When building a shipping container, it’s necessary to take the proper steps and go through the proper channels. Regardless of whether you’re constructing this container for storage or as a home, here are five steps that should be completed during the process.
Setting a Budget
Planning out how your building funds will be distributed throughout the construction of this shipping container before the building actually begins will stop you from making the same mistake many builders do: running out of money. Creating a realistic budget will lead to less confusion and chaos during the building project. Determine the size and features that will be going into the build and don’t deviate from that plan, as you’re guaranteed to go over budget if you continuously change things during construction. It’s also important to have a contingency fund stashed away for emergencies that were unforeseen in the planning phase.
Preparing the Site
This step is often overlooked when builders are constructing shipping containers themselves, on their own lots. While a boring task, it’s crucial to the building process, as clearing away unnecessary material creates an even working field without interruption. This also helps you to better determine whether the land you’re about to build on is suitable, with the proper access necessary for large trucks to pass through and deliver materials. To save money, prepare the site yourself.
The Proper Permits
Without the proper building and zoning permits, the process of building a shipping container will stop before it’s even begun. If these shipping containers are being built to be used as a home, pop up shop or restaurant, then it’s important that your local planning department is on board with your plans. Building without the proper permits in place will mean that all the hard work and money that went into constructing that shipping container home or cafe will be demolished.
Planning on building a shipping container for people to live in or spend time in? Then it needs to be properly insulated, especially for colder climates. This will make or break the overall usefulness of the container, unless it’s simply for storage purposes. Errors in the insulation installation will result in ineffective energy efficiency, losing both heat and moisture within the container. Instead of trying to save money on energy bills, it will likely cost more. Regardless of the insulation standard that’s chosen, it needs to be installed correctly to be effective.
All building material have one weakness or another. For metal, that weakness would be the potential of rust forming. Made from Corten steel, shipping containers are coated in an anti-corrosive paint when they’re first built. During the construction and modification process, however, that paint can be stripped away by tools, leaving the metal exposed to the elements. During and after the building process, the container needs to be treated to prevent corrosion in the future. Even so, you’ll need to inspect the container for signs of rusting every few months.
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