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I was checking into storage places till my oldest got an apartment. Now I use his old bedroom to store all the stuff (I don't have much but I have lots of room)!!

Is that what I have to do Kick my kids out ???!!! LOL !! Some of my headaches would be gone !! LOL!!

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I have never thought of storage before we have always had a storage room behind the house. I think ours is 10x25 with 8 ft ceiling. Didnt cost much to build and its not on concrete slab but yes it does have a floor built just like a house would be built :)(You need permits and all here if on slab for what reason i dunno but as long as no concrete poured they dont care and yes we asked them so it might be a summer project or something put down concrete blocks and get all level) 6-8 months worth of paying for storage you could build a storage room in backyard that size or get someone to help ya out building it. It would be cheaper in the long run and they are easy to build nothing to it really. Think of all the trips and wasted gas you can save too :) I dont know how big your back yard is but something to consider. With the way you guys plan and decorate theres not a doubt in my mind you couldnt build one in backyard(considering local laws etc...) Hardest part is roof truss's and they are lumber yards that will build em for ya and deliver. Worth a thought. Now im just babbling.....OVER N OUT :)

Edit and for a window(WIndow good idea for any room get trapped and no other way out your in trouble) you can get one at those contruction salvage yards on the cheap. Just a thought....

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I picked up a kit at HD in January that was closed out for $191.00. 14x10 and just put it up last week. I Had a slab out back already on the groupd so I just secured it to that. Now my garage is clear and I have a place for all the stuff.

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I couldn't imagine the size of a storage unit I would need if I had to consolidate all my stuff and put it into a single room..... :wacko:

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