Essentials Every Hunting Cabin Needs

by BurtonH 28. October 2013 11:58
A hunting cabin built in the woods.

As the weather starts cooling down, hunting seasons gets into full swing around the country. Last week we talked about the benefits that a steel buildings can have for your hunting cabin. This week, we will continue the hunting theme with some essentials that every good hunting cabin needs!

Mudroom
No true hunting cabin is complete without an impressive mudroom. This maybe one of the most important rooms in the cabin as every early morning hunting trip starts here. From your gear to the game everything comes through the mudroom, so it’s important that you make a good first impression. The last thing you want to do is to leave your gear outside!
Hunting rifle resting on top of a backpack outside in the forest

Kitchen

Other than the mudroom, the kitchen may just be the second most important part to any hunting cabin. After all what good is hunting if you don’t have a kitchen ready to go? This won’t be your regular kitchen though, as you’ll want to make sure that you have plenty of open space to move around in. Also, an industrial sized freezer is a must if you want to save your game for later.

Old style kitchen, cluttered with pots, pans and dishes
Living Room

What better place to relax and relive the day’s adventures than sitting in front of a roaring fire after a full meal? While not as essential as a mudroom or kitchen, a proper living room can turn a regular hunting trip into a tradition that everyone will remember. You’ll want to make sure that there this is plenty of seating and depending on the weather you may even want to open the windows to let in the fresh air.

Living room in a hunting cabin with a fire place 
Bathroom

Hunting trips are often a time to escape from the fast-paced world and to slow down and enjoy some of the simpler things in life. Usually that means turning off your phone and leaving your laptop at home. But just because your phone is off doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy yourself! Why not consider turning your bathroom into a sauna, complete with your very own indoor hot tub!Hot tub in the bathroom of a hunting cabin

Storage

From extra rain coats to extension cords and pull carts to ATVs, some items you don’t need to keep inside your cabin. A storage shed can be the perfect place to keep those items that you won’t need on a day to day basis. Steel built storage units can keep just about anything secure from the elements during the off months. You could even build a miniature garage next to your cabin to keep your ATVs in overnight!

Steel Built Storage shed full of equipment

These are just a few of the essential things any good hunting cabin needs. What would you make sure to include in your dream hunting cabin? Let us know in the comments below! 

Post written by Burton Hohman

Why You Should Consider A Steel Hunting Cabin

by BurtonH 14. October 2013 08:32

A hunter walking with his dog towards his hunting cabin
Hunting season is right around the corner in most states, and for many this means spending quality time outdoors during day and camping out in a hunting cabin overnight. These cabins are your home away from home, and it’s important that they have everything you need. When it comes to hunting cabins an old-style log home usually comes to mind, but did you know that steel buildings offer many advantages over these traditional wooden cabins?

Whether you are looking to build your first hunting cabin or wanting to expand your current one, the experts at ProBuilt can help make this hunting season the best one yet. Below are just some of the advantages that a steel building has over wood.

Customization

From just about any size to a variety of shapes, steel buildings offer a wide range of customization options to fit all of your hunting needs. Our buildings can be designed with plenty of window and door placements as well as electric hookups to make for a perfect shelter in your favorite hunting ground. If you are interested about turning a steel building into your main living area check out this post for tips on living in a steel building. Steel buildings are easily customizable to allow different structures to be connected together. This is ideal for those looking to expand their current hunting cabin as steel buildings make for perfect mudrooms and storage sheds.

Convenience

Mudrooms and storage are crucial parts to any proper hunting cabin, and this is where steel buildings truly surpass the competition. When it comes to storage, you would be hard pressed to find a better building material. For many, storage units can go unused for several months at a time, and often become home to bugs and mold. With steel buildings you won’t have termite issues and steel not only resists mold better but it also won’t rot or split like a wood storage unit would. Particularly dry seasons can leave many worried about uncontained fires, but steel buildings are fire resistant. In addition, ProBuilt offers a 20-year rust free warranty on all of their buildings.

You can easily turn any room into a mudroom by dropping off equipment and game, but a true mudroom needs to easily cleaned. Steel buildings can they take whatever you throw at them, and cleanup is a breeze. Just grab a hose and blast all the mud, gunk and whatever else out the front door. Whether you are building a brand new cabin, or are expanding an existing one, make sure you use steel for your mudroom.


