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Self-Storage: Cashing-in on Our Love of Stuff

The Race for Space in Our Homes and Businesses Like any other successful U.S. business, the self-storage industry began as a solution to a need: SPACE. Americans are perpetual collectors. We buy stuff, collect stuff, inherit stuff, create stuff, receive gifts of stuff— and we store stuff. The stronger the economy rises, the greater our addiction to stuff. Most U.S. homes contain about 300,000 individual items. Is it any wonder that one in ten Americans rent storage space? Forward thinking… Read More

In Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs), General Information, more

Building a Green Granny Pad

A Parent Pad that Saves Money— and Natural Resources Create a cozy, convenient, eco-friendly dwelling for an aging parent by building a green granny pad. Most people construct these compact backyard bungalows for seniors as a secondary dwelling on an adult child’s property. However, some families build a more manageable, downsized home for mom or dad on the parent’s property. Then the adult child and family move into the parent’s existing home. Choosing to “double up” households on one property… Read More

In Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs), General Information, more

Maximizing Air Quality in an Elder Cottage

The Inside Story on Building Healthy Homes for Seniors Building a safe, healthy elder cottage for an aging senior includes restricting indoor air pollutants. In fact, any new construction project should strive to create the cleanest inside air possible. The average adult breathes in about 3,000 gallons of air every day. The more polluted the air— and the longer the exposure— the greater the risk of health consequences. Studies show Americans spend about 90% of their time indoors. Elderly people—… Read More

In Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs), General Information, more

A Senior-Safe In-Law Apartment- Part 2

37 Tips for Designing the Perfect “Granny Flat” Part 1 of this series on building an in-law apartment in your own backyard covered the first 21 tips for a seniors-friendly home. Here are the remaining 16 tips for planning and building a safe granny pad. In-Law Apartment Design Checklist continues… TIP 22: Choose slip-resistant flooring materials, with non-glare surfaces. Carpet should be firm. Install low, dense padding for floor surfaces. TIP 23: Install overhead kitchen cabinets about 3” lower than typical.… Read More

In General Information, Residential Steel Buildings, more

A Senior-Safe In-Law Apartment- Part 1

37 Tips for Designing the Perfect “Granny Flat” When constructing a backyard “in-law apartment” for an aging parent, planning is paramount. Just throwing up a small house on your property will not get the job done. Even mature adults who are physically active today may require safety adjustments to their home in the future. Incorporating senior-friendly features into the building now can save expensive remodeling later. In-Law Apartment Design Checklist TIP 1: This warning cannot be overemphasized: DO YOUR HOMEWORK.… Read More

In General Information, Health and Steel Buildings, more

Baby Boomers Drive Need for Medical Buildings- Part 2

The Advantages of Building Healthcare Facilities with Steel As the multitudes of baby boomers march relentlessly toward 65, the need for more medical buildings increases, year by year. In 1950, 12.3 MILLION people in the U.S. were 65 or older In 2000, the number of senior Americans swelled to 25.0 MILLION. By 2030, after the last of the baby boomers hits 65, the senior ranks will swell to 72.1 MILLION. By 2050, the number of Americans 65 or older is… Read More

In General Information, Medical Buildings, more

Baby Boomers Drive Need for Medical Buildings- Part 1

Graying U.S. Population Will Require More Healthcare Facilities As the largest generation of Americans in history hits the “golden years,” the healthcare industry will require an increasing number of medical buildings. Aging baby boomers will require more clinics, nursing homes, pharmacies, physical therapy facilities, physician and specialists offices, testing facilities and labs, and urgent care offices for treatment. “Baby boomers”— those born between 1946 and 1964— are the largest segment of the U.S. population, 78 million strong. Baby Boomers: A… Read More

In Garages/Multi-Purpose Buildings, General Information, more

Millions Now Work from Home Offices

Make Working from Home Work for You Advances in technology have brought a radical change in where we toil, as millions of Americans opt to work from home offices. “Telecommuting,” as remote office work is called, brings amazing rewards to those who work at home— and to their employers. PRODUCTIVITY INCREASE: A Stanford University study concluded home-based employees averaged 12% more output than office-bound workers. Some large corporations reported even greater productivity increases. DECREASED OFFICE COSTS: The more employees working… Read More

In General Information, Steel Office Buildings, more

Capitalize on Steel Office Buildings

Collect Rents Instead of Paying Rents by Leasing Office Space As we discussed in our last post, all growing businesses someday demand larger office buildings. Business owners must choose to find an appropriate space to lease— or to construct their own office building. There is a third option: building a larger structure than your business requires and leasing the additional space. Building a dual-purpose structure presents several great benefits. First, the income from rental unit or units helps offset the… Read More

In General Information, Recreational Buildings, more

School Gymnasiums Built with Steel- Part 1

The Challenges of Gym Design and Construction Kids today spend far more time staring at flickering screens than working up a sweat in school gymnasiums. That needs to change. America’s youth is following in the dragging footsteps of adult couch potatoes. Technological gizmos and gadgets capture kids’ time and attention. Many of today’s children and adolescents have little time or interest in sports or fitness. The majority of schools no longer require physical education classes for all ages. Obesity rates… Read More

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