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  • Cottage/ Tiny House by Historic Shed Florida

    We were approached by someone in the historic Duckpond neighborhood in Gainesville looking to add an accessory cottage in her back yard. After some design iterations, we ended up building a 16'x20' version of our Starlet cottage with elements that complemented her historic home. The design was approved by the Gainesville Preservation Board.

  • What do you do with a recessed planter at your house? Aside from growing some measly flowers, you might consider scrapping the planter and add some attractive storage. The owners' response after the shed was complete: "It looks fantastic...it's looks like it was part of the original house ... Love it!... "

  • Historic Shed will host a one day workshop on Saturday, March 21 starting at 10 am at 1212 Ponce de Leon Boulevard, Brooksville, FL 34601 to discuss designing and building both site-built Small Homes/ Cottages and Tiny Homes on Wheels (THOW). REGISTRATION NOW CLOSED. See you Saturday! The morning portion of the Workshop will focus on Zoning and Building Codes for Site Built Small Homes in Florida. This session will be presented by Historic Shed president and licensed Florida Building Contractor, Jo-Anne Peck. What you can build, where Research a property's zoning Uses Building Planning Florida Building Code Minimum room sizes Habitable rooms Egress requirements Lofts/ Stairs Required clearances for fixtures Utilities Wind maps/ meeting load requirements Shutters Construction drawings Permitting process Inspections during the build And more... We hope to take some of the mystery out of the design/ build process for both the DIYer and those considering hiring a contractor to build their little dream home. The afternoon sessions will include:  Downsizing your Life (including Children) to fit in a Tiny House with Pat Dunham. Pat Dunham, tiny spaces coach and speaker, will outline ways you can live comfortably in your own small space.  Her ideas work for space-challenged living environments from tiny homes to efficiency apartments to RV's and boats. Long before the tiny house movement began, Pat lived that life aboard a boat with her husband and six children.  She will speak on the many benefits of living small while offering practical advice for downsizing and useful tips for creating storage solutions. Container Homes Jarrid Dotterer, co-founder of the Container Division of Chocolate Peach Construction, a company that focuses on sustainable building, will speak on container homes.  He will cover the acquisition of the container to the construction process and the potential that a container has.  Jarrid will share the challenges unique to containers, including the type of steel, as well as the special skills and tools needed to turn them into your own tiny home.  His background in the construction field and his passion for repurposing materials qualifies him to share his knowledge with individuals wishing to explore their options. Building Your Tiny House on Wheels with Andrew Bennett of Trekker Trailers . Shorty Robbins on Tiny House Building with SIPS/ Finding a Place to Live in Your THOW. Ms. Robbins has also graciously offered to bring her THOW to the Workshop to tour! More info to follow on these portions of the Workshop. Some other topics may also be added. Registration for the Workshop is required so we can plan appropriately. Lunch will be provided. The Workshop will be held in a well ventilated covered space, but that does not have air conditioning. A small house will hopefully still be under construction at the shop for touring. Please contact us with any questions or concerns.

  • We've been advertisers in Hyde Park Living and Palma Ceia Living magazines (really nice full-sized glossy magazines) since they were first published a few years ago, as these are two of our favorite south Tampa neighborhoods. When I mentioned a recent project to the magazine director, Bradley Hassen, she very nicely offered to do a feature article in the magazines. The project highlighted is a two-story garage-apartment recently built in the Historic Hyde Park neighborhood. The article appears in the February issue of Hyde Park Living and will also be in the March issue of Palma Ceia Living. The magazines are mailed to residents of each neighborhood. Click on the link below to see the article in better detail. Hyde Park_Feb15 (dragged) For advertising info for your own company, contact Bradley Hassen at 813-494-0130. While this building will not be on the upcoming Historic Hyde Park Home Tour on February 28, Historic Shed will have a booth there and you can see the exterior of the two-story garage-apartment from the street, in between touring the fabulous historic homes. Stop by the booth and we will give you the address.

  • Being the visually-oriented people that we are here at Historic Shed, we love the idea saving website Pinterest! We use it to collect ideas for all sorts of things, from sheds to garages to cottage floor plans, and even for recipes and crafts. (You can find all our collections here.) One of of favorite things is to find clever ways to decorate sheds. We've found Lego garden art, wall hangings made from tools and hoses, lovely murals, living wall gardens, and so much more. So far, we have over 100 fun ideas collected, and will continue to add  I have to admit we've tried very few ourselves. Hopefully you can benefit from some of the images and find inspiration to make your garden shed the delightful focus of your yard. Click on the image title below to see what we have so far: Follow Historic Shed's board Shed Decorating on Pinterest.

  • Historic Shed of Brooksville, FL has been awarded “Best Of Houzz” for both Design & Customer Satisfaction by Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The custom outbuilding design build company was chosen by the more than 25 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than 500,000 active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals. The Best Of Houzz award is given in two categories: Design and Customer Satisfaction. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 25 million monthly users on Houzz, known as “Houzzers.” Customer Satisfaction honors are determined by a variety of factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2014. Winners will receive a “Best Of Houzz 2015” badge on their profiles, helping Houzz users around the world who discover and love a professional’s work to learn even more about that business’ popularity and satisfaction rating among their peers in the Houzz community. “We are honored to be selected for the Design Award since it demonstrates the popular appeal of our traditional design products,” responded Historic Shed Vice-President, Craig DeRoin when asked about receiving the award. "Winning the Service Award shows that our dedication to customer service is paying off. I couldn't be more pleased." “Houzz provides homeowners with a 360 degree view of home building, remodeling and design industry professionals, empowering them to engage the right people and products for their project,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of industry marketing for Houzz. “We’re delighted to recognize Historic Shed among our “Best Of” professionals as judged by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts who are actively remodeling and decorating their homes.” Historic Shed won a Best of Design Award in 2014 and a Best of Customer Satisfaction in 2013. Follow Historic Shed on Houzz

  • Historic Shed recently completed this new heavy timber pool pavilion with exposed rafters set on a concrete pad, with a 5-V Crimp metal roof. Set in a new neighborhood in Florida, the shelter will provide much-needed shaded seating near the pool. The owner is having the area professionally landscaped and we hope to show off finished photos of the yard when it is complete.  

