From man caves to she sheds, storage business sells options

Feb. 28, 2018

A Sioux Falls-area business is capitalizing on the man cave trend by building away-from-home units that people can buy and customize.

Big Time Storage is building the units along Interstate 29 south of 41st Street.

Brothers Jamie and Kelly Nielson researched similar businesses in Minneapolis and Denver.

“We decided let’s try this and bring it to Sioux Falls,” said Jamie Nielson, who does management and sales for Big Time Storage, which has rental units in the Tea area.

“It will be perfect for people who have a hobby like woodworking or hunting,” Nielson said. The units also will be good for storage of recreational and classic vehicles. They’ll also work as “she sheds” for women.

Kelly’s business, Nielson Construction, is putting up the first of two buildings for Big Time Storage Gateway Addition, which he owns with Jack Rentschler. The units are along Gateway Lane, which is a dead-end.

The larger building will have 17 units, and half of those should be ready by mid-May. The remainder will be completed by July. A second building to the south will have 13 units, which should be ready in mid-August and October.

The size of the units ranges from 480 to 1,000 square feet. Prices will be about $90 a square foot, Nielson said.

Owners can do the work themselves. For those who want to hire out the finishes, Big Time Storage will have a list of recommended vendors.

The property will be gated, and owners will pay an annual fee to cover expenses such as internet and cable connections, snow removal, a security system and upkeep of the community bathroom.

Interest has been high, Nielson said. No sales have closed yet, but “we’re starting to lock some down.”

From man caves to she sheds, storage business sells options

A Sioux Falls-area business is capitalizing on the man cave trend by building away-from-home units that people can buy and customize.

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