Some people like working with their hands. Getting dirty. Creating something out of nearly nothing.
Most creative types have a hard time finding a niche…finding the material or medium they want to work with.
Not so with our founder, Mike Skiera.
Mike’s love of craftsmanship and woodworking was born in high school shop class and has blossomed into a thriving business serving Florida with quality, American made gazebos, pergolas, playsets, sheds and other outdoor specialty items.
As a native Floridian, Mike knows all too well how Florida’s weather impacts property. The heat and constant threat of tropical storms and hurricanes mean that the products that are sold and installed in our state have to be built a certain way.
So, he started to write a book. Sort of….
The History Of Building Codes And The Hitching Post
When Mike first opened the doors on the Hitching Post in 1979, there was a period when the counties didn’t know how to regulate the building and permitting process of such specialized outdoor structures. After a decade of meetings between industry experts like Mike and others, a separate building code and permitting process was put into place.
Those initial regulations and codes have since been modified and have become more specialized depending on the type of outdoor structure that is being built and installed.
Mike has been working with local officials and engineers in Florida for years. Those combined efforts have resulted in stricter building codes and standards for our products. They are standards that we meet or exceed in each of our outdoor specialty items. We are proud to only offer structures that are expertly crafted, safe and meet Miami-Dade wind load ratings (up to 170 MPH).
Advocate For Safe Products
Mike and the staff at the Hitching Post continue to be advocates for safety and quality in the outdoor structures that are built and installed in Florida. We work with engineers and customers every day to ensure that whatever addition to your home or backyard you are considering, it is of the highest quality and will last for years to come.
We have been here since 1979 because we are experts at what we do and because we provide our customers with outdoor products that last for years, are beautiful and safe.
We are proud of the outdoor structures we build and we stand by them. We are here 6 days a week. Let us know what we can build for you.