Storage containers can be used for more than just transporting products from one place to another. Nowadays, movable cubicles are also being used to build houses. If you are planning on making a house out of a container, here are the steps on how to make the best one.
Step #1.Design the House
In this step, you have to determine you will want to live in the home. Figure out the interior space the container has and create a floor plan accordingly. You can use a number of 3D sketching programs to create a floor plan.
Step #2.Consult experts
Do not just go ahead with the work without getting advice from the professionals. You should consult with a legitimate engineer, especially when there are plans to remove some of the cubicle’s structural components. Through that, you can ensure that no harm will come upon you when redesigning the box.
Step #3.Buy the movable cubicles
In this redesigning project, you can opt to use secondhand storage containers. However, you must be meticulous when choosing which one to use. There are unknown products stored in the cubicles and you don’t want any problems because of those. Buy locally available ones as well so that you can inspect the container personally.
Step #4.Create the foundation
A foundation is necessary to prevent the house from getting easily ruined when disaster strikes. Poured concrete with embedded steel plates is the best option when it comes to making a foundation for the house.
Step #5.Position the storage cubicles
The easiest way to place the storage cubicle in position is by using a crane. Using a crane is safer and faster too. You simply need to hire local builders who are licensed to operate cranes. After all, they are the ones who can control the crane properly. If you don’t want to use a crane, then you have the alternative of using specialized trucks and rough-terrain forklifts.
Step #6.Connect the movable cubicles
When there are plans to disassemble the houses, then one should use large bolts when connecting the cubicles to metal plates. Otherwise, the best option is to weld the cubicles to the metal plates. Pick the option suitable to your floor plan.
Step #7.Make the roof
You can have a simple low-sloped roofing placed on top of your cubicle. This is the cheapest and easiest roof to build.
Step #8.Cut out the openings
There must be passageways in the cubicle. Thus, you need to cut and remove metals from the storage container. The cutting and removing of metals can be done if you have plans of creating door and window openings. You can take utilize a plasma cutter, cutting torch, jigsaw, or grinder for this.
Step #9.Seal cracks formed from slicing out openings
When you are slicing out the openings or even when you are slicing the actual movable cubicles, you might create cracks on the metal. If that is the case, then make sure to seal them up properly. You need a backer rod, caulk, and foam sealant to seal these cracks.
Step #10.Enclose all openings
This means you have to attach the walls to the cubicles. Attach the walls to the container through bolts, screws, and weld. You can entrust this task to a professional if you want.
Step #11.Include doors and windows
Pick the doors and windows suitable for your house. The sliding glass doors are good for warm climates. Traditional doors can be good for cold climates. These can be installed in movable cubicles.
So, there you have it. You now know the basics of converting containers into homes. Once again though, it’s crucial to remind you that whenever you’re unsure of what to do, never hesitate to call a professional.
Movable cubicles are cost effective and can be an optimal storage solution for both commercial and residential purposes.