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Wondering how to convert a shed into a legal, livable home? It can be confusing. But in this article we describe the costs of a converting a shed into a home, the steps involved, and answers to questions regarding insulation, heating, power, and more!

Ready to be informed? Keep reading! 

A shed converted into a legal, livable home.

Is A Shed Home Worth the Bother?

Yes! While shed homes are not the option for everyone, they offer incredible benefits. If your local government allows legal shed homes, then this housing option will give you financial freedom by eliminating a 30-40 year mortgage. Plus, converting a shed into a home is much faster than having a large home built. Want one more perk? A shed home reduces your carbon footprint. 

Okay, let’s dig into the practical details about shed homes. 

How much does it cost to convert a shed into a house?

If you are thinking of converting a shed into a home, the cost of the shed itself will be around 15% greater when built to the 2018 International Residential Code.  Additionally, you will have foundation, plumbing, electrical, insulation, interior finishing, and gutter costs. All of these costs (including the cost of the shed) add up to around $20,000 – $27,000, or more if you opt for extra amenities or fixtures. 

Check out our table for a quick break-down or keep reading for more in-depth information. 

Item:Price (based on a 512 sq ft shed home):
Foundation $3,000 – $6,000
Plumbing$1,500 – $2,000
Electric $3,500
Insulation $4,000 – $6,000
Flooring$2.00 – $3.50 per sq ft (plus installation fees)
Sheetrock$1.50 per sq ft 
Gutters $5 – $6 per linear ft
Fixtures (Cabinets, ect) Up to the person 

Cost to Convert a Standard Shed into a Home Yourself

Here’s the deal: It’s not a good idea to buy a shed from Lowes or other shed builders who do not craft their sheds according to the 2018 International Residential Code (IRC). Technically, you could still convert the interior into a shed home, but power companies will not service your shed home if you lack acceptable building permits. 

Additionally, once you try to get your new shed home up to code, you will most likely be denied a permit by the building officials. 

Bottom line: If you want to convert a shed into a home, do not buy just any shed. Based on years of experience working with customers who want to convert sheds into homes, we strongly recommend buying sheds built according to the IRC (2018)

A shed house ready to be decorated using various shed house ideas.

Base Cost for a Shed

Now you know: don’t run to Home Depot for a Tuff Shed. You may feel you can easily convert this shed into a tiny home, but you’re mistaken. To have a legal shed home, the shed base must be built to the IRC (2018).

Sheds built to the IRC (2018) have an additional upcharge price. For example, our tiny home shells (sheds ready to be converted into living homes) are sold at an 15% upcharge. This cost must be taken into consideration before making a budget for a shed home. That said, you can get a shed built to code for as little as $8,000! 

The reward is immeasurable! When you know that your shed is built to residential code, you can work on the interior without worrying about the legality of your new shed home. It’s always a good idea to verify the specific building codes of your local government before buying a shed and converting it into a home. 


Is a foundation necessary for a shed home? In short, yes. You may get ahead of yourself and finish out the interior of your new shed home without a foundation. As the shed settles, you’ll discover cracks in your sheetrock. Furthermore, sheds sitting on the ground may accumulate extra moisture, leading to the bottom rotting out. 

It’s recommended to have a foundation made with concrete footers. Typically, a solid foundation made from footers ranges from $3,000 to $6,000. Of course, the exact price varies according to the size of your shed home. 


Getting your plumbing hooked up costs about $1,500 to $2,000. 

A shed being converted into a livable home.


When creating a budget for your shed home, figure approximately $3,500 for completing your electrical needs. 


You want to ensure your shed home is insulated. This means that your shed stays cool on stifling hot summer days and warmer in the dead of winter. Although it’s more expensive, we recommend you choose spray foam insulation. It costs around $3.50 per square footage to have someone spray foam your shed home – around $2.50 per square foot for flooring and ceiling and $2.50 per linear square foot for walls. For a standard shed home size (512 sq ft), that costs around $4,000 to $6,000 for complete insulation. 


Gutters cost around $5 to $6 per linear square foot.

Interior Finishing 

Now, we are getting to the fun part! Your shed home is up to code and hooked up to your needed power sources. It’s time to design the interior of your shed home. 


Typically, flooring costs $2.00 to $3.50 per square foot. If you’re looking for someone to install the flooring for you, then you will incur additional installation costs. 


To finish off your walls with sheetrock, you should figure around $1.50 per square foot. 


Now, this is where you hold a lot of power in your hands. Wanting a shed home with all the “bells and whistles”? That’s totally fine! The budget is in your hand. 

Can you turn a Shed into a Legal, Living Home? 

A shed house ready to be decorated using various shed house ideas.

In short, many areas of the United States – like Kentucky – allow you to legally convert a shed into a livable home. But there are a few important things to know. 

  1. Check the building codes in your local municipality to ensure shed homes are legal. 
  2. Be wary of rent-to-own sheds; it isn’t legal to finish the interior while you still owe money.
  3. Buy a shed that is built to residential grade (2018 version of the IRC). 

Check Your Local Building Codes

Building codes for sheds are nuanced since they vary extensively across states, cities, towns, and counties. 

However, it is legal to convert a shed built to IRC (2018) into a home in Kentucky. In order to be in compliance with building codes, ensure you receive a residential building permit prior to constructing your shed and converting it into a home. Assuming you want to add gas, electric, and/or water hook-ups, further permits will be required. Permit applications can be found on your local governments website.

For more information on specific local regulations, read our articles on tiny home regulations in Kentucky and building permits in Tennessee

Regardless of your specific location, it’s imperative you check with your local government to ensure that you have all the necessary building permits before the building process begins. 

A shed house ready to be decorated using various shed house ideas.

Rent-To-Own Sheds Don’t Allow Legal Living 

Are you thinking about buying a rent-to-own shed and converting it into a home? This is a tempting option considering that it frees you from debt or enables you to obtain a shed even if your credit score is low. 

But, put a pause on these plans. 

Most rent-to-own sheds do not allow you to finish the interior of the shed while you are still making payments to the company. Therefore, you will have to hold off on your plans to live in a shed home until you are all paid up. 

Additionally, if you do decide to finish out the interior, even though it is illegal (we do not advise this!), you put yourself at risk for homelessness. If you don’t make the payments, the distributor can come onto the property and remove your shed.

To make matters worse, since you violated the terms of agreement, you could incur additional charges. What a nightmare!

Residential Grade: Built to Convert a Shed to a House

Hopefully, you are now convinced that the legal aspects of a rent-to-own shed do not make it an effective or legal option for a shed house. We understand that may have put a wrench in your plans. 

But we are thrilled to offer sheds built to residential grade! 

What does this mean for you? 

Because our tiny house shed shells are built to the 2018 International Residential Code, you can rest assured that your shed home will be compliant with building codes. Customize the exterior of your new home – siding, colors, doors, windows, loft, porches, and more! 

Now, it’ll be up to you to design and create the interior of your dreams. 

Take a glimpse at a few of the tiny house shed shells we offer. 

A shed home ready to live in.

