‘I can't close my shipping container doors' – how
Are you having problems closing your shipping container doors and need help? There are a few possible reasons why this might be happening but if you recently bought a conta...
‘I can't close my shipping container doors' – how
Are you having problems closing your shipping container doors and need help?
There are a few possible reasons why this might be happening but if you recently bought a container, and it was delivered with the doors in the closed position, it’s likely because the ground you placed the container on is not level and causing the doors to rack.
Don’t worry, there’s usually a quick fix to it.
You see when a container is placed on uneven surface one end of the box is sloping in one direction and the other end is sloping in another, this causes the end frame to twist and doors to become un-aligned.
My container doors used to close just fine – what happened?It may be that when your container was empty the doors were closing without any trouble, but after loading cargo the problems started.
Why is this?
When empty the container can be rigid enough not to twist but after loading the box is pushed into the ground and forces a twist in the end frame, which means the door alignment is put out of place.
How would you know if this is the case with your container doors?
It’s usually quite easy to tell because if you stand in front of your container with the doors closed as far as they will go, you will see that the rubber door gaskets are not in line. In other words, one door is slightly higher than the other.
How to fix the problem.The solution is fairly simple and usually involves using a packer.
What’s a packer? it’s a spacer made out of steel, wood or cement for example.
Your container has 4 corners, you would lift the container up slightly and place a packer underneath one of the corners to level the container out.
But which corner should you place the packer underneath?Looking at the doors, see which one is hanging lowest and place the packer underneath the corner on this side.
After doing this you should now be able to close your container doors.
Why your self-storage business plan should include
7 reasons why shipping containers are the SECRET to a successful self-storage business plan.If you’re putting together your first self-storage business plan or just want t...
Why your self-storage business plan should include
7 reasons why shipping containers are the SECRET to a successful self-storage business plan.If you’re putting together your first self-storage business plan or just want to find ways to improve your existing one, then this article is for you.
Starting any new business can be risky but many self-storage site entrepreneurs are discovering that shipping containers can limit the necessary start-up expenditure, as well as adding value to their businesses.
Curious to know more?
Coming up are 7 reasons why shipping containers should be part of your self-storage business plan.
1) Lower your costs when starting or expanding a self-storage site.One thing’s for sure, people are often pleasantly surprised by the low cost to purchase shipping containers – especially newly built boxes.
Aside from the comparatively small investment needed there’s also longer term financial advantages too.
Containers are made from Corten steel and designed to endure harsh conditions at sea for many years, so they’re built to last.
There’s also a very healthy buyers’ market for used containers too. This means that if and when you want to sell any of your containers you’re likely to get a fair price.
When you consider the long life span and potential re-sale value, versus the initial low cost of buying containers it quickly becomes clear why they’re often the preferred choice for self-storage business owners who want to optimise their budget, and profitability.
2) Maximise your income and space by stacking containers.Getting the most out of your land is of course a top priority for you as a self-store business owner.
Fortunately shipping containers are engineered to be stacked several units high so taking advantage of this feature allows you to get more from your storage site.
By adding stairs and walkways your customers can easily get access to their containers whilst you enjoy the extra rental income.
3) Easily scale your business up (or down) when you need to.When you start writing your self-storage business plan it can be hard to estimate the amount of customer demand.
So buying a building with thousands of m. ft. only to discover you don’t need all that space is naturally something you’d want to avoid if possible.
With containers you can just add storage unit space as and when you need it, keeping your capital expenditure down.
Of course if you need to downsize at any time the containers have a re-sale value too.
Using shipping containers as store units mean you can easily scale the amount of storage space available, exactly when you need to.
4) Modifications mean almost anything is possible.You know what you customers want when it comes to self-storage, such as adjustable shelving for example.
With a shipping container you can have it modified to meet this need and many others including partition walls for smaller store units, personnel door access and lighting.
5) Security for you and your customers.One of the main priorities for any customer choosing a self-store site is likely to be security.
Containers have a reputation as being secure for storage because of their sturdy construction and lockbox feature.
As well as being made from high strength corten steel our new build containers come ready fitted with a lockbox, which helps prevent anyone from tampering with the padlock.
6) Durability helps your investment go furtherAs you’ve already seen, the long life span of containers makes them very attractive to buyers especially when you consider the relatively small outlay.
As well as being built from high strength corten steel containers are also coated with marine grade paint which helps fight off corrosion.
Of course using containers for site storage rather than shipping means their lifespan is likely to be even longer too.
7) Remain agile with the freedom to easily move your containers.If you want maximum flexibility on your land then the ease at which shipping containers can be moved is a real advantage.
It might be as simple as you just wanting to move containers from one part of your site to another, but you also have the option to easily relocate the boxes off site should the need arise.
This mobility keeps your options wide open.
Could including shipping containers in your self-storage business plan help you be more PROFITABLE?The self-storage industry within the UK and rest of the world is expanding.
As the sector grows it will be more and more important for entrepreneurs working in the space to find ways of staying ahead of the competition and remain profitable.
Shipping containers give you flexibility and help keep your costs down, but they also give you what your customers want in terms of secure storage.
5 creative uses for shipping containers
Summer houseTurning a shipping container into a summer house is a great way to utilise your garden, especially in the warmer months. A unique and stylish construction, it’s perfect fo...
5 creative uses for shipping containers
Summer houseTurning a shipping container into a summer house is a great way to utilise your garden, especially in the warmer months. A unique and stylish construction, it’s perfect for entertaining guests or simply enjoying time with family.
A key feature of many converted shipping containers is that they let in a lot of natural light, resulting in a very spacious feel - ideal for relaxing and enjoying the surroundings. How about opening it up to create a patio and outdoor seating, or even installing solar panels to help power the electrics?
Music studioConverting a container into a studio for music recording and production is like a dream come true for musicians. No more paying steep rental fees for studio space, you can create the music you want to, whenever you want to.
They have potential for great acoustics and sound quality, as well as full soundproofing - so even if you’re not wishing to record professionally, you can simply play somewhere without disturbance.
A shipping container is completely portable, so if you want to record on the road or are moving house it’s not an issue, and it can be made secure - so you can be reassured that your equipment and instruments are safe.
GymWith ever-busy work and life commitments, it can be tough to stick to a regular fitness regime. And with the rising cost of gym memberships, it’s easy to see why some people lose motivation when it comes to keeping fit.
A shipping container gym is the ideal solution for many. The convenience of being situated in a garden or annex means exercising can be much more time efficient; no travelling to and from the gym (and no queuing for machines) means more time to focus on your workout - and perhaps more motivation to go in the first place.
Able to house all manner of gym equipment, from weight lifting machines to bikes and treadmills, their durable and secure nature means equipment is kept safe and protected from outdoor elements, and teamed with large windows and the right placement, you can ensure your workout is always accompanied by great views.
Garden office or studioConverting a shipping container into a fully-functioning garden office or studio can create an inspiring workspace for your profession or hobby. As garden offices generally don’t require planning permission, it can be a quick and easy solution for efficient working from home. Whether you use it as a creative studio or as a traditional office environment, it can be the perfect space to channel your productivity.
The shipping container microbrewery industry is going from strength to strength at the moment, mainly down to the many benefits the format provides. Probably the most appealing of these is the cost-effective nature of a container - it’s much cheaper than building a new structure for a brewery, making it a lot more financially viable than bricks and mortar.
Their compact nature means they don’t take up much space, and they don’t need to be disassembled if moving to a new location. Plus if and when production increases, it’s easy to scale up; simply add another container where needed, either stacked on top or adjacent to the existing container.
Final thoughtsWith so many different ways to transform shipping containers, it’s no wonder that people are tapping into their creativity and designing great new uses for them, and we’re certainly excited to see what innovative purposes they’ll serve in the future.
The difference between New and Used containers
Do you know the difference between New and Used containers?With the frequent question being asked ‘what is the difference between new and used shipping containers?’ we have deci...
The difference between New and Used containers
Do you know the difference between New and Used containers?With the frequent question being asked ‘what is the difference between new and used shipping containers?’ we have decided to explain these differences so you can decide which one is right for you. For the purpose of this blog we will look at 20ft shipping containers as an example. There are a few obvious differences between new and used containers and it really depends what you intend to use the shipping container for.
ConditionThe first obvious difference is the condition of the container. A used container is aged and may have marks and scuffs on them and the paint may have faded over time, there may also be some surface rust. A used container is the perfect option if you are looking for somewhere to store items or if you don’t mind a few scuffs and scrapes. Whereas a new/one trip container will only have been used the one time and generally has no damage. A new container is a better alternative if you would like a more professional looking container and if you’re using it as part of your business.
ColourNew containers are usually one solid colour and have no shipping signs on them, they come with a lock box whereas a used container will often have shipping logos on them and normally come in the original shipping line colours or livery and have been shipped globally up until the point of sale.
ExtraNew containers have more air vents in them and they may also come with bamboo flooring. New containers will most likely come with a lock box. A lock box provides extra security, making it harder to cut the lock and open the container. Used shipping containers don’t’ usually come with a lock box as this is a feature which won’t be used in intermodal shipping.
We are always happy to provide our professional opinion, so let us help you find your perfect container. For further information or a quote, please get in touch with our sales team today.
Things to consider when hiring a shipping containe
Thinking of getting a shipping container rental? If you are, then you can expect plenty of benefits. First off, shipping container rental cost is a lot less compared to a purchase. It’s a wise c...
