We have tried a number of different outdoor storage boxes over the years and this is the first one that has worked well. It is great that it is a seat also. Lots of friends asking where they can get them. We live opposite the beach and generally the boxes fall apart within a short period but not this one. No sign of rust yet. We want a bigger one but unfortunately the next size up is a high shed.
This is some of the best money we have ever spent. We live in Northern New England, and needed more storage space, but wanted it to look attractive in our yard and match our home. After reading all the reviews I could find, we ordered this model. One review I had read (too late to pay attention to) did recommend not placing it on patio stone or brick foundation. That is the one thing I have to agree with. We had already put in our foundation so did it anyway but wished we hadn't as it wasn't level enough for the floor, which is very flexible. Our solution was to build a one-inch high wooden platform INSIDE to give the stability and level floor we needed. We find it doesn't get too cold in winter and nothing has ever melted inside on the hottest days of summer. The peak venting works great. Just to be safe, we did go around the inside of the floor connection and around the windows (since we weren't going to open them anyway) with silicone, and after two winters so far, there has never been a leak of any kind. It works great and with the shelving provides LOTS of storage space. We repeatedly congratulate ourselves for buying this shed as nothing could work better in every way to provide what we needed. The construction is simple and solid, although it does take a little time to put together. I would recommend two people working together. Well worth any effort, though!
These are the best made of all the outdoor storage boxes. However, you cannot store pool chemicals inside them. The hardware will corrode and rust. What is more surprising, is that no where, adds or warranty, is there mention of this. The good news is that if it happens within the 10 year warranty, you can get replacement hardware. And store you chemicals somewhere else.
So I bought this hoping to protect from the summer sun on the patio. Before I had been using umbrellas, several of them. I liked this set up so much better, it offers a more open feel under the patio. It gets top rates for its design. Its held up really well over this last winter and the some pretty gale force winds, although I had to secure it. I used 2 bricks with a center hole to put the poles (it took three of us). I'm sure we could have done it simpler if we had put holes into the slab to secure. The most important place to secure (which the company might think about including) is on the poles. Once the canopy was up my husband drilled holes at the top and center where they connect to secure it which is necessary if you are dealing with Santa Ana winds, which where we live is a problem. Overall its really nice.
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