• Craftsman Bungalow Garage Orlando

    Earlier this year we built a custom garage in the historic Lake Lawsona- Ferncreek neighborhood in Orlando, Florida. Unfortunately, when the garage was first finished, we didn't get very good photos. Luckily, when we went back in April for the Lake Lawsona Garden Tour, we were able to swing by and see the garage nestled beautifully in the finished yard. The Lake Lawsona - Ferncreek Garden Tour takes place every other year, alternating annually with the Lake Eola Heights Neighborhood Garden Tour and is well worth attending. This year, we were given booth space near H. H. Dickson Azalea Park, which is a phenomenal historic natural landscape park comprised of a ravine down the middle of the neighborhood. It is a great asset that complements the lovely 1920s homes that make up the neighborhood.

  • Historic Shed's most recent project was constructed in Tampa's historic Seminole Heights neighborhood to complement an interesting, and virtually unchanged Craftsman bungalow. The owners needed to replace a metal shed that had reached a state of extreme disrepair and wanted the new building to reflect the design of their home. Click the images below to see a slideshow of the entire shed construction process. [nggallery id=13]

  • Tampa Historic Shed Gable Shed

    Historic Shed recently completed the construction of this custom designed gable roof storage shed to complement a historic home in the Old Seminole Heights Neighborhood in Tampa, FL. The shed uses design elements from the main house such as roof slope, exposed rafter tails, eave brackets, metal 5-V crimp roof, and gable end vent to create a shed that blends seamlessly in the bungalow neighborhood. The new shed replaced a historic garage that had extensive termite damage. Since the new shed was under 150 sf, the project did not require a permit under Tampa's regulations, but did get approved by the local historic preservation office.

  • We were recently contacted by the owners of a lovely 1940s Mission style home who could not find a suitable replacement  garage door for their home. Since the door opening is a non-standard size, it required a custom replacement door, quoted at $7000 from an overhead garage door supplier. Luckily, they saw one of our signs in front of another project we'd recently completed and called us. Below are photos of the before and after. Since the garage is attached to the house, the doors are very visible from the street and make a big impact on the home's curb appeal. For more information (and pricing) on our carriage house style doors go to https://historicshed.com/historic-home-accessories/carriage-house-style-doors/.

  • Historic Shed was recently contacted by a resident in the Palma Ceia neighborhood in Tampa about a historic garage on their property. They were thinking about listing the darling Mission-style bungalow for sale, but were concerned that the old garage was not an asset to the property. It was useful, but not attractive due to multiple alterations; the wide doors had been replaced with a metal door and window, the driveway removed, and the entire roof reframed (we speculate that it was originally a flat roofed garage with parapets that matched the main house). We determined that the easiest solution to giving the building some historic character again was to install a new pair of carriage house-style doors made of cypress bead-board with a period-inspired design. Since the garage was too narrow to fit a modern car, and to improve the structural strength, we made the doors a bit narrower than the originals would have been. The old garage now complements the main house again and nestles nicely into the landscape.

  • We designed what I consider our cutest shed to date (it is pink, after all) for a 1920s jerkinhead Florida bungalow with Craftsman and Tudor influences. The stucco house has a prominent chimney on the front elevation, rounded rafter tails, wonderful arched brackets supporting broad eaves, and decorative cut outriggers on the clipped gable ends. The owners contacted Historic Shed for a series of home improvement projects including building a new fence and custom gate, installing new carriage house style doors on the historic garage, and constructing a new jerkinhead shed. With the exception of replacement windows at the sunporch, this romantic bungalow remains largely unaltered with many great architectural details Decorative elements on the main elevation The first project we undertook at the bungalow was to relocate the side fence towards the front of the property in order to increase the backyard size. As part of the fence relocation, we installed a custom cypress gate with a speakeasy door with metal grill. The arch of the gate door was designed to reflect the arched front door of the home. Arched garden gate Speakeasy door detail The historic garage on the property was largely intact, complete with a historic screened addition on one side, but with a 1950s-era metal garage door that looked out of character on the building. Historic Shed built and installed new carriage house type doors made of cypress bead board hung with heave duty strap hinges for a more compatible historic appearance. Garage with new carriage house style doors installed The new outbuilding project that we constructed at the home was an 8'x10' jerkinhead shed that incorporated design elements from both the main house and historic garage. The owners were exploring ideas to hide the pool pump in the backyard and had considered several options before finding our HistoricShed.com ad in a historic neighborhood newsletter. They decided that our shed styles were the perfect solution for maintaining the historic look of their property, gaining useful space, and hiding the pool pump. The yard with pool equipment visible The pool equipment hidden inside the new shed The shed incorporated the jerkinhead roof line, rounded rafter tails and arched screen door of the main house.  The dropped siding used matched the historic garage screened addition. A screened door, two screened window openings protected by batten shutters, and gable end vents were utilized to ensure that the shed and equipment had adequate ventilation. Arched screen door and exposed rounded rafter tails Batten awning shutters over screened openings The shed nestled in the yard The owners had this to say about their new shed, "We had a large group of people visit this weekend. People who had never visited assumed the shed was original to the property; people who knew it was new were amazed that it 'looks like it's always been here!' Good job!" To see how this shed was built, watch the slideshow on the home page of our website at www.HistoricShed.com.

  • At Historic Shed, we custom build our out-swinging double doors, common on historic carriage houses and early garages, out of cypress bead board with a solid wood cypress frame. We install the doors using heavy-duty, period-appropriate hinges that will ensure that your doors will perform trouble-free for many years. The doors are perfect for retrofitting historic garages as well as for new outbuilding/ shed installations. Click on the images to see the door details up close.