Things to consider when hiring a shipping containe
Thinking of getting a shipping container rental? If you are, then you can expect plenty of benefits. First off, shipping container rental cost is a lot less compared to a purchase. It’s a wise choice for a one-off or temporary use, as you won’t have to worry about storing, maintaining or disposing the container afterwards.
Shipping container hire and storage however, shouldn’t be done haphazardly. Just because it’s a temporary arrangement doesn’t mean you should just agree to any container. Following a few simple tips when hiring a shipping container can ensure that you get the best container for your needs and get the most value for your money.
Here are some things you need to consider when hiring a shipping container:
DimensionsIt’s important that you determine the exact size of the container you’ll need before you avail of shipping container hire. This will depend mostly on what you’re planning to put in the container and your reason for renting a container in the first place, but generally, it would be more economical to rent one single, large unit than several small ones. These containers are widely-used and as such are more readily available.
DurationAnother aspect you need to clarify is the length of time you’ll be renting the container. Of course, you don’t want to go beyond the agreed date of the return for the container. To make sure this doesn’t happen it would be smart to extend your rental duration a little more than the length of time you actually intend to use the container. This will give you a cushion of time so to speak, in case something comes up and you’ll need to use the container a bit longer. It may also be more cost-effective as many container companies offer discounts for longer-term leases.
DamageWhile shipping containers are no doubt durable, they aren’t indestructible. This is why you must first check the container before you go ahead with the rental. It’s important that you thoroughly check not just the exterior, but the interior as well. Check the walls, the floor, and the roof in particular. This part is not often checked due to its inaccessibility, but its integrity is vitally important. Even a small hole could mean the entrance of moisture and other contaminants into your container, and damage to whatever you place inside. Also check the doors, the hinges and locks. Make sure these parts are free from rust and broken parts and are in good working condition.
MaterialIt’s important to make sure that your container is made of durable, corrosion resistant steel especially if you’ll be exposing it to outdoor elements. Rust can be damaging not only to the container but also to the things inside it.
TransportWhen receiving or planning to transport your container, make sure that you have a pre-established itinerary that specifies its exact route, who will be delivering it and how it will be positioned. This is extremely important because containers are not ideal for transport through certain roads, such as those with tunnels, trees and power lines; and any lapse in handling can cause a major accident. It would be best if the container doesn’t have to go through extended periods of transport.
InsuranceMake sure you clarify insurance obligations with the container company. Most often this obligation is borne by the buyer, and any goods stored inside the container is the responsibility of the buyer. However, some companies such as Absolute Containers do offer warranties if in case you are not pleased with the container.
If you’re interested in shipping container storage rental, let the experts at Absolute Containers assist you. Give us a call today to let us know your container requirements.
Self-Contained Solutions: Hotels
Storage containers have proved to be a revitalising influence for the hotel industry. You would never guess was built entirely from recycled containers, to stylish boutique hotels that capitalise on t...
Self-Contained Solutions: Hotels
Storage containers have proved to be a revitalising influence for the hotel industry. You would never guess was built entirely from recycled containers, to stylish boutique hotels that capitalise on the colourful building-block possibility they offer, storage containers could well be the future standard for low-cost, high-speed hotel construction.
For more traditionally-built hotels – whether classic or modern in design and construction – that have no desire to replace their entire building with some big metal boxes, it may seem like a trend of no particular interest. But any hotel could benefit from embracing the increasing prevalence of storage containers in the industry.
Extra storageObviously, as the name suggests, a storage container could provide an incredible amount of additional storage for a hotel. Be it for laundry, equipment, supplies, or filing, external storage will keep everything together instead of dotted around the building wherever there’s space for it as well as allowing the most to be made of the hotel’s space.
Particularly useful for smaller hotels, this could see store rooms freed up to be converted to an extra room, or additional facilities. Keeping hotel operations out of sight could also greatly improve the experience for guests, particularly those travelling for pleasure.
Extra facilitiesA storage container could also provide a useful alternative for procedures and facilities that, while totally necessary for business, sometimes prove disruptive to day-to-day procedures – particularly for guests. A converted storage container could provide a test room for any planned refurbishments, allowing trials of new decoration and fittings, without taking an in-use room out of action unnecessarily while plans are protected.
Similarly, a sample showroom in a storage container could provide a valuable resource for staff training that won’t disturb guests and, again, won’t take a room out of action. A dedicated showroom could also open the door to franchise opportunities or help attract larger contracts for planned group stays. Whatever the use, the idea is to keep these processes separate from the daily operations of running a hotel.
A storage container will not be the right option for every hotel, as they will require a secure, external area to keep them secure, and out of sight to guests. But for those with the means, it could provide an as-yet unconsidered solution to some common problems.
Top Five Storage Container Uses: Schools
Few places have so many component parts as a school. From the pupils to the staff, the computers and the books, the rooms, tables and chairs themselves, schools have to house an awful lot of things in...
Top Five Storage Container Uses: Schools
Few places have so many component parts as a school. From the pupils to the staff, the computers and the books, the rooms, tables and chairs themselves, schools have to house an awful lot of things in order to provide the best possible education.
In fact, the amount of equipment a school needs seems to be growing by the minute, making the introduction of additional storage units a necessity – but these by no means have to take on the same role as the overflowing classroom cupboard. In fact, there’s a whole lot that can be done with the humble storage container to make it genuinely useful for a school environment – and not just in terms of storage. Here, we’ve got some of our favourite suggestions…
PE storageThough a storage unit would be a great solution for storing average equipment like gym mats and footballs, why not embrace the additional space a storage unit could give you and invest in some equipment your students could really get stuck into? Sports like trampolining and table tennis are universally loved by all ages but few schools can offer such equipment because of space constraints. Why not offer something different?
Emergency classroomsThere will always be those unavoidable situations where you need to look at alternate options in terms of teaching space. Whatever the reason may be, a humble office unit can offer the means of a classroom on a temporary or more permanent basis.
After school clubsOnce the school day is done, the last thing kids want to do is spend yet more time in a conventional classroom. Many after school clubs rely on empty classroom space when it comes to taking care of children at the end of the day, but wouldn’t it be amazing if there was a dedicated ‘clubhouse’ for attendees to go?
A converted storage container could provide a modern and useful space for such a club, providing space for toys and games to be stored away from the classroom. You could even integrate an urban garden on the roof space! However you decide to best convert a container, bright colours, cool seating options and hands-on elements will always be a success.
Classroom storageExams can be stressful enough for a school – not only do you have to bring invigilators in, manage the arrival and departure of exam papers and ensure all the strict rules are adhered to, special equipment is also required. Additional materials such as specialist papers, stationary and exercise books are always required, as well as exam desks and chairs – extra space would always be appreciated. What’s more, that space needs to be watertight and secure – a job that a storage container would fit perfectly.
Get inventive!Why not go the whole hog and get the pupils involved with an entire conversion effort, taking a storage container and making it into a sensory wonderland? Not only could it be the basis for an educational garden, it could be a play area, reading nook or research hub – the options are endless!
Shipping Container Maintenance
Shipping containers are constructed from sturdy steel and treated with marine-grade paint. The result is that they require very little in the way of maintenance. However, prolonged exposure to the el...
Shipping Container Maintenance
Shipping containers are constructed from sturdy steel and treated with marine-grade paint. The result is that they require very little in the way of maintenance.
However, prolonged exposure to the elements and day-to-day use can eventually take their toll. To ensure a shipping container stays in good condition for years to come, it’s recommended that you inspect the container periodically and complete any necessary repairs without delay.
Regular container inspectionThe number one way to ensure that a shipping container remains in top condition is to inspect it thoroughly at least once every few months, and make any repairs that are obviously needed.
Although most problems develop gradually, it’s always better to catch them before they become serious.
Inspect the floor of the container, the walls, the roof, and the doors for bulges, dents, chipped paint, rust, or corrosion. Also examine the lock-rods, hinges, and seals of the doors to ensure that they’re in working order. If you have a reefer, it’s advisable to hire a professional to carry out a thorough annual inspection of the refrigeration unit.
Maintaining the roof and wallsShipping containers that have been stacked often end up with dents in the roof. These can collect rain-water and lead to rust, so it’s best to repair roof dents as soon as possible. When inspecting a container, also look for any chipped or peeling paint on the roof and walls.
Most shipping containers are constructed from Cor-Ten steel, which is rust- and corrosion- resistant, and treated with water-resistant marine-grade paint. However, the container roof and walls will likely need to be repainted at some point during the course of the container’s lifetime. Don’t neglect to repaint a container when required because exposed steel can rust quickly.
Holes in the walls and roof of a shipping container are a major problem because they may allow cargo to get wet and can lead to rust.
If a hole is small, you can weld it closed. However, panels with larger holes may need to be replaced completely. These repairs require welding skills and, for safety, should be performed by someone who’s suitably qualified.
Caring for the doorsThe moving parts of a shipping container door can be affected by dirt and rust, so ensure that you keep these clean and rust-free. When performing routine maintenance, also ensure that you lubricate the door hinges and lock-rods thoroughly, and check the rubber seals.
The door seals on a shipping container will generally last for around 10 years – but if they are worn, cracked, or not performing their function properly, it’s best to have them replaced.
Maintaining the floorOver time, the flooring of a shipping container may become marked, dented, or chipped. Unfortunately, any marks or gouges in the wood can accelerate the process of rotting, especially if a container sits directly on damp ground or isn’t sufficiently ventilated.
