Custom Shipping Containers: 4 Creative Modification Ideas

Each year, about 247 million tons of cargo moves through the Port of Houston. The vast majority of it travels in shipping containers. Many of these containers, get emptied and reloaded for another trip across the ocean. But for other containers, this is their last voyage and they end up staying in Houston.

This large influx of containers has resulted in people getting creative with this surplus raw material. We’ve all seen custom shipping containers turned into homes, swimming pools, bars, coffee shops, and storage units. With that in mind, here are a few more creative modification ideas for shipping containers. 

1. Custom Paint Job

One of the most commonly overlooked features of modified shipping containers is the paint. Sea shipping containers come in a wide variety of colors, but that paint does more than just look pretty. The paint is there to protect the metal from corrosion. 

If you’re modifying a container, this is your chance to give your container a custom paint job. Not only will this help protect your container, but it will also brand the container. 

You could paint it a bold color for visibility. Or paint it your company’s colors for it to remain on-brand. Or you could have an artist create a completely custom mural across the side. 

2. Stadium Seating Conversion 

Do you need extra seating for your local stadium or field? Shipping container modifications are an affordable and easy way to create stadium seating. Not only is the metal durable, but the seating will be more secure and stable than many other stadium seating options on the market. 

You could even have it include a roof. This will shade people on sunny days and protect them from rain. 

3. Container Generator Covers 

Larger commercial buildings have several HVAC units or generators. These are a hefty investment and require routine maintenance and care to ensure their longevity. One way to extend their life even longer is to protect these units from the sun’s harmful UV rays and weather elements. 

A shipping container is an affordable way to create a custom cover. Containers are large enough to cover these commercial units while also being durable and modifiable. You can add venting for airflow. You can also add removable panels for easy access. This will make repairs and maintenance easier. 

4. Unique Door Modifications 

Shipping containers come with double doors at the short end. But these aren’t always functional on the container and may not work for your intended use. If you have an office, then a standard door is a more logical choice. 

Not to worry, you have plenty of options when it comes to the doors for your container. Our team has modified containers to have garage-style roll-up doors, grand French doors, and even sliding glass doors. For some creative options, visit our shipping container modification gallery here

More unique solutions have included a lifting panel that’s held up with the use of struts. When open you have a lovely cover over the entrance and outdoor area. When closed you have a secure and solid wall. 

You can also build smaller doors on hinges. These come in handy when you’re building a service window for a cafe or bar. This lets you modify your container to suit your intended purpose perfectly. 

Start Creating Custom Shipping Containers

When it comes to modifying custom shipping containers, your imagination is the limit. We offer a broad range of shipping containers modification services, to make the process easy. We also welcome your creative ideas and enjoy working on new challenges. 

Our team of container experts have experience working with local Houston and Dallas companies to modify containers for a wide variety of needs. 

Contact our creative team today and let us help you custom modify your shipping container.

How Long Do Container Homes Last?: A Complete Guide

In today’s world, we can’t imagine what it would be like to not have goods shipped worldwide, but this is a fairly new concept in the history of logistics. The modern sea shipping container celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2006.

Over the last sixty years, containers have gone from a novel concept to numbering in the millions. About 1.5 million containers make their way through Port Houston each year. This has led to an excess of inexpensive shipping containers building up in stock yards.

As a result, resourceful and creative people have found many alternative uses for them. Like building sea container homes, offices and shelters. This begs the important question, how long can dwellings made with shipping containers last?

This guide should help provide some answers.    

How Long Do Container Dwellings Last?

The short answer is that it depends. Shipping containers are built to withstand the rough environment of open air sea shipping. They face the sun’s harsh UV rays, bad weather, and salt. This is the prime environment for rust and corrosion. 

Shipping companies will tell you that they use a container for about ten to twelve years before they take them out of rotation. But this doesn’t mean the container is no longer useful, just that it won’t be used for shipping. 

