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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.

     

 

 

 

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 Korey McMahon

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.

 

Your Spring Backyard Makeover- Pergolas

November 17th, 2016by Korey McMahon

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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 Korey McMahon

 

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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 Korey McMahon

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 Korey McMahon

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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.

10 Ways to Make Your Backyard Awesome

September 6th, 2016by Korey McMahon

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As the cooler weather rolls in, we know you will be spending more time outside. Check out these 10 ways to make your backyard awesome this fall.

Clean up the Yard

Fall is a great time for yard work because the temperatures are finally starting to drop! Spend the weekend cleaning up your yard before winter hits. Rake the leaves to make the yard appear a little less cluttered. For easy transportation, rake the leaves onto a plastic tarp. Fertilize the grass so that the roots will continue to receive the nutrients that they need to stay healthy and grow over the winter. Trimming back dead limbs now will prevent unexpected breakage during the first winter freeze or snow of the year. Make sure to bring houseplants inside, too. Place them by a window so that they continue to receive sunlight and spray them with water to keep the soil moist.

Colorful Pots and Planters

Add some color and design to your green landscape by using colorful planters and pots for your plants. These pots are a great way to continue the color scheme or decorations that you have in your sitting or dining area of your backyard as well, making your backyard a complete masterpiece.

Yard Games

Oversized yard games are the coolest toy on the shelves right now. Life size Jenga, foot-long dominos and rope and wood tic-tac-toe are just a few of the game-night activities that have been enlarged to be the centerpiece of your tailgates and weekend barbecues. You can also find simple DIY tutorials to make your favorite game at home. All of the kids in your neighborhood will be wishing that they had your backyard.

Outdoor Furniture

Weekend game nights are now at your house because you have the coolest DIY yard games your friends have seen, but where are your guests going to sit during your gathering? Make your backyard a luxurious hangout area with outdoor furniture including sofas or chairs, or a traditional dining area with a table and chairs.

Fire Pit

Fall means cooler weather and cooler weather means it's time to be warmed up by the fire. Fire pits are an easy way to make your backyard look elegant and are relatively low maintenance. Place some chairs around your fire pit for late night conversations with friends or for roasting s'mores with the kids. You don't have to build a fire from scratch to have the campfire feeling anymore!

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Portable Storage

Hide all of the kids' pool toys and the summer mosquito lamps in portable outdoor buildings. Storage containers are also perfect for hiding all of the little things that you need to have on hand but tend to be eyesores when you have company over.

Outdoor Lighting

Outdoor string lights are an inexpensive and practical way to simply dress up your backyard or to make your backyard ready for late nights by the fire. Outdoor string lights come in a variety of shapes and sizes so that you can find one that fits your backyard's personality. They make for magical nights!

Outdoor Rugs

Sometimes your yard may need an extra splash of color and that's where outdoor rugs come in. Find a rug for your patio that matches your outdoor furniture and watch the space come to life. Adding a rug to your outdoor kitchen area or outdoor living space will tie it all together.

Hammocks and Swings

Lazy Saturday mornings call for your favorite coffee, a good book and fresh air. Hang a hammock in between two of your trees to make a space for your afternoon naps or add a porch swing to your back patio to relax on and enjoy a glass of wine while you unwind from a busy week. It will also add some dimension to your landscape.

Gazebos and Pergolas

Expand your home's living space by adding a gazebo or pergola to your backyard. These freestanding structures add a sense of community to the otherwise bare space in your yard and add an attractive focal point to your landscape. These structures can house a dining or living area, regardless of the weather.

Storage Unit vs. Portable Building

July 5th, 2016by Korey McMahon

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Moving into a new home, remodeling, household repairs, we've all been there. It can be particularly stressful when these occurrences minimize the already shrinking space you're working with. It's expensive to add space to a home, not to mention you run the risk of it appearing blatantly mix-matched. Between the hammering of the tools and the chaotic mess that's left behind, why do it?

Something that people most often forget is that they have other options. Options like a portable building. Not only is it a cost-effective alternative, but it can be easily modified with shelving, insulation, electricity, and more. One of the greatest benefits is that it's onsite and that it's convenient. When you need to snatch something from storage, it's right there. No more driving back and forth between your home and the storage facilities that close at 9 p.m. or earlier. You'll also rest soundly at night, not worrying about the safety of your belongings.

