If you buy a portable shelter, you have just made a sound investment, one that can safely protect your equipment or vehicles for many years. Portable shelters include car ports, garages, barns and the like, offering a quick solution to a storage problem. Installing a portable shelter is quicker than erecting a permanent edifice. Here are four considerations as you get the job done.
Evaluate the Job
You have a portable storage solution in mind. What you need to consider are what restrictions, if any, exist in erecting such a building. Your community may require you to obtain permits in keeping with local building codes and ordinances. Contact your planning board for assistance.
Also keep in mind that a certain amount of setback may be required. If your yard is tight for room, you still must allow for certain room between your structure and your property line. In some areas you may have to obtain approval from your neighbors to put up a structure, permanent or temporary.
The Job Site
Where you place your portable structure on your property is critically important. Access, soil stability and drainage must be considered. If the property is not level, you should have the area prepared first — that may mean applying soil or gravel to erect your structure.
Keep in mind that zoning requirements may require additional work before approval is given. You may need to work with a draftsman to create a base diagram or engineered drawings. Ensure that these documents are submitted well before the arrival of your portable shelter advises WeatherPORT, a manufacturer of temporary structures.
Do it Yourself or Not
A temporary structure can be assembled by you and your friends or you can hire someone to do the work for you. Either way, instructions — including diagrams — must be followed. Review the instructions, establish a plan of action and then move forward.
Most assembly tasks require two people on hand. It is better to work with others to ensure your safety and to manage the project. Make certain that you understand the instructions before proceeding. If something is not clear, then contact the manufacturer.
Your structure is now in place and will soon be put to use. The work is done if you do not want to include any add ons. Most people, however, want to make the best use of their structures and will go further.
You can add curtains to your structure, install a garage door, insert insulation, hook up electrical and plumbing connections, or install an HVAC system. Consider how you will use your garage, barn, truck or RV port and plan accordingly.
In all likelihood, you can have your portable structure installed provided you meet all local zoning requirements and pay the required fees and permits. The process should move much faster than building a permanent structure, saving you much money along the way. Work with an engineer or a draftsman to provide the required documentation. Make sure that these forms and documents are submitted to the planning board for approval, if required.
You should also choose only the right structure for your needs. This includes finding one that is the right height, width and depth. It should also meet certain tolerances for wind speed. Importantly, if you live in a snowy area, you should choose a heavy-duty version to handle the accumulation.
With your structure completed you are now ready to make good use of it. With proper care it should give you many years of good use. Follow the maintenance instructions and you’ll have a port that you can be proud of.