Converted ex shipping containers
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With ever increasing cost of conversional housing in the UK , there is an increasing movement in the Tiny House / Modular House movement .
For a fraction of the price you can have a fully fitted ex shipping container.
The only issue is finding a suitable site or location, a step UK is lagging far behind America in its thinking on these matters.
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1: Are there any limits to the size of container you can use?
The only limits as to the kind of home you can build with containers are your budget, your imagination, and the potential building permits you might need to acquire. At Container Convert, we help provide and convert homes not only out of single 20 ft and 40 ft containers but also to bespoke designs using however many you need. Depending on your needs, we can both supply and convert any kind of shipping container and any number of them.
2: Do converted containers require planning permission?
It’s always wise to do a little research with your local council, but many single container properties do not require any planning permission. So long as you have the land, there should be few barriers to setting them up, since they are often categorised as temporary relocatable buildings, much like RVs. If they’re meant to stay in one area in the long-term, in a sensitive location, or include a larger, bespoke design using more than one container, however, you may need some planning permissions. Do some research with your local planning authority to give yourself peace of mind before the project begins.
3: Can containers be protected from the heat and cold?
A steel container may not seem like it provides much protection from the elements, but that’s not necessarily true. Converted containers can be insulated, ensuring that its indoor temperature isn’t affected by the weather outside too much. What’s more, there are plenty of options for ventilation, so that the sunlight heating the steel doesn’t change the temperature of the interior, either. There are a wide range of ways to ensure your converted container is protected from elements, including both blanket-style and foam insulation that can be sprayed directly, and green roofs that can be added to the top. Talk to your conversion contractors about insulation and climate control options and they can help you figure out the best options depending on the site.
4: Are there harmful chemicals inside the containers?
You may be aware of the chemicals used for shipping containers. As they were designed to be used for years upon years at sea, many of them have wooden flooring that has been treated with very strong pesticides to deter pests like rodents. Similarly, preservative chemicals in the paint on the containers is used to protect it from the corrosive effects of the salty sea air. However, both these issues are tackled during the conversion process, ensuring you end up with a clean, healthy home without any unknown quantities lurking in the air.
5: What are the eco-friendly benefits of converting a container?
Easily one of the eco-friendliest aspects of considering a converted container for a home is the re-use of steel containers, two-thirds of which are left unused. Besides the fact you’re reusing up to 7000 lbs. of steel, you avoid the usage and cost of traditional materials like bricks, wood, and mortar.
6: Are shipping containers secure?
Used to store all kinds of sensitive and fragile goods in long distances, these containers are designed to be incredibly secure. Naturally, this depends to some degree on the contractor you work with and what quality of container they provide. If they’re of good quality steel, however, they’re well protected against pests, leaks, and vandals. The most vulnerable parts of any container are the doors, but they can be easily secured with all kinds of locks, which can be included in the conversion process to keep things relatively simple for you.
7: Can I have utilities hooked up to a container?
Yes, any good professional container converter will be able to help you hook up all the utilities you need. This is another reason that full design & build teams are recommended. They can help you hook up the access to running water and electricity while you need but can also help you position wet-rooms and kitchenettes as needed. If you’re connecting to the mains sewer, this might require that you get in touch with your local planning authority, as that might necessitate planning permission. However, for the practical task of getting your container hooked up, a good contractor should be able to take care of it all for you.
8: Can I only build homes out of converted containers?
Although converted containers have recently become fashionable as pop-up homes, social housing, and even student accommodation, they can be used for much more. For instance, they can be an affordable and efficient side-business by setting up ABNB or even adding new rooms to a hotel business. Many are also using converted containers as business property, providing additional office or workshop space. A converted container might also serve as a perfect outdoor addition to existing property, whether you want a space for DIY, to set up a gym, or even to create guest-house that friends and family can stay in.
If you have any other questions about converted containers, don’t hesitate to get in touch with Container Convert. We’re more than happy to get into specifics with you and help you understand everything you need to know about this unique property opportunity.
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