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Once you’ve purchased, we’ll deliver where and when you need. Storage containers come in a variety of sizes shown on our web site http://azcontainers.com/sales-units. If you need assistance determining your storage container needs, please contact us using the quote form http://azcontainers.com/quote-request-0 or for additional information please contact our Sales Staff at 602-723-9608 option 1.

It’s Not Just a Steel Box, It’s a Storefront

The modular design of containers makes them an ideal solution for moving large quantities of products. But why stop there? The mental leap from hauling merchandise to using the vessel as a storefront is an easy one to make. Internationally, containers are ideal, imaginative solutions to physical shops. 

In 2013, the Downtown Container Park opened in Las Vegas’ newly revived Fremont District. Billed as a shopping and entertainment center, this lively infrastructure is home to a variety of boutique shops, restaurants and other small businesses. In true Vegas fashion, the park is also home to a 40-foot-tall, fire-spewing praying mantis and a 33-foot-tall slide.

 

In many parts of the world, especially regions with ports or large harbors and limited resources, the idea of using discarded containers is nothing new. Odessa, Ukraine boasts the largest open-air market in Europe. The center, made entirely out of shipping containers, covers an area more than the size of 315 football fields. It’s estimated that around 150,000 people visit the market every day.  These sturdy storage containers aren’t just for big business complexes or offices. For smart companies, size, transportability and the inherent versatility of containers make them attractive options.

Big Challenges Mean Big Rewards

Refurbishing containers is an investment for customers and the designers, engineers, architects and salespeople involved in each project. Too often, people become enamored with the aesthetics or the portability prospects of modified units and don’t pay enough attention to some of the challenges these renovations can bring.

“When we’re approached about a container, they’re either very defined in what they want, or they’re curious about what the possibilities are,” said Campbell. “Either way, there’s always a conversation about costs vs. benefits and structural integrity.”

For those considering converting a container into a livable space, such as a cabin, pool house or office – and even for something as simple as an outdoor bar – insulation is a major concern. Steel is strong and durable, but it is also conducts temperature extremely well. In environments with severe climates, interior and exterior insulation is necessary.

Another concern that potential constructers need to be aware of is land use, zoning and building restrictions. Obtaining permits or certificates and navigating stringent building codes are essential issues for those doing modifications and for those who own the altered containers. Everything from doors and floors to electrical wiring must be up to code, regardless if the unit is secured on a foundation or made for life on the road.

Offering more advanced modification amenities is a service many sales and rental offices are considering or already engaged. With proper foresight and a clear understanding of the involvement these alterations require, modified units will continue changing the way we think about, and sell, containers.

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Construction work can be characterized by two qualities: hefty and temporary. Avoid worrying about the safety of your equipment and buy or rent a storage containers. A conex container will keep your equipment organized, accessible, and most of all, secure. Also, consider an office container for your construction site for a mobile, air-conditioned spot to take care of business.

Here’s why shipping containers make the perfect storage solution for construction sites.

STRENGTH OVER TIME

Construction projects can last days, weeks, months, or years—time spans that vary job-to-job. This means you’ll need a structure ready for the challenges presented by long-term outdoor exposure.

With the heavy nature of construction tools and equipment, and you’ve got a match made in heaven with shipping containers. Their original purpose was to transport goods across the ocean via freight ship, so these boxes have proven resilience. Durability is not just beneficial; it’s necessary, and shipping containers are the best structures out there for the job.

UNBEATABLE MOBILITY

The temporal nature of construction work also demands easy movability. Especially with construction projects, it’s much more convenient to relocate equipment when its provisional home has the ability to come along. Despite their large size, shipping containers can still be moved by truck, giving them the ability to mover anywhere that you do or your project does. And as long as the container is cargo-worthy. Combined with great sturdiness that makes your container suitable for a variety of weather conditions, mobility means that this storage solution will stay standing wherever you go.

EASY ACCESSIBILITY

The ability to keep your equipment directly on-site where you need to access it makes getting your items a breeze, and our modifications can make things even easier. Every container comes with two convenient cargo doors on one side, and can also be modified with an extra set, as well as walk-through doors, roll-up doors, or sliding doors to increase expediency of access. Within the container, you can apply some of our to further organize and improve access. For example, our stable shelving systems make items visible when you walk in, making them easy to grab. See our modification section on our web site: http://azcontainers.com/modifications

THE IDEAL STORAGE SOLUTION

It’s difficult to find a way to store heavy equipment in a way that keeps it safe with the ability to move, but buying or leasing a shipping container is a way to avoid building something more permanent but guaranteeing the kind of safety that a traditional building would allow for. Our portable storage containers are built to keep equipment away from not only weather, but also thieves and vandals. And since this structure can also be moved from place-to-place when your team does, you really can’t lose.