The High Barn

Whether you want to add a shed home as a room for your teenage child or as an office, the High Barn’s tall ceilings allow for a loft as a place to rest or a bit of extra storage. You may find that this is the favorite aspect of your new shed home!

A shed home that is ready to move into.

The Ranch

As our most popular tiny house shed shell, the Ranch provides a more spacious living option. No need to feel cramped and crowded every day. Take advantage of the porch to enjoy fall’s foliage, spring’s blossoms, and summer’s cool breeze. 

Is it cheaper to buy a shed home or have it built?

Generally, it is cheaper for you to go out and buy your materials to build a shed home. But we do not recommend it. Why not? These are the consequences of building a shed home yourself: 

  1. Before beginning the building process of the actual shed, you have to get residential building and zoning permits. 
  2. If you fail to get building codes then try to add power, power companies may not service your shed home. 
  3. And this is the kicker: there is a lot of time and headache that goes into creating your own shed home. 

Steps to a shed to house conversion

  1. Ensure the shed you buy is up to building code

This means that you check with the company you buy the shed from to ensure that everything is built to the IRC (2018) and is compliant with your local government. 

  1. Have a good foundation for your shed

If you lack a proper foundation, once the shed settles, the sheetrock may crack when you’re finished. 

  1. Electrical and Plumbing inspection before interior work

So you finished the electrical and plumbing in your shed home and now want to finish out the interior? Just hold on. Before you add sheetrock and start painting, you will want to have the electrical and plumbing inspected. Otherwise all the hard work you do will be ruined when the inspector has to open up your walls to check out the plumbing and electrical work. 

  1. Have fun! 

Now that your shed home is up to code and you have plumbing and electricity, it’s time to finish out your shed home to your tastes. Let the party begin! 

Shed Home Extension Ideas

Feeling like your shed home has you too cramped? Needing extra inspiration for extending space? Consider adding one of the following to your shed home: 

Lean-To Roof

This can give you more space to store things such as garden tools, grills, and other equipment, while still providing protection from the elements.

Grape Arbor

Let’s face it. Summer can be brutally hot and muggy. With a grape arbor, you’ll be able to take the party outside, under the shade of the vine. And how could we forget the delicious, organic grapes!

Grill/BBQ area

Your summer parties could use a bit of spice. Make an area next to your shed home to grill and invite loved ones over. Chat while the veggies sizzle over the fire. 


Maybe you’re an artist in need of space to adequately think creatively. Consider sectioning off a portion of your shed home where creative flow can run thick and plentiful. 


Light continues to add mental stimulation to our life and causes us to have a better perspective. With a sunroom, you soak in the rays even in harsher weather. 


Really, this is like an extra room. Add some chairs, sip some tea, and breathe in the fresh summer air. 

Shed Home Exterior Ideas

We all want a shed home with a wonderful exterior. Below are a few ideas to get your brain going:

Can you insulate a shed home?

Yes, every shed home can and should be insulated. This will improve the overall experience within your shed home; insulation keeps your shed cooler in the summer and warmer in the colder months. 

Can you heat a shed home?

Yes, you can heat a shed home. The cheapest and most beneficial way is through a mini-split. The whole unit will cost around $1,500. At face-value, that may seem expensive, but there are many benefits of a mini-split:

A shed converted into a home.

Can you turn a Lowes shed into a tiny home?

No. Lowes sheds are not built to the IRC (2018) and therefore can not be converted into legal shed homes. 

Can you turn a Home Depot shed into a tiny home?

No. Since Home Depot sheds are not built to the IRC (2018), you will not be able to convert them into a legal shed home. 


How can I cool my shed without electricity?

Without electricity, it will be difficult to keep your shed cool on hot, summer days. However, there are multiple ways you can cool your shed without the use of electricity. Consider some of the following:

Can a tuff shed be used as a home?

No. A tuff shed is simply a shed. Tuff sheds are not built to IRC (2018) building code which do not make it an easy solution for a shed home. Any permits that you need are your responsibility. 

A shed home ready to be moved into.

How Long will a Shed House Last?

If built right, shed houses are designed to last as long as a regular house. That said, a quality shed house can last for thirty to forty years

What is the cheapest way to power a shed home?

If you are adding a shed house on a property close to a main building, it will be cheapest just to connect to the power in the main house through an extension cord. Of course, this is not an option for every shed home. 

A Shed house ready to live in.

Wrapping It Up…

Well, there you have it. And hopefully, you have a lot more clarity about how to convert a shed into a home. 

If you’re looking for a shed built to the IRC (2018), we offer a wide range of tiny house shells including customization through our 3D Builder


Tiny Home living is becoming increasingly popular. Are you excited about the prospect of living in a tiny house but find yourself confused about the tiny home regulations in KY?

You’re in good company! Kentucky has very complex, delicate regulations for tiny houses which can vary across the state. But we are happy to provide many answers to your permit questions! Skip ahead to our table of specific county and city regulations for tiny homes. Or find an answer to a particular question in our table of contents. You can also go straight to our tiny home shell models that are built to code to find a prefab style perfect for you, or even completely customize your home with our 3D Builder.

Tiny home following the KY building regulations.

Is it legal to have a Tiny Home in Kentucky?

Yes, it’s completely legal to have a tiny house in Kentucky! Tiny houses (if not built on wheels or prefabricated) are considered single dwelling units and require a residential building permit. Even though there are no explicit laws banning tiny houses in Kentucky, local governments vary on building requirements for tiny houses. Ensure you check with your local jurisdiction to gain correct information before you begin constructing your tiny house. There are penalties for constructing or living in a house not up to code or without obtaining a permit.

Is it legal to live in a Tiny Home in Kentucky?

Yes, it’s legal to live in a tiny house in Kentucky. Of course, to make your tiny house livable, you’ll want gas, electric, and water hook-ups in order to thrive on a day-to-day basis. Because Kentucky requires permits for gas, electric, and water hook-ups (as well as the tiny house building itself), ensure you follow all of your local government’s tiny home regulationsg before beginning the building process. 

How do I get a Tiny Home Permit in KY?

Tiny House permits are received by filling out a building permit application and returning it to your local government with the allotted fee. To make it simple for you, we have included a table of links to many counties and cities within Kentucky.

Following tiny home regulations in KY

What are my County’s Tiny Home Regulations in KY? 

Each county in Kentucky has differing regulations for tiny homes. To make life simpler for you, we have compiled a table with 25 of the largest counties in Kentucky, including links to their building codes. Keep in mind that tiny houses fall under single dwelling units. Since most cities don’t explicitly state their tiny home regulations, use the contact information on these sites to verify any further questions. 

Boyle County
Boyd County
Bullitt County
Campbell County
Christian County
Daviess County
Franklin County
Henderson County
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Jessamine County
Kenton County
Knox County
Laurel County
Louisville County
Madison County
Marshall County
McCracken COunty
Nelson County
Oldham County
Pike County
Pulaski County
Scott County
Shelby County
Warren County

What are my City’s Tiny Home Permit Regulations in KY? 

