Container housing unit clad in wood
Double bed in container building bedroom
Two women watching television in container home lounge
Woman sitting at a table in a container home kitchen-dining room
container house lounge
Bristol Launchpad container apartments exterior
Container apartments interior
container building shower and toilet

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Alternative housing solutions for family members


Teenagers, young adults and disabled or elderly relatives need to lead independent lives, but living outside the family home can be costly. impractical and creates distance between family members. So how can you give them privacy and care for them at the same time?



  • A familiar, tried-and-tested option for growing families and businesses, or retired people looking to release equity
  • Moving is costly and disruptive and could be postponed if other options are taken up

Extensions and adaptations to existing dwellings or premises

  • Increases the value of the estate and custom-designed to provide a permanent new space for a relative
  • Not always feasible and can be expensive, disruptive and needing planning permission

Garden buildings

  • Attractive option for homes with large gardens and planning permission is not usually required
  • Requires maintenance and may require special insulation for permanent use

Private rental accommodation

  • Private, independent living without having to secure a mortgage
  • High rental costs, leases not always extendable and limited options for customising interiors and accessible adaptations

Mobile homes/chalets

  • Good temporary option for individuals, with excellent amenities on permanent sites, but not the best solution for vulnerable family members
  • Exposed to wear and tear and weather damage; high service costs and restrictions on park sites – eg: can only be occupied for 11 months of the year

Retirement/nursing homes

  • Good retirement homes provide independent living and transition into nursing care when needed
  • Very expensive and insufficient supply to meet demand; separates older relatives from family and friends

Converted shipping containers

  • Designed for cargo, not for people – have to be substantially adapted to provide permanent dwelling
  • Self-build, on-site projects vulnerable to weather and site conditions

MAC purpose-built container homes: the automatic choice

  • Designed, specified and built entirely off-site
  • Custom-built: you decide on the layout, fixtures, fittings, décor and access and security systems, according to your budget. Personalising your space
  • Fixed price: variety of layouts and sizes. Check our current prices and sizes for temporary dwellings and permanent 3 bedroom homes compliant with building regulations.
  • Delivered and installed in 12 weeks, anywhere in the UK, ready to move into. Delivery options
  • Planning permission not usually required, except for protected buildings and landscape
  • No site preparation required