Self-storage construction has become more sophisticated over the past decade due to heightened consumer expectations as well as more rigid approval processes through municipal planning and zoning boards. Where self-storage was restricted to industrial zones in the past, it now often enjoys prime locations in commercial and even residential areas. Self-storage buildings, primarily constructed of metal building panels, are available in increasingly attractive options. Suppliers provide roofs, corridors, roll-up doors, mezzanines, lifts, elevators, relocatable buildings, and more. Important aspects of self-storage building include site layout, design and unit mix. Trends in self-storage construction include conversions, multi-story building, climate control and ‘green’ building, which can involve LEED certification and sustainable options such as solar panels. Specialty niches include boat/RV storage, wine storage and storage condos.
LifeStorage to Convert Chicago Furniture Building into Self-Storage, Retail and Office Space
LifeStorage, an operator of self-storage facilities in the Chicagoland area, recently secured a $13.8 million loan to convert the former Stein Furniture building at 1030 W. North Ave. into a mixed-use property featuring self-storage, retail and office space. ...More
Free Digital Issue on Self-Storage Solar Technology Available
Inside Self-Storage (ISS) has released a digital magazine issue titled " Solar Technology in Self-Storage: Generating Energy and Revenue," which will help facility operators evaluate the opportunities created by solar energy. ...More
Solar Technology in Self-Storage: Generating Energy and Revenue
In this age of eco-consciousness, self-storage owners can do their part for the environment, generate clean energy, attract more customers and reduce expenses by adding solar technology to their facilities. Solar panels are not only “green,” they often provide financial and ...More
ISS Offers Free Digital Issue on Self-Storage Facility Refurbishing
Inside Self-Storage (ISS) has released a digital magazine issue on "Self-Storage Facility Refurbishing," which includes articles regarding the renovation, expansion and improvement of existing self-storage facilities. ...More
Creating Business Solutions Through Facility Renovation
This weekend I'm working to save some of my cat's nine lives by renovating a loft railing that's lead to feline falls. In addition to greater safety, the refurbishment will create a more pleasing appearance with the addition of decorative fixtures. In self-storage, a ...More
Self-Storage Facility Refurbishing
As self-storage facilities begin to age, they may require capital improvements to remain competitive in their markets. Facility refurbishing can range from simple upgrades like fresh paint and new pavement to more complex projects such as roof upgrades, new siding and ...More
Taxes that Affect Your Self-Storage Business: Is Your Expense a Repair or an Improvement?
Self-storage operators know curb appeal is essential to attracting new customers and retaining existing ones. Unfortunately, many overlook the tax impact of facility repairs and improvements—and pay a price no general contractor’s estimate will ever include. Operators can ...More
Factors to Consider When Building Multi-Story Self-Storage
When contemplating development of a multi-story self-storage facility, there are many factors to carefully consider. This article explores some of these factors as well as the benefits of a multi-story structure. ...More
NitNeil Partners to Build Multi-Story Self-Storage Facility in Atlanta
NitNeil Partners, an Atlanta-based investment firm and parent company of The Storage Neighbor self-storage brand, has acquired the former A.C. White building in Atlanta’s Inman Park neighborhood with plans to construct a multi-story self-storage facility. ...More
A-1 Self Storage Plans Multi-Story Facility in Alhambra, Calif.
A-1 Self Storage has announced its plans to build a multi-story facility in Alhambra, Calif., a suburb of Los Angeles. The structure will have 74,868 square feet and offer more than 700 storage units on .66 acres of land. ...More