If the floorboards are showing signs of rot, get them replaced as soon as possible. To further protect the floor, seal it with water-resistant paint every few years.
At Absolute Conatiners, we specialise in renting and hiring high-quality shipping containers, including containers converted for a range of uses – from offices to ablution blocks. Contact us for a quotation or to find out more.
4 Common Myths About Container Modification
If you’re considering building with shipping containers, you’re probably wondering whether storage containers are the right choice for your next project. This is to be expected — aft...
4 Common Myths About Container Modification
If you’re considering building with shipping containers, you’re probably wondering whether storage containers are the right choice for your next project. This is to be expected — after all, containers aren’t originally built to be converted.
Before you begin construction with shipping containers, it is vital for you to know all of the limitations, as well as the benefits, of building with shipping containers.
Luckily, when it comes to modified shipping containers, there is TONS of free information online.
There’s just one problem.
How do you know if this information is TRUE? Often, the people talking about converted shipping containers online are hardly experts, and they spread false information on the internet for all to see. As a result, several myths about shipping container modifications are circulating online.
In this article, we will go through 4 of the most popular shipping container modification myths so you can get the facts right and make the correct decision.
Myth #1: Converting a Shipping Container Costs Much Less than Traditional ConstructionIn this day and age, companies and individuals are always looking for ways to reduce costs and save money. So, naturally, when looking to build a new structure, people tend to gravitate towards cheaper options.
When architects first began building with shipping containers, they thought that the prefabricated containers would significantly decrease building costs. However, they soon found this to be not true.
You see, shipping container modifications are not very different from traditional construction. When converting a shipping container, builders actually use about 80% of the same materials as traditional construction. Though converting a shipping container may save you some money on building materials, the process will cost about the same.
The bottom line: Building structures with shipping containers can certainly save money, but you should be realistic with how much you intend to save and how much you’re willing to compromise to obtain those savings.
Myth #2: Shipping Container Modifications are TemporaryWhile researching for a permanent space, many people will ignore the possibility for a shipping container conversion. This is because they believe that shipping containers are “too temporary” for their project. However, as many of our satisfied customers will tell you, this is far from the truth.
Myth #3: Converted Shipping Containers are Not Transportable
The theory might make sense: once you build a shipping container structure, it remains static and cannot be moved elsewhere.
However, believe it or not, converted shipping containers are not necessarily stationary. In fact, they’re quite the opposite. Because shipping containers can be picked up and moved fairly easily, you can transport them virtually anywhere for their entire lifetimes! This is probably very good news if you plan to move your structure sometime in the future.
The bottom line: Modified shipping containers are surprisingly easy to move, and they can be transported anywhere for the entire duration of their life.
Myth #4: Custom Shipping Containers Are Contaminated with Noxious Chemicals
This myth is particularly scary, as it creates worry about safety and an insecure environment for humans. The myth goes like this: since shipping containers are shipped overseas many times, harmful chemicals could have spilled on the floors and deemed the container unsafe for humans.
If you are worried about your shipping container being contaminated, here’s some good news: it’s not true.
At Absolute Containers, we either use new containers, or we use containers that have made one trip. As for the latter, there are codes printed on the container that tell us what was shipped in them, and we will never use a container that could possibly harm you or others.
The bottom line: Unless you use 12 year-old used containers, our shipping container modifications are completely safe to use.
ConclusionWith the abounding wealth of online knowledge about shipping container conversions, it’s important to make sure you have all the facts. Hopefully, this article cleared up the most common misconceptions regarding shipping container modifications.
Are you ready to get started?At Absolute Containers, we take shipping container conversions very seriously. With our top-notch shipping containers and modification practices, we build durable and secure permanent spaces for any need. If you’re interested in modifying a shipping container for your next project, give us a call today.
History of Shipping Containers
For the past 60 years, intermodal shipping containers – standardised containers that can be used to transport goods across a number of different modes of transport – have been used to shi...
History of Shipping Containers
For the past 60 years, intermodal shipping containers – standardised containers that can be used to transport goods across a number of different modes of transport – have been used to ship cargo around the world.
Today, there are more than 17 million shipping containers worldwide, and upwards of 6000 container vessels make over 200 million trips per year.
Transporting goods prior to shipping containersPrior to the 1900s, goods were typically transported in bales, barrels, crates, or sacks, which had to be loaded onto cargo ships by hand. This was a highly labour-intensive process that could take a number of days.
Matters weren’t simplified by the introduction of trains for transportation in the early 1900s. The loading and offloading of cargo from a ship onto a train could take up to a week, adding considerably to costs and causing congestion in ports.
The first shipping containerAs the trucking business grew in North America in the 1930s and 1940s, different states introduced weight restrictions and levies, which increased the cost of transporting goods by truck.
This promoted Malcom McLean, the owner of the fifth largest transportation business in North America at the time, to look for a way to reduce the need for trucks in cargo transportation.
His initial idea was to transport entire truck trailers, with their cargo still inside, on boats. Unfortunately, this idea was not entirely practical, and McLean began working on an alternative solution.
In 1955, McLean sold his trucking business and purchased the Pan-Atlantic Steamship Company. His motivation for buying the company, which he renamed Sea-Land Shipping, was that it already had docking rights in many of the ports that he planned to use for shipping.
McLean went on to develop a standardised container that could be transported on a cargo ship. He patented his design for the first intermodal shipping container in 1956.
McLean’s containers were lockable, durable and stackable, and could be loaded and offloaded using a crane. This greatly simplified the process of transferring cargo from trains and trucks onto shipping vessels.
Following the development of the first intermodal shipping container, McLean purchased an oil tanker, which he modified to hold 58 of his newly created shipping containers.
McLean’s innovation made the transportation of goods far more efficient and cost-effective, allowing him to offer a 25 percent discount on the price of conventional cargo transportation.
McLean subsequently developed the first ship specifically designed to carry cargo. This ship, named Gateway City, could be loaded or offloaded at a capacity of 30 tonnes per hour – far superior to the 1.3 tonne per hour capacity possible before containerisation.
Standardisation of shipping containersDuring the first years of containerisation, many container sizes were used. However, containers were standardised in 1968, to streamline the transportation of cargo across a number of modes of transport.
Thanks to this standardisation, and to the use of McLean’s Sea-Land Shipping Company to transport supplies and weapons to the American troops during the Vietnam War, McLean’s idea for containerisation quickly spread.
It was during this period that European shipping companies, such as Britain’s P&O, Germany’s Hapag Lloyd, and Denmark’s Maersk Line, began adapting their vessels to carry shipping containers.
Over the next few decades, shipping containers became a primary mode for moving cargo across both land and sea. Around the world, ships, ports, cranes, and other equipment were adapted to accommodate the shift to containerisation.
Since the widespread introduction of shipping containers, containerisation has not only improved efficiency in shipping, but also drastically reduced the costs involved.
If it weren’t for McLean’s invention, international trade as we know it today would not be possible!
Shipping Container Pools: Pros And Cons
Innovation and shipping containers seem to go hand in hand. There are so many ways to repurpose and reuse them. One of the uses rapidly gaining popularity is as a swimming pool. But is converting a s...
Shipping Container Pools: Pros And Cons
Innovation and shipping containers seem to go hand in hand. There are so many ways to repurpose and reuse them. One of the uses rapidly gaining popularity is as a swimming pool.
But is converting a shipping container into a swimming pool as quick and easy as it sounds? We take a look at the pros and cons of this type of container conversion.
How it works:Instead of a pre-fabricated fibreglass pool or a concrete pool, shipping containers can be used as the shell of your pool, either by digging the container into the ground or simply placing it in your garden directly onto the ground.
The container will need to sealed and waterproofed to handle the amount of water it will hold. The corners and seams also need to be welded to strengthen the container, otherwise it won’t handle the outward pressure of holding the water, especially if it’s above ground.
Ideally, the container should be rust free and in very good condition. But if there are some minor rust spots, they’ll need to be properly treated. Above ground pools are usually finished off with nice edging and a ladder for easy access. Alternatively, they can be placed next to an elevated deck or patio. The container is then plumbed with a filtration system and filled with water, just like any other type of pool.
Containers Are Robust And Long-LastingAs long as the container is properly waterproofed and cared for, your pool should last many lifetimes with very little maintenance needed.
The Shape And Size Make For Great Lap PoolsContainers are generally fairly narrow and quite long. This shape makes for a near perfect lap pool.
They Can Be Above Or Below GroundContainers can hold their own shape with ease, meaning you can choose to either dig the container into the ground or simply place it on top.
They Can Be MovedA container swimming pool can be moved with relative ease at a later stage, especially if it’s above ground.
You’re Limited To The Size Of The ContainerContainers come in a few different sizes, but you’re still limited in how big your pool can be. The width in particular will always be very limited.
Containers Are DeepIf you want a child-friendly pool, you’ll need to do some clever adapting to make a shallow end. The container can be cut shorter, but that involves additional labour and cost.
They’re Not Necessarily CheaperDepending on the size and condition of the container, how you choose to install it and what added extras you want, a shipping container pool might end up a little pricier than you pictured.
They Can Be Tricky To TransportExpect to stumble into some complications if there’s limited access to your back garden or if the container needs to be transported a far distance to your house.
