We design a lot of custom sheds that complement historic bungalows, but most are commonly covered with lap or novelty siding. Recently we got a chance to built a slightly differently clad shed for a unique 1940s bungalow in New Port Richey. The house, and an existing garage on the lot are both covered completely in wood shingles, so we designed the new shed accordingly.

The cedar shingles made the shop smell so good!
Walls up and roof dried in.
The shed is designed for use as a workshop with a small door for every day use and a large one for bigger items. The windows on the side are double-hung, meaning that the top slides down and the bottom slides up.
The front gable elevation has a vent that matches the main house.
Shed details showing 1x6 roof sheathing, cedar shingle siding, awning windows and traditional trim.
The shed nestled in the yard.

We are often asked if we can provide just a building shell that the owner can then finish out on their own. The answer is, of course, "Yes!" We don't often get to see the end results, but one of our historic homeowner customers recently sent us some photos showing how wonderful his new space is.

The 12'x16' shed was designed to complement the main house in the East Lake Morton Historic District in Lakeland.
The shed seen shortly after Historic Shed finished installation.
The homeowner built a wood deck in front of the shed and made it look "oh so homey".
The cozy inside features a futon sofa and a 3/4 bath behind the louvered doors.
The interior also has a storage shelf at the gable ends and a small kitchenette.
The 3/4 bath.
My favorite artsy photo of the finished porch.

Several years ago I was contacted by a woman who was in the process of buying a house in the historic Gillespie Park neighborhood in Sarasota. The 1920s house came with a detached garage in not-so-great shape, placed awkwardly in the middle of the yard and she wanted to replace it. Then she had a few big life changes, including moving out of the country, and the plans for the garage were put on hold. When she called back last year, she no longer wanted to just replace the garage. Instead, since the main house was being used as a vacation rental, they wanted to add a garage apartment that could also be rented out. Historic Shed designed a two-story, two car garage apartment with details that complemented the main house with a one bedroom, one bath layout. We also included a large porch for a private sitting area for visitors, accessed by an exterior stair. The cottage is available for rent at: https://www.vrbo.com/811457 So far, it has some rave reviews.

 

 

One of our customer favorites is the tropical Snack Shack that we built in Palm Harbor with combination bar and storage shed. The shed design was recently adapted for a narrow site behind a historic Craftsman style home in the Old Seminole Heights Neighborhood in Tampa. The resulting shed was 8'x18' version with framing details that complemented the historic home. The shed was approved by the local historic preservation office.

Craftsman porch framing
Details from the main house that drove the shed design
Shed Construction
Building the shed at the Historic Shed shop
Craftsman Pub Shed
Installation of the Craftsman Snack Shack shed on site
pub shed interior
Bar interior
Pub Shed Interior detail
Ventilation door between the pub and storage areas
Pub doors
Awning doors locked down
Shed interior
Interior of the storage shed area
Bar shed
The finished shed with awnings closed
Awning pulleys
Pulleys that open the bar doors
Pool Shed
The shed sits nicely by the pool

One of the perks of being in the preservation business is seeing all sorts of great historic sites that aren't always available to the public. When we worked primarily as historic preservation consultants under our Preservation Resource, Inc. mantle, we got to crawl in attics and private rooms of house museums, disused hotels, and even airplane hangers. Now, as we focus on making outbuildings for historic neighborhoods, we get to see private homes that aren't open to the public (I never say no when invited inside for a moment). One of the recent highlights was seeing a high-style Craftsman style bungalow in the Old Northeast neighborhood in St. Petersburg that was under rehabilitation.

Sargent House
The house has heavy timber framing details, great clinker brick porch piers, wide eaves and long, low lines.

