Your Own Private Lumberyard

Jun 19 • Interior Designs • 4525 Views • No Comments on Your Own Private Lumberyard

Renovating a home can be a fun process, but like any worthwhile effort, it has its headaches.  Knowing ahead of time what potential problems you can face is the best way to keep them from materializing.

Most people realize on the front end that renovating the home you’re living in will require some use of a rented storage unit.  In other parts of the country, many homeowners have spacious basements that are just the ticket for storing a room’s contents as they work.

But with the high water table we have in Jacksonville, like so many other coastal cities, fewer people have dry basements, so they’re better served to visit and find a climate-controlled place to store everything nearby.

The benefits of doing that are obvious.  You can safely stow your Jaguars swag in a cool, dry place away from sawdust and stray paint drips, then retrieve it for use in the freshly re-done room.

But there’s another benefit to using self-storage during renovation, and it’s one that is realized to both the occupant of an in-progress home and to an owner living elsewhere.

That benefit is the storage of excess construction materials for future use.  Here are a couple reasons why you will be glad you find a good location for leftover materials.

Hey, Why Should I Even Have Leftovers?

The first question you may have is why you aren’t just returning excess items to the store.  Of course, when it comes to easily available items like studs or plywood, you most certainly can.

But if your renovation strategy was to do some rooms now and others later, utilizing matching materials, you know that you need to buy inputs like hardwood flooring for all those areas at the same time.

Hardwood is a durable, beautiful material, but it’s also a natural one.  That means in spite of the manufacturer’s perfect standards, individual lots of hardwood can have variations in coloration that will show up if different lots span different rooms.

Other materials might be discontinued before you move to your next phase.  Materials like tile are trendy enough that they can be very difficult to find a few years later, and less expensive flooring choices like laminate hardwood may treat you the same way.  Exterior coverings like shutters and siding are also subject to a sudden end in availability.

So you’re wise to stock up on enough of these materials to complete future projects as well as current ones.  That way you can lock in prices, colors, and most of all, availability as far in advance as you care to do it.

Okay, I’ll Get Extra.  But Why Not Keep It Here?

For starters, few people have enough space in their homes for several heavy, bulky boxes of hardwood or multiple cans of paint.  And if they do, it’s probably in a basement or garage that could easily take on water from the next Hurricane Dora to buzz the Florida/Georgia coast.

And humidity is the mortal enemy of hardwood, as well as of laminate flooring and other key finish materials.  If you store it in a place with wildly varying humidity levels, it will warp and prove nearly impossible to install correctly.  That means climate-controlled self-storage is the best way to keep those items away from that sweltering humidity along the St. Johns River.

Meanwhile, temperature is the enemy of paint.  The heaving and relaxing of a freeze-thaw cycle ruins the consistency of paint and makes it tougher to get in good condition for application.  Just make sure to visit your paint every so often and shake it up a little bit.

A consistent theme of colors and materials throughout a home creates a beautiful effect.  If you’re working a few rooms at a time to achieve that, make sure you are getting the materials en masse at the beginning, then utilizing climate controlled storage for them until you’re ready for the next project.

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