The invention of the world’s first shipping container by an American businessman more than 60 years ago revolutionized trade and transportation. Today, they are not only used internationally for transport and logistics, but also for cold-storage, and offshore oil and gas, and you’ll see shipping containers on the move in most of the world’s busy harbours.
But steel shipping containers aren’t only used for shipping goods. Container conversions are showing up all over the world in a myriad of forms from houses, schools, and clinics to offices, workshops, and even compact retail space.
When it comes to converted containers, there are more options than most people imagine, and so it’s important to think out of the box. After all, shipping containers are just that – large, steel storage boxes. But as soon as you start visualizing these big boxes with doors and windows, roofs and gutters, that are fitted or furnished for purpose, you’ll see how they can be converted into an incredible assortment of container homes, container offices, and other container buildings.
Ten Advantages of Using Converted Shipping Containers
- Variable sizes: Containers are manufactured in different sizes from quite small 3m-long units to large 12m-long units that offer loads of space.
- Modular: You can use one container on its own or combine several for a more versatile solution. In really creative container conversations you might find multiple units used to create double-storey buildings.
- Customisable: When you think of a shipping container as a versatile building shell, you will realize that it can be modified in just about anyway. Container homes and container offices incorporate plumbing, electrics, storage, appliances, fixtures, fittings, and whatever furniture is appropriate.
- Cost: Like all forms of building, the design and size of converted shipping containers will have a direct impact on cost. However, generally, container conversions are considerably cheaper than building from scratch.
- Durability: A tough steel box is one of the most durable shells for any building – and this is what converted shipping containers are. But that’s just the shell. Shipping containers are also incredibly versatile.
- Versatility: Shipping containers can be converted into storage for just about anything. With practical consideration and creativity, they can be transformed into luxurious little homes – some of which aren’t that small. They can also be easily converted into low-cost houses, remote site accommodation, warehouses, and offices. With cladding inside and sometimes outside too, creative container conversions don’t even resemble containers!
- Speed of conversion: While you will need approved plans if you’re going to live in a converted container or use it as an office, the construction/conversion phase is considerably shorter than most other forms of building. Basic conversion of a single container is normally done off-site and delivered to site ready for installation.
- Minimal: substructure work Container conversions don’t require extensive earthworks and foundation work. You do need professional design input, but sitework is simplified.
- Mobility: Because there are usually no foundations, container offices and container homes made from single containers can be moved relatively easily.
- Ease of repurposing: Unlike a conventional house, remodelling is considerably easier with converted shipping containers. If multiple containers have been used they can be reconfigured, and their internal spaces can be changed by adding or removing dry-walling.
Almar offers a range of converted shipping containers that are suitable for use as offices, workshops, clinics, as well as for accommodation and ablutions. Contact us to see how we can help you.
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