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Creating a Backyard Getaway

September 4, 2017 in Blog

Sometimes you need to have a little area where you can escape from the disaster that can be the household. However, you don’t always have to travel far to obtain that feeling. You can create a little nirvana for yourself in your own backyard.

There have been many creative people that have transformed one of our storage buildings, gazebos or screen rooms into a meditation room, workout room, or an area where they could relax and have a moment to themselves.

I personally would choose to have a portable storage building to create the ultimate “man cave” with huge leather chairs, a projector screen that would come down from the ceiling and a collection of my favorite movies to watch without interruption.

Some of you might be wondering, “How would a portable building make a good man cave?” Well, these portable storage buildings are extremely well built and can survive hurricane force winds up to 160mph. Also, they’re super easy to maintain, it takes no more than a hose to wash out debris that gathers around the outside of the building for most cases.

Aside from my perfect backyard getaway, a few friends chimed in and suggested a couple of their suggestions:

Meditation Room

It would start out with a simple gazebo in the backyard with calming and warm flowers around the exterior. I’d have a yoga mat in the middle with the windows of the gazebo fully open and shining in light. It’s very simple and perfect to help clear the mind of all stress you have. I feel anything else would be a distraction and start cluttering up your meditation space.

Workout Room

If your dream getaway is when you’re psyching yourself out for a great workout, then creating the ultimate gym in your backyard will be the ideal retreat for you. This can be as simple or complex as you want it to be, however for an ideal workspace, you’ll need to have at least a 10’ x 10’ area, which is a perfect size for one of our portable screen rooms. You’ll want to work out in a space that’s protected from the outside elements, but has some natural lighting and screen windows for fresh air.

As long as your workout space has room for a weight machine for all your different lifts and some cardio equipment, then you should be set up for a perfect getaway for you.

These are a few ideas for our portable buildings. How would you use one of our buildings to create a backyard getaway?

Creating the Perfect Indoor Backyard Sanctuary

September 4, 2017 in Blog

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?