Man Cave is a Great Place for a Football Party

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Super Bowl party in your Man Cave

It’s football season again! Your friends want to chill out at your Man Cave every weekend for college and pro football games. Can you imagine how cool it’ll be? All your friends hanging around, lots of different chips, and everyone enjoying the pregame show. Look around. This little building might’ve once been your run-of-the-mill storage shed, but no more. Ever since your sweetie pie turned it into a Man Cave, you’ve got Game Day Central! Excitement fills the air as your buddies yell back at the TV and talk smack about the players and teams. You know it’s going to be another great day at the Man Cave.

But what should you do to get ready for the game?

Being the uber-macho man that you are, you’ve got priorities. It’s all about the grill. Drag that beast over to the Man Cave and have the gas tank refilled. You’re gonna need plenty of cooking power for burgers, onions-n-sausages, wings and jalapeño poppers. Get the grilling tools ready. This is gonna be awesome!

Next item on the list? The beverages, of course. You’ll definitely need ice. Get your biggest camping cooler prepped. Oh, and solo cups.

Your significant other will take over decorating for the party. Chances are she’ll want to frame that signed jersey, your pride and joy that bears the team’s colors. It’ll look great! Ask her to pick up one of those glass heads at the craft store to display the helmet, too.

Manly Tip #1: When she comes in with colored garland for the game, use small screw-in hooks to hang it. Come Christmastime, when she drags out twinkle lights, you’re ready to go.

It won’t be long before all your friends start arriving for the party. Once they’re there, everything will automatically fall into place. Are they hungry? There’s meat on the grill. Thirsty? Grab a cold one from the cooler. Tired after working all day? There’s a folding chair with their name on it.

Manly Tip #2: Tell your friends BYOC. Bring your own chair. This works for meat and drinks as well.

There just isn’t that much to worry about when hosting a football party at your Man Cave. Heck, even if you don’t have a storage shed to turn into a Man Cave you can make it happen anyway. It’s easy. Order one from Carolina Storage Solutions now, and it’ll be delivered to your prepared site just in time.

Manly Tip #3: Invite your friend, the electrician, to the first party so he can have it hooked up in time. Boom!

Football party at the Man Cave? Brang it! We’ve got you covered. Give us a call today!

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Enjoying the Fall Leaves from My She Shed

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Enjoying the Fall Leaves from My She Shed

There’s nothing like taking a little time to enjoy the beauty of fall. Some people might find this season depressing, because it shouts winter’s imminence. But not me. I love every season and the positive things they all represent. For me, fall is a season of cooling temps after summer’s sweltering heat, as well as a season of beauty. Perhaps Albert Camus said it best. “Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.”

When we moved to this house, we inherited the ugliest, most dilapidated storage shed in the history of mankind. That thing was nothing but a rust bucket with walls held together by not much more than wishful thinking. The cheap sliding doors had given up years ago, and the roof was basically a sieve. It had to go. There wasn’t one positive thing about the shed, except a good, level foundation.

I’d read about She Sheds and had seen a few in magazines, and at a couple of girlfriends’ houses. They were pretty cool. I imagined having my own private retreat outside the house, a place where I could work on my crafts or have girls night, or even an affordable alternative to the usual dinner-n-movie date night with my husband. The idea simmered on a back burner for a couple years, until we moved and I decided the eyesore in the back yard had to go.

My husband is a busy man. It’s not that he didn’t want to build me a new shed. He simply had no time. So I hosted a “Death to the Shed” girls day. With power screwdrivers, leather work gloves for all and a couple of ladders, we had it and the warped plywood floor dismantled and safely stacked in the back of a friend’s truck in no time.

All I really had to do then was pick out a replacement shed. I chose a style and colors to match the house, as well as a few upgrades like window and door styles that appealed to me. After the shed arrived and upfitted with electricity and cable, I made it homey with furniture and decorations.

Now I’m having coffee, enjoying the beautiful fall colors and crisp weather from my wonderful She Shed. You, too can do the same. Carolina Storage Solutions has delivered more storage sheds than anyone in the Asheville/Hendersonville, NC area. Call them today!

