All About Custom Container Design

Shipping containers are handy in various situations and can serve a wide range of utilities and needs. But what do you do if you can’t find a container that has what you want? Build a custom one, of course! Here are some key facts about custom container design to help you decide if such a modified container is right for you.

Size

The most important aspect of planning your container is the size requirement. Are you looking for storage for tools and equipment or a mobile office for a school or work site? The type of need will greatly affect your size requirements and costs.

Besides the fact that larger containers will be more expensive, you have to figure out how much you’re willing to spend for the size you need. What this means is, are you willing to customize an existing size, or do you want to produce one with the exact dimensions.

Fabricating a modular shipping container structure from scratch can meet your needs more closely. But it’s also more expensive to design and build a custom structure like that from the ground up. On the other hand, customizing around an existing container size can save you money but may also give you a little less than what you wanted.

You’ll have to decide for yourself whether you’re willing to work within existing parameters or want to strike out on your own. This decision will have a big effect on the rest of your customization plans.

Style and Other Needs

Are you looking for storage containers, CONEX containers, pop-up containers, or something else? Different types of containers will have their own challenges and costs associated with them.

In addition, what kind of features do you need in a container? Is this the most basic of boxes to store things, or are you planning on using it as an office or container workspace? You’ll need to plan for things like electricity, plumbing, and other utilities if you want to use it for something besides storage.

This is where talking with expert container consultants will help guide you to the right container purchase for your needs. They can go through your needs and help figure out what kind of custom container setup will best work for you.

And if you’re only interested in renting, that can be accomodated as well. For instance, if you’re only looking for something temporary, a storage container rental might be the best way to go.

New vs. Used

Buying things used can often save you a lot of money. But buying used shipping containers, modular structures, or equipment can also come with their own drawbacks.

Equipment, for example, can lose 20% to 40% of its value within a year of being new. That may be a bummer for the person buying new equipment, if they want to sell it later, but it’s great for bargain hunters!

In a similar sense, buying used containers can save you a good chunk of money. However, choose a used container that is mostly ready for your needs. So once you’re done adding your customizations, its very quickly ready for use!

Keep in mind, there are also some drawbacks to buying used. Your chances increase of hidden damage or the container simply being worn down. While the container may be cheaper, you may also have to replace it sooner.

Overall, there are definitely big benefits to buying used vs buying brand new. If you decide to go used, you can prevent some possible problems down the road by having the container carefully inspected by an expert or by purchasing it through a reputable shipping container company. Whether you need some moving storage containers or something more long-term, a good company can make your purchasing decisions a lot less stressful.

There are plenty of shipping containers for sale in Texas, so feel free to start looking around. You never know what you might find! Even if you live elsewhere, you will  find metal storage containers or other modular structures nearby that fit your needs. If needed, our custom modified containers from Texas can also be shipped to  you.

How Much Modification Do You Need?

There are all sorts of modifications you can add to a container. Whatever your needs, you can almost guarantee that we’ve done it before!

Pretty much anything that goes into a standard home or building can be added to a shipping container. Electricity, plumbing, internet, windows, doors, and air conditioning are some of the many features that can be added to a container, either during construction or during installation.

There are many other modifications that you can do to a container to service practically any business need. You can use a shipping container, modular, or other non-permanent structure for your worksite or business and save a lot on costs!

Need container offices for your new business, a classroom for your school, or a lunchroom for your big company’s food prep? We can modify a shipping container modular structure exactly to how you want it!

The number of container modifications you need will certainly change the cost and the timing required to get one of these modular structures produced. But don’t be afraid to dream big! Whatever you need, it can probably be done.

Plan Your Custom Container Design

So if you’re interested in buying custom containers for your business, storage, or personal needs, get in touch with us! We’d love to help you with your custom container build-out, from concept to production.

Feel free to call us at 1-713-675-4442 or contact us here.

