Continuing the tradition of constructing artful accessory buildings in Florida
SHED & OUTBUILDING Questions
What delivery options are available? Each custom shed is delivered and set by Historic Shed personnel or our approved subcontractor in Florida. Costs for delivery may vary depending on distance and degree of difficulty accessing a site. We are exploring shipping options for areas outside of Florida and some of our smaller units can be shipped via freight carrier. We will post info when we move forward with this.
Do I have to take my fence down for delivery of my shed? Because we deliver our sheds mainly to established historic neighborhoods with large trees and lots of utility wires, we developed a construction process that allows us to break the sheds down into manageable size components that get quickly assembled on site. This allows us to navigate obstructions like fences, large trees, low branches and narrow alleyways that prevent delivery of fully assembled sheds. Usually this means your fence can stay intact.
Where can I see one of your sheds? Since we build our sheds to order, we do not maintain a real inventory at our shop in Brooksville (there’s a 10×10 shed out front and an outhouse sized one); however, if you call or email before coming to visit we can let you know if we have anything currently under construction that is at a stage worth viewing. We can also email you a list of some of our projects that are visible from the street at our customer’s homes in various Florida towns. Many are hidden behind fences, but we can let you know where you can see ones without getting in trouble for trespassing. We are also actively seeking local garden shops in the Tampa Bay, Orlando, and Gainesville area that would be willing to display our work and will post locations as they become available.
How long will my shed order take? Generally we can get your order produced and installed within 4 to 8 weeks, depending on our current work load. Sometimes we get backed up though and it can take a bit longer. Or, if your shed requires a permit or architectural review, it may take a while to get things coordinated. We will always keep you informed of the schedule if it changes.
Do I need to pour a concrete pad for my shed? Our Historic Shed™ storage sheds are built on a pressure treated deck that can be set directly on level ground, then tied down with anchor straps. For uses other than storage, a foundation consisting of piers, stem wall or concrete slab may be required by building code. Some customers prefer to install a concrete slab for various site reasons as well. When this occurs, Historic Shed can arrange to pour the foundation or it can be contracted separately to our specifications. Please note that we usually can not uee an existing concrete pad from a previous shed or garage as it likely not compliant with today’s codes.
I would like electrical and/or plumbing in my shed. Do you do that? Electrical and plumbing can be incorporated into most outbuildings (where Zoning allows) and we can subcontract these services out for you. As we do not have plumbing or electrical licenses, we are unable to provide these services for you directly.
Do I need a Building Permit to put a Historic Shed™ outbuilding in my yard? Most likely, but check with your local building department since requirements for sheds vary for each city. Some areas exempt storage sheds up to a certain square footage from permitting. If you plan to use your shed for a use other than storage (home office, guest house), make sure you specify the use when talking to the building official.
For example, Tampa and Hillsborough County currently do not require a permit for storage sheds up to 150 sf, St. Petersburg and parts of Pinellas County up to 100 sf, but DeLand, Hernando County and Tarpon Springs requires permits for sheds of all sizes. (Please verify these with your local Building Department since requirements can change.) Note that if you want electrical and/ or plumbing in your outbuilding, it will require permits.
Historic Shed provides all necessary engineered construction drawings for our sheds. We are a licensed and insured Florida Building Contractor and can apply for all required permits in the state of Florida.
Do your sheds meet Florida Building Code/ wind speed requirements? They do. We fully strap and anchor all our accessory buildings as required by Florida Building Code for the region that the shed will be delivered to. We have no other choice!
I want the interior of my building insulated/ drywalled/ finished out. Can you do that? We will gladly finish out the interior of you outbuilding if you are located within roughly 60 miles of our Brooksville shop. For buildings with interior finishes, we typically offer drywall walls and tongue and groove V-joint ceilings along with traditional interior trimwork. Other options are available at your request.
