On the 24th of December most people who decide to go shopping are either hitting the malls for last minute presents or braving the grocery store in preparation for a Christmas feast. The Smiths? We decided to go shopping for a shipping container or two at the depot in Salt River.
We are buying our container through Neil who runs a company called Container Worx which buys, sells and modifies containers for companies and individuals. Neil has been so helpful in advising us and chatting through our plans and ideas. Once we have chosen our containers, he arranges the transportation and delivery of them to our site and provides a team to cut and weld the holes for doors and windows according to our specifications (more on that in a few weeks).
We walked around the depot with Neil and inspected the different containers he had on offer. None of the containers are in great condition but for our purposes, we don’t need them to be too clean and shiny because we are planning on cladding the exterior. The main things to look out for are bad rust, holes, and dents big enough to compromise the structural integrity. Another thing to remember is that we will be cutting out large chunks of the walls where our windows and doors will go – another reason that they don’t have to be perfect all round.
One more thing to look for is the floors – most of the containers have marine ply flooring which can be sanded and varnished into a decent looking floor.
We picked the containers that we liked, and they should be ready for delivery to our site early in the new year. Talking of our site, a lot of people have been asking “Where are you putting your container?” Great question! We’ll let you know in our next post. Until then, happy Christmas and see you in the New Year!