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With the green premise growing in popularity across the globe, more and more people are turning to cargo container structures for green alternatives. There are countless numbers of empty, unused shipping containers around the world just sitting on shipping docks taking up space. The reason for this is that it’s too expensive for a country to ship empty containers back to their origin. In most cases, it’s just cheaper to buy new containers from Asia. The result is an extremely high surplus of empty shipping containers that are just waiting to become a home, office, apartment, school, dormitory, studio, emergency shelter, and everything else. More information after the break.

There are copious benefits to the so-called shipping container architecture model. A few of these advantages include: strength, durability, availability, and cost. The abundance and relative cheapness (some sell for as little as $900) of these containers during the last decade comes from the deficit in manufactured goods coming from North America. These manufactured goods come to North America, from Asia and Europe, in containers that often have to be shipped back empty at a considerable expense. Therefore, new applications are sought for the used containers that have reached their final destination.

On November 23, 1987, Phillip C. Clark file for a United States patent describe as a “Method for converting one or more steel shipping containers into a habitable building at a building site and the product thereof.” This patent was granted on August 8, 1989 as patent 4854094. The diagrams and information contained within the documentation of the patent appear to lay the groundwork for many current shipping container architectural ideas. In 2006, Southern California an architect designed the first two-story shipping container home in the U.S. as an approved structural system under the strict guidelines of the nationally recognized Uniform Building Code. Even more impressive is Lot-Tek’s Puma City, which was built with abundant material at a low price, without substituting design quality. As such, there are many great examples of shipping container architecture in the world.

Shipping container architecture gets a lot of encouraging coverage in the design world as a trendy green alternative to traditional building materials, and seems like a smart choice for people looking for eco-consciousness. However, there are a lot of downsides to building with cargo containers. For instance, the coatings used to make the containers durable for ocean transport also happen to contain a number of harmful chemicals, such as chromate, phosphorous, and lead-based paints. Moreover, wood floors that line the majority of shipping container buildings are infused with hazardous chemical pesticides like arsenic and chromium to keep pests away.

With the green premise growing in popularity across the globe, more and more people are turning to cargo container structures for green alternatives. There are countless numbers of empty, unused shipping containers around the world just sitting on shipping docks taking up space. The reason for this is that it’s too expensive for a country to ship empty containers back to their origin. In most cases, it’s just cheaper to buy new containers from Asia. The result is an extremely high surplus of empty shipping containers that are just waiting to become a home, office, apartment, school, dormitory, studio, emergency shelter, and everything else. More information after the break.

There are copious benefits to the so-called shipping container architecture model. A few of these advantages include: strength, durability, availability, and cost. The abundance and relative cheapness (some sell for as little as $900) of these containers during the last decade comes from the deficit in manufactured goods coming from North America. These manufactured goods come to North America, from Asia and Europe, in containers that often have to be shipped back empty at a considerable expense. Therefore, new applications are sought for the used containers that have reached their final destination.

Shipping container architecture gets a lot of encouraging coverage in the design world as a trendy green alternative to traditional building materials, and seems like a smart choice for people looking for eco-consciousness. However, there are a lot of downsides to building with cargo containers. For instance, the coatings used to make the containers durable for ocean transport also happen to contain a number of harmful chemicals, such as chromate, phosphorous, and lead-based paints. Moreover, wood floors that line the majority of shipping container buildings are infused with hazardous chemical pesticides like arsenic and chromium to keep pests away.

Reusing containers seems to be a low energy alternative, however, few people factor in the amount of energy required to make the box habitable. The entire structure needs to be sandblasted bare, floors need to be replaced, and openings need to be cut with a torch or fireman’s saw. The average container eventually produces nearly a thousand pounds of hazardous waste before it can be used as a structure. All of this, coupled with the fossil fuels required to move the container into place with heavy machinery, contribute significantly to its ecological footprint. Another downside is that dimensionally, an individual container creates awkward living/working spaces. Taking into account added insulation, you have a long narrow box with less than eight foot ceiling. To make an adequate sized space, multiple boxes need to be combined, which again, requires energy.

In many areas, it is cheaper and less energy to build a similarly scaled structure using wood framing. Shipping container homes makes sense where resources are scarce, containers are in abundance, and where people are in need of immediate shelter such as, developing nations and disaster relief. While there are certainly striking and innovative examples of architecture using cargo containers, it is typically not the best method of design and construction. 

Contact Rolando at AZ Containers at 877-292-6937.

Plan to move my horse home, and trying to find the most economical way to store the year's hay. The estimate for a two stall barn with hay loft blew me away $$ so I'm trying to find other solutions. Horse really only needs a good run-in, but what to do with the hay?

Has anyone stored in Conex containers or shipping containers? Some things I'm wondering about in particular are ventilation and what kind of base or footing needs to be underneath one.

Sadly, I have a beautiful huge loft above my garage that would do perfectly, but it's attached to my house, so it doesn't seem prudent due to fire risk. Right…?

Here are some Recommendations:

A.) I wouldn't put hay in your garage for the simple reason: rodents! They will be in your house in no-time! Fire danger as you mentioned would be too much of a risk, plus I wouldn't want to encourage any critters to come in too.