Because regulations regarding tiny house permits vary from city to city in Kentucky, we have compiled a table of largest Kentucky cities with over 5,000 residents. Check out your Kentucky city link to get more detailed information on tiny house permits. 

Fort Thomas
Mount Washington
St Matthews
Tiny home adhering to the KY regulations.

What is the Tiny House Permit Cost in Kentucky?

The average price for a tiny house permit in Kentucky is around $200. Keep in mind that tiny house permit costs vary in different counties and cities. For example, in the city of Henderson, building permit costs are based on your estimated total cost of building. This means that if you plan to spend $30,000 on your tiny house, it would cost you $80 for a tiny house permit. In contrast, in the city of Nelson, you’ll simply pay $225.

How many square feet does it take to qualify as a Tiny Home in KY?

In Kentucky, you won’t find a minimum size requirement for a tiny house. However, many states adhere to the 2018 IRC which states that tiny houses must be at least 120 square feet. 

Can a Tiny Home be 800 sq ft?

According to the 2018 IRC, a tiny house must be 400 square feet or less. However, at this point, Kentucky doesn’t have any specific size requirements for tiny houses. Check with your local county clerk or building department to ensure you have the correct information for your county or city.  

tiny home regulations in KY being followed in this photo.

What are the Tiny Home Regulations in Louisville, KY?

Louisville is the ultimate destination for your tiny house! There are three different styles of tiny houses allowed in Louisville: permanently built on site, prefabricated/modular, or portable. 

Let’s break down the requirements for each type of tiny house:

Adhering to the tiny home regulations in KY.

Can I put a Tiny Home on My Property in KY?

In short, yes! As always, you will have to have received building permits for your tiny house and approval for the foundation. And in addition, you will have to obtain site approval from your local building department. Remember to ask your local government for more information regarding building permits. 

How long does it take to get a Tiny Home Permit in Kentucky? 

Typically, it takes approximately 5-14 business days to receive your building permit for a tiny house. 

What happens if I don’t get a Tiny Home Permit in Kentucky?

If you fail to receive the needed building permits for your tiny house before beginning construction, you will be fined. With a minimum of $500, the total fee will be the same as the standard permit fee required in Louisville. However, failure to gain electricity permits results in a fee of at least $1,000. Payments will be required for both the penalty fee and the initial building permit fee. Your local jurisdiction may vary on the exact amount of penalty fees. 


Well, that was a heap of information. We hope you were able to find the answers to your questions about tiny home regulations in KY. If you are wanting to purchase a tiny house shell, but have concerns about it being up to code, browse our code compliant tiny house shell models. As tiny house shell shell builders, we ensure that each of our tiny home shells are built according to the 2018 IRC so you confidently know your building follows Kentucky tiny house regulations. 

For more helpful information on tiny home shells, check out our Tiny House Shells: Ultimate Guide, or read up on tiny-house regulations in TN.

With your building code questions behind you, go chase your dreams! 


Tiny houses are experiencing a surge in popularity, attributed to their attractive tax benefits, reduced utility expenses, and affordable purchase prices nationwide. Among tiny house enthusiasts, Tennessee has emerged as a prominent choice, owing to its affordability, favorable tax regulations, and picturesque natural landscapes. Therefore, TN presents itself as a perfect option for you. However, it is essential to be well-informed about the tiny house regulations in TN before finalizing your decision.

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It’s worth noting that each county and city in Tennessee may have distinct regulations and codes concerning tiny houses as each local jurisdiction is responsible for adopting and enforcing their own codes. Some local governments or county governments decide to opt out of having any building codes. The cities and counties also seem to act independently of the building code implementation choices of the other. For more information on the TN code maze, you can read more on how TN building regulations function. To ensure a smooth and compliant process, it is crucial to contact your local municipality and familiarizing yourself with the legal requirements.

Is It Legal to Have Tiny Houses in Tennessee?

Yes, tiny houses are legal in Tennessee. However, it’s crucial to be aware that regulations and zoning restrictions can differ based on the specific county or city. Therefore, before building or living in a tiny house in Tennessee, it’s essential to thoroughly check and comply with the local regulations. At Esh’s, we offer different models of code compliant tiny home shells, ready to be finished out and made into a dream house.

Do You Need a Permit to Build a Tiny House in Tennessee?

Building permit regulations in Tennessee are not generally stringent, making it a tiny home-friendly state. While there is no statewide law specifically for tiny homes in Tennessee, some counties and cities have established their own regulations regarding tiny house construction and placement. 

Here are some of the Tennessee cities with specific tiny house regulations you need to know.

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Tiny House Regulations in Knoxville, TN

Knoxville is one such city in Tennessee that fully accepts the International Residential Code (IRC) for tiny houses. In other words, Knoxville’s regulations permit tiny houses as long as they comply with the requirements specified in the IRC.

Tiny House Regulations in Nashville, TN

Nashville is another tiny house-friendly city in TN. The definition of a tiny house in Nashville, TN is a little different than in other Tennessee cities. In Nashville, they define tiny houses as detached structures. Therefore, if you want to have a tiny house on your property, it has to be built behind an existing structure.

Tiny House Regulations in Shelby, TN

Another tiny house-friendly area in Tennessee is Shelby County. Tiny house regulations in Shelby County are a little different than the rules in other cities. In order to have a tiny house in Shelby County, the land you will place your tiny house on has to be as small as 1 acre and must comply with the local building codes.

How to Get a Tiny Home Permit in Tennessee?

Regrettably, as of now, Tennessee lacks comprehensive statewide laws specifically addressing tiny houses. Instead, the classification of tiny houses often falls under the purview of the “modular building program,” a framework that necessitates your attention if you’re contemplating the establishment of a tiny house within the state.

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How Much Does it Cost to Get a Permit for Tiny Homes in Tennessee?

Typically, the cost of permits depends on the amount of money that will be spent on the construction. If the construction cost is less than $5000, the fee will be $100. As the construction cost increases, the associated fee will also become more expensive.

How Long Does It Take To Get a Tiny House Permit in Tennessee? 

Obtaining a tiny house permit in TN usually follows the same process as obtaining a building permit. Therefore, acquiring a residential building permit in TN typically takes around 10 days.

Can You Permanently Live in a Tiny Home?

A concise response to this question is yes. You can permanently live in a tiny house in Tennessee, provided that your tiny house complies with the codes and relevant building standards within the city where you intend to construct your tiny house.

How Many Square Feet Does a House Have to be Considered a Tiny House?

In Tennessee, tiny house size rules vary by county or municipality based on adoption of the International Residential Code. Tiny homes are often under 400 sq ft, including interior and loft. Classification is subjective, influenced by purpose, zoning, and local norms as mentioned earlier

What is The Minimum Square Footage for a House in Tennessee?

Although Tennessee is considered a tiny house-friendly state, there are no statewide regulations specifically governing tiny houses. In areas that have adopted the International Residential Code, like Knoxville, a tiny house generally must not be smaller than 120 square feet according to this code. Additionally, the land intended for your tiny home must be at least 320 square feet in size.

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Is 800 sq ft a Tiny House?

