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Charm For Your Storm Shelter-Is It Worth It?

September 13th, 2017by BreannaC

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So we have talked about how and why of a storm shelter Here.

Today I’m going to show you how easy it is to change that dull tornado shelter into beautiful landscape.

 Are you seriously considering a storm shelter but disliking the idea of how it will look in your yard? With just a few tools you can achieve a stunning lawnscape!

 

 

Whether you prefer a more simple landscaping rock design, or you have a plethora of flowers to plant, this plain cellar can be transformed into something magnificent.  With just a small amount of planning and research, you can have a botanical paradise and more importantly, a safe haven for you and your loved ones when storms rage.

You can revamp your shelter into several different things. If you choose, it can be the focal point of your yard.

Adding landscaping rocks is an easy way to change the look  dramatically.  Planting flowers and shrubbery is also a great way to add beauty and color to your cellar. Any way you fix your cellar up is sure to be gorgeous!

If you don’t have a great deal of room, that’s okay. You can always design a layered garden around your storm shelter. Not only will it add beauty, it will also be a fantastic use of space. At a loss of what to plant? Start with Zucchini and Tomato plants. Not only do they give fruit, they also have beautiful yellow blooms. You should also consider planting  Marigolds. They act as a natural bug repellent and lend a splash of color. 

I hope these tips have inspired you to get out there and make your storm shelter charming!  It’s totally worth it.

Happy Planting!

Quality Buildings

 
 

Portable Building Turned Deer Camp Cabin

September 6th, 2017by BreannaC

Top 5 Countdown

Fall is quickly approaching, and so is hunting season. Why wouldn’t you camp in comfort if you could?  After a long day of trapping about in the woods, how relaxing  it would be to come back to deer camp to this beautiful portable cabin building. Free from rain, mosquitoes, and the bone chilling air that a tent brings. Here is a top 5 count down on ideas that can make deer camp more enjoyable.

 

 

5.  Luxurious Deer Camp: First of all, why would you choose sleeping in a cold wet tent over the comforts of a beautiful portable cabin? After a long day of trapping about in the woods, how relaxing to come back to deer camp free from rain, mosquitoes, and the bone chilling air that a tent brings.

4. Tasty Vittles: Yes, some think the only true camping experience is heating cans of cold beans for dinner but why not spice it up a bit? Fajitas? Sure. Steak and potato? Mnn…..hmmm….  shrimp boil? Yes! If you’re finishing out your portable building, you could add a small kitchenette and cook all those tasty wonders in the comfort of your deer camp cabin.

3. Enjoyable Hunting Buddies: Let’s face it. You are going to deer camp to prop your feet up while sitting around the fire ,telling outrageous hunting fables to anyone that will listen. Only invite guys who truly enjoy the hunting experience as much as you do.

2. Plenty of Game: Checking those trail cams, putting out that salt lick, pounds and pounds of corn. Sometimes, wild game just don’t show up no matter how hard you prep or what the cams picked up last week. Maybe you’re not seeing tracks, sheds, or any sign of wildlife. When times are like that, hey, at least you have your deer camp cabin.

1. Agreeable Attitude: Keeping a great attitude is key when you haven’t filled a tag.  Nothing will ruin a great hunting trip for your pals and yourself than for you to sulk around complaining. As much as possible, focus on other aspects of the trip. Spending time with great friends, scrumptious food, and fun stories around the fire.

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What other things would you add to our top 5 list? Let us know in the comments.

Explore this additional blog post which includes a delicious burger recipe

Pergola Outdoor Kitchen? I Think So.

August 3rd, 2017by BreannaC

One of the best things about Summer is the fun times and memories.

What better way to spend it, than to enjoy a lovely evening surrounded with friends, family, and food underneath a Quality Pergola.  Whether it’s entertaining, relaxing, or hosting a special event, you are sure to enjoy your new pergola all summer long.  A great addition to your pergola would be an add on kitchen area.  Add a little counter space and a grill and you’re on your way to funville!  It’s really that simple.