  • As we enter into 2015, it's good to take a look back at 2014 and see if the time was well spent. For us, it was not our best year as we misread some personalities on a job outside of Historic Shed. I won't go into detail, but it is sufficient to say that we had to hire a lawyer to pursue legal action as a result, and have had a lean couple of months financially. We will have to see how this plays out in 2015, but mentally we have moved forward and are focused on making 2015 a better year for Historic Shed, and on nothing but Historic Shed. From a personal side, I have to say that I met my personal goal in 2014 to get more in touch with my crafty side. Spawned by some friends who introduced me to scrapbooking (which didn't take, but did get my creative side reignited), and by Pinterest and HomeTalk, I vowed to focus my left side brain cells on more than just sheds and cottages. I thought it would be good for me to reflect on some of the good that came out of 2014 from the personal side of my life, to balance out the bad. So now I am going to post some of my crafty attempts, in spite of the possibility of extreme ridicule. The photos are of my actual end product, but links to the original inspiration from the web is provided wherever possible below so you can see what they were supposed to look like. Nautical Rope Chandelier - We built a stair addition on the front of our house a few years ago, but have not managed to finish it out completely. This past year, Craig put the salvaged wood ceiling in and drywalled and painted the walls. We had a single bulb hanging from the ceiling, which did not light the stairs up sufficiently and did nothing to enhance the space. I had spent some serious time searching for the right chandelier, but anything I liked was out of our budget. When I saw this DIY rope chandelier, I immediately knew if would be perfect (and affordable) to hang in our stairway. I spent $7 on an ugly chandelier at a thrift store, bought $16 worth of rope (2 sizes) and got out my hot glue gun. I burned my fingers multiple times and it took longer than expected to wrap the entire chandelier, but I am pretty pleased at the end result, even though it doesn't really look like the original chandelier that inspired me. The sign on the wall is a result of project #3 on this list. Garden Jar Accents - When I saw this garden accent project, I figured it would be a good craft to do with the kids, and I was right. When we first installed them in the garden in the spring, they looked rather tall and awkward, but by the end of summer, they could barely be seen (there are 2 in the photo below). Basically, you use exterior silicone caulk to glue glass vase stones (from the dollar store) to jars (we used pickle and spaghetti sauce jars). Then you screw the lid onto a stick, pound it into the ground, and screw the jar on. Quick and easy garden accent! Wood Signs - During summer vacation, my son decided he wanted to make wooden cutouts from scrap wood from our sheds to sell and make some cash for computer gear. Since the kids have to come to the Historic Shed shop regularly over the summer, the plan expanded into a major industry that also involved my daughter, creating painted wood signs on scrap shed wood (mostly cypress) as well as the cutouts. Once they had enough signs, we got a booth at a local Greenmarket and the kids were in charge of selling. In spite of the extreme heat, and poor attendance at the market, they made some decent spending money. Of course, they lost interest in making more signs after that, so instead I started making them in my spare time (OK, when I supposed to be doing housework since there is no such thing as spare time). I got enough together and have sold them at the same local greenmarket and a St. Pete event as well. It's not going to be a second career, but it gives me a hobby that doesn't cost much and keeps my mind entertained. Plus I can power watch PBS shows on Netflix and Amazon that no one else in my family is particularly interested in (I am up to date on Downton Abbey, The Paradise, Mr. Selfridge, and Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries) while I paint. I do a lot of beachy themed signs, but also some on local history, which I donate to a local history non-profit to sell. Christmas Star Lights - Our neighborhood decided to start a Christmas lighting contest this year. While I knew we were never going to be in the running to win, I figured I should do my part and add a few extra elements to our regular decor. I wasn't overly successful, but I built two of these lit stars to put up. The problem was, I really needed a few more to hang in the palm tree in our front yard the way I had envisioned, but got distracted by other holiday preparations. I will likely make more next year and perhaps my idea will come together properly. I can't find the original post that inspired me, but here's a blog with basically the same thing, although I used scrap wood from our sheds rather than yardsticks:  http://artfulparent.com/2012/12/lighted-wooden-stars-trying-out-a-pinterest-idea.html It did look pretty decent lit up at night, but doesn't do much for daytime decorating. Christmas Pine Cone Craft - For no real reason, except that we have pine trees behind our Historic Shed shop, I tried to recreate this craft I found on Hometalk:  http://www.pinterest.com/pin/42854633925766382/ It's a little anemic, but still works. We'll see what 2015 inspires creatively. I have a bunch of new cottage plans partially developed that I vow to finish and post this year. Ideas I still haven't implemented, including plenty for sheds and cottages, can be seen on our Pinterest Boards at: http://www.pinterest.com/historicshed/ As a side note, I also tried these helpful hints over the past year, which worked really well: Shower and Tub Cleaner using dish soap and vinegar in a dishwashing wand Cheap and Easy Trick for Cleaning a Smooth Stovetop using baking soda and a towel I got my son to cut up a bunch of old toddler hangers to make these Chip Clips since you can never have too many.

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