Many out-of-the-box thinkers are checking out the relatively new “Tiny Homes” housing trend. Used portable storage containers make good tiny homes and are in high demand because they are easy to convert, and GOContainers is the place to get them. Portable storage containers re-purposed into tiny homes are an excellent choice for people who like to have a place for everything and everything in its place. These space-saving homes are perfect for people who are steadfastly against clutter. Depending on local zoning ordinances, tiny home dwellers could buy a lot in town, have their container hauled in and set up, and hook up to city water and sewer. Many rural communities have more lax, less restrictive rules and ordinances, and a tiny home could be set up on a parcel of land where a well and septic could be installed and hooked up to the home.
Portable storage container tiny homes fit right in with the off-the-grid lifestyle many people are opting for these days. People who choose this lifestyle may incorporate household systems that are totally self-contained and self-sustaining such as solar or other alternative heat source, rain catchment systems for their water supply, and composting toilets, negating the need for a well and septic system or the cruder outhouse. They typically have a garden and/or greenhouse to grow their own vegetables, chickens for meat and eggs, and perhaps a goat or two for milk.
On the other end of the spectrum, storage container tiny homes are even being considered as viable housing options by major metropolitan centers, such as Phoenix, which just allowed a more liberal reading of its city building codes to allow construction of the first apartment community of its kind in the Western U.S. Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton stated:
“It’s part of a new approach to development in the city. My attitude and the attitude of the City of Phoenix is, ‘What the heck? Let’s give it a shot!’ If you have an innovative idea and you want to bring it to Phoenix, you’re going to get the support of the city. We want great ideas to come to fruition in our city.” Read more
Depending on how tiny you want your tiny home, most portable storage containers have a single set of swing doors on one end and come in a variety of sizes, the most common being: 10′, 20’, 40’, and 45′ in length and either the standard 8’6″ height or the 9’6″ High Cube height. There are also specialty containers that you might opt for, like if you want a “front and back door,” you could get a container with double swing doors on each end. You can also get them with open top, open-side, or steel floor.
Other features that make them great for re-purposing into tiny homes:
- They have high-strength, long-lasting, corrosion-resistant construction.
- They are built with strong, protective Corten steel that guard protects against external damage that may be caused by rodents or other pests.
- The containers are constructed with quality hinges and finishes that help extend their lifespan.
- They are weather-resistant, able to withstand intense humidity and hot or cold temperatures — perfect for any weather condition.
- They have 2 to 10 factory-passive side vents to release excess heat build-up.
- They are wind-tight and water-tight, providing high resistance against moisture, mold, and wear and tear.
- They are suitable for long-term use.
- Since they are originally built for transport, they can be easily moved.
- Storage containers usually meet or exceed local building codes.
If you are thinking about buying a home, are in favor of a smaller footprint than a conventional home, and like the quirky idea of a trendy chic tiny home, contact GOContainers to help you pull it all together.