Adding a garage to your property might seem expensive, but with a shipping container this can be a simple process. Whether you want to store a classic car or work on your regular car, a converted shipping container garage might be the answer.
Accessing the Garage
One of the first things you’ll want to think about is how you’ll drive your car into the garage, using a main or side door. If you’re planning to use the main door of the shipping container, check that your car fits. It can be a tight squeeze, especially when reversing, so don’t make this too difficult for yourself.
You can add a shutter door to this access point if you’d like a more traditional feel. Mark out your door on your plans to get the correct orientation for your shipping container.
If you’re concerned about security, then you may also consider adding CCTV, lighting, and a strong lock to your container. This can protect your car or the equipment that you store in your garage; some owners even use fake cameras as a cheaper deterrent.
You may also want to add a driveway or ramp up to the container. If the ground around your container is wet or marshy, then this will be an essential step. Slabs, stones, and concrete can all be used to create a driveway to your shipping container garage.
Planning on painting or working with solvents in your garage? Adequate ventilation is essential when you’re working with these fumes. You can add windows or extractor fans to reduce the risk of breathing in these chemicals.
Browse Shipping Containers
There are many different sizes and shapes of shipping container on the market, each with their own price tag! Reaching out to shipping container companies and even touring the options can help you to get a handle on what you’ll need.
Depending on your budget, you could go with a simple small garage, or create an entirely bespoke building from numerous containers. Check with your local authority to find out what’s permitted on your land without permission; if you’d like a larger garage then you’re more likely to require permission.
You can pick up a new or used container for your garage, just check the exterior for any rust or bubbling under the paint. You want this container to protect your car or equipment, so you don’t want to deal with holes or corrosion.
Prepping the Ground
A concrete slab is generally recommended for a shipping container and a garage is no different. To prevent subsidence, you’ll need a strong foundation of concrete otherwise your container may start to slide. As you’ll be storing heavy vehicles in your container, proper preparation is an absolute must!
Running electrical and plumbing elements to the garage should also be undertaken at this stage. If you’re undertaking maintenance on the car or want to use the garage for woodworking, then you’ll need power. Some owners prefer to use a generator if their power needs are low; this is more than powerful enough to power a light and a few utilities.
Adding a drain will make disposing of liquids more convenient too. If you’re washing your car then a drain can get rid of all this water and reduce the likelihood of any rust. Don’t dispose of oil or solvents in this drain, as they should be disposed of properly according to your local authority.
Designing the Interior
If you’re planning to use your garage as a workshop, then you’ll have some designing to do! Fitting in all your equipment will require a floorplan to get the most from the space that you have. Adequate outlets will be key here, as you don’t want to have to run a lot of extension cables around the garage.
Insulation is also essential to keep your container warm and your tools dry. You can also consider adding cladding to the exterior of the container to add an extra layer of protection. Some choose to cover their cladding with anti-vandal paint to discourage anyone from climbing on the container.
Finally, safety flooring can help to prevent accidents and trips in your garage. With tools and potentially dangerous equipment, you should take every precaution to reduce these risks as much as possible.
This information should get you started with your garage conversion, and the container provider should help you out with the rest. Just ensure you have a proper foundation down and you’re halfway to creating the garage of your dreams!