Just because you’re using a shipping container, doesn’t mean you can cut corners. You still need to pay particularly good attention to the plumbing and filtration system to ensure you don’t run into problems in the future.
You also still need to get planning approval from the council if you want a ground level pool, especially if it is close to your house or your boundary wall. There are required minimum distances from other structures when installing a pool.
Also, a shipping container full of water is going to be pretty heavy. Make sure the area where you put it can handle the weight. If in doubt, consult an engineer.
Shipping Container Offices
We offer container offices in a range of sizes – from basic site offices to luxury corporate offices, with or without insulation and air conditioning. We also offer containers that combine stor...
Shipping Container Offices
We offer container offices in a range of sizes – from basic site offices to luxury corporate offices, with or without insulation and air conditioning.
We also offer containers that combine storage and office space.
In addition to providing a range of standardised container offices, our expert team can customise office units, adding windows, shelving, carpeting, electrical points, lighting fixtures, extra security features and other amenities according to your specifications.
All conversion work is done on our premises. Once we deliver an office container, you can begin using it immediately.
Our office containers are ideal as:
Why is a Shipping Container Office Right for You?
Shipping Containers are Cost EffectiveShipping container offices can be considerably cheaper than the average office. With second hand shipping containers starting from a few thousand dollars depending on condition, the cost of your office depends on the modifications that are required such as electrical fit-outs, plumbing, doors & windows and air conditioning. Regardless of what you choose – a shipping container office will usually work out to be far more cost effective to building a traditional office.
Shipping Containers are ScalableImagine you’ve built an office complex and you suddenly need to take on a lot of extra staff and have run out of room. Building a new office building is costly and takes a significant amount of time. Now imagine you no longer need the offices – what do you do?
With shipping containers, it’s easy. Simply add offices as you require them – and remove or sell them when you don’t need them anymore. They are easily scalable, use a minimum footprint and can even be stacked if required.
Shipping Container Offices are PortableDoes your business change site often? Shipping container offices are portable and easy to transport, whether its short distances on the back of a truck, or overseas in a ship. This makes shipping container offices the ideal solution for businesses that operate in remote areas, are temporary in nature, or simply move around a lot.
Recycling shipping containers is environmentally friendly and sustainableSustainability is becoming more and more important these days with dwindling resources, carbon charges and moves towards greener building materials. By up-cycling with products such as second hand shipping containers, you help to conserve precious resources, while saving money.
Do you need some extra pop up office space?Contact our team at Absolute Containers and we’ll help you find the perfect temporary (or permanent) office space. We’ll show you how to take a simple shipping container, and with some modifications, transform it into the right office for your business.
Shipping Container Pool: The Ultimate Buying Guide
Do you know shipping containers make some of the most luxurious and stylish swimming pools? Yes, these are the new swimming pools in town. They are affordable, durable, easy to install and cost effect...
Shipping Container Pool: The Ultimate Buying Guide
Do you know shipping containers make some of the most luxurious and stylish swimming pools? Yes, these are the new swimming pools in town. They are affordable, durable, easy to install and cost effective swimming pools.
In this shipping container pool buying guide, I am going to discuss the benefits, parts, cost, design options, installation and FAQ about this accessory.
So today, I am here to help you acquire your dream pool by investing in a suitable shipping container pool.
Chapter 1: What is a Shipping Container Pool?Do you know what a shipping container is?
I am talking about the cuboid shaped containers made from steel with corrugated walls. The containers designed to transport and store products/goods during shipping.
I know this may sound strange…don’t worry you will appreciate these types of swimming pools in a moment. Just like you can fabricate shipping containers to make a house, you can also use it to make a swimming pool.
Today, a number of pool building companies fabricate these shipping containers to make swimming pools. From these big transporting steel boxes, people are building unique swimming pools of different designs, shapes, and sizes.
For instance, you opt for a pool made from a shipping container that has a fiberglass insert or different pool liner materials.
The best part:Shipping container swimming pools are relocatable. That is, you can move them from one point to another using cranes and setting them up take only a few minutes.
Now that you know what a shipping container swimming pool is, let me show you why you need it.
Chapter 2: Benefits of Shipping Container Pools (Here’s Why You Need It)If you go on the internet right now, you’ll find countless posts about how many people are transforming used shipping containers into pools busting with unique charm.
It is so refreshing to see the different approaches that people have taken to transforming these containers into fantastic swimming pools.
But wait a minute:Why do you think people are so much into the shipping container pool craze?
Why do you think these structures are gaining so much popularity right now?
Why should you as a homeowner want to install a shipping container pool in your home?
I know these are some of the questions you could be asking yourself right now.
Here is some truth:
Having and using a pool built from shipping containers comes with lots of benefits.
The good thing is that people are coming to this realization and are starting to take action towards the same. If you already own a shipping container pool, I bet you know what I’m talking about.
Like how affordable these pools are compared to the conventional models as well as the flexibility and versatility that accompanies them. I mean, containers are just an all-around winner when it comes to owning a swimming pool.
In the following sections, I’m going to highlight some of the benefits of shipping container pools.
2.1. Easy to Set Up and InstallA shipping container pool comes as fully functional units. It comes with plumbing, heating and electrical systems already installed as well as other features. With this pool, all you need to do is get the foundation ready.
When the pool is delivered you will install it, fill it up with water and you are good to go. There are no extra installation hustles and costs associated with shipping container pools.
2.2. Customizable for More Stylish Shapes & DesignsThe goodness of shipping container pools is that they can be modified to accommodate the specific style and functionality that you want. You can have a divider included in the pool so that one part is the pool and another a Jacuzzi/hot tub.
Similarly, your pool can be customized with LED lightings and even front windows for close monitoring of the happenings inside the pools. The window thing is especially useful for homes with children. It makes it easy for adults to monitor their kids inside the pool.
2.3. They are Affordable than Most Concrete Swimming PoolsThousands of shipping containers are dumped every day for sale as second-hand items. This abundance has made shipping containers readily available and thus very affordable.
It is the containers themselves that make up the primary structure of the shipping container pool. And while there will be other costs involved in creating the pool to your taste, container pools still represent huge savings as compared to traditional swimming pools.
This lack of structural works also makes it easier and possible for people with little architectural experience to build container pool to completion.
2.4. Steel is a Durable Material & So is Shipping Container PoolsShipping containers had a very tough exterior that’s made of prefabricated steel and welded together.
These containers are sturdy, robust and hardwearing. For those living in disaster-prone areas, a shipping container is a convenient option for swimming pool. They are built to withstand the harshest weather conditions, i.e., hurricanes and earthquakes.
In other words, containers are built to last. As such, a shipping container pool will allow you and your family with years of fun-filled swimming.
2.5. Shipping Pool Containers Guarantees Flexibility in InstallationContainer pools are not meant to be permanent at one spot. They are very mobile and can thus be transported easily any day anytime. This means that if at one point you move houses/locations, you can easily bring your container pool with you to your new home.
As you can see, these shipping container swimming pools have so many benefits. Maybe, it’s time to consider one for your backyard. But before that, let’s review the different parts and components of these pools.
Chapter 3: Parts of a Shipping Pool ContainerLike the traditional in ground swimming pools or above ground swimming pools, this accessory is also made up of different parts and components. Depending on the shipping container pool manufacturer, these accessories may have varying parts or components.
Still, take note of this:
Irrespective of the design, structure, sizes or shape the shipping container swimming pools tend to have common parts and components.
They all feature an almost similar working mechanism, and all serve the functions; to provide fun, enjoyment, and entertainment. Here are the main things that your shipping pool container must have;
3.1. Swimming Pool PumpThe pump takes note the heart of any swimming pool. Your container pool, therefore, should have a quality and efficient pool pump. A pump that is functionally effective in moving pool waters daily through the filtering system to remove dirt and unwanted debris off it.
The job of a swimming pool pump is to draw water from the pool, pass it through the filters and back into the pool. This procedure to prevent your pool waters from stagnating, thereby keeping algae and harmful bacteria at bay.
Take note that running a swimming pool requires a lot of input, from physical, mental to financial.
As such, you want to ensure that everything including the pump is well structured and fitted before you install and use it. Container pools’ pumping systems are often located below the stairs and deck.
3.2. Shipping Container Filtration SystemLike the pumps, a filtration system is very essential for any swimming pool. As such, you have to ensure that your container pool has a fully functional filtration system. Most pools, especially the outdoor ones tend to accumulate lots of dirt and debris.
Swimming pools tend to be infiltrated with algae especially during the humid months and when pool waters are left to stagnate. It for this reasons that a proper filtration system is essential to keep your pool waters clean throughout.
Again, like the pumps, container pools’ filtration systems can be located under the stairs and deck.
3.3. Shipping Container Swimming Pool HeaterA heater is an absolute necessity to help in the control of the temperature of your container pool water. Many of you that live in a warm climate may think that a heater is not that important to have.
In any case, you are the people that can benefit the most from having a heater in your container pools.
A heater in your container pool can help extend your swimming season two or even three times longer than you are used to. Without a heating system, your pool can cool down considerably notwithstanding when the days are still very warm.
So don’t worry because containers often come with heating systems already installed and all cost is inclusive of this. All you have to do is to inspect the pol to ensure that the heater is of good quality and that it works.
Also, note that the pools are fitted with different types of heaters. It could be an electric heater, gas heater, propane heater or solar heater. Just choose the container pool with the kind of heater that you most prefer.