The answer is no. Typically, in most cities and counties within Tennessee, a dwelling is classified as a tiny house if it falls within the range of being larger than 120 square feet but not exceeding 400 square feet. This established parameter reflects the emphasis on compact living and efficient use of space that characterizes the tiny house movement. 

What is Usually Required in Tiny Home Regulations in Tennessee?

To comply with building codes and regulations in Tennessee, a tiny house must adhere to several requirements that extend beyond the basics. Alongside the familiar elements, additional criteria come into play:

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Can I Put a Tiny House on My Property in TN?

The most advisable course of action is to initially consult the zoning regulations applicable to your property’s location. If these regulations permit the placement of a tiny house on your property, you must still navigate other crucial steps and adhere to various codes, including building codes and necessary permits. It’s important to note that property tax is also applicable to tiny houses in Tennessee. Typically, the same tax principles that apply to regular houses are extended to non-movable tiny houses in the majority of counties and cities across Tennessee.

Counties And Cities have no Residential  Building Regulations

Some areas in TN have opted out of having building codes, have created their own building codes, or simply follow the state adopted building codes. Therefore, it is imperative that you check your local government for the current status of building codes in your area. It may be that you live in an area that has opted out completely. Below is table that lists the counties and cities that have no residential building regulations, or read more on how TN building codes function.

Tennessee Counties Tennessee Cities/Towns
Benton CountyMinor Hill
Lewis countyBig Sandy
Grundy CountyAuburntown
Moore County/LynchburgAltamont
Perry CountyBeersheba Springs
Carroll CountyLinden
Cocke CountyAtwood
Pickett CountyCoalmont
Decatur CountyLovelville
Polk CountyGruetli-Laager
Henry CountyParrottsville
Scott CountyPalmer
Houston CountyByrdstown
Stewart CountyTracy City
Fentress CountyDowelltown
Humphreys CountySlayden
Van Buren CountyPuryear
Franklin CountyHuntsville
Jackson CountyVanleer
Wayne CountyArdmore
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Unfortunately, there is no statewide regulatory code for tiny houses in Tennessee. Therefore, you need to consider and adhere to local city, county, and municipal regulations when deciding to own a tiny house in TN. In many areas of Tennessee, you may be required to comply with modular building programs, which often encompass regulations for tiny house construction as well.

In locations where specific international residential codes have been adopted, such as Knoxville, the process becomes clearer due to the presence of dedicated regulations for tiny homes. However, in other areas, it’s crucial to meticulously follow the required steps and become well-acquainted with the local building codes and regulations. If you’re looking for information in the surrounding areas, read our article about tiny home regulations in KY.

When it comes to owning a tiny house after completing all these processes, Esh’s Utility Buildings is here to help you build the most customizable and durable tiny house shells.


Maybe you know a bit about tiny home shells, but are floundering under a mass of questions. We understand those frustrations. Ready to get some answers? Keep reading! Or simply look at the table of contents to answer your specific questions. 

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What are tiny house shells?

A tiny house shell is the finished exterior for a tiny house. This includes the wall, windows, doors, foundation, and complete exterior. Said another way, a tiny home shell allows you to custom-design the interior of your tiny house, giving you the satisfaction of being creative.


Of course, understanding the structure of a tiny house shell is one of the most important ways to understand tiny house shells, overall. For example, Esh’s Utility Buildings offers different structure features:

tiny house shell

Square Footage

A typical tiny house shell ranges in size from 64 square feet to roughly 400 square feet. 

Different Types of Tiny Home Shells

You can choose between a tiny house shell that is built on a foundation or a tiny house shell that is on a trailer. Another variation of a tiny house shell is the park model RV which is designed as a temporary home for traveling or other short-term situations. 

A tiny house shell by Esh's Utility Buildings.

Tiny House Shells vs. Shed Shells

It’s important to note that a tiny house shell is not a shed shell. There are major differences including the legal codes, core purposes, and structural differences.

Legal Codes 

Legally, a shed shell is considered an accessory building, while a tiny house shell (once finished) is considered an ADU (Accessory Dwelling Unit) or a form of housing in some locations. These laws vary across the country. Before you plan to buy a tiny house shell, check with your local municipality’s building and zoning regulations. 

Core Purpose

A shed shell is designed to be used for storage and as a result, it doesn’t come with hook-up options for running water or plumbing. 

Structural Differences

At Esh’s Utility Buildings, we design both tiny house shells and shed shells. However, there are a few key components in the make-up of our tiny house shells (that are not found in tiny house sheds). Each tiny home shell we build includes: 

Tiny house shell by Esh's Utility Buildings.

How can I use my tiny house shell?

A tiny house shell can be used for an office space or to fulfill various housing needs you may encounter. Sometimes in life we find ourselves with housing dilemas. Where can I host my aging parents? What about my teenage daughter who wants to move out? And where can we possibly fit those guests next week? 

Office Space

If you already have a house and are outgrowing that space, a tiny house shell would be the perfect solution to an office space. You can place your tiny house shell directly on your property so that it’s only a short walk from your main home. Maybe your home is filled with laughter and chatter, which you love. Except when you’re writing that book. A tiny house shell will allow you to work on your computer in peace and quiet, with no distractions. 

House For A Teenager

Teenagers love their independence. Yet in a lot of ways, they still need our direction and guidance. But with a tiny house shell, they will get a soft entry into independent living while still living in your backyard where you can monitor their daily activities. 

Guest House

Houses come with a limited amount of room, which can become a problem when guests spend the night (or nights). A tiny house shell is a win/win for both you and your guests; everyone has privacy and plenty of room to live. 

House For Elderly Relatives 

As parents or other relatives age, we want to know all their needs are met. A common solution is to either move in with your parents or have them move in with you. A tiny house shell allows you to design a house on your property that is elderly friendly. If they have trouble with stairs, you can design your tiny house shell with a wheelchair ramp. Additionally, you can make the kitchen and bathroom very user-friendly with low cupboards and drawers. 

A tiny house shell not on wheels built by Esh's Utility Buildings.

What is a tiny house shell on wheels?

A tiny house shell on wheels is a tiny house shell put on a trailer. If it seems like we are down-playing your intelligence by that statement, we promise we aren’t. It’s just a pretty simple concept, really. With a tiny house shell on wheels, you will be able to drive (quite literally) into the dreams of a lifetime. 

The Similarities: Tiny House Shell On Wheels And Model Park RVs

Both Are Movable

With the addition of wheels, you are free to move your tiny house or model park RV with you as desired.

Both Offer Adventure

Added to mobility, is the constant opportunity to seek adventure. Do you want to travel out west to see the Grand Canyon? Both options allow you to live in a certain region for a period of time.

The Differences: Tiny House Shell On Wheels And Model Park RVs


Overall, a tiny house shell on wheels is cheaper than a model park RV. Tiny house shells can roughly cost anywhere between $10,000-$55,000, while model park RVs range between $20,000-$200,000. The price all depends on the add-ons and size you choose. For example, a 12×20 tiny house shell will be more affordable than a 12×36 tiny house shell. 

