• We've been advertisers in Hyde Park Living and Palma Ceia Living magazines (really nice full-sized glossy magazines) since they were first published a few years ago, as these are two of our favorite south Tampa neighborhoods. When I mentioned a recent project to the magazine director, Bradley Hassen, she very nicely offered to do a feature article in the magazines. The project highlighted is a two-story garage-apartment recently built in the Historic Hyde Park neighborhood. The article appears in the February issue of Hyde Park Living and will also be in the March issue of Palma Ceia Living. The magazines are mailed to residents of each neighborhood. Click on the link below to see the article in better detail. Hyde Park_Feb15 (dragged) For advertising info for your own company, contact Bradley Hassen at 813-494-0130. While this building will not be on the upcoming Historic Hyde Park Home Tour on February 28, Historic Shed will have a booth there and you can see the exterior of the two-story garage-apartment from the street, in between touring the fabulous historic homes. Stop by the booth and we will give you the address.

  • 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 recently completed this 10'x14' custom  garden shed to complement a 1920s residence in the Hyde Park historic neighborhood in Tampa. The storage shed features a gable roof with exposed rafter tails and eave brackets similar to the main house.

  • While definitions of what constitutes a bungalow home vary, the common ingredients generally include one to one-and-a-half stories, a full or nearly full-width front porch, and a low slope roof. Examples can exhibit a variety of architectural styles including Craftsman, Mission and vernacular. We have designed sheds to complement a variety of bungalow homes, most with Craftsman detailing such as eave brackets and exposed rafter tails. One of our earliest Historic Shed designs complemented a 1923 Craftsman bungalow within the historic Hyde Park neighborhood in Tampa. The bungalow featured a cross-gable roof with a small front gable vent dormer, a full width integral front porch with brick piers and round spool columns, integral carport, exposed rafter tails and eave brackets. We fully renovated the house, inside and out, including reopening the front porch that had been enclosed with jalousie windows and installing a period-inspired breakfast nook. Bungalow "Before" Bungalow "After" New Breakfast Nook As the renovations came to a close, the room that had been designated a home office was reallocated as a nursery for a second child. To replace the lost office space, we built a 10'x14' shed in the rear yard to complement the main house, complete with finished interior, electrical service, internet, cable TV and a wall unit AC. The new shed was designed and built with the same roof slope, gable end vents, exposed rafter tails, eave brackets, siding, etc. as the main house. The interior had wood flooring, beadboard-covered raised ceiling and board and batten interior walls. Because of site constraints, the shed was site-built. Framing the home office Historic Shed on site The home office shed nestled into the landscaping The shed is accessed via a bridge over a koi pond and has a reclaimed brick patio - not a bad commute!

  • If you were lucky enough to enjoy the lovely weather this past Saturday strolling through the historic Hyde Park neighborhood for the annual tour of homes, you might have considered looking for our Historic Shed display. We had arranged with the Neighborhood Association to show off a 6'x8' shed (shown left on wheels ready to load), which would double as a place for water sales for thirsty tour-goers. Unfortunately, as these things sometimes go, we ran into technical problems with our moving equipment and had to bow at at the last minute, leaving us feeling embarrassed and very disappointed. We apologize profusely to the neighborhood for not fulfilling our commitments and have already resolved the equipment problem. We are chalking this up to lessons learned and are focusing on the next neighborhood event in the College Park neighborhood in Orlando at the end of the month. Hopefully the next time will go smoothly. Wish us luck!

  • Historic Shed has teamed up with the historic Hyde Park Neighborhood to display a custom shed as part of their annual Home Tour. On March 7, the neighborhood will once again open the doors of some of its finest historic homes to the public, raising funds for neighborhood improvements and showcasing some great historic architecture.Eight homes are on this year's walking tour, featuring rehabilitated historic bungalows along with examples of new home in-fill designed to complement the National Register Historic District. Docents from the International Academy of Design and Technology will highlight architectural design elements at each home, and local caterers and restaurateurs will provide a progressive lunch. Antique cars are also making a first-time appearance at the Tour. The New Florida Region Model A Restorers Club of Tampa will display their beautifully restored cars at each home, enhancing the historic-period ambiance.Day-of-event tickets are available at Kate Jackson Park for $25. Advance-sale tickets are $20 through www.HistoricHomeTours.com or from selected local merchants throughout Tampa. The Tour begins at Kate Jackson Park, with homes open from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.We are delighted to be a part of this great event and look forward to spending a day amid the lovely tree-lined streets of Hyde Park. Please stop bye and say hello while you enjoy your tour!