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Metal Garages - EngineeredWhat a unique building structure this is; a metal garage that is a full 30 feet wide by 70 feet long!

Feast your eyes on this gorgeous engineered dream…A tall garage made of steel that is so long, it will easily accommodate six large work vehicles.  Tractors and trailers, a golf cart, a backhoe can all be stored in this tidy but large garage.  This garage is above and beyond the average person’s needs because it caters to people or businesses that need to safely store large vehicles all together in one structure.  engineered metal garages

For home use, this garage could be built to suit your needs, even including parking a school bus or RV, camper or 5th wheel travel trailer.  With this garage, you can safely keep your large trucks or vehicles out of the weather and protected from snow, ice and wind.  No matter where you live in the USA, this engineered building will keep your stuff covered and protected while still allowing you plenty of room to work.

Get an instant online price for whatever size steel garage you are interested in!

This week I have been recovering from PRK surgery (today is 2 weeks post-op).  I have also been working on a slew of pages on our website where I am updating title tags and META information, just to name a few updates.  While I was performing these site updates, I got to thinking how I might be able to help the kids appreciate those who have less by actually living with less.  It really is possible to live in one of our portable storage buildings or garages at an economical price, by the way.

Simplification? Less is More

copyright www.becomingminimalist.com Today, we had a discussion as a family of four regarding simplification.  We are considering going very simple for one week and limiting ourselves in order to appreciate what we have and reduce our impact on the environment.  Perhaps as a result of simplifying family life, we could make some semi-permanent or permanent changes after our experiment concludes, we shall see.

You said what?  How can I go one week without checking my Clash of Clans or text messages?  How can I survive without using packaging of any kind?  What if I miss important text messages?  Answers: online games are just that, online, and we can play cards or a board game as a family for entertainment.  We do not have to use paper towels, cardboard packaging or plastic bottles to eat, drink and stay clean.  Without text messages as communication, someone will just have to pick up the phone and give their friend a ring!

Materialism in general just seems to be a big issue all over the United States, especially compared to other parts of the world.  Most urban areas of the USA are very modern and hardly any “small town” lacks for anything:  almost everyone has the Internet, television, etc.  It is very easy to see what other people have and personally want more of it because we don’t have it.  Pretty soon, a snowball effect starts happening, where we either buy to much or try to compensate for materialistic desires in other ways.  It is not what we have that is the problem, it is cultivating a desire for more more more!  No matter what, the desire to be rich or have a bunch materially can and will catch us in a snare.

Side Note:  In our family, we are not aesthetics, nor are we considering this limitation for any type of religious connections or any spiritual or emotional voodoo.  We are not trying to deny ourselves to try to be psychotic; we merely want to see how we could benefit by considering what we already have; “You don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone” kind of thing.


hotelzon.comHere is a basic outline of what we are considering to reduce our family footprint for one week:

  • No electronics such as TV, tablets, smart phones, etc. (since we work from home, we will heed to use the Internet to make a living but this electronics restriction applies to leisure time).
  • Drink only water or herbal tea.  This means that we would not have any caffeinated, sugary or sweetened beverages.
  • Eat healthy, raw foods, no processed junk.  Basically, by this I mean fruits and veggies and rice (as examples) but the food would not be “junk food”; having no chemicals or preservatives in it.  We have a small garden already and we can make use of this space for fresh, healthy raw foods.
  • Try not to use electricity:  Obviously, I know we need to use electricity (again, since we work from home online, there is that).  I just want to see how much we can limit our utility use, perhaps reducing the electric bill.  Maybe we can save money and use candles after dark!
  • No air conditioning:  Summer is in full swing here in Georgia, so we would definitely feel the affects of turning off the AC, however I think it can be done.  People used to live without air conditioning in this same hot, humid weather and many people still do!
  • Limit shower time to 5-7 minutes per person:  This saves hot water and what needs to be done to get clean can be accomplished within this time frame.  Another hot water heater savings would be to only wash our clothing in cold water (which I already do).
  • Each person keeps their own eating materials clean and simple:  So we would have one of each of the following:  fork, spoon, knife, plate, bowl and glass.  Each family member would see to it that their utensils, etc. were washed and dried after each use.  To cut down on the need to wash extra items, we would only use one of each per person for the week.  If someone gets ready to eat and they are missing a fork for instance, then they have to go find their fork and make sure it’s clean before eating; they can’t just grab another fork and move on.
  • Try to limit clothing use:  By this I mean grabbing another clean shirt when the one we have on is perfectly fine.  Sometimes, for whatever reason, we end up changing more than once per day and this would cut out the extra clothing use.  Of course we would be clean but there are clothing items that can be re-worn before washing (not underwear of course!).  This idea boils down to one week laundry cycles.  We would start out the week with all clean clothing but not wash anything during the one week or wear more than one outfit per day.
  • Use only natural items:  Try not to use throw-away plastic bottles, paper towels, or items that have packaging.