Hunting trail leading through a green forest as it passes through a wooden fence

Cost

Traditional wood cabins can take as long as 12 weeks to prepare and build, hunting season could be over by then! With steel building, not only are the materials are low cost and prefabricated, but ProBuilt has many distribution centers to quickly deliver and install around the country. In addition to free installation, if your site requires permits ProBuilt can assist in accelerating any necessary permitting for your building. Because these buildings require very little labor, you should be able to have a fully functioning steel building within six weeks.

These are just a few of the advantages of steel buildings. So if you are looking to complete your current cabin or if you want to start making your own traditions this hunting season, contact ProBuilt today to begin building the hunting cabin of your dreams.

Post written by Burton Hohman

The Best RV Destinations in Florida this Winter

by AmyM 3. October 2013 04:41

The weather may be turning frigid in much of the country, but here in the Sunshine State, we’re starting to get the best weather we’ll have all year. Florida offers a great retreat for people looking for an escape from the snow, and a fun way to head down to our fine state is by RV. Instead of having to ship all the belongings you’ll need throughout the course of the winter, an RV will give you the chance to pack a lot of the fun gear you’ll want to take with you for your winter retreat.

If this sounds like something you’d be interested in doing, we’ve got some suggestions for where to take your RV this winter.

Key West

Key West offers island living at the very southern tip of Florida. While it’s probably going to take you the longest amount of time to arrive at your final destination, it will be well worth it once you arrive. In addition to some great RV campgrounds in Key West that feature waterfront views and beaches on site, the islands are very scooter and bike friendly, allowing you to easily get around within town without needing a car. Plus, bikes and scooters can easily travel with you on your RV, making them great methods of transportation to bring with you. Just make sure you arrange a safe ride home after some hours spent at Margaritaville.

New Smryna Beach / Daytona Beach

New Smyrna, just south of Daytona, is an oceanfront destination with more than 8 miles of coastline. The town is unlike other populated tourist destinations so you won’t have to worry about fighting crowds all during your trip. New Smyrna also offers great fishing ventures, so make sure to pack your rods in the RV before you trek down.

If you are looking for a town with a little more excitement, consider Daytona Beach. The city offers surf and some well-known tourist destinations, so if you’re looking for a place that has plenty of activities around, consider spending some time over in Daytona.

Panama City Beach

While pictures of Spring Break might be the first thing that pops into your mind when thinking of this destination, Panama City Beach has RV destinations for beach lovers, the most popular being St. Andrews State Park. The park features 2 ½ miles of beaches that have been named some of the best in Florida. The park also features tours of the uninhabited Shell Island, which is home to one of the highest concentrations of bottle nosed dolphins in the world.

 

We think that these destinations would be a great place to spend your winter, but as Florida residents, we could be biased. Where are some of your favorite places to spend the winter?

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Living in Steel or Metal Buildings?

by AmyM 9. September 2013 09:25

When most people think of steel buildings, they often assume the buildings will be used for storage or for keeping a car, RV, or boat protected from the elements. But there is something interesting people are using their steel buildings for: their homes.

Yes, you read correctly: using steel or metal buildings to live in.

While not your conventional home or building materials, homeowners and builders have used steel or metal buildings to create livable residential homes. Because these steel or metal buildings can feature windows, doors, and electric hookups, homeowners who decide to use a steel building for their home can design a pretty great place to live that offers many benefits.

Some of the benefits to using a steel or metal building for a home are that the materials for the house’s frame aren’t susceptible to as many problems as traditional building materials. For example, you won’t need to worry about termites; the steel won’t rot or split like wood; and the steel will resist mold better than traditional materials. Furthermore, the steel is fire resistant and the framing comes with a 20-year rust free warranty.

Another benefit is that the steel building portion of the home is relatively quick to assemble. Plus, with the way that most steel buildings are constructed, it will allow for you to have a very open floor plan.

