Potty Like a Rockstar – Bathroom Remodel Edition

If you’ve been following our Potty Like a Rockstar series, you know that we’ve been highlighting reasons to rent luxury restroom trailers. In this edition we’re talking about bathroom remodels.

It might surprise you to learn that the winter is a great time to remodel a bathroom. Tradespeople are typically less busy during the holidays, which means that you can often complete the project faster and for less than you would at other times during the year. While you shouldn’t simply look for the lowest quote possible to do the job, contractors, electricians, and plumbers will sometimes work with you more on labor rates when they have excess capacity. Additionally, since you already have time off around the holidays, you may be able to put in some sweat equity to reduce costs. Determining which improvements you can do yourself is a great way to save money on the remodel. If your work schedule permits, you may even be able to act as the GC (general contractor) yourself to save even more. Either way, being around for part or all of the project and pitching in will make you feel more connected to the end result, like you’ve done something you can be proud of.

Since family and friends usually exchange gifts for the holidays, you can put practical items on your wish list to tie your remodel in with the holidays. Why get gifts you don’t want or need when you can ask for fixtures, flooring, decorations, or other bathroom must-haves instead?

However, if you’re going to undergo a remodel, you’ll need to plan for a backup bathroom for your family regardless of the time of the year. Any temporary bathroom you get better be climate controlled during the winter or you’ll end up with a very grumpy family! A luxury portable restroom fits the bill by offering toilets, sinks, and showers to give your family the same amenities as home with a nice, warm interior. The inside is also aesthetically appealing, providing a cozy and familiar feel for family members. Our master bathroom trailer looks great from the outside as well, which means your neighbors won’t mind seeing it for the duration of the remodel.

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How to Plan an Outdoor Christmas Party

Anyone who has ever been to an outdoor holiday party can tell you that this twist on a traditional favorite is a great way to wow guests. Taking your Christmas party outside is a fun way to mix it up and give attendees something they don’t expect. Getting together at a heated outdoor venue or an indoor party venue like a rustic cabin or barn with planned outdoor activities offers a seasonal take on celebrating with friends, family, and coworkers.

Not sure where to get started? Follow these four steps to plan a perfect outdoor holiday event:

Find a Venue

Farms are a great place to start looking for venues to host your event. Many farms are appreciative to have the business in the off-season and will be more accommodating to preferred dates than typical venues. Also, they’re more likely to have the basis for fun outdoor winter events like a horse-drawn or tractor-drawn trailer ride for guests.
Parks and other public areas are also more likely to have availability (even at the last minute). Depending on the venue though, you may not be able to guarantee that it’ll be private because some parks and outdoor venues don’t allow exclusive reservations.

Seasonal attractions like skating rinks and light show displays can typically be rented for functions as well. Start calling early to find the right venue for your event. You want to ensure that the venue will fit the size of the event you’re planning as well as provide the added amenities that you’ll need for your event.

Rent Heaters or a Heated Tent

Outdoor winter beauty is spectacular, but it can also be quite chilly! Plan to keep guests warm by renting heaters or a heated tent. Attendees will stay longer and have a better time if they don’t have to be bundled up rubbing numb fingers to get feeling back into them. Fire pits and bonfires can also serve this function, although they aren’t as safe for children.

Rent Heated Portable Restroom Trailers

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Plan Appropriate Food and Beverages

Plan hearty food and warm drinks for guests. Comfort food is always a good choice for outdoor winter events whether you’re just planning on serving appetizers or a full meal. Things like chili, mac and cheese, and soup are wintertime favorite foods among guests. Drinks like hot chocolate, hot cider, and coffee are always appreciated as well. As a bonus, many of these food and beverage items are kid-favorites too!

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Potty Like a Rockstar – Neighborhood Party Edition

If you’ve been following our Party Like a Rockstar blog series, you’ll know that we’ve been covering different events that portable toilets can be used for to have a great time outdoors. In this edition, we’re talking about neighborhood parties.

The goal of every party is to get people together to have fun. However, depending on how many neighbors you have, you may not want that much togetherness. Having everyone come inside to eat and drink and use the bathroom can be a pain. Instead, keep kids and adults outside by serving food out there and providing portable toilets nearby for everyone to use. This can be a real time-saver after the party is over because it eliminates extensive cleanup.