Known as the Sargent House, 806 18th Avenue NE was recently designated as a historic landmark by its newest owners, Sharon Winters and Kendall Reid. Originally built in 1923 by LeRoy and Marjorie Sargent, the house is significant for its architecture as a rare example of higher-style Craftsman design and construction in the airplane bungalow type. (See the full report at: http://www.stpete.org/committee%20packets/Community%20Planning%20and%20Preservation%20Commission/2016-04-12%20Reports.pdf). A local landmark designation recognizes structures or places that have historic value or that exemplify cultural, economic, or social value to the city, state, or nation. The benefits of this designation include neighborhood stabilization, increased heritage tourism through the maintenance of our historic character, relief from some of the requirements of the Florida Building Code, and an ad valorem tax exemption.

Historic Shed was hired to design and build a small storage shed to be placed behind the house. The simple shed incorporated elements from the house such as the gable detailing, roof pitch, and outrigger design.

Craftsman Shed
The shed is located within a flood zone and has flood vents along the back and alley side.
Custom Shed Roof Outriggers
The roof outriggers are prominent on the main house. The shed has scaled down versions to visually complement the main house. The gable vents are also geometrically similar.
Custom Storage Shed
While the main house is covered in shingles, the shed uses cypress siding. The doors reflect the Craftsman design of the main house.
Craftsman Shed
The shed nestled behind the main house

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.

Orlando Historic Bungalow Detached Garage
The new garage looks like it has always been in the yard
Craftsman Bungalow Garage Orlando
The 14'x20' garage has an overhead door that is faced to look like a traditional carriage house door
Orlando Detached Garage Side Door
A board and batten cypress beadboard door leads off the side of the garage
Garage double hung wood window
Garage double hung wood window
Carriage House style overhead garage door
Carriage House style overhead garage door and classic outdoor lights

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.

Dickson Azalea Park Historic Marker Orlando
"Dickson Azalea Park began as a natural stream, later named Fern Creek, in a deep ravine surrounded by native ferns, palms, and oaks. It once was a watering hole for cattle herders driving their animals south. State Senator Walter Rose (1888-1958) purchased 40 acres of land here in 1916 and platted most of it for development. He set aside five acres adjacent to the creek for a park, called Senator Rose park, which he deeded to the City of Orlando in 1924. In 1933, the Civitan Club presented the City Council with a proposal to beautify the overgrown park and asked the city to re-name it in honor of Colonel Henry Hill Dickson (1849-1935). An Orlando business pioneer and civic leader, Dickson devoted his energies to the beautification of Orlando, and was instrumental in planting azaleas throughout the city. In 1935, ground was broken for restoration of the overgrown property. Local landscape architect Mulford Foster designed the scheme for the park's plants, water features, bridges and paths, and Works Progress Adminsitration labor built the park's walls and steps. Dickson Azalea Park was designated an Orlando Historic Landmark in 1991."
Dickson Azalea Park Bridge
One of many natural style bridges in Dickson Azalea Park in Orlando
Tree in Dickson Azalea Park Orlando
Tree emerging from the ravive in Dickson Azalea Park Orlando

Some home details are just so lovely they just have to be replicated. For this 10'x12' shed that Historic Shed built in the historic Duckpond Neighborhood in Gainesville, Florida, the eave brackets and unique gable vents were replicated to create a one of a kind shed. The result is a main house and shed that harmonize very well. The shed design was reviewed and approved by the local historic preservation office.

Gainesville custom storage shed with eave brackets
10'x12' custom shed with French doors and interesting eave brackets
Historic Shed Vent detail
Shed vent detail complements the main house
Craftsman eave brackets
Craftsman eave brackets being prepped for for a Historic Shed storage shed
Historic Shed installation Gainesville Florida
Historic Shed installation
Craftsman Bracket Detail on Historic House
The original Craftsman bracket detail on the historic Duckpond house
Craftsman Gable Vent
The existing gable vent on the historic home - note the different outrigger detail on this side of the house

Last summer we built a shed in the historic Village of Longboat on Longboat Key, which was the talk of the neighborhood according to our customers. The home where the shed was built is the oldest building on the island, built in 1902 and was originally an Inn and Restaurant. The shed we built for them used elements of the main building, including novelty wood siding and a metal roof. It was the first one we built with a transom over the shed doors, which turned out to be a really nice architectural feature.