One important item to consider before choosing to live in a metal or steel building is that you ensure the building allows for proper insulation. This will help ensure the building doesn’t get too warm in the summer months and too cool in the winter. Also take some time to consider the type of material you want to use for the roofing. Rain on a steel roof will surely get noisy after a while.

If you still aren’t sure whether a metal or steel building would be comfortable to live in, there are plenty of examples to reference online to help kickstart your imagination. (For example, this site has some great photos.) With all of the roofing and sizing options steel buildings have to offer, you can help create the perfect steel or metal building for your family to live in.  

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Steel Building Prices: What are You Paying For?

by AmyM 27. August 2013 12:35

When it comes to a custom steel or metal building, there are countless options and features you can add to make your steel building exactly what you need. But when going through the steel building selection process, you might be wondering: What exactly am I paying for?

For starters, even the most simple of our steel buildings come with a 20-year rust free frame warranty, so you can rest assured that your building will not show any signs of wear in the near future. Our buildings also feature a 150 mph wind load, so you can rest assured a strong storm won’t leave your building bent out of shape. Also, we coordinate with the necessary third parties to come out and lay the concrete slab for your building, saving you time and hassle.

If you are looking for a simple steel structure, such as a carport or an RV cover that doesn’t need walls, windows, or doors, you can purchase one of these buildings for around $800. Something like this would be 12 x 21 x 5, which is perfect if you need something simple to shield your care or boat from the elements.

Another step up from that would be a utility carport, which is a carport that also features an attached, enclosed storage building. Our utility carport starts at 18 x 31 and features a 10’ enclosure with a 6 x 6 roll up door and 6-foot walls. A building like that would cost a little over $3,000, but would allow you to not only have a covered parking area, but also a storage building attached to it.

On the larger end of our pricing structure would be a custom steel storage building, complete with walls and a garage door. A building that’s 40 x 51 x 12 tall with those features would run nearly $20,000, significantly more expensive than a standard carport.

If you need a large building, but these prices are a bit outside of what you were expecting to pay for a steel building, there is the possibility of financing to help pay for your steel building. We offer both rent to own and traditional financing, so we can find an option that works with your needs. 

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Helping Your Car Beat the Heat This Summer

by AmyM 11. July 2013 09:39

We’re getting into the hottest of the summer months, and it’s becoming almost dangerous to leave your car parked outdoors for longer than 20 minutes at a time. Aside from the heat you experience when you get inside a car that’s been outside all day, not to mention the pain that comes from sitting on leather seats, there are other problems that come with leaving a car exposed in the sun all day.

The first type of damage that the summer sun can cause your car is damage to your car’s paint and upholstery. Extended direct sunlight can cause your car’s paint, rubber, and the plastic trim to crack, peel, or fade after prolonged periods of exposure. The sunlight and heat left trapped inside your car can also cause the upholstery to fade, crack, or dry out, depending on the types of materials used on the interior of your car.  

But it’s not just the appearance of your car that can suffer from prolonged exposure to heat and sun. The high temperatures can cause the chemical operations in your battery to accelerate, making the internal fluids evaporate more quickly and shortening your battery’s lifespan. The prolonged heat can also cause cracks in your car’s hoses and belts, which can lead to radiator failure or engine overheating, neither of which are good to experience during the summer.

A final problem that comes with leaving your car exposed to the summer heat could mean the temperatures get so high plastic component inside your stereo and electric terminals might melt.

While we can’t prevent the sun from beating down all day, there is an easy way to prevent sun and heat-related damage from wreaking havoc on your car. The best way to prevent heat damage and keep your car cool this summer is to park it under a shady area, preferably in a garage or a carport if your home doesn’t feature a garage. We feature custom metal car and boat ports that can be built to any dimensions and with features such as enclosed sides, doors, and different roofing options. Our carports are delivered and installed two to six weeks after purchase and we also offer competitive financing options

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Increasing the Chances of Selling Your Home

by RainF 21. June 2013 05:33

So you’ve spend the last few months remodeling your home. It’s modern and everything looks great! However, you still are trying to find ways to help increase the likelihood that it will sell quickly when you place it on the market. While certain renovations are going to require more work and financial commitment than others, there are a few you can make to speed up the time it takes for that sign out front to go from “For Sale” to “Sold.”

