Shipping Container Articles and Blog Posts

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

Insulation for a Shipping Container

Shipping container in Denver Colorado, Snowy

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 "

How to bury a shipping container, the safest way

Gabion basakets for burying a shipping container

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.

Shipping Container Construction Gains Significant Ground with Mixed Use Builders Across Globe

Denver container housing

DETROIT, MI -- A forward-thinking real estate development company, Three Squared, Inc. has made exceptional progress with its cargo container residential and commercial construction initiatives due to escalating marketplace acceptance and demand driven by superior cost efficiencies, heightened profitability, and minimized build time. The company, whose pioneering shipping container building solution offers systemized and sustainable construction resulting in affordable luxury, announced an array of significant company projects and other milestones, as follows.

Cargo Containers and Modular Housing

cargo container home

It's taken a long time, but cargo containers and modular housing seem to be joining forces.  Modular housing, prefabricated housing, or "kit homes" as they're sometimes called, have been around a lot longer than you'd think. Surprisingly, the first documented modular house was built in Australia in 1853. The trend gradually caught on and found it's way to England, then finally to the US to support the gold rush in 1908.

Installing a Frame Door on a Shipping Container

Ever wonder how to install a steel man door in a used shipping container?  Check out this article:When you convert a shipping container into a storage unit, workshop, home, and other structure that you need to move in and out of on a regular basis; it may be more convenient to install a man door in your shipping container than to use the factory steel doors on either end of the unit.

Boxpark: Shipping Containers to Urban Shopping Mall

Boxpark

Boxpark, a shopping mall made from used shipping containers, is one of the world's first "popup shopping malls".

Located directly at the Shoreditch High Street Tube station in London, the mall is constructed on a temporary site from 61 recycled shipping containers. The lower floor consists of 41 containers, and the remaining 20 shipping containers are on the upper floor. Almost all of the stores on the first floor open directly onto the sidewalk, with the exception of the retail unit (Nike) closest to the Tube station, which still has street high visibility. The second floor provides a great amount of seating for the multiple restaurants and coffee shops.

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