Remember the people we are designing for: Would they value outdoor storage? What would they value in outdoor storage?

An option we explored is outdoor storage as a solution for the scenario where people have too many things to fit into a modular housing unit.

The decision criteria being used to access storage solutions are:

  • mobility
  • appearance
  • durability

Mobility is how easily will the person be able to move their stuff around. For example, some storage situations are permanent, so if they want to easily access something, could the storage be moved around quickly to find it?Appearance is symbolic of the people living in the unit. Ideally, we would want the outdoor storage to match the ExteriorFinish options.Durability is how well can the storage withstand different types of weather, and overall how long would a storage solution like this last.

Again, the advantages and disadvantages will be in relation to these reasons, as well as the cost of each proposed solution will be presented.

Type of Outdoor Storage

Pros

Cons

Cost

Photo of Storage Type

Under the porch storage

  • Durable and weather/waterproof
  • Easy to build - if there is already a porch, the infrastrcture is there and you can add doors to use it as a storage space
  • Requires a porch
  • Permenant - not moveable
  • Accessibility - might be awkward to access storage
  • Contact contractor - construction of storage under a porch would require a contractor to survey the porch and then determine an appropriate price
http://st.houzz.com/simgs/d68169c9020be3bf_4-0918/traditional-staircase.jpg

Sheds

  • Lots of storage
  • Typical of neighbourhood - Sheds are fairly common, and many other houses in the Louisa St. area have shets. The Louisa St. site does already have a shed. A shed would fit in fairly well with the general appearance and feel of the neighbourhood
  • Durable and weather/waterproof - the contents of the sehd will stay dry for all seasons
  • May require maintenance - sheds may look run down after some time so it may need some maintenance, to make sure the doors don’t rust
  • Permanent - The placement of a shed is permanent since it is heavy. It would not be easy for a person to pick up all their stuff in a shed and move it around
  • $500
http://www.visionproducts.ca/admin/theme/VisionGroup/files/uploads/shed1.jpg

Milk crates

  • Durable
  • Mobile
  • Not waterproof
  • Ugly
  • Lack of security
  • Limited storage
  • $24-60 per milk crate
http://www.containerstore.com/catalogimages/203582/DairyCrateAuthenticAll_x.jpg

Deck boxes

  • Durable
  • Waterproof
  • Lots of storage
  • Big and bulky
  • Not mobile
  • Problems with Snow
  • $75-150+

Suncast® - Patio Seats With Deck Boxes

http://i01.geccdn.net/site/images/large/269931_02.jpg

Outdoor seating

 

Decorative obelisk

  • Nice appearance
  • Can hide pipes
  • not mobiles
  • somewhat non-traditional
  • needs to be custom made
  • Price varies, as it is custom made
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