Location is surveyed to ensure a strong foundation can be implemented. Based on geographical area a couple options are available. A flat concrete block makes the most sense for Ontario living conditions but pillars are also an option if the site allows.
Upon construction approval based on the plans the customer has selected or designed, initial cutting, welding and reinforcing begins off-site at GLM warehouse. This includes frames for any doors, windows, heating and plumbing etc.
Containers are then transported to customer site. After being precisely placed and fastened at the corners, the containers are carefully welded to the concrete slab or placed on pillars.
Once containers are in place the roof is then installed. GLM pre-approved drawings include a slanted roof to reduce water build up. Solar panels are also an option upon customer request. Another option is a finished deck complete with stairs and railings, also upon customer approval in design process.
Windows and exterior doors are then installed into their pre-measured openings. After installation they are framed with steel sections for reinforcement.
The sixth step is insulation. To regulate temperatures a closed-cell foam layer is applied to the outer walls of the containers. This saves space on the inside to either be left as is for the industrial look or addition drywalling based on customer preference. Ceramic based paints are used not only because it applies easily on the shipping containers but also prevents mildew and rust from forming.
The next step is plumbing and electrical. Customers will be responsible for providing their own installation on-site. All cuts and placements are pre-approved and agreed upon before the transportation stage.
The final stage is the flooring. Old plywood in containers are replaced, options are offered and agreed upon with the customer early on.