Sign commemorating the first house constructed on Longboat Key
Sign commemorating the first house constructed on Longboat Key that has unfortunately been lost

The shed was set to the rear of the main building, along the side yard with access to the rear alley. It was set far enough from the side property line to allow storage of kayaks and other  equipment, so the owners had the concrete pad extended to the side.

Setting the shed
Setting the 10'x16 shed on a concrete slab

The shed had a very steep roof, gable vent that complemented the main house, and a double set of doors that faced the rear alley.

Custom 10x16 Shed
Custom 10x16 shed as seen from the alley

The side of the shed has a central doors flanked by two windows

The side of the shed has a central doors flanked by two 6/1 windows. There are also flood vents since the area is located in a flood zone.

And a year later, with lighting.
And a year later, with lighting to set it off nicely.

About 9 months after completing the shed, we were contacted by a neighbor in Longboat Key who also lived in a historic home. His home was originally the one-room school house for the village, which had been transformed into a residence in the 1950s. He liked the neighbor's shed just the way it was, so asked for something similar, using elements that complemented his home.

10'x16' custom shed
10'x16' custom shed with 6/6 wood windows set on a concrete slab
The shed also features a transom over the double shed doors
The shed also features a transom over the double shed doors
The shed sits nicely in the lushly landscaped yard
The shed sits nicely in the lushly landscaped yard

The Village of Longboat Key has an interesting history and is worth a walk around if you are heading to the beach in that area (which is definitely worth visiting as well). For a walking tour, see: http://www.longboatkeyhistory.com/tour-route--history.html and  http://www.longboatkeyhistory.com/map--details-of-tour-route.html. As you walk around, keep an eye out for the roaming peacocks, which add a nice eccentric touch to the area.

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.

Historic Shed Tiny House
The cottage under construction in the Historic Shed shop
16'x20' Cottage Floor Plan
16'x20' Cottage Floor Plan
The cottage shell installed on a concrete block pier foundation
The cottage shell installed on a concrete block pier foundation
Historic Shed Cottage
The cottage was set on concrete block piers with lattice panels
A French door and arched gable window add extra light into the space
A French door and arched gable window add extra light into the space
Interior framing
Interior framing
The cottage was insulated with batt insulation on the walls and spray foam on the ceiling and under the floor
The cottage was insulated with batt insulation on the walls and spray foam on the ceiling and under the floor
The steep roof allowed a storage loft to be placed over the kitchen and bath area
The steep roof allowed a storage loft to be placed over the kitchen and bath area
The customer choose Ikea cabinets for the kitchen
The customer chose Ikea cabinets for the kitchen
A small corner sink fit in behind the washer/dryer closet
A small corner sink fit in behind the washer/dryer closet
The loft is over 5' at the peak
The loft is over 5' at the peak and gets light through the gable window
The 5'-6"x5'-6" bath has a shower, vanity and toilet, as well as a washer/dryer closet
The 5'-6"x5'-6" bath has a shower, vanity and toilet, as well as a washer/dryer closet
A mini split AC system provides heat and cooling
A mini split AC system provides heat and cooling
A 2' deep storage shelf was installed opposite the loft
A 2' deep storage shelf was installed opposite the loft
A batten door leads to the bath
A batten door leads to the bath
A gas tankless heater is located on the rear of the building
A gas tankless heater is located on the rear of the building

A few months ago, we were contacted by an artist who has a 1950s Mid Century Modern style home in Tampa who wanted a studio that would complement her home. The Historic Shed MiMo shed was adapted to meet her needs and to match elements from her home.

