When you live in a teeny house….especially one with no bathroom storage/linen closet/normal places to hide your stuff there is nothing quite as exciting as clean, dry storage space. Really most women get a kick out of new shoes, clothes or a fancy new car….I get a kick out of this:
Meet our new storage shed/shop/this-is-where-all-our-crap-that-doesn’t-fit-in-our-house-goes Conex box! Isn’t she beautiful?
In all seriousness though we really, really needed some storage in order to make our growing family comfortable in this tiny house. Our utility room at 10×12 was home to all of our tools, all the animals feed, Kevin’s new brewing equipment and oh yeah…..the washer, dryer and extra freezer! Needless to say it was a mess.
We had camping gear and paint and suitcases and clothing stashed in Noah’s closet, the front closet, our closet….you get the idea. It was really exhausting emotionally to try to find just about anything in the house.
So when my parent’s where here the big mission was to figure out how to make clean, dry storage a possibility. We had been tossing around the idea of buying a travel trailer in order to house overnight guests and provide storage, but we ultimately decided it was a maintenance headache that wasn’t worth handling.
So we had switched our gears to either:
a) repairing the back shed or
b) tearing it down and replacing it with a used prefab structure on the cement slab
But the shed was a mess. Whoever built it made the decision to build it so the metal siding sat on top of the concrete instead of hanging over the edge. Thus water pooled at the bottom, right where the wood frame sat. Water+wood+time=no more wood.
The whole thing was rotted out at the bottom and would have required us tearing off the siding and building new walls further out and then residing it. Plus completely rebuilding the door. At that point we would have to figure out how to keep the critters out with foam or some kind of barrier.
Basically a major pain.
Plus there were two big things working against this plan:
1) Dad had hurt his knee badly and needed surgery on it so tackling a huge project like the shed was out and
2) We are currently renters. So while we love this house and property we ultimately have already put a ton of money into this place without having a guarantee that we are going to be here forever. Dropping another nice chunk of change into something we don’t own was a tough pill to swallow.
When my dad found this used Conex box about 45 minutes away from us and suggested it as an idea we jumped for it. As an added bonus (and a major factor for my parents peace of mind) is that we now have a safe location to go when we have tornado warnings. Major improvement over all of us trying to pile into the bathtub.
So Dad went up to visit the Conex box dealer and picked out this one for us…..she’s got a bit of rust on her but the price was right and (a big factor in conex box picking) the door latches work really well so I can easily get into it.
My Dad has a slight obsession with Conex boxes. I’m not sure if this started before or after he started his long haul trucking career but he loves them. So all of our storage back at home was housed in various Conex boxes. So as a teenager I have quite a few memories of having to muscle my way into one of them that had bad door latches to put stuff in storage.
I’ve done just about everything a girl my size can do to get the doors open on these boxes….I’ve kicked, pulled, beaten the handles nearly to death with a rock. I even once wedged my feet into the grooves and pushed off the box with all my strength. As soon as I was in the act of doing this I realized what a bad idea it was, right about the same time I landed flat on my butt when the thing finally gave loose.
So…..easy to open door latches were kind of a big deal on my list.
We were nervous about whether it would fit in the place we wanted it but with Dad’s help the driver was able to tuck it right into our little corner in the yard! It’s nice and discreet with all the climbing plants that cover the fence there, but it’s just feet from our back door!
We are so excited to finally have space to breathe a little!