Housing Occupancy

Depending on your location, a tiny house shell on wheels can be considered an ADU (Accessible Dwelling Unit). On the other hand, model park RV’s are more designed as temporary housing situations like camping at a national park. 

Unfinished tiny house shell built by Esh's Utility Buildings.

What are the permits for tiny house shells?

We understand your anxiety when it comes to receiving the correct permits for your tiny house shell. In short, permits for tiny house shells vary across the nation. Furthermore, regulations within a specific state vary across different cities, towns, and municipalities. 

For more information on tiny house shell permits, take note of the following:

Zoning Regulations

It’s imperative to follow the zoning regulations within your section of the country. Some states or cities’ zoning regulations define tiny house shells as a ADU (Accessory Dwelling Unit) instead of a primary housing source. You should always check out your local zoning regulations, but especially if you plan to make your tiny house shell your primary residence. 

Building Codes

We want your tiny house shell to be structurally secure and safe. And so does your city. For more information on the specific building codes for tiny house shells in your area, reach out to your county, city or state building officials. If you happen to live in Kentucky or Tennessee, we have compiled extensive information on tiny house building codes and permits in Kentucky and Tennessee

Wheels Versus Foundation

If your tiny house shell is on wheels, it’s important you check your city’s codes around mobile homes and RVs. For example, some municipalities or cities have specific ramifications for how long you can stay in a tiny house on wheels. 

A tiny house shell from Esh's Utility Buildings.

Permitting Process

We’re sorry to break the news, but the permitting process can take longer than expected at times. When thinking about your overall budget for a tiny house shell, consider that permits range in price from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand dollars. 

Utility Connections

Electricity and plumbing hook-ups are usually a must. Before you plan how to add those essentials, make sure you know the requirements regarding utility connections in your exact location. 

Minimum Size Requirements

Check your local requirements regarding the minimum size of your tiny house shell. Overall, you can remember that most tiny house homes are around 400 square feet or less. 

Length Of Occupancy 

If you are living in a tiny house shell on wheels, some areas have regulations regarding the length of your occupancy. 

Esh’s Utility Buildings’ Tiny House Shells

At Esh’s Utility Buildings, we are proud to offer tiny house shells that adhere to the IRC’s regulations, making your purchase of our sheds stress-free. 

A tiny house shell designed by Esh's Utility Buildings.

Where are the best places to buy different tiny house shell styles?

For a park mobile RV, check out the Tumbleweed Tiny House Company; if you want an unfinished DIY tiny home shell experience, look up Maverick Tiny House company; and for a completed tiny home shell from a shed company, Esh’s Utility Buildings is the one for you! 

Park Model RV: Tumbleweed Tiny House Company

The park model RV allows you to explore and then stay for a greater length of time than a traditional RV allows. Are you having a bit of decision fatigue? Tumbleweed Tiny House Company offers three styles – Elm, Farrallen, Aspen – for your park model RV.

DIY Tiny Home Shell: Maverick Tiny House Company 

Do you want to have some personal experience with creating your own home? Maverick Tiny Homes offers a DIY tiny home shell kit. This means that they will build a fully-finished exterior in order for you to continue working towards your desired finished interior. 

affordable tiny house shells

Shed Company’s Tiny Home Shell: Esh Utility Buildings 

Made in Kentucky, Esh Utility Buildings offers four affordable tiny house shell designs: the ranch, the high barn, the modular, and the skillion. Whichever tiny house shell you chose, you can customize the exterior aesthetic by picking your own colors, windows, window boxes, vent style, structural changes, and more! 

Now with the exterior designed, you can focus your energy on outfitting the inside. Best yet, you won’t have the headache of figuring out building codes. We’ve got that all figured out. Just sit back and start designing!

An unfinished tiny house shells in Esh's Utility Buildings.

How can I build my own tiny house shell?

The process of building your own tiny house shell from scratch involves research, gaining correct permits, gathering materials, choosing either a foundation or trailer, and then going on to creating the exterior of your unfinished tiny house shell. Rest assured, we believe you got this!

  1. Research
    • For most things in life, the more planning and research you invest into a project, the better the outcome. Take your time to invest into planning and ask professionals who have also built tiny houses. 
  2. Get Your Permits
    • Receiving permits can be a long process, but we have provided a skeleton of all the things you need to know in this blog.
  3. Chose Either A Foundation Or Trailer
    • This decision is necessary because all future steps depend on it. If you’re looking for a mobile option, wheels are for you! If you need something more permanent, choose the foundation. 
  4. Gather The Supplies
    • It’s no secret that you’ll need a lot of supplies. The list is extensive, including wood, doors, insulation, and much more. 
  5. Construct The Framing 
    • Make the frame for your unfinished tiny house shell and then add the subflooring which will hold up your final flooring.
  6. Build The Exterior
    • Now build the walls, leaving room for doors and windows. Install the roof framing and move on to the doors and windows. At this point of the process, you will have to add the needed insulation to your tiny house shell. 

Basic Summary

We recognize that that was simply a basic outline of how to construct a tiny house shell. Some of us are visual learners. This video gives a step-by-step guide through the ins and outs of building a tiny house shell. 

unfinished tiny house shell

How much does a tiny house shell cost?

We understand your concern with money, money, money. Tiny house shells are affordable, ranging in price from $8,000 to $40,000. Of course, how much you want to spend really is up to your personal preference, but choosing to buy a tiny house shell has huge cost benefits compared to other tiny house options. 

Interior Finish

While tiny house shells are affordable, don’t forget that the interior still needs your golden touch. Keep room in your budget for sheet rock, flooring, paint, sinks, countertops, light fixtures and any other ideas that spring to mind. Want to know the good news? This part of your budget remains in your control.

A tiny house shell from Esh's Utility Buildings.

Plumbing And Electric

If you want to convert your tiny house shell into some sort of home, you’ll need light and running water. Those are factors to consider when looking at the total cost of your tiny house shell. 

To compare tiny house shell costs in comparison to other buildings, view our chart:

Type of building FeaturesStandard Size Price Range
Shed Store garden tools or other supplies; no hookup for living 8×10
Model Park RVEasily transportable; on wheels; accessible; electric and plumbing hookup400 sq ft or less$20,000-$200,000
TIny House Shell KitAll materials to create the exterior of your tiny house shell, including (but not limited to) windows, roof, walls, instructions, ect400 sq ft or less$5,000-$50,000
Tiny House Shell Fully finished exterior of a tiny house; can be built on a trailer or set on a foundation400 sq ft or less$10,000-$55,000
Affordable tiny house shells from Esh's Utility Buildings.

Prices Vary Widely

The above chart is intended to give you a broad overview of the features, standard sizes, and approximate price ranges of tiny house shells in comparison to other tiny building options on the market. However, please note the following:

The Lower Prices

The lower tiny house shell cost for each building represents models that are smaller than the standard sizes. For example, a $10,000 tiny house shell may be around 240 spare feet (12×20) with limited amenities. 

The Higher Prices

These tiny house shell costs reflect replicas that are larger than the standard and are the most elaborate, customized models on the market. Do you have fine tastes? No sweat. With some extra cash, you can always personalize your tiny house shell to create it tailored to your specific needs. 

