Questions about Pole Barns and how they work? We have answers…

Q: What is the life span of the treated lumber used at Better Built?

A: Standard posts have a .60 CCA treatment. The manufacturer has a “Lifetime” rating and a 60 –year warranty, but the life span of the post should far exceed 60 years. Need extra protection from pesky bugs like termites? We have post protectors available to provide even more shielding from nature’s elements.

Q: How do i best ventilate my building?

A: Better Built offers customers a wide variety of options for proper and optimal ventilation. Need some input and pricing quotes? Give us a call!

Q: I have heard a rumor that skylights leak: Is that true?

A: Truth is, skylights require a large amount of maintenance to keep them in great working condition. Unlike the rest of your pole building, which is virtually maintenance free, skylights may need re-caulking every 3-5 years to prevent leaks during inclement weather. Should you decide to insulate the roof of the building, skylights should not be installed. Need some alternatives? We have your solutions.

Q: Does Better Built Structures do custom buildings on request?

A: Of course! In fact, we recently completed a life-sized gingerbread house for charity! Check it out along with our other projects at our Facebook page. We would love to help you bring your ideas to life at a price you can afford!

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Trying to find a traditional food to enjoy this evening for Mardi Gras? Picking up a King Cake from the local bakery is a quick fix to help get in on the fun of Mardi Gras. Mardi Gras is a day of fun, indulgence and celebration leading up to Lent, a Christian holiday observing the liturgical year. Typically, observers will select a vice or indulgence to give up for 40 days to honor and observe this 40 day period, mirroring the story in the Bible documenting Jesus’ 40 days of fasting in the desert, where he was tempted and confronted by the Devil but resisted.

Are you observing Lent? If so, what are you giving up for 40 days? We’d love to hear from you here at Better Built!

Savoring Every Bite

You don’t need to live in New Orleans to enjoy the local festivities of Mardi Gras and Fat Tuesday!  There is something so colorful and fun about the New Orleans’ King Cake that I have to make it every year just to feel like I’m celebrating right along with the folks in New Orleans. 

Fat Tuesday is right around the corner wrapping up the the Mardi Gras or Carnival Season that is so well celebrated in New Orleans.  The season begins on January 6, also known as “King’s Day” honoring the meeting of the Three Wise Men with the baby Jesus.  The hiding of the baby in the cake was to symbolize the finding of the baby Jesus.

Before my move to Florida, I had considered a relocation to New Orleans.  I made several trips there to look around and during those times, the city grabbed my heart.  The people there seemed…

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Before you pack away the storage boxes, sort through the clutter!

Storing items away when they’re not in use seems like a wise thing to do, but how much of what you are storing is junk you can either donate or throw away? Reconsider those stored items using some simple, easy-to-follow steps:

1. Gather your junk from each room or furniture piece into one starting pile.

2. Immediately pick out all of the trash – old receipts, paper, packaging leftovers, old boxes, anything you don’t need.

3. Find the items that already have a home…are there CDs that can go into a CD case, or maybe some pencils to put in your office desk or kids’ room?

4. Group similar items together. If you have duplicates, or haven’t used items in over a year, consider donating them, selling them in a garage sale, or simply tossing them. 

5. Your remaining items should be items you plan to use within the next year – pack them up in boxes that are clearly labeled to make spotting your stuff easy when you need to snag a box. 

Fast, easy steps to take to get less cluttered in Spring 2012. Still need more storage? We understand, and that is exactly why Better Built is always here to help provide quality structures that are as nice to look at as they are practical. Need some more tips on how to de-clutter before you wrap things up and prep for warm weather? We’re liking these additional easy tips: http://unclutterer.com/2009/02/17/instructions-for-decluttering-your-home-in-less-than-500-words/

Decorating no-no’s to avoid…

Depending on your needs, you may be wanting a Better Built structure like one of our Casita or Lofted Porch buildings – perfect for that cute little lakeside cabin or woodland getaway. So now what? We build every Better Built structure to your specifications, but you may be looking for decorating tips to help your additional space look perfect for any occasion. Below are some tips on what to avoid to help make the most of your Better Built structure:

1. Avoid area rugs that are undersized for the space – Teeny tiny rugs will only get annoying if you keep kicking them out of place or tripping on them while moving around. Try to find something that you can place furnishings on top of…at the very least, a rug that allows some parts of the furniture to rest on top of it. 

