Why Convert a Shipping Container Into a Garage?

Did you know the word “garage” derives from the French word “garer?” The word means “to park.” According to the latest government statistics, about two-thirds of all U.S. households have a garage or carport. A garage is great for parking and protecting your cars. For many people, a garage is also a great storage area, work area, and even a play area in bad weather.

If you don’t have the luxury of a garage, but an addition seems too expensive, consider a shipping container converted into a garage. Shipping containers will usually be more versatile and less expensive than a traditional addition.

Discover the advantages of converting your shipping container into a garage here.

Shipping Containers Are Secure

A car is a big investment and it’s nice to keep it secure. Parking on the street leaves your car available for thieves and vandals. Shipping containers are usually more secure than most garages because of the way they are constructed. A shipping container resists corrosion and is a big, metal box. When you add a sturdy lock to it, its almost impossible to break into.

On top of being a safe place for your car, it’s also a safe place for expensive equipment such as art, woodworking or yard equipment. Store them safely in a shipping container garage.

Custom Modifications

Another great thing about shipping containers is that they’re customizable. You can add in shelves, drywall, or any type of interior you want.

You only have to make sure you’ve got the interior insulated. Shipping containers are watertight and windproof but they do need insulation to make them comfortable. If you want windows, you can add those too.

There are many ways to build a garage from shipping containers. If you have a small area and don’t need a lot of storage, you can opt for one container. Converting a shipping container to a one-car garage is should be relatively simple.

Modular

Need something bigger? Shipping containers are modular units. You can place two containers parallel to each other leaving the amount of room you want for storage in the middle. Then add a roof and you’ve got two big, secure storage areas with a carport in between.

Easy Maintenance and Eco-Conscious

Shipping containers offer easy maintenance. Once your shipping container garage is set up, there isn’t a lot of upkeep worries. Sweep it out now and then and you’re good to go! Shipping containers are sustainable for architecture because they’re recycled or upcycled. By using a shipping container, you’re keeping it out of the landfill.

They also don’t use concrete or cement which is toxic to the environment. You can opt for a steel pipe foundation or a wooden beam foundation which are better for the environment than a concrete slab.

Opt for a Secure, Eco-Conscious Shipping Container Garage

As you can see a shipping container garage is safe, secure, budget friendly and completely customizable. They’re also a great eco-conscious option. So, are you ready for an affordable solution to a new garage addition? Contact Equipment Management Services in the Houston and Dallas, Texas areas today.

Steps to building a Shipping Container Garage

Are you thinking about building a garage? Do you want something sturdy where you can store not only your cars but other valuable items?  Then Shipping container garages are the perfect solution! Made from corrugated steel, they’re a great protection from hail, wind, corrosion, and burglars. You can even move the garage with you if necessary.

Keep reading, and we’ll show you how to make the most out of a shipping container garage.

The Eco-Conscious Material

One of the best things about shipping container garages is that they’re an eco-conscious choice. Millions of TEU (Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units) ship around the world in cargo containers. Some containers make only one trip and get set aside. So, reusing these big hunks of metal make a lot of sense for the environment.  Also, don’t forget, by using an old container, you’re lowering the demand for wood, cement, and other building materials.

Choose Your Size

If you looking for a simple, one-car only garage? You can go with a single shipping container. However, if you need a two-car garage, you’ll most likely need at least two or more containers. Fortunately, shipping containers come in many different sizes ranging from 10 to 45 feet long.

Container Types

Other than size, decide whether you want one of two types of containers:

  • Used
  • One-trip container

Used containers are less expensive and available on shorter notice than new containers. A new container is a one-trip container because it makes one loaded trip from somewhere like China to the United States. One-trip containers are cleaner without dings and dents, but they’re also more expensive. If you’re looking for high-end aesthetics, use a one-trip container.

Garage Style

One interesting container garage style, if you have space, is a two-container garage. Place two containers on the ground, leaving a space between them big enough to hold your car. Add a roof between the two containers as well as a back and an automatic front door. The cars go between the containers, under the roof. Now you also have two empty containers on each side for storage. Shipping containers are modifiable, so chances are you can get whatever style you want. It’s a good idea to check with your city first. Most cities enforce codes and you want to make sure the city will approve your idea.

Additional Features

Don’t need two shipping containers for garage storage? Turn one of the containers into an extra living space.  Containers are a blank canvas on which you can get creative. Leave it totally stripped down or add some finishing touches.  Add insulation, electricity, and even a window or two. Put down nice flooring and paint the walls for a fully-finished office, playroom, or guest room.

Eco-Conscious Shipping Container Garages

Shipping container garages are a great alternative to traditionally built garages. They’re also eco-conscious and affordable. So, what are you waiting for? It’s time to build the garage of your dreams! We’d love to help. Contact us today, and we’ll help you with everything you need for your dream shipping container garage.

Tips and Tricks for Building a Garage Out of Shipping Containers

Storage containers are among the hottest trends in homes today. In fact, experts expect the storage container home industry to reach over $73 billion by 2025.

You don’t have to design your entire home with containers to get in on the container trend, though. Many homeowners are getting creative and building a garage out of shipping containers. You can too with these tips.

1. Know Your Measurements

You know what they say: “measure twice, cut once.” This also holds true when it comes to buying a storage container .

First, measure the space you have on your property to find the maximum size of the container that will fit. To get the minimum size, consider how you want to use the space.

Measure the amount of room you would need for all the vehicles you’ll stow in the container garage. Add any extra space you want for storage, a workstation, or other miscellaneous purposes. With those parameters in mind, you can now start shopping for your container(s).

2. Choose Built-In Storage

In any structure, built-in storage helps you use the space more wisely. Plus, you don’t need to worry about cabinets falling over or leaning because they’re part of the structure.

With a container garage, you can get custom modifications done to your shipping container. Depending on how you want to use the space, you can choose built-in cabinetry, shelving, and other options.

3. Take Protective Measures

If your garage will be the primary home for your vehicles, you might have a few automotive fluids that find their way onto the floor. You don’t want them to leave long-lasting stains.

When preparing and customizing your container garage, choose a flooring material or coating that makes those spills easy to clean. Options like epoxy tend to hold up better against spills as well as heat and other hazards.

4. Prepare in Advance

With shipping containers, you can’t simply bring one home and plop it down on your yard. There are two important steps to take first: permitting and laying a foundation.

First, check with your local authorities to see if you need a permit for the garage. This process could take some time, so this should be your first step in building your container garage.

Second, you’ll need a foundation. It could be as simple as a concrete slab. This kind off foundation will keep your container stable and level.

5. Make It Comfy

Depending on where you live and how you plan to use your garage, temperature control could be a great addition. This is another custom modification which can be added before the container arrives on your property.

Think about the materials you plan to store in the garage and whether they may melt. Consider whether you’ll spend a lot of time in there, working on hobbies or vehicle repairs. In which case, air conditioning or heating will make a world of difference.

6. Keep Up the Curb Appeal

You might be adding a garage for its functional uses, but it will be part of your overall home’s look. To keep your home value high, you need the container garage to add to your curb appeal rather than taking away from it. You can do that by choosing an exterior color that complements your home’s style and color scheme.

Building a Garage Out of Shipping Containers

A garage is a great way to add value and functionality to your home. You don’t need to endure weeks of on-site construction if you opt for building a garage out of shipping containers instead.

The tips laid out above can help streamline the process of buying and installing a shipping container garage. To get the process started, begin shopping for shipping containers today.