Consider Your Budget

The amazing part about tiny house shells is that you can rely on your budget to guide you as you choose a retailer to buy your unfinished tiny house shell. And when you complete the interior of your tiny house shell, you can also cut back on costs because the design is 100 percent in your care. 

Tiny house shells by Esh's Utility Buildings.

Esh’s Tiny House Shells

Here at Esh’s Utility Buildings, we offer four different designs for affordable tiny house shells. Each design – Ranch, High Barn, Modular, Skillion – allows you to customize the style, size, doors, windows, exterior, colors, interior and flooring. Best yet, our tiny house shells are built to the latest IRC and include a 10-year workmanship warranty.  

For affordable tiny house shells from Esh’s Utility Buildings, follow this chart:

Tiny House Shell Exclusive Features Price 
Ranch Custom designed porch; efficient; allows for easy customization$
High BarnTwo 4 foot wide overhead lofts for either storage or a bed; strong floor structure; customize as desired$
SkillionModern and minimalist design; slanted roof; will not interfere with the vibe of your property; allows for your customization$
ModularDoublewide; extra windows; spacious for housing multiple people; add your own customized doors and more$$$

Note: Prices are ranging from roughly least expensive ($) to most expensive ($$$). 

A tiny house shell from Esh's Utility Buildings.

What are the different tiny house shell sizes?

In a nutshell, there isn’t a “one-size-fits-all.” Tiny house shell sizes vary considerably from a 240 square feet (12×20) home shell to an extra-large 432 square feet (12×36) home shell.

12 x 20

This is in fact a tiny tiny house shell, giving you a total of 240 square feet: a perfect option for an office space where you can type in peace and tranquility. 

12 x 24

A 12×24 tiny house shell delivers 288 square feet of space. Perhaps this would make an excellent housing arrangement for your teenage daughter or son.

12 x 28

Wanting a bit more room to stretch and store items? With a 12×28 unfinished tiny house shell (336 square feet), you will find just that, but the cost will still remain affordable. 

12 x 32

A 12×32 unfinished tiny house shell brings your total amount of space to 384 square feet. Ultimately, this is around the standard size of a tiny house shell.

12 x 36

Now, maybe you are dreaming of a tiny house shell that doesn’t leave you feeling claustrophobic at all. Or perhaps you want to add a pet to your tiny house dwelling. At 432 square feet, this 12×36 tiny house shell will deliver a truly spacious area!

Unfinished tiny house shell

Tiny House Shells Are Larger Than Square Feet 

I’m sure we are all familiar with square feet. Base times height equals the area of the square, right? Okay, I see you rolling your eyes. But stay with me. Tiny house shells allow you to add slanted roofs which make your livable space larger than square footage suggests! Put another way, slanted roofs in tiny house shells enable you to add a loft for storage or a cute resting spot. 

Esh’s Utility Buildings offer different sizes for lofts: 4 foot wide (front or back OR front and back), 4 foot U (front/back/left OR front/back/right), or 8 foot wide loft (front or back). Let’s say you choose an 8 foot loft in the back of your tiny house shed. If you add this to your 10×12 tiny house shell, your loft square footage would be (10×8) 80 additional square feet. 

Always Room To Customize 

Don’t forget that you can always customize the details and choose a size not listed above. Tiny house shells are not only affordable, but they are an avenue leading to creativity and endless opportunity!

A tiny home shell from Esh's Utility Buildings.

Why should I get a tiny house shell?

Tiny house shells simplify your life, save you money and so much more! Keep reading to understand more perks of tiny house shells.

Simplify your life

Have you ever felt that your life was just crammed with too many things everywhere? You look around your house and realize you are not valuing all the property that you have. With a tiny house shell, you can start afresh and purge your stuff to fit into a small space. In this way, all of your material belongings will have a specific purpose in your home. Tiny house shells allow you to cleanse your mind by limiting your options. 

Save Money

Let’s face it. Housing is expensive. Finding a home that is affordable is time consuming and depending on the situation, almost impossible. You could always rent, but then you wouldn’t have anything to show for your money. Tiny home shells give you the opportunity to own a house without financial burden. 

Protect the environment 

A tiny house shell leaves a very small carbon footprint on our heavily-burdened earth. When you furnish your tiny house shell, you don’t have to worry about adding to the worries of the environment. Rest assured that you are doing your part. 

Allow Creativity 

Tiny house shells are a blank slate for you to experiment and design something unique. No need to follow anyone’s narrative or directions. Let your creativity and imagination generate a house that has your name written all over it. Do you want frog wallpaper in the bathroom? No worries, you can add that! 

Gain Freedom

Because of the small amount of space within a tiny house shell, you have the freedom to do exactly what you want to do. Not only do you have creative freedom, but you will have financial freedom, as well. 

Easily Transportable 

Tiny house shells can be set up easily in most locations. In fact, you can get a tiny house shell on wheels which can follow you around the country. 

A tiny home shell designed by Esh's Utility Buildings.

Esh’s Utility Buildings

What We Offer

Located in both Kentucky and Tennessee, Esh’s Utility Buildings offer affordable tiny house shells in different styles: Ranch, High Barn, Modular, Custom-Built, and more! But within each style, there are dozens of different ways you can customize your tiny home shell to meet your individual desires, using our 3-D designer. Choose your own styles, colors, windows, flooring, and more! Most importantly, your tiny home shell will be compliant with the 2018 IRC codes. You can read up on tiny home regulations in KY in our article.

Thanks for coming along for this guide to tiny house shells! Three cheers to your tiny house shell dreams! 


If you’re wondering about the properties of vinyl siding and its suitability for use in vinyl siding for shed storage and garages, as well as the cost, benefits, and durability of vinyl storage, you’ve come to the right place. Please read this article carefully as it provides answers to these questions and more.

If you are contemplating purchasing a new shed or garage and haven’t yet decided which siding option offers cost-effectiveness and greater benefits, we will demonstrate why you should opt for vinyl siding.

Vinyl siding

Is Vinyl Siding Good for Sheds?

We can confidently say that vinyl siding is indeed one of the best options for storage sheds and garages due to its durability, low maintenance requirements, and cost-effectiveness. Let’s briefly explore some of the benefits and advantages of using vinyl siding for these purposes.

  1. Durability: Vinyl siding is known for its durability and ability to withstand various weather conditions, including rain, wind, and UV rays. It is resistant to rot, peeling, and cracking, which makes it a long-lasting choice for shed exteriors.
  2. Low Maintenance: Vinyl siding is relatively low maintenance compared to other materials. It does not require painting, sealing, or frequent upkeep. Occasional cleaning with a mild detergent and water is usually sufficient to keep it looking good.
  3. Moisture Resistance: Vinyl siding is highly resistant to moisture, which is particularly important for sheds exposed to outdoor elements. It helps to protect the shed’s structure and contents from water damage.
  4. Variety of Styles and Colors: Vinyl siding comes in a wide range of styles, textures, and colors, allowing you to choose a design that complements your aesthetic preferences and matches the surrounding environment.
  5. Cost-Effective: Vinyl siding is often more affordable than alternative siding materials like wood or metal. It provides an economical option for shed construction without compromising on quality.
Vinyl garages for sale in KY and TN

Why Is Vinyl Siding Better Than Other Materials?