A container that was used in a storage facility can last much longer. These containers aren’t subjected to the same level of abuse as ocean containers and so can easily last 25 to 30 years. 

The lifespan for shipping containers that are used to build houses are even longer because these containers are not only in a friendlier environment but have also been treated and clad as part of the building process. Container homes can easily last well over 50 years with no problem.  

If you plan to build a container home, the first thing you should do is buy your containers from a reputable source. They will be able to guide you through the process so that you buy the right container(s) for your needs. 

You should also work with a reputable container modification service. They will properly clean and treat any rust areas on your container before making the appropiate modifications. This will protect your container from further corrosion. They can also paint your container to protect it even more. 

Expert Modification 

How your containers get modified will affect their lifespan. While they’re overengineered and can withstand a large number of cutouts, there is a tipping point. It takes an expert modification team to know where that tipping point is, in-order to ensure your modified container retains its structural integrity after customization. 

Build a Texas Container Home That Lasts

Now that you understand the answer to how long container homes can last, you’re ready to start planning your container modifications in Houston. By working with an experienced container modification company, you can be confident that you’ll get the most out of project. 

Contact our team of container experts today, and let us help you create a container mod that lasts!  

How Much Do Used Shipping Containers Cost? A Steel Containers Guide

Shipping containers are a huge trend. Whether for investing, for storing cargo, or even for establishing a home or a place of business. Demand for purchasing shipping containers has risen. And no doubt, if you’re reading this, you also want to get your hands on one.

You’re looking for a high-quality shipping container. You want to make sure you get the best product available.

Luckily, you don’t need to purchase new shipping containers for any of those needs. Buying used shipping containers can be just as high quality without having to break the bank. 

So the question is: How much do used shipping containers cost?

The price varies based on the product and here’s a quick guide to reference when making your purchase.

How Much Do Used Shipping Containers Cost?

When buying used shipping containers, you must first consider your needs before looking at the cost. 

Make sure you figure out the size of the shipping container before choosing. After you’ve determined the purpose of the container, you’ll have an idea of what the dimensions should be. Most likely, you’re using the container for cargo; the more cargo you possess, the larger dimensions you’ll need.

Once you’ve determined the size, you can now look at the cost.

Prices can always vary, but generally speaking, here are the price ranges to expect for used shipping containers:

  • 20 Feet = $2,100 (estimated) …contact supplier for actual prices based on condition
  • 40 Feet = $2,850 (estimated) …contact supplier for actual prices based on condition 

For particular modifications, the price will naturally vary. But generally speaking, a used shipping container should not exceed $4,000. 

Make sure you don’t go cheap on a used container. It may be tempting to purchase one under $1,000. But if a container is that cheap, it’s probably not of high quality and has hidden faults. 

But Wait! Make Sure You Know This First…

The prices above may seem appealing and cheaper than what you expected. But remember that you want to make sure the used shipping containers are also of high quality. Here’s what you need to look for when buying used shipping containers.

(Possible) Refurbishing

While we want to push you to get a high-quality used shipping container, there may always be the possibility that some sort of refurbishment will be required. This may include repainting the container or making minor repairs.

Weight A Minute!

Regardless of what’ll be stored in your shipping container, you’ll want to make sure the container can carry the weight of your cargo. When purchasing your used shipping container, inquire about the load of cargo that it can hold. You’ll have to calculate the weight of the cargo you plan to store to make sure it’s the right fit.

NOT a Sea Container

You may accidentally be looking at a sea container instead of a shipping container. The former is used for freight and can travel over sea or land. But a shipping container is used primarily for construction and is the better option for storing cargo. 

We’re Here to Help

So now that you know how much used shipping containers should cost and what to look for, you’re ready to look for one.

Equipment Management Services provides some of the best shipping containers for the Houston and Dallas areas. You can contact us to inquire about purchasing your shipping container and/or also get your container modified.

