Building something from a portable storage container has been around nearly half a decade ago when shipping containers started to pile up on the seaports around the globe. These corrugated metal boxes were used as on-site offices in the first world countries on the earlier days and as homes by marginalized people from the developing countries. From that idea, green builders and architects sought a way to make these metal containers “livable”, which has been very easy.
A Hobbit’s Hole
Ever wonder how to live in a tiny house made out of a portable storage container? People are so used to living in a big space and it is something that is forced upon us by standards set by the housing authorities. However nowadays, homeowners are slowly turning into a simpler way of life because they are becoming more conscious of the amount of money that goes into something they do not really need.
The rise of the tiny home movement brought awareness to a lot of people, especially to those who are sick and tired of endless debts and mortgage. Through this movement, they have discovered that everyone is entitled to live a debt-free life without really having to let go of the good things.
If you are ready to plunge into tiny living, here are some tips to guide you through living big in a tiny space.
1. Space is scarce.
That’s a given. A portable storage container comes in a standard size, height and dimension and most shipping container homes are available in standard sizes. However, the option to expand and add in more containers to create a bigger space is really up to you and how much you are willing to spend.
2. It is all about the space.
The core values of living tiny boils down into two words: functionality and sustainability. Living in a small space can feel very confined, especially if you have a lot of things. Living tiny is de-cluttering and eliminating things that you do not really need. The secret to live peacefully and happily in a converted portable storage container is storage. Every single space is used for storing something. Every inch of the corner is maximized and has dual function. There is no space wasted.
3. Organization is vital.
It is easy to organize things in a tiny space. And usually, tiny houses come with a lot of built in storage for everyone’s needs. It is patterned, basically, from RVs. There are storage spaces underneath the chairs. The staircases function as storage too. Tiny cabinets are everywhere and since you are in a tiny space, you can see everything from one end of the house.
4. Sustainability is money saved.
Living in a tiny home lowers your energy bill in general. Consider saving more money by adapting a sustainable way of living. Use solar energy to light up your tiny, sweet home. Rain water can be stored and can be used as gray water. This will not only save you money, it could also reconnect you with nature at the very least.
Go Green All the Way
This era represents a time when people are beginning to take actions about the big elephant in the room—our deteriorating mother earth. If you choose to build your home out of reclaimed storage containers, then you are undoubtedly aware how that helps the environment. The clutter in our seaports is unbelievably huge that it could almost occupy a city. Up-cycling these corrugated metal boxes into edifices not only clean up the mess in our seaports; it also provides social and environmental awareness to the citizens of the earth.