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Shed House Types, Benefits, and Setbacks

Updated on:
December 28, 2023
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If you've ever taken a stroll down the backyard, you've probably noticed that peculiar, small structure distinctly standing at the corner. Yes, that's the shed I'm talking about. Sometimes dismissed as mere storage, this compact room can serve various purposes you've never even considered, which I've been privileged to discover personally.

The concept might initially conjure images of garden tool storage or a backyard workspace. But these humble structures have evolved into fully functional dwellings that offer unique dimensions to living. Featuring the essentials of a home and designed in a minimalist fashion, it is more than a mere shelter; it is a lifestyle statement that echoes simplicity, practicality, and connection with nature.

What is a Shed House?

It is a small, compact home, often built with materials usually associated with outdoor storage. Though they are typically simplistic, modern approaches to design and construction processes have added complexity, elegance, and livability to these homes.

How Did it Evolve?

The inception of shed houses is closely linked to the tiny house movement that gained momentum in the 2000s. People seeking affordable, sustainable, and minimalist living options started converting sheds into homes.

The tiny house movement consumerism popularized the concept of small living, leading to the diversification of the movement into various sub trends, one of which includes the shed house.

Why Consider a Shed House?

These homes turn even the tiniest plot into a cozy living space. They also reflect the changing trends in societal lifestyles, where smaller families and environmentally conscious individuals prefer compact, efficient homes. Lastly, the lower costs and limited maintenance requirements make them a practical choice for those on a budget.

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Types of Shed Houses

Over the years, my curiosity and inclination towards ingenious space utilization led me to shed houses. Though they might look the same to the untrained eye, the types of shed houses are as diverse as they are functional. Each tells a fascinating tale of design and purpose, which I'm eager to tell you more about.

Garden Sheds

As the name suggests, these sheds are specifically designed for gardening purposes. They have facilities for storing gardening tools, pots, and may have sections for potting plants. They often have windows for natural light and can be made from various materials like wood, metal, or plastic.

Storage Sheds

These are primarily used for storing items that are not used frequently. They can store anything from seasonal holiday decorations, bicycles, lawnmowers to rarely used furniture. They come in a variety of sizes and materials.

Workshop Sheds

These are meant for people who want a separate area where they can do their DIY projects or can use it for carpentry, metalwork, etc. They are usually bigger, more robust and may have built in workbenches and electricity for power tools.

Garage Sheds

These are significantly larger designed to store vehicles. They usually feature large, lockable doors for vehicle entry and exit and may often include a small side or back door for personal entry.

Farm Sheds

These are typically used in rural locations for farming purposes. They can be used for equipment storage, workshop, housing livestock, or storing feed and hay.

She Sheds

These are typically small, cozy retreats in the backyard designed for women to have a space of their own to enjoy their hobbies, read, or relax.

Home Office Sheds

These are quiet, separate spaces used for working from home or running a small business. They are often equipped with power, heating, and cooling to create a comfortable work environment.

Pool Sheds

These serve as a storage for pool equipment, chemicals, and pool toys. They also may include a changing room or rest area.


Though not technically a 'shed' in the conventional sense, greenhouses are often grouped in the same category. They're designed for growing plants in an optimal environment, and are usually made from transparent material to let light in.

Boat Sheds

As the name suggests, these are designed to store boats. They often build near the water for more convenience.

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Shed House Benefits


It utilizes a compact space, making it an excellent option for small households. It does not require a large plot of land.


Shed homes are affordable compared to traditional houses. They require fewer materials and labor, which significantly reduces the total cost.


Shed houses can be highly customizable. You can choose from different designs, sizes, and materials to match your lifestyle and preferences.

Quick construction

Since they are typically smaller and less complex than full-sized homes, they can be constructed more quickly.


Many shed homes can be made from recycled or eco-friendly materials, reducing your environmental impact.


This type of housing allows for a simpler lifestyle, often devoid of unnecessary belongings and clutter.


Because of their smaller size, shed homes are typically more energy-efficient since it takes less energy to heat and cool the home.

Shed House Considerations


Shed houses, while saving space, can also limit your living area. If your family grows, it can become congested.


With limited space, storage can sometimes be an issue. Clever storage solutions will be necessary.

Lack of traditional amenities

Depending on the design, some shed houses may lack conventional home amenities such as a large kitchen or multiple bathrooms.

Legal requirements

Make sure you understand the legal requirements for constructing in your area, such as building codes and zoning rules.

Resale Value

While cost-effective, shed houses may have a lower resale value compared to conventional homes.

Limited Privacy

If designed poorly, a smaller living space could also mean less privacy, especially in larger households.


Depending on the materials used and the quality of construction, some shed homes may not be as durable or lasting as traditional homes.


Given the economic, environmental, and lifestyle advantages, shed houses will likely continue gaining popularity among the public. Shed houses are affordable, adaptable to various locations, and have a less environmental impact than traditional houses, which makes them a budget friendly and eco conscious choice for homeowners.

To sum it all up, my exploration of the shed has been a rewarding experience. I've learned that a simple wooden structure can defy its humble exterior to offer an array of practical uses. The shed, for me, is a symbol of adaptability and resourcefulness. It’s a reminder that the true value of a space lies not in its size, but in the depths of its utility.

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