I think trying out this idea would show our family that we can live on less while still seeing how much of an impact we have on the environment.  Plus overall, as mentioned previously, I think we would learn to appreciate what we have more after this experiment was over.  This is the kind of thing that can be learned much better by practice rather than explanation and at the very least we can say we tried something new and stuck with it fully for one week!

What are your thoughts about simplicity?

If you want to try living a more simple life and you are serious about downsizing, consider a “tiny house” idea with one of our economical portable buildings or insulated garages.  Some people are very serious about the idea of living in extreme simplicity and having a home that it portable makes things even easier.  You could still have water/sewer hookup, HVAC, electrical, etc. and enjoy a much smaller and more simplified, yet secure, abode.

 

 

Have you ever seen metal buildings and wondered if people could live in one?  This metal building has been finished and furnished so that people could actually live here!  It is hard to imagine that this is a metal building on the outside when it looks so homey and cozy on the inside?  Check out these pictures of what can be done to make a metal building inhabitable, even trendy!  Inhabiting a metal building could be a very cost-effective lifestyle for people in this economy in many settings.  Living in a metal building could support a sustainable lifestyle, repurposing items for use in a friendly environment.  If you have any questions about perhaps trying this idea at your lake house or lake property or as a place in the woods, contact us and we will help you out.  You may think this living idea would work well as a cabin on property where you or your friends go hunting seasonally.  Whatever your metal building needs may be, feel free to let us know if you have questions and we will be happy to help you out with your sturdy structure.  This is simple living where you can live simply and enjoy your space!  This building idea is a great way to minimalize and downsize in order to live a more simple lifestyle.

 

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Josh working with his bees

My husband, Josh Morris, is really into bees. He is officially a beekeeper (apiarist) {beekeeper is a person who keeps honey bees (i.e. practices beekeeping). Honey bees produce commodities such as honey, beeswax, pollen, and royal jelly, while some beekeepers also raise queens and bees to sell to other farmers, and to satisfy scientific curiosity.}

My husband also rescues honey bees within the state of Georgia when pest control companies are called or even 911 emergency regarding bees. My husband goes out and rescues a honeybee hive if someone calls, for example, and has bees nesting in the walls of their home, their chimney or a tree on their property, etc.

Interestingly, it is not illegal to kill honey bees, per the Georgia Department of Agriculture website which states, “This is a common misconception, even within the pest control industry. Although the Georgia legislature named the honey bee as the state’s ‘official’ insect, the designation does not offer any legal or regulatory protection.”  For many people, the common myth that it is illegal to kill honeybees does save many hives and colonies of bees.

My husband has been working on a solar wax melting project. He is re-purposing household items to use in the process of making something to naturally melt beeswax.

Beeswax is anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, anti-allergenic, and has germicidal antioxidant pure melted beeswaxproperties which make it beneficial for wound healing too!

Re-purposing beeswax is effective and productive in many ways, besides also helping bees.  Beeswax is not melted down naturally just in order to make candles! I found this to be an interesting topic and thought I would write about this to increase awareness regarding bees, how to work with honey bees instead of against them and how we’re doing our part to help save the bees.

To assist a beekeeper (apiarian), we offer portable storage buildings.  Our portable sheds are well suited for the storage of beekeeping supplies (supers, frames, extractors, etc.) as well as keeping honey and even bees themselves!

