• More than a few years ago (2011 to be exact), I wrote a post about historic detached carports and included some designs of our own that we thought would be fun to build and useful in a variety of situations. Like many of my random design exercises, none of the sketches were built, until now. And I must say that it looks even better in real life than in my head. A customer in the oldest city in the US, St. Augustine contacted us and was interested in replacing a rather rickety open garage behind her new-to-her 1920s bungalow. We started with some garage designs, but didn't find the right solution until we dusted off the carport/ shed sketches and found something that fit both the site and the customer's needs. We are now offering plans for the Carport Shed for sale online for the DIYer or those not located in Florida: Carport Shed Construction Plans

  • 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.  

  • Plans for this shed are now available for sale at: https://historicshed.com/store-4/?model_number=HS001 Historic Shed was approached by a homeowner in Palm Harbor to design and build a custom shed to serve as both storage and a covered family bar seating area. The shed we designed and built is 12'x18' with a 4' covered porch area. The shed was divided by an  interior wall into a 13' storage area and a 4' bar area to house snack and drink storage and a television. The storage area is accessed by a double set of carriage house style doors on the side. The bar area has a single door access on the side and two awning covered opening with a wide cypress counter-top. The awnings are opened using a pulley system. The project is delightfully accented by a tropical color scheme.     See another version of the Snack Shack here: https://historicshed.com/craftsman-snack-shack/

  • In Florida, we don't always need a full garage to protect our vehicles. We prefer to keep our cars out of the sun and rain, but since we don't deal with snow, walls are nice, but not required. Therefore, many homes built after the 1920s, when cars became commonplace, have integral carports as part of the design in Florida, even when they also have a detached garage. Other Florida homes have a detached carport design that is easy to add to any historic home property. These designs date from the 1880s through today, with elements from Craftsman Bungalows, Colonial Revival, and Mid-Century Modern all used to make unique and useful structures. Historic Shed can custom design a detached car port to complement your historic home to protect your car and enhance your yard. Each design can incorporate details from the main house, using traditional materials and design elements that will look right at home at your historic property. These structures can double as entertainment pavilions as well for special occasions. Some various carport/ storage options that may work for you:

  • Stores have already had Christmas trees on display for couple of weeks - and Halloween is barely passed - so we know the pressure of holiday preparations is about to start. Unlike many small businesses, the holiday season isn't a big push time here at Historic Shed. It's rare that someone buys a shed as a gift (although wouldn't your husband be thrilled if you gave him his own man-cave with a big red bow on the door?) and wood window screens are hard to wrap. That's not to say that Historic Shed can't help you around the holidays though. The holidays require more than shopping;  your house needs to be ready for guests, too. Here's some ways we can help: Spruce up the outside of your old house so it looks picture perfect. Wood window screens and screen doors add a great finishing accent to historic homes, particularly when painted a contrasting color. Plus they allow you to open windows and doors without letting mosquitoes attack your guests. Imagine how thrilled your northern guests will be when they leave the snow behind and get to enjoy open windows! Foundation lattice is another attractive detail that makes a historic house worthy of being featured on the annual Christmas card. Clean up the inside of your home to make room for the festivities. Wouldn't your house be just perfect if it didn't seem so cluttered? Does it feel extra crowded around the holidays with decorations and company abounding? An attractive storage shed can provide temporary storage for collectibles, or long term storage for these things that never seem to have found a home, and then provide a place to put your decorations away after the season is over. They look awful cute with a wreath on the door, too. As  a plus, a well-designed shed will enhance your yard year round. Entertain Outdoors. Florida weather is downright lovely during the holidays. Why make everyone stay inside when you can move the party outside? Our pavilion makes a great gathering spot or outdoor kitchen. Need a place for your guests to stay? Making Aunt Wendy sleep on the sofa or blow-up bed again this year in the Living Room? Or squeezing guests into the kids' room? Our Guest Cottage is an affordable alternative to building an addition to your home, without the hassles of construction. And it makes a great home office or retreat during the times when your life is guest-free. Get away from it all. Sometimes the holidays can be a bit overwhelming. Give yourself the gift of a place to hide out and get away from it all with a finished shed. Gift shopping at Historic Shed. Get creative with your gift shopping this year. We offer small storage units, like the bench on the right, that will be appreciated by anyone on your list, custom screen doors, or gift certificates to help someone buy their dream shed. And if you don't shop with us, please try to support as many small, local businesses this season; you'll find one-of-a-kind gifts at great prices while supporting your neighbors and community.

  • Sometimes you need to get out of the sun but don't want to leave the pool side. This sturdy, permanent wood pavilion makes a lovely yard accent as well as the perfect setting for sipping your favorite tropical cocktail, complete with mini umbrella. This design can easily be adapted to a pool cabana/ changing area with the use of privacy curtains. It is also more suited as a gazebo for bungalow style homes than Victorian-stylized octagonal gazebos.

  • Pavilion in the National Register-listed Saratoga Spa State Park along the Karista Trail. I don't know the specifics for this particular pavilion, but much of the Park was built out in the 1930s as precursors to WPA type projects. To read some history of this fascinating and gorgeous park, see http://www.saratogaspastatepark.org/history.html.

  • I am spending a week in my home town of Saratoga Springs, NY and have been busy snapping photos of small historic buildings (which are quite plentiful in this area) for my reference collection. Saratoga Springs has a long and interesting history of development including the Battle of Saratoga (the turning point of the Revolutionary War) and development as a health resort, gambling center, spa and horse racing center during the later half of the 1880s. Saratoga continues to be a thriving city attracting thousands of visitors for its spas, history, intense charm, arts centers and horse racing. The National-Register listed Congress Park is centrally located in downtown Saratoga on Broadway. It sports several mineral springs, historic sculpture and fountains, natural and manicured gardens and the historic Canfield Casino within its 17 acres. Here's a tour of some small structures and historic features in the Park.

  • We discovered a great collection of vintage photographs and postcards showing bandstands around the world on a UK-based website. Many of the bandstands are no longer in existence today, but their images remain as a reminder of the many enjoyable hours spent listening to bands in the parks and showcase the wide variety of architectural styles applied to these small structures. All images shown here showcase historic Florida bandstands from either the Vintage Bandstand site or the Florida State Archives.A bandstand is a circular or semicircular structure set in park, garden, or pier, designed to accommodate musical bands for outdoor concerts. They provided a community gathering place for entertainment, particularly during the Victorian era. They remained popular until the 1950s and 60s when television became a greater entertainment draw. Smaller bandstands are often not much more than gazebos. Bandstands were common in many Florida communities, as was the related bandshell structure, which were commonly built using WPA funds during the Depression (photo above).