This unit may seem a bit basic but it all depends on your location. For example living out here in the Philippines I often see people sleeping outdoors as they find it cooler. Which also means they are not as fussy as many westerners are which is why something like this works. Its not only for the purpose of sleeping but the ability to move to where its needed as well as offering a secure environment for possessions make the design basic,cheap and functional.
Designed and built by TS Cabin & Container
What I like about this shipping container office is its functionality. Its not going to need a lot of maintenance and its kept everything based round what you need rather than what you want. The lining of the walls on the inside with what appears to be washable panels also makes good use of the unit as no doubt its been well insulated behind the panels.
I do wonder why companies aren’t utilizing these types of structures more especially for things like mobile sites or for using land that is currently not ready for construction but could be cleared and rented out with small office units for income while the construction project is on hold. Some of these large scale developments could be for years or even things like the U.K. where you get supermarkets buying up land in the hope of blocking its competition being able to build is another prime example of wasted land that could be using these types of buildings to help stimulate small business growth.
Another unit produced by TS Cabin & Container
Another sign that shipping containers aren’t all hippy and moving more into a trend that’s becoming fashionable was the arrival of Tommy Hilfiger at the old Templehof airport in Berlin.
Put together by Artdepartment-Berlin for the Bread & Butter fashion trade show the shipping containers appear almost invisible behind all the signage and graphics which reflects the modern design and up market brand. The other side of this is it makes sense and I can see it becoming more of a trend in the exhibition and shows market as construction on site took 1 day and 3 days of outfitting which is extremely quick for something of this size.
Another step in the right direction of removing the stigma of “ugly shipping containers” to cool and modern.
The concept of this bathroom is more about water conservation than anything else. Allowing a viewing screen you can actually see how much water your heating up for a shower and thus you can see how much your wasting on electric and water, reducing one will naturally reduce the other. At the same time it struck an idea with me as well for people recycling grey water and/or rain water as it makes just as much sense to go with tanks to show how much water is available and being used every time you use it. Its a stylish modern bathroom and I could see it being utilized in a shipping container home or at least its concept could be. Its definetely something that would make people more aware of how much they are using and in a stylish modern way.
Now the other key feature of this bathroom though is that it conserves water by utilizing the tap water to fill the cistern on the toilet which is another green feature that makes common sense on the shipping container homes just as much as someone’s lush penthouse.
If looking to buy your shipping container always be aware where the seller is and the distance they are from you as well as the transportation options and cost to get it from the location of the shipping container seller to your place of construction. Buying without taking this into consideration can be an expensive mistake to learn. Trucking has never been cheap and adding to that you may need a crane or some other way of unloading the shipping container you need to way up the options of if its practical or better to wait until someone nearer has one for sale.
You really need to go over this list of things to consider when transporting a shipping container and be able to tick them all off before you get into a sales transaction :-
- Discuss within your neighbourhood with your neighbours in advance as you may be able to smooth disputes over before they happen as often its just a case of a “nosey neighbour” wanting to know what your up to rather than anything personal.
- Check the local town planning and regulations as discussing it with the people that may block it in advance lets them have they’re opinion and even as a temporary building just giving them the heads up they appreciate it and likely to leave you to it. Also as a temporary structure which is generally how shipping containers are seen your exempt of many of the legal requirements and standards of a "normal" building structure.
- The container will no doubt arrive on a semi tractor trailer which slides the shipping container off the back of the trailer so having a place set aside if you don’t have the final location ready such as the bottom of a dead end road or somewhere else its not going to be obtrusive until it can be relocated. I plan this even if I do have a crane due on site incase they have a breakdown or some other reason to reschedule. Access is also going to be an issue so make sure the road can take the weight and length of the truck and trailer as it will need to have enough room to get in and out.
- Height clearance for not only unloading the shipping container but also if a crane is needed to drop into final location. Power cables and telephone wires are a common issue. Contacting your power and telephone company if the wires are in the way should be done long in advance to find a solution.
- Be nice to the driver! Can’t say this enough as I after a long drive the driver may be unsociable but a cup of tea and a few biscuits go a long way as does maybe a little bribe to put the shipping container where you want it. Just be aware if putting it on the ground the risk of moisture and if possible try and get it situated off the ground. If its not going to be on the main road make the company aware in advance as they may request it to be lifted from the road side due to risk of the truck becoming embedded in soft ground and stuck.
- If its being situated somewhere temporary try and get it in a location that is suitably stable and even as well as having good drainage. The door ends twist which is why its important to get a level location as the doors will bind otherwise. On the drainage front try and get it sat on concrete footings, railroad sleepers or gravel something allowing water to drain away.