Are There Any Disadvantages to Container Granny Flats?
Container homes offer multiple benefits as housing solutions, but it's important to weigh up possible disadvantages too.
If you are going the DIY route for example, the planning and approval process can be complicated and time-consuming. You need to put in significant work to ensure your build will be safe, compliant, and up-to-code. Plus, you need to make sure you purchase a quality shipping container of grade and size that meets regulations and your needs, and is structurally sound and fit for purpose.
When it comes to designing your own unit, ventilation and insulation are vital in the building process. Large steel boxes absorb and transmit heat easily, and inexperienced choices at this point could create unlivable conditions in your new dwelling later on.
Whilst containers can be relocated, they are not as easily transported as a caravan. If your intention is to setup a base and keep it there, then a container is a great idea. However, those looking for endless road trips around Australia will not benefit from the limitations offered in portability from a container.
Finally, constructing container flats is complex work. Every modification made directly affects the structural integrity of the shipping container, so professional assistance guarantees a focus on safety in building secure and comfortable housing - and ensures your new granny flat will be a viable and successful long-term investment.