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Comparing Custom Garages and Custom Sheds

Whether you’re looking for extra storage space, somewhere to gather with those you love, or a place to park your car, tractor, or riding mower, a custom-built garage or shed is the perfect way to bring your vision to life.

Are you wondering whether a garage or shed is the best option for what you need? Today, we’re going to cover some key factors to consider when making your decision.

Intended Use 

How you plan to use your new space may influence whether you prefer a garage or a shed. Though both types of buildings can serve many different purposes, you may decide that you prefer one over the other.

28X36 double bay garage with insulated garage doors and custom vinyl shake and HardiePlank® siding

Common Uses for Garages 

Unlike sheds, garages typically have a larger minimum square footage and feature large front-facing doors as a defining feature. They also always require a concrete slab foundation. Some popular uses for a custom-built garage include but aren’t limited to: 

It is also important to note that most modern garages do also require utility connections for light installations, automatic doors, electrical outlets, and other similar needs. With sheds, this is often optional. 

Common Uses for Sheds 

From small bungalow-style sheds to ones that could feel like a second home, sheds often vary widely in size and style. Beyond storage, they can also be used to create your own personal escape or to entertain your loved ones and create new memories together. 

Some ways that our customers have used their sheds in the past include: 

  • Storing lawn and gardening equipment
  • Creating a personal recreation space 
  • Building a backyard oasis with a pool house or bar shed
  • Working on your next big project in your shed office or studio 
  • Hangout or gathering place
8X16 Cape Ann with custom weathervane and cupola, shutters, and vinyl siding

Location on Your Property 

Sheds and garages can both be installed either in your backyard or to the side of your property. However, one key difference is how they are connected to your main living space. Garages may be attached to your home or connected by a covered walkway. Most often, they are connected to the main driveway via a paved, stone, or dirt pathway. 

Though sheds can also have a path leading to them, this feature is entirely optional. Sometimes, a well-manicured lawn just looks perfect leading up to your personal escape!

26X24 custom double bay garage with triple attic windows, second-story with stairs, dual insulated custom paneled garage doors with windows, and white cedar shake siding and PVC trim

Design Preferences 

When you picture your dream shed or garage, are there specific design elements that are absolute must-haves? Considering features such as door functionality, building size, and window layouts can help you decide which option is best for bringing your vision to life. 

For example, if you want large barn-style doors or ones that can be opened and closed automatically, a garage would best suit these needs. Prefer smaller doors with a porch and front-facing windows? A shed like the Hampton model provides these comforts of home for a cozier new addition to your backyard.

16X24 Cohasset with cupola, custom prehung door with side lites, sliding barn door, and pine board and batten siding

The Best of Both Worlds: a Custom Garage Shed 

A “garage shed” refers to a large shed on a concrete slab that can be used as a garage. Custom features like high roofs, storage lofts, built-in shelving and workbenches, and oversized barn-style doors can create extra space for your classic restoration project or daily driver.

16X24 garage with transom window, side door, and standard pine and pine board and batten siding

Garage sheds are often detached and built in the backyard or to the side of your home. Many homeowners that choose this option will also create a paved pathway that leads from their driveway to the shed for a smoother transition from one building to the other. 

Depending on the size of the garage shed, you could also add room partitions, multiple entryways, and a storage loft to maximize the floor space and create separate sections for different uses. Who says you can’t have it all?

Bring Your Dream Garage or Shed to Life Today 

At Post Woodworking, we have been building beautiful custom sheds and garages for our neighbors in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and southern Maine since 1962. Whether you are looking for a place to relax and get away from it all or a workshop for the most demanding of tasks, we will work with you to bring your dream to life. 

To get started, view our shed styles or use our Shedview tool to explore a wide range of custom features. For more information, contact us at any time.

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