Once you've decided to purchase a shipping container and convert it into a storage unit, it's important to decide where it's going to be placed. A solid foundation for your container isn't an absolute requirement for your container, along with making keeping it stable and square, it can greatly reduce your storage units exposure to moisture and the corrosion that follows. Depending on your budget and the length of time that you expect the container to remain in it's place there are several options available to you.
A home made from steel shipping containers offers a fast, green, and sustainable approach to building. These inter-modal steel building units (ISBUs) are manufactured in a factory-controlled environment so they are standardized and reliable. They can be used to build an average-sized home with almost no wood.
Converting a shipping container is sometimes called Cargotecture. The approach is increasingly becoming popular as many people are seeking an affordable way to build a house. In these tough economic times, a cargotecture is a worth investigating as you consider options to build a home. Also, converting a shipping container into a home is environmentally friendly.
Shipping container flooring has seen various changes over the years, and the type of flooring can depend on the type of container or the company that originally had the container built. If you’re plans are to purchase a container for intermodal shipping or to use as a mobile storage unit, you may not need to be overly concerned with the flooring material and structure. If you plan to modify a container into a modular housing unit or some other type of residence, you may want to consider the structure of the container and flooring material.
There are loads reasons why you'd want to insulate a shipping container - you're converting it to modular housing, a work shop in a cold or hot environment, or you're creating a storm shelter or prepper bunker and want to make sure that you're comfortable in it, no matter what the exterior climate might be. With all the reasons that you'd want to insulate the container, there are fewer options for how to insulate it, and only a few of them make sense. ContainerAuction.com recently posted an article on "
Colorado is a hot market for storage containers, and that makes it hard to find a cheap shipping container in Denver. Denver is a regional hub for intermodal transportation and containers loaded on trucks and trains pass through the city in volume, however many of them don’t stick around and the ones that do are in high demand.
With the growing inventory of available used shipping containers, the rising price of steel, and challenging economy, more and more people are starting to refurbish shipping containers for other purposes. It’s called many things, refurbishing, recycling, up-cycling, even repurposing… the end result is the same thing, a used shipping container being cleaned up and used for a new purpose.
Sometimes, a project simply demands that you do something the hard way (not the cheap way) and using a tool or piece of equipment in a way that God didn't intend it to be used... as is the case with burying a shipping container. The sides weren't designed to take the constant weight and pressure, and the top surely can't support disbursed weight for extended periods of time. That being said, if you simply must bury the container the safest way to do it is to used Gabion cages as external supports to carry the pressure of the compacted ground.
We have quite a few posts about container housing and modifications, and the great uses of containers around the world; so after a few recommendations we decided to pick up a copy of "Container Atlas: A Practical Guide to Container Architecture". Even if you don't have the time to read the history of each project, it makes a great coffee table book and conversation starter.