If you’ve already got a storage container on your property, or you’re thinking about getting one, why not add a rooftop patio? Whether the container has been modified or is still in its original form, adding a rooftop patio is a fairly easy week-end project.
Once you’re finished, and have proper railings installed for safety, the rooftop of your storage container can be a perfect space for relaxing with an elevated view, an outdoor barbecue and dining space, or even a space for yoga.
If mosquitos are a problem in your area, you can screen in the entire space or simply install a store-bought screen gazebo on the wooden deck flooring that you’ve installed atop your storage container.
Building the rooftop patio, is basically the same as building a deck, except that you don’t need cement footers or foundation posts. Instead, you simply bolt the floor frame directly to the container using a weatherproof caulk and rubber gaskets to maintain the integrity of the roof below.
The roof and walls of the storage container are made of eight-gauge steel, corrugated for extra strength. That’s more than strong enough for a rooftop patio consisting of wooden flooring and solid railings.
In the following video, you’ll see an example of a DIY rooftop lounge built atop a storage container workshop. Of course, these guys didn’t exactly plan well when they had their buddy drop off his old storage container in the front driveway, but that’s a problem that won’t happen with a professional storage container supplier like Aztec Containers.
If these guys can do it, so can you. Although they used a ladder for access, there’s no reason you can’t build a sturdy set of stairs that make it easy access. If you’re creative, you might even install a small pulley lift system for hoisting an ice cooler full of your beverage of choice. Unlike the two brothers shown in the video who are seen spilling what looks like beer several times during the building project, we definitely recommend waiting until the project is complete, and safety railings are in place before rewarding yourself with a cold one.
Railings should be up to local building code requirements for second floor balcony railings, and should be properly attached to the structure so that they won’t break if someone should stumble into them. Even though you’re starting with a shipping container as the base, use professional building standards to ensure that your rooftop get-away is a safe retreat.