• Several years ago I was contacted by a woman who was in the process of buying a house in the historic Gillespie Park neighborhood in Sarasota. The 1920s house came with a detached garage in not-so-great shape, placed awkwardly in the middle of the yard and she wanted to replace it. Then she had a few big life changes, including moving out of the country, and the plans for the garage were put on hold. When she called back last year, she no longer wanted to just replace the garage. Instead, since the main house was being used as a vacation rental, they wanted to add a garage apartment that could also be rented out. Historic Shed™ designed a two-story, two car garage apartment with details that complemented the main house with a one bedroom, one bath layout. We also included a large porch for a private sitting area for visitors, accessed by an exterior stair. The cottage is available for rent at: https://www.vrbo.com/811457 So far, it has some rave reviews.    

  • Cottage/ Tiny House by Historic Shed Florida

    We were approached by someone in the historic Duckpond neighborhood in Gainesville looking to add an accessory cottage in her back yard. After some design iterations, we ended up building a 16'x20' version of our Starlet cottage with elements that complemented her historic home. The design was approved by the Gainesville Preservation Board.

  • Historic Shed will host a one day workshop on Saturday, March 21 starting at 10 am at 1212 Ponce de Leon Boulevard, Brooksville, FL 34601 to discuss designing and building both site-built Small Homes/ Cottages and Tiny Homes on Wheels (THOW). REGISTRATION NOW CLOSED. See you Saturday! The morning portion of the Workshop will focus on Zoning and Building Codes for Site Built Small Homes in Florida. This session will be presented by Historic Shed president and licensed Florida Building Contractor, Jo-Anne Peck. What you can build, where Research a property's zoning Uses Building Planning Florida Building Code Minimum room sizes Habitable rooms Egress requirements Lofts/ Stairs Required clearances for fixtures Utilities Wind maps/ meeting load requirements Shutters Construction drawings Permitting process Inspections during the build And more... We hope to take some of the mystery out of the design/ build process for both the DIYer and those considering hiring a contractor to build their little dream home. The afternoon sessions will include:  Downsizing your Life (including Children) to fit in a Tiny House with Pat Dunham. Pat Dunham, tiny spaces coach and speaker, will outline ways you can live comfortably in your own small space.  Her ideas work for space-challenged living environments from tiny homes to efficiency apartments to RV's and boats. Long before the tiny house movement began, Pat lived that life aboard a boat with her husband and six children.  She will speak on the many benefits of living small while offering practical advice for downsizing and useful tips for creating storage solutions. Container Homes Jarrid Dotterer, co-founder of the Container Division of Chocolate Peach Construction, a company that focuses on sustainable building, will speak on container homes.  He will cover the acquisition of the container to the construction process and the potential that a container has.  Jarrid will share the challenges unique to containers, including the type of steel, as well as the special skills and tools needed to turn them into your own tiny home.  His background in the construction field and his passion for repurposing materials qualifies him to share his knowledge with individuals wishing to explore their options. Building Your Tiny House on Wheels with Andrew Bennett of Trekker Trailers . Shorty Robbins on Tiny House Building with SIPS/ Finding a Place to Live in Your THOW. Ms. Robbins has also graciously offered to bring her THOW to the Workshop to tour! More info to follow on these portions of the Workshop. Some other topics may also be added. Registration for the Workshop is required so we can plan appropriately. Lunch will be provided. The Workshop will be held in a well ventilated covered space, but that does not have air conditioning. A small house will hopefully still be under construction at the shop for touring. Please contact us with any questions or concerns.