You can also find directions to our Houston office and our Dallas office. We hope to see you soon!

What Are the Different Types of Container Sizes?

The modern shipping container has been around since 1955. Malcolm P. McLean’s company started using the same truck trailers to move goods on both the highway and the sea. 

While the concept hasn’t changed much since then, the design options of the containers have changed. Now, you can find shipping containers in an array of sizes and designs. 

The trouble is, there are so many configurations that it’s tough to know which one is right for your needs. Read on to learn about your options for container sizes as well as the different types of containers.  

Common Shipping Container Sizes

The majority of shipping containers are 8 feet wide, so the height and length is what really separates them. 

The standard height for containers is 8.5 feet. But, high cube containers, which are 9.5 feet tall, are also considered standard.

The most common lengths for shipping containers are 20 and 40 feet long, so these are considered standard sizes. In fact, cargo ships are measured in TEUs, or twenty-foot equivalent units. The 20-foot container is so common it’s considered the base unit of measurement.  

You can also get containers in different lengths like 8, 10, 30, 48, and 53 feet. You can also get modified containers built to your specific dimensions, so the possibilities are endless. 

If you plan to use your container for highway transportation, you need to check the laws for your region before you buy a shipping container

There’s actually no federal length limit for truck tractor semi trailers, but there is a minimum length requirement. The minimum length requirement is different in every state, and ranges from 48 to 59 feet.  

Types of Shipping Containers

Standard dry containers are the most common type since they can handle most goods and cargo. 

Insulated and refrigerated containers have insulation in their walls which is why they’re great for produce, dairy, or meat. These two types of containers are both insulated except refrigerated units have a condenser that lets you control the temperature.  

High cubes are great for lightweight cargo because you can store more without adding any length. They’re also great for home or office conversions since there’s more head room for insulation or lighting.

Tunnel and side open containers have different door placements for easier access to the cargo. Tunnel containers have doors at both ends and side open containers have doors on the long side of the trailer. 

Open top containers don’t have a metal top, but you can cover them with a tarp. If you need to store or transport tall items, open top containers can help. 

Purchase Your Shipping Container Today

With such a wide range of container sizes and types, there’s a shipping container for practically every need. 

Whether you need a shipping container to transport your products or you need one for storage, Equipment Management Services can help. We offer new, used, and custom containers to clients near our Houston/Dallas locations and also all across the country, if feasible. 

To learn more about the shipping containers we offer, contact us today. 

Tips for Buying & Building Your Texas Shipping Container Home or Office

Tiny home living is an increasingly popular lifestyle that adheres to the basic rules of minimalism. When it comes to using Texas shipping containers for your tiny home or container office, you could be repurposing excess used materials, which has the added benefits of a positive effect on the environment

However, regardless of whether your goal is to save the environment or simply save some money, using a Texas shipping container can accomplish both. But before you get started on your home or office build, there are a few things you should keep in mind. 

Keep reading for tips on buying and building a Texas shipping container home or office.

1. Create a List of Priorities

First, you need to come up with a general plan. What do you want to do with your shipping container? If you’re planning on using it to build a home or office, you need to make a list of priorities.

For example, how big do you want your shipping container to be? Are you buying one or several? What type of amenities and luxuries do you want your shipping container to have?

Finally, you need to determine if your neighborhood allows for shipping container homes and offices, or if you need to find a new location.

2. Figure Out Your Budget

Once you have a basic idea of what you want, you need to determine how much you want to spend on the project. Many people look to shipping containers for homes and offices because using these as building materials can save them tons of money in the long run. If you’re taking out a loan to finance the build, you need to get pre-approved first, so you don’t waste your time designing a building, only to have your loan application denied.

Depending on your budget, you may or may not be able to get everything you want out of the build. Make sure to keep your priorities in mind from step one if there comes a time when you need to compromise.

