The shipping container garage trend is catching on. It seems like an obvious stepping stone towards a shipping container house, for those with the space but lacking the courage to dive right in.
A shipping container garage is typically made out of, well you guessed it, shipping containers. The great thing with such a construction material is the ease that comes with it. You can have a complete structure in no time.
It is not the conventional way of building, and true, many people are skeptical. Instead of going straight to building your main house out of prefab containers, it is wise to start small. And what better than the garage.
Reasons for choosing a shipping container garage
Many of these reasons are similar to why you would choose a shipping container apartment, or house.
The building material is strong and durable. Unlike many houses that are made of wood and cardboard finishing, a shipping container garage is all metal. A garage is a place where you store all manner of machinery, equipment and things you don’t need often. It will definitely take a beating over time. Why then not go for the strongest material from the word go.
Another reason to have your garage made of out shipping containers, is the turn-around time. Compared to building a garage, carport or barn from scratch, a shipping container structure is incredibly fast. You can have the prefab container on your compound and transform it into a garage the same day. With traditional construction, you’ll probably need a few weeks.
Cost is another consideration when choosing a shipping container garage. I mean, who doesn’t like some great savings? Building a garage the traditional way will require so many materials. A one-car garage can set you back upwards of $14,000, and that can double for a two-car garage. Compare that to the $1,500 to $2,500 it will cost you to acquire a shipping container. Of course there are some other costs involved to fabricate the container to be garage-worthy, but it will still be cheaper.
If price does not bother you, perhaps you might have considered the eco-friendliness of a prefab container garage. There are so many abandoned shipping containers in the world right now, than there are, in fact working ones. You will be doing the world a great service if you can put that steel into good use. In a single garage, you will have recycled over 5,000 lbs. You’ll also save the world from unnecessary cutting of trees and usage of cement, brick etc.
Now that you’ve decided to take the first step and build a shipping container garage, you’ll need some proper inspiration. Ideas and plans you can copy from and make better.
We have compiled 10 pictures of some great-looking shipping container garages. Whether with some premium cladding, or just bare knuckle steel, you’ll see that there are unlimited ways to make your container garage stand out and look wonderful.