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Metal Cladding Kitchen Addition Using A Shipping Container
Creating an addition can seem like an expensive and daunting task that might end up putting you out and causing more trouble than it’s worth. But these days, a smarter, new idea is catching on — using shipping containers to build that addition to give you that extra room you always needed.
It might sound a little crazy, but unused shipping containers are being repurposed for buildings all around the world; some are even being converted into small homes. If you are looking for a safe, simple and stylish way to build an addition onto your home or commercial building, consider the ease with which a shipping container can become your new room. Of course you’ll have to go to your city hall to get it approved!
A standard shipping container is the perfect size for a simple addition a kitchen. They normally measure 40 feet long by eight feet wide by eight feet tall, or 320 square feet. There is also an abundance of them out there, an estimated 700,000 unused containers sit empty, and the cost is reasonable, between $1,000 -$2,000 per unit (though prices may vary depending on your location). They are also durable and built to last, as they at one point were needed to protect consumer goods and weather the stormy seas.
At Coast Mountain Roof, we are proud of the work we do and have many happy customers who enjoy their new shipping container-addition, which we have finished with metal clad siding to keeps the design clean and tasteful.
So How do We Do It?
First, a container is acquired and the surface is prepped and secured to the existing building. In order to ensure proper stability, we prepare the ground and make sure that the structure is level.
Then we cut open a section for a standard ventilation system, just like you would find in any typical kitchen for the fan or exhaust system.
Next, we create a custom roof with a slope, reworking the existing flat top, so that water won’t accumulate and cause leakage. This step to move water away from the building is crucial for the rainy season in Vancouver.
In order to keep the addition comfortable and to prevent the pipes from freezing or getting mouldy in the fluctuating Vancouver seasons, we adhere peel and stick membrane, Mechanically fastened z Girts and then installed R40 Spray Foam Insulation on the outside of the structure.
Finally, we mechanically fasten tapered Z Girts to the outside, and 22 gauge steel cladding and flashings on the exterior walls. This protects the structure from the elements and increases the aesthetic appeal of the shipping container addition.
And there you have it. In just a few simple, affordable steps, a sizeable and efficient bathroom addition could be yours. If you have any questions about whether this might be the addition solution you’ve been looking for, don’t hesitate to contact us for a free estimate.
Brad Gordon and his team of professionals have been installing roofing, waterproofing and architectural sheet metal systems in the Greater Vancouver area for over 20 years.