A Brief Overview of Modular Structures and Construction

While not a new phenomenon, modular structures are a growing trend in construction. Many businesses use “modulars” to save both time and money.

What exactly are modular buildings, and how are they different? Here are a few key facts about them, and how they can save your business money.

Overview of Modular Structures

The first question is: what is a modular structure?

A modular structure, sometimes called a modular, is a prefabricated building. The concept has been around for centuries in various forms.

Commercial prefabricated buildings first saw use in the 19th century. Their use skyrocketed after WW2, as the world entered a new era of manufacturing and trade.

Crews assemble modulars in factories before transporting them to their home location. At the final site, workers put the pieces together and complete any fine-tuning work. Sometimes companies finish everything but the final hookups before the building is ever brought to the site.

Modular construction involves teams of workers using specialized equipment in factories. They use strict specifications to ensure that everything is up to standards.

All regular building materials can go into constructing these buildings. There are modular steel structures, as well as concrete and wood modular buildings. Anything that goes into a normal building goes into a modular as well!

Modular structures can serve both temporary and permanent purposes. Temporary modulars often include offices and classrooms for schools or businesses. Some businesses will even rent-out these buildings until they can build permanent structures.

Businesses and homes use permanent modular structures the same way as regular buildings. Odds are, you’ve seen a modular building without even realizing it!

Benefits of Modular Structures

Modular buildings have several benefits over their “traditional” counterparts.

First, modular structures take less time than regular buildings to finish and assemble. When constructing a building onsite, a certain order of events need to take place. Crews need to prepare the area and lay the foundations first, before any construction can even take place.

In a modular building workflow, while the building is assembled in an offsite facility, ground preparations can occur simultaneously. This cuts down on the required time to complete a building. Some studies show it can reduce total construction time between 25 and 50%!

Weather also plays a significant role in building and construction choices. It is important to factor weather into your construction plans. Using modular structures can reduce your need to make your schedule weather-dependent. Since much of the construction takes place in a factory, you need fewer clear days to finish your project.

With all this saved time, modular buildings often cost significantly less money. Assembly lines streamline the manufacturing process, speeding up the timeline significantly. Fewer crew hours mean more savings for your company!

Get In Touch!

Many people buy shipping containers to use as businesses because of how modular and flexible they are.

If you’re interested in finding out more about modular structures, we’d be happy to help! We strive to provide the best knowledge when it comes to prefabricated buildings using shipping container modules.

Contact us, to learn more.

The Best Shipping Container Uses for Businesses and Individuals

Are you attempting to figure out what shipping container could be used for? Both personally and for your business? If so, you’ve come to the right place! We’re going to briefly detail some creative ways to use modified shipping containers. Hopefully helping you kickstart some creative container ideas of your own.

Bistro or Restaurant

Are you looking for a way to make your new restaurant stand out from all the others in your area? The only way to do this is to think outside the box and perhaps use a modified shipping container as the place to house your trendy new restaurant.

Not only is it going to spark people’s interest, but it’s also something that no one is thinking of doing. When you use a shipping container, it gives your restaurant an almost instanteous hip status. Fast forwarding your marketing momentum without much effort.

Create Your Next Home

Have you thought about building your dream home, but don’t know where to start? One durable structure taking the world by storm when it comes to home design is using a shipping container to build your home. The options you have when using shipping containers are endless because they come in so many shapes and sizes. All you’ve got to do is find a builder that knows how to work with the material and create the dream home design you want.

Before you know it, you’ll have created a home thats is cost effective, eco-friendly, mobile and unique.

Office Space

64% of all workers are now working from home. Oftentimes within your home, there’s simply not enough space for all your work related items. This is especially true for people who have transitioned from working inside an office building to working at home during this pandemic. In that case, using a shipping container office is the solution. You can place that container anywhere where there is space available, like the backyard or even your driveway. Assuming its allowed by local laws of course.

Easily creating a distraction free office workspace that you will love.