3. Find the Right Texas Shipping Container Specialists

Now that you know how much money you have to work with, it’s time to start looking for the best shipping container specialists in your area. Look for a supplier with the best prices and the highest quality of containers. Ideally, the company should also have a large inventory of containers in stock. 

For example, Equipment Management Services in Texas,  has a wide selection of new and used shipping containers in various sizes. 

4. Work With Your Team to Come up With a Design Plan

Once you’ve chosen a Texas shipping container company to work with, it’s time to start the official planning process. Let us know what you want and we can modify your container as needed. Basically, if you can imagine it, we can build it.

We’ll also help you find the right shipping container(s) for your needs. If your home design includes multiple containers, air conditioning, or even a container designated for a garage, we can help. We will work with you to help your budget meet your design plans.

Looking to Buy a Texas Shipping Container?

Are you located in Texas and looking for a Top rated Texas shipping container supplier for your next home or office? If so, you’ve come to the right place. Feel free to contacts us for a quote on your project.

Amazing Shipping Container Bar Conversions

Most shipping containers accumulate as waste once they’ve fulfilled their original purpose. Fortunately, more business owners are thinking out of the box- literally!

Where diners and drive-ins once thrived, shipping container restaurant conversions are taking over one by one. Below are some of our favorite picks for shipping container’s that are converted into restaurants and bars. 

Powder Keg

Powder Keg combines everything people love about the outdoors- booze, pets, and rec areas! They feature a long modified shipping container as their outside bar. The modified container is, of course, the concept behind the name powder keg itself. Pumping out great food and drinks for all its hungry and thirsty patrons.

Also,  guests can look forward to ordering from numerous food trucks during much of the outdoor season. Customers can also enjoy patio games and party vibes under the spread of twinkling lights all the way to midnight. 

The Powder Keg’s unique look and functional container design is made possible by Equipment Management Services Container Modification services based in Houston Texas

Container Bar

If you want to see one of the most popular shipping container bars in Texas, you might want to make your way down to Rainey Street. Bridget Dunlap, who has designed a number of appealing bars, designed Container Bar with local patrons in mind. Shipping containers like this one highlight the best in creativity and resourcefulness. This bar used shipping container modification services to stack seven different shipping containers together.

Container Bar takes green businesses to new heights. The minimalist look and turnkey concept appeals to customers seeking a similar lifestyle.

Once you’re inside, you’ll feel like you are in a chic restaurant, not used shipping containers.

The bar includes a number of cubbies for patrons to enjoy a drink and relax. There are a number of private rooms featuring retro seating, comfy couches, and funky feature walls.

The Pod 

The Pod in San Antonio Texas takes custom container design beyond words. Dining out becomes a novel experience, not just a way to get food.

The custom cooking space utilizes several shipping containers covered in bright coats of paint. They opened with great success a few years back and have since renovated their space to meet the needs of their growing fan base!

The Pod includes a sports bar on the second floor, several outdoor patios from repurposed wood, and a playing field with impressive square footage.

Taco Bell Container Restaurant 

Taco Bell first utilized a shipping container at a film and music festival in Austin, several years ago. The chain introduced classic menu items sold food truck-style from the shipping container. The container opened up on all sides to reveal a fastfood restaurant. 

Now there is a permanent shipping container-based Taco Bell in South Gate California. This place was such a hit, it inspired other fast food chains to seek out restaurants build out of shipping containers. Like Starbucks, who later unveiled a drive-thru shipping container coffee shop. 

Bite-Sized Designs for New Shipping Container Restaurants

Whether you are looking into opening a shipping container restaurant or bar, you will need a space that inspires and delights potential customers.

EMS offers fully customized shipping containers for sale with affordable options and minimal retrofitting needed.

Contact us for a quote on new or used shipping containers to jumpstart your next foodie venture!

7 Must-Have Container Home Design Tips

Shipping containers are great for many things – like transporting large objects and long-term storage, but also for constructing beautiful buildings! This use of shipping containers used to be their lesser-known function, but in recent years, more and more shipping containers have been turned into bars, office spaces, and even homes. 