3.4. Child Safety DoorOf all parts, the child safety door is one of the vital components of a shipping pool container. Manufacturers ensure that this part doesn’t miss due to the safety roles in plays especially for families with kids.
A child safety door provides restricted access to the swimming pool. Once this door is locked, you can rest assured that kids or pets won’t get into the pool unauthorized or unsupervised.
All this helps to reduce the chances of swimming pool drowning and other related accidents.
3.5. Swimming Pool LinerSo what is a pool liner?
Also known as a vinyl liner, a swimming pool liner is a membrane that covers the pool’s interior surfaces. It helps to hold or contain the pool waters. Shipping container pools do make use of these liners to help make them watertight. The liners could be vinyl, layers of plywood, or just watertight welding and paint.
Extra layers of steel that are rust treated and painted are also used in some container pools.
3.6. Shipping Container Swimming Pool StairsAbove ground container pools have stairs that lead up to the pool. Of course, it is essential to have stairs for any aboveground pool otherwise getting on and off the pool can be troublesome.
The stairs can be wooden, concrete, steel, etc. Whatever material and design you prefer. That is the goodness of shipping container pools – they are versatile.
Chapter 4: Shipping Pool Container vs. Traditional Pools (Ultimate Comparison of the Key Features)
Shipping container pools provide homeowners with an option to consider when it comes to owning a swimming pool. I know most people are used to the traditional concrete swimming pools. However, this is not the case with the innovations and developments in the swimming pool industry.
As a swimming pool enthusiast, it is worth trying something new. Probably, you could be having several thoughts in your mind on the type of swimming pool you should go for.
Well, below is an ultimate comparison between shipping pool container vs. traditional pools.
4.1. Swimming Pool PriceOne thing that comes up when discussing these two swimming pool option is cost.
If you research around especially on the internet, you will find that advertisers are praising the container pools as being the ultimate cost saving pool option.
And that is a fact that I cannot deny – they guarantee significant cost saving. Well, there is no doubt that a shipping container pool will allow you to save some money.
Of course after buying the used shipping container, you will fabricate it then add other accessories such as:
4.2. Which Swimming Pool Guarantees Flexibility?When I talk of flexibility, in this case, I am referring to the movability factor. Shipping container pools can be moved from one location to another with ease.
So when you are moving locations or merely want to upgrade your pool, you can easily relocate with it or even sell it to a willing buyer. All you need to move this pool is uninstall it and put it on a truck to wherever. Traditional pools can’t be moved…we all know that.
They are permanently built into or on the ground.
This means that when you no longer want the swimming pool the only option, you would have if to demolish it from its spot. If you are moving homes, you just have to leave the pool to the new owners. You can factor in the cost of the pool in the selling price of the home or just leave it.
4.3. Versatility of the Swimming Pool
The truth is:Shipping container pools are more versatile compared to traditional pools.
But is it so?
I think they are equally versatile. Both pools can be designed according to whatever the owner desires. This includes the shape, size, custom features, etc. None of the pools limits you to one design, shape or size. Maybe the shipping container may limit you to some extent due to its material and the structure. Still, you can fabricate to any shape depending on your specifications.
But the reality is – the process will only increase the cost of the pool.
Chapter 5: Shipping Container Pool Options (Which Pool Option Suits You Best?)
Owning a shipping container pool can happen in different ways. You can order a custom-made pool from the manufacturers, buy an existing model or build one from scratch. It all depends on what you find most preferable to you.
But oh well!
It doesn’t matter how you get the pool, as they say, the end justifies the means. So if you want to own a shipping container pool, you can consider the following options;
5.1 Buy Custom Made Container Swimming PoolAs an option, you can have your pool custom made to your specifications. This means that the pool will have to work with your needs and budget. Take note that this may not be cheapest out there, but it is the easiest way to get your dream swimming pool in the form of a shipping container pool.
Also, although expensive, custom-made container pool will allow you have your dream pool, with all the features and functional ability that you desire.
So here is the thing; when it comes to custom-made container pools, you can order one that has an existing base model and then gets it customized to your taste.
You can as well just choose your custom features from the start and have the pool designed similarly from scratch. One important thing that you should note about these two options is that they are relatively expensive. And between the two custom-made options, there is quite a wide margin in the cost range.
Nonetheless, you can still save some money if you choose your features in consideration of your budget. Getting your pool custom made also helps you to avoid some of the common mistakes made by those building container pools themselves without even a little bit of architectural experience and research.
5.2 Buy Existing Container Swimming PoolThe other option to getting a container pool is to buy an existing unit. Honestly, this is way much easier than even the first option. It is also less draining both mentally and physically because you know exactly what you are getting in advance.
Unlike the first option where you can get disappointed when your container pool is not built according to how you ordered it.
Note that while buying an existing unit may be cheaper and easier, it has limited flexibility. This is to mean that you can’t make this pool your own as you would with a custom made one. Nonetheless, if you can get a suitable container pool that has features you love, and that is within your price range, you can give this option a shot.
5.3 Build your Container Swimming PoolAs an alternative to buying a custom-made container pool or an existing one, you can also build your pool by yourself. If you have even the slightest architectural/structural idea, building a shipping container pool by yourself shouldn’t be a big deal.
Also, if you are the kind of people that like to learn new things, you can try your hand at building a shipping container pool for you and your family. But why build by yourself when you can easily order one to be made for you?
Well, among all options provided herein, the DIY approach can save you lots of money in return. By building the pool yourself, you get to monitor and control every single thing that concerns the pool. This allows you to create your pool exactly how you want it.
It in a way gives you the opportunity to turn your swimming pool dreams into reality. Also, you get to know how everything functions from the heaters, filters, etc. You get to know if the pool is safe and if the materials used are of good quality.
If you are looking to find out more to get your very own container swimming pool give our team a call.
Creative Container Conversions From Robust Shippin
The invention of the world’s first shipping container by an American businessman more than 60 years ago revolutionized trade and transportation. Today, they are not only used internationall...
Creative Container Conversions From Robust Shippin
The invention of the world’s first shipping container by an American businessman more than 60 years ago revolutionized trade and transportation. Today, they are not only used internationally for transport and logistics, but also for cold-storage, and offshore oil and gas, and you’ll see shipping containers on the move in most of the world’s busy harbours.
But steel shipping containers aren’t only used for shipping goods. Container conversions are showing up all over the world in a myriad of forms from houses, schools, and clinics to offices, workshops, and even compact retail space.
When it comes to converted containers, there are more options than most people imagine, and so it’s important to think out of the box. After all, shipping containers are just that – large, steel storage boxes. But as soon as you start visualizing these big boxes with doors and windows, roofs and gutters, that are fitted or furnished for purpose, you’ll see how they can be converted into an incredible assortment of container homes, container offices, and other container buildings.
Ten Advantages Of Using Converted Shipping ContainersVariable sizes: Containers are manufactured in different sizes from quite small 3m-long units to large 12m-long units that offer loads of space.
Modular: You can use one container on its own or combine several for a more versatile solution. In really creative container conversations you might find multiple units used to create double-storey buildings.
Customisable: When you think of a shipping container as a versatile building shell, you will realize that it can be modified in just about anyway. Container homes and container offices incorporate plumbing, electrics, storage, appliances, fixtures, fittings, and whatever furniture is appropriate.
Cost: Like all forms of building, the design and size of converted shipping containers will have a direct impact on cost. However, generally, container conversions are considerably cheaper than building from scratch.
Durability: A tough steel box is one of the most durable shells for any building – and this is what converted shipping containers are. But that’s just the shell. Shipping containers are also incredibly versatile.
Versatility: Shipping containers can be converted into storage for just about anything. With practical consideration and creativity, they can be transformed into luxurious little homes – some of which aren’t that small. They can also be easily converted into low-cost houses, remote site accommodation, warehouses, and offices. With cladding inside and sometimes outside too, creative container conversions don’t even resemble containers!
Speed of conversion: While you will need approved plans if you’re going to live in a converted container or use it as an office, the construction/conversion phase is considerably shorter than most other forms of building. Basic conversion of a single container is normally done off-site and delivered to site ready for installation.
Minimal: substructure work Container conversions don’t require extensive earthworks and foundation work. You do need professional design input, but sitework is simplified.
Mobility: Because there are usually no foundations, container offices and container homes made from single containers can be moved relatively easily.
Ease of repurposing: Unlike a conventional house, remodelling is considerably easier with converted shipping containers. If multiple containers have been used they can be reconfigured, and their internal spaces can be changed by adding or removing dry-walling.
Absolute Containers offers a range of converted shipping containers that are suitable for use as offices, workshops, clinics, as well as for accommodation and ablutions. Contact us to see how we can help you.
How the Shipping Container Took Over the World
Shipping containers, since their invention, have brought about a massive transformation in the way trading of goods is done around the world. It is a boon that made efficient transportation of heavy c...
How the Shipping Container Took Over the World
Shipping containers, since their invention, have brought about a massive transformation in the way trading of goods is done around the world. It is a boon that made efficient transportation of heavy cargo across national and international boundaries possible.
Before shipping containers
Individual goods were loaded directly onto the cargo ships. This process was given the name of break-bulk shipping.
Each ship would carry approximately 200,000 individual pieces of cargo. Cargo was loaded at around 1.3 tons per hour. Loading and unloading individual items on and off the ships would take around a week.
Loading the individual items on the ship would cost $5.86 per ton.