  • Historic Shed was contacted by a couple who live in the Hyde Park historic district in Tampa to design a garage and guest room for a very unusual lot. Triangular in shape, their small lot was just over 4,500 sf and contained a lovely one-story Craftsman bungalow with less than 1,000 sf. The atypical lot was further constrained by a large protected oak tree on the site, and one on a neighbor's lot, just over the property line. With Tampa's strong tree protection ordinances, this left little space to build. Building up was the only real option to maximize the remaining lot space. After tweaking the design to fit the lot and meeting with Tampa's Historic Preservation Office and Forestry Department, the resulting project created a 12'x20' one-car garage with apartment above. A 6'x8' one-story shed allowed additional storage while accommodating the lot's shape and giving a visual step down from the two-story volume to the street. The stairs were placed at the rear of the building for privacy with an exterior design that allowed them to encroach within the required oak tree setback. The garage design itself took its cues from the main house which had a low-sloped front-gable roof and very wide eaves. Walls were clad in lap siding and an existing skirt board was inspiration for a belt course on the new building. The new outbuilding was kept simpler in architectural detail, but clearly complementing the main residence. See more about the Two-story Garage-apartment options. A two-car version is in the works as well.

  • Historic Shed will be participating in two events next weekend. On Saturday, April 14th, 2012 we will be a featured speaker at the Tampa Preservation, Inc. Historic Homes Workshop. The annual event is free and offers 12 workshops geared towards historic homeowners that want to renovate their home in an architecturally and historically sensitive manner. The workshops will be run three at a time, so you will be able to attend up to four sessions during the day. Historic Shed's topic will be "Improving Energy Efficiency in Historic Homes", focusing on practical, inexpensive ways to reduce energy use. Other speakers will discuss Wood Window Repair, Restoring Wood Floors, Researching You Home's History, Florida Friendly Landscaping and much more. For more information, please see the Tampa Preservation website. On Sunday, April 15th, Historic Shed will be a featured speaker during day 2 of the Tumbleweed Tiny House Workshop in Miami. We will discuss Florida Building Codes in relation to small homes and cottages. These events are very informative and popular, so register soon if you are interested. We are looking forward to being a part of the event and meeting other tiny building aficionados, including author and workshop leader Derek "Deek" Diedricksen and Tiny House blogger Alex Pino. For more information  and to register see: http://www.tumbleweedhouses.com/blog/3-guest-speakers-confirmed-for-the-miami-workshop. Tiny House Workshop press: http://www.sun-sentinel.com/entertainment/fl-tiny-houses-040812-20120406,0,2438495.story?page=1

  • We were pleasantly surprised to see our Historic Shed designed and built cottage featured this week on the popular Tiny House Blog website. Kent Griswold, who runs the site, was gracious enough to not only publish the web story about the cottage, but also the video showing its construction and our collection of installation photos. Many thanks for allowing us space on this forum - we love to read the comments!

  • Historic homes have plenty of charm and character, but are often short on space. This is especially true when company arrives. Ybor City resident Judy Greer has found an affordable solution to that problem: she is installing a guest cottage behind her home. Designed and built by Historic Shed, a Brooksville-based outbuilding specialty company, the cottage complements her historic home and adds to the neighborhood character. The cottage has a bedroom and full bath, and is roughly the size of a typical hotel room. Construction of a detached building was a less expensive alternative to building an addition to her home. Moreover, there was no construction inconvenience since all the work took place in her back yard, without disturbing her house. “My guests will be comfortable and I’ll keep my privacy,” say Ms. Greer. “It’s the perfect set-up. My neighbor is considering something similar for her mother-in law.” Historic Shed designs and builds outbuildings for historic homes, from simple garden sheds, to garages, to cottages like Ms. Greer’s. The custom designs incorporate architectural elements from existing historic homes and use traditional materials and detailing. Historic preservation consultant, Jo-Anne Peck and her contractor husband, Craig DeRoin began building Historic Shed outbuildings in 2008 to fill a void in the market for historic homeowners. “Many historic homeowners don’t want a stock metal or vinyl shed in their backyard, and in many cases they are actually prohibited by local historic district design guidelines,” says Ms. Peck. “We also get many calls from owners of newer homes who just want an attractive backyard building.” Each Historic Shed outbuilding is constructed in a warehouse, broken back down into individual walls and roof for delivery, and then reassembled on site. Installation typically takes 2-3 days for garden sheds and two or more weeks for a more complex structure such as the cottage due to coordination with electrical and plumbing contractors. For more information, see the website at HistoricShed.com.