 

One of the most popular  things to do when together with friends is: cooking. There is something about sharing a meal with friends outside that makes food taste yummier.      

  What could be more delicious than a yummy recipe to go with that new outdoor pergola. Below is a fabulous recipe that is sure to wow guests. Give it a try!

 

 

BBQ Bacon Cheeseburgers

 

2 lbs 90% lean ground beef

10 slices of bacon

3 T. barbecue sauce

1 T. Liquid Smoke

1 tsp. seasoned salt

1 C. shredded Cheddar cheese

 

Mix ground beef, barbecue sauce, Liquid Smoke, and seasoned salt together in a large bowl. Add crumbled bacon and Cheddar cheese. Mix well and shape into patties. Grill over med/high heat until done to your liking. Serve on hamburger buns along with additional barbecue sauce. Garnish with lettuce, tomatoes, onions, pickles, or veggies of your choice.

 

 WE KNOW YOU WILL ENJOY THIS RECIPE AS WE HAVE! COMMENT BELOW AND LET US KNOW HOW IT TURNED OUT.          

 

HAPPY KITCHENING,

 

QUALITY BUILDINGS

 

 

Do You Want to Host a Fantastic Outdoor Party?

May 17th, 2017by BreannaC

It’s warming up around here and I bet you can’t wait to host a outdoor party  at your house but just need a few finishing touches. The easiest and quickest way to bring a huge wow factor to your party is the addition of a pavilion or pergola to your back yard. Just string a few lights up and some tiki torches and you’ve almost gotten yourself a party!

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Here are some ways that you can set up for an epic party.

1.  Play some snappy tunes to get everyone relaxed and enjoying the party. Whether you are a classic rock kind of person or enjoy todays greatest hits you cannot go wrong with a music playlist! It sets the mood and helps drown out Uncle Hershel’s ramblings.

2. Ok. So you want to have a party? Spice it up! Take it to the next level with a theme. There are so many things you can do with this. 70’s theme, Dress as your favorite character, all white party. The list could go on and on. Dressing up definitely adds to the party’s fun atmosphere!

3. Like I mentioned before, decorating is a cinch. Throw some stringed lights up, set out plenty of chairs, and don’t forget to provide bug spray for your guests!

4. Create a place for the kids to play. Whether a sand box, a small swimming pool, or sidewalk chalk, it is always a great idea to keep those kids busy.

5. I bet you can’t wait to sink your teeth into a juicy burger. Make sure to have plenty of burgers, hot links, and potato salad to go around. Go ahead and check your propane before the party starts. Nothing ruins a party faster than your propane going out before the burgers are done cooking.

Happy Outdoor Parties!

How To Prepare For Inclement Weather

April 25th, 2017by BreannaC

One of the best ways that you can prepare for a storm is to have adequate protection. Find a company you  trust that has many years of experience in this field.  These experienced companies will be able to guide you to what suits your needs.  There are many options out there and shelters to consider include:  slope front shelters, below ground flat top (pictured below) safe rooms, and  underground garage floor shelters. Choose what works best for you and fits your families needs. 

 

 

Another easy way that you can prepare for storm season would be to clean out your shelter. It is also important to  have a place to sit in your storm shelter. A small bench would work just fine. You can to utilize the storage space under the bench to store bottled water , battery powered lights, and a weather radio.  It’s a smart plan to keep a storm bag packed with essentials like travel sized toothpaste, a toothbrush, protein bars, and a change of clothing.

 

 

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It is always best to err on the side of caution whenever a  severe storm is approaching. Don’t wait until there is a tornado  within sight to head to your storm shelter. When you know there is a chance of bad weather, keep an eye on the news  Please allow yourself plenty of time for you and your loved ones to make it to a safe place.  One last thing to remember is to register your shelter with the local authorities. When you register your shelter, your name and address will be placed on a list. I hope this is never the case, but if your are ever trapped in your storm shelter, this will help the rescue teams to locate  you. Wishing safety for you this storm season!

