• Craftsman Bungalow Garage Orlando

    Earlier this year we built a custom garage in the historic Lake Lawsona- Ferncreek neighborhood in Orlando, Florida. Unfortunately, when the garage was first finished, we didn't get very good photos. Luckily, when we went back in April for the Lake Lawsona Garden Tour, we were able to swing by and see the garage nestled beautifully in the finished yard. The Lake Lawsona - Ferncreek Garden Tour takes place every other year, alternating annually with the Lake Eola Heights Neighborhood Garden Tour and is well worth attending. This year, we were given booth space near H. H. Dickson Azalea Park, which is a phenomenal historic natural landscape park comprised of a ravine down the middle of the neighborhood. It is a great asset that complements the lovely 1920s homes that make up the neighborhood.

  • The City of Ormond Beach, Florida proudly titles itself the "Birthplace of Speed" with a long history of auto racing that started in 1902 on the hard packed beach sand when automobiles were new and existing roads were poor. After the Winton Bullet won a Challenge Cup against the Olds Pirate by a breathtaking two-tenths of a second in 1903, Ormond Beach established itself as the ideal proving ground for automobile designers and racing aficionados from around the world. Motorcycle and automobile owners and drivers brought vehicles powered by gasoline, steam and electric engines, sometimes cruising at over 100 miles per hour along the ocean side. You can see actual race footage on the beach from 1905 on YouTube at Ormond Beach Florida Auto Races. While autos may still drive along the beach, beach racing is now only commemorated at Birthplace of Speed Park, located on A1A at the intersection of SR40. The park has a series of markers telling the story of racing and provide wonderful views of the ocean. The park used to showcase two replicas of the two history-changing racers, the Winton Bullet and the Olds Pirate, but the ocean climate made maintaining the cars difficult and they were removed for repairs. Members of the Motor Racing Heritage Association decided that it would be ideal to bring back another piece of Ormond Beach racing history and place it in the park to protect the replica cars. The Ormond Garage was built in 1904 by Henry Flagler, railroad magnate and owner of the Ormond Hotel, to accommodate participating race cars during the beach races (and to keep them away from the front of his hotel). The large garage housed the drivers and mechanics during the speed time trials, while the owners and manufacturers stayed at the hotel. While much larger than could be accommodated within the park, the old garage was to serve as design inspiration for a new structure to house and protect the replica race cars in Birthplace of Speed Park. The Motor Racing Heritage Association began fund raising in order to build the garage, and came to Historic Shed to discuss the project. After a few design iterations to make the project more affordable, and a couple of years of fund raising, the project was officially launched at the end of 2012. Last week, the interior was completed and the first of the replica cars will move in shortly.     This very fun project would not have been the same without Suzanne Heddy, Director of the Ormond Beach Historical Society and Motor Racing Heritage Association Treasurer; Ron Piasecki, President of the Motor Racing Heritage Association, Inc.; and Dan Smith, Hometown News writer and  Motor Racing Heritage Association's  "Go To Guy" and the numerous other racing history fans in the area. We offer so many thanks for their direction, entertainment and support! Some more info on the garage project and racing history can be found at these links: A tribute to the famous Ormond Garage 1904-1976 Ormond Garage replica going up in Speed Park City’s heritage on display with new replica garage Green shed marks auto racing's starting line The History of Speed in Ormond Beach Motor Racing Heritage Association Ormond Beach Historical Society

  • In Florida, we don't always need a full garage to protect our vehicles. We prefer to keep our cars out of the sun and rain, but since we don't deal with snow, walls are nice, but not required. Therefore, many homes built after the 1920s, when cars became commonplace, have integral carports as part of the design in Florida, even when they also have a detached garage. Other Florida homes have a detached carport design that is easy to add to any historic home property. These designs date from the 1880s through today, with elements from Craftsman Bungalows, Colonial Revival, and Mid-Century Modern all used to make unique and useful structures. Historic Shed can custom design a detached car port to complement your historic home to protect your car and enhance your yard. Each design can incorporate details from the main house, using traditional materials and design elements that will look right at home at your historic property. These structures can double as entertainment pavilions as well for special occasions. Some various carport/ storage options that may work for you:  

  • We were recently contacted by the owners of a lovely 1940s Mission style home who could not find a suitable replacement  garage door for their home. Since the door opening is a non-standard size, it required a custom replacement door, quoted at $7000 from an overhead garage door supplier. Luckily, they saw one of our signs in front of another project we'd recently completed and called us. Below are photos of the before and after. Since the garage is attached to the house, the doors are very visible from the street and make a big impact on the home's curb appeal. For more information (and pricing) on our carriage house style doors go to https://historicshed.com/historic-home-accessories/carriage-house-style-doors/.

  • American Bungalow magazine has republished a great article on Bungalow Garages from its Winter 2000 issue on its website. The article has great background information on the development of the garage as a building type, as well as appropriate design features, and ways to adapt for modern use. The article can be viewed at http://www.americanbungalow.com/2010/07/the-bungalow-garage/. Garages are a significant contributing element to historic properties, adding both charm and function when properly maintained. Historic garages typically can be fairly easily repaired, with missing architectural elements replaced and traditional-looking, yet modern-functioning elements used. There are several benefits to retaining a historic garage instead of building new. Repairing a historic garage maintains original historic fabric at your historic property. In addition, they are already designed to complement your home; are built with traditional, old growth materials; and many historic garages are built within new zoning setbacks, allowing you to make use of areas of your yard that would be off-limits if you built new. If you are not lucky enough too have a historic garage in place, a new garage that complements your historic home can be designed by the professionals at Historic Shed that blends seamlessly into your property and is built with traditional materials and methods that are time-tested for the Florida climate, while meeting modern requirements.

  • At Historic Shed, we custom build our out-swinging double doors, common on historic carriage houses and early garages, out of cypress bead board with a solid wood cypress frame. We install the doors using heavy-duty, period-appropriate hinges that will ensure that your doors will perform trouble-free for many years. The doors are perfect for retrofitting historic garages as well as for new outbuilding/ shed installations. Click on the images to see the door details up close.