Portable Units have been used for transport and storage purposes for many years. That being said, they have a wide range of applications beyond transporting and storing cargo. In recent years, people have been converting old units into affordable, eco-friendly homes.
Living in a storage box may seem like a strange concept, but more and more eco-conscious homeowners are creating trendy homes that are great for the environment and their wallets! We know that people have a lot of questions when it comes to these kind of living quarters, 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 cargo unit?
The major benefit of living in a cargo unit is that it is far more eco-friendly than residing in a traditional residential property. These kind of homes take old shipping containers and transform them into green, functional living spaces. Repurposing old units is far more sustainable than building a home using new materials. They are the ultimate green dwellings and provide a cost-effective and eco-friendly solution to housing. Another attractive benefit of these homes is that they are typically far more affordable than other housing options. Plus, you will have the option to create a bespoke 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 these type of conversions as they are classified as temporary structures. However, your 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 application 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 an application into a home, then it is vitally important that you comply with the relevant building regulations. You must be able to demonstrate that it 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 home complies with regulations is by having the installation completed by a certified professional company. This will give you peace of mind knowing that your living space is safe and complies with all building regulations.
Can I move a home?
It is possible to move a module, although it is a big job that will require professional assistance. Often, it will need to be lifted using a crane or a forklift truck before being transported to its new location. Moving a home requires specialist equipment and can be expensive. For that reason, it is best to avoid moving your it once it has been constructed. If you do plan on moving, then you should always contact a specialist company for guidance.
How much does a modular home cost?
The cost of converting a modular home will vary depending on several factors including the size of your project, the number of required, and so on. The good news is that they are relatively affordable, and you should be able to plan a project to fit within your available budget.