Urgent Care Services

Here’s a great idea and a game changer in the medical industry. Many people globally don’t having the transportation to make it to hospitals or other emergency services; what better way to help the community than to bring medical resources to them. We aren’t talking about having a full-blown hospital in a shipping container, but it’s useful to have basic supplies and services that people can easily access.

This can help in reaching people who are in dire need for healthcare, such as those in improverished population areas or during times of disasters.

Shipping Container Uses: Things You Never Imagined

The ideas above are just a small sampling of the possibilities available when it comes to shipping container mods. Whether you’re looking to build a dream home or expand your community outreach, there are just so many ways both you and your business can utilize re-purposed shipping containers.

Are you ready to find the shipping container that’s right for you? If so, contact Equipment Management Services and let them help you bring your custom shipping container project to life.

Shipping Container Workspaces: The Future of Business Mobility

If you are working as a project manager or site manager for a construction site, then you know that you need a clean, quiet space to work in. A place where you can collect your thoughts, especially with all the noise and co-ordinated chaos of a construction site.  Working at a makeshift desk in the open outdoors with drilling and banging isn’t ideal for formulating big ideas or organizing huge projects. In this case, you need to start looking at shipping container workspaces.

Not familiar with how they would fit into your jobsite? Read on to see why they are the future of business, and how a container workspace can transform your workday at the site.

Repurpose Shipping Containers to Become Mobile Workspaces

The great thing about a shipping container office is that it is mobile. If you’re a project manager who’s going to need an office for a couple of months at one site, and then you need to move over to another site, this is the ultimate solution. Not only are shipping container workspaces easy to move around, but because they are modified off-site, they are basically a drop-and-go office solution.

You can get them built to your specifications, and then get them dropped off wherever you need them. They have such a compact footprint,they can easily fit anywhere within most job sites.

They Look Professional and Are Simple to Modify

Let’s be serious here. You know you aren’t going to get a state-of-the-art office in a dirty, noisy construction site. But with modified shipping containers you can get something quite professional and aesthetically pleasing.

If you have investors or special guests coming to the work site all day long, then you need a space to invite them into that will be cozy and welcoming. You can’t be handing out cups of coffee to a guest with a giant drill bit buzzing nearby and dust flying everywhere.  It’s the best first and last impression you can make.

Another thing about a shipping container workspace is how easy it is to modify the interior, even after the fact. It’s relatively simple to add a built-in bookshelve or an extra desk area for an assistant, as your office needs grow.

Gives You the Privacy and Quiet You Deserve

It’s also quiet and private, so you can hold important meetings or calls inside the container workspace without issues. You won’t have to worry about getting interrupted incessantly by other employees. You can close your container workspace door, breathe a sigh of relief, and do your work in peace. Now doesn’t that sound like workplace heaven?

Shipping Container Workspaces Are the Wave of the Future

Permanence isn’t such an important paradigm anymore, especially with remote work becoming more common. That’s why shipping container workspaces will become ubiquitous in the very near future. Finding its way into backyards, jobsites and shopping malls everywhere.

Want to get on top of that trend now? Contact Equipment Management Services today to see how you can get your own container workspace.

What to Build With Shipping Containers

If you’re looking to build something durable, unique, and affordable, look no further than structures crafted from shipping containers. These versatile building materials can be used for a variety of projects, with the flexibility to create a wide range of custom structures.

Shipping containers can be quite easily repurposed and used as foundational building materials. Also, you’ll have a human habitable structure made from reused materials, helping to facilitate sustainability. The carbon footprint to upcycle excess shipping containers is  many times lower then cutting down trees or mining metals.

So, what can you build with shipping containers, and what are the benefits? To learn everything there is to know about using shipping containers for your building material supply, keep on reading.

Outdoor Bars and Restaurants

Houston and Dallas offer some of the best nightlife in Texas. You can transform shipping containers into stylish, trendy venues, including bars and restaurants.