 

10 Unique Uses for a Portable Building

January 12th, 2017by BreannaC

10 unique uses for a portable outdoor building

Have you taken a stroll around your neighborhood? During your drive, you may have noticed a house or two with a large shed in the backyard. But, guess what. It probably wasn’t a shed.

In fact, it could’ve been a workshop — a studio, maybe even a tiny home. In this day and age, outdoor portable buildings can serve a variety of needs. Whether it’s storing away tools for the winter or using the extra space for homeschooling, the only limitation is your imagination.

So, what all can a portable building be used for? Our team here at Quality Buildings has listed a few of many ways you can get the most out of your space.

 

1. Art Studio

If you’re a painter, sculptor, designer or crafter, a studio is exactly what you need. You can absorb some inspiration as you work in a space that’s all your own.

2. Garage

Need a home for your motorcycle or Vespa? A portable building is a great way to keep your vehicles out of the elements while saving square footage in the actual garage.

3. Tiny Home

Looking to downsize? A tiny home is definitely the way to do it. And with insulation, electricity and roof options, it’s easy to personalize it to your specific needs.

4. Laundry Room

We don’t know about you, but sometimes the laundry can really heat up the home. If you’re looking to distribute some of the warmth or for a place to hang-dry clothes, an outdoor laundry space could be the perfect solution.

5. Repair Shop

Do you like to work on your bike? A portable building can quickly transform into your own personal repair shop. You can also use it to repair and stow away items like lawn mowers, weed eaters, and other lawn care equipment.

6. Homeschooling

If you homeschool, it can be difficult getting your kids to focus. A portable building is great to use as extra space. Plus, you can proudly display any art or homework without the worry of taking it down the next day.

7. Music Studio

Are you a breakout musician? Or, have a garage band you simply like kicking it with? Free up some space in the house and take it outside in a portable building. Bonus points if you install insulation to help soundproof. Your neighbors will thank you.

8. Workshop

Do have a Ron Swanson of your own? Gift them the dream woodworking and they’ll be able to enjoy steak and the smell of lumber in peace.

9. Home Gym

Do you have a health-based resolution this year? Transform a portable building into a yoga studio or personal gym. It’s a great way get fit and ditch the gym.

10. Playhouse

Do your kids have an imagination all their own? Give them a space to play and learn. A portable building is a perfect outdoor playhouse or fort.

 

If you own a portable building, what do YOU use it for? Share your comments and stories with us below.

If you don’t own a portable building but have been considering one, don’t hesitate to get in touch. We’re here to help you find one that suits your specific needs.

 

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Your Spring Backyard Makeover- Pergolas

November 17th, 2016by BreannaC

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Though the cooler temperatures are here to stay, it’s never too early to start planning your spring backyard makeover. Pergolas are a simple backyard addition that’s filled with so much potential. Here are a few ways that you can dress up your pergola to transform your backyard.

  • To give your pergola a more intimate and private feel, plant Wisteria or another leafy vine to create a natural covering. This canopy will offer a shady spot in your backyard, but will also be a beautiful focal point of your landscape.
  • If you’re looking to utilize your pergola as an outdoor dining area, simply move your outdoor table and chairs off of your patio and under the pergola. If you’re feeling extra fancy, you can move your grill underneath the pergola as well to create an outdoor kitchen feel. 
  • Wrapping twinkle lights around the beams of your pergola can create a dreamy atmosphere. Snag some Christmas lights while they’re on sale and dress your pergola up.
  • Create a cozy living area by adding a fire pit and outdoor chairs. The pergola will soon feel like a second living room.
  • Are you a reader or a nature-inspired worker? Design an outdoor reading nook or work space by adding a couple of comfortable chairs and tables. Enjoy the fresh air and the serenity of your yard while doing what you love!
  • One way to make your above-ground hot tub look nicer is to install a pergola over it. By adding the pergola over the tub, you are creating a cozy, comfortable atmosphere for your guests.

Decorating a pergola can look different for each person because they are versatile pieces. They can become formal living or dining spaces or they can serve as a second gardening space. How will you use your pergola this spring? We would love to hear your ideas!