The features that make vinyl material superior to other materials primarily revolve around its ability to provide aesthetic appeal. When deciding to construct a new garage in your backyard for your car or a storage shed to declutter, prioritizing the aesthetic beauty of the structure is crucial. This is precisely where vinyl material, with its customizable nature, grants you a significant advantage. With vinyl coating, you can achieve any desired color for the product, matching it to your car or house for a visually pleasing aesthetic. Furthermore, in addition to its modern design characterized by clean and straight lines, vinyl coating offers visually satisfying features.

Another distinguishing feature of vinyl siding is its durability. This attribute not only ensures a wise investment but also shields you from potential issues that may arise with other materials over time. As a result, it provides substantial financial advantages.

Do Vinyl Sheds Last?

Yes, vinyl sheds are known for their durability and longevity. When properly maintained, vinyl sheds can last for many years. Vinyl is a material that is resistant to rot, rust, and corrosion, making it highly durable in various weather conditions. Unlike wood, vinyl does not decay or warp, and unlike metal, it does not rust or dent easily.

Vinyl sheds also have the advantage of being moisture-resistant, which helps prevent issues such as mold, mildew, and insect damage. They are designed to withstand the elements and can withstand exposure to rain, snow, and sunlight without significant deterioration.

However, it’s important to note that the lifespan of a vinyl shed can be influenced by various factors, including the quality of the materials, proper installation, regular maintenance, and the specific climate and conditions it is exposed to. By following the manufacturer’s instructions for installation, conducting routine inspections, and performing necessary maintenance, you can extend the lifespan of your vinyl shed and ensure it lasts for many years.

vinyl sheds for sale in ky and tn

Can You Insulate a Vinyl Shed?

Yes, vinyl sheds can be insulated to improve their thermal efficiency and make them more comfortable for various purposes. Insulating a vinyl shed helps regulate the temperature inside, making it usable in both hot and cold weather conditions. Insulation helps to retain heat during colder months and prevents excessive heat buildup during warmer months.
There are several insulation options available for vinyl sheds. One common method is to insulate the walls and roof using insulation materials such as fiberglass batts, foam boards, or spray foam insulation. These materials are effective at reducing heat transfer and improving energy efficiency.
Insulating the floor of the shed is also beneficial, especially if the shed will be used as a workspace or a living area. Adding insulation beneath the floor, such as foam board insulation, helps to prevent cold drafts and improve overall comfort.
It’s important to ensure proper ventilation when insulating a shed to prevent moisture buildup and maintain good air quality. Additionally, it’s recommended to consult local building codes and regulations to ensure compliance when adding insulation to your vinyl shed.

Do I Need a Base for a Vinyl Shed?

Yes, it is highly recommended to have a base or foundation for a vinyl shed. A proper base serves several important purposes. Firstly, it provides stability and structural support, ensuring that the shed remains level and secure. It helps distribute the weight of the shed evenly, preventing it from sinking into the ground or shifting over time. Secondly, a base helps protect the shed from moisture and water damage. By elevating the shed off the ground, it helps prevent water from seeping into the floor or walls, thus prolonging the lifespan of the shed. Additionally, a base with proper drainage helps prevent the buildup of water around the shed, reducing the risk of rot and mold. Lastly, a base makes the installation process easier and more efficient, providing a level surface for assembly. It also helps to comply with local building codes and regulations. Overall, having a solid and well-constructed base is essential for the stability, longevity, and functionality of your vinyl shed.

exterior of green garage shed in the forest for sale

Can I Put My Vinyl Shed on Grass?

While it is possible to place a shed directly on grass, it is generally not recommended. Placing a shed on grass can lead to various issues over time. Without a proper base or foundation, the shed may become unstable and prone to shifting or sinking, especially in areas with uneven ground. Additionally, moisture from the grass can seep into the shed, potentially causing rot, mold, and damage to the structure. To ensure the longevity and stability of your shed, it is advisable to prepare a solid base, such as a concrete slab, gravel pad, or pressure-treated wood platform, before placing the shed. These bases provide a level surface, improve drainage, and protect the shed from ground moisture, ultimately enhancing the lifespan and functionality of your shed.

What Is the Best Base for a Vinyl Shed?

The best base for a vinyl shed is one that provides stability, durability, and proper drainage. While there are several options to consider, such as a concrete slab, gravel pad, pressure-treated wood platform, or concrete blocks/pavers, the choice ultimately depends on various factors. For permanent structures or larger sheds, a concrete slab offers exceptional stability and longevity. It requires proper site preparation and professional installation but ensures a solid foundation. Gravel pads are suitable for smaller sheds or temporary structures, providing good drainage and stability. A pressure-treated wood platform allows for customization and easy adjustment if needed. Concrete blocks or pavers offer stability, airflow, and flexibility in repositioning. When selecting the best base for your vinyl shed, consider factors such as shed size, local climate, and ground conditions to ensure a solid foundation that will support your shed for years to come.

Vinyl Siding Cost?

The cost of vinyl siding can vary depending on various factors such as the quality of the material, the size of the area to be covered, the complexity of the installation, and the region where you live. On average, the cost of vinyl siding installation ranges from $4 to $10 per square foot.

To provide a rough estimate, let’s assume an average cost of $6 per square foot. If you have a house with 2,000 square feet of exterior wall space, the total cost for vinyl siding installation would be around $12,000 (2000 sq ft x $6/sq ft).

It’s important to note that this is just an approximate cost, and actual prices may vary. Additionally, additional costs may be incurred for factors such as removing old siding, additional trim work, insulation, and any necessary repairs or preparation work.

To get an accurate cost estimate for your specific project, it is recommended to consult with local contractors or siding professionals who can provide detailed quotes based on your requirements and the specific conditions of your home.

Here is the link where you can request a quote for free with Esh’s Utility Buildings:

Vinyl Siding Garage or Storage Sheds Prices?

The cost of vinyl siding for garages or storage sheds can vary based on several factors such as size of the structure or the quality.

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Vinyl Storage Sheds

The price of vinyl storage sheds at Esh’s Utility Buildings depends on the model and size of the storage shed. We offer three different vinyl shed styles at Esh’s Utility Building: vinyl ranch shed, vinyl high barn shed, and vinyl low barn sheds.

Vinyl ranch sheds are highly popular among customers due to their attractive features. They come with roof overhangs that are finished with the same material as the siding, adding to the shed’s aesthetic appeal. These sheds make a beautiful addition to any property.

Vinyl high barn sheds feature two 4-foot-wide lofts as a standard feature, providing two levels of storage within the same square footage. The exterior of the High Barn shed is fully customizable, offering various color and material options. The doors can be placed on the end, the side, or both. With its gambrel roof design, this shed pays homage to the timeless American legacy of barn-building.