Portable buildings are also, well... mobile. If you're making the transition to a new place, you have the option to transport your belongings with ease. Moving is already stressful, if there's any way we can mitigate the burden, you'd better believe we're happy to do so. Another perk of owning your own storage building is that it can serve a variety of purposes. It can be used as a garage, storage shed, warehouse, or even a studio. If you're requiring space for something else like a greenhouse or home office, we have those too.

We take great pride in what we do, and in the products we offer. In a world where adaptability is key, we believe the same should apply to our portable buildings. If you need any help choosing a design or would like to learn about our add-ons, give us a call. Quality Buildings Inc. is here to answer any questions you may have and to set you up with extra space when you need it most.

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What Would I Do With a Portable Building?

May 2nd, 2016by Korey McMahon

As many of you may be aware, portable buildings have the ability to serve a world of possibilities. In need of a home office? Check. Maybe you could use a little extra space for the kiddos to play? Done. We could go on for hours on what our customers typically use our buildings for, but we thought we'd shed a little light on the outliers.

 

Play Fort

Are the kids getting tangled up underneath your feet? Give them some room to play with our classic building design.

Political Campaign Office

Whether you're campaigning for local or national parties, a portable building gives you the extra space you need for materials and meetings. If you really want to step up your game, we have an electrical package that serves as a perfect addition!

Adult "Doghouse"

Wife not too happy? Grab a pillow and make sure you have a place to stay in one of our open porch buildings!

Homeschool Building

Did you choose the homeschool route? Create a second space that will give them the extra peace and quiet they'll need for studying.

Game Room

Tired of dealing with noisy teenagers? Tell them to take it outside in one of our portable buildings. Our electrical package is perfect for a TV and/or gaming console!

Tiny Home

As we mentioned in a previous blog, if you’re looking to hop on this housing bandwagon, we have just the portable buildings to get you started.

Arts and Crafts Building

Is your lady a Pinterest addict? Those mason jars and burlap rolls can really start taking up space. Surprise her with her very own building so you can have your man cave back.

Pool Shed

Need a place to store all those noodles, floaties and toys? Forget a cluttered backyard and opt for a summer pool shed!

In-Law Retreat

Family members often pop in whenever you least expect it. Give them a place to stay with an open porch building and customize with our insulation and electrical packages!

Man Cave

Need a secret hiding spot to watch the game? Pair one of our portable buildings with an electrical package so you can catch up on your bro time.

 

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Tiny House, Big Possibilities.

April 4th, 2016by Korey McMahon

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Many of you may have taken notice of the tiny house movement. People are joining in for a variety of reasons including environmental and financial concerns along with the opportunity for more freedom. This is where you're probably shaking your head thinking, "I don't know how someone could live in something like that." We're here to tell you that it's actually not far-fetched as it may sound. Turns out, there's a number of benefits to living humbly and below, we'll dig into all the details.

What constitutes a tiny house?

A typical American home is around 2,600 square feet. A tiny home is somewhere between 100 and 400 square feet. These homes come in all shapes and sizes, are geared towards one thing: simplistic living. Think smaller space, higher efficiency.

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Why the downsize?

With the economic shakeup of 2007, this movement attracted owners from all walks of life. While only 1% of buyers acquire these buildings for dwelling, many are using them as on-property housing for relatives, as a guest house, or even as a home office. For most Americans, 1/3 to 1/2 of their income is dedicated to their housing. Looking down the road, they'll spend 15 years of working just to pay for it which 76% of Americans are already living paycheck to paycheck.

What are the perks to modest living?

Not only are tiny homes less expensive upfront, but think about terms of taxing and bills. You'll save hundreds to thousands on heating, maintenance, and repair costs. They also encourage a less cluttered lifestyle, which in turn minimizes one’s ecological footprint. Another great part about tiny homes is that they emphasize design over size. Many of these properties encourage dual purpose features and furniture, incorporating space-saving appliances. Also, it challenges owners to think vertical when it comes to storage.

Where do I find a tiny house?

Though we may not sale a completed tiny home that's move-in ready, we do offer a variety of building styles from which you can choose as your starting basis. We have the ability to truly customize your building with free paint and metal roof upgrades along with insulation and electric options. After all, just because you're living small doesn't mean you have to rough it. To begin creating your dream tiny home, check out our product catalog here. For more details, give us a call at 888-226-8075.