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.
A-1 Self Storage to Build New Facility in San Juan Capistrano, Calif.
California self-storage provider A-1 Self Storage recently acquired 1.6 acres of raw land in San Juan Capistrano, Calif., to build a new facility. ...More
Important Do's and Dont's of Self-Storage Site Design and Unit Mix
Site design and unit mix are two of the most important aspects of self-storage development. This article identifies key considerations for building a successful self-storage project, and decisions that must be made before construction begins. ...More
Self Storage Group Development to Convert Six-Story Building in Connecticut
Self Storage Group Development LLC (SSGD) has broken ground on a six-story building conversion in Bridgeport, Conn. ...More
Business Owner to Convert Salvage Yard into Self-Storage Facility in Busti, N.Y.
The owner of a salvage yard received permission last week from Busti, N.Y., officials to pursue a self-storage project on the property that now houses Casel Auto Wrecking. ...More
Saving Self-Storage Construction Loans From Extinction: Considering Loan Structure, Source and Viability
Today, self-storage new construction loans are almost considered an endangered species. By knowing where and how to apply for a loan, as well as some of the particular considerations for self-storage construction lending, operators, developers and investor can take these ...More
Retrofitting a Building Into Your Dream Self-Storage Facility: A Guide for Intrepid Souls
While retrofitting a building into self-storage can be a rewarding and successful project, there are also many pitfalls to avoid. Learn how to steer clear of stumbles and think about retrofitting in a more critical way. ...More
Guardian Self-Storage to Build $4.8M Colorado Facility
Guardian Self-Storage has started work on building an 80,000-square-foot facility in Superior, Colo. The cost of the three-building project is estimated at $4.8 million. ...More
Adding Boat/RV Storage to a Self-Storage Site: Structure Types, Space Requirements and ROI
Self-storage operators with extra land often consider adding boat and RV storage to their existing operation to generate additional income. Before building, they must understand the types of storage available as well as space requirements and design considerations. ...More
The Rezoning Process: Guidelines for Getting Approval on Your Self-Storage Project
Self-storage developers who want to rezone a piece of land for a future project often face an uphill battle. Here are three guidelines to streamline the process and ensure the development is approved. ...More
Looking to Build Your First Self-Storage Facility? Read These Insights First
Self-storage development is much more complicated than it looks on paper. Here’s an in-depth look at the key areas every self-storage owner or developer needs to understand when building a new facility. ...More