There is an infinite number of ways that units are being used in addition to, well, shipping. We are seeing intermodal homes, pop-up food stalls, site offices, and applications being used for storage, for example.
Storage boxes can also be extremely useful if you have a garden. As they are essentially a large metal box, based on a metal frame, they can easily be adapted for a wealth of different uses. Converting these can be cost-effective, eco-friendly, and a flexible solution to your construction needs.
Before you hire or buy a unit 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 unit could be just the key. A 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 conversion 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 to enjoy the natural beauty of your garden in the rain, a converted storage box 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 unit can be very useful.
Unlike a traditional wooden shed, a conversion 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 them 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.