While regular portable toilets will do the trick, you may want to provide something nicer for guests to use to mimic the homey feel of a neighborhood party. (And depending on neighborhood ordinances and owner association rules, standard units may not be allowed anyways.) Instead, check out these great alternatives:

Elite Units

A step up from regular portable toilets, Elite Units have more spacious interiors as well as features like foot pump flushable toilets and fresh water sinks. Additionally, they come stocked with supplies like soap and hand towels to use. They also have handy extras like mirrors, shelves, coat hooks, and hand sanitizer. These additional items make the Elite Unit visually inviting, highly accommodating, and a great choice for neighborhood parties.

Luxury Restroom Trailers

Luxury portable toilet trailers take portable restrooms to a whole new level. With large, climate-controlled interiors, they can be used year-round in all weather to give guests a luxurious place to use the restroom. In fact, these trailers are so nice that they are the top choice for weddings, black tie fundraisers, and other fancy events.

Restroom trailers have functional amenities like flushing toilets, sinks with hot/cold water, and well-lit interiors. However, their amenities don’t end there! Depending on the trailer, they can also have wooden cabinetry, wide vanities, large mirrors, hanging wall art, accent rugs, faux flowers, and exterior lighting.

They are also available in many different configurations to suit events of various sizes. With everything from 2-stall to 10-stall options, they can accommodate parties for up to 1,000 attendees, which means your neighborhood party will be a breeze.

Handwashing Stations

This is an often-overlooked accessory, but any party that has food (so basically, every party) can benefit from having a standalone handwashing station! Giving people a convenient place to wash their hands encourages everyone to stay clean. This is especially important for families because it gives parents an opportunity to wash kids’ hands without having to wait in line. The result is a more sanitary gathering, which is crucial when food is being cooked, serviced, and consumed.

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Potty Like a Rockstar – Tailgating Edition

Do you #PottyLikeARockstar? Well, we do!
In this edition of our Potty Like a Rockstar series, we’ll tell you what you need to know about renting portable restrooms for tailgating functions. Whether your tailgate is school-wide, just between some friends and family, for your whole neighborhood, or a professional event with paid admission, we’ve been a portable toilet supplier for it all! Here are your rental options for this football season:

Porta Potties

Standard portable toilets are great for two things – renting bathrooms on a budget and spacing out restrooms across a wide area. Regular porta johns are a no-frills solution to give tailgaters and party-goers the basics. Equipped with a toilet, urinal, and hand sanitizer pump, these standard units can be strategically placed to give people bathroom options in many different areas, or clustered together to create a giant bank of toilets to minimize lines.

Ensure you’ll have enough porta potties for your tailgate by using our event planning chart.

Depending on the needs of your event, you can also rent elite porta potty units or accessible units to supplement your standard rentals.

Handwashing Stations

Handwashing stations are the most underutilized tailgating element that we typically see. These standalone sinks allow users to wash hands with soap and running water. These are vital to any tailgate because they provide attendees with a way to get hands thoroughly cleaned before indulging in the delicious finger foods like hotdogs, chips, and wings that are a staple of every tailgate.

Hand sanitizer stations are another way to keep tailgaters’ hands clean. While these pumps don’t clean hands in the same way that sinks do, they offer a way to kill bad bacteria on hands quickly. While each porta potty has its own hand sanitizer pump inside, setting up pumps outside bathrooms has a few important benefits:

  • It speeds up lines by offering a place for users to get hands clean after using the bathroom once they’ve exited, which means that they don’t have to take the time to do so in the portable toilet unit itself, freeing it up more quickly for the next user.
  • It uses social pressure to encourage users to clean hands after going to the bathroom. While some people may skip this step inside the privacy of the bathroom, they are less likely to do so out in front of others, especially other people they know.
  • It gives people a place to clean their hands without having to go into the bathroom. This reduces lines and improves sanitization.

Restroom Trailers

Luxury portable toilet trailers are an excellent option for classy tailgates or paid tailgating functions. Give guests something to remember by offering them the best in luxury restrooms. Ticketholders can be reassured that while they’re going to be enjoying pre-game fun, they won’t have to rough it. With climate-controlled interiors, running hot/cold water, and flushing toilets they may even forget that they’re at an outdoor event!