Not only are shipping containers affordable, but their small and unique look helps draw in customers. Larger restaurants give the appearance of a longer wait time, while shipping container bars open designs make it seem easy for people to grab a bite to eat at their leisure.

Emergency Shelters

Emergency shelters are another excellent use for shipping containers as building materials. Their durability, especially against severe weather, makes them a great option for emergency shelters. There are a variety of ways shipping containers can be easily insulated to provide temporary housing to the homeless or a safe haven during a natural disaster. Shipping containers can swiftly be used to create these shelters, making them an affordable option.

Customizable Homes

A building materials supplier will be able to use shipping containers to build custom homes. Since shipping containers come in a variety of sizes and prices, you can easily customize shipping container(s) to meet any specifications. Shipping containers are easily moveable from one place to another, making them ideal mobile homes. Their durability, versatility, and affordability are great for any budget. Additionally, they can make for a fast completion of a tiny home building project.

Mobile Offices

Another excellent use for shipping containers is mobile container offices. Everything from construction sites to real estate developers can benefit from shipping containers. You can purchase them with electricity and windows, instantly transforming them into a comfortable workspace.  Also, they’re easy to move from one job site to the next and can be customized depending on your needs.

Sustainable Building Materials

There are countless ways to use these versatile building materials. You can use shipping containers to build a bar, restaurant, homeless shelter or house. They also make terrific mobile offices, providing a focused comfortable workspace on any job site.

Contact Equipment Management Services today for a quote and to discuss all your new and used shipping container needs. Whether you’re looking to create a custom home or are looking to expand your business, shipping containers allow you to reuse building materials for a one-of-a-kind structure that’s environmentally and budget-friendly.

4 Reasons Your Business Needs Job Site Container Offices

Here’s a shocker: The market for shipping containers is already worth $8.7 billion. Not only that, but the shipping container industry is expected to hit $12.08 billion by the year 2027.

A natural side effect of this accelerated growth is an ever increasing stock pile of shipping containers. These containers can very efficiently be upcycled into mobile offices, tiny dwelling units and shelters. So if you’re considering adding shipping container offices to your job sites, you are already ahead of the curve. These modular offices can benefit your business operations in a multitude of ways.

Here are some of the reasons why your business needs job site container offices (now!)

1. Long term Affordability

Let’s face it: One of the biggest benefits of investing in job site shipping containers is that they can save your company a ton of money in the long run. Although you’ll probably have to pay a substantial amount upfront for labor and construction, you will likely wind up saving more cash in the end.

For instance, instead of leasing space, you now have efficient modular offices that can be set up anywhere near or on the jobsite. Once the job is completed, you can just ship them to another job site. So, that large initial upfront investment continues to pay dividends for the lifetime of the container as it is used on multiple job sites.

2. Efficiency

In case you didn’t know, having completely private shipping containers as offices makes them extremely convenient workplaces for your employees. Especially if they are in the midst of a very noisey and/or hazardous job site. Like for instant in the industry verticals of construction, mining, manufacturing and oil drilling. These modular offices can provide a distraction free, quiet and comfy space for employees to de-stress, focus and be more productive.

3. Customizability

Shipping containers are very modular and extremely durable. Because of their inherent structural strenght, container modification experts, like Texas-based EMS, can pretty much build-out any kind of  job site shipping container office you can dream off.

These containers can be  completely customized, meaning that they can be outfitted with things like built-in desks, lighting, shelves, and restrooms. Talk about a professional workspace! Whatever your company needs, it can probably be build-out with shipping containers.

4. Sustainablity

A big perk of buying job site shipping containers is that they are very sustainable for the environment. For starters, recycling the ever growing surplus of containers into offices is already a big positive for the environment. On top of this, their overall carbon footprint is small, especially if they are well insulated. Lastly, due to their durable construction and materials, job site shipping containers can last many years with modest regular maintenance.

Get the Job Done With Job Site Container Offices

Ready to add job site container offices to your workspace? No matter your shipping container size needs or your budget, EMS has the containers and modification expertise you are looking for.

