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Garage or Shed Garage - What is Right for Me?

Are you feeling frustrated with your lack of storage space? If you are tired of thinking about where you are going to store your motorcycle, ATV, or golf cart this winter, then it may be time for an upgrade. When deciding on a new garage, it is important to decide what style is best suited for you in order to not run into these issues come next year.

Traditionally, you might think that sheds are for lawn and garden items while garages are a place to store your vehicles. Seems cut and dry. But is it?

Let’s look at the primary difference between shed garages and custom garages and how you can decide which is best for you.

Shed Garage vs. Custom Garage: Which is Best For You?

When is a custom garage the right fit for you? To make it easy for you, we put together a few reasons why you would choose a custom garage instead of a shed garage.

  • If it needs a permanent footer foundation
  • If you want 10' high walls
  • When it will have a finished interior
  • If it will be connected to a home
  • If required by an HOA, zoning, or local regulations.

Whether your custom garage protects your classic car collection or is home to a game room, starting with a strong foundation is important. Structures over 24' wide are usually designed as custom garages. Custom garages are a great choice when there are unique land, size, environmental or local factors in play at your location. They also allow you to build with complete flexibility to add living spaces, walk-out balconies, and use of specialty roofing or architectural features.

If that does not apply to you, you might want to consider a shed garage. JDM offers a comprehensive line of shed models to give you a wide choice of structures to choose from as a starting point. In most circumstances, this approach is a perfect fit for homeowners in general because it is a faster process from start to finish and less expensive than custom garages. Shed garages can be built to fit one to four vehicles, with options to extend for extra space. Consider building a shed garage if your planned structure size is one of the following:

  • 12x20 - Small One-Car Garage
  • 16x24 - Large One-Car Garage
  • 20x22 - Small Two-Care Garage
  • 24x40 - Large Two-Car Garage with Workshop


While building a new garage can be exciting, it can also feel intimidating. If you're not entirely sure which option would be best for your needs, budget, and property layout, consider either a custom garage or a shed garage because either could potentially meet your needs. Our team would be happy to meet and assist you in making this decision. Reach out to a location near you today to get started! If you are interested in learning more about the differences between custom garages and shed garages, take a look at our new Garage publication here!

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