Shipping containers can do much more than act as vessels to transport cargo. Here at Flintham Cabins, we have seen them become charity pop-up shops, garden rooms, bars, and more. Of course, you could transform a humble shipping container into an unlimited amount of things, which is one of the many reasons we find steel units so fascinating.
So, today we’re exploring another use of shipping containers; holiday homes. We are looking into why steel storage containers and shipping units make an ideal holiday destination and the many reasons you should consider renovating yours to create your home away from home.
When constructing your own holiday home, transforming a shipping container is a much more cost-effective solution than building one from bricks and mortar or purchasing an existing structure and renovating it.
It’s important to note that buying secondhand will be much cheaper than purchasing brand-new shipping units or bespoke containers. However, you may need to keep some budget aside for repairs as shipping containers are known to have tough lives and can sometimes become damaged in transit.
Additionally, shipping containers are much cheaper to run than bricks and mortar, which is something to consider for your long-term plans.
Durable and Weather-Proof
If you’re looking for a durable holiday home that will stand the test of time, a shipping container is an excellent alternative to glamping pods, tents, motorhomes, and static caravans. Of course, if you purchase second hand shipping containers, you will need to keep in mind that they won’t last as long as a brand-new unit. However, with the proper maintenance, you’re sure to get years’ worth of fun out of your container.
Steel shipping units are designed to withstand the test of time and cope with harsh conditions while out at sea, so even the British weather won’t have too much of an impact on the state of your container. If you keep on top of the maintenance and repair any leaks, holes, or rusting at first sight, you could see your shipping container last 50 years or more!
One of the greatest advantages of choosing shipping containers to help you create your dream holiday home is that they are incredibly environmentally friendly, especially if you choose a used unit to upcycle and convert. Construction materials needed are reduced, and because fewer resources are needed, the process of converting is much more eco-friendly.
Of course, if you’re looking to increase sustainability in your holiday home, there are several factors to include, such as:
- Solar panels
- Compost heap
- Vegetable garden
- Rainwater collection
If you plan to rent out your shipping container, you could use the sustainability aspect of the holiday home as a selling point and ask your guests to recycle their waste during their stay.
Provides an Interesting and Unique Place to Stay
Not many people can say that they have stayed in a shipping container, which is why choosing to offer this to guests is a great idea to gather interest and get some attention from those looking for a stay in an unusual and unique setting.
Make sure to put some time into the aesthetics of your shipping container, so it looks good in all your guests’ holiday snaps!
Makes UK Stay-Cations More Exciting
Since the pandemic, there has been an increase in interest in stay-cations, and even now, travelling abroad is pretty much back to how it was pre-2020. We Brits have a newfound love for holidaying in our own country.
However, if you’ve travelled the UK, you may have become bored of the all-too-familiar camping sites and are looking for something a little more exciting. Shipping container holidays offer just that!
Whilst there are a few shipping container holiday destinations in the UK, they are still very much a rarity, so you’re sure to get some interest if you offer this as an option for tourists.
Allows You to Get Creative With Fixtures, Fittings, and Storage Solutions
Whether you get your shipping container secondhand or brand-new, chances are it won’t have had any modifications and will be the perfect blank canvas you need to go all out with creativity. We have a range of new shipping containers for sale if you want to ensure you won’t have to deal with any previous owners’ creative alterations.
A shipping container lacks fixtures, fittings, and storage solutions, giving you complete creative freedom on the interior design and layout of your steel unit holiday home. However, make sure to spend time planning your design before going in with the power tools, as you have a very limited space to work with, so clever hidden cabinets and storage hacks will be needed.
If you have been inspired by these advantages for choosing shipping containers for your dream holiday home, Flintham Cabins are here to help. We have a range of secondhand site cabins, pop-up containers and more available on our website, just waiting to be given a new lease of life and transformed into a holiday home. We also have brand-new steel storage containers for sale if you would prefer.
Explore our website or get in touch today to learn more.