•   The Historic Homes Workshop holds its 8th annual event February 19th- 21st and 27th at the Wood Window Makeover campus located at 1706 W. Cypress St, 33606. Dozens of old house professionals from across the nation converge and unite to empower the next generation of old house lovers. With over 80,000 buildings in the Tampa Bay area that are historic/vintage/old, there’s 80,000 reasons to come to the Historic Homes Workshop. More information is available at woodwindowmakeover.com/historic-homes-workshop.com, or contact Steve Quillian at 813-404-6498. The workshop begins Friday, February 19 at 6:00 pm with a catered kick-off party, complete with live music. Saturday morning beginning at 9:00 am, the Historic Homes Workshop showcases “how to” sessions with the professionals. Some of the sessions, such as “Starting Your Own Preservation Business” by best-selling author and preservation contractor, Scott Sidler of Austin Home Restorations in Orlando and “The Preservation Mindset” by Jo-Anne Peck of Historic Shed in Brooksville are geared to encourage and empower the next generation to get involved in preserving old buildings. Other sessions, such as “Stained Glass Repairs” by Joe Cannata of Hyde Park Art Glass in Tampa and “Repairing Wood Floors” by Dennis Prieur of Through the Woods Fine Floors in Tampa, offer practical information on materials and methods. The Historic Homes Workshop’s main draw however has become the “Hands-On” element that begins Sunday morning, February 21st at 8:00am at the Seminole Heights United Methodist Church in Tampa. Historic Window Preservation Professionals from as far away as New Hampshire and Maine and as close as Tampa, Orlando and Jacksonville are coming together to donate their time and skills to teach participants how to bring old windows back to life, by actually restoring the windows on the church building. Last year the workshop was able to donate over $15,000 worth of window restoration services to Habitat for Humanity Pinellas. This year the workshop is pushing to donate over $20,000. All efforts and money raised through the workshop go toward the Church’s window restoration fund. Bill Hunter, secretary of the Old Seminole Heights Neighborhood Association said about the 2015 Historic Homes Workshop, “I enjoyed your window event very much. It was a great experience and I learned a great deal. Please let me know of any future ones like it." The hands-on portion of the Historic Homes Workshop concludes on Saturday, February 27th at the Seminole Heights United Methodist Church with participants completing the window restoration started the previous weekend. The goal of the Historic Homes Workshop has always been to empower those who love old buildings with knowledge of materials and methods they need to care for their buildings. With 80,000 historic/vintage/old buildings in the Tampa Bay area alone, a new goal of empowering and equipping the next generation of those who love old buildings has begun. Steve Quillian, founder of Wood Window Makeover and the Historic Homes Workshop, has made it his personal goal for each historic neighborhood to have a competent historic window restorer of its own. Quick Facts about the Historic Homes Workshop:  This is the 8th Annual Historic Homes Workshop  February 19-21, 27, 2016  16 Useful workshop sessions on Saturday, Feb 20  Hands on workshop Sunday, Feb 21 and Saturday, Feb 27  Donated over $15,000 last year and possibly $20,000 this year  Professionals from across the United States contribute  People from as far away as Canada come to attend

  • 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.

  • It’s easy to fall in love with an old house. One look at the high ceilings, built-in cabinets, large windows and deep porches set along grand tree-lined streets and your heart is sold. Unfortunately, it’s not as easy to know what to do when the house you fell in love with is in need of repair. To help smitten old house owners, Tampa Preservation, Inc., presents an annual Historic Homes Workshop to connect homeowners to experts who will share their knowledge of historic home renovation. The theme for this year’s workshop is Maintaining the Old House.  Twelve sessions offer help on topics including Restoring Wood Windows, Foundation and Roof Repair, and Exterior Details related to the structure and design outside the old home (courtesy of Historic Shed).  Other sessions, including Remodeling a Period Bath, offer ideas for inside the historic home. A special highlight of this year’s workshop will be a session at Schiller’s Architectural Salvage exploring the use of salvaged materials in home decor. “We get a lot of calls from people looking for professionals to help them with their historic homes, from design issues to contractors to do the work,” observes Becky Clarke, President of Tampa Preservation. “This event showcases local experts who will share their knowledge and hopefully give away some of their industry secrets.” Historic Shed will have a table in the vendor display area, so please stop by and say hello. Tampa Preservation, Inc., a private, non-profit organization, established in 1973., is dedicated to the preservation of the historic structures and neighborhoods of the Tampa Bay area and Hillsborough County, and to the education of the area’s school children and residents about their unique heritage. What: Tampa Preservation, Inc. Historic Homes Workshop When: April 27, 2013 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Where: 1706 W. Cypress St., Tampa, FL 33606 Cost: Free for Tampa Preservation, Inc. members, $5 for non-members More Info: To see the Workshop schedule and learn more, please visit the website at www.TampaPreservation.com

  • Historic Shed will be participating in two events next weekend. On Saturday, April 14th, 2012 we will be a featured speaker at the Tampa Preservation, Inc. Historic Homes Workshop. The annual event is free and offers 12 workshops geared towards historic homeowners that want to renovate their home in an architecturally and historically sensitive manner. The workshops will be run three at a time, so you will be able to attend up to four sessions during the day. Historic Shed's topic will be "Improving Energy Efficiency in Historic Homes", focusing on practical, inexpensive ways to reduce energy use. Other speakers will discuss Wood Window Repair, Restoring Wood Floors, Researching You Home's History, Florida Friendly Landscaping and much more. For more information, please see the Tampa Preservation website. On Sunday, April 15th, Historic Shed will be a featured speaker during day 2 of the Tumbleweed Tiny House Workshop in Miami. We will discuss Florida Building Codes in relation to small homes and cottages. These events are very informative and popular, so register soon if you are interested. We are looking forward to being a part of the event and meeting other tiny building aficionados, including author and workshop leader Derek "Deek" Diedricksen and Tiny House blogger Alex Pino. For more information  and to register see: http://www.tumbleweedhouses.com/blog/3-guest-speakers-confirmed-for-the-miami-workshop. Tiny House Workshop press: http://www.sun-sentinel.com/entertainment/fl-tiny-houses-040812-20120406,0,2438495.story?page=1

