Building a self storage facility is no longer as simple as it used to be. Given the competitive nature of this market, the many innovations, high land acquisition and development costs and legislative regulation that has gone into it, it is key that anyone with such plans chooses the right storage facility layout.
Single Story Storage Facility
These are the most common self-storage facilities out there. Since most single story self storage facilities have simple flexible designs, building them is quite economical. These storage facilities are typically made up of unilateral structures that come with either one or two-way drive aisles. They are designed in a manner that exterior access employs the use of a standard roll-up door on each unit.
- Given the simplicity that comes with designing and building a single story storage facility, they are extremely economical to build.
- Single storage facilities tend to quickly attract more clients, given their ease of access and ability to drive up to the unit door.
- Visibility in single storage facilities is better which enhances maneuverability. It is not easy for someone to get confused or lost at these facilities.
- Loading and unloading is quite easy, hence little damage to the facility.
- A single storage facility design does not take advantage of a property’s vertical space which is considered quite wasteful.
Double Story Storage Facility
Those with the intent of building a self storage facility can also go for the double story design. This design entails having two self-storage unit floors, one on top of the other.
- This design makes it possible to have more square footage for storage compared to the single story design.
- A double story self-storage facility markets itself as the large building’s visibility acts as a sign drawing in more clients.
- These facilities can easily and efficiently be constructed on much smaller pieces of land.
- Building this facility can be quite costly, given the intricacies that go into designing for multiple floors.
- They are not popular among customers, given the difficulties that come with loading and offloading from the top floor. Customers may not be thrilled about hauling their goods upstairs.
Climate Controlled Storage Facility
The design of a Climate controlled storage facility resembles that of a single story self-storage facility. However, in this design driving isles have been eliminated, the buildings widened and fitted with air conditioning, ventilation and humidifying features in some cases.
- Sensitive items in storage are protected from extreme temperatures.
- These units tend to be dust free and have impeccable air quality.
- These units have more square footage for storage compared to single story self-storage facilities.
- They are not appealing to customers due to the additional rental prices that come with climate control and costly construction.
- Accessibility tends to be difficult as there are no drive isles for the internal units.
- Building a self storage facility with climate control can be quite costly.