Are you ready to be different than everyone else? Are you wanting to build something out of a box? If you are saying yes to both questions, shipping containers may be a route for you! ISO containers are a great way to build a unique structure that can be within reach of the average person.

Shipping containers were designed for storing and transporting goods. However, there are so many different ways to upcycle steel containers into a wide variety of new structures.

So, what can you REALLY build with a shipping container? The short answer is really - anything! - even if shipping containers are commonly used by business and home owners. Containers provide a scalable building block to create extra storage, retail space, restaurants, homes and so much more. Here is a general list along with images of how containers have been and are continuing to be utilized:  

  • Storage and Sheds. Sure it is the most basic use, but containers are great at storing things.

  • Cabins, guesthouse, tiny homes and vacation/main houses. The hottest trend in the past few years in containers is container architecture.

  • Offices and building extensions. Containers can add in extra space for people too. Containers can fitted out with insulation, electricity and desks easily.

  • Fire training stations. Containers can be burned again and again! As long as you replace that wood floor with something that doesn’t burn. We have all sorts of ideas on how to change the space to keep your team on their toes.

  • Saunas, pools and pool houses. Who doesn’t want one of these?!

  • Food trucks, restaurants and bars. Containers make everything more fun!

  • Portable toilets. Ground-level entry that can be moved to wherever you need them. And everyone will be happy they’re not a port-a-potty.

  • Retail shops and malls. Downtown Container Park in Las Vegas is a perfect example of how to take a great, creative idea and make it a reality.

Food trucks take over Toronto

Food trucks take over Toronto

Las Vegas , here we come!

Las Vegas, here we come!

  • Bistros and coffee shops. Starbucks has been running with this idea for a few years, but there are so many more takes on getting caffeine to those in need.

  • Student housing facilities and schools. The most classic example of this is TempoHousing in Amsterdam.

  • Emergency hospitals/disaster shelters. Containers can be moved around quickly and easily, making them a choice for quick response. The real hold-up here has been finding the way to create government-approved solutions that can be made where they are needed and at the right price point.

  • Nurseries and indoor gardens. This is such a great, sustainable way for locally grown food just about anywhere. Check out how they do it in Antarctica, Las Vegas and just about anywhere you can set down a container.

To find the right container for you, just contact us directly at 877-374-5452. We’d be happy to help make your vision a reality!

We often talk about how great containers are for hunting cabins.  They are portable, secure, easy to modify, pretty much everything you could hope for when making your own hunting cabin.  The head of our shop in Minneapolis passes this hunting cabin that is for sale in northern Minnesota whenever going up north.  It's such a great example of what's possible for a nice, safe, easy hunting cabin, we just had to share.

From what we can tell, they started with a one-trip double-door 40' high cube containers.  That is one that has doors on both ends. The beauty of using a container like this is that they could build walls just inside the doorways on both ends.  On those walls, they added windows and a door on one of them.  When the cabin is in use, you simply keep the container doors open.  When it is time to leave, you lock up the doors and the cabin looks like any other container, nothing unusual or inviting for trouble.

They insulated the inside, laid down a nice floor and then created a built-in bunk bed in one end with a dividing wall to section off the bedroom from the rest of the cabin.  In the other half, there is a small kitchenette and living space.  Depending on your land and access to bringing in water and electricity, it would be easy to add in more amenities.  But if not, it can be an easy off the grid cabin as well. 

As a final touch, they camouflaged the container to it is ready blend into the woods. Check out the pictures below.

Whether you're looking to make your own hunting cabin, want us to modify it for you, or some mix in between, containers make a great option for a secure cabin.

 

EDIT: PLEASE NOTE OUR MANUFACTURER OF THESE ROOFS HAS STOPPED MAKING THEM. WE NO LONGER HAVE THEM AVAILABLE.

A common way to get more storage space out of your containers is to line them up parallel to each other with some space between them.  Then install a roof over that space and make even more storage space from just two containers.  This great idea has been around for a long time.  However, our roof kit manufacturer discontinued their roofs a couple of years ago and we've been trying to find a good replacement.  Until now!  One of our trusted vendors is now offering "Container Shelters" (or roofs) that span between either two 20's or two 40's. 

The roof consists of a steel tubing frame and PVC tarping.  The arched structure helps to push rain and snow off of the container.  The frame attaches to the inside lengths of the container to create a covered space between the containers.

Check out these pictures of the roofs.

Here are the specs:

Container Shelter
Cover material: 300gsm PE and 610gsm PVC
Galvanized steel tube frame
Assembly size on 20'DV: L6000x W6000x H2000mm,
Assembly size on 40'DV: L12000x W6000x H2000mm,
Any size and design can be customized as per your request
One completed set packed in a steel crate for the shipment.

If you are interested in these, please contact us at 877-374-5452.