My first hive was acquired used from another beekeeper who built all the equipment.
I knew I wanted to expand my hives and needed to get a head start before the Spring. In the state of Florida, backyard beekeepers are authorized various colony sizes based on the size of the non-agriculture private lands.
I decided to go with the typical Longstroth Hive. I purchased some top pollen traps when the time comes, propolis mats and much more. Waiting for the spring to fill the hives.