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Idle storage containers are being repurposed as storage buildings and homes. Ranging in length from 20 feet to 48 feet, they’re 8 feet wide and about 8 feet high inside, room enough for a compact living area. Finish the interior simply and functionally for use as a storage area or workshop. You can be fairly elaborate if you want an inexpensive solution to high housing costs by framing out the interior, hanging drywall and installing flooring. In either case, insulate your container to reduce condensation and mitigate temperature changes. Start with a detailed plan and turn a utilitarian shipping container into an attractive building.

INSTRUCTIONS

        1.  Plan your work before you begin. Determine where you will install electrical outlets, plumbing fixtures and interior partitions. Make a detailed drawing that includes measurements and locations. This is your project plan. Install your windows and exterior doors. Insulate both the exterior and interior of the container to prevent moisture condensation which can lead to rust and mold. Fill in the gaps around windows and doors with pieces of sheet foam insulation.

Install a 1/2-inch thick plywood floor over the container’s original flooring. Place metal hat channels for electrical wiring along the vertical support beams and the walls.

        2.  Use the welding apparatus to attach the steel studs to the interior walls of the container. Frame out interior partitions using the studs. Cover the studding with magnesium oxide drywall and use the drywall tape and joint compound to cover the joints. Smooth the joints with sandpaper or an orbital sander. Cut holes in the drywall for the electrical fixtures. Install electrical outlets and the bases of lighting fixtures. Build or install counter tops and cabinetry. Apply a laminate to the counter tops if you’ve built your own.

        3.  Paint the walls or apply wall coverings, such as wallpaper. Lay the flooring coverings and make cut-outs in it to accept plumbing fixtures, such as a toilet, bathroom and kitchen sinks, and floor drains. Use the trim molding to cover the places where doors, windows, floors, counters and cabinets meet the walls. Stain the molding. Install the plumbing fixtures and the finishing hardware, such as door hinges, door knobs, cabinet latches and towel bars.

If your interested in a container for a project like this or something similar, contact  Rolando at AZ Containers at 877-292-6937 to see how the most basic steel box to a customized, climate controlled storage or workspace with windows, they’ll have your solution on it’s way to you fast.

In a brilliant move to reinforce their brand (as a company that produces lovely faded-color bags from recycled materials) this German manufacturer chose to build a somehow beautifully industrial office and store tower completely from stacked shipping containers. This of course also helps them save on construction costs and make a bold statement on the skyline in addition to using recycled materials on their buildings as they do on their bags – a wonderful synthesis of design, sustainability and branding all around.

Wherever you are located in the country, AZ CONTAINER services are just a phone call away. If your interested in a container for a project like this or something similar, contact AZ Containers at 877-292-6937 to see how the most basic steel box to a customized, climate controlled storage or workspace with windows, they’ll have your solution on it’s way to you fast.

 

What are the possible options can come with these kinds specially modified containers?


With all of the features of a fixed training facility and the ease of installation of a portable trainer unit,  These are ideal solutions for many fire departments. These trainer containers can be permanent or semi-permanent installations and they also help to overcome zoning or regulatory issues. The Fire and rescue containers can range in different sizes and levels.  You can get stand-alone single containers, or larger stackable multi-level complexes. Also Non-fire, search and rescue units can be made upon request.

Some containers can have very special features, like movable interior walls could be repositioned if necessary.

Or another feature that could be purchased is a robust 10,000 cfm smoke generator which completely clouds a persons vision, which will give fire department rookies the simulation and practice of a real life search and rescue missions. Single or multi-unit container units can be equipped with many different naval props to accommodate maritime fire training drills.

For additional information regarding our storage containers for rental or sales, contact Rolando @AZ Containers at 602-723-9608.

CALGARY, Alberta-- A former carpenter says he intends to live "off the grid completely" in a house he's constructing out of shipping containers on land in Alberta.

"It's just going to look like a regular home," Bill Glennon said.