It’s an ingenious design style that’s catching the eye of minimalist homeowners and large families alike. Shipping container homes make the perfect first house, downsizer, or upgrade. Fundamentally, they’re like any house: what you make of it. 

If you’ve got your eyes set on an unique property that could use shipping containers, but you’re not really sure how to make it your own – use these shipping container home guidelines to turn any empty space into your own private oasis.

1. Let Light In 

One of the cornerstones of beautiful interior design is to make use of natural light. With shipping container homes, though, more light is not just something pretty but very essential. 

Natural light in such a setting opens up the limited space afforded by a boxy container. It will tend to make each room look and feel a bit bigger than it actually is, and also help tie all the different rooms (or, containers) together. 

2. Create an Open Floor Plan 

Speaking of bringing all the pieces of your home together, how much thought have you given to the actual floor plan? The layout you’re looking for plays a significant difference in how many shipping containers you’ll need, not to mention how big and sturdy each one should be. 

An open floor plan will help you combine all the containers together as your home comes to life. It makes it easier to determine how each one will fit with another. Just be sure you’ve got plenty of load-bearing walls supporting your open spaces. You may need to invest in a few supporting steel beams as you cut down on the amount of closed areas in your home. 

3. Focus on Form and Function 

As you’re designing your shipping container house, you have to think just as much about function as you do about form. The size of your space and the walls that will support it are just one of the many things to consider. 

Additional factors include:

  • insulation 
  • ceiling height 
  • strong winds and any other intense weather

Heating and cooling in a shipping container home don’t really work the same as they do in standard homes. Make sure you have an insulation plan for the floors and keep in mind that this could take up to a foot off the total height of your indoor area. If you’re a fan of high ceilings, invest in taller containers to begin with. That way, you get the best of both worlds.

No matter the height, though, if you live in an area with strong winds, your shipping container home will be prone to noise as winds hit the exterior walls. This is manageable with some sort of exterior windbreaker or smart positioning. 

4. Utilize Natural Elements 

Once you’ve decided what to do about natural elements like strong winds or extreme temperatures, shift your focus to the natural touches you’d like to bring inside the house. 

Indoor plants can make your space feel much cozier and welcoming. Large plants are great for open areas or to make use of an empty corner, while small plants are nice accents on shelves and countertops. Either way, make sure you place a few around the house; it’s such an easy way to brighten your space!

5. Play with Texture and Dimension 

One of the fun parts about buying plants is figuring out what kind of pot to place them in. You can go with the classic terra cotta, a sleek and simple modern pot, or something handmade with a boho-chic feel.

Or, try mixing and matching a few different designs to come up with something entirely your own. In fact, apply this principle throughout your shipping container home’s design!

Part of making a house a home is putting your personality in every room. This isn’t something that can be easily expressed, so your home shouldn’t feel cookie-cutter or too simple. Have fun with the design process. Take chances on a few pieces that you wouldn’t normally buy and blend those with your favorite go-to’s – you’ll be surprised how breathtaking the end result can be. 

6. Know Your Go-to Design Style 

While it is fun to mix and match when designing a home, it’s also good to have one theme that centers every room. Your go-to design style shouldn’t define every little thing that goes into your shipping container home, but it should keep you from creating an over-the-top design. 

Pick out colors and materials that match your style – like iron and navy for a modern home or exposed brick and copper for an industrial one. Whatever your main design style is, represent that in each room then mix it up with influences from other approaches to design.

7. Invest in Statement Pieces 

Just as you see the design of your shipping container home coming together, take a step back and look around. What stands out to you when you walk in? What grabs your attention when you go from room to room? 

If you’re having trouble finding those focal points, you’re lacking statement pieces. These are the things that really make a home unique, and they’re often the most timeless pieces, too. So if you find an accent chair you love or a mirror you need to have, make the investment and then find the perfect place to put it in your home.