Make Your Home Show Room Ready

Picture yourself looking at two of the same product; the first one is pristine and looks amazing, the second one functions perfectly normal, but it doesn’t look as nice as the first one. If you were a buyer, which one would you buy? The same principle applies when trying to showcase your home. Do some work and have the exterior and interior of the home looking like a million bucks!

When it comes to exterior cleaning, make sure to wash the windows, power wash the exterior, apply a fresh coat of paint (if needed) and clear out those gutters. You can probably accomplish this all in one weekend, but the more help you have, the better.

For the interior of the home, remove any clutter or mess. Aside from not looking as tidy, it can make your rooms look smaller. Also steam clean your carpets or polish any wood flooring so it doesn’t look too worn. Make sure to dust, deep clean your grout, and apply a fresh coat of paint to any dingy walls that need some TLC. Also make the inside of your home smell fresh with some air freshener or candles.

Improve That WOW factor

Curb appeal is huge when it comes to selling your home. One way to increase the outdoor wow factor is to make sure your yard is well manicured. If you have the budget to do so, you should also add a feature that enhances the overall function and feel of the home. Two great additions to the home would be a backyard deck or sitting area or a garage if your current home doesn’t have one.

A backyard deck not only gives you a quiet space to enjoy your yard, but it is also amazing for hosting parties or gatherings. Having the ability to host people outside and inside will make it feel that your home is bigger than it really is.

For garages, we offer a multitude of building choices to help fit your needs. Generally, we’ve seen adding garages to homes that don’t have one is beneficial not only because it gives homeowners some additional storage space outside the home, but it also allows homeowners to store their vehicles away from the elements. Plus, there’s an added safety that comes with storing a car inside a garage as opposed to leaving it uncovered in a driveway.

Being Green Helps Increase Value

By having energy saving appliances and functionality in your home, you can let prospective homebuyers know that these options can allow them to save money for months to come. A few suggestions for some energy saving features to include in your home include dimmer switches that allow you control the level of light used in a room and replacing all your appliances with energy saving appliances. Upgrading appliance will not only help prospective homeowners save on their energy bills each month, but it will also look nicer than having potentially outdated appliances throughout your home.

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Creative Uses For Carports and Steel Buildings

by AmyM 29. May 2013 09:31

When it comes to carports and steel buildings, most people think of using them for traditional purposes, such as protecting their vehicle or offering additional storage. But these buildings aren’t limited to only these functions. In fact, there seems to no shortage of creative ways that homeowners can use the steel buildings. Here are a few examples of ways other homeowners have used carports and steel buildings in original ways.

Animal shelters

Looking for a way to keep pets and livestock cool during the summer months? A large carport could provide them with a great way to beat the heat and harsh sun during the upcoming warm months.

A place to recharge

Thinking of going green? Consider placing solar panels on the top of your carport. While this won’t necessarily change your intended use for the carport, it will give you a way to make use of a steel structure or carport you already have or that you are considering adding to your property.

Outdoor entertaining

Never worry about rain ruining a party again. With a carport, you can create a covered entertainment area that is perfect for providing shade on a warm day or shielding your guests from an occasional shower.

Baseball covers

Want to provide some shade to your favorite little league players? We’ve used steel buildings to cover batting cages at little league parks, and these buildings can also be used to cover the stands to keep parents and fans out of the sun.

(Large) vehicle covers

In addition to covering your household vehicle, our steel buildings have been used as a fully enclosed building for the Jasper County Fire Department.

Covering large equipment

Have a large piece of agriculture equipment you’d like to shield from the elements? We’ve used our steel buildings to cover irrigation motors to keep them protected from the weather.

 

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4 Home Improvements to Keep Your Honey Happy

by AmyM 17. April 2013 08:33

Spring weather is here, and with the warmer weather comes a new list of things on your honey-do list. Aside from storing away your winter gear and making room for your spring and summer swag, chances are good your list of chores will be a bit longer than normal over the next few weeks. In addition to an increase in yard work and garden prep, there are a few more things you should accomplish this spring to really make your home spring into the season.

Not sure what else you should be adding to your honey-do list to really wow the missus? Here are a few ideas that are sure to create a happy wife and happy life.

