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How To Convert A Shipping Container Into A Granny Flat

Posted on April 17, 2020 by Garrett Crocker

So-called “granny flats” — or, as they’re usually called in most municipalities, an accessory dwelling unit — are a hot ticket item in today’s competitive housing market. As more and more families look to consolidate their living spaces while saving money, it’s likely that we’ll see more and more homes with ADUs entering the market.

Shipping containers make excellent ADUs. If you’re wondering how to convert a shipping container into a granny flat, then be sure to read on!

Shipping Container ‘Granny Flats’

Looking for a way to add additional living space to your home or property? A shipping container converted to a granny flat is one of the ways to do this.

Granny flats are designed for one or two people and are usually located on the grounds of an already existing home. They generally have a modern and industrial style, and they are spacious enough for someone looking to live comfortably in a smaller space.

Step No. 1: Get approval.

If you’re starting an infrastructure project, you will need to understand what city rules and regulations exist. Granny flats will definitely require getting the proper permits from city officials. 

It’s important to note that this will have to happen before you begin construction, as there could be zoning requirements that need to be met and understood before the process begins.

The last thing you want to do is go through the time and expense of creating a granny flat, then realize that it’s illegal to have it there.

Make sure you do your research on what documents are required before you start. 

Step No. 2: Add a base.

When you have an existing shipping container that you want to turn into a granny flat, construction will be very minimal. There will be a level base that your shipping container needs to rest on, but this could be something as simple as basic decking materials.

Having the right base also allows you to remove the container later should you decide to move or relocate it.

Step No. 3: Design it!

Now comes the fun part.

Once the granny flat is in place on a secure base, you will be able to add your personal touches to it, including new windows, doors, insulation, and more. You can also paint the interior or exterior and start designing it so it can fit your unique style and design preferences.

Rustic? Industrial chic? Open plan living? Whatever you — or granny — prefer!

Container Stop

Shipping containers that have been transformed into tiny homes, granny flats, and more are an affordable way to live comfortably on a property that you own. While these custom builds are often used as homes, they are also commonly used to make a house expandable — as another bedroom or living space to create extra room while utilizing and sometimes combining the existing facilities from the main home.

Of course, maybe the shipping container doesn’t need everything a tiny home has. If a parent or grandparent just needs their own bedroom or living space, they can still use the facilities in the main home.

Interested in learning about how a cost-effective granny flat could work for you? Contact our team at Container Stop today to stay in touch with our news about the world of shipping container homes.

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