Shipping Container Home Design Made Simple

At the end of the day, shipping container home design is just like the way any other home comes together. It all happens one room at a time, and the best way to figure it all out is to put your heart into it. Only go with a design that feels right to you, regardless of what’s trendy or what the “rules” of a certain style are. 

The only rule that matters is that you feel at home whenever you walk in the door of your home. Things like natural light, the right floorplan, and unique statement pieces just help make that happen. 

For more tips and tricks to turn a shipping container into your own space, click here.

Shipping Container Modification: The Double Lives of Shipping Containers

Recently a man made headlines in Houston for creating a three-story home out of 11 shipping containers. While this home is the most extensive container home we’ve seen, it isn’t the most creative use. 

Shipping containers can be used for so much more. How about heading out to Round Top Texas for a few nights in a container hotel? Or check out the hottest pop-up bar, located in a container. 

Check out all of these creative uses for shipping containers. 

Flophouse Hotel 

This hotel features six containers that you can book for your stay. Outside of each “houze” are a hammock, fire pit, and comfy chairs to relax and enjoy your time in Round Top. 

Each container features recycled and salvaged building materials from across the country. The decor is artfully created with vintage fabrics, art, and carefully sourced fixtures. 

If there’s a piece of decor you love in your container, make an offer! Everything is available for purchase at the right price. 

Swimming Pool 

Instead of building a traditional in-ground pool, you can use a shipping container. You can place it below ground level, leave it above ground, or a combination of both. 

For the most affordable option, you can leave the container close to the original setup. However you can give your container pool some style by adding a window. This gives your pool a more modern look. 

Pop up Shop 

By now, you’ve probably heard about a pop-up retail shop or bar coming to your city. These temporary shops have grown in popularity as more businesses become averse to committing to long term expensive leases. 

You, too, can use a shipping container to create a temporary retail space. You can use this opportunity to generate buzz and increase your exposure and reach. 

It also allows you to stay mobile with your brand as you can move the container from one city to another. This will enable you to maximize your investment. You can also use it to test new markets for the possibility of a permanent store. 

Offices 

You can create an entire office from shipping containers. You could have everything contained in one unit to keep things mobile. Or you could make the structure permanent. 

Having prefabricated containers will reduce your construction costs. Modify your containers so that they have windows and doors. You can even have air conditioning installed. 

Spa or Sauna

Wouldn’t it be great if you could head to your private spa after a tough day at work or the gym? With a few modifications, you can create your own mini spa space.  

Get Creative with Your Shipping Containers

Shipping containers are for so much more than ocean freight shipping. These days, you can use a shipping container in several building projects. 

You could follow the conventional route and build a home with them. But wouldn’t it be even better with a container pool attached to it?  Or you could create a pop-up shop or office for your brick and mortar business. 

Contact our team today and let us help you modify a shipping container for your next project. 

Container Garage Modification by EMS

7 Step Guide to a Successful Shipping Container Garage Conversion

Looking to do add a garage onto your home but don’t want to drop a lot of cash? What if we told you there’s an affordable solution that can cost much less.  Shipping containers are a trendy, Eco-conscious way to add more room on to your home without breaking your budget. There are tons of things you can build with shipping containers, but we’re going to focus on one area of your home — the garage.

Building your dream garage doesn’t have to be difficult — or expensive. It’s easy when you follow our seven steps to creating an incredible shipping container garage.

1. Choose Your Container Size

Some of the largest cargo ships are built to hold up to 20 million containers. It’s safe to say your container choices are far more diverse than you think. The space you have available is going to affect the size of the container you’re going to get. You’ll have to consider the size and number of vehicles you want to store, too. Regarding size, standard containers are often 20 or 40 ft. Beyond that, you can find containers as big as 45 ft and as small as 10 ft.

Got a big SUV or roof racks on top of your car ? Look for a taller shipping container.

