It was recently reported that increasing numbers of people are turning to shipping containers and storage units as a low-cost solution to housing shortages across the world.
But what is it really like to live in one? And can units & containers really become a permanent housing solution?
In cities including London, Amsterdam and Berlin, people have already begun to make their own homes from large, repurposed shipping containers.
The Wenckehof student village in Amsterdam is the largest development of its kind, with over 1,000 recycled shipping containers.
In London, young adults who are struggling with high rent payments and are at risk of becoming homeless have also been bucking the trend for self-storage living.
The 20 “mYPad” containers in London’s Walthamstow are currently being utilised by Forest YMCA who offer occupants the option to stay for up to one year.
Supporters of storage container housing say that savings on materials, speed of installation, and the ability to re-use storage units in different locations make it a realistic and effective option.
While we wouldn’t ever recommend our customers live in one of our self-storage units, the trend for container living proves just how clean, secure and protective modern storage units can be!
Many of our customers are surprised by the great quality of all our units, which offer fixed ventilation, wooden flooring and rubber door seals to ensure all possessions stay safe and dry.
Some of our customers even do business from their units!! Our Manchester Business facility is home to a number of brick storage units equipped with lighting, power and roller shutters.