MiMO Architecture Florida
The Ballast Point home, built in 1957, has a low sloped roof, brick and T1-11 exterior and fixed windows that follow the roof slope.
In order to maximize the space in the studio and allow for the transoms above the door, the front wall was raised to 9' high, and the rear wall to 8'.
MiMo Shed
The shed roof line is followed by the side triangular transoms.
The front elevation features a pair of single light French doors, two transom windows, and a 4' roof extension.
The front elevation features a pair of single light French doors, two transom windows, and a 4' roof extension.
MiMo Historic Shed
Set off nicely with some shell rock

 

Historic Shed MiMo
A nice seating area
The homeonwer finshed out the interior, adding insulation, AC and finishes
The homeowner finished out the interior, adding insulation, AC and finishes
Artists modern studio
Inside the studio
Home Office Shed Interior with Mini-Split AC unit

Historic Shed was contacted by a couple who live in the Hyde Park historic district in Tampa to design a garage and guest room for a very unusual lot. Triangular in shape, their small lot was just over 4,500 sf and contained a lovely one-story Craftsman bungalow with less than 1,000 sf. The atypical lot was further constrained by a large protected oak tree on the site, and one on a neighbor's lot, just over the property line. With Tampa's strong tree protection ordinances, this left little space to build. Building up was the only real option to maximize the remaining lot space.

The site once had a one-story garage on the lot. The original concrete was still in place, but a ramshackle carport had been constructed by a previous owner.
Before: The site once had a one-story one-car garage on the lot, long since gone. The original concrete was still in place, complete with a 1919 date embossed. A ramshackle carport had been constructed by a previous owner.
The historic bungalow on the site has a 3:12 roof pitch and 4' bead board eaves with bracket supports.
The Main House: The historic bungalow on the site has a 3:12 roof pitch and 4' bead board eaves with bracket supports.

After tweaking the design to fit the lot and meeting with Tampa's Historic Preservation Office and Forestry Department, the resulting project created a 12'x20' one-car garage with apartment above. A 6'x8' one-story shed allowed additional storage while accommodating the lot's shape and giving a visual step down from the two-story volume to the street. The stairs were placed at the rear of the building for privacy with an exterior design that allowed them to encroach within the required oak tree setback.

Due to height constraints at the Historic Shed shop, the first and second floors were prefabricated separately.
Installation of the Garage Apartment adjacent to the historic Hyde Park bungalow.
Installation of the Garage Apartment adjacent to the historic Hyde Park bungalow.
Installation of the prefabricated outbuilding.
Trusses installed, roof sheathing on, and the shed addition in place.
Trusses installed, roof sheathing on, and the shed addition in place on the right side.

The garage design itself took its cues from the main house which had a low-sloped front-gable roof and very wide eaves. Walls were clad in lap siding and an existing skirt board was inspiration for a belt course on the new building. The new outbuilding was kept simpler in architectural detail, but clearly complementing the main residence.

Windows and shed door installed.
Windows and shed door installed. With no alley and an odd shaped lot, the garage faces the street and has the same front setback as the main house.
The stairs to the apartment are set to the rear of the building for privacy. The exterior stairs allowed the building to set closer to the protected tree on the site.
The stairs to the second floor apartment are set to the rear of the building for privacy. The exterior wood framed stairs allowed the building to set closer to the protected tree on the site.
Second floor interior view when you walk in the door. The floors are laminate, the ceiling is 1x6 V-groove pine, and the walls are drywall. A mini split ac system cools and heats the space.
Second floor interior view when you walk in the door. The floors are laminate, the ceiling is 1x6 V-groove pine, and the walls are drywall. A mini split ac system cools and heats the space.
The main room in the second floor apartment. The space will double as a home office and guest suite.
The main room in the second floor apartment. The space will double as a home office and guest suite.
The French doors let in extra light. A 5'-6"x5'-6" 3/4 bath is located on the right.
The French doors let in extra light. A 5'-6"x5'-6" 3/4 bath is located on the right.
View into the apartment bathroom
View into the apartment bathroom.
The Garage Apartment Floor Plans
The Garage Apartment Floor Plans
A steel overhead garage door with a carriage house overlay by CHI finishes out the front facade.
A steel overhead garage door with a carriage house overlay by CHI finishes out the front facade along with period-inspired lighting.
The ribbon driveway completes the exterior of the garage apartment with a period look.
The ribbon driveway completes the exterior of the garage apartment with a period look.
The interior of the garage was finished in plywood fro added strength.
The interior of the garage was finished in plywood fro added strength. The storage shed is located on the right.
Shed bead board batten door by Historic Shed
The 6'x8' side storage shed features a cypress bead board door.
Carriage House facade by Historic Shed in Tampa Florida
Details on the Garage Apartment front facade
Eave and trim details on the garage apartment
Eave and trim details on the garage apartment
The finished product, waiting for sod.
The finished product, waiting for sod.
A new deck creates a welcoming entry from the street.
Landscaping completes the look.
And the rear of the carriage house completed.

