United States. The company was ranked #1533 on the list with a three-year revenue growth rate of 418% for the period from 2018-2021. 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 experienced significant growth since being acquired by new ownership in 2019. Traditionally, the company’s product lines were focused on sheds, prefabricated garages, and other storage buildings. In recent years, they’ve expanded into additional categories, including cabin shells, children’s playhouses, horse run-ins, dog kennels, chicken coops, and more.

After strong 2020 sales during the lockdown phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, it was unclear how the prefabricated building industry would fare as the country returned to some sense of normalcy in 2021. As it turned out, the growth trajectory continued through the new year. “We have a great sales team that has worked very hard, along with a good marketing team,” says Chad Gingerich, CEO of Esh’s Utility Buildings. “[We also have] an organized team of leaders that are always hungry for more.”

Gingerich credits the company’s growth to team leadership and the ability to scale production quickly to meet high demand. He says strong marketing has also played an important role, particularly by reaching new customers online. The company’s website features a 3D configurator so visitors can create and save customized building designs. The company also lists pre-built inventory on its website, allowing customers to browse buildings by style, color, price, location, and more.

In addition to online shopping, Esh’s Utility Buildings has multiple brick-and-mortar locations where customers can enjoy the in-person buying experience. The company has sales lots throughout central Kentucky, including in Glasgow, Elizabethtown, and Burkesville. Locations in Tennessee include Lebanon and Woodbury. In addition to its own locations, the company also keeps buildings in stock with several other retailers across the region.

Looking forward, Gingerich hopes a combination of traditional values and new products will be the recipe for continued growth. “[Our goal is] to continue to innovate and provide a top quality product for our customers and to continue to scale upward as we do so.”

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


Judson Hibner
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