Historic Shed was recently contacted by a resident in the Palma Ceia neighborhood in Tampa about a historic garage on their property. They were thinking about listing the darling Mission-style bungalow for sale, but were concerned that the old garage was not an asset to the property. It was useful, but not attractive due to multiple alterations; the wide doors had been replaced with a metal door and window, the driveway removed, and the entire roof reframed (we speculate that it was originally a flat roofed garage with parapets that matched the main house).
We determined that the easiest solution to giving the building some historic character again was to install a new pair of carriage house-style doors made of cypress bead-board with a period-inspired design. Since the garage was too narrow to fit a modern car, and to improve the structural strength, we made the doors a bit narrower than the originals would have been. The old garage now complements the main house again and nestles nicely into the landscape.