The best way to utilise a backyard space is by using part of it for cabins or sheds. But what exactly is the difference or the similarities between these two build-outs? Let’s find out and see what suits your needs.

What is a shed?

A shed is a structure that’s usually small and built with framework and cladding. The building parts usually come in pre-fabricated and delivered to the building site, in a ready-to-build format.

The biggest advantage of using this is it takes a shorter amount of time to put together. If you have enough people to help build it, it can actually be done in a single project day.

Sheds are typically used as external storage facilities within the premises of one’s property, typically placed in the backyard. There are other popular uses of this type of building, and we’ll get to that in a bit, after answering the question below.

What is a cabin?

Cabins come in larger unit sizes and are built on-site, using individual logs to build the walls and can accommodate modifications to its layout, including adding a bathroom and a kitchenette in the setup. The biggest advantage of a cabin is that it has a higher level of insulation, making it an ideal aux room, home extension, or a separate dwelling unit within a property’s premises.

It can also be used as a storage facility — like its sibling structure, the shed — but can also be used for different other purposes. This includes using it as an outdoor den, a creative studio, a pool house, or even a guest house.

Which one is better?

The answer is both are great options to use for building a structure in the backyard, and these two are commonly interchangeably used. It all depends on how big your space is and what the overall purpose of it will be.

If you’re looking to use it as a guesthouse, a workspace, a gran flat — mainly a working or a dwelling space, cabins are an excellent option. But if space is a challenge, a shed will do just as good. For use as a storage facility, a relaxing outdoor nook, an indoor garden, or a workshop, or even a kids’ playhouse, sheds are an ideal and practical option.

The size of the finished structure also allows you to install a couple of these side by side if you have space and would like to have separate buildings for different uses.

How do you spruce it up?

Construction shed

Both cabins and sheds can be designed to suit your taste. Both buildings can withstand the changing seasons, and both offer the protection you need for any of your outdoor dwelling, gardening, or workspace needs.

The good thing about these structures is that these can be relocated, in the event of moving to a new home. These structures can also be used for various purposes, throughout its lifetime, without having to tear it down to serve its new purpose. It’s pretty much a blank canvass that you can design to make it fit your changing space requirements; it’s practical and efficient, and adds value to your property to boot.

Are you starting with your shed or cabin project this weekend? Here are some design ideas to get your creative juices flowing. Have fun building and designing, and congrats in advance with new (auxiliary) home!