Shipping container conversions have become increasingly popular in recent years due to their durability, versatility, and eco-friendliness. Whether you are looking to convert a container into a home, office, retail space, or even a swimming pool, choosing the right shipping container is crucial to the success of your project. In this blog post, we will discuss some important factors to consider when selecting the right shipping container for your conversion project.
Choose a reliable supplier
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Size and Dimensions
The first thing to consider when selecting a shipping container is its size and dimensions. Shipping containers come in various sizes. The smallest is a 6m General Purpose (GP) container with the following dimensions - 6100 mm external length, 2440 mm external width and 2600 mm external height - and a 6m High Cube (HC) whose dimensions are the same as the GP except for the external height which is 2900 mm. The larger container size is a 12m GP with the following dimensions - 12200 mm external length, 2440 mm external width and 2600 mm external height - and a 12m HC whose dimensions are the same as the GP except for the external height which is 2900 mm. It is essential to choose a container that is large enough to accommodate your intended use, while still being practical and manageable for your site. Be sure to measure the available space carefully, and consider any site-specific restrictions, such as zoning regulations, access points, and utility connections.
The condition of the shipping container is also a critical factor to consider. Used containers are much less expensive than new ones, but they may come with wear and tear, dents and rust. Check the container thoroughly for any signs of damage, including leaks, holes and corrosion. If you are unable to afford a new container for your conversion, don't worry - we do our utmost best to fix any dents, remove any rust and we use marine grade primer and paint with all our conversions to prevent any further rust from forming.
Another factor to consider is the extent of the modifications required for your conversion project. Some containers may require more extensive modifications, such as cutting out windows, doors, and walls, while others may require minimal modifications, such as adding insulation and electrical wiring. Be sure to consider the cost and complexity of any modifications needed.
Finally, it is essential to consider your budget when selecting a shipping container for your conversion project. Prices for shipping containers can vary widely, depending on the size, condition, material, and modifications needed. Be sure to research pricing thoroughly and factor in any additional costs, such as delivery, permits, and site preparation. If you're worried that your budget is too small to build your dream container home, get in touch with us so we can sit with you, discuss your needs, consider your budget, and see if we can work something out to get you your dream house at no extra pressure on your pocket!
In conclusion, choosing the right shipping container for your conversion project requires careful consideration of several factors, including a reliable supplier, size, condition, material, modifications, and budget. By taking these factors into account, you can ensure that your conversion project is successful and meets your unique needs and preferences.