• 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!... "

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Fancy Windows

    I took a detour on my way through Tampa today and passed by Schiller's Architectural Salvage. Of course, I had to stop - who could resist? They have pretty much everything you need to properly finish out a Historic Shed™ outbuilding, as well components to build it with extra character. Here's some of today's finds: I did also try to stop by to see Steve at his new shop for Wood Window Makeover across the street, but no luck. It just means I have an excuse to stop by again!

  • There is a seemingly endless list of accessory buildings that have been used in conjunction with residences throughout history including carriage houses, barns, tool sheds, potting sheds, detached kitchens, garages, and privies. While the original uses may no longer always be relevant, these often-simple structures can be adapted to serve a multitude of modern uses beyond traditional garden and tool storage including personal home offices, workout rooms, media rooms, pool cabanas and art studios. If you are not lucky enough to already have a historic outbuilding in your yard, you may be considering purchasing a ready-made shed from a home improvement store. However, these T1-11 or vinyl sided sheds are rarely compatible with the style of historic homes and may even be prohibited by local historic preservation design guidelines. For historic homeowners, a custom-designed outbuilding may be the better answer to meet storage and additional space needs, possibly even providing an affordable alternative to building an addition to a home. When planning an outbuilding to complement a historic home, there are several basic design principles to consider: Keep the outbuilding visually subordinate to the main building. This means that the outbuilding should complement the main building, but not overshadow it in size or detail. Make sure the size of the outbuilding will both meet your intended use and look appropriate in your yard. The outbuilding should mimic the overall form of the main building. This is most easily done by using a compatible roof shape, slope, and soffit overhang. Consider the sizes and placement of doors and windows to ensure that you have room to move equipment in and out, have adequate light and ventilation, and allow wall space for shelving or other storage. In addition, consider how the doors and windows will look on the most visible elevations of the building. Duplicate finishes, materials and details from the main building such as siding type, roofing materials, soffit details and window and door type and trim. However, copying elaborate details and columns from the main building should generally be avoided due to the less public, more utilitarian nature of outbuildings. Keep colors of the main building and accessory building compatible. Paint with either the same paint scheme or a complementary palette. Plan the outbuilding location carefully. Make sure the building will not block desirable views (or will block undesirable ones), is not in a flood prone part of the yard, is easily accessible for the intended use, meets local zoning setbacks, and does not interfere with mature trees and landscaping. A carefully designed and placed outbuilding can be a focal point in the yard, providing an attractive backdrop for landscaping as well as meet many uses. For more information about planning an outbuilding, as well as design ideas, go to https://historicshed.com/.