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Potty Like a Rockstar – Wedding Edition

Here at Kerkstra Portable Restrooms, we #PottyLikeARockstar all year long!
In this edition of our Potty Like a Rockstar series, we’re going to be focused on weddings. Whether you’re getting married in the spring, summer, or fall, you can count on Kerkstra to supply your event with quality portable restroom options.

Find out how we can delight your guests to make it a day to remember.

Luxury Restroom Trailers

If you’ve never checked out luxury restrooms from the inside, they can’t be missed. The elegant interiors mimic those found inside dedicated wedding venues like hotels, resorts, and country clubs. The accommodations can include:

  • Climate-controlled interiors
  • Flushing toilets
  • Running hot/cold water
  • Recessed lighting
  • Wooden cabinetry
  • Rugs
  • Faux flowers
  • Hanging wall art
  • Spacious countertops
  • Large mirrors
  • Low-level exterior lighting

Renting luxury restroom trailers for guests will give them all the comforts of the indoors without sacrificing the beauty of the outdoors. With 2-10 stall options available, there are plenty of options to accommodate events of all sizes, ranging from small, family-only gatherings of less than 50 people to large, impressive events of up to 1,000 people.

Many people also choose to rent a separate smaller trailer for the wedding party’s exclusive use. This gives them a separate private space to get ready, get changed into new outfits before the reception, and use the facilities during the event without having to wait in line. This is the ultimate in luxury for the most important attendees at the wedding to ensure that photo shoots will go smoothly.

Accessible Restrooms

Handicapped accessible porta potties are another great addition to any outdoor wedding. These supplement standard portable toilet rentals to provide guests with more spacious restroom accommodations. Accessible units are not only ADA-compliant, they also provide options for families with children. Wide enough to allow a stroller, or multiple family members to enter at once, accessible restrooms are family-friendly for wedding guests of all ages.

Additionally, accessible portable bathrooms give guests in wheelchairs or with walkers plenty of room to enter, turn around, use, and exit. These are an important addition to ensure that all guests, regardless of capabilities, can use the facilities with ease.

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A Porta Potty Home? You Heard Right!

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TK Devine is the man behind a revolutionary new idea – the porta potty home. In 2012 he lost his job and declared himself “home free,” moving into his car to save money. It was there that he witnessed firsthand the burgeoning homeless population around him.

Over the course of the last 8 years, the homeless population in LA has risen by 75% and TK decided to do something about it. He got the idea of turning a handicapped accessible portable toilet into a fully-fledged home and starting a business to scale this idea to help others living on the streets. With full-time employees and volunteers, he’s begun growing his business and seeking community buy-in.

Each porta potty home that he helps to build includes the bare necessities – a toilet, bed, shower, space for clothes, stove, and running water. His home idea capitalizes on the popularity of tiny homes with the practicality and frugality of a portable toilet unit.

TK’s personal unit also includes furnishings like a potted plant, books, pictures, and a window. These homey touches make his home feel like just that – home sweet home.

So, why porta potties and not another type of easily producible little home? TK explains, “Because creating a functional, sustainable, dignified, and aesthetically pleasing home, out of the last place people would consider a home means we can make a home out of anything.”

While his business would have to expand substantially to make it all the way to Michigan, we applaud his creativity to use porta potties in a unique and exciting way. Props to you, TK, and good luck in your future porta potty endeavors!
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How to Avoid a Summer Block Party Disaster

Block parties are the hallmark of the summer season. There’s no better way to get friends and neighbors together to enjoy the sticky summer nights than having a block party. However, not planning appropriately can result in a serious party foul. If you want to plan the kind of get together that people will be talking about for months and years to come, don’t forget to plan for these essentials:

Parking

Unless everyone will be walking or biking, you’ll need to plan for parking to avoid annoying neighbors or causing a traffic jam. There’s nothing worse than angering the people you need to see every day, which means that you need to figure out a place for your guests to park that won’t interfere with your neighbors’ ability to get in and out of their homes quickly.

Additionally, local ordinances may govern where or how long people can park on your street. Violating these can be more serious – resulting in tickets, fines, and even having cars towed.

If you can accommodate lawn parking, an easy idea is just to have guests park on your grass, otherwise you’ll need to secure some parking nearby your house. Asking neighbors to lend their driveways or approaching local businesses can generate additional parking spaces. If you have a park or other public area near your home, you can always ask guests to park there and then just shuttle them back and forth.