 Below you will see pictured the solar wax melting technique we are trying out.  It is an ice chest/cooler, as shown.  Inside, Josh has placed a section of the R-4.3 insulation, which is used on the metal garages we well.  (R-4.3 insulation:  ¼” double-bubble insulation in the units that we build. The price is $1.00 per square foot (of side-wall, end-wall, and roof square footage). It has an R-Value of 4.3. To determine the cost visit here.)

After placing the insulation in the cooler, Josh next put a brass thermometer in order to see how high a temperature was achieved in the cooler.  The last few steps were to place a piece of Plexiglas on the cooler and secure it with a common clay brick on each end.  This way, there is a clear view into the melter and we can see the temperature easily.

Josh decided to try this method and inside the solar wax melter, he was able to achieve 150-170 degree temperatures in less than 2 hours time, on an overcast day at that!

I hope you have enjoyed this overview of our solar wax melting project!  -SLM


 Solar Wax Melting Project   

Temperature of Solar Wax Melting

Simplify:  Downsizing, minimizing or minimalizing and repurposing all bring to mind living within or beneath one’s means, wouldn’t you say? This would make us think of living a simple life, living with less, cleaning up and getting rid of unwanted or unnecessary stuff. Lately this has been on my mind, perhaps because we are now officially into Spring and the weather has been a positive motivation toward getting things done. It has been my goal for some time to have LESS “stuff” in our home, keeping in mind the saying that “Less is more”.

This whole concept of simplicity in general may be easier said than done. A lot of us have things that we just do not want, need or can no longer maintain, all “stuff”.

Keep It Or Not?  One way I have found useful in order to determine if I can do without an item is to put it in a specific place for a period of 6 months. This may seem to be a long period of time and for some items, it is. It may not be necessary to hold on to something for six months, especially if it will not be used or needed again, however this is just for items that I am not sure about. Then, I will set an alarm on my phone and at the 6 month time, go to my designated spot and evaluate whether i need the item (perhaps seasonal clothing, camping items, etc.) If I am still not using the item in question by this time, it can go one of two ways: either it can go directly to one of 3 piles, “donations”, “keep” or “sell” or secondly, it can stay right where it is for another set time period to see whether it will be useful in the future.

We can downsize, as mentioned in this article, minimalize in order to live a simpler lifestyle and repurpose the items that we already have, in order to make our lives easier and more green.

Storage:  Homes in the US just do not seem to be built with sufficient storage for the families that fill them these days. We usually end up with more stuff than we may want or need, but we do need a place to put our belongings.  For me, this time-tested idea does require that I have a specific location in my home or storage buildings and garages set aside to be a temporary holding place for “stuff”. I have a GPB storage building, which is easy to set up with labeled sections for items that need to be stored.

Portable storage buildings from GPB, Inc make a lot of sense because they can be set up and leveled and kept dry and vermin/bug-free. Why would you want to invest in a portable storage building if you are trying to get rid of extra “stuff”?  Two reasons to invest in a portable building include:  (1) It can be moved in the future if you want to sell it back or trade it in for a larger (or smaller) building, (2) In case your family moves in the future it is fairly easy to move the building as well – so the building can even be a temporary storage place (3) Portable buildings add value to home and property and the building could be sold already installed if you choose.

Solve:  We are interested in how to solve the problem of too much stuff and not enough simplicity and a great solution is to just make the decision and get it done.  We know what we can live with and without and just taking the initiative to solve the problem is really what is required.  What if you knew you could buy a car that was nice for your family: it had great safety features, got good gas mileage and was the right size, plus it allowed you to save money to go on a vacation or two extra per year.  Even if the car has a few cons or things you didn’t like as much, would you invest in it?  Most people would buy that car.  How willing are we to part with items (or “stuff”) that could make us money, help others, save us money on taxes or go right into our savings account?  Like that great car, we can make sound decisions to solve our “stuff” problem by taking the steps now and deciding what we want to keep, sell or donate.  In the meantime, a great step toward solving our storage problem is to look into a portable storage building, garage or utility shed from GPB, Inc., a trusted source for secure and sturdy storage structures across the USA.

