Once you’ve purchased a suitable parcel for a self-storage development and received approval to move forward with your project, it’s time to consider what to build. What layout and design will allow you to maximize your investment? While it might appear straightforward, determining which structures to build, what size they should be and how to position them can be trickier than it seems, especially once you factor in the topography and specific parcel features. Before hiring an engineer to produce a detailed plan, seasoned developer Charles Kao says you should create your own rough sketch to ensure that your vision can become a reality. In this video, he shares five secrets to the process.