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The Many Uses of Different Size Shipping Containers

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Shipping containers are constructed to standard dimensions so that they can efficiently transport goods via trucks, trains and ships over long distances. The most frequently used size shipping containers are; the 40-foot container, the 20-foot container, and the 10-foot container. Each has their function when transporting cargo across the oceans. Likewise, they have unique benefits when they are re-purposed. The possibilities are endless; you can create many uses for the different size containers.


Here are a few suggestions:

10-Foot Containers

The 10-foot container is a small unit and is ideal when you lack space, but require the durability and mobility it offers. These are perfect for relocation and storage purposes. 10-foot shipping containers store the equivalent of a standard household’s items. They can easily accommodate furniture items. Due it’s compact size, they can very easily be modified and transformed into site sheds, small office spaces, in particular for those work in remote locations and whose workplace is not fixed. Do you need a designated work space away from the house without taking up too much of your backyard? A 10-foot container can be the solution to the problem. It can adequately accommodate a desk and chairs. It is a cosy, compact space to create a studio for an artist, or writer, providing the solitude to get the creative juices flowing.

20-Foot Containers

We are all aware of how versatile shipping containers are. The bigger the shipping container, the more creative you can be. Outdoor culture is prominent in New Zealand. This size container is ideal for creating an outdoor retreat, as it is mobile and one can install it with little effort. Therefore, suitable for the quintessential Kiwi bach or camping hut. A 20-foot shipping container can comfortably sleep a family of four. It is also ideal, for those who want to escape the hubbub of the city, and enjoy a weekend of surfing. A 20-foot recycled container can be modified into a ‘surf shack.' Skillfully using the space, to accommodate a kitchen, bathroom and bedroom. It has also been known to house a family, especially when you want to live in the middle of nowhere, as they can go anywhere because construction takes place offsite.

40-Foot Containers

Shipping containers are there for the taking, and lots of businesses are finding innovative ways of using these structures. 40-foot containers offer more opportunities to develop and modify due to their size. Shipping containers can be useful for almost any type of business. Creating offices, homes, mobile classrooms, etc. are growing in popularity. Many times stackable shipping containers are prominent, saving cost, reducing construction time and minimising your carbon footprint. More people are opting for living self-sufficiently and close to nature. Your off-grid home constructed of shipping containers can be installed, if you want to be nestled in the bush or on a hilltop.

The size, durability and versatility of the containers make it a valuable building initiative that is underutilised.

For more information on container modification, fill out our quick quote form or speak to our team of experts.

The Strongest Box in The World

Friday, March 18, 2016

Have you ever wondered what the ‘strongest box in the world” is? You have probably come across these ‘super boxes’ in a shipping yard or have seen it elsewhere, without giving it too much thought. You might be surprised to discover that there is a growing trend to re-use these ‘boxes’ because they are so strong, versatile and fairly simple to use. 

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According the General Manager of The ISBU Association International, John Sanders; “The world is waking up to the new ISBU trend. These shipping containers are the strongest, most flexible construction module in the world.” They are constructed to withstand the most severe weather conditions.  It is the most secure stationary structure for a home, pop-up store, storage unit, student dormitory, emergency shelter, to name but a few. Members of the ISBU association and readers alike have reported that the strength and durability of the shipping containers were of more interest than the cost. Let’s explore why it is referred to as “The Strongest Box in the World,” and how the surplus shipping containers stacked up in Global ports can be re-used.

Shipping Container Dimensions:

The standard ISO shipping container is 20-foot or 40-foot long; 8 feet wide; and 8.6 feet high. The taller HQ (High-Cube) container is available at 9.6 feet high.

The containers are constructed with Corten steel, which is stronger than traditional steel and is less likely to rust or corrode.  

The floors are made of very strong and durable plywood (thickness 28 mm) which is supported by a steel grid.  This comprises the base structure of the container.

These steel containers are adaptive to effective Eco insulation.

The containers are designed to ensure that they are weather resistant and resistant to mould, rodents, and bugs.

Versatility of Shipping Containers:

Due to the large numbers of unused shipping containers accumulating in the ports around the world, there is an increasing interest in re-using them.  They can be cleaned, and refurbished with any of the modern amenities and features required.  The 9.6- foot HQ containers are especially popular for designing houses. 

Art- spaces are created using shipping containers.  Artists are always at the cutting edge of innovation and design. It is not surprising that they would identify the potential of shipping containers and discover unique ways in which to use them (check out our modification page).  A nomadic museum was created in Santa Monica, by using shipping containers.  It was designed with the express purpose to travel around the globe. The “Hot Box Pop-Up Art Gallery Phoenix” is another example of how 20-foot shipping containers were used to create a pop-up gallery space. Artists are able to exhibit their work on a monthly basis.

Thanks to their durability, versatility, and friendly environmental footprint, an increasing number of shipping containers will continue to travel across the oceans, as well as create a second life as housing, emergency shelters, or just about any structure you can think of.

For more information about shipping containers don’t hesitate to contact one of our friendly team of experts.


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