You want to turn a shipping container into a functional and cosy building. This requires some time and effort, but the end result will be perfect, especially if you use the services of a company specialising in this type of modification. Use some practical advice which will help you greatly with the task at hand.
Choose the right container first.
You have to think about the size which you require. Consider what you want to turn the shipping container into. Take into account the furniture and appliances which you want to place there and the activities which you will do. You have to take into account the free space available on your property as well. It is best if you prepare the place where the unit will be set in advance. This will save you a lot of time and effort.
Create a layout.
The layout will give you a better idea of the size which you require. You will also have a clear idea of what modification steps you need to take. You are completely free to choose the number, positions and sizes of windows and doors. You would certainly want to get enough ambient light inside unless you plan to use the new building for storage only. It is up to you to decide whether to create one large open space or several rooms. In any case, you have to ensure that there will be sufficiently large traffic areas between the furniture pieces
Provide for good ventilation.
It is recommended that you use a foundation platform which will make the container even and allow for good under-floor ventilation. It is also possible for vents to be installed on the walls. A specially designed ventilation unit installed on the ceiling will do a very good job. If you plan to use the modified shipping container daily and spend a lot of time inside, you can consider the installation of a complete heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system.
This is important for achieving comfort and energy efficiency. You can use material which is directly sprayed on the walls. It is also possible to use rigid panels which are installed on the exterior walls. Roof and floor insulation is also recommended. Once the insulating material is in place, you can install drywall and flooring. You can choose any type of floor material depending on your preferences and requirements.
Finally, you should consider using renewable energy for your modified shipping container. You can install solar panels on top to make your own electricity.