60 to 75 percent of the cost of transporting cargo by sea was made up of portside costs that would include labour, loss of time, damage and theft of cargo.
Invention of Shipping Containers
In 1956, an American entrepreneur by the name of Malcolm McLean invented the shipping container.
The world’s first container ship, “Ideal X”, was set sail in 1956. It carried 58 shipping containers from New York to Houston.
The demand of shipping containers increased heavily during the Vietnamese war. To help the war effort more than 1,200 containers were transported on a monthly basis.
21st Century Shipping Containers
With the invention of shipping containers, their popularity only grew with time. From less than 50 million container lifts in 1980 to more than 600 million container lifts in 2012 in Asia, Europe and North America collectively, their growth has been tremendous.
Cargo can now be loaded at a rate of over 10,000 tons per hour.
As opposed to 0% transportation of goods using shipping containers in 1955, now 90% of every purchased item has been shipped inside a container.
Approximately 675 shipping containers are lost at sea each year. More than 500,000 shipping containers are abandoned and re-purposed for other uses such as building homes on a yearly basis.
The largest container ship can carry over 19,000 containers at a time. China was the top exporter of Containerized Cargo in the year 2010 followed by the United States. As you read this article there are more than 20 million containers currently traveling across the oceans and that’s more than 1,000,000,000 bananas!
5 Things to Consider Before Owning Container Homes
Shipping container homes have graced many design magazines, often featured as alternative to expensive home building venture, while providing flexibility typically not found on conventional ...
5 Things to Consider Before Owning Container Homes
Shipping container homes have graced many design magazines, often featured as alternative to expensive home building venture, while providing flexibility typically not found on conventional home designs. Sure, there’s a reason why container houses have gained popularity lately, as response to congested cities, rising housing costs or just a need to feel what it’s like to live in an unconventional residential dwellings.
But in your case, would you consider trading your old established abode to a home built in a box out of innovation, conservation or cost cutting exercise? If so, there are things you should check first before joining this emerging trend in housing construction.
1. Buy the right shipping container.
Since pre-built homes made of shipping containers are not available for purchase, you must be knowledgeable enough to buy the right container to upgrade into your future home because, as you know already, buying a shipping container to convert into a house isn’t like buying clothing or books that you can easily discard if you found out it’s not what you’re looking for. But just like many other purchases, you need to look at the box and inspect it before deciding to buy it. Does it contain rust and corrosion? Is it dusty, did it previously carry hazardous materials or need repainting job? Such considerations are essential to selecting the box. With a reputable dealer, one can get assurance that the purchased shipping container is ideal bet for conversion into a home.
2. Get to know your local housing regulations.
Building such unconventional (by today’s standards) housing models are expected to fall under close scrutiny of housing regulators or urban planning office. Depending on where you plan to construct your shipping container home, fire and safety regulations, zoning regulations, building height restrictions and so on may vary. Also, home insurance may even reject your application for coverage if your shipping container house is beyond its standard definition of a conventional residential dwelling. For example many crate houses are too small to even be considered as houses for zoning purposes.
3. Understand cost considerations.
Even if shipping container homes are less expensive, prices vary depending on where you are. For starters, used 20-foot shipping containers. Then there’s the cost of hiring a competent contractor with relevant experience — if they are available in your area — plus custom retrofitting’s, furnishings, plumbing and electrical installations, costs may exceed a typical two-bedroom unit if no prior cost calculations are made.
4. Consider insulation and long-term habitation issues.
Shipping containers are normally built with steel and iron materials which is built for strength and durability when transporting items across long distances. However, long term human habitation on them is a different story. Living in a container house can be unpleasant to human standards as temperatures can fluctuate between chilly and sweltering depending on where you live and the season of the year. Would you rather install air conditioning unit in perpetual operation or extra heating mechanism to increase to stabilize indoor temperature even if it means higher electricity bill and counterproductive to your mantra of living in an eco-friendly environment? Check the local climate and available designs suitable to the changing seasons, and your region.
5. Availability of contractor with experience.
If you have no experience nor confidence in building your shipping container home by yourself, hiring a contracting company is most likely you’re only other option. There are those that specialize in converting shipping containers into homes, while others are experts in interior design, furnishing or architecture. Your decision to build your shipping container house should also lean heavily on this factor. Hiring some construction company with no prior experience could spell disaster, unintended costs and uninhabitable home so make sure this is sorted out before making the go signal.
Buying a shipping container and converting it into your home requires calculated risk. Sure it may cost lower, provide innovation in design or even redefine how you and your family live, but checking the above factors helps you make wise decisions. And if it leads to your newly-converted shipping container home, this decision can be a rewarding experience.
Shipping container accommodation, a rising trend in affordable accommodation alternatives, hold many advantages, considerably outweighing its disadvantages. At Absolute Container, we can provide ...
Shipping container accommodation, a rising trend in affordable accommodation alternatives, hold many advantages, considerably outweighing its disadvantages. At Absolute Container, we can provide you with quality shipping containers for your money's worth. You can, therefore, be 100% assured that our product will make for reliable shipping container accommodation! Commonly, shipping containers are also used for storage, warehouses or market stalls. In Europe, one of the biggest shopping mall consist out of various alleys made up of stacked shipping containers. The famous coffee shop, Starbucks Coffee, has also embarked on building a shop using shipping containers.
The various advantages of shipping container accommodation:
Availability: Shipping containers are widely available, across the nation and across the globe. Absolute Containers is one step ahead, by ensuring that our shipping containers are quality and not just quantity!
Affordability: When compared to building material costs and labour costs, shipping container accommodation provides a low-cost alternative.
Strength and Durability: Shipping container accommodation can withstand harsh elements and the test of time. Shipping containers are designed to carry heavy loads and can be stacked upon one another. Shipping container accommodation is secure and reliable, with a strong foundation and modular elements.
Transport: A shipping container home can easily be moved to a certain location, and moved to another after. By means of ship, truck or railway, shipping containers can be transported worldwide! At Absolute Containers, we offer nationwide transportation service to ensure that you receive your shipping container home on time and in immaculate condition!
Eco-friendly: Tradition building materials, like bricks and cement, are excluded from the equation. In contrast, only one material is used: steel. And when a shipping container is upcycled, thousands of kilograms of steel, is saved!
A shipping container has modular elements, therefore it can be customised to your want and need. If you are looking for spacious, but affordable accommodation, you can stack up to twelve empty containers one another. Transport it into an office, a storage room, a cold room or any container accommodation of your choice!
Visit Absolute Containers today for quality shipping container accommodation!
Luxurious Container Homes
Container homes can be seen just about anywhere these days, not so? It seems they're becoming quite popular. And it makes sense. After all, containers can be converted into any type of home w...
Luxurious Container Homes
Container homes can be seen just about anywhere these days, not so? It seems they're becoming quite popular. And it makes sense. After all, containers can be converted into any type of home with all the necessary conveniences like plumbing and electricity. Here at Absolute Containers we convert containers into luxurious homes daily. But, when it comes to container homes, there are some really amazing ones out there. Now, when it comes to buying homes many people still prefer good, old-fashioned bricks and mortar. But times change and even bricks and mortar eventually have to give way to something new and improved. In this article I hope to show you some of the amazing container conversions from all across the globe.
We all dream of owning a beautiful home but it's not always feasible due to financial concerns. Well, some people are undaunted by that and will find more creative ways to build a home. Take, for instance, this lovely home in Antwerp, Belgium. Designed by Sculp(IT), this four story home has been built entirely out of shipping containers. The bottom floor is used for reception and dining and the top floors are used for living and sleeping and, to enjoy the view, there's a Jacuzzi on the roof. If the city live is too much for you, how about a nice home on the beach. Well, if you ever happen to be in Redondo Beach, California you might come across a gorgeous home also made from shipping containers. But, by looking at its beautiful, posh exterior and 20 foot high ceilings you'll never guess it. Designed by Peter DeMaria Design, this magnificent home is kitted with all the luxuries like an artist studio and a pool. And it's right next to the beach. Now that's serious style.
If we think of exquisite artwork a number of place names may come into mind. One of those names may be Paris, France. The French are certainly creative people, aren't they? Well, if you head north to a town called Lille you might find another beautiful French creation. This creation, however, is not on a piece of canvas but a home built from shipping containers. Designed by Progeco Dunkirk and Patrick Partouche this stylish home was made from 8 shipping containers with a trendy interior and lots of space and it took only 3 days to build. Every home has its own artistic touch and a shipping container home in Brisbane, Australia is no exception. Made from 31 shipping containers, this luxury home sports several balconies, a patio and a pool and a beautiful wooden exterior finish. It's also decorated with graffiti art (on purpose) that gives it a unique look.
Of course, if you're looking for trendy, you won't do better than Williamsburg, Brooklyn in New York, with its beautiful turn-of-the-century brownstones and quaint little shops. An unusual home is currently being constructed in Williamsburg that would probably turn a few heads. This three story home is built entirely out of shipping containers, 21 of them in total. Although not finished yet, it will feature a fireplace, several outdoor decks and a home theatre complete with stadium seating, a pool and even an underground garage. This gorgeous home has been designed by the architect company LOT-EK and, when it's completed, will only add to this trendy and stylish neighborhood that was once home to several famous personalities like Barry Manilow and Barbara Streisand, just to name a few.
