What You Need to Know Before Building a Shipping Container Home

Shipping container homes are an alternative solution to many due to the increasing prices in the way of living. At Flintham Cabins, we are leaders in site accommodation and steel storage units, providing you with the option of shipping container living as well.

For those who want to build a shipping container home, there are many things to take into consideration. Here are the most important aspects you need to know before undergoing such a venture! Continue reading “What You Need to Know Before Building a Shipping Container Home” »

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Where Did Pop Up Retail Originate From?

If you live in an urban area you’ve probably encountered the pop up shop. Everything from cakes to handbags and key-cutting to ice-cream, you name it, it most likely comes in pop up form.

The sudden appearance of pop up Halloween shops. The pop up Christmas tree space. Even the pop up wedding dress store. There’s no wonder why it’s so popular due to its low cost and temporary state. A temporary retail installation playfully fits in to an urban landscape as almost camouflage, yet could just as perfectly fit into any other setting.

One wonder of the pop up retail unit is that its portable, meaning flexibility, however where did the idea come from and why has it become such a popular concept?

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Top Steps to Prevent Vandalism in Business

While it’s a difficult fact to face, vandalism is, currently, a prominent factor that needs consideration. While vandalism in the UK is falling at a quicker rate than any other type of crime it is still very much present and is a predictable feature of not just domestic properties but commercial ones too.

In 88 % of incidents of vandalism, goods and stock were stolen, and almost two-thirds of incidents involved damage to buildings and/or premises.

So, the question is, how do you prevent vandalism from becoming a concern whilst trying to run a business?

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Using Shipping Containers for Student Housing

In Penryn, there have been two student housing schemes discussed last month – one which is thought to be the first of its kind in the UK, using shipping containers for student living space. There was an application of 264 rooms which would contain a health centre, innovation hubs, a swimming pool, a gym, and business units.

These prototype student housing shipping containers will be at the Penryn university campus until September 29th, available for touring from 10 am until 4 pm. This scheme is currently under Cornwall Council’s authority, and Irregular Cornwall wants to place the containers where the former Home Shed site used to be.

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Are Shipping Containers the Solution for the Homeless?

There is constant speculation that a solution for the homeless crisis could be steel and shipping containers or portable buildings. As in many locations, the homeless situation is now becoming a bigger crisis than ever before, and with families and friends resulting in setting up make shift camps, it is more than overdue that we find a solution.
A community based leader in Wrexham, North Wales has said that “Housing homeless people in shipping containers could be a way to deal with the homeless crisis in Wrexham”. So where did these comments come from and why?

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Is a Shipping Container Home Even Viable?

It’s a hard fact to face but, sadly, the truth is that that house prices in the UK are rising; and, for many, they are becoming unaffordable. Keeping this in mind, and all the people we see using alternative methods of living, is a shipping container a truly viable option to live in? Through a dissertation from university student Owen Connolly, from the University of Westminster, we have everyone’s long unanswered questions answered, as he kindly shared his findings with the world.

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Shipping Containers – The Farms of the Future

Container farms have captured the attention of millions and may have the ability to push present day farmers into a new era of futuristic farms, with crop availability around the clock and around the world. As such, steel shipping units could contain the answer to the global food supply crisis and offer a light at the end of the tunnel or, more fittingly, a light at the end of the container.

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Top Common Mistakes Made When Buying Shipping Containers

At Flintham Cabins we are aware of and understand the confusion around making a decision about purchasing the right shipping container for your needs. Certain uses and features of shipping containers mean some containers would be unsuitable for specific requirements. Would you be better off buying a completely new container or is a second-hand container more than suitable?

Are you a first-time buyer of a shipping container? Watch out for these common mistakes!

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The Importance of Layout

A room’s layout is an important factor for any building, whether a permanent build or a portable building. Making sure that a room’s layout is right from the start will help to ensure the well-functioning of the room. Regardless of your industry, it’s important to have all aspects working together for a prosperous future.

Portable building’s layouts allow for more flexibility of function and, whether you require an office or a canteen, we can advise you on what layout offers you the best solution. So, why is room layout so important?

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Steel Containers in Film and TV

Steel containers are very useful; providing highly secure and corrosion resistant options for your business, they are ideal for expert solutions. As experts in the industry, here at Flintham Cabins we’re aware of how much they are represented in films and TV.
Here are a few examples of scenes in films or TV including steel containers:
(WARNING: Spoilers may lie ahead!)

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