The main idea behind the setting up or building of a garden office in your house is to be able to work freely from the comfort of your home, or more accurately, your compound.
However, working from home can be quite a difficult thing when you do not have the required space indoors for an office or outdoors for a suitable standard garden office. Most times, this is because the access points in your compound are limited.
This is where a garden office container comes in.
These types of garden offices are suitable for persons who do not intend to have a permanent structure built on their property. More so, they can fit in seamlessly even if you have a very little amount of space in your compound.
A garden office container can be delivered to your house in a pack form, which upon arrival, can be assembled by you, or a technician specialized in that area.
The packs are portable enough that they can be carried with bare hands to the exact position you intend to erect them – no need to make use of large lorries or a heavy-duty crane like the way the normal shipping containers are carried.
The smallest sizes available for garden office containers can be able to fit into a very limited space to give you a small garden office. These units are usually modular, and that means they can be joined together to create a bigger garden office for your workspace.
In the course of this article, we shall be looking at garden office container builds extensively – their cost, the legality of having one on your property, whether or not you need a permit to build one, and more. Let’s delve in!
Can You Have A Shipping Container In Your Garden?
A common question that a lot of people often ask is whether they can put a shipping container on their property.
Truth is, it is impossible, or not logical to give a definitive answer to that question based on the fact that the local planning authorities in the state or country where you live have rules, requirements, and regulations regarding having a shipping container on your property.
In a broader view, a shipping container can be classified as a temporary structure, and therefore, they can be exempted from some of the Planning Permission requirements in your area.
However, this is also not certain. But based on that assumption that it is a temporary structure, you can put a shippingg container on your property.
To be on the safer side, we highly recommend that you make a proper inquiry about the planning rules, and requirements in your area to avoid any legal issues that may arise.
How Much Does A Cargo Container Cost?
When it comes down to shopping for a cargo shipping container, there isn’t a specific price for it, however, there is a wide price range.
Cargo containers can cost within the range of $1,500 to $5,000 (or its equivalent in your local currency). This price range is based on certain factors which include the condition of the container, size, age, cost of delivery, permitting fees, and customized features.
To buy the right cargo container, it is of utmost importance that you fully understand the relationship between the varying price and the condition of the container.
Frankly speaking, the better and newer a container is, the higher the price will be. But in some cases, older containers especially those constructed with superior quality steel, tend to be better than the new ones hence they can have a costlier price.
Conclusively, though as stated earlier, the prices of a cargo container range between $1,500 – $5,000, it is highly possible to find containers that will be higher and lesser than that price range.
Do You Need A Permit To Build A Garden Office Container?
Perhaps, you have seen your neighbors or nearby residences having a garden office container on their property and you are wondering if it is legal to build one on yours, or what steps and measures you need to take to get it approved.
In most areas and regions, you can put your container anywhere you want on your property, but the legal requirement to build one differs from place to place.
In some areas putting up a garden office container on your property that covers around 17.5 – 35.5 yards is considered as a structure, hence a building permit is required for such a garden office before you begin building.
For such a permit, a certified inspector will be sent to check the container first to make sure that it is safe for use and guarantee that there are no health or safety concerns such as wind resistance, and surface stability.
How Do You Prepare The Ground For A Shipping Container?
Before you place a shipping container on the ground, always make sure the ground is flat. If your ground is not flat, you should be able to tell by using a level checker tool.
Additionally, if there are blockades and obstructions like rocks and debris, then make sure you remove them too.
Anything that will make the surface unleveled should be removed. If you notice any gaps, ensure to fill them; because they may be home to insects, and could also form condensation.
For this task, you might need to use machinery, and if you don’t have one around, you may need to hire one.
If you plan on keeping the container on your property permanently, then below is a recommended way which you can use to prepare the ground for the container:
Constructing a solid foundation is one of the best ways to prepare your ground for a shipping container. This is because shipping containers usually weigh a lot.
After clearing your ground to ensure that it is flat, it is not exactly the best thing to place the container on bare soil, because, over time, natural effects could set in and these might include water effects which will result in rusting. So, a foundation is the best option.
There are several foundation options that you can use to prepare the ground for the container.
These include a concrete slab foundation which involves the use of concrete slabs laid on the floor. Sand Crete blocks can also be used as a foundation, and lastly, a Pile foundation which involves the use of steel is the most durable option particularly suited for areas with low soil strength such as swampy areas.
Are Shipping Containers Insulated?
Shipping containers were primarily invented as vessels for conveying goods and materials to several countries around the world from various seaports.
But due to the increasing number of empty containers that sit in seaports around the world, they have now been seen as an alternative to create homes, shops, and garden offices.
Insulation is the use of special material to finish the walls of a structure to prevent sound, heat, electricity from coming in or going out. Due to their original use for cargo, they do not usually have insulation.
They are only being insulated now that they’re being converted to serve as a means of any type of accommodation.
How To Build A Garden Office Container
As stated in the introductory part of this article, most garden office containers that are in use now, are the ones that come in modular pieces.
They come detached and can be assembled on-site by anyone with knowledge of it. These types of garden office containers are much easier to build as you only need to set up a concrete or slab foundation, that is of course after making sure the ground is leveled.
After setting up the foundation, you can now set up the container from its pieces. However, when using the cargo shipping container in full, the process is somewhat different. Below is a guide on how to build a garden office container:
Leveling the land, and setting up a foundation
When building a garden office container, the first step is to clear and level up the land, to make sure it is plain enough to set up a foundation.
The reason for the foundation is to make sure the weight of the container does not rest solely on the ground. Based on the weight of the container, you can choose which type of foundation to make use of.
Setting up the container
The next step is to set up the container onto the foundation. For this, you will most definitely need an engineer and a few laborers to get the job done. The container will be cut to form or fit an office based on your specification and instructions.
Doors, windows, and roof installation
After the container has been set up, all places cut to fit doors and windows will be installed with them respectively. And if you prefer to have a roof, it will also be installed according to the design you want whether, flat, pitched, or in any other way.
Design and insulation
In this stage, finishing designs will be put, and the container will be insulated to prevent heat during hot weather, or even noise. There are several insulation methods like wool insulation, cork insulation, spray foam insulation, and more.
Find the one which works best for you.
Furnishing and moving in
This is the last stage of the process where all furniture and appliances needed are installed to make it a habitable and conducive workspace.