Beautiful homes are only one of the amazing applications we can create here at Absolute Containers. No matter what you're looking for, we can create it for you. We specialize in container conversions and we can readily customize any conversion for our customers. We make mobile classrooms, walk-in freezers, ablution facilities, guard houses, mobile clinics and, yes, luxury homes. So, don't you think it's about time that you go modern and come see us about a container conversion just for you? Come and pay us a visit or check out our amazing selection of conversions. I bet you we can find something in your size.
Wacky Container Conversions
Here at Absolute Containers we do all sorts of container conversions and most of our client's needs are pretty standard. Most of our clients use shipping containers as site offices on construction...
Wacky Container Conversions
Here at Absolute Containers we do all sorts of container conversions and most of our client's needs are pretty standard. Most of our clients use shipping containers as site offices on construction sites. We also create a lot of walk-in freezers for our customers. Many times, a client simply needs a shipping container for extra storage space or to use as a refuse bin. But, since we're on the topic of container conversions, we thought we would give you a few examples of the more off-the-wall and wacky ideas for shipping container conversions:
1.An intrepid business man in Wallingford, Seattle has constructed a quaint guest house. What makes this guest house different from other guest houses is that it's built entirely out of used shipping containers. Each chalet is fitted with all the amenities including AC, a kitchenette and satellite TV and rated as one of the best guest houses in the area.
2.Everyone loves a good swim now and again. Especially on a hot, South African summer's day, right? Well, have you ever imagined swimming in a shipping container pool? A US based company called Macro-Sea created several pools at a party hosted in Brooklyn, New York recently. These pools are completely self-contained with a filtration system and made from shipping containers.
That looks absolutely refreshing!
3.Ever went camping in a caravan? A lot of fun, is'nt it? Well, a company in New Zeeland has taken the idea of a caravan and applied it to a shipping container. This amazing mobile home looks like a normal shipping container but, at the push of a button, it folds out into the perfect holiday home, complete with a deck, a lofted sleeping area, large internal cupboards, a kitchen, a shower and bathroom with a toilet and a dressing room. It's even solar powered. But don't get your hopes up. It's not available in SA yet and it retails at a hefty US$9000!
4.I don't think anyone can imagine a veggi farm in the center of Johannesburg, can they? A French artist and designer named Damien Chivialle has come up with a new concept of creating a micro farm, complete with greenhouse and organic veggie garden, entirely built out of a shipping container. These Urban Farm Units (UFU's) are completely self-contained, and is powered by an aquaponics system that can easily produce fresh fruit, veggie's and even fish.
5.I'm sure many of us have driven past that new student apartment complex in Newtown made from shipping containers. Well, in Holland, shipping containers converted into low-cost housing is making a big entrance, specifically due to their housing problems. In London, England, local municipalities are using shipping containers to provide low-cost housing and homeless shelters for the poor on disused lots.
6.We all like to knock back a few cold ones after work or during a night out, don?t we? Well, a business owner in Christchurch, New Zeeland has opened up a nightclub made entirely out of shipping containers. Called the Cargo Bar, ironically enough, this nightclub features a fully stocked bar, kitchen and several dance floors and often hosts upmarket parties and social functions.
A container complex in London.
7.Speaking of clubs and restaurants, a popular Mexican eatery in London's trendy suburb of Soho called Wahaca is built entirely of shipping containers. But don't let that fool you. As far as Mexican eateries go, this one is very trendy and apparently very upmarket. They follow a strict dress code and patrons can spend a pretty penny on all the delectable meals and cocktails.
8.And, finally, we all know that shipping containers can be used for anything but have you ever heard of a shipping container being used for bug extermination? A country house outside London apparently uses a converted shipping container to rid their expensive carpets of creepy crawlies. The container has been converted into a freezer and, instead of relying on pesticides; the owners keep the carpets at -20 degrees Celsius for two weeks to rid themselves of the carpet-chomping critters.
Well, we're happy to have brought you some of the wacky, quirky container conversions the world over. Remember; here at Absolute Containers we are always open to new ideas and new innovations and new customers. So, if you're looking to add some additional space to your home or business, give us a call and maybe we can come up with a few madcap conversions as well.
Yip, the Cargo Bar is a classy place.
Benefits of Walk In Freezers
Theres nothing like a cold beer on a hot summers day, is there? How about a delicious meal or a cup of coffee at your favorite restaurant. Theres also no denying that freezers and cold rooms are ...
Benefits of Walk In Freezers
Theres nothing like a cold beer on a hot summers day, is there? How about a delicious meal or a cup of coffee at your favorite restaurant. Theres also no denying that freezers and cold rooms are essential details in the hospitality industry and our modern lives. At Absolute Containers attention to detail is of the utmost importance to us. You can see it in the efficiency of our services, the professionalism of our staff and the manufacture of our products. We understand that attention to detail is what brings you (and us) repeat business. Of all the products we manufacture, cold rooms and walk-in freezers are our specialty. The manufacture of equipment for the hospitality industry is a practice of precision. Preparation and cooking is the name of the game but fresh food and produce is the most important. Walk-in freezers and cold rooms require great attention to detail and that is exactly what we provide our clients.
South African weather conditions can be harsh so we engineer our cold rooms and walk in freezers to cope with strenuous conditions. Standard or customized control panels are also available on request for optimal and easy temperature control. Whether youre storing venison, beef or vegetables, our cold rooms or walk in freezers will keep it fresh for you, ready for preparation and consumption. We also use your choice of plain or fluted panels in the manufacture of your cold rooms or freezers. We deliver and construct mobile or free standing units wherever and whenever you need it. All cooler and freezer parts like condensing units and expansion valves are carefully packed and, along with the paneling, are ready for assembly by our skilled staff. Apart from cold rooms and walk in freezers we also container reefers that can be used as mobile frozen/cold storage.There is no end to what we can achieve with our products.
At Absolute Containers we understand that your business depends on functional equipment and that?s exactly what we provide. We strive to please our customers and will readily go the extra mile for our clients. All our units are available for sale or rental but we can almost guarantee that, after one use, you will most certainly want to buy. As your business grows, so does your storage needs and our customized units can be altered to provide extra storage space. We can say with absolute certainty that you will be pleased with the level of service we provide.
Contact Absolute Containers for custom Walk in Freezers and Coldroom containers
The History of Container Conversions
Converted containers can be seen everywhere these days. If you're a resident of Soweto you most likely drive past a few converted containers being used as Spaza shops on your way to work or home. ...
The History of Container Conversions
Converted containers can be seen everywhere these days. If you're a resident of Soweto you most likely drive past a few converted containers being used as Spaza shops on your way to work or home. Your kids probably have classes inside a converted container at their school since the use of converted containers is quite popular at schools. If you ever drive through Newtown you'll notice the new Mill Junction student accommodation flats converted out of the cities old grain silos and used shipping containers, painted with a colorful motif and a beautiful addition to the Johannesburg skyline. Construction of this interesting apartment building was completed on January of 2014 and doors opened on February sporting a total of 375 individual apartments, a library and studying facilities and panoramic views of the city. An interesting development is happening in the northern suburb of Winsor, where contractors are building a new upmarket apartment complex entirely out of shipping containers. Completion of this apartment complex should happen around July and flats will be available for purchase or leasing. Containers are converted into spazas, classrooms, walk-in freezers, mobile art galleries, even restaurants. The famous Mexican eatery, Wahaca in the trendy suburb of Soho in London, was constructed entirely out of used shipping containers.
Converted containers are a relatively new idea. The modern shipping container has been around since the 1950's. The famous American transport entrepreneur Malcolm McLean was the first person to envision the sealed shipping container as we know it and made a fortune off its retail profits. Since then the use of shipping containers to haul goods of all types has become fundamentally universal, used by all major shipping companies for transporting goods all over the world. If you're a resident of Durban, PE or Cape Town you can attest to this, seeing container ships arriving and departing SA's various seaports daily. Converted containers only started in the late 80's and early 90's. A British company called Bell Containers came up with the concept of outfitting used containers into livable accommodation used on construction sites. Their tagline was the site accommodation specialists and, out of their original concept, a myriad of ideas where born. Soon afterwards other companies started converting containers into a variety of applications and converted containers could be seen everywhere. Luxurious homes are constructed out of used containers, even million dollar mansions, town houses and holiday homes can be built out of this versatile medium. Shipping containers, already outfitted with a roof and four sides, can be easily converted into any usable space and eliminates the need for lengthy construction times and cost. It's also a perfectly viable option for green or environmentally minded contractors and consumers.
In South Africa the concept of converted shipping containers is relatively new. Few companies exist in SA that converts shipping containers into usable space but one of the most reliable companies is Absolute Containers, specializing in the construction of a wide variety of container applications. Absolute Containers are one of the first companies in SA to convert shipping containers into a variety of structures like prefab homes, mobile classrooms, walk-in freezers, shops, construction site offices and more. They're also one of the few companies that can deliver and construct a container on any specified site, fulfilling a customer's requirements. Their conversion prices and competitive rates rival most companies and their customer service are unbeatable. So, considering all you have read about container conversions, isn't it about time that you call Absolute Containers for your prefab solutions If you want the best, most customized service and on-time deliveries, the answer would be yes, right now!
Go Green with our converted waste bins.
Let's face it, green is the way to go these days. Everyone is focused on the environment, waste disposal and waste management. Everywhere you look you see bigger and better solutions for a gree...
Go Green with our converted waste bins.
