Take Cover From the Heat – The Best Uses for Your Carport

As the summer keeps heating up and not cooling down, even at night, many are wishing they had a place to take cover.

As the summer keeps heating up and not cooling down, even at night, many are wishing they had a place to take cover. A carport is not only a great place to keep your vehicle under wraps; it’s also a fantastic extra space for you to get away from the hot summer weather. Carports can be designed to house anything that you want from your big-kid toys to your mobile home, and they can also serve as an entertainment space; really, the sky’s the limit! These are just some of the creative ways to find shelter.

A Haven from the Storm

If there is one thing that everyone hates about grocery shopping, it is getting the groceries into the house – especially when it is raining. For those who don’t have a garage to park in to carry the packages inside, a carport is an excellent way to keep dry during summer showers. If you build your carport as a shield that leads to your entryway or back door, you can make it from the car to the kitchen without getting drenched. It won’t ease all of the hassles that come with unloading groceries, but at least you won’t get soaked!

Outdoor Entertainment

A carport not only is a great place to house your car; it makes for the perfect shelter to house your next get-together. When the heat of the day settles or is in full swing, no one wants to stand in the sun – it’s like standing in the desert. A carport can supply some overhead shelter, and if you want to get really creative, you can line the exterior with lights and a mister to cool everyone while the temperatures soar!

Keep Your Gardening Equipment and Tools From Rusting

If you live in the South and have a front and/or backyard, you know that things can grow out of control pretty quickly. Most of us have the tools that we need to cut back the jungle foliage that can start to invade our spaces. But if they’re left outside, all of those tools and equipment can begin to rust and once they do, they are virtually useless. Reserve a little area of your carport to store your landscaping equipment and keep it safe. That way, when you do need it, it will be in working order instead of rusted and ready to be thrown out!

Carports Are Great Boat Storage!

If you are lucky enough to have a boat, you want to have a place to keep it nice! A carport isn’t just for a car; it’s an ideal place to hide your weekend warrior or entertainment vehicles. Whether it is a golf cart, boat, or jet ski, you have invested enough to want to keep that investment safe! Building a carport will give you lots of extra room.

As we continue through the summer, the extreme temperatures are starting to take their toll. Almost everyone is looking for a bit of shelter from the hot sun! A carport is not only a great way to keep your vehicles safe from the beating down of the sun; they are also an excellent way for you to find a little haven from the storm, to entertain, or protect your investments. At Portable Buildings of Ravenel, we custom build carports to suit your needs. Contact us today to discuss how we can create a little space for you to hide from the heat!

A Utility Shed Doesn’t Have to Be All Utilitarian!

Just because something bears a name, that name doesn’t necessarily define it! When it comes to utility sheds, they can serve all sorts of purposes

Just because something bears a name, that name doesn’t necessarily define it! When it comes to utility sheds, they can serve all sorts of purposes. Instead of building a garage to house all of your stuff or clearing it out for entertaining, a utility shed can be your go-to for extra space and to enjoy your backyard spaces more. These are just a few of the more creative plans that you can use this summer and beyond.

A Haven from the Sun

It was just three short decades ago that tanning was all the rage. Sadly, we know better nowadays. If you are tired of sitting in the hot sun, slathered in sunscreen, why not make your utility shed the perfect place for your summer siesta? Throw an afternoon soiree in the garden without having to really sit in the garden. Mix up some cocktails while you are at it and have a sun-day fun-day any day. Hey, it’s summer – live it up before the cold weather returns!

Workout Hideout

If you can’t find a way to carve out a place inside the house for your workout, a utility shed is an excellent double for a weight room. All you need is a little space for weights, a mat, and to hang a mirror on the wall, and you have your private place to clear your head and find your chi. Yoga is best done in the serenity of your own space, so be the zen master of your utility shed domain. Add some candles, incense, and leave the chaos of your house behind!

Garden Shed

If you are a gardener, a utility shed is a perfect place to pot your plants and create your growing magic. You don’t have to worry about where to store everything or piece it all together. Just hang some hooks, fill the space with all that you need to fertilize and nourish, and it can be your own secret garden shed. Being out in the hot summer sun can dissuade even the greenest thumb, but making a place to be more comfortable will help you create the garden you desire without punishment.

A Perfect Reading Nook

For the novelist or reader of novels, a utility shed can be a perfect space to sit and reflect on your favorite works of art. With the kids home from school for the summer, finding a place to decompress and focus can be problematic. Set up a reading chair or an office so that you can get some peace away from the home for a bit. You deserve to hide out once in a while, so find your own private Idaho in a space that is designed for whatever you want to get done!