Portable Storage vs. Self Storage

November 7th, 2016by BreannaC

 

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Using a storage unit can help tremendously whether you’re downsizing your home or just trying to declutter – helping you keep all of the “stuff” that you want to keep, but might not need on a regular basis. There are two options that home and business owners should consider when looking for additional space – a self-storage unit and a portable storage unit.

Portable Storage Unit

The first option for extra storage is to purchase a portable storage unit. Units are delivered to the customer’s property and typically the customer packs their belongings at their convenience. While monthly payment plans are available, portable storage units are usually paid for in one sitting, rather than being leased.

An advantage to purchasing a portable unit, like one from Quality Buildings, is that the unit is on your property and provides easy access to your belongings, regardless of the time or occasion. By keeping your unit on your property, you can ensure the safety and security of your belongings. Whereas you might be unsure if you opt for leasing space at a facility. Purchasing a unit allows you to not be pressured to retrieve your belongings by a certain date or risk paying more.

Portable storage units have more uses than just holding your stuff. Check out other ways to use a portable storage unit here: 5 Tips for Portable Storage Building Organization.

Self-Storage Unit

Another option would be to lease a self-storage unit from a storage facility for as long as you needed it. Customers that lease a unit typically pay by the month and physically transport their belongings to the storage units, or hire someone to move their belongings for them.

Something to consider when researching unit facilities is making sure to take note of operation hours. Some properties have 24/7 access with the appropriate key, but some have limited hours. If you will need to access your belongings frequently, this can play a major role in determining whether you choose a portable unit or a self-storage facility.

Self-storage is ideal for customers that need a place to store extra belongings that they do not plan to access frequently, or will not need for an extended period of time.

Which storage unit best fits your needs? If you are looking for a portable storage unit, give us a call today and we will help you look for the one that is perfect for your property.

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Quality Buildings Cares – UWDOC 2016!

October 14th, 2016by BreannaC

Last month, our team joined hundreds of volunteers and spent a Friday out of the office and participating in the United Way’s Day of Caring. We volunteered with Habitat for Humanity and helped build a new house for a deserving family here in the area. Our team loved this event because it gave us an opportunity to give back to our community while having a blast with our team. We support the United Way of Norman and their vision to unite and strengthen our community.

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5 Tips for Portable Storage Building Organization

September 27th, 2016by BreannaC

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Need some ideas for storing away your belongings this winter? Here are some tips from Quality Buildings Oklahoma.

Lawn Maintenance
Lawn maintenance supplies such as lawn mowers, fertilizer or soil, gardening tools, or extra flower pots can be an eyesore if left out in the yard but take up significant space if stored in the garage. By having a portable storage unit in your backyard, these supplies can have a permanent home where they’re kept out of sight, but still easily accessible.

Pool Accessories
The only thing worse than putting away your favorite pool toys (and accepting the fact that summer is over) is accidentally leaving them to be weathered in the elements. By keeping your favorite pool toys in a portable storage building in your backyard, you and your family have easy access to the toys at any time during the year while your backyard and pool stay clean and organized.

Holiday Decoration Storage
For the extravagant holiday decorators, finding a clean, dry, convenient place to store your decorations can be more difficult than actually decorating your home. Cross that worry off of your list this year and organize your decorations in a portable storage building right on your property. This allows you to keep your decorations close for quick access so you can monitor them.

Extra Work Space
This is ideal for the ultimate crafter or small business owner. Sometimes the spare bedroom you’re using as a makeshift workspace doesn’t always work. There’s no place to put anything, there are kids rummaging through your things while the family dog has decided you don’t need peace in order to work. We recommend taking your workspace outdoors, into a portable storage unit. You’ll have plenty of room for storing your supplies along with an escape for five minutes of peace.

New Home
Have you recently downsized your house? Are you in the process of moving? Unpacked boxes can quickly get in the way of your home’s new flow, so store those huge boxes out in a portable storage unit. This will help you move through the unpacking process a bit more smoothly and the boxes will be safe until you have a chance to get to them.