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Do I Need a Shed or a Garage?

Text "Do I need a shed or a garage" over tinted side-by-side images of a shed on left and garage on right.

Once upon a time, a shed was a small wooden shack in your backyard that was used to store your lawn mower, maybe a tub of seasonal decorations, and if you were lucky, there was enough room for a bike or two. In the same way that we have evolved from horse-drawn buggies to cars, shacks have evolved into quality metal storage buildings in your own backyard.

The most common misconception is that the only metal option available for your driveway or backyard is a carport or a garage, and the only thing you can use it for is to protect your car.

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Garage vs. Shed

Side-by-side image of wooden shed on left and large garage on right, with "vs." between the two.

Traditionally, a garage is a metal building large enough to store at least one car and a garage door big enough for the car to drive in. And a shed is the same as a garage, but with standard doors instead of garage doors.

Why limit yourself to a small wooden shack when you could optimize the available space and make it a multipurpose building? A custom metal building doesn’t have to be a carport, garage, or shed; instead, it can be all of the above!

Residential Uses for Metal Buildings

Now that we know we can use a metal building for all our outdoor storage needs, let’s talk about some possible designs that would make use of all the space you have.


Turn your outdoor space into an oasis from home without going far. You could start with this design and change it as needed to fit your space, or you could design your own she-shed!

Computer model of blue shed with three small windows.

Workshop With Storage

Need a place for your lawn mower, toolbox, holiday decorations, outdoor toys, bikes, and more? This workshop design could work for you, depending on the space you have for a metal building.

Computer model of gray garage with white garage door, two regular doors, and a small window.

Carport With Storage

If you want to protect your car and everything else that would traditionally be kept in a shed, you could get a carport with a utility room at the back. This design could be left open or turned into a garage, so your car is fully enclosed, and you’d still have a back utility room.

Computer model of carport with gray storage shed attached.

These are just three examples of ways you can design a metal building to fit your needs. Do you want to make something like this a reality for your backyard but don’t know where to start?

Check out Five Things To Do Before Buying a Metal Building!


If you’re ready for your free quote, call Bulldog Steel Structures at (888)-551-2156 or contact us online.

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