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 an inventory at our shop in Brooksville; 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.
Do I need a Building Permit to put a Historic Shed™ outbuilding in my yard? Maybe. 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, make sure you specify the use when talking to the building official.
For example, Tampa currently does 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.)
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.
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. First, being purists, we prefer the look and feel of real wood siding for a true traditionally designed and built shed. Secondly, fiber cement siding is very heavy and brittle, which 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 have recently partnered with HousePlans.com to sell plans for select sheds, garages and cottages, including our popular two-story garage apartment. To see them all go to: http://www.houseplans.com/exclusive/historic-shed. 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 expensive taste.
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.
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.
Do you offer financing? We have partnered with two banks to provide financing for our Historic Shed™ outbuildings, Admiral’s Bank and Citizen’s State Bank. The application for a loan through Admiral’s Bank can be found online here and you will receive a direct response through the bank. The application for Citizens State Bank can be downloaded here and submitted through Historic Shed. We are also working with our local bank, Florida Community Bank to provide cottage construction loans. Info should be coming soon.