We live in Brooklyn, NY in a neighborhood of small houses. The property is not quite 20’ wide. When our rusted garage had to be taken down, both Stuart and I knew that we wanted to replace it with a steel container. Many great advantages: secure storage, flat roof (I’ll get to that again), sleek dimensions and the fact that it would just be so cool to have a container. We rejected the ones from the big-box stores. We researched used shipping containers, but quickly realized that there would not be any way it could be delivered. The space between the houses was too narrow for the width of the container and the one-way street was too narrow for the truck to make the turn to back it onto our property. We considered booming it over the fence, but thought that was a bit over-the-top, so to say. More research led us to flat-pack steel containers, but wanted to check them out before committing to buy one.
We were quite excited to find the BOS Container USA had an area code in Westchester, NY, which is an easy drive from Brooklyn. While they are no longer located in NY, our contact, Kari Honkaniemi, CEO for BOS USA, directed every detail of the purchase… and more. He arranged for us to inspect a BOS container on a construction site in lower Manhattan. The burly foreman with an Irish lilt met Stu at the gate and asked him if he was the one that wanted to see “the shanty”. While we didn’t need to move our container around our property by chains and cranes the way they did on the site, the container was perfect in size and build. Kari then arranged for Stu to check out a used container for sale in Perth Amboy, NJ. When that one didn’t work out, he arranged for us to get another one that was stored in a warehouse in Newark. Stu and our son’s friend Joshua rented a truck, picked up the flat-pack in NJ and then dollied the individual pieces from the truck into the backyard. And when Kari made arrangements during a short trip to NYC to come to Brooklyn to help put up the container, we knew we had a winner. Kari, Stu and I erected the container in under an hour and spent the rest of the morning pleasantly chatting over bagels and whitefish salad, which are a Brooklyn staple.
The container now sits proudly in the yard and stores garden tools and outdoor furniture. We put in a bench for repotting plants and doing other odd jobs. AND we’re making plans to build a roof-top garden on the flat roof. Given the density of housing here, a garden on an elevated roof will get more sun… which was the dream all along for having a container.
Thank you, Kari and BOS Container USA.
We’re thrilled with having our own steel “shanty” for storage and to expand our vegetable garden !
*Miriam and Stu
Brooklyn, New York