Clean up the attic and garage

One of the first things to tackle on your honey-do list is going to be to pack away all your fall and winter gear and unpack all those spring and summer items you’ve been storing away. After you carefully pack away all your sweaters, coats, and winter gear, you might realize that you’ve accumulated more stuff than you can store.

Instead of cramming your storage bins back into the attic or garage, do a thorough cleanout and invest in some additional storage space. Your wife will love having easy access to all her stowed away goods, and you’ll love not having to make routine trips to the attic to pull down something that was stowed away by accident. Our custom utility buildings are perfect for homeowners who might need a little storage, and you can build a utility building that also features a garage, letting you have a storage area separate from your cars.

Clean the gutters, screens, and windows

Depending on the size of your home, this could be daunting. Start your spring cleaning with something the missus will really appreciate. Plus, the longer you wait, the hotter it will be while you're working. Clean all the leaves and twigs that have accumulated in your gutters over the past few months so when the springtime showers come, the overflow water has a place to drain.

Also use this chance to remove your screens and clean off the grime and buildup that has accumulated over the past year (or longer). Create a cleaning solution with 1 cup ammonia, 1 tablespoon of dish soap, and 3 cups of water and place it in a spray bottle. Run the screen under warm water, either in your bathtub or with the hose. Spray the screens with the cleaning solution and remove residue with a gentle scrub brush. Rinse once more to remove the cleaning solution.

While your screens are drying, take the time to clean your windows and the grout surrounding the windows. You create an a window cleaning solution at home using ¼ cup vinegar, ½ teaspoon of liquid soap, and 2 cups of water. Combine in a spray bottle and use on your windows.

If you want to save a little time, Windex offers an all-in-one glass cleaning tool that lets you spray on glass cleaner with a hose and clean the windows with an extendable water-activated cleaning pad. The extendable cleaning pad lets you reach up to 11 feet, so you can clean the top of your windows with no ladder required.

Pressure wash exterior surfaces

After months of being covered with leaves, snow, and who knows what else, your driveway and sidewalk could use some extra TLC. Pressure washing your walkway and driveway will not only make your home look fresh for the springtime, but it can also prevent the building of mold and mildew, making these surfaces less slippery. After you finish pressure washing your sidewalks and driveway, take the pressure washer to the backyard and clean off your deck or patio. Having a nice outdoor surface will make it that much more enjoyable when you start to spend your evenings and weekends outdoors.

If you don’t have a pressure washer, that doesn’t mean you can get out of this one so easily. Several retailers like Home Depot offer pressure washer rentals that are perfect if you only need to use them seasonally.

Fix up your gate

If your home has a gate, now is the time to touch up the paint and repair any broken gate pieces. Your family and furry friends will enjoy spending more time outside over the upcoming months, and the last thing you want to worry about is a small child or pet making its way through a broken fence. In addition to safety features, repairing your fence will also make it more visually appealing, which is sure to make your wife happy.

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Steel Building Construction vs. Typical Wood Frame Construction

by AmyM 25. January 2013 07:59

There has been much debate about the choice between steel building construction versus typical wood frame construction. Why should a consumer choose one over the other?

The most common questions that are asked:

What is the real cost difference?
How long is the usable life?
Is there a difference in insurance cost?
Is one safer than the other?

It’s important to understand the real differences between steel construction and wood frame construction in order to answer these questions.

For many years now steel has been very affordable for the consumer. It is very comparable, and sometimes even more affordable than wood construction. Steel buildings can be constructed much more quickly than wood frame buildings.
Also, remember, steel buildings do not warp, unlike wood. Steel has a very high tensile strength and does not dry out or rot. This will result in a very long and usable life for your steel building with much lower maintenance cost.
Steel is not a fire hazard. As such, steel constructed buildings typically have much lower insurance costs.
Steel buildings are resistant to pests such as termite, bees and other wood boring insects.
Steel building manufacturers also typically offer a longer warranty not available for wood frame constructed buildings.

All in all, considering the lower maintenance and insurance costs, as well as the up-front affordability of a steel building, steel construction is becoming a more frequent choice of building for consumers.