After maybe ten years, that mortgage payment may be just starting to feel comfortable, as you progress with employment or grown children find work. If life is predictable, it’s a smooth ride.
However, real life has its ups and downs. You might decide to have another child, a parent may need to move in with you because of some health problem, or a newly-married son or daughter might not yet be able to afford a home. Your daughter or son might need studying space, or maybe you’ve been given the option to work from home. All of these changes make your home feel as though it’s shrinking in size.
The cost of moving is exorbitant: a bigger mortgage; solicitor’s fees; removal costs, to name but a few. Even losing the closeness of your neighbours bears a price. If there was room for an extension, this would answer your problems and save expense and upheaval, maybe when you least want it.
Even with all of the difficulties we experience in life, the standard of living does change and seems to improve. Instead of finding work on your doorstep, the technological world of today may mean you have to relocate – and on more than one occasion. Housing, or lack of it, is then the issue.
Modular Buildings and the Way Ahead.
Advancing technology has also addressed ways of developing a housing system that meets a transient lifestyle. Bricks and mortar are fixed structures: they use the earth’s energy, create carbon emissions, are costly and they take time to build. Modular buildings are now the future.
Take recycled shipping containers. They came into our lives about fifty years ago and, as world trade grew, they were used to transport everything from chocolate to computers and cars. Piling up at the ports, people started using these shipping containers for garden sheds and even underground storage. As the idea caught on, the concept of making accommodation was born. With containers of the same size and with their interlocking devices, these units could be connected sideways or even stacked, making sturdy modular buildings, where use was only restricted by one’s lack of ideas.
A twenty foot shipping container gives the single person ample living space, in which can be incorporated all one’s needs (bathing, sleeping, cooking, living etc.) If the number of occupants increases, so can the living space, simply by adding another container. Today, modular buildings are appearing as work-related buildings (site offices, schools and nursing homes) and as living accommodation, including family homes, student accommodation blocks and hotels.
What’s Special about Modular Buildings?
Modular buildings have a lot of things going for them:-
• They are very sturdy and have been known to withstand winds of up to 283 mph (Hurricane Larry in Queensland, Australia)
• They are rust proof, vermin proof and water proof
• Your accommodation can be increased in size, by adding more modules
• They can be disassembled and moved to another location
• Completion time is more than halved
• There are huge savings on labour.
The list goes on.
We’re not all DIY enthusiasts and, thankfully, there are experts out there who, once planning permission has been given, can create a bespoke home offsite. The individual modular units are delivered when they have been fitted with windows and doors, eco-friendly energy systems, insulation or whatever you have requested. Described as ‘plug and play’, moving in seems to be all you have to do.
Life is unpredictable but, with accommodation that can weather the storm with you, things seem to have just got a whole lot better.