2. Avoid neck pain by hanging your artwork and wall accents at eye-level – Many art collectors don’t realize they may be hanging their art a bit out of visual reach by hanging it closer to the ceiling. Hanging pieces at eye-level allows you and your guests to enjoy the art!

3. Throw pillow addiction, begone! That’s right, too many throw pillows may seem like a great idea, until you try to sit down and have to spend five minutes moving all of those charming little accents. Select one or two fun additions and leave the pillow hoarding to others! On a secondary pillow note, try to select accent pillows that suit the furnishings they are being paired with. A tiny little pillow floating around helplessly on a giant armchair or couch will just look like a dog toy. And the dog might treat it as such!

4. Our most important piece of advice? Never, ever sacrifice comfort for style. If it feels good, but isn’t a current trend, don’t worry about the trend and just go with what feels good! It’s your space, make sure you feel great when you spend time in it!

Need more tips? We recommend checking out the About.com website for some fun tips!

Black History month in Sapulpa

While the nation celebrates Black History Month, Sapulpa is enjoying a continued deep connection with African American history in our city – roots that have been growing for well over 100 years. On February 24th, just ten days from Valentines Day, Sapulpa High School’s drama department is excited to host in partnership with our local NAACP chapter an assembly featuring readings of Dr. Martin Luther King’s words spoken by Rick Bruner. The assembly will also feature skits that showcase the talents of our local students, followed by an additional talent showcase. 

We are excited to share in the rich history of Sapulpa’s African American roots with our young students as they grow into compassionate activists for continued equality in our community. For more details about the assembly and other Black History Month events in our community, read more here: http://www.sapulpaheraldonline.com/articles/2012/02/11/news/doc4f36b18717391195141756.txt

Fast = Good for business!

Thinking about a new facility for your business? Perhaps you’re staring at the property you own, wondering what would work best for your needs? Traditional construction can take months. With one permit issue, a year could fly by and you’ll still be in construction mode! With pre-fabricated buildings and barns, your construction needs can be addressed and completed in rapid time, giving your business a chance to bloom faster than ever. Pre-fab has gone from basic to anything but…there’s a structure for every idea and every necessity – Better Built even customizes. Consider pre-fab for your next business build and you’ll find the speed and simplicity a breath of fresh air for your business. You can read more about this topic here: http://www.kfyrtv.com/News_Stories.asp?news=54443

Exterior colors

Does selecting the right color for your structure seem like a daunting task? We understand – not everyone is a born designer when it comes to color, and sometimes the biggest challenge is picking the right color without seeing it on the building itself! Maybe a bold color seems daunting in the paint can, but on the building it transforms the way the structure looks in the space. Whether you’re struggling to decide on the perfect shade of blue, or trying to figure out the best color combo for your walls and trim, there are a million ways to give your structure a beautiful, modern color wash without creating a neighborhood eyesore. Some of our favorite ideas and creative inspirations can be found here: http://architecture.about.com/od/paint/Paint_Your_House_Tips_For_Choosing_Exterior_Colors.htm

Our local Sapulpa beauty, Damaris Pierce!

Sapulpa has always been a wonderful location for families to build lasting roles in the community and give back. One of our local beauties, Damaris Pierce, was honored to become Runner Up to Miss Oklahoma 2011 and gives young women in Sapulpa a wonderful role model by serving the community and bringing awareness to living a healthy, active lifestyle and staying healthy and happy into adulthood. We’re excited to see what she’s up to in 2012 as she continues to build our young Sapulpa community members up with encouragement!

You can read more about Damaris and her goals and accomplishments here: http://www.sapulpaheraldonline.com/articles/2012/01/21/community/doc4f1af110defba759333934.txt

Congratulations, Damaris! We’re proud to have you represent our community!