Are you ready to be different than everyone else? Are you wanting to build something out of a box? If you are saying yes to both questions, shipping containers may be a route for you! ISO containers are a great way to build a unique structure that can be within reach of the average person.

Shipping containers were designed for storing and transporting goods. However, there are so many different ways to upcycle steel containers into a wide variety of new structures.

So, what can you REALLY build with a shipping container? The short answer is really - anything! - even if shipping containers are commonly used by business and home owners. Containers provide a scalable building block to create extra storage, retail space, restaurants, homes and so much more. Here is a general list along with images of how containers have been and are continuing to be utilized:  

  • Storage and Sheds. Sure it is the most basic use, but containers are great at storing things.

  • Cabins, guesthouse, tiny homes and vacation/main houses. The hottest trend in the past few years in containers is container architecture.

  • Offices and building extensions. Containers can add in extra space for people too. Containers can fitted out with insulation, electricity and desks easily.

  • Fire training stations. Containers can be burned again and again! As long as you replace that wood floor with something that doesn’t burn. We have all sorts of ideas on how to change the space to keep your team on their toes.

  • Saunas, pools and pool houses. Who doesn’t want one of these?!

  • Food trucks, restaurants and bars. Containers make everything more fun!

  • Portable toilets. Ground-level entry that can be moved to wherever you need them. And everyone will be happy they’re not a port-a-potty.

  • Retail shops and malls. Downtown Container Park in Las Vegas is a perfect example of how to take a great, creative idea and make it a reality.

Food trucks take over Toronto

Food trucks take over Toronto

Las Vegas , here we come!

Las Vegas, here we come!

  • Bistros and coffee shops. Starbucks has been running with this idea for a few years, but there are so many more takes on getting caffeine to those in need.

  • Student housing facilities and schools. The most classic example of this is TempoHousing in Amsterdam.

  • Emergency hospitals/disaster shelters. Containers can be moved around quickly and easily, making them a choice for quick response. The real hold-up here has been finding the way to create government-approved solutions that can be made where they are needed and at the right price point.

  • Nurseries and indoor gardens. This is such a great, sustainable way for locally grown food just about anywhere. Check out how they do it in Antarctica, Las Vegas and just about anywhere you can set down a container.

To find the right container for you, just contact us directly at 877-374-5452. We’d be happy to help make your vision a reality!

Shipper-owned container at a dock to be loaded

Shipper-owned container at a dock to be loaded

We recently added a new page to our website about shipper-owned containers and preparing your container for shipping. We provide containers for people to ship overseas.  We work with freight forwarders,  logistics providers, and individuals to provide them with the right container for their project.

If you are shipping a container for the first time, the first question to ask yourself is if you want to own the container when it gets to its destination or if you want to give it back.  If you do not want to own the container, you can use the shipping line's container.  Contact your shipping line, freight forwarder or logistics provider to arrange for that.

If you want to own the container when it gets to its destination, then you want what is called a shippper-owned container.  We can provide you with used or one-trip containers for this.  If you want a used container, it needs to be in "cargo-worthy" condition, which means that it is structurally sound enough to be used for shipping overseas.  In addition to it being in that condition, you will need proof for the shipping line that it is cargo-worthy.  We can survey the container for you and provide you with a certificate that the container is cargo-worthy.

Trucking and shipping your container is handled by your shipping line, freight forwarder or logistics provider.  We do not provide trucking for containers being shipped overseas.  We bring containers out and set them on the ground.  However, the trailers used to bring the container into the rail yard or port cannot pick up containers, so you would need a crane to lift up a container and set it on the truck for transport.  Since most people and companies do not have that, it is simply cheaper and easier to have your shipping line, freight forwarder or logistics provider arrange to pick the container up from us, bring it to you for loading and then continue with it to the rail or port. Our drivers do not have the proper documentation to go into the rail or port, so we cannot do that trucking for you.

If you are planning to modify your container once it is at the destination, we also have kits for adding in doors, windows, partitions, skylights and more.  You just need someone to cut and weld at the other end.  For more information on that, check out our modifications page to our website.

Used cargo-worthy containers in use