Glennon said the inspiration behind his intended 5,000 square-foot, four-story, four bedroom, five bathroom home -- complete with garage, workshop and media room -- came from his wife, Roseanne who spotted a newspaper article about someone else's shipping container home years ago, the Calgary Herald reported Monday.

Glennon and his wife, in their 50's, were looking for a retirement home and, making the rounds of home and design shows, didn't see anything they liked for under $1 million.

So, Glennon put his construction skills to the test and began drawing plans for his dream home to be built out of 30 shipping containers, each costing about $3,000 and weighing more than 11,000 pounds.

They began excavating in 2009 with help from their 19-year-old daughter, Kala Glennon's brother Bruce and sister Colleen who've helped with welding, the roof, painting, tile and lighting, the newspaper said.

Glennon says he wants to live "off the grid completely" and has put in a wind generator, a solar panel system and energy efficient windows with a solar hot water heater to come later. The whole project should be finished next spring with a total cost ending up at about $125 per square foot.

"Right now, we're trying to insulate the outside, and we're still waiting for the concrete to be poured on the roof, backfill the garage, and get some plumbing in," Glennon said last week. "We've got a long ways to go." For additional information regarding our storage containers for rental or sales, contact Rolando @AZ Containers at 602-723-9608.

 

 

 

Storage container architecture is a form of architecture using steel intermodal containers  (shipping containers) as structural element, because of their inherent strength, wide availability and relatively low cost.

Advantages- Strength and durability

Shipping containers are in many ways an ideal building material. They are designed to carry heavy loads and to be stacked in high columns. They are also designed to resist harsh environments - such as on ocean-going vessels or sprayed with road salt while transported on roads.

Modular

All shipping containers are made to standard measurements and as such they provide modular elements that can be combined into larger structures. This simplifies design, planning and transport. As they are already designed to interlock for ease of mobility during transportation, structural construction is completed by simply emplacing them. Due to the containers' modular design additional construction is as easy as stacking more containers. They can be stacked up to 12 high when empty.

Transport

Pre-fabricated modules can also be easily transported by ship, truck or rail, because they already conform to standard shipping sizes.

Availability

Used shipping containers are available across the globe.

Cost

Many used containers are available at a cost that is low compared to a finished structure built by other labor-intensive means such as bricks and mortar — which also require larger more expensive foundations. Construction involves very little labor and used shipping containers requiring only simple modification. For additional information regarding our storage containers for rental or sales, contact Rolando @AZ Containers at 602-723-9608.

 

How long do you plan on needing the container(s)? - This is a very important question because all major container rental companies have customers who rent containers for years and then do not understand why they do not own the container(s). Rental rates are structured as such that the rent does not apply towards the purchase of the container. Rental rates are very competitive and companies often lose money on delivery and pickup charges with the intention of making up for this loss in rental fees. The bottom line is that if you need the container for a few years or permanently you will be much better off purchasing a container.

Is your location adequate to host your container? - This is a very important question because there are requirements involved.

a) Delivery space: Proper delivery space is required in order for the delivery of the container to be possible. As a general rule of thumb you will need twice the length of the container plus 10 feet in a straight line to deliver the container with a standard tilt bed "roll off" style truck bed or trailer. Adequate clearance and width is also required but the amount of length is typically the issue that tends to be a problem at delivery. It is very common for people to assume that because they have 40 ft of space they can accommodate a 40ft container.

b) Restrictions: Certain sub developments, cities and counties have restrictions against containers. It is normally up to you to research this fact. Most container companies cover multiple cities and areas and you cannot expect them to keep track of all municipal restrictions in multiple areas. 

c) Location: The container needs to be in a good location. Is the location level? If not the doors may not function properly. If you plan to put your container in a location that is not level be prepared at delivery with wood blocks to assist the delivery driver in leveling the container. Adequate drainage? The areas should also have adequate drainage to avoid sinking.

