Storage Container Modifications

Shipping containers are great for many things aside from offering the perfect storage solution. They are well-built to withstand harsh weather conditions and long-haul travels overseas and back, which means you can place one in the middle of the Kalahari Desert or the Amazon and it will be just fine. It may be under a lot more stress than it usually would, but it wont go anywhere fast, at all. Shipping container architecture is all the rage right now, and while you can’t just buy a container right this second and call it your home tonight, there are a few modifications that can be done on a custom container in Raleigh to make it habitable.

Lighting

Lighting is an important part of container modification, whether you want to use a custom container for a hobby shed, playroom for the kids, studio, or entertainment center for your family and friends. A well-illuminated shipping container can ensure maximized use, andthere are several options you can go about it:

  • Installing Electrical Wiring
  • Use a Shed Skylight to Bring Light Into Your Container
  • Use Solar-powered Lighting that can run for up to three hours when fully charged
  • Use LED string lights or LED chandeliers
  • Use Fluorescent lanterns with battery-powered bulbs

Ventilation

Ventilation is a critical component to a storage container modification so as to mitigate moisture build-up that can cause mold growth and consequently have a handful of negative effects on your health. While you can have your container delivered with pre-installed vents, there are other ways you can provide ventilation into your storage container:

  • Natural ventilation through installing windows on your shed
  • Install louvered vents on either end of the container
  • Install turbine vents to encourage as much air flow as possible

Heat and Air Conditioning

This might seem a bit fancy, but it’s truly worthwhile especially if you are more interested in keeping your container warm and toasty during the cold winter months. If you personally plan to spend any extended periods of time in the container, air conditioining is a good idea.  To ensure maximum efficiency, you must have a correctly-sizedheating and air conditioning equipment that can provide a uniform cooling to ensure that you are enjoying the thermal comfort. With that being said, it can be done as easily as putting a simple window unit in.

Insulation

Your custom container can be outfitted with just about everything to make for a comfortable living space. If you are using your container for reasons other than storage, then insulation is a must because it can get scorching hot or arctic cold inside an uninsulated storage unit. Being made of metal, it fluxuates temperatures vastly in short periods of time. Insulation also provides a seamless vapor barrier especially if you live in an area that is prone to lots of rain. There are a few types of insulating materials that you can use such as:

  • Spray foam While it is a bit expensive butit’s also extremely flexible and can be sprayedinto the gaps of the container
  • Insulation panels
  • Blanket insulation
  • Eco-friendly insulation options such as wood, cotton, or living roof

Storage containers are extremely versatile, and the fact that they are durable enough to use as permanent structures gives them a thumbs-up. They are also highly resalable, andthey do not lose value barring any damage, therefore once you no longer need it, you can always sell it. So, long story short, a storage container is a wise investment to make!

For more information on using a shipping container for any of your purposes, contact Carolina Containers at 919-562-9187.

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