Creating the Perfect Indoor Backyard Sanctuary

by AmyM 20. August 2013 05:10

As much as we might love our spouses/boyfriends/roommates/members of the family, ladies, sometimes don’t you just need a space all to yourself? As nice as it might be to dream of having your own wing of the house, or even just a room to yourself, sometimes it’s just not possible. And even if you do have your own den or home office, if you’re living in shared quarters, chances are good that you’ll encounter interruptions from those roommates and loved ones.

So what can you do if you really need a quiet retreat but don’t have a ton of extra space? Think of converting a portable building into your backyard sanctuary.
Pre-owned portable building

There are a lot of uses for portable buildings, but a guest room or addition to your home may not be one that immediately comes to your mind. However, we’ve actually had customers use our portable buildings as an extension their home. One of our customers turned her portable building into a craft room, and another purchased a portable building to use for homeowners association meetings. With a little creativity and some planning, these portable buildings can become your home away from home – in your own backyard.

Our buildings come wired for electricity, so you don’t have to worry about not having proper hookups for lighting and cooling. You’ll likely need to purchase a small air conditioning unit or fan to keep your building cool during the warm summer months. Then, start to think about your flooring and paint options. Some bright rugs can really add an impact and nice flair of color inside the small space, and a warm, cheery paint color can really transform the room from portable building to your backyard oasis.

After painting is complete (make sure you keep the building’s windows open while the paint dries!), you can begin selecting furniture. The nice thing about this space is that you can make it just for you, so purchase any furniture you might have previously deemed “not kid-friendly.” Because of the smaller space, lighter colors would probably be best to make the space appear light and airy.

If you’re going to make the portable building into a home office, invest in a sturdy desk, bookshelves, and any other storage option you might need to make the most of the space. Taking advantage of vertical space by stacking things on top of one another is a great tip to make the most of what space you have. (IKEA is great for space-saving options.)

If you need some inspiration for some small spaces that have made a big impact, here are a few ideas:

Here is a backyard guesthouse, a beautiful garden room (great for afternoon drinks or just a nice place to relax and watch the kids in the yard), and a shabby chic garden shed that’s great for a home office or library (someplace where you need to focus and don’t need a lot of distractions).


What are some ways you would use a portable building as an addition on your home?


High Quality and Low Maintenance

by AmyM 12. June 2013 08:45

Considering purchasing a portable building but worried that the upkeep might be more than you can manage? If you purchase a portable building from Buildings and More, you can rest assured that your building will not only be durable for years to come, but that it will require minimal upkeep.

The first concern many homeowners in Florida might have is how these portable buildings will hold up during hurricane season, which lasts from June 1 to November 30. Florida already was doused by Tropical Storm Andrea very early this season, and the National Hurricane Center estimates a very active hurricane season this year. All of our portable buildings have a wind load up to 160 mph, which would register as a Category 5 hurricane, the most destructive classification of storms there is.

In addition to the wind load all the portable buildings have, the buildings are anchored to the ground using mobile home anchors. If the building has a concrete foundation as some larger portable buildings and carports might, they are anchored to the ground using concrete anchors.

Aside from knowing your portable building can withstand storm-force winds, our portable buildings require little to no upkeep to keep the exterior looking new. You don’t have to worry about paint or ongoing pest control services, and if you need to clean the exterior, a simple solution of bleach and water is all you need for a slight scrub down.

However, the cleanliness of the interior of your portable building is up to you. A broom should be all you need to keep the interior of your portable building clean, depending on how frequently you use your building and how you use your portable building.


The True Cost of Renting a Storage Unit

by AmyM 20. May 2013 05:56

Let’s face it: We tend to hold onto a lot of “stuff.” And when our homes are overrun with our stuff, we look for other storage options. Approximately 10.8 million households, or 1 in 10, currently rent a self-storage unit, which is 65 percent more people than just 15 years ago. The total amount of rentable storage space in the U.S. is now 2.3 billion square feet, which is about 78 square miles, or an area that is three times larger than Manhattan.

Even with the average home size increasing, the need for storage continues to grow. The average lease for residential self-storage is 11 to 12.5 months, and commercial storage needs are even greater. The average commercial self-storage lease ranges 23 to 24 months, giving storage companies ample opportunity to reap financial benefit from your crowded space.

 While rental prices for storage units range depending on location and facility, spending a year or two paying storage fees isn’t the best option financially when you can rent to own your own space, or purchase a custom storage unit outright. In addition to the fees you pay to rent your storage unit, you’ll need to factor in time and money spent driving to and from the storage facility when you need to get your items out.

Instead, consider purchasing a portable storage building or renting to own. Not only is this a better deal financially, but you will also always have immediate access to whatever items you keep in storage. Plus, even if you move homes, you can easily take the storage building with you so you have it available on your new property.

We offer several financing options, with rent to own programs that feature low down payments and affordable payment options that fit your budgets. Our storage buildings can also be built with your custom needs in mind, so you never have to settle with what the storage company has to offer. And because it’s your building, you don’t have to worry about shoddy storage unit upkeep.