There are a lot of different types of structures that can add utility or elegance to your backyard, but how do you know what is right for your home? Below is a brief breakdown of the different types of structures that we have available.

We offer so many different types of sheds that it’s hard to describe them all in detail here, so i’d suggest heading over to our website to take a look at the different shapes and styles including A-Frame, Quaker, Cape, Carriage, Hip-Roof, Dutch Barns and Mini-Barns. All of our sheds come standard with 30-year architectural shingles and can be built to your required dimensions with classic wood or vinyl siding in your choice of color, with loads of optional add on and accessories. They can be delivered fully assembled or built on-site for an additional charge, depending on your needs.

At J&L we have a lot of different models of sheds, many of which can be built to accommodate a car or a rolling garage door. Sometimes the only difference between a shed and a garage is just the choice of adding a garage door on one end. Typically though single car garages are made with Dutch Barn or A-Frame style sheds and must be at least 10 feet wide and usually start at about 14 feet in length. Our standard small garage is 12′ x 16′  with our most popular size being 12′ x 20′. These can be delivered to your home fully assembled. Separately from sheds we also offer full size two-car or three-car garages and double high garages that can be build on-site and come with sealed engineering plans and advice to help make the permit process a breeze.

Decorative Structures
What is the difference between a Pavilion and a Pergola, and what exactly is a Gazebo? Below are some basic descriptions to help you understand the decorative structure that is right for you. Stop into our lot or check out our website to see examples of each. Like our sheds all of our decorative structures are customizable to meet your needs.

To put it simply, Pavilions are four posts with a shingled roof and no walls or floor. These are great for providing protection from sun and rain and are ideal for creating an outdoor dining space or a bit of shade to be enjoyed during the warmer months of the year. We offer pavilions large and small for homes, businesses and municipalities and these are often found in public parks and poolside at hotels. Retractable curtains can be added to wall in the structure for greater protection from the elements.

Pergolas are often confused with Pavilions and rightly so because the only real difference from the description above is that Pergolas have an open air “slatted” roof. The slats between the roof let more sunlight in, but still provide a good bit of shade. Aesthetically they are perhaps a bit more appealing than Pavilions and add a touch of elegance to your yard that is really second to none. This, however, comes at the cost of the loss of protection from rain and overhead sunlight. To solve this issue, our Pergolas can be fitted with retractable E-Z shade canopies and curtains to provide protection from the elements.

Generally, Gazebos offer the overhead protection of a Pavilion with more frequent, narrower posts, sturdy slatted railings and an a floor. Think of a Gazebo as an open air outdoor room. The addition of the floor means that Gazebos can be delivered fully assembled which saves on cost and time. Gazebos are the only structures that we offer that can be completely screened in, which is great if you don’t like being bitten by bugs. At J&L we still love the classic look of a nice Gazebo which calls simpler times to memory and gives your backyard the look of a grand estate or country farmhouse.

Cabanas, Pool-houses and Tea-houses
Cabanas, Pool-houses and Tea-houses are pretty much the same thing. No matter what you call them, these little beauties are the best decorative structure for four-season use. Think of these structures as sheds with lots of windows or Gazebos with walls. These fully enclosed structures provide year-round protection from the elements and can be used from everything from a changing room to a guest house. Perfect for placing next to your pool they allow for sunlight to get in but keep the rain and cold out. What better place to read a book on a breezy spring afternoon or watch the leaves change color in the fall. These structures are delivered with the interior unfinished but with the addition of some drywall and electricity they can be transformed into your home away from home. To keep your costs down we suggest hiring a local contractor or putting in a little elbow grease to complete the interior decorating.

Thank you for taking the time to learn more about the wide variety of Amish-made structures that we offer. We are always happy to help our customers answer any questions so please don’t hesitate to stop in or give a call over so we can help select the structure that is right for you.


Jake King
J&L Amish Depot