2. Choose Your Container Type

Container size is determined by the size of your lot and the number of vehicles you need to store. The type of container you get is more determined by your budget. Containers that are a little dinged and dented with a little rust will obviously be cheaper. If you’re not looking for a project or want a container that’s ready to go, try a one trip container. A one trip container was never part of a cargo operation. They’re in much better condition because they only made one trip — from China to the US.

3. Shipping Container Garage Style

Another thing to consider when building a storage container garage: what style are you going to build? Here’s where you can be as creative as your budget and space allow you to be!

Here’s a few ideas to get you started:

  • Got a compact car? One container might be enough for a neat and tidy one car garage.
  • Place two containers on each side and put a roof between them. You’ll have plenty of space to store multiple cars plus storage on the side.
  • Stack multiple containers like building blocks around your car storage space. You can create various workshops and storage from all of the containers.

Once you get started, you’ll realize how fun it is to build with shipping containers. Play around with your design until you get it exactly as you want it.

4. Prepare Your Land

Now that you know how you want your garage to look, it’s time to get down to the nitty-gritty. You can’t just drop a few containers and call it a day; there’s a process you have to follow.

First, reach out to your local government to see if you need any permits to build a container garage. You don’t want your project derailed by paperwork.

Once you’ve got the all clear, you have to prep your land. Here’s how:

  • Measure and mark the area you want to use for your garage
  • Clear the area of any plants and debris
  • Lay a basic foundation, like a concrete slab or steel pipe footing foundation

Now you’re ready to bring in the containers and build your garage.

5. Container Garage Basics

Your foundation is laid, and you’re ready to place your containers. There are some basics to consider at this point of your build. First off, if you plan on parking your car in the container, it’s best to position it with the opening facing the driveway. If you’re using the containers for storage, consider pointing the openings towards your house so you can keep an eye on them. Second, if you chose a used container, you might have to do some upkeep. Painting, rust removal and prevention, taking care of dents and scrapes, etc. are all things to consider before you move in.

Containers are easy to build with and durable, so they won’t need much to get started. Just a little bit of work makes it all worth it.

6. Upgrade Your Shipping Container

Most home garages have basics build in that we don’t think about. With a shipping container, you have a bare canvas that you can make into whatever space you like.

Here are a few options to consider:

  • Add insulation to your garage if you’re using your containers not just for your car but for storage too
  • Add electrical drops if you want to use the container as a work space
  • Consider air flow and add a few windows if you’re going to be doing projects inside the containers

These are basic upgrades that make a big difference. Think about how you’re using your space and what you need to be comfortable.

7. Beyond the Basics

You’ve got your container garage set up the way you want it. If you want to tinker even more, here are more ideas for ways to improve your dream garage:

  • Add security, like cameras or motion detectors, especially if you keep expensive equipment in your garage
  • A de-humidifier keeps dampness at bay and extends the life of your car and items in storage
  • Install shelving and a work bench to make it your ultimate work-space
  • Add windows to open up the space
  • Lay down flooring or a ramp to make getting in and out easier
  • Need more ventilation? Put in a fan
  • If you change oil, paint, or need a place for runoff to flow, put a drain in the floor

With the money you save by using a shipping container to build your garage, you’ll be able to afford a lot of great upgrades!

Build More with Shipping Containers

Creating the shipping container garage of your dreams is easier and more affordable than ever before. Once you build your garage, you’ll start wondering what else you can do with shipping containers!

We’ve got tons of different containers to choose from and can help with modifications, too. Check out all of your options and build your dream garage today!

STEEL CONTAINERS: Modifying Your Sustainable Container Home

You are concerned with the future of climate change just like millions of others. You know you alone aren’t going to change the world. Still, you feel it’s your obligation to reduce your carbon footprint and have as little a negative impact as possible on the environment.  

How can you live in a way that is more sustainable without sacrificing your unique style and comforts?

