What exactly makes a building ‘portable?’ The term is thrown about the industry, but it is often used to describe several different types of structures. As a result, it can be confusing for the average buyer who doesn’t have a background in metal and wooden buildings. So, to clear up any confusion, let’s dive a little deeper into the different types of portable buildings.

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Portable Storage Sheds

First up, you’ll see the term used for larger metal and wooden structures engineered to sit on non-permanent foundations. These buildings can also be called modular structures and are typically used for applications like portable office spaces, construction projects, and mobile classrooms. Structures like these must be built to the same building codes and standards as any other permanent structure.

Then you have garden and equipment sheds. While these structures are also “portable buildings,” they’re engineered for small-scale storage and quick transportation. Unlike larger structures that require more hardy reinforcements, these smaller buildings will use dirt, concrete pads, asphalt, or cinder blocks for their foundations.

In many localities, structures built below a certain square footage threshold are exempt from requiring building permits. For this reason alone, many homeowners choose these portable buildings to store essential items and equipment. It’s a quick, effective way to protect your equipment and valuables without a building inspector’s approval.

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Why Should I Invest in a Portable Building?

Whether you’re looking for a simple place to store your lawn equipment or you want a small getaway cabin to escape into nature, there is no shortage of reasons why a portable building is right for you. These structures are strong, long-lasting, and completely transportable – meaning that if you decide to move, you can pack up your building and take it, too!

Additionally, many portable buildings aren’t considered a permanent part of your property and won’t require building permits due to their size. This gives you the ability to have a great storage solution without all the red tape you’d find in traditional building projects.

Why Are Portable Buildings a Must-Have?

If you’re short on storage space or simply need a place to protect your lawn equipment, a portable building is a great, cost-effective option. But many other reasons make these structures such a great fit. You may need a portable building if:

1. You expect to move the structure multiple times over its life

If you rent a home or work in construction where your job site quickly changes, a portable building is a great way to have effective storage that can go with you!

2. You need to save money

Invest in yourself! Why throw away money on costly commercial storage buildings when you can have a unique structure that’s specifically built for your needs? Additionally, prefab structures often cost far less than on-site construction options.

3. You need fast storage options

Many wooden building projects are costly and take months to complete. But if you’re looking for a quick, all-in-one answer to your storage needs, you can’t go wrong with a prefabricated portable building.

4. If you want to Rent-to-Own

If you’re working on a budget and don’t have the credit for traditional financing, rent-to-own packages are an easy way to get your building in a hurry with minimal red tape and no credit checks.

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A Step-By-Step Guide to Customizing a Portable Building

Keen’s Buildings is proud to offer a wide range of customization options that allow you to tailor a structure to your exact needs. There are so many choices that it may be somewhat confusing if this is your first time purchasing a structure. But have no fear! We’ll walk you through step-by-step and show you the process of designing your new portable building.

1. Determine Your Building’s Purpose

Before designing your structure, you’ll need an idea of how you expect to use it. Developing a comprehensive grasp of what you intend to store in your structure is a great first step.

2. Choose the Right Size

There are many different building sizes out there! And Keen’s is proud to offer a wide selection of different structures and dimensions to fit your requirements. But, will you need a smaller 8×6 building, or do you need more room?

3. Choose Your Building Material

What material would you like to use? Here, you’ll be able to pick between wooden, steel, and aluminum structures, each with its own aesthetics and capabilities. We even have mixed-style buildings that feature both steel paneling and wooden framing!

4. Choose Your Colors

With a huge selection of colors, you’ll be able to pick out a hue that’s right for you! You can even customize the color to match your already-present home or garage! Storage buildings don’t have to be dull, lifeless structures!

5. Pick a Siding Style

Depending on how you’d like to design your building’s overall look, you’ll be able to choose between several siding options, including:

  • Aluminum Siding
  • T1-11 Wood Siding
  • Vinyl Siding
  • Hardi-Plank
  • Steel Paneling

6. Deciding on Windows

Suppose you want to allow some natural light into your structure but don’t want the hassle of setting up electricity. In that case, windows are a fantastic way to provide sunlight and ventilation to a building.

7. Choosing Doors

No storage building is complete without at least one door! But at Keen’s, you’ll be able to add as many as you need! We have several door options available, from standard entryway doors to larger garage doors to accommodate larger vehicles and equipment.

8. Choose Your Accessories

Here, you’ll be able to choose your trim, roofing types, wainscoting, and more, allowing you to make a building stand out in the crowd!

What Things Should You Consider When Buying a Portable Building?

Whether it’s a wooden storage shed or our two-story “weekender” building, you want to get the most out of your new purchase. That’s why it’s necessary to keep several crucial things in mind when you begin the process.

