There is an infinite number of ways that shipping containers are being used in addition to, well, shipping. We are seeing shipping container homes, container food stalls, site offices, and shipping containers being used for storage, for example.
Shipping containers can also be extremely useful if you have a garden. A shipping container is essentially a large metal box, based on a metal frame, meaning that it can easily be adapted for a wealth of different uses. Converting a shipping container can be cost-effective, eco-friendly, and a flexible solution to your construction needs.
Before you buy a container to install in your garden, we would recommend that you check whether you need planning permission to construct it with your local authority. There are many ways that you can use them in the garden, and here are just a few of them.
Extension of your Home
Maybe you fancy a den, playroom, or a home office but do not have the room in your home. If you have the space in your garden, a converted shipping container could be just the key. A shipping container room could give you peace and quiet away from the rest of the house, some privacy – or give the rest of the house some peace and quiet…
To create a garden room, the shipping container will need to be well insulated to ensure that it does not get too cold in the winter or hot in the summer. This can be done with an insulating lining. Electricity and lighting systems can also be installed as well as usable personnel doors and windows.
If you are looking for a room to play computer games or watch films, this is the ideal solution, likewise, if you want to open up the entire side of the shipping container to enjoy the natural beauty of your garden in the rain, a converted shipping container is also a perfect eco-friendly and cost-effective solution.
If you have a garden of any size, you will almost certainly need a shed. Whether it is to store your garden equipment such as lawnmowers and strimmers, spare plant pots, bikes, or to be used as a potting shed, a converted shipping container can be very useful.
Unlike a traditional wooden shed, a shipping container does not need to be treated regularly and is not susceptible to woodworm or rot. It can be bought as good as ready to go. As long as you have a solid foundation on which to put it on, doors and windows can be cut out before it is delivered to your garden, you can install light and electric power points, racking, and it can be securely locked.
It is the sad truth that in the UK most keen gardeners need to have a greenhouse. There are not many plants that can make it through our winters, including the humble tomato, so for those that want to protect their much-loved plants over the winter, a greenhouse is an important feature in the garden.
Converting a shipping container into a greenhouse means exposing the existing metal frame and replacing the metal roof (and sides if you wish) with glass or large windows. This is easily done during the conversion process, as well as the addition of doors and lighting and electricity if you require it, then be delivered to you ready for your little saplings to make themselves at home.