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Choosing the Right Modular Garage

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Board & Batten Modular Garage with Full Loft

With winter looking over our shoulders, getting a modular garage for your car is a good idea. There are a lot of different types out there, including stick-built, prefabricated wooden, metal and vinyl garages. Which one is best for you? Here’s some helpful information to help you decide.

Before we get into the different styles of buildings, let’s look at the basics of time and money. With traditionally-built garages, you’ll have to deal with contractors going over budget, missed deadlines, foul weather impediments, and no guarantees on quality. These negatives add up to wasted time and money, which is why people are choosing modular garages instead.

Modular garages are a smarter route. They have warrantied quality, are delivered to your prepared site, and can be customized to match your home and community requirements. They also require less maintenance than traditional garages.

There are three basic garages available: metal, double, and portable. For all these garages, you’ll need a flat, prepared site before they can be delivered or installed.

Metal Modular Garage

Metal Modular Garage

Metal garages:

This is the most affordable option to protect your car with basic protection against the elements. Metal garages are virtually maintenance free for years, another benefit. They come standard with garage doors, service doors and windows, depending on what package you choose.

Double Modular Garage

Double Modular Garage

Double garages:

There are three styles within this category – standard, loft and engineered styles. Standard and loft garages come with two garage doors, plus two windows, and a service door. You can choose the siding: pine board & batten, vinyl or Hardi-board. Architectural shingles are also standard, and offer a more finished appearance because they can match your house.

Loft styles are awesome because it’s like getting a garage and storage shed in one. The loft is accessed via stairs inside the garage.

Prefab garages with engineered trusses round out the third choice in double garages. The difference is that these offer an insulated metal roof instead of architectural shingles, overhangs, engineered 6 pitch trusses (to bear snow weight), and four windows instead of two. These prefab garages are highly customizable.

Portable Garages

Portable Garages

Portable Garages:

These single-door garages are very similar to all the prefab garages above in terms of roofing, exterior finishes and building quality. The key here is that they are slightly smaller, which is why they are portable.

These are only highlights to give you a general idea of what prefab garage is best for you. The details are in the customization. Prefabricated garages in the Hendersonville NC area are our specialty. Give us a call or check out our website today for more information!

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Winterize Your Storage Shed

Winterize Your Storage Shed

Winterize Your Storage Shed

With the onset of cooler autumn weather, now is the time to winterize your storage shed or storage barns. Although there are no rules chiseled in stone for ensuring your shed can handle winter’s temperatures, there’s more to it than cleaning and reorganizing the tools inside it.

If possible, take everything out and clean the shed. You can do a lot with a shop vac or broom, and a bottle of window cleaner. It might be easier to move stuff to one wall, clean the cleared one, then repeat on the other side. Check for wall and roof cracks while everything is out of the way and you can see clearly. (Water leaks usually show up as dark water stains inside.) Patch the building as needed. Now is the time to handle insect or rodent issues, too.

Inspect the roof and exterior walls, as well as the foundation. Don’t put off repairs because winter will only make it worse. If you have a power washer, you might want to wash the building. Be careful about using too much force, however, which can really damage the surface. Does the shed need to be repainted? This is a perfect DIY project. Not your cup of tea? Call a professional painter for a quote and get it scheduled while it’s still warm. The new layer of paint will help protect it not just this winter, but next year as well.

Weather stripping may need to be replaced or added, especially if you use your shed year-round for hobbies, as a Man Cave or She Shed, etc. Insulating the walls is relatively simple, yet makes a huge difference in the comfort level while you’re in there working on your projects.

If you have an electric wall heater make sure it’s running correctly, properly vented and not covered with storage things. Heat sources are generally inappropriate for yard tool storage because of fire hazards from gas and fumes.

Winter is right around the corner. Now is the time to spend a day getting your storage shed or prefabricated barn ready for the bitter cold headed our way. A day now spent on your shed will prevent even more cleaning and maintenance in the spring.

For more maintenance tips on your modular storage shed or barn, check out our website. Carolina Storage Solutions is the area’s first choice for quality storage sheds. Give us a call for more information!

