How to Convert a Shipping Container into a Home

Coping with the pressures of modern life can feel suffocating. A vast majority of the UK finds itself constantly surrounded by the hustle and bustle of crowded streets in sprawling concrete cities. 

Over three quarters of the population of the UK live in urban areas. Cities offer attractive opportunities for career advancements and exciting nightlife. But they have higher levels of air and noise pollution, more crowding, and increased stress levels. This can have a negative impact on both the physical and mental well-being of people living in these more urban areas. 

Live Off Grid offers a way out, a means of escape from the constant noise and pressures of city life. A chance to unlock your full potential, to disconnect from the mundane, and discover happiness.

Things for us to Consider

Off Grid living is a growing trend. All the distractions of the modern world; the backlight on your computer, the constant pinging noise from your mobile, they make so many of us want to escape, to return to nature and experience the beauty it can bring.

So what can we do to help facilitate this?

Environmentally Friendly

Nothing is more pressing today than our need to cut down on the effect we’re all having on the planet around us. We’re fighting a battle to leave the world in a better way than we found it for future generations. We can do better.

Fortunately, there are many groups and individuals out there who are committed to doing their bit.

The ongoing green revolution is inbuilt into the core of Live Off Grid. Sustainability is considered in the process from the ground up, from concept through to construction. 

Our converted shipping containers are pre-used and given an all new lease of life through upcycling. 

Upcycling is the process of taking something old, and without use, and transforming it into something new, more beautiful, or of more use. 

The interiors of our shipping containers are made using sustainable materials throughout. We also offer a selection of environmentally friendly energy sources: 

  • Solar panels 
  • Wind Power
  • Hydro-Electrics

A Boost to Mental Health

The modern world is full of bright lights, loud noises and bad news. Constant access to social media has many of us hooked to it. All day every day people are checking their latest posts to see how many likes and comments they have. Chasing that kind of validation has a massively negative effect on mental health. 

The need for everybody in society to be ‘on’ at all times makes ‘switching off’ nearly impossible.

Our reconditioned shipping containers act as a means for you to disconnect. The stresses of the modern world couldn’t feel further away than when you’re in your own space, amongst nature.  

Spending more time surrounded by green spaces in nature can hugely benefit your mental health. The right environment will help to:

  • Reduce stress
  • Make you feel more relaxed
  • Boost your mood and physical health 

However you want to get away from the modern world’s stresses, a life Off Grid will help. The internet, traffic, phones beeping and lights flashing; no matter how you want to escape from it all, our converted shipping containers are the answer. 

Find the Perfect Space 

The key of the Live Off Grid lifestyle is nature. Finding the perfect space to remove yourself from the rat race and return to the beauty of the world around us. 

Do you want your perfect space to be a stone’s throw from the city? Sure! Do you want to totally escape from civilization? No worries! Do you need access to public transport? Fine! No matter what your perfect space looks like, it’s right as long as it works for you.  

A life off grid is about removing the limits placed on life. But you don’t need to drop off the map completely to Live Off Grid. If you want to keep access to the modern world at arms length, you can.

A Live Off Grid converted shipping container home doesn’t require the same levels of planning permission as a more traditional brick and mortar home, making it much easier to find your ideal space. 

As long as you are legally allowed to use the land you occupy, any space can be perfect. Perfect to return to nature, perfect to find yourself, to get away from it all, to disconnect and discover. 

How to Reinforce Shipping Container Homes

While the shipping container home may be taking off in the UK, the realities of creating them needs to remain a touch more grounded. 

Shipping containers are created using sheets of corrugated steel and made to withstand extreme weather and stormy seas.

They can hold tens of thousands of kilograms, and are built to be stacked high on top of each other to save space on long voyages. This means they need to be sturdy. 

This in-built, core structural strength can be significantly weakened when you start removing sections of the exterior to fit in windows and doors. As a result, our expert design team needs to know exactly where to reinforce the walls using steel beams, or welding sections to provide the support your shipping container home needs. 

The design of a shipping container may look simple on the surface, but it’s actually meticulously planned from the ground up to maximise the space, stability of the frame, and safety. Cutting too much away from the frame can completely throw the balance of the container off, so all work must be done by a professional.

Modern Shipping Container Homes

For many, the thought of living off grid brings forward images of cluttered camper vans, cold nights huddled up in tents, tucking into a hearty meal of lukewarm soup cooked over a dwindling fire. 

At Live Off Grid we’re passionate about disproving this misconception. We want to create spaces that people want to live in, to work in, to exercise in, because they’re stunning, and they’re fit for purpose, not just because they’re a bit different. 

Take a look at some of the designs we have currently, and a few of our past projects. 

How to Convert a Shipping Container into a Home

The physical act of converting a shipping container into a home requires a great deal of hard work from our design and build teams. From working out any structural limitations and overcoming them, to putting supports in all the right spaces to keep your shipping container home standing, and to keep you safe. 

However, what makes a shipping container a home is exactly the same as what makes a house a home; the people. 

We create beautiful spaces so you can get back to nature, to allow you to rediscover yourself.

But we can’t truly make it a home. Only you can do that. 

Your space is your own. Invite family in, bring pets to experience the natural world with you, make a home-cooked meal and share it with those you love. 

All of these things are what truly make a shipping container into a home. 

For more information on how we can help you create the perfect shipping container home feel free to contact us. 

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