Food

Block parties tend to attract lots of people, even some that weren’t invited. You don’t want to run out of food when neighbors and other acquaintances start dropping by unexpectedly. Ensure that you have enough food for everyone by making or ordering extras of everything. If you have lots leftovers, you can always offer to-go bags to guests as they leave.

Don’t supply food that’s perishable if it’s going to be sitting out all day. Dishes with mayonnaise or eggs can go bad quickly in the hot summer sun. Plan to replenish meat quickly from other containers that are being kept at appropriate temperatures inside so that guests aren’t served old food. Also follow proper food handling protocols to avoid contaminating cooked food with raw food. These precautions will help you to avoid foodborne illness.

Bathrooms

Assuming that guests can just use your home bathroom is the biggest mistake that people make when having an outdoor party. Asking people to come inside brings in messes that could otherwise be kept outside. Additionally, regular home bathrooms can’t accommodate enough people to avoid lines, which means that people will end up waiting around inside your home – missing out on the party and congesting areas where food prep is being done.

Instead, provide portable restrooms to keep the party going strong outdoors and minimize mess inside. You can choose from typical portable bathroom units or luxury restroom trailers depending on what fits your party best. Restroom trailers are sure to impress guests with their amenities and can typically be run off of standard water and electrical hookups.

Entertainment

Whether you’re planning to have water fun, a bonfire, a live band, sports, tailgating activities, or some other form of entertainment, ensure that there’s something for everyone. People will be more likely to stick around if there’s something for them to enjoy regardless of their preferences. This means offering fun stuff for people of all ages throughout the day. Staggering entertainment is a great way to have interesting things going on no matter when someone arrives and leaves so that people don’t miss out on “the big event.”

Consider the weather when planning entertainment and have a contingency plan in case it rains or is hotter/colder than imagined. Things like tents can serve multiple functions, protecting guests from rain and also direct sunlight on those blazing hot days.

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Planning the Ultimate 4th of July Party

Independence Day is the perfect occasion to throw a great summer party for friends and family. But don’t just settle for the same old stale party go-to options this year, make your 4th of July party one that guest won’t soon forget!
These are the must-haves for the ultimate 4th of July celebration:

  • Food

Themed food is always fun for the 4th of July, but don’t feel restricted by trying to make everything red, white, or blue. Let your creative juices flow when it comes to planning a meal. Choose seasonal favorites like grilled items and fresh summer salads. Nothing is more patriotic than firing up the grill and cooking a big mound of burgers and hotdogs for friends and family. You can also grill veggies and chicken to provide healthier options as well.

If the party will be outdoors, choose ingredients wisely to avoid anything that could spoil in the hot sun. Alternatively, you can create ice baths for potato salads and other perishable dishes. Just understand that this will be more work than simply avoiding those items in the first place.

If you’re asking guests to bring food as well, organize the potluck to ensure you have a wide variety of dishes. The easiest way to do it is to provide the meat or main dish and have guests bring side dishes and desserts. However, you can play with the potluck concept to make it fun for everyone involved by creating a quirky theme or doing sweets only for an indulgent feel.

  • Drinks

While many 4th of July parties include adult beverages, like beer, spirits, wine, and champagne, your party can have any kind of libations. Choosing refreshing options like sparkling juices and craft sodas will leave guests feeling hydrated while still providing a swanky option. Alternatively, you can go the classic route by stocking up on pop varieties. No matter what you decide to offer, ensure there are plenty of options for guests of all ages. And don’t forget the water! Bottled water is necessary for any summertime party, especially all-day gatherings.

  • Activities

Choose activities to keep people entertained all-day. Lawn games like corn hole are sure to bring people together. If there’s a pool or lake nearby, tell guests to bring their swimsuits and sun screen to take a dip while at the party.

If there are going to be lots of kids at your party, you can also hire family-friendly entertainment like a balloon artist, face painter, or a portable petting zoo. Older guests may appreciate a band or DJ to make the party rock.
Don’t forget evening-time activities to keep guests entertained while they wait for fireworks to start. Things like flashlight tag and glow in the dark scavenger hunts are fun for kids, while campfires are always fun for adults.

