Container Atlas: A Practical Guide to Container Architecture

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.

Shipping Containers Prices - Cheap vs Inexpensive

cheap or inexpensive shipping container

It's a tight economy, and everyone everywhere is looking for a good deal. Given the changes coming with Obamacare, the recent Federal government shutdown, and everything else in the world; people are interested in making every dollar they've earned go further. That being said, life goes on and we've got to keep living.

Buying a Shipping, Cargo or Storage Container Basics: What to Expect

A really common question that we receive through the website is “how do I buy a shipping container?”  Given that a portion of the retail clients that use ContainerAuction.com are first time container buyers, our staff and sellers are well trained and have the experience with containers to ask the right questions and make the transaction as smooth as possible.  In this article, we’ll cover the initial questions, payment, and the container delivery.

Initial Questions When Buying a Container

Shipping Container, Bunkhouse, Cargo Container

Modified shipping container

Used shipping container modifications have become a very popular, cost effective, and environmentally friendly way to construct new housing, livable and usable structures, or storage units.  All that it takes is someone with a creative mind take an every day issue and apply a modified shipping container to it.

Shipping Containers

Aftermarket Container Parts - Bolt on Lock Box

container lock box

One of the biggest differences between a new and used shipping container, aside from the obvious paint and condition, is the lack of a lock box.  Used shipping containers are designed with the shipping line or container leasing company in mind; while a new (one trip) shipping container is designed with the end user in mind.

Shipping Container Housing and Cabins

shipping container cabin

Shipping containes are a big business, both in their original use (shipping things) industry, and their aftermarket applications.  Originally, used shipping containers began to gain acceptance as storage units on farms, ranches, and then commercial and residential properties.  As more and more people started to see them, some creative architects got involved and began to use them as building blocks for modular housing and cabins - then came the preppers.  Preppers, in case you aren't aware, are groups and individuals that are predicting TEOTWAWKO (the end of the world as we know it); and th

Moving a Shipping Container, without a forklift

Moving a shipping container

Shipping containers are by portable by design, but most times they require a forklift or crane to put them on the back of a truck and move them from one location to another.  In some cases, once they're on the truck you can use a tilt-bed truck to set it on the ground without a fork lift (Shipping Container Delivery, without a Forklift); however what about the times when you are moving it from one residential address to another place and you don't have a forklift on site?  Simple, use the same tilt b

Shipping Container Delivery, without a Forklift

Shipping Container Delivery, without a Forklift

Shipping containers are very popular for storage, modular conversions, job site offices, and even (if you're in Colorado) portable pot farms.  If you're in the market for one of these 20' or 40' units, one of the first questions that you'll be asked is, "do you have any way to unload the container once we get it to you?" If the answer is yes, you can usually negotiate a great deal.  Reason being that wholesalers typically don't have the capacity or connections to arrange a one off delivery to a random location, especially with a buyer who will want it set on

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