Not everything is defined by what we choose to call it. A utility shed doesn’t have to be all about utility. It is the perfect way to find some reading time away from the chaos of your home, be inspired to let the inner gardener out, or find your chi away from the bustle of your home. At Portable Buildings by Ravenel, we would love to design your perfect place amongst the summer noise. Contact us today and let’s get started creating a utility shed that you can really use!

Garage Versus Carport – Which One is Better for Your Needs?

As the red-hot real estate market continues, many in the Charleston area are losing hope and considering the prospects of switching gears

As the red-hot real estate market continues, many in the Charleston area are losing hope and considering the prospects of switching gears. If you are one of the many who are feeling growing pains but are looking for ways to stay put and add on things to make your home more conducive to your needs, you might be trying to decide between a garage and a carport. Let us put your mind at ease by settling the argument about which is better to build: a garage or a carport?

Garages are Expensive

When it comes to price points, it is expensive to build a garage from the ground up. The average two-car garage costs anywhere from $15 to $40k, which is a huge investment. The reality is that just because you are staying put now, that doesn’t mean that when the market settles down a little you won’t be right back to looking for another home. So why invest all the money in building a garage for the new homeowner? Sometimes it is better to go cheaper and see how it works before you 100% invest. You can always list a carport for sale in the classifieds if you do decide to trade up for a garage in the future!

Instant Relief

Again, you might just decide to ride out the storm, making do with your home until the inventory increases and competition decreases. If you purchase a carport, you get instant relief from your growing pains. As we head into the long, hot summer, wouldn’t it be nice to have a place to entertain in the great outdoors? If you build a garage, it will likely not be done until the end of the summer, which won’t help you through your summer party season at all!

Building is About Where Real Estate is at!

If you think that real estate is out of control, just take a look at the building industry in Charleston. Charleston is experiencing one of the biggest housing booms ever recorded in history, which means that you are going to end up low on a builder’s priority list. That will have you hunting for someone to build your garage, waiting for them to squeeze you in, and putting up with construction all summer long. If you buy a carport, none of those things are an issue.

Carports Serve the Purpose

A carport might be all that you need to live in your home comfortably again. They provide enough room for your vehicles and toys, while giving you a little shelter to entertain, get out of the rain, and house all of your landscaping equipment. Sometimes less is more, and if you aren’t completely committed to staying, then don’t commit to all that comes with building a garage.

Are you deciding whether a carport or a garage is a more appropriate choice for your needs? If it is a temporary fix, then don’t go through the expense, the hassle, and the chaos of dealing with building a garage this summer. Get a carport and enjoy the next few months of fun and sun. For more information about carports for sale in the Charleston area, turn to Portable Buildings by Ravenel today!

Get Out of the Heat: Four Ways to Make Your Shed a New Hangout Place

As we head into spring and summer, we will all be searching for a cool place

As we head into spring and summer, we will all be searching for a cool place to hang out – both figuratively and literally. The good news is that COVID tensions are easing, which means that once again we can all gather without fear. Although the great outdoors served us well over the past three years for social distancing, a shed is a much better venue to entertain when the temperatures outside soar. That is, if you take these four steps to make it a cool hangout den!

Add a Bar

When it comes to partying, it usually takes just one thing, and voila! Ditch the dirt and outdoor equipment and either purchase an inexpensive bar online or build one yourself. Not only do you need a place to throw together a margarita; people need an area to belly up to. It takes very little space to create an intimate concoction-maker, so get on it! Ladies and gentlemen, start your shakers!

Wine, Anyone?

If you are more of a wine connoisseur, consider adding a couple of seats for you and your besties to hang out and share a glass of vino. You can discuss world hunger and how to solve peace around the planet, or you can just laugh about what stupid things you got into during the day. The point is to be away from little ears and enjoy some time reconnecting with adults your own age!

A Place to Work Out

We know, the bar probably sounds better, but what if you combine what you love to do with what you should do? There are all sorts of breweries combining yoga with brew, so why can’t you? Add a simple tap, get some mats, and either put in an air conditioner to cool things down or do it hot and sweaty. The point is to add some yin and yang to really get in the mood, work through some breathing exercises, and release some tension. Easy enough, right?

Be Crafty

Scrapbooking might not be as cool as it used to be, but what is cool is preserving your memories. One day your kids will stop thinking about how dorky it was and how dorky you are and appreciate what you did to commemorate all of their memorable moments. All you need is a work table, some supplies, and you and your besties can get busy gluing, pasting, or whatever it is that you do!

As the hot weather makes its way to Charleston, now is an excellent time to take things indoors. If you are running out of entertaining space, hijack the shed and make it your new cool place to hang out, both in temperature and because you are so cool! Contact Portable Buildings of Ravenel today to design your new place to congregate!