Transforming Shipping Containers into Multi-Purpose Gardens and Tool Sheds for Spring
Looking for efficient and versatile moving storage solutions? Spring is a beautiful time of year. The weather is getting warmer and it’s the beginning of a new growing season. But would you ever expect to see a shipping container sitting inside a yard filled with trees and flowers? Probably not. Shipping containers are usually crammed with products crossing the ocean. But now, many people throughout the Lower Mainland have started using these storage solutions as multi-purpose gardens and tool sheds—even in their own backyards! Read on to learn why.
Choosing the Right Container
When it comes to choosing the right shipping container, there are some things that you should consider before making your purchase. Here are a few tips on how to find the right unit for your spring DIY project.
Shipping Containers Size Matters
The first step in choosing the right shipping container is deciding what size you need. Standard 20-foot-long containers are great for standard gardens. But if you want to go big, 40-foot containers are better suited for larger tool sheds or greenhouses because they have more floor space inside and can obviously hold a lot more.
Shipping Containers Condition
Once you have found the appropriately sized unit, check all sides of the container for dents or scratches, which could weaken its structure. Also, make sure there aren’t any holes or weak spots in the flooring or walls. If you find any issues with your chosen container, don’t buy it—it’s better to find another one than risk buying something that will leak or cause you problems later on.
The next step is to decide on the location of your new garden container. Where are you going to put it? If it’s going to be exposed to extreme weather conditions, so make sure that it is made from high-quality materials and has been built with strength in mind. If it’s going to be in direct sunlight for long periods of time, look for one with thicker walls and stronger framing material to keep temperatures cool inside even on hot days.
Converting the Container
Converting a shipping container into a garden shed is a great way to save money and get the most out of the space you have. Here’s how:
First, cut away the top of the container and remove it. You will want to be sure to leave enough of the frame to support your roof structure.
You can now add insulation if you wish, but it’s not necessary for all climates. If you are building in an area where temperatures drop below freezing, then insulation is recommended.
You will also want to add windows and doors, as desired. You may choose to have extra-large access doors on one or both sides of your container so that heavy equipment can be easily moved inside.
Maintenance and Upkeep
Shipping containers are made from corrugated steel. This means there is no need for painting or staining, but you will need to clean it regularly. To clean your shipping container regularly, you can use a pressure washer or hose attachment, as well as a scrubbing brush. The exterior of the container should also be inspected regularly for rust or damage.
The possibilities of repurposing shipping containers as a tool shed or garden-related container are truly endless. If you have been thinking about adding a multi-purpose garden or tool shed to your property, then you should consider purchasing a shipping container for your next spring project.