See more about the Two-story Garage-apartment options. A two-car version is in the works as well.

Last year we were delighted to be contacted by a couple with this email note:

My husband & and I have been stalking your site for a year, waiting until our yard was ready to get a shed. I think we're close! We are in downtown Orlando, have a 1911 colonial revival/farmhouse.

We knew we'd like them instantly.

They live in the lovely Lake Eola Heights Historic District in Orlando, located within walking distance to downtown Orlando. The houses were built primarily between 1890 and 1925 and have an amazing array of styles and detail. Theirs was full of texture and character.

They didn't need an overlarge shed, but it needed character and lots of windows. And to be a test case for the colors they planned to paint their house. Because the property is located within a designated historic district, the shed design was reviewed by the local historic preservation office. Shed Construction

Custom Shed Installation
Installing the Lake Eola Shed
GABLE SHED
Double French doors let in lots of light. Gable shingles mimic those on the main house.
Orlando Wood Shed
The shed has a metal roof to match the one on the main house porch.
Orlando Shed with casement windows
Casement windows let in ample light.

A couple of months after we were done, we received this lovely email note with the photo below:

Just wanted to let you know how happy we are!! We don't have much in the ground yet- but the veggies are happy- waiting on electric & water to go in, then the brick paths- then garden beds will be better defined. We have spent more time in the back yard in the past few months than we have in 3 years!

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The side yard is often where AC units, electrical meters, and garbage cans find refuge, but you can also use the side yard for covered storage, making it useful and attractive. For people with a wide side yard, you can put in a large storage unit like this 6'x12' shed, but even those with a narrow side yard can get a nice bit of storage that looks good.

A narrow storage shed against the house still allows ample passage. It also blocks views of the garbage cans and utilities.
Small storage but easily accessible with wide doors.
This 3'x7' shed features a shed roof with exposed rafter tails, cypress siding and trim, and cypress beadboard doors with heavy duty hinges.
Shed storage access doors
Wide paired doors on the shed allows easy access to the interior.

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.

Historic Image of Craftsman Bungalow in Tampa
This Burgert Brothers photo shows the main house shortly after construction. The house looks very similar today, with the exception of the unusual roofing material that looks like an embossed roll roofing. Anyone know what it is?
Existing Shed
The old shed had served the property for many years, but termites had eaten most of the framing, there was a dirt floor and a tree was growing through the side.
Bungalow Shed by Historic Shed
The shed, designed by Historic Shed, incorporated the low roof slope of the main house, outriggers, exposed rafter tails, siding and traditional trim.
Bungalow style Shed by Historic Shed
The 14'x14' wood storage shed has a 4' deep porch with a wood deck, two wood windows, paired cypress bead board doors, and a 5-V Crimp metal roof.
Bead board shed doors
The shed features paired cypress bead board doors with heavy duty hinges.
Potting Shed Porch
The 4' porch will provide shade for potting plants for the yard.
While we were working on the shed, we had the pleasure of working alongside guys from Redman Fence. This is the second time we've worked on a job at the same time as Redman. Very nice guys that do really nice work.

Click the images below to see a slideshow of the entire shed construction process.

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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.

Custom wood storage shed in Tampa
The new shed, designed and built by Historic Shed, uses cypress siding with the same exposure as on the main house. A salvaged wood window has the same configuration as original wood windows on the house.
Tampa Historic Shed Gable Shed
The shed features paired cypress bead board carriage house style doors.
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