Build a Mobile Office Using a Shipping Container and a Kit That Includes Everything You Will Need
When buying used shipping containers the desired end consequence is typically to change the container into something other than a shipping container. The most shared shipping container alteration is to do nothing to them and call them a storage unit; the next most shared use for retired shipping container is to modify them into a house. In many smaller commercial applications where a portable office is needed, like on a construction site, some contractors are turning to shipping containers as the basis to build a field office from. Not only are shipping containers are strong and lasting but best of all, they are made to be moved.
Several options are obtainable to you to change a shipping container into a permanent office or mobile office. Many will buy a container and perform the modifications with their own resources. This is the least costly way to transform a container but it will take some time, especially if it’s the first time you’ll be trying to do this and may not be the best use of your time. The next most shared approach is to buy a container and have it alternation to your requirements by a company experienced in this kind of work. This is the easiest and most sure method to modify shipping containers, and if you have the resources also the most costly method. A simple Google search will provide a number of companies that ordinarily perform this kind of container alteration.
A third option for consideration is a shipping container alteration kit, these kits include all the windows, doors, HVAC, electrical, flooring, wall, and ceiling panels needed to transform your container into a small mobile office. The wall and ceiling panels provided with the kit are pre constructed in four foot long sections and come complete with insulation, finished wall paneling, electrical wiring and devises, and cut outs for windows and doors. Two specialized installers can complete a 20′ container in five hours; if you have some construction experience and the proper tools, two installers doing their first container alteration should be able to complete the project in a standard work day. The necessary tools include standard construction tools like nail guns, screw guns, saws and hand tools; in addition you will need torches or saws to cut openings in the steel container and a welder to install windows and doors.
Most of the shipping container alteration kits are very well thought out, you start in the end corner by installing the end wall panels and two 4′ sections along the long wall of the container. You will now have a self-supporting structure within the container, once you slide the ceiling panel in the structure becomes more ridged, plumb and square. The window/door openings will be pre-cut in the panels, once a panel with a window or door is located you will need to mark and cut out the opening in the steel container and weld in the window or door. The ceiling panel slides in resting on top of the wall panels. Electrical wiring pre-installed on each panel and the interconnections are made as each section is installed.
One kit we are especially impressed with is from Build Rite Industries, LLC. in Gardena, CA. You can see an installation video on their site. You can select several different floor plans or design one that meets your specific needs. These shipping container alteration kits create a very useable portable field office but I would caution against using them for a residential application as the fit and finish may not be appropriate for a home. If you need a clean functional field office then look into a container alteration kit, it will save you time and energy, everything you need will be included in a single delivery.