• 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.

  • Small storage shed in Ybor City, Tampa, FL

    Some images from 2012 Historic Shed building projects (click on the image to see a slideshow): [nggallery id=14] And here are some random images from the shop and various job sites throughout the year (we are a family owned business, so pardon all the shots of our children): [nggallery id=15]

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Bungalows typically have great curb appeal, but when set amid entire neighborhoods of historic bungalows they are even better. The shed featured in this Bungalow Shed post is located in a great tree-lined, National Register-listed, Florida neighborhood with 325 contributing buildings, the majority of which are bungalow residences. Like many areas we get the pleasure of working in, the attractive neighborhood is very walkable, neighbors are friendly, and the dogs are spoiled. The house we were asked to build a shed for is a classic wood-framed Craftsman bungalow with a full-width front porch with tapered piers, a jerkinhead roof with broad eaves supported by outriggers, and an attached porte cochere. The house came with a large, dilapidated modern shed when the current owners purchased it, but which was deemed not worthy of repairing. They came to Historic Shed for a new attractive, traditional looking shed that would enhance their yard and meet the local historic district Design Guidelines. Designed for the owners by architect Alan Dobbs, the new shed incorporates the siding and trim details, roof-line, and outriggers of the main house while adding traditional elements such as the bead-board carriage house style doors. At 12'x12', the storage shed did not require a permit for construction, but did have to undergo design approval by historic preservation staff. (Each municipality has different permitting requirement for sheds; ie. Tampa allows storage sheds up to 150 s.f. to be built without a permit, St. Petersburg 100 s.f., and Deland requires permits for all sheds no matter the size. Historic Shed is able to provide the construction drawings and apply for permits when required.)   The shed under construction in our shop The finished storage shed with jerkinhead roof, gable vent, outriggers, and siding to match the main house Clipped eave detail Carriage House style door detail Used for storage, the shed has a plywood interior for added strength and to allow shelves, hooks and other accessories to be easily hung on the walls. 1x6 roof sheathing over exposed trusses and plywood-covered walls

  • We designed what I consider our cutest shed to date (it is pink, after all) for a 1920s jerkinhead Florida bungalow with Craftsman and Tudor influences. The stucco house has a prominent chimney on the front elevation, rounded rafter tails, wonderful arched brackets supporting broad eaves, and decorative cut outriggers on the clipped gable ends. The owners contacted Historic Shed for a series of home improvement projects including building a new fence and custom gate, installing new carriage house style doors on the historic garage, and constructing a new jerkinhead shed. With the exception of replacement windows at the sunporch, this romantic bungalow remains largely unaltered with many great architectural details Decorative elements on the main elevation The first project we undertook at the bungalow was to relocate the side fence towards the front of the property in order to increase the backyard size. As part of the fence relocation, we installed a custom cypress gate with a speakeasy door with metal grill. The arch of the gate door was designed to reflect the arched front door of the home. Arched garden gate Speakeasy door detail The historic garage on the property was largely intact, complete with a historic screened addition on one side, but with a 1950s-era metal garage door that looked out of character on the building. Historic Shed built and installed new carriage house type doors made of cypress bead board hung with heave duty strap hinges for a more compatible historic appearance. Garage with new carriage house style doors installed The new outbuilding project that we constructed at the home was an 8'x10' jerkinhead shed that incorporated design elements from both the main house and historic garage. The owners were exploring ideas to hide the pool pump in the backyard and had considered several options before finding our HistoricShed.com ad in a historic neighborhood newsletter. They decided that our shed styles were the perfect solution for maintaining the historic look of their property, gaining useful space, and hiding the pool pump. The yard with pool equipment visible The pool equipment hidden inside the new shed The shed incorporated the jerkinhead roof line, rounded rafter tails and arched screen door of the main house.  The dropped siding used matched the historic garage screened addition. A screened door, two screened window openings protected by batten shutters, and gable end vents were utilized to ensure that the shed and equipment had adequate ventilation. Arched screen door and exposed rounded rafter tails Batten awning shutters over screened openings The shed nestled in the yard The owners had this to say about their new shed, "We had a large group of people visit this weekend. People who had never visited assumed the shed was original to the property; people who knew it was new were amazed that it 'looks like it's always been here!' Good job!" To see how this shed was built, watch the slideshow on the home page of our website at www.HistoricShed.com.

  • 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!

  • 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!