  • We had a great time yesterday at the 3rd annual VM Ybor Neighborhood Historic Home Tour, stationed in the new Historic Shed-built Guest Cottage at 1314 E. 15th Avenue. We were joined by Steve Quillian of Wood Window Makeover, Suzanne Prieur of Through the Woods Fine Floors, and the homeowner, Judy Greer and her family, greeting visitors and talking about the Cottage construction. The tour was very well attended and blessed with perfect weather. The house that had been renovated by Tampa Preservation, Inc. received rave reviews, although most visitors hadn't been to all the tour stops prior to visiting the Guest Cottage so we won't declare it the tour favorite. For some lovely photos of the event see: http://www.813area.com/uncategorized/3rd-annual-vm-ybor-home-tour.html. We loved to hear the surprise in visitor's voices upon at learning that our little 14'x16' Guest Cottage was new construction. There were many compliments on the Cottage - enough to swell our heads a bit. Many thanks to Judy Greer for all her positive comments to visitors - we may have to hire her as our new head of sales! Our next event will be the Historic Kenwood Neighborhood's BungalowFest 2011 on November 5th.  We won't have one of our buildings there, but will have lots of photos and information, along with our smiling faces. After that, we will be at the free St. Petersburg Historic Homes Workshop where we will have a booth and speak on the Topic "Choosing Exterior Paint Colors". We'd love to see you at these events!

  • Welcome to our new and improved Historic Shed website. We hope it showcases our work properly, answers most of your questions about our products, and is easy to navigate. And, like our sheds, we hope it looks good doing its job. The website revision solves several problems that we've had with the original site; we now have specific (and expanded) shed models listed, have improved contact forms where you can upload photos of your home, have our blog on the main website, and hopefully have added a lot of clarity about the products we offer and the company that produces them. Many thanks to all those that have helped in the site redesign effort. Without you the site is much better than I could produce alone. You'll be amazed at the talented people that have offered their professional eye: Susan P. Berry, Classical Interior Designer Lisa Burns, Backyard Getaway Fox's Country Sheds, Lancaster, PA Christine Franck, Traditional Architect Lana German, Business Media Specialist Alex Johnson, Shedworking.co.uk and Author of Shedworking: The Alternative Workplace Revolution Ginny Powell, ACrackedDoor.blogspot.com and Radiation Door Expert Carole Sanek, Realtor, Blogger, Social Media Consultant and All Around Helpful Lady Ester Venouziou, LocalShops1.com and Champion of Small Local Businesses Clint Wilde, Craftsman Bungalows for Sale

  • WoodWindowMakeover.com, CCS Restoration, Historic Shed Vendors

    The workshop took place inside the Frank Llyod Wright designed Ordway Building Earlier this month we were fortunate to participate in the 10th Annual Historic Home Workshop that was put on by the City of Lakeland Community Development Department and Historic Lakeland, Inc. The four hour event took place at Florida Southern College, a significant historic campus that contains the largest single collection of Frank Lloyd Wright buildings in the world. The well-attended 45 minute workshops included topics such as wood window repair, restoring historic porches, and plaster repair. The main lobby was filled with vendors that offered products and services for historic properties, including landscaping, reclaimed wood flooring, millwork, wood windows, and, of course, custom sheds for historic homes. Our booth set up and ready Workshop vendors (L to R) Steve Quillian of WoodWindowMakeover.com, Jo-Anne Peck of HistoricShed.com, Jodi Rubin and Art Hill of CCS Restoration, and Josh Nelson of Wood Window Makeover After the workshop was over, we were treated to a tour of the campus, including the interiors of both chapels and the reading reading room.                        

  • Historic Shed is pleased to be a sponsor of the College Park Neighborhood Association 20th annual historic home tour. Taking place on Sunday, November 14th from 12:30-5 pm, the tour will focus on eight unique College Park homes on the east side of Edgewater Drive. A highlight this year are two of the oldest homes in the neighborhood, neither of which have been featured in a home tour before. The tour costs $15 per person, or $10 for seniors. Tickets and tour maps will be available the day of the tour from 12:30-3:30 at the College Park Community Center, located behind Princeton Elementary at 2393 Elizabeth Avenue, Orlando, FL. Because the Community Center parking lot is small, tour participants are encouraged to utilize alternative transportation methods. The first 100 visitors arriving via bicycle will receive free water bottles from Orange County. For more information, visit the College Park Neighborhood website.

  • This Saturday we will be participating in the street vendor portion of the Historic Kenwood Neighborhood's 12th annual BungalowFest home tour. The Saturday tour runs from 10 am-6pm and features 11 restored/renovated historic homes. Some of Historic Shed's window screens and screen doors can be seen on the neighborhood homes (including the home below, photographed before the screen door was installed). Unfortunately, none of our installed sheds will be part of the tour. The tour costs $10 in advance and $15 the day of the tour. There is also a moonlight tour Friday night featuring 5 different homes. Please stop by our booth and introduce yourself between home visits.