  • Fireworks

Obviously, a fireworks display is the hallmark of any 4th of July party, but you don’t have to set off your own blasts to wow guests. With as many fireworks displays as there are all around Independence Day, finding one nearby to watch isn’t hard. Just ensure that guests will have a great sightline to the fireworks before the big day. Set out blankets and chairs t make watching the display more comfortable, and don’t forget to include evening drinks and snacks for this family-favorite activity.

  • Restrooms

No matter where your party will be held, you’ll need to provide enough restrooms for guests. If you’re hosting a party at your house, it’s easy to assume that your home bathrooms will be sufficient. But, depending on how many people are invited, you may need to supplement these bathrooms with other restroom options.

Some people even choose to make their home bathrooms off-limits during a party, renting outdoor portable luxury restrooms instead for guests’ exclusive use. This option keeps people out of your house to avoid tracking in messes.
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Top West Michigan Wedding Trends

With as many weddings as we service year-round, we’re privy to emerging wedding trends across Michigan. So, if you want to know which elements are hot right now, we can give you some first-hand insight. We’ve seen everything (and we do mean everything), but we’ve put together a list of the biggest trends and our favorite items that we think are going to continue be big this year. If you need some wedding inspiration, look no further!

The top wedding trends in West Michigan that we’ve been seeing are:

  • Barn Weddings

Barn weddings are sweeping the nation, and with all the beautiful outdoor space and rural areas in Michigan, this trend has caught on here faster than many other areas. In fact, barn weddings have become so common that they’re even dominating the scene in the spring and fall, which is surprising since they were initially just a summer wedding trend when weather was most ideal for being outside.

Farmers have been turning barns into rustic elegant wedding venues in record fashion to capitalize on this trend, which is good news for wedding planners and brides and grooms-to-be because it provides more options for the big day. This budget-friendly and guest-favorite option is a win-win for everyone attending. (It’s also a Pinterest favorite, which means it’s going to have significant staying power.) Don’t expect this trend to go away anytime soon!

  • Lakefront Weddings

With Michigan’s many lakes and lengthy Great Lakes shoreline lakefront weddings have been popular for a long time. This isn’t a new trend but that doesn’t make it any less wonderful. Lakeside weddings are picturesque and elegant in a way that other wedding venues just can’t mimic. If you’re looking for an outdoor wedding venue with a lot of charm to impress guests, look no further than a Michigan lakefront setting.

  • Repurposing Sports Venues

In West Michigan we love our sports teams – everything from minor league baseball to hockey. Many sports venues double as wedding reception venues for fun-loving couples that want a unique setting with lots of amenities. Using a venue that’s capable of hosting lots of guests and providing catering makes planning very easy because you don’t have to cut down your guests list or worry about bringing in your own food and beverage vendors.

  • Craft Beer Bar

Gone are the days of traditional bar offerings at weddings! In West Michigan we know (and love) our craft beer. Instead of offering guests wine and spirits, consider hiring a local brewery to stock the bar with the unique flavors of their beer lineup. If you plan far enough in advance, you may even be able to have a special personalized brew made for your big day that incorporates your favorite flavors!

  • Non-Traditional Cakes

Cupcakes, strawberry shortcake, cherry pie, apple strudel – these all make wonderful cake substitutions. Using local produce is a great way to bring the West Michigan spirit into your big day in a way that’s sure to impress guests. If you’re planning a summer wedding, these lighter seasonal favorites are a great way to embrace the season.

  • Luxury Bathroom Trailers

Maybe it’s because Michiganders love outdoor weddings and maybe it’s because they’re just plain awesome, but luxury portable restroom trailers are sweeping the wedding scene. These aesthetically appealing portable bathrooms are a great way to keep your event classy while also providing the necessities regardless of where your event is being held.

  • Holiday Dates

Having your wedding over a holiday weekend used to be frowned on because it meant that guests had to choose between their own holiday plans and attending your wedding. However, in recent years it’s become more acceptable to have your wedding over popular holidays like 4th of July or Memorial Day weekend. Couples that choose to have their weddings up north or lakeside can provide guests with an opportunity to get away and have fun with their families before and after the wedding.

Kerkstra Luxury Portable Restroom Service Inc. provides portable restroom service across Michigan and luxury restroom trailers for all of the states surrounding the Great Lakes. Take a look at our mobile restroom trailers and request a quote today!