Portable storage containers are the right choice in serving the purpose of expanding the space of someone’s territory. These have also been used as houses, emergency shelters, medical clinics, and studios. The use of such as houses requires cleaning and maintenance of the container, specifically the floor.
There are considerations before buying or renting these. Since these were once part of the shipping cargoes, the length of each ranges from 20 feet to 40 or 45 feet. These have two doors on one end, and may already have a built-in vent for its ventilation. Typically, the walls are of corrugated steel, and the container’s height is around 8 feet, and the width is similar to that of the height.
If the owner wants the container to be modified in a creative way of making it an appendage of his/her house, he/she should do some research on the shipping container architecture. This is usually done for converting the container into a permanent residence.
The advantages of such are these being relatively cheap, moveable, and long-lasting. The construction of such in making a house requires only a little labor and slight modification, thus these are inexpensive and convenient for someone who finds wood or concrete construction costly and time-consuming.
The lifespan of the steel walls is around 20 years, and that’s not bad for a durable shelter. However, these walls need the careful maintenance of the owner as these are likely to rust if the steel walls are exposed to rain. This is the reason that the agents selling or lending portable storage containers coat these with paint, usually neutral in color.
The steel walls easily conduct heat, and these get easily affected by moist by which rust is formed. The roof is weak because it has only a capacity to accommodate about 300 kilograms of mass of objects. The framework of the containers is what seems to be the strongest in the structure no matter how long the containers have been used. An average of 8 years’ use of these can still make the containers useful in their retirement. These could still be refurbished and sold as leak-free and wind-resistant.
Perhaps the ones that have already a vent or two vents were used for the shipping of perishable goods like the vegetables. It is to be noted that if someone wants to have customized portable storage containers, he/she should purchase a container, because the renting of such doesn’t allow any act of modification to it. The rental payments are made monthly. Those whose aim is to have a temporary residence or those who transfers from place to place, renting such is ideal.
Someone who aims for the permanent usage of such should call the zoning administration or ask the authorities’ permission for having these. For those who want to clean up the mess in their house, they could use these portable storage containers temporarily to find things that can be used over those that couldn’t be any longer. For those who want a personal space, these will bring comfort to him/her by providing a silent and distraction-free ambience. However, an individual should not use these containers as storage of hazardous chemicals, and unlawful drugs or substances.
Its customization depends on the owner’s preference that may include some color change to the external appearance of the container, and an additional window in case the owner prefers a cooler or lighter atmosphere. The doors could be made as well by any means that could make the individual access easier. Shelves could be added as well, which expands the storage capacity of the container.