Can I have an AC unit in my shed? Of course. We recommend that you insulate it for better efficiency, but a wall unit typically suffices, or some of these units that we offer work perfectly without taking up much wall space: https://historicshed.com/store-4/hvac/
Can you use fiber cement siding (HardiePlank) on my shed? While we will do our best to accommodate special requests, we prefer not to use fiber cement siding on our Historic Shed™ outbuildings. As fiber cement siding is very heavy and brittle, it makes delivery and set-up more difficult and costly. We do offer SmartSide lap siding (smooth texture) if you prefer a manufactured siding with a warranty.
Do we need Historic Preservation approval to use your products? If you live within a designated local historic district, you will most likely have to have your shed, garage, or cottage approved by preservation staff and/or Preservation Board prior to installation. Historic Shed can coordinate all necessary approvals with local preservation officials for you.
Do I have to have a historic home in order to purchase a Historic Shed™ outbuilding? We can create a custom shed for any home, any style. However, we limit our designs to traditional architectural styles and materials which will be reflected in every shed we build. All you have to have is an appreciation of our work.
I love your sheds but live outside of Florida. Can I purchase plans to build my own? We offer plans for select sheds, garages and cottages, including our popular two-story garage apartment. More plans are added periodically, so check back. To see them all go to: https://historicshed.com/store-4/plans/. We can also sell these to you directly, or make revisions to better suit your needs. Please note that all plans are designed to meet Florida Building Codes and may require modifications in order to meet different climate, soil and code requirements.
What else do I need to know before I order my Historic Shed™ outbuilding? Check local zoning requirements to know where you can place your shed. We’d hate to install your shed only to find out that it is set too close to the property line and needs to move.
Can you replicate a historic building from a photograph? (OK, not a Frequently Asked Question, but it has been asked) We will gladly design and build any traditional style small building. We maintain a catalog of historic details for reference as well as have experienced historic preservation personnel to make your outbuilding as historically accurate as possible. We will gladly take on any challenge to meet your small building needs.
I don’t see the prices for your cottages online. Am I missing them? Since cottages can have so many variables in the design choices, and everyone wants a customized design, we don’t have cottage prices listed. We can tell you that they typically can be built in the $200 per sf range, although it is easy to go above that cost range if you have high end taste. The good thing is that you need less of whatever expensive item you desire in a small cottage.
I really like your designs, but can you build just the shell so I can finish out the inside myself? Absolutely (in fact, we love to do cottages this way)! We can build as much as or as little as you want of the building to suit your needs.
I like the “insert model name here”, but would like some modifications. Can that be done? Every job we have done has been custom. We love it since we have yet to build the same thing twice, keeping us on our toes. Since everything is built to order, we can easily make modifications during the design phase to suit your needs. You can also send us floor plans for cottages you have seen elsewhere and we can adapt them to your needs.
Do your cottages meet Florida Building Code/ wind speed requirements? They do. We ensure that all aspects of our cottages meets Florida Residential Building Code from layout to wind loads. Every design is also reviewed by a FL licensed engineer. As licensed Building Contractors, we have no other choice!
Do you build Tiny Houses on Trailers/ Wheels? No, we decided early on not to venture into the THOW building world. We chose to focus on what we originally planned to do with Historic Shed: build historically appropriate accessory building sand cottages on foundations.
When is payment required? We require a 30% deposit in order to begin any product order. Full payment is due when the product is delivered or picked up. For larger jobs, such as garages or cottages, we may require progress payments as the installation progresses.
Can I pay by credit card? We prefer payment via check or cash, but will take Visa, MasterCard, and Discover Card payments if you make a request. Will can take check payments online.
Do you offer financing? We have partnered with two banks to provide financing for our Historic Shed™ outbuildings, Home Loan Improvement Bank and Citizen’s State Bank. The application for a loan through Home Loan Improvement Bank can be downloaded here. Directions for submitting the application directly to the bank are located on the form. The application for Citizens State Bank can be downloaded here and submitted through Historic Shed. These banks will both only finance accessory buildings, so if you are looking at one of our cottages to use as a primary dwelling, they will not be useful.