Hi Dave,

Hope you got the message I left for you after our building was delivered on April 6th to North Carolina, but am also writing to ensure that you did with this email. First of all, sorry for the delay as we don’t have internet service in the rural hills of Lincolnton and just returned to Florida after many weeks in the foothills.

GPB, INC. delivered on their promise on our order from the beginning to the end thanks to your help, expertise and knowledge. The delivery was right on schedule. Your son seems so much like you and the driver…oh SO nice to see a company care about their transports appearance also, it makes a huge impression in my opinion. Although we had a pretty easy location for set up, these guys have obviously been doing this awhile…tug, pull, level–done!

I am extremely happy and excited about our (mine more than anyone else!) new building. It turned out to be more than I expected. Our design of the building with the slider and skylights really added to the flare of the building and puts me in touch with all my local surroundings. The white aluminum interior was totally unexpected and absolutely makes the building more comfortable to be in and provides that cooling effect. We put down pre-fab faux brick panels for the flooring and it turned out very rustic and charming (although you can’t see much of it for all the furniture, except for the path).

This building will provide the insipiration and creativity for the many projects that I have in mind and will become a foundation for our new Carolina barn home. Thank you so much.

C. Biddix
Lincolnton, NC

P.S. – I posted a testimonial just a short while ago on your web page. Thanks again

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10′x20′ buckskin and cream©Portable: When a portable storage building is described as such, it should be completely portable. The building should have complete structural integrity. It should be capable of movement with skids and joists on the floor system underneath the building, and effectively, it should have a completely pressure-treated floor system.

The better the floor system in the portable storage building, the better the building. How better to move a portable storage building than to gauge it by its floor support system. So a good floor system is essential. Complete structural integrity encapsulates the fact that it should be throughout the life of the portable storage building.

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Strength: When you buy a portable building, of course it should be strong. But what about 5, 10 or 20 years down the road? Will your storage building be PORTABLE at that point? Would a crew or a few guys be able to pull your storage shed out on its skids, load it up and move it without it buckling because of structural ineptitude, years of water damage or a sagging floor?

Important questions when you are considering the purchase of a building that you may just end up replacing, are they not? This is especially true when you are may be storing expensive, personal items in your portable storage building or unit. Remember, the strength of a pressure-treated floor system and a well-made, warrantied building can mean protection for your items – what you want – besides the added strength which is what you need as well.

Integrity: Let’s face it, a portable storage building is not a buy-it-and-toss-it type of purchase. Why not buy a portable storage building that is built to last? My husband always says, “Buy the best, leave the rest.” There are just some things that are worth checking into first and portable buildings is one of them. Like I always write – doing your homework first pays off; there is just integrity in that.

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S.M. March 27, 2008 @ 12:00

There is a need for security guardhouses more and more in today’s society. More companies, commercial locations and industries are in need of guardhouses and security buildings for their locations.

News reports have told of violence on school grounds and school campuses that make us all wonder about security in general. Secure check-points and armed security guards are becoming more common place. Secure parking lots and cameras are popping up everywhere. The use of security buildings and security in general is reaching a much higher level than before.

Individuals and companies looking for information on how security buildings are designed to suit their needs need to know how to have a secure structure that will have the best design and the best features for their them. It is important to find a company that knows the needs of the shopper and how best to help.

Make sure you get the specifics answered (Purchase Order questions, etc.) There could be requirements in your area and you want to know about all of these things in advance. For a good experience, a shopper should feel free to ask a salesperson plenty of questions. If you by chance forgot to ask anything, email or call back and ask again. Your salesperson might be busy but they should be willing and able to help you and be able to answer your questions.

It is always a good idea to do your homework; ask around and see what people in your field have to say. Check into the what you are interested in; find out if it is the right product for you and your business. Consider if the business you are shopping with is the right fit for your company. Asking questions will bring you answers that you will be much more satisfied to know in advance. You may have to do more legwork than you first set out to do, but you may end up with a higher quality product if you do, one that will likely pay off – and pay for itself – in the end.

