Living In A Shipping Container: Frequently Asked Questions

Shipping containers have been used for transport and storage purposes for many years. That being said, containers have a wide range of applications beyond transporting and storing cargo. In recent years, people have been converting old containers into affordable, eco-friendly homes.

Living in a shipping container may seem like a strange concept, but more and more eco-conscious homeowners are creating trendy container homes that are great for the environment and their wallets! We know that people have a lot of questions when it comes to container homes, so we’re going to try and answer some of the frequently asked questions about living in a shipping container.

What are the benefits of living in a shipping container?

The major benefit of living in a shipping container home is that it is far more eco-friendly than residing in a traditional residential property. Container homes take old shipping containers and transform them into green, functional living spaces. Repurposing old containers is far more sustainable than building a home using new materials. Container homes are the ultimate green dwellings and provide a cost-effective and eco-friendly solution to housing. Another attractive benefit of container homes is that they are typically far more affordable than other housing options. Plus, you will have the option to create a bespoke container home that has been built to your exact specifications and preferences.

Do I need planning permission?

In most situations, planning permission is not required for container conversions as they are classified as temporary structures. However, your container home will be classified as a permanent structure if you intend to live in it for a long period. In some cases, you may require planning permission even if your container conversion is temporary, i.e., if it is located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. With that in mind, it’s advisable to contact your local planning authority (LPA) to check whether you need to apply for planning permission before you start your project. You can find your LPA by clicking here.

What building regulations must I follow?

If you plan on converting a shipping container into a home, then it is vitally important that you comply with the relevant building regulations. You must be able to demonstrate that your container home has been constructed in line with building control requirements in your local area. Failing to comply means that you risk being issued with hefty fines and penalties. The easiest way to ensure that your container home complies with regulations is by having the installation completed by a certified professional container conversion company. This will give you peace of mind knowing that your container home is safe and complies with all building regulations.

Can I move a shipping container home?

It is possible to move a shipping container home, although it is a big job that will require professional assistance. Often, the container will need to be lifted using a crane or a forklift truck before being transported to its new location. Moving a container home requires specialist equipment and can be expensive. For that reason, it is best to avoid moving your container home once it has been constructed. If you do plan on moving a container home, then you should always contact a specialist container company for guidance. Our team can give you advice on the most efficient and affordable ways to transport your container. 

How much does a container home cost?

The cost of converting a container will vary depending on several factors including the size of your project, the number of containers required, and so on. The good news is that container homes are relatively affordable, and you should be able to plan a conversion project to fit within your available budget. You can get in touch with our specialist team to discuss your project and get a competitive quote.

How can I convert a shipping container?

The easiest way to convert a shipping container is by hiring a professional conversion company. Our team are specialists in bespoke conversion projects and will work with you to turn your vision into a reality. As one of the UK’s leading suppliers of shipping containers, you can have confidence in our ability to find the right container for your conversion project. Get in touch with our expert team if you would like to learn more about container conversions. We are always on hand to give advice and discuss how we can turn your plans into a reality.

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