25/10/2018 - Containers
By Huska Cehic
There’s an exciting worldwide trend taking place in housing. People from all walks of life are turning shipping containers into eco-friendly, mobile homes. This solution is cost-effective and is set to be an answer to housing affordability and space shortage problems being faced in cities. Here are some things to consider before investigating this option.
Before you start shopping for your shipping container, you’ll need to check your local council laws to see what the terms and conditions are for owning and placing one on a local property. Remember that no two councils will have the same approach so it’s best to double check which laws apply to your address.
As soon as you’ve established you can legally construct a container home, you’ll need to find a suitable spot that’s stable and relatively level. The last thing you’ll want is to find yourself surfing down a hill in a mudslide!
Now that you’re ready to purchase your used container, keep in mind that it’s going to undergo a transformation before it becomes a home. It will look different once it’s been made over and had cladding added to it. A small crack or the presence of rust doesn’t mean it’s unsuitable.
If you’re planning on moving your family of 5 into a container home, you may want to consider getting more than one to allow for enough living space. You can even stack them on top of each other if you have limited space on the ground.
Remember that the stainless-steel container needs to be properly insulated before you start living in one. If not, you’ll be sweltering in the Summer and freezing in the Winter.
Because shipping containers are so small and mobile they provide the perfect opportunity to go green. Look into installing solar panels, wind turbines and no-flush toilets. A rain water tank is easy enough to hook up to your container. This way you’ll never have to rely on conventional electricity and water sources.