After careful deliberation and looking at many beautiful examples of homes made of cargo shipping containers, you’ve finally decided on making one for yourself. It sounds simple enough, and the advantages of having one definitely make it a worthwhile decision.
But before you even get started there are some things you should know, things that many aspiring home owners tend to forget or disregard due to their unfamiliarity with using containers for building homes.
Selecting and Purchasing the Correct Shipping Containers
First off, you need to know exactly what type of steel shipping containers you will need. This task may seem simple but can be confusing once you consider the many shipping container sizes and variants available nowadays. The answer to the most basic question of ‘how much are shipping containers?’, also depends greatly on your choice of container.
You also have to consider where to buy shipping containers and how much you’re willing to spend for them. Sure, you can always go for really cheap shipping containers, but these may be old, worn and dented in places. While shipping containers in general are durable due to their material and build, their appearance and level of wear and tear will matter if you’re planning to turn them into a home. Excessive wear and tear could mean added costs to make the container look like new. Some older containers while cheaper can also have toxic chemicals applied to them. It’s best then to purchase newer ones and from a reliable source like Tiger Containers.
Regulations and Planning
Another important aspect that you need to consider: building regulations. In many areas and localities building regulations for container homes and structures are entirely different from those for traditional homes. Building with shipping containers can have a different set of hazards, as it involves connecting dissimilar metals using heavy duty tools. There may also be hazards with regard to your desired size, design and location for your container home.
For these reasons building regulations for container homes can be restricting at times, so make sure you know them before making any firm decisions about design and construction.
Working with the Right Contractor
Shipping container homes may have gained some popularity in recent years, but that doesn’t mean that every contractor has worked with shipping containers or knows how to properly create a home out of one. It’s important that you work with a contractor or company that has successfully built container homes or structures. Not only will they have the knowledge and experience to help you fully achieve your dream container home, they’ll already be aware of the specific regulations and best practices involved.
Tiger Containers is one such company, having accumulated years of knowledge and experience in constructing shipping container homes. We can provide you with strong, safe containers and all other aspects to make your container your brand new, comfortable home. That includes installing electric wiring, flooring, lighting, plumbing and more. Get in touch with Tiger Containers today to know more or get a free quote.