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Old 06-27-2010, 03:54 PM   #1
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Container shop - Add on to or start from scratch?

Hey guys I need some advice. I have a 40 foot shipping container I'm currently using for a shop. It was intended to be a temporary solution but you know how that goes. I have since added electric service and even water. The container is painted and in great shape but still somewhat of an eyesore.

My question is this. Does it make since to try to add on to it and make it look more like a traditional metal building or would I be better off removing it and starting from scratch? I'm not looking for a whole lot more room but it would be nice to be able to park a vehicle in new new portion. I would not cut any sections out of the container. It closes up nice and tight and is very secure so I think I'd leave it in tact and access it via the existing doors. The add on portion would just be attached to the side.

On the other hand it might be cheaper to get one of those pre-engineered metal buildings since it wouldn't require any thinking or custom panels/trusses from the installer. The slab is obviously an expensive component to the equation and if I add on I would need much less concrete.

I modeled up what I had in mind in the picture below. Any advice is much appreciated.


Here is a pic of what I have now...

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Old 06-27-2010, 04:01 PM   #2
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Do you have an actual pic ?

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