New Shop - Steel Cargo Container?
I am presently using my large garage as a shop in warm months and a small 12' X 12' heated shop for small projects in the winter. Since I recently retired, I need a dedicated woodworking shop.
I have become intrigued with the idea of building with steel cargo/shipping containers. Here is the description of the containers from a related site.
The Strongest Box In The World
So what is this incredible box that faces wind, rain, salt, typhoons, extreme weight, dropping and bumping for years?
The common ISO Shipping container is 20' or 40' long; 8' wide; and 8'6" tall. The taller version named HQ, which means
a High Cube (HQ) is the same dimensions but 1 foot taller. 20x8x9'6" or 40x8x9'6" -
∑ A special stronger steel named Corten steel that won't rust or corrode
∑ Mold resistant
∑ The Corten steel is used inside and out and is also stronger than normal steel
∑ A 1.24" plywood floor made of hardwood. Either teak, birch, or keruing laminates to withstand tons of internal weight
∑ Extremely adaptive to the most efficient Eco insulations
I am thinking 2 - 40' containers set side by side on steel re-enforced concrete piers with the containers welded to the piers. Weld the containers together, remove the center wall, pour concrete floor with embedded hot water tubing, install a man door, install windows, install metal wall studs in some or all of the interior, install electrical, plumbing & HVAC, then spray foam all the walls & ceiling before finish work. This would give me a 16' X 40' work area and could easily be expanded in the future. I would leave one set of end doors functioning for moving in material and removing large projects. The exterior could be painted or covered with metal and a gabled metal roof for a more attractive appearance. Since the containers are weather proof the exterior finish could be completed at a later date. My son and I have all the equipment and experience to preform all needed construction.
Have any forum members built with or had experience with these containers? There are a number of sites that will give free quotes for purchase and delivery. Until I've investigated this type of construction more, I am afraid that I will be swamped with emails or calls if I request a quote.
Last edited by MoHawk; 02-13-2012 at 03:33 PM.