It's not really an addition, but it's not really a house either.
For some homeowners, a small detached cottage can be just the
ticket. Some customers are looking for a home office, study, or
hobby shop. Ybor City, Fla. resident Judy Greer wanted a guest
suite €” and she turned to Historic Shed for a
stand-alone solution, reports the Tiny House Blog ("
," by Kent Griswold). "My guests will be
comfortable and I'll keep my privacy," Greer remarked. "It's the
Experienced building movers who have re-located dozens of
historic structures in the Tampa Bay area, Jo-Anne Peck and Craig
DeRoin of Historic Shed decided to downsize their vision as they
neared the end of a multi-year preservation project. Now, the pair
is focused on small, custom-designed outbuildings for homes in
historic districts, where an off-the-shelf packaged storage shed
container won't pass zoning muster (see "
Historic Outbuilding In Hurricane Country
," Coastal Connection
1/11/11). The company panelizes the small buildings at an indoor
facility, then sets the units up on site with a minimum of
disruption to the peace and quiet of the neighborhood.
A video detailing the "re-construction" of a 14-foot by
16-foot guest cottage in Ybor City, Fla. by Historic
For quality control and ease of construction, Historic Shed
pre-assembles and finishes each unit inside (see below), then takes
it back apart and re-builds it on a site-built foundation and deck.
Truss or rafter roofs are also typically site-built. Because of the
high design wind speeds in the company's coastal location,
foundation-to-deck connections and other key connections have to
comply with code-required wind-engineering details. (
here for a full image and video gallery of the cottage
Various stages in the construction of one of Historic
Shed's buildings. The structure is fully assembled in the company's
A floor deck is fastened to one of the shed's brick
The wooden floor deck being constructed.
Installation of the first wall.
Putting up the roof trusses. This method allows as little
disruption as possible to life at the project site.
It's a niche market, for sure. But Jo-Anne Peck says the idea is
catching on. "We had a slow year last year, but things have picked
up quite a bit since January and we are now booked several months
out," she told Coastal Connection
. "Not sure if it's the
economy improving or that we have finally reached critical mass
with our advertising efforts. Most likely a combination of both.
Whatever it is, we are feeling very optimistic about Historic