A one-trip 20' container is like a blank canvas. The possibilities are endless.

A one-trip 20' container is like a blank canvas. The possibilities are endless.

A Super Cubes container makes the red carpet

A Super Cubes container makes the red carpet

What would you do with a one-trip 20' container?  We have some great customers who have taken 20' (and in some cases 40') containers and created something much bigger than a box.  We are showcasing some of the fun stuff we've been a part of or at least supplied containers today.

Super Cubes worked with Matter last year to create some unique spaces at their gala. We created a red carpet entry where everyone walked through container to come into the Sun Country hangar. We created a virtual reality booth where attendees could tour hospitals created by Matter (and see containers shipped from Minneapolis to the hospitals). We used 20' containers to create a stage along with the nose of a Sun Country plane!  Click here to read more about it.

We worked with SW Living in Florida. They are creating great off-the-grid living spaces out of containers. Pictured below is their prototype.  To find out more about them, click here.

While containers are great for storage, they are quite literally blank canvases The one pictured below features a mural designed by a local high schooler. Read more about that here. We also had a customer camouflage theirs to fit into their surroundings.

We have had customers turn containers into garden shed. We had a farm add on storage for pipes and other materials that can be accessed directly from the barn.

One Super Cubes customer partially buried a 20' container into a hill.  It provides great storage and is safe from storms.

Alchemy Architects in St Paul took a Super Cubes container and converted it into an off-the-grid, stand-alone, 20' hotel room. Super Cubes helped with the big window next to the bed and the utility closet opening. They did an amazing job designing the space to make use of every square inch an beautiful materials to finish it off.  The container made the rounds last year at various festivals and fairs. This summer, you can book a stay in it through AirBnB. To read more about it, click here for the container's website and here for the AirBnB listing.

Super Cubes was also involved with a shrimp farm in Las Vegas. Yes, you read that right. Shrimp in the desert outside of Las Vegas. It was to bring sustainable, locally-sourced shrimp to a market that had very high demand. Here is a link to our blog on that one too. Although they did use 40's for this project, it seemed too fun to leave out.

One last 40' project was an 8-container home in St Charles. We have so many pictures of this gorgeous home, you really just need to visit our blog devoted entirely to it.  Click here to check that out.

So what would you do with a container? What is holding you back from doing something with one? 

Check out the pictures below and click on them to enlarge them.

Are you looking for a one-trip/"new" 20' container? We just want to let you know that even though they are getting scarcer, we do have them! Particularly in Minneapolis, but in other cities throughout the US. Give us a call today! We also have used 20's and 40's and one-trip 40's as well!

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We have reported on how a Super Cubes customer has converted eight 40' high cube containers into their home. See our blog on putting the containers in place by clicking here. Now the house is almost done and Show Me St Louis has done a piece on the home. You can watch it below:

Or you can go to KSDK's page and watch it there by clicking here.

Zack and Brie were such fun customers to work with.  They had a vision for this house and through a ton of hard work made it a reality. They went through the usual challenges that other people face when building a house - weather delays, unexpected costs, and the usual challenges, but work so seamlessly as a team that they made it look easy.

They bought the containers and we had them certified as cargo-worthy containers. They found a yard near the job site where we could put the containers so they would be close by for the day they had the crane. I went down for the big crane day which I blogged about here. It was so amazing to see containers turn into a home in a matter of hours.  But that was really only beginning. Then the Smitheys went to work cutting, grinding and framing up the containers to create their home.

8 containers stacked together to make a house on a busy street attracted attention. The Smitheys have created a Facebook page so that people could track their progress. You can follow it too here. You can also follow them on Instagram @smitheycontainerhome and @zacksmitheyfineart.co.

There are various dehumidifying products on the market

Ahhhh fall, that time of year when people think about venting their container.  It's too hot, too humid, etc. It's the number 1 call I get this time of year for modifications.  I blogged about this back in May, 2013.  There are a few options to consider.

1. What are your concerns about the inside of your container? Containers are designed to transport goods across the globe in all kinds of weather, from hot, humid locations along the equator to freezing cold places like Alaska, or Minnesota, where we're located.  Most everything that you have in your home and office came to the store you bought it by way of a container.  They do a good job of keeping stuff the way it should be.  I find often that people worry that their container won't maintain a nice indoor atmosphere, but most things are OK in a container as is. But sometimes people are concerned due excessive humidity, heat an cold, or are storing things that produce fumes that need to be vented.

Fixed louvered vent

Fixed louvered vent

2. Are you worried about humidity?  If your main concern is humidity, a vent might not be the best option for you.  A container is designed with some small, passive vents that prevent pressure from building up in the container, but do not allow for much airflow.  As a result, when you close the doors of your container, it will stay the way you left it. That can be good or bad, depending on what kind of air you trapped in there. If you live in a high humidity area, the answer might be to not add a vent, but rather add dehumidifying products to suck the moisture out of the air.  By not adding a vent, you continuously pull and trap moisture out of the air and don't let new, humid air into the container.

There are a few products on the market that you can get at any hardware store that are cheap and easy to use. DampRid is one brand, but there are others out there.  The basic idea is the same. (We have used DampRid, only because that is what our local stores carry.)  They have pellets that pull moisture out of the air and trap it in a bucket, bag, etc., and depending on how humid your container is, you replace it every few weeks or months.  What I like about this option is that it might solve your problem without having to spend a lot of money or hurt your container.

Commercial-grade heating and cooling unit

Commercial-grade heating and cooling unit

3. Are you worried about heat and cold? If a temperature change is the issue, vents may or may not help.  For the cold, vents will only make things colder.  But for heat, sometimes some airflow in the container can lower the temperature in a container a bit.  It won't take a 100 degree container and make it something you want to cool off in, but the increase in air might help a bit.  To do this, louvered vents work well.  If you put one vent on one long side of the container by the doors and another one on the other side of the container on the other long side of the container by the other end of it, you will maximize the cross-breeze in the container.  This is the same idea as opening windows on opposite ends of your house to cool it down in the summer.

The other option is to add in an HVAC.  If you add an HVAC unit, you will probably want to insulate the container.  For more information on insulating containers, click here.  Containers are made of steel, so any heating and cooling will be lost quickly without insulation.

HVAC unit with cage

HVAC unit with cage

Conversely, I often get asked about insulating a container, but not putting an HVAC unit in it.  It doesn't work very well. It is like buying a cooler, putting your picnic in it without any ice or chillers, leaving it in a hot car all day and hoping for a cool meal.

4.  You are storing something that creates fumes.  This one is the most dangerous, obviously. The amount of air flow will really depend on what you are storing.  For some cases, the pair of louvered vents might work just fine.  But if it is something flammable or something where people will be spending a lot of time, you may need to consider a ventilation system.  It is best to find out from the manufacturer of the fumes what is the best way to handle that.

In addition to these ideas, there is always the whirlybird/turbine vent. I'll admit it. I just don't like them.  You're cutting a hole in the roof and putting a vent that pulls air down into the container.  So when it rains, it pulls the rain right down into the container.  It snows?  Same thing. It just seems like too much of an invitation for trouble.  I get some people just love this options, I simply am not one of them.

What are your concerns about venting containers?

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