Not only are shipping containers an amazingly affordable job site addition, they’re also a very durable investment. In addition, they’re extremely portable, which is perfect for businesses on the go.

Want to buy the best quality shipping containers in Houston?

Get in touch to request a quote today!

3 Simple Reasons to build Office Spaces out of Shipping Containers

Great office design increases productivity. The right layout influences employee creativity and output. Employees feel happier when they work in a comfortable work environment. A uniquely designed office inspires  both clients and customers. When your office makes a great first impression, it says a lot about the way you do business.

The right type of office space can sometimes make or break your business. Every aspect of its design and space has an impact on your bottom line. Do something out of the ordinary. Consider the idea of doing business out of shipping container offices.

Do you need an instant office in the Houston area? Here are three simple reasons shipping container offices could work for your business.

1. Shipping Containers Are Perfect Building Blocks

One of the biggest concerns for new office construction is space. Sometimes the idea looks great on paper. The end result? Constricted office capacity.

However, shipping containers can almost instantaneously offer a very scalable (yet flexible) office space unit.

The original design and purpose for shipping containers were to carry a variety of goods. As such, transport containers come in various shapes and sizes, some as long as 53 feet! So, there’s really no one size fits all, when it comes to containers.

This matters when you’re customizing executive offices. With such varying size options, you can effectively plan to build-out very unique office spaces with these units.

2. Container Customizations

Transport containers aren’t just big steel boxes. As mentioned earlier, they are highly customizable units for the construction of any livable structure. Almost any kind of modification that you can think off is achievable with these units. This is mainly due to the underlying strength and durability that naturally comes from using a base material like steel.

You will find enough room to add modern office options alongside doors, windows, insulation, wiring and ventilation . Here are just a few examples of how versatile these spaces can become,

  • IT Control Room
  • Portable Sales Office
  • Gym
  • Cafeteria 
  • Employee Stress Relief Rooms 

As you can see, the work space design ideas are endless. This can be a perfect solution for businesses that reside in the Houston, Texas area.

3. Eco-Friendly Office Design

If you’re serious about making a green imprint wherever you build, shipping containers are the way to go.

Shipping containers have a natural, eco-friendly design. Repurposing them puts little stress on the environment. No cutting down of trees or disturbing local wildlife. You simply customize a pre-built shipping container into an office or some other kind of livable space. Then just transport it to the zoned location for its use.

Also, don’t forget how mobile they are. So, when you need to pack up and move to another part of the city, it’s as simple as loading the containers on the back of a truck and hauling them there.  Greatly minimizing any negative environmental impact of such a move.

Use a Shipping Container Office Space

Don’t rule out shipping container for your next office construction project. Consider all the benefits, and design your next office space with high-quality containers. Let us customize your next mobile container office. Call us today, and let us prove to you why we are one of Houston’s premier supplier for new or used shipping containers.

Yes You Can! Building a Mall Using Customized Shipping Containers

You’ve thought about it, and you want to do something that helps people. You want it to be big, innovative, and most importantly, bold. You have your sights set on building…a mall!

This is an incredible move on your behalf, but you really feel that the cause makes it worth the challenge. After all, you’ll be helping people buy the goods and services they need and make a good profit doing it. That being said, have you ever thought about creating your mall using customized shipping containers?

Shipping containers have exploded onto the pop culture scene as an alternative way to create custom storage and even build multi-story homes, and they show no signs of slowing down. Now, you can take things up a notch and create your own shopping mall using shipping containers. Keep reading this article to learn why you need to start building with containers.

Customized Shipping Containers Add a Modern Aesthetic

Modern problems require modern solutions, and building with shipping containers is a good way to do just that. Many new stores and shopping centers made from shipping containers are popping up everywhere. Also, the youth are showing they love the rugged urban, contemporary feel that these containment units bring.