For those on a budget, the vinyl low barn shed is an economical option that securely protects your belongings. This shed is designed to be an affordable, portable building that gets the job done. It provides a practical solution for safeguarding your belongings without breaking the bank.

Vinyl garages for sale in KY and TN

Vinyl Garage Sheds

When it comes to garages, Esh’s Utility Buildings offers three types of vinyl garages: single vinyl car garage, vinyl multiple car garage, and custom-built vinyl garages. Each of these options has its own unique design and functionalities.

Single vinyl car garage: This garage is designed to accommodate a single car. It provides a secure and protected space for your vehicle, keeping it sheltered from the elements. The single vinyl car garage is a convenient and practical solution for homeowners with one vehicle.

Vinyl multiple car garage: This type of garage is specifically designed to accommodate multiple cars. It offers a spacious and organized storage solution for homeowners with multiple vehicles or the need for additional storage space. The vinyl multiple car garage ensures that all your vehicles are safely stored and easily accessible.

Custom-built vinyl garages: Esh’s Utility Buildings also offers custom-built vinyl garages, allowing customers to tailor the design and features according to their specific needs and preferences. With custom-built vinyl garages, you have the flexibility to create a garage that perfectly suits your requirements, whether it’s additional storage space, workspace, or specific design elements.

Who Are We?

We are a family-owned shed building company located in Burkesville, KY. With our central location, we proudly serve customers throughout central Kentucky and Tennessee. Our journey as shed builders began back in 1984 under a shade tree in North Carolina. Since then, we have grown to become one of the top shed builders in Kentucky.
We have multiple shed-building shops and numerous shed sales lots along the I-65 corridor from Louisville to Nashville. This allows us to conveniently serve customers in Bowling Green, Glasgow, Franklin, Elizabethtown, Columbia, and even Frankfort, KY. Our goal is to provide quality products and excellent service to individuals throughout the area.
At Esh’s Utility Buildings, we specialize in building a wide range of structures including storage sheds, car garages, animal shelters, barns, and she-sheds. Our products are made with strong and durable materials, ensuring they can withstand various weather elements. We take pride in offering customizable options, allowing you to select different colors and materials to suit your preferences. On top of that, we offer custom sheds that are fully, completely customizable according to your exact requests.
To learn more about us, view our product offerings, or check our current inventory, please visit our website at



Do you want to make your storage shed brighter and more spacious? Consider adding a dormer! Sheds with dormers are an excellent addition and can enhance the shed’s overall design and appearance while providing more space and light to the interior. In this article, we will explore dormers in detail and help you decide whether you should add one to your shed.

What is a dormer?

A dormer is a structural element that serves multiple purposes, including creating interior space, allowing for more natural light, and increasing ventilation. You can recognize a dormer by the unique style that it adds to the roof of a building. As you will find out, dormers come in many styles, but typically a dormer has a small window that protrudes from the shed’s roof, sticking out from the primary slope of the roof.

Shed with Dormers: Styles

While all dormers add or extend the roof of your shed, four different styles of dormers are commonly seen: the gable, transom or shed dormer, and the eyebrow dormer.

Gable Dormer:

Gable dormer on a shed

The most common style, the gable dormer, extends from the shed’s roof, creating an additional part of the roof that extends in two directions. You can recognize a gable dormer by its iconic triangular shape.

Setback Gable Dormer:

The setback gable dormer has a triangular shape similar to the regular dormer but has one distinct feature. Unlike the traditional gable dormer extending to the exterior wall, this style is set back into the roof. This means the setback gable is positioned towards the middle of the roof.

Transom Dormer:

Shed with dormer and transom window

The transom dormer is a unique, eye-catching style of dormer that features a horizontal window (or several windows) that extends outward from the main roofline. This horizontal window not only creates natural light but also adds extra space to the shed’s interior. On the exterior, the transom dormer serves as a visual focal point, enhancing the overall appearance of your outside office or storage shed.

Eyebrow Dormer:

eyebrow dormer on a storage shed

Perhaps the least common of the four is the eyebrow dormer. The eyebrow dormer has a curved roof resembling an eyebrow shape. These dormers, while adding a unique look to your building, are also difficult to build due to their curved construction.

Do dormers on storage sheds need gutters?

In fact, dormers do not need gutters. Rain that falls on the dormer’s roof runs down to the gutters on the main roof of the shed. For some designs, gutters may be recommended. For example, depending on the size, a gable dormer with a shorter roof may require a spout or gutter system to prevent water from running into windows or through the roof.

In the end, gutters are likely not required for a storage shed since the overall size of the roof is smaller.

How much does a dormer cost?

The cost of adding a dormer to your shed depends on many factors: the size of the dormer, style, materials used, and any customizations. The larger the dormer, the more expensive the addition is. But generally, adding a dormer to your shed or house roof will cost anywhere from $2,500-$20,00. You could always refer to this handy shed dormer cost calculator. Or check out prices in our shed builder.

Should I put a dormer on my shed roof?

Adding a dormer to your shed roof is a great idea. Dormers bring a touch of elegance to any structure and provide several benefits that can greatly enhance the usefulness and charm of your outdoor building.

With this in mind, it’s important to consider some potential drawbacks to adding a dormer shed. Realizing the advantages and disadvantages can help you make an informed decision about stylizing your shed.

Benefits of a dormer:

Concerns of a dormer:

When deciding, recognize that different styles have their own pros and cons. For example, the pros of a gable dormer are the added space and headroom. While a shed dormer may not add as much headroom, the natural light and curb appeal are an added benefit. Either way, a dormer is a great way to enhance your storage shed’s overall look and functionality.


Dormers are a great upgrade to any shed. They add style, create interior space, and increase natural light and airflow. So, pick your ideal style and elevate your shed to new heights with the addition of a dormer! To learn more about sheds, check out our Ultimate Guide to Sheds. Or, if you are interested in learning about other ways to add style to your shed, check out Shed Porch Ideas and Inspiration! If you are thinking about the Rent-to-Own option, check out this article. And, if you want a fully customizable shed (maybe with a dormer!), we are here to help


a shed porch

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

a porch on a shed

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.

shed porch ideas

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.

front porch on a shed

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. 

side porch

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. 

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?

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.

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.

overhang porch

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


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.

a she shed


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. 

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.

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. 

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.

evening lounge

An old cabin with a fence line on a rainy day during Fall of the year.

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
  2. Gable sheds
  3. Modern (slanted-roof) shed

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 custom-built sheds and 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. And if you’re curious about building a porch on your tiny house shell, we’ve got it taken care of!


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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.

visual diagram flow chart of how building codes work in tennessee

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 Tennessee) 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.

sheds with building permits in Tennessee


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 custom- built shed in our 3D Shed Designer! If you live in Virginia, read a shed permit guide for Virginia. And if you’re hungry for more permit information, read our article on tiny home regulations in KY.


a golf cart in front of a garage

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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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sheds with shed permits in KY

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.  

shed with shed permit in KY

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. Or if you’re considering a tiny house, read through our article on tiny home regulations in KY. 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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