Modular units can be utilized for a number of applications, which can be deployed to a plot of land that you either own or control. One of the most popular, up and coming use fall under the catagory of ADU, or Accessory Dwelling Unit.
ADUs, or in-law apartments, are self-contained apartments, cottages, or small residential units, that are located on a property that has a separate main, single-family home, duplex, or other residential unit. In some cases, the ADU or in-law is attached to the principal dwelling or is an entirely separate unit, located above a garage or in the backyard on the same property.
Reasons for wanting to add a secondary suite to a property may be to receive additional income, provide social and personal support to a family member, or obtain greater security.
Home offices have become another popular use for modular units. recently a Canadian architect named Randy Bens, designed a new office for himself and his employees. Randy explains, ‘The goal was to have the benefits of working from home, while having an independent space for staff, a place to conduct meetings with clients and contractors, and to simply have more room to do our work.’ With that in mind, they looked at several construction options and settled on an over-sized steel shipping container.
Retailers today are being forced to innovate, and the ever-present battle between e-commerce and brick-and-mortar for sales is opening doors to some unique concepts. Similar to pop-up concepts, the retrofitted containers provide temporary solutions for developers and retailers. For a developer, it could be setting up a leasing office while a new project is under construction, or setting up a PopBox for a retailer that will anchor the finished project.
The steel containers can be refitted with wood or glass and are designed to carry the user’s banner. They come fit with interior and exterior lighting, doors, windows, facades, ramps and flooring hardboard insulation.
Another popular application for modular units are remote cabins and getaway retreats. Shipping containers serve as a perfect use for these modular units. Once finished out and installed, they can offer guests all of the conveniences of a conventional luxury getaway but within a minimalist, cozy setting. Using as many environmentally friendly materials as possible, the lodgings feature contemporary living areas, kitchenettes and dining spaces. The units can be heated as well, and can come equipped with a wood-burning fireplace that lends a bit of a cabin aesthetic to the otherwise contemporary interior design.
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