Required Modifications on Container Construction
It seems to be all the rage right now to have a container home, building, or office. They are found just about everywhere, and in trendy, fashion-forward places like Manhattan and Paris, containers form the basis for pop-up cafes and restaurants. These places make it look so simple and easy to simply put in a window, bring in a table, and then the container is ready to live in. Reality has something different to say with many different modifications required to make containers conducive for dwelling.
Treating the Materials
While it is possible to find virginal containers that haven’t been used, most container modifications are done on units that have seen better days. They have travelled the seven seas and then some and they have stored just everything that one could hope to ship. These containers require plenty of treatment before being remotely ready to live in.
To start with, Australia’s notoriously stringent border laws require that the wooden flooring of the containers be sprayed with harsh insecticides and pesticides. That alone will require some time to fully clean and cure. Then there is the matter of the previous uses of the container and what needs to be eradicated from the material itself. If the container was used for cold meats or fish, the smell could potentially make the entire container worthless for residential purposes.
Creating Space for the Utilities
Regardless if the space is meant to be small living or spacious and grand, it’s going to need some version of utilities to make it liveable. In the harsh Australian sun, the temperature alone could spike the heat index of these homes. They require excessive insulation and space to duct in pipes and vents. This could reduce the liveable space and needs to be taken into account when creating the living space.
Checking the Structure
If the container has been in use for several years, the integrity of the structure might be in question, and could require reinforcements. It’s best to get a professional assessment on the container before beginning any works to determine if steel reinforcements are required. The structure needs to 100% sound so that the home can safe from collapse or destruction.
This is especially important if the container modifications require that containers be stacked to form multi-layer buildings.
The real appeal to container homes is that they are ready to transport. Why else would people to go the trouble of building with this material. It’s important that during the move, all the work done on the inside isn’t wasted when in transit. The home must be ready to transport and secured so that there is no damage done to the container. It’s certainly a popular option to have a mobile home, but it needs to have the work done to achieve that result.
Modification of any sort on a container requires expertise, so it’s best to find a contractor who can advise on all the specifics for the build. It’s a worthwhile project to undertake, but without forethought and planning, this modification could be all for naught.
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