What type of container condition are you expecting? In the container market there are good deals and there are really bad deals and everything in between. Good deals will most likely be a great container for a good price. If you come across a deal that is "too good to be true", like in most other cases, it probably is. Make sure you are very clear with the company you choose; what you are expecting condition. 

For additional information regarding our storage containers for rental or sales, contact Rolando @AZ Containers at 602-723-9608.

Modified containers are very popular and an excellent choice. Most mobile storage companies offer modified units and will work with you on the best container for your needs. Although painting containers is always a good idea some modifications have negative aspects. Popular "roll up doors" for example are not as secure and do not last as long as the standard Cargo door. Another fact to think about is that standard shipping containers are manufactured to create a weather proof 100% seal. If you modify the container in certain ways you may be compromising the inherent advantages associated with a water tight sealed container.Visit our modifications page on this web site when your done reading this article. When you speak to our sales manager, be very clear and specific about your modifications needs and expectations. 

For additional information regarding our storage containers for rental or sales, contact Rolando @AZ Containers at 602-723-9608.

Factory Paint.
These containers are manufactured, and painted in a controlled environment using multiple layer paint application. There are advantages of this process over the typical container refurbishment. These units are not old containers made to look newer. They are exactly what they look like, new containers. Refurbished containers can have rust issues under the paint. There are often rusty deteriorated steel containers with the rust simply painted over. Chances are you will also receive a container that was sprayed outdoors with water based paint which will only last a shorter amount of time then the factory paint. Not all refurbished units are bad containers. If the rust is ground off and the container is primered where the steel is exposed, you will not have issues with your refurbished container. Selecting a new container will take the guess work out of this completely.

No shipping label.
These containers are not painted bright colors with a shipping label company advertisement on them. They are typically solid one color and do not need to be repainted.

No let down and no surprises.
These containers are considered “like new” and you will not be surprised or have to worry about the condition your container(s) will be when they arrive at your location.

For additional information regarding our storage containers for rental or sales, contact Rolando @AZ Containers at 602-723-9608.

Containers are now available in all major metropolitan areas throughout the nation. An alliance has formed a network of small businesses that are familiar with your needs and agree to adopt and follow the Container Alliance Code of Ethics. This guide is designed to help you become familiar with industry terminology, container uses, common questions and problems.

This sale guide serves to help you get informed about buying a shipping / mobile storage container.

The first decision is to decide between renting or purchasing the container(s). If you plan on needing the container for an extremely long term or permanently, it is probably better to purchase rather then rent the container.  Before you make your purchase you should think about and research any municipal rules against containers in your area, in this case we would recommend that you contact your local city or county to determine if any local ordinances against containers exist. If you are unsure, or need more info or help with your municipality please contact the National Portable Storage Association.

If you plan to make a container purchase, you have many options. Containers are available in variable sizes and types. The most common is a dry freight container with a cargo door on one end. The dry storage containers or "dry vans" are very prevalent around the globe with millions in circulation. By far the most common is 20' storage or shipping containers and 40' Storage or shipping containers. You have the option of purchasing dry, insulated, refrigerated or modified containers, in various sizes. Availability varies by location across the county, but is general it will be easiest to find 20' and 40' containers. Please keep in mind that any time you stray from the common sizes and types you will pay much more and increase the risk of receiving a container in substandard condition. 

For additional information regarding our storage containers for rental or sales, contact Rolando @AZ Containers at 602-723-9608.

 

 

One of the buzziest is Burro Cheese Kitchen, hawking "artisan grilled cheese sandwiches" from a bright yellow shipping container.

AZ Containers has been providing mobile storage to greater Phoenix and across Arizona since 2002. We have built our growing business on the merits of being highly receptive and appreciative to all of our customers, delivering one-on-one service and high-quality products, and being flexible to respond quickly and effectively to meet our customers’ diverse array of needs. 

For additional information regarding our storage containers for rental or sales, contact Rolando @AZ Containers at 602-723-9608.