Let's face it, green is the way to go these days. Everyone is focused on the environment, waste disposal and waste management. Everywhere you look you see bigger and better solutions for a greener environment. Companies are focusing on cleaning up their production in order to streamline their business.
Many companies invest money in a waste skip that can be picked up and emptied once a week. Unfortunately, due to the state of affairs in our country, that isn't always the most reliable means of waste disposal. Don't get me wrong, it works, but sometimes drivers will strike or vehicles will break down or the empty skip they deliver smells like it's been used by a manure farm. And a smelly skip certainly isn't something you want standing on your premises, do you?
Rubbish has to be disposed of but to have a dirty skip standing on your premises can be an eyesore, especially for new potential customers. Fortunately Absolute Containers have a solution to this specific type of scenario. As you may already know we convert old shipping containers into prefab buildings and offices. But we also make waste bins for businesses. Very nice, rubber lined waste bins.
Now, I know what you're thinking, what's the point in having a nice waste bin. After all, waste isn't a pleasant thing to look at and it's going to be disposed of anyway. That's true but having a nice, clean waste bin that serves your business is certainly better than a dirty, disgusting monstrosity lurking somewhere in the back parking lot. And, regarding waste and rubbish, out of sight, out of mind, right?
That's why our waste containers are the preferred choice. All our waste containers are fitted with a hook lift onto the frame enforced with a 100mm plate for easy transport. It's also fitted with double doors on one end to facilitate easy waste disposal. The undercarriage is enforced with steel gussets to keep the frame intact and the bottom of the bin is lined with 32mm marine ply but can also be lined with rubber if you prefer. The exterior is painted with your choice of color and the interior is primed to ensure the longevity of your bin. Oh, and the doors are fitted with holding chains to discourage any bin-divers that may frequent the area once your business closes at the end of the day.
We have covered waste bins or open waste bins depending on your specifications. We can also manufacture bins to your specifications according to your waste management needs. Just think, with one of our bins, your business could be geared up to not only serving your customers but serving the environment as well. And that's an encouraging thought. Green, after all, is the way to go and having a nice clean bin on your property to dispose of waste is definitely green. It promotes cleanliness among your staff and that, in turn, promotes professionalism.
So give us a call or visit our site for more technical information on our bin manufacture. We're sure we can help you take your business to a new level by going green!
Dont get left out in the cold this winter! Get an
When shopping for a home people look at two factors. Location and affordability. Well, what if we told you that you can determine those two factors. Especially in regards to location. Curious? Of co...
Dont get left out in the cold this winter! Get an
When shopping for a home people look at two factors. Location and affordability. Well, what if we told you that you can determine those two factors. Especially in regards to location. Curious? Of course you are. Here at Absolute Containers we have dedicated our services to those very same factors, providing affordable, perfectly placed housing. Introducing Absolute Container`s line of beautifully manufactured prefabricated homes. The various uses of shipping containers are simply astounding. You can practically make anything out of them and we have found yet another application.
Lets face it; housing or the availability of housing is a problem in our country. People are always looking for more affordable housing solutions. That is why modular prefabricated housing is such an attractive option. Now you can not only buy an affordable home but you can also choose where to place that home. At Absolute Containers we understand how important the issue of housing is to you. It is, after all, what we do. We manufacture mobile homes and site offices to the exact specification of our customers. Whether you need the economy of a single size or the spaciousness of a double wide we can always accommodate your needs.
Modular units can be used for any purpose such as construction site offices, mobile classrooms and especially prefab homes. These homes can be pre-built or erected on site by our skilled technicians and engineers. Apart from a variety of floor plans to choose from we focus on customizing a design according to the clients needs. At Absolute Containers the opinions and needs of our customers is of paramount importance. They, after all, bring us repeat business so we structure our design capabilities around our customers? specifications. Our prefabricated units are simple to set up and mobile for easy relocation. Low theft SABS approved PVC piping is used for plumbing and water services and all our units are wired for a 220 volt electric supply in accordance with SABS standards and protocols. There are also a variety of optional extras to choose from such as fly screens for the doors and windows and air-conditioning units.
It is a common sight in our country to see, on a construction site, a rickety shack usually made of materials that are easily procured from the site and surrounding areas serving as a site office. When you walk in, especially on a sweltering summer afternoon, you start sweating profusely before you even get into the door (if there is a door) and perhaps you wonder: How the heck can I run a site this size from a run-down sweatbox like this? Well we wonder the same thing. Wouldnt your work and attitude improve with an air-conditioned, spacious, fully furnished site office? At Absolute Containers we understand the challenges faced by construction site managers and the responsibilities they hold. Thats why its important for them to have adequate office space to perform satisfactorily. We manufacture prefabricated offices fitted with all the luxuries of a normal office. As with our mobile homes, our prefab offices can be erected on site and we have a wide variety of floor plans to choose from or you can give us the specs on how you would like your site offices to look and well design them for you.
At Absolute containers, the manufacture of modular prefabricated buildings is of absolute importance. You could say we made a science out of it. And we are very proud of our ability to accommodate your every need. Whether its homes, offices, class rooms, kiosks or any other structure our fully customizable prefab buildings set the standards in modular prefabricated building manufacture. Come and see us and you will understand why Absolute Containers is the very best choice in your prefab home solutions.
Absolute Containers has extensive experience, practised skill and impeccable knowledge to bring to the table. As the industry leader, we offer a variety of container conversions
Absolute Containers has extensive experience, practised skill and impeccable knowledge to bring to the table. As the industry leader, we offer a variety of container conversions, so as to meet the different needs of our clients. Choose from new or pre-owned containers, rent on either short or long term lease and customize the container according to your specific need!
Our converted containers can be used for the following:
We cater to the following industries:
Our Container Conversion Units have been built for both garages and Storage Units.
Absolute Containers can offer units
There are many uses for containers, especially when converted! Over the years, Absolute Containers have converted containers in Waste bins, Laboratories, Mobile Workshop, Control Rooms, and an IT Centre, almost anything you can imagine! The flexibility of containers has been proven in so many applications, with Absolute Container?s helping customers achieve a variety of specialised solutions.
It doesn?t matter what your space needs are; we can supply you a purpose built, customised 3m, 6m or 12m shipping container conversion!
Your Container Home Away From Home
Whenever you go on holiday, do you ever spend time in hotels? I suppose that would depend on the type of holiday you're taking, whether you're going camping or going to the coast. But, hote...
Your Container Home Away From Home
Whenever you go on holiday, do you ever spend time in hotels? I suppose that would depend on the type of holiday you're taking, whether you're going camping or going to the coast. But, hotel accommodation, whether in a two-star or five-star joint, in always good living. It doesn't matter the ranking of the establishment, you're going to enjoy your stay there, no matter what. Because, as a guest, the owners of this hotel will go out of their way to make you comfortable because it's your holiday, after all.
Now, most hotels are obviously in beautiful locations to appeal to their clientele. And hotels come with all the creature comforts of home, a TV in every room and maybe satellite service, depending on the star-rating of course and hopefully bed & breakfast. But have you ever stayed in container hotel accommodation? Usually, hotels aren?t made from shipping containers but, since shipping container structures are popping up everywhere, hotel companies are following suit and with fantastic results.
Due to the shipping container's versatility, hotel and resort companies are taking advantage of this fact by using them to build container accommodation. Take, for instance, the Alterra Beach Resort, a five-star resort about 350 kilometres south-east of Buenos-Aires. Originally built as an art gallery and constructed entirely out of shipping containers, this resort is located in a forest of pines and a perfect destination for eco-tourists. The resort have recently added two extra cabins with heating and cooling units, a kitchenette and a private balcony.
So you see, hotel container accommodation can be just as comfortable, if not more so, than normal, brick and mortar made hotels. Also, many hotels and resorts are cashing in on the novelty aspect of container living. Take any internet search and you?ll see container hotels of every size, shape and sort popping up in practically every country. People are taking advantage of the ease of building with shipping containers and, compared to most other building materials, shipping containers are relatively cheap. So, it's really no surprise that your next holiday may be spent in five-star hotel container accommodation.
Wherever You Are
Whether it's a new home, additional storage space, a mobile classroom or a walk-in freezer, people use converted containers for many things. It is such a convenience, knowing that you don't...
Wherever You Are
Whether it's a new home, additional storage space, a mobile classroom or a walk-in freezer, people use converted containers for many things. It is such a convenience, knowing that you don't have to spend your money on building an addition to your house, when you can just buy a converted container that does the same job, only better. Converted containers are surely making big waves here in South Africa simply due to the convenience of having a space ready for whatever purpose you need.
But what if the business you're buying from is here in Gauteng but you're all the way in Cape Town. What then? How are you going to get your converted container all the way from Jozi to the Mother City? I suppose it would help if the company you bought the container from could deliver but what if they don't? Well, I suppose, before you decide to buy a container, it's better to check and see if the company you're buying from can deliver and, if you're buying from Absolute Containers, you have no problems.
Here, at Absolute Containers, we ship containers nationwide. So, it doesn't matter if you live in Potchefstroom of Pofadder, whatever you order from us will be delivered. Now that is convenience, isn't it? Not many container conversion companies can make this boast but we can because we can back it up with action. It doesn't matter what type of conversion you get from us whether it?s a converted home, storage container, ablution facilities, a mobile classroom, walk in freezers or any type of conversion, we can deliver it right to your front door, no matter where you are.