B.) I know shipping containers have been used for hay storage. One good thing about them, IIRC, they are sealed and keep critters out. But might be a bit of an eyesore.

C.) I got the container at least 10 yrs ago. I think the turbine was cheap. Paint was a good exterior and the insulation was about $500. For the turbine installation--You will need a cutting torch, drill (attaching turbine) and caulk or have it done by AZ Containers.

D.) I put a 6 inch layer of limestone roadbase under the container. I've used a shipping container for years to store hay in hot humid Florida. I don't recall ever having a problem with hot bales or moldy hay. I will confess I don't close one of the doors all the way because it's too much of a fight to do unless extreme weather--rain/wind--come. It stays gapped a bit and I tie it so it doesn't blow open. The container is without alterations such as vents. I do have good turnover in my hay so that may help although some of the hay I buy for Mr Fussy, my horse, may get stored many months, especially if I find something he eats and I can stock up.

E.) I've only used them for storing equipment and supplies on work sites. We just level the ground and put down gravel. 

One thing to keep in mind is that even white-colored Conex boxes sitting in full sun can get hotter than blue blazes inside. I definitely wouldn't consider it for hay without installing good ventilation (maybe both the roof turbine(s) and some vents around the bottom), and I'd be inclined to stack the hay very loosely and make sure it's well-cured before storage. A layer of pallets might really help the bottom layer of hay, too.

That all sounds fussy, but it's cheaper than having hay go bad...

Hope this helps you out. 

Contact Rolando at AZ Containers at 877-292-6937.

 

When urban populations outgrow the pace of new construction, and suitable homes and offices spaces are difficult to find, what are property hunters to do? Perhaps more of them will start coming up with novel temporary solutions like this: a temporary, movable office made from shipping containers.

The architecture firm had a difficult time finding leasable space so they designed this three-story structure, which is made from seven 20-foot shipping containers connected using a steel frame system. The frame made it easier to stack the containers, and also provides balcony space, which can be hard to come by in urban areas.

This doesn’t just represent a new form of eco-friendly architecture, it’s a new sort of urbanism altogether. The architects obtained a short-term rental contract for a small plot of land that stipulates removal and reconstruction every few years.

Finding a cargo container isn’t all that difficult. Contact Rolando at AZ Containers at 877-292-6937.

The world’s first hotel built from recycled shipping containers has popped-up in Uxbridge, West London. Each prefabricated container comes fully-equipped with fixtures, furniture, and windows from a factory in China. The company, called Travelodge, says that constructing a hotel this way is 25% faster and 10% cheaper than the more traditional construction methods. Also, construction is much quicker, because all that has to be done is to fit each container together like it was a giant Lego set. Rooms at this London Hotel start at about 19EU per night. The London area saw more of these ‘portable hotels’ pop-up around the city as the 2012 Olympics approached.

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What’s involved in buying, designing and building cargo container homes that are more than just art projects? Cargo container homes are a perfect example of thinking outside the box while living inside one, but thinking is one thing and doing is another. Careful planning is required before building and moving in. You can research on the internet.

There are several fun and practical reasons to live in a cargo container home. First of all, it’s cheaper for a shipping company to buy new containers than to transport empty ones back to the origin, creating a stockpile of containers in port areas that container home builders in the right place at the right time can obtain for the right price. Furthermore, most containers are made of metal which makes them sturdy even when stacked – not to mention resistant to weather, fires, and other natural (and unnatural) elements. They’re available in a variety of sizes (with most common being 8 feet wide by 8.5 feet tall by 40 feet long) that are ideal for modular housing and office use.

Finding a cargo container isn’t all that difficult. Contact Rolando at AZ Containers at 877-292-6937.

Based on three primary themes: Healthy, Simple, Efficient. This Architect wants the design to inspire residents to live without toxic materials, consume less overall, and use resources wisely. This compact urban home design would allow the home to be inserted into small, otherwise-wasted lots while still providing a decent amount of living space for residents. The staggered design of the two containers allows for increased upper-floor area as well as an interesting visual effect. The product would do equally well on its own or in a larger community full of similar units.

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•    The four shipping containers form a giant cross.

It is not the material that immediately springs to mind when building your dream home, but it certainly makes the property affordable. Farmer and architect decided to create his perfect home out of four shipping containers, but that doesn't mean he held back on the luxury elements. His mother thinks that by building this house, her 34-year-old bachelor son will attract a wonderful wife. 

'I'm desperate for him to get a gorgeous girl. I just want to see him happy,' she explains when the Grand Designs team turn up to cover the project.

But as the lorries carrying the huge container ships turn into the country lane, her expression is one of distaste rather than excitement.

'Pull, pull, would you pull, would you,' the movers shout at each other as the architect leans low, keeping his eyes on the bottom of the containers. But the experienced architect needn't have worried as, much to his relief, the bottoms of the container fit perfectly on their stone foundations. The architect designed both the interior and exterior of the containers, which were from a shipping container supplier in Belfast.

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