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A Storage Shed for Your Lawn Tools

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A Storage Shed for Your Lawn Tools

Summer is gone and with it yard chores. You may have to rake leaves a few more times before winter really sets in, but now it’s time to clean and store your lawn tools for winter. If you don’t have a storage shed or barn, consider having one delivered to your back yard. You’ll love it.

You need a storage shed. You’ve spent a small fortune on lawn equipment. It only makes sense to keep it out of the weather. Hang tools such as rakes and shovels on the shed walls. It removes tripping hazards by keeping them off the floor, and frees up floor space for bigger things like the lawn mower.

Some people use a metal trash can to store long-handled tools. This is a good option if you have a barn-shaped shed, where the walls aren’t really tall enough for hanging tools.

Shelving is ideal for keeping small hand tools, garden/potting items organized. You can keep the lawnmower gas cans, water hoses and wheel barrow underneath the shelf, safely out of the way. Organization is a key factor of happiness, right?!

Cleaning and Maintenance. Before you put the tools in the shed, clean each one with soapy water. Use steel wool to remove rust, and then a rust inhibitor. If repairs are in order, such as that broken shovel handle, do them now. Sharpen cutting blades now, from the mower to shovels, so you’ll be ready to go come spring.

Gas-powered tools require extra attention. Clean them of built-up grass and dirt, including under the lawnmower deck and then wash with soap and water. If rust is an issue, handle that now as well. Generally speaking, you should drain and dispose the fuel and oil, as well as the old can of fuel/oil mix because it usually goes bad in a month or so. Fuel stabilizers are a good idea, as well as changing the air filter, and replacing the spark plug. These are general suggestions. We recommend you follow the owner’s manual advice for each piece of equipment for best results.

That’s about it. Fall maintenance is behind you. If you are throwing your money away every month renting a storage unit several miles from your home, you might want to consider buying a garden shed. If that makes sense, give us a call today or drop by Carolina Storage Solutions’ display yard for more information!

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Preparing Your Horse Barn for Winter

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Preparing Your Horse Barn for Winter

Fall is in the air, which means winter is coming soon. Now is the time to ensure your modular horse barn is in top shape for upcoming severe weather. Maintenance now will provide your equine friends with better shelter and help prevent illnesses such as thrush, mud fever, dehydration-related colic and respiratory illnesses.

Start with the roof. Grab a ladder to check the roof for tree damage. Remove broken limbs and trim trees if needed. Repair any roof damage.

Work your way down. This means cleaning gutters and inspecting/repairing outside walls. While you’ve got that giant, cumbersome ladder out, go ahead and install gutter guards, if you haven’t already. It’ll prevent leaves filling the gutters. Make sure the downspout and the drain pipes still flow. Sometimes pipes accidentally get crushed from driving trucks over them, in which case they should be replaced.

Water flows downhill. You might need to do some grading to make sure the water flows away from the building. Hoof issues are almost always related to your horses standing in wet environments, be it outdoor mud or from pooled urine in their stalls.

Speaking of water, if you have a watering system, make sure it’s working and draining properly, as well as insulated for winter. Make sure your heated water buckets are still working.

Windows, doors and floors. Rust can be a real issue during the winter, making hinged doors, windows and stall latches stick. Spray a little WD-40 on the moving parts and “work” them a few times. Also look at the weather stripping on the doors/windows. If it’s damaged, replace it. Likewise, check out the floors for damage and repair them if needed.

Time to clean. Give your horse barn a top-to-bottom “spring” cleaning, but do it when the horses are outside. The dust from sweeping the ceilings and walls, as well as removing all the old hay, can adversely affect their respiratory system. Besides, they’ll just get in your way.

Part of equestrian care is proper horse barn maintenance. It’s important to have a healthy place for horses to escape the bitter cold. A little preventive maintenance now will save you a lot of trouble this winter. Carolina Storage Solutions is your modular horse barn specialist. Drop by our display site or give us a call for more information. We’re here to help you!