1. Portability

Do you need your structure to be permanent? Or will it go with you if you move? Understanding this fundamental concept will provide insight into what type of building will best suit your needs. For example, a simple portable structure will do if you plan to pick up and travel regularly. But if you’d like something a bit more permanent, you may choose a larger permitted structure.

2. Zoning Laws

Before purchasing a structure, you’ll want to consult with your local building authorities regarding any zoning and permits required in your area. Additionally, you will want to check with your local homeowner’s association to ensure that your building is appropriately permitted.

3. Placement of Your Structure

Another consideration will be where you intend to place your structure. Your site will need to be clean, free of debris, and located in an area that doesn’t regularly flood.

4. Pre-Built or Not?

There are several tradeoffs to choosing a pre-built structure over a standard prefab structure. A pre-built building will be constructed and shipped to your chosen build site. Prefab structures, however, will arrive disassembled and must be installed on-site. Here, choosing between the two depends heavily on whether you’re looking for a quick, no-fuss storage solution or if you’d like to craft a building to your exact needs.

What Are The Applications for Portable Buildings?

One of the best features of these structures is their flexibility. They work well for a vast number of purposes, including:

1. Tool Sheds

Having a dedicated shed for your tools is essential if you like to maintain your vehicles or perform regular home maintenance. These buildings can help you keep your valuable equipment and tools organized and protected.

2. General Storage

We’ve all got things to store! A great way to declutter your home and garage is with a storage shed. These customizable structures can keep your important belongings safe and dry year-round.

3. Personal Cabins

Did you know that these buildings can be transformed into fantastic personal cabins! Whether you’re starting a small commercial retreat or simply want a getaway cabin on your land, these structures are a great, cost-effective alternative to traditional stick-built structures.

4. Home Offices

For handling both family bills and side hustles, having office space is a handy way to keep your finances and business in order. These buildings can be customized and finished to make fantastic office spaces, with everything you’d need to handle your business.

5. Garden Sheds

If you’ve got a bit of a green thumb, you need a place to store all your tools. Shovels, trowels, and fertilizer need to be stored and protected from the elements. And with a portable garden shed, you’ll have all the room you need!

What Are The Benefits of Portable Buildings?

No matter what you need them for, a portable storage building by Keen’s carries many benefits that can protect your valuables and significantly improve your everyday life. So let’s take a deeper look into the benefits of our portable buildings.

1. Flexibility

Our portable buildings work well in a wide variety of applications. From backyard storage buildings to tiny homes and everything in between, you’ll be able to choose a structure that’s right for you!

2. Cost-Efficient Investment

Prefab and pre-built structures can save you tons of money compared to traditional wooden framed buildings. Thanks to their keen engineering and modern construction techniques, these structures are often more affordable than traditional on-site construction.

3. Eco Friendly

Did you know that prefab storage buildings are more ecologically friendly than stick-built structures? Since prefabricated structures are built using precise components that were designed ahead of time, they result in far less build site waste. Additionally, the steel components in your structure are 100% recyclable!

4. Long-Lasting

Our prefab buildings are engineered to last and come with a 10-year paint warranty and a 25-year comprehensive warranty.

5. Secure Structure

A portable storage building is highly secure and can keep your essential valuables safe from potential thieves.

6. Quick Installation

With quick manufacturing and installation times, your building can be designed, built, and installed in a fraction of the time it would take to construct a similar-sized wooden structure.

Choosing the Right Build Site

Whether installing a new portable building or moving one to another location, you’ll want to ensure that your structure is placed correctly. It will need to be in an area that is clear, accessible, and rests above any known flooding zone.

Portable Building Prices

Keen’s is proud to offer a wide range of portable buildings to suit any need and budget. However, the customization options you choose will affect their price. Adding extra windows, trim, and wainscoting will all require additional components, influencing your structure’s cost. Contact our representatives today to receive a free quote and find a structure that best suits your needs!

Portable Buildings for Sale by Keen’s Buildings!

Whether you’re looking for a place to store your gardening supplies or you need an office space to separate your work and home life, Keen’s Buildings is your number one choice for portable buildings and portable building kits. And here’s why!

Our portable buildings are designed and pre-approved by certified engineers and backed by a 25-year warranty. They’ll also come with free setup and delivery in Florida and Georgia, saving you time, hassle, and money! Traditional construction can’t keep up with portable buildings prices!

And if you’re working on a budget, we’re proud to offer financing packages up to $100,000 with $0 down and same-day approvals! And if financing isn’t your cup of tea, we also provide a fantastic Rent-to-Own program with no credit checks!

So, if you’ve been thinking about a portable storage building for all your storage needs, you’re on the right track! Keen’s Buildings is happy to offer strong, cost-effective structures that are built to last for years with minimal maintenance needs. Give us a call today at +1 (386) 364-7995 and let our specialists help you design a portable building that’s perfect for you!