A growing trend in this direction is building a house out of steel containers.

Cost-Effective and Adaptable

Using steel containers as building materials has a great many benefits. They are customizable and flexible. Considering these containers were initially built for shipping purposes, they are, of course, transportable. 

Building with shipping containers is also one of the most affordable ways to build a new home. In fact, the current national average to build a new home is nearly $300,000–about $150 per square foot. By choosing to build with shipping containers, you can easily cut your construction cost by more than HALF. It’s estimated by designer and cargo container expert, Adam Kalkin, that a container home cost per square foot usually falls in between the $73-$90 range. 

However, one of the things that people find most attractive about this home building option is its eco-friendly nature. It’s this that we are going to focus on here.

Steel Containers: A Sustainable Home Building Solution 

Do you know what the most recycled material in the entire world is? You’ve probably guessed it already–steel

In North America alone, more than 80 million tons of steel is recycled each year. With the average weight of a 40-foot steel container used for shipping is around 8,250 pounds, that 80 million tons of yearly recycled steel would amount to 19,400,000 of such containers. 

Not only are the containers themselves eco-friendly in nature, but the many custom options they allow for you to live more sustainably. One such option is the ability to incorporate sustainable lighting into your shipping container home.  

Let’s consider a few ways you can do this while enhancing–rather than compromising–your unique style.

Modify to Incorporate Natural Lighting

You can choose to have your shipping container home modified to include installation of glass entry doors, windows, and skylights. This can turn what once was a dark block of metal into a bright and spacious living space.  

When it comes to these modifications, we offer a variety of different options. For skylights, you can choose between, domed, vented, and flat. For windows and glass entry doors, you can choose what shapes and sizes fit your preferences.

To make your modification ideas a reality, check out our container modifications page and get in touch with us using the information found there. Knowing each build is different because each person’s needs and preferences are different, we want to hear yours. Then we will work with you to come up with the best solution to make your ideas come to life. This way the function and look of your new container home can be exactly as you’d imagined. 

Also, check out how this shipping container building design has incorporated these modifications to maximize natural light usage for their container home. This will help you have a better idea of what is possible in this regard. 

Eco-Friendly Artificial Light Installation 

By choosing the above modifications to incorporate as much natural light as possible into your home, you won’t need artificial lighting during the day (well, most days). This is truly the best way to achieve sustainable, green lighting for your build. 

But for the artificial lighting you will be using, what is the best choice to keep your build as eco-friendly as possible? And how can you do this while keeping a sharp, modern design?  

When it comes to the right type of lighting to achieve this, LED bulbs will be the best choice. 

LED bulbs themselves, especially those that are Energy Star rated, use 75% less energy than the more traditional incandescent type lighting.

In addition to this more obvious benefit is the benefit of heat emission. LED bulbs emit a very small amount of heat. Incandescent and CFL lighting release about 80-90% of their energy as heat (if you’ve ever tried to unscrew an incandescent bulb shortly after turning the light off, you know this all too well). This also means that the risk of fire is further lowered in your container home.

A Big Step Towards Better, Sustainable Living

Lighting is just one way you can customize your container home to increase its eco-friendliness. There are many other methods you can incorporate into your build to maximize its sustainability and minimize your carbon footprint.

Having a home with a flat roof that is always facing the sky will make a perfect place to install solar panels, for example. Another reason a container home is such a great fit for solar panel installation is its durable design. Where some roofs can’t handle the weight of solar panels, homes built from steel containers will have no problem bearing this weight. 

Does living more sustainably appeal to you? Does cutting down on energy costs while still being able to have a more stylish home appeal to you? If so, feel free to get in contact with us. Even if you aren’t sure, please don’t hesitate to direct your questions our way.

As mentioned above, we know your preferences are unique and we want to hear your ideas. From there we can work on a plan to create solutions towards making your eco-friendly container home a bright, stylish, affordable reality.