Frequently Asked Questions

SHED & OUTBUILDING Questions

What delivery options are available? Each custom shed is delivered and set by Historic Shed personnel or our approved subcontractor in Florida. Costs for delivery may vary depending on distance and degree of difficulty accessing a site. We are exploring shipping options for areas outside of Florida and some of our smaller units can be shipped via freight carrier. We will post info when we move forward with this.

Do I have to take my fence down for delivery of my shed? Because we deliver our sheds mainly to established historic neighborhoods with large trees and lots of utility wires, we developed a construction process that allows us to break the sheds down into manageable size components that get quickly assembled on site. This allows us to navigate obstructions like fences, large trees, low branches and narrow alleyways that prevent delivery of fully assembled sheds. Usually this means your fence can stay intact.

Where can I see one of your sheds? Since we build our sheds to order, we do not maintain an inventory at our shop in Brooksville; however, if you call or email before coming to visit we can let you know if we have anything currently under construction that is at a stage worth viewing. We can also email you a list of some of our projects that are visible from the street at our customer’s homes in various Florida towns. Many are hidden behind fences, but we can let you know where you can see ones without trespassing. We are also actively seeking local garden shops in the Tampa Bay, Orlando, and Gainesville area that would be willing to display our work and will post locations as they become available.

How long will my shed order take? Generally we can get your order produced and installed within 4 to 8 weeks, depending on our current work load. Sometimes we get backed up though and it can take a bit longer. Or, if your shed requires a permit or architectural review, it may take a while to get things coordinated. We will always keep you informed of the schedule if it changes.

Do I need to pour a concrete pad for my shed? Our Historic Shed™ storage sheds are built on a pressure treated frame that can be set directly on level ground, then tied down with anchor straps. For uses other than storage, a foundation consisting of piers, stem wall or concrete slab may be required by building code. Some customers prefer to install a concrete slab for various site reasons as well. When this occurs, Historic Shed can arrange to pour the foundation or it can be contracted separately to our specifications.

Do I need a Building Permit to put a Historic Shed™ outbuilding in my yard? Maybe. Check with your local building department since requirements for sheds vary for each city. Some areas exempt storage sheds up to a certain square footage from permitting. If you plan to use your shed for a use other than storage, make sure you specify the use when talking to the building official.

For example, Tampa currently does not require a permit for storage sheds up to 150 sf, St. Petersburg and parts of Pinellas County up to 100 sf, but DeLand, Hernando County and Tarpon Springs requires permits for sheds of all sizes. (Please verify these with your local Building Department since requirements can change.)

Historic Shed provides all necessary engineered construction drawings for our sheds. We are a licensed and insured Florida Building Contractor and can apply for all required permits.

Can you use fiber cement siding (HardiePlank) on my shed? While we will do our best to accommodate special requests, we prefer not to use fiber cement siding on our Historic Shed™ outbuildings. First, being purists, we prefer the look and feel of real wood siding for a true traditionally designed and built shed. Secondly, fiber cement siding is very heavy and brittle, which makes delivery and set-up more difficult and costly. We do have some other real wood products that we recommend that we can use if you prefer not to use cypress siding.

Do we need Historic Preservation approval to use your products? If you live within a designated local historic district, you will most likely have to have your shed, garage, or cottage approved by preservation staff and/or Preservation Board prior to installation. Historic Shed can coordinate all necessary approvals with local preservation officials for you.

Do I have to have a historic home in order to purchase a Historic Shed™ outbuilding? We can create a custom shed for any home, any style. However, we limit our designs to traditional architectural styles and materials which will be reflected in every shed we build.  All you have to have is an appreciation of our work.

I love your sheds but live outside of Florida. Can I purchase plans to build my own? Unfortunately, with Building Code variations from state to state, it is not practical to provide plans for construction of your own shed.

What else do I need to know before I order my Historic Shed™ outbuilding? Check local zoning requirements to know where you can place your shed. We’d hate to install your shed only to find out that it is set too close to the property line and needs to move.

Can you replicate a historic building from a photograph? (OK, not a Frequently Asked Question, but it has been asked) We will gladly design and build any traditional style small building. We maintain a catalog of historic details for reference as well as have experienced historic preservation personnel to make your outbuilding as historically accurate as possible. We will gladly take on any challenge to meet your small building needs.

OTHER Questions

When is payment required? We require a 20-30% deposit (varies based on order size and type) in order to begin any product order. Full payment is due when the product is delivered or picked up. For larger jobs, such as garages, we may require progress payments as the installation progresses.

Can I pay by credit card? We prefer payment via check or cash, but will take Visa, MasterCard, and Discover Card payments.

Do you offer financing? We have partnered with two banks to provide financing for our Historic Shed™ outbuildings, Admiral’s Bank and Citizen’s State Bank. The application for a loan through Admiral’s Bank can be found online here and you will receive a direct response through the bank. The application for Citizens State Bank can be downloaded here and submitted through Historic Shed.

What is your privacy policy? We never share or sell our customer list. We want to keep you all to ourselves!