They Offer a Sturdy, Durable Design

Shipping containers are used the world over because of their strong build combined with a design structure that lasts. They’re easy to move and stack in place and they can resist years of wear and tear. So, you can rest easy, that your shipping container mall will stand the test of time.

They’re Cheap to Buy

Have you researched the price you have to pay for a traditional shopping mall ? The financial numbers are off the charts! We can assure you that building a mall using recycled containers will probably end up being significantly cheaper than doing it the old-fashioned way. Want to learn more? contact us, we are here to help!

Shipping Containers Are Highly Customizable

Container units do not come in funky oblong shapes and other random odd-ball sizes; all recycled containers are shaped the same and come in a standard set of sizes. This simplicity allows the shopping mall designer to practice creativity to the fullest! Everything from the arrangement of the containers, to the number of floors, to the exterior design. Your mall could end up being every bit as unique as you wish it to be.

Custom Containers Just for You

Now you know that it’s completely possible to build a mall using customized shipping containers, you may want to get to work on planning such an unique project ASAP. The next best step is finding a reliable local vendor from whom to buy the shipping containers from.

If you are near Houston or Dallas, you won’t have to look any further then Equipment Management Services. Shipping containers are our specialty! We offer both used and new shipping container units, as well as storage containers, mobile container offices, depot services, and much more.

Take a look around our site to find out what we can do for you, and give us a call whenever you’re ready to buy a few shipping containers of your own. We’re sure you’re going to love your new mall!

Top 5 Questions When Shopping for Modified Shipping Containers

Shipping containers are an ideal solution to create a custom office space, workshop, or design a cozy one-of-a-kind home—but not all shipping containers can help you accomplish what you want. Do you know what to look for when choosing the right modified shipping containers?

Before you buy new or used containers, consider your needs, and ask a few questions to find the best containers for your project. When you explore your options and work with a knowledgeable cargo container sales company, you’ll get the most critical questions answered, helping you avoid costly mistakes afterwards.

Below are just a few important questions you should be asking.

1. What Is Your Goal?

The type of use or structure you want to build can help determine the best shipping container(s) for the job. You’ll need different sizes and conditions if you repurpose them to build an office, home, garage or shelter.

With your end goal in mind, your cargo container company can then help you find the best containers at a reasonable price. They can help you find containers that have the right design specifications for a new home or simply for cargo freight. There are so many options when it comes to containers, its best to consult with container experts near you, especially ones who have modification services in-house. Nothing like a one-stop shop for all your container needs!

2. What Sizes Do You Need?

Don’t get caught without enough container space! This could delay your project or leave you without an important section of your building. If you’re planning an office space, warehouse, or home, you’ll probably need more then one container to complete your structure. Based on your design plans, a good national or local cargo container supplier can help you determine how many containers you need and the sizes that will fit your plan.

3. What Is Your Budget?

Can you afford the number of containers you need for your completed building? Your budget should include the purchase of the container plus the costs required to ship, stack, and make modifications to these customized containers. If new containers bust your budget, consider used shipping containers as a cost-effective way to create a home, office, or additional storage.

4. Do You Have Space?

Where will your containers be finally located? If you’re planning a permanent structure, make sure you have the land set aside for the size of your shipping container structure. Also, its really important to look into local building codes and making sure that you can acquire all the necessary permits before moving forward with the container project.

5. What’s Your Timeline?

When do you need the containers? If you have completed the building plans and design, and your site is ready to go, you don’t want to wait for your shipping containers to arrive.

Its easier to meet your deadlines when you partner with a cargo container company that has an extensive stock of ready-to-go containers for all your needs.

Get Creative With Modified Shipping Containers

You might be surprised at how flexible modified shipping containers can be when planning your new space. Use customized containers to create the home of your dreams, expand your office spaces, or create a workshop or studio to grow your business.

Plan your goals, budget and timeline, then let our team help you find and modify the best containers to meet your needs! Contact us to learn more about our extensive inventory and modification services.

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!