When Florida neighborhoods were being developed during the early 20th century, garages were commonly built behind the quaint bungalows with details that matched the main home. Many of these early outbuildings survive today, but many more have been demolished with only concrete slabs remaining in the backyards or newer structures replacing them.
At our most recent project in the Duckpond Neighborhood in Gainesville there was an existing metal garage behind the c. 1913 home, most likely built in the 1950s, that was too small to house a car and a hazard to anyone who touched the rusty edges. Historic Shed was hired to design and build a new custom gable roofed garage with a side workshop in a style that might have been built contemporary with the main house. The detached garage we designed reflected elements from the main house including the roof slope, shingled gable end, gable end vent, exposed rafter tails and siding. The design was reviewed and approved by the Gainesville Historic Preservation Review Board.
Garage under construction at the Historic Shed shop
Garage installation at the job site
Gable end architectural details complement the main house
And the garage all assembled with 6'x12' side workshop
CHI Steeel OH Door with Carriage House Overlay
Windows let light into the garage from the other side
The garage ready for a new driveway
The interior of the garage was finished with plywood for added strength. The roof is framed with attic trusses allowing extra storage.