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A budget shipping container can be used at home for many wonderful applications. A few examples include a private office, private studio, garage, storage space, etc. If you are planning to have a shipping container installed at home for any of these uses or more, this article will help you understand some of the preparations you need to make beforehand. Read below to find out what they are and why they are important.
Consult your local council for permissions
First, and very important, talk with your local council and let them know about your intention to install a shipping container in your backyard. Local planning permissions differ so you want to get the green light from your local council before making the change. Your local council will let you know if there are any fees, permits or planning restrictions that you need to adhere to.
Make sure entrance is big enough for a trailer
For a shipping container to be installed on your property, a number of large vehicles will need to be used. For one, a trailer will be used to carry the container into your premises. From there, a crane or a pallet loader may be used to lower the container onto the specific installation point. With that in mind, make sure that you have provided/created an entry that will allow these vehicles to access the installation point with ease.
Clear the ground where the container will be set up
It's also a good idea to think about clearing the ground around where the container will be situated. You want the container to be in an open space such that there are no obstructions when it comes to accessing the container. You also want to make sure that there is no vegetation encroaching around it. This may mean chopping down some bushes, having tree branches trimmed, and so forth.
Prepare the installation base
Another thing you need to do is to prepare the installation point for the container to be set up. For one, you'll need to make sure that the ground is evenly flat. Two, the ground needs to be well compacted and firm so that it can hold the weight of the container and its future contents without settling into the ground. Thirdly, you'll need to install supports where the container will be laid. These could be concrete blocks or timber sleepers.
Once done, your backyard will now be ready for the installation of the shipping container. Thanks to this preparation, the installation process will be straightforward, quick, and not to mention – legal.Share
19 September 2016