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The Southeast’s Largest Shed Dealer Offers Rent-to-own

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The Southeast’s Largest Shed Dealer Offers Rent-to-own

Need a storage shed, but can’t afford one? Rent-to-own is a great way for folks like you to get the sheds they need, on affordable budgets. Better yet, our sheds are delivered to right to your prepared site in NC, SC, GA, TN, and VA. But is rent-to-own for you? Carolina Storage Solutions has put together some tips, based on our own regulations, to help you decide.

Advantages of Rent-to-own:

No Credit Check. Because we are your in-house financing company, there aren’t any credit checks. Good credit, bad credit, it doesn’t matter. Simply pay your monthly rental fee. It’s that simple.

Immediate Approval. It’s covered in the rental agreement and falls under the premise that you’re renting the shed from us until you make the final payment. Sometimes life needs to be kept simple. This is one of those things.

Low Down Payment. You will need to deposit two month’s rent to get things rolling. After that, you’ll just have the regular monthly payments for 34 months.

Delivery is Included. You won’t have to pay additional fees or arrange for delivery yourself. We’ll take care of that for you.

You’ll Own the Shed. Unlike throwing your money away year after year on a storage rental unit that’s miles away from home, you will own your shed in just 36 payments!

No Penalty for Early Pay Off. In fact, you will save 40% of the balance by paying it off early. Some people have bought sheds on our rent-to-own program this time of year because they desperately need the storage solutions, and then paid off the shed when tax money comes in.

Changing Your Mind is Alright. What if you have to move before the contract is up, or if you decide you simply don’t want the shed any longer? Our rent-to-own program is a monthly contract. You can terminate it any time without penalty. Just give us a call to schedule pick up. You will be responsible for rent until the day we pick it up (and cleaning it out, of course).

Rent-to-own plans allow you to have storage sheds delivered to your own backyard with little money upfront, and affordable monthly payments. It’s really that simple. Carolina Storage Solutions has delivered more storage sheds in the Southeast than anyone else. We serve NC, SC, GA, TN and VA, so we’ve got you covered. Give us a call today!

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Metal Garages Are for More than Just Cars

Although many people see a metal garage as nothing more than an ordinary carport, think outside the box. Metal garages can give you precious extra space for…well, whatever you need. Because metal garages are available in a huge variety of styles and sizes, there’s sure to be one to suit your tastes and needs. Here are some interesting alternative uses we’ve seen for steel garages.

Hobby Home. Some hobbies don’t really need to be kept inside your house, especially the messy ones like pottery and woodworking. A metal garage would offer a convenient, sheltered alternative. No more wood dust on the kitchen countertops or paint on the hardwood floors!

Mechanic’s Workshop. There’s a longstanding joke about the wife coming in from work to find a transmission in the bathtub. Keep your love of all things mechanical in a workshop. It’ll make life easier with the Missus, we promise.

Music Studio. How many of us formed (very) amateur rock bands as teenagers? It’s a wonder our parents’ ears weren’t bleeding from all that enthusiastic, but untalented, music. Now that your own kids are into a cacophony of music, save yourself a migraine and turn a metal garage into a music studio. You can customize the building with sound panels, add windows for natural light, extra electrical outlets to make it just right.

Man Cave. Sometimes a man needs a place to call your own, outside the confines of the house proper. A Man Cave is where we men can hang our deer heads, kick back and watch the game with buddies. A metal garage would work perfectly. And ladies need She Sheds to do…well whatever it is women do when they get together. Talk, mostly.

Home Office. Don’t throw away money renting office space in town, when you can turn a steel garage into a comfortable home office, complete with great windows, hinged doors, insulation, heat and AC. Clients will love your new office!

Whatever your needs are for additional space, metal garages will help. If cash is tight, consider taking advantage of rent-to-own payment plans to get the building you need on an affordable budget. Carolina Storage Solutions can help get the garage you need, delivered right to your door. We serve the Asheville and Hendersonville, NC area. Give us a call today for more information!