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SM 3.1.08 07:03

The following is information to help you understand more about steel buildings. Before you spend money on a steel building or invest time in going out to look at one in person, you would like to find out as much information as you can. Fact-gathering is smart and it makes sense. Many people have questions regarding steel buildings. With that in mind, here are some common questions that you may have thought of in regard to steel buildings:

  • Can I Install My Own Steel Building Kit? Is It Cheaper To Install A Steel Building Kit Myself?*
  • What Gauge Steel Should My Steel Building Be?
  • Do I Want A Vertical Roof? How Would I Know? What Is The Advantage The Vertical Roof On The Steel Building?
  • Will I Need A Certified Steel Building?
  • How Long Until My Steel Building Is Installed? How Long Does Installation Of A New Steel Building Take?

Strong Steel Buildings: A good, sturdy steel building should last a long time and should not leak. It should do what it was built for, and it should be worth the money that was put into it. It should be strong, well-made, and not take too long to put up. It should look neat and match its surroundings. You would not want to do anything to undermine the structural integrity of a steel building. Again, fact-gathering means you will find a strong steel building and determine which is the most economical structure for you.

Help With Steel Buildings: If you have asked yourself any of these questions and/or others, you may want to visit this steel buildings page. When you look for steel building resources online, you may find information about commercial steel buildings or home garages. Truth be told, you may find what you are looking for or you may not. But in order to get more information, it is important to feel that you can ask questions and get them answered. Many times we may feel we reach a dead end today, which is frustrating of course. We should get the answers that we reach out for, right? Each of us can have a proactive part in that but if you just want to find a steel building online, read on.

Searching For Steel Buildings: So many times, we type in a phrase in a search and we expect to get the page we are looking for in a list. Many times I have typed in a word or two and not gotten what I was looking for. If you can be specific, this helps. Many times, I can narrow a search by using the – symbol to subtract a word I do not want from a search. Let’s say you do not want to include commercial applications in your search (if you are not a business for example) then you may try using the -business and just searching for steel buildings. Try this in your search and see what happens. (i. e. “steel buildings -business”) and search without the quotation marks or parenthesis. Or try the reverse if you are a business and you do not want to include residential applications, so you would minus the home or residence type garage or steel buildings from your query or search. The search results may be something as simple as this and you may find just what you are looking for to reach your desired result. If a steel building company wants to be found, they will do their best to meet the needs of their customer base.

Your Voice: It has been said you should be able to get to what you need on a website by 7 clicks or less. If you cannot find what you want, if you like what you see, if you want more, you have the ability to do something about it. Actually – you should. Contact the website through their ‘contact us’ page. Tell them what you think. If you have questions, let the company know. If you do not prefer to speak to anyone, fill out the form to contact the company directly. Let the company know if they were easy to contact or not. Use the testimonial concept for other steel building shoppers out there. You may not be finished shopping yet, and you may want to ‘bookmark’ the website you shopped on; or you may want to tell someone about a steel building website you saw. You can also go to online rating websites and tell others what you thought of a shopping experience. You have a voice – feel free to use it.

 

*For the answers to these questions and more right away, please see the tutorial section with steel building FAQs


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SM 2.19.08 @ 20:24

Do you have trouble finding space in your house to store your things? I do not think that houses are built with enough storage space anymore. There are probably many reasons why houses are not built with enough closet space or small closets. But that creates the need for outdoor storage or backyard storage. What about portable sheds? A lot of people pay for mini warehouses every month but that can get expensive too. It would be irritating to run out of options in just another way because of less space.

I do not even have a simple coat closet for guests in the house I live in and it is quite new.  I guess homes are not built with closetspace planned in advance.  So where do people store things that are not used on a regular basis?  Storage shed space is a good thing if it is paid for especially because then people do not have to rent space and keep paying to store their stuff.  If you own the storage space, you can keep it and use it for whatever you want.  If you buy a storage shed that is too small you can always upsize and the shed keeps its value.  Or if you buy big enough you will have planned ahead, so that you can store and store and have enough space for the future.  Then again, your shed is portable, so that if you move, your value is paid for and you can keep your shed or sell it if you want as well.

Did this article help you?  I hope so!


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