Are you running low on space in your home to do all of the things that you want or need to do each day? Well, if you need some extra space, you don't need to add on to your home – you just need another space, like a converted shipping container. Here, you'll learn how to transform a basic shipping container into the extra space that you need to do what you need to do each day.
Start with a Good Cleaning
No matter how clean the shipping container looks, you need to give every surface of it a good cleaning. You never know what's been stored in the container, nor can you see all of the dirt and grime hiding in all of the nooks and crannies. So, get yourself a pressure washer, some liquid dish soap, and a deck brush.
Spray the ceiling, walls, and flooring clean.
Get a bucket of hot water with some dish soap mixed in. You use the dish soap because it's safe to use with other substances. Avoid using bleach at least for the first cleaning because you don't want to trigger a chemical reaction with whatever could be coating the surfaces in the container.
Rinse the surfaces clean and let it dry. Place fans inside to expedite the drying process.
Insulate the Walls
You have two good options to insulate the shipping container – spray foam insulation and foam board insulation. The foam board insulation can adhere to the walls and ceiling with adhesive, but the spray foam insulation will require a professional insulator to come out and blow the insulation into place.
Prep for Paint
If you've opted to use foam board insulation, you'll need to cover the walls with green board, drywall, or paneling. If you've selected the spray foam insulation, you can paint right over it – it's better to cover it with drywall, green board, or paneling, but you can get away with painting it.
To paint the foam insulation, you'll need to sand it first to create a smooth finish. Once it's sanded, you'll need to apply at least two coats of quality latex primer. The primer will prevent the paint from soaking into the foam and will make it possible for the paint to stick. Apply two or three coats of latex paint over the primer and let it dry.
Add a few lights, maybe a space heater or portable air conditioning unit, and you have yourself a year-round space to do those things you didn't have room in your home to do.
To learn more, talk to a company that offers shipping containers for sale.
After struggling for years with a messy, cluttered home, I realized that there were some issues that we needed to work out. I started focusing carefully on moving things that I didn't need out of my house by either donating them, trashing them, or storing them in a storage unit. It was really incredible to see how big of a difference cleanliness made in our lives, and now I have a personal commitment to keeping my home clean and organized. This blog is all about storing things to make your home clean and beautiful. Check it out for great information!