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Types of Amish Sheds and Structures

For families that have average to above average storage needs, you may be looking to increase your current storage options. Though renting a storage space at some nearby location may seem like a reasonable option at first, many of these places can be quite expensive over time and will also not offer you the opportunity to build any additional equity in your home.


Taking advantage of the many at-home storage options that are currently available for you to choose from will not only offer you the convenience of having your things nearby, it will also enable you to create something that can exactly fit your current set of needs. Whether you are looking for a place to store gardening supplies, an outdoor vehicle, or anything else, you should be aware that you will certainly have a lot of options to choose from.


Over the past few years, there has been an increased amount of interest in using Amish built sheds in order to meet general storage needs. These sheds are typically well-built, highly customizable, and constructed using a time-tested set of values. Though you should obviously consider all of the possible options available before making any final decisions, you may be surprised just how affordable and accessible a custom-built Amish shed can be.


This article will briefly examine the many different types of Amish sheds that are currently available for you to choose from. It will also discuss the benefits of choosing a shed that was built by the Amish and how to determine which type of shed can best meet your family’s current storage needs.


Different Types of Sheds

Naturally, because there exists such a diverse array of potential storage needs, there will also exist many different types of sheds that you can build. The type of shed that will make the most sense for you will depend on the items you are intending to store, the climate that you live in, and the amount of money that you are currently willing to spend.


Generally speaking, most traditional types of Amish sheds can be categorized in one of three possible categories. These categories include standard sheds, colonial sheds, and Victorian sheds. Though, depending on the specific shed builder, these categories can sometimes be rather broad, understanding the differences between them will make it significantly easier for you to make a final decision.


Standard Sheds are often the most affordable because they are the simplest to build. However, in accordance with Amish culture, despite their simplicity, these sheds do not sacrifice quality nor attention to detail. Depending on your climate and storage needs, you may want to incorporate various types of doors, vents, and even windows. You will also want to consider the many “styles” of standard sheds that can satisfy your aesthetic preferences.

·         The Standard Economy Shed

·         The Standard Mini Barn

·         The Standard A-Frame

·         The Standard Cottage

·         The Standard Dutch Shed

·         The Standard Hip Roof Shed


The primary differences between these styles of sheds are their overall shape, the angles of the roofs, and whether or not the roof extends outward to provide an awning. While a standard economy shed will be on the simpler end of your available options, the features you will find in a standard cottage will be considerably more complex.


Like the series of standard sheds mentioned above, there also exists a wide variety of Colonial Sheds that you will have to choose from. The primary differences between a colonial shed and a standard shed are their building materials, their intended use, and their overall aesthetic appeal. Typically, colonial sheds will cost slightly more than their comparable standard counterparts, though they are still considered to be quite affordable.


Colonial sheds offer their owners a wide variety of aesthetic choices including the incorporation of exterior wood, shutters on the windows, attachable flowerboxes, and numerous other options. These stylish spaces are available in A-Frame, Dutch, Cottage, and Hip Roof styles. They are ideal for individuals who are hoping to add a little bit of flair to an otherwise traditional storage space.


Similarly, Victorian Sheds also have a very firm commitment to being aesthetically appealing. With the right customization options, a Victorian shed can be easily modified to seemingly mimic a miniature version of a home. These beautiful—yet functional—sheds are ideal for at-home workspaces, pool houses, natural-light recreation areas, and numerous other functions. In addition to the styles you will find available with colonial sheds, Victorian sheds also offer a model frequently referred to as the Ponderosa. Ponderosa’s are incredibly detailed and may even function as a living space for guests.



In addition to building sheds, many Amish shed builders will also offer a variety of different garages for their clients to choose from. If you live in an area that is frequently exposed to the elements—heat, cold, rain, snow, hail, etc.—then you know that having a reliable place to store your vehicle is absolutely necessary. The most common types of Amish built garages include double wide A-frame garages, Dutch barn garages, Ponderosa garages, and garages that are custom-built to satisfy a specific set of needs. In addition to being quite useful, adding a new garage can contribute a significant amount of equity to your home.


Animal Structures

Depending on your current lifestyle and living situation, you may be looking for a decent place for your animals to live. Unsurprisingly, as a culture that has such a proud history of animal husbandry, many Amish shed builders will also offer options that are specifically designed for animals. For example, even if your dog is typically an indoor animal, building a dog kennel can help provide them with accessible shelter in the cold of winter or the heat of summer. You may also want to consider investing in a chicken coup or a horse barn. These sheds are traditionally designed to be highly functional (featuring easy access for feeding), aesthetically pleasing, and also able to last in all climates.


Outdoor Fun

In addition to the more functional types of Amish sheds that are mentioned above, many shed builders are also equipped to build structures designed for recreation. For example, adding a gazebo, pergola, or pavilion to your backyard can easily help convert it into the perfect gathering space for guests. Your local Amish shed builder may also be able to provide you with a playset for your children or furniture that is capable of withstanding the elements.


Possible Options

Because the Amish have a firm commitment to building quality structures, paying attention to every little detail is obviously something that is quite important. With an incredibly wide array of customizable options for you to choose from, building the outdoor structure of your dreams is something that is surprisingly well within reach.


One of the first things you should think about is the types of latches and hinges that you hope to incorporate into your shed. For example, if you have built a horse barn, you may want to consider using a corresponding horse barn latch. Other possible options might include a D latch, a Victorian latch, and a wide variety of possible hinges.


Things such as dormers, interior details, vents, and lighting packages will all also require client input throughout the customization process. Additionally, flowerboxes, ramps, gutter systems, and boot returns can all usually be adjusted in accordance with your tastes.


The customization process can often be incredibly detailed. The color of your shed and the styles of windows that you use will all need to be accurately accounted for. Taking the time to create a budget, look at your possible options, and think about the factors that are specific to your needs—intended uses, climate, aesthetic preferences, etc.—will be undeniably worth your time in the long-run.


Why choose Amish built sheds?


There are many different reasons that you may want to consider building an Amish shed or other type of outdoor structure. Not only will these structures be built according exactly to your preferences, but the Amish community also has a proven history of avoiding cutting corners and assuring that quality prevails above all else. Your custom shed is being built on your property and it is important that you are able to get the attention to detail that you deserve. Because of their distinctive pride in their work, commitment to mastering their craft, and ability to pay attention to customer needs, using an Amish shed builder should certainly be considered a viable option.