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I Turned a Prefabricated Garage into a Workshop – and Saved Our Marriage

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I Turned a Prefabricated Garage into a Workshop – and Saved Our Marriage

I love fixing things, from small engines to repairing wooden furniture. I enjoy figuring out how to make things work again. I even enjoy creating new things like furniture. Not to brag, but my Adirondack set on the porch is pretty sweet. I even like tying flies in the winter while watching football. Who wouldn’t? I turned a prefabricated garage into a workshop – and saved our marriage.

My wife. That’s who wouldn’t. Whenever I’d bring projects into the living room, like a carburetor to inspect while watching the game, she’d start out with a huffy attitude and proceed to generally stomp around, slamming doors. I’ve always been careful about tracking shop grease into the house or scratching the tabletop. I simply want to work on a small project and enjoy the TV at the same time. But it wasn’t enough.

Eventually my caveman habits, as she called them (when she was being nice) began affecting our marriage. I realized it wasn’t not her; it was me. How could I keep doing my handyman repairs without driving my wife nuts? I loved her (still do) and wanted to make things better.

The solution came in the form of a lost wrench. It was my own fault, because I had tools in the garage, laundry closet, bathroom sink cabinet, even in my sock drawer. They’d multiplied over the years and needed a better place for storage than anywhere and everywhere.

The remedy? I bought a prefabricated storage shed and had it delivered to our back yard. I had to do a little prep work to get ready for it, which was right down my alley. My wife chose the color of the shed to match the house, and I had an electrician buddy connect it to the house breaker panel. Now I’ve got a new workshop with toolboxes for all my tools, shelving and countertop space, windows for natural light and plenty of electrical outlets for my power tools. I’ve even got air conditioning!

And the games? My wife bought me a nice TV for the shop, so I can watch the game and fix things without dirtying the house. It’s a win-win situation, and we’re both happier for it. Marriage saved.

You should consider turning a prefabricated storage shed into your own workshop. They’re delivered to your back yard and Carolina Storage Solutions, near Asheville and Hendersonville, NC, has rent-to-own that makes it easy on your wallet. What are you waiting for? Call them.

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July is National Dog Kennel Repair Month

July is National Dog Kennel Repair Month

July is National Dog Kennel Repair Month

Since July is National Doghouse Repair Month, maybe it’s time to take another look at dog kennels. There are many advantages to owning one, but is it right for you? Carolina Storage Solutions has delivered dog kennels all around the Asheville and Hendersonville, NC area and would like to help you get Fido the right dog house as well. Call them today.

If your dog makes your yard look like a pack of gophers have moved in, and strolling in the grass has become an ankle-spraining hazard, it’s time to investigate a better way to control your pet. Tying him to a chain so he’ll destroy only one corner of the yard isn’t the answer and some people consider that a cruel lifestyle. What should you do?

Americans spent well over 50 Billion dollars last year on pets, and a large majority of that was on dogs, which still reign as the nation’s favorite. Americans view their pets as family members, and love to provide treats, comfy beds, regular check-ups, and lots of attention. Having a dog kennel is part of this provision, and choosing the right one really depends on how much time Fido spends outside. (Some breeds, puppies and older or sickly dogs are ill-suited for outdoor living.)

Although some pet owners always keep their dogs inside, we’re talking about situations where that isn’t really feasible. A cozy kennel from Carolina Storage Solutions will provide protection from the elements, shade from summer’s heat, protection from biting winds of winter, and a den for comfortable sleep.

Much better than a tarp thrown over a chain-link fence, today’s dog kennels are an appealing blend of beauty and function. They are ruggedly designed and include housing with doggie-door access to a fenced run. Beautifully designed to match most neighborhoods, these kennels are customizable with a huge selection of designs and sizes, exterior paint colors, roofing options, doors and windows. You can choose dimensions according to the breed, house one or multiple dogs (side-by-side housing and runs). You can even customize with an electrical package and choose door and window styles that blend well with your own home.

Dog kennels are a great way to provide compassionate housing for your dog, plus increase your property value. They can be delivered to your prepared site by Carolina Storage Solutions, of the Asheville and Hendersonville, NC area. Give them a call today for details!

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