There are good ideas, and there are bright ideas, and to be honest, I’m not entirely sure which category my current idea fits into!
For over a year I’ve been using my home kitchen for my small patisserie business. With a young family this was often complicated, stressful and messy, so I decided to move a shipping container onto our land in Carterton and convert it into a commercial kitchen.
There were several reasons I chose a shipping container over a purpose-built building. The first was that I wouldn't need to get building consent from the local council for the shipping container as it is considered portable, whereas with a building, anything over 10 square metres requires building consent. The other was that I have always liked the idea of using shipping containers as dwellings – too much time on Pinterest perhaps? I thought making my own container kitchen would be an opportunity to give a container dwelling a go on a small scale.
First steps involved figuring out just how I could go about creating my “amazing space”! I did a lot of research online and spoke to many local companies who modify containers but finally chose Boxman in Seaview, Lower Hutt. The prices all seem to be fairly similar but I chose Boxman because they were easy to work with and nothing was out of the question.
I asked Boxman to cut and frame three holes in the container – two windows and a door. I had decided to go with wooden joinery and found what I needed at local salvage yards and on TradeMe. We were ready to go!
Now all I needed to do was get the piles in. Easy, right?
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