Government COVID-19 restrictions have all been lifted, including the ‘work from home’ order – but there certainly hasn’t been a mad dash back to the office!
73% of Brits are, in fact, predicted to continue working from home indefinitely – for either all or part of the week. Rather than returning to the pre-pandemic status quo, remote working has become the ‘new normal’. And that means, for many people, it’s time to move the laptop off the dining table and think about creating a permanent office space in their home.
One innovative option is a shipping container office.
As a leading supplier of container conversions, here at Gap Containers, we think this could be the ideal solution for lots of people – particularly those who don’t have much space or need to stick to a strict budget. And here we take a look at a few of the main reasons why.
6 reasons to invest in a shipping container office
Compared to a house extension or a bespoke garden office pod, a container office is usually a much cheaper alternative.
It’s possible to purchase and convert a second-hand container for a relatively low cost. You can avoid many of the expenses associated with traditional building methods (e.g. laying foundations). And it’s a fully future-proof investment. If you decide to move house, you can simply pack up your office and take the structure with you.
If space is at a premium, a shipping container office offers a viable way to create a home office – without having any impact on the rest of the home. Placed at the end of the garden, they’re completely separated from the rest of the building. And ranging from 6-40ft in length, they’re spacious enough to house your office equipment and create a comfortable working environment for you and other members of the household.
Container offices are a very environmentally friendly and sustainable option. The container itself has already had a lifetime of use in shipment. And as such, converting it into a home office is a form of recycling. Instead of relying on new materials (e.g. to build an extension), the structure is repurposed and given a fresh lease of life – and can then last for another 50 years or more.
4. Fully customisable
When it comes to the design of a shipping container office, the possibilities are endless.
You can choose pretty much any style you like and create anything from a small, practical space to an all-singing-all-dancing structure with all the mod cons. The structure can be modified to include a wide range of design options, fixtures, fittings, and features – both internally and externally. And containers can be combined or stacked to suit your requirements.
Shipping containers can easily survive 25+ years at sea – so it should come as no surprise that they’re inherently strong and secure. They can successfully withstand extreme weather conditions and are incredibly difficult to burgle or vandalise. Just make sure the door is locked at the end of the day and you can rest assured, your office equipment will be safe.
6. No planning permission
Container offices don’t have any foundations and, technically, they’re classed as a ‘temporary’ building. Which means in most cases, planning permission isn’t required. There’s no need to apply to the local authority or start a lengthy approval process. Once designed, your new structure can be immediately manufactured and installed in your garden in as little as 3-4 weeks.
Contact our container office experts today
If you’re one of the many Brits who will be working from home long-term and wish to find out more about shipping container offices, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Gap Containers is a leading UK specialist in container conversions and we’re always excited by the prospect of a new project, no matter how big or small. From an old steel box to a luxury home office, we can help to utilise the space in your garden and create the ideal home working environment – without breaking the bank in the process.