What happens to used shipping containers when they are no longer used for transporting goods from one place or another? Their recycling is expensive due to their size and the specific weather-resistant steel alloy which they are made from. At the same time, they offer a good amount of sheltered space. They can withstand the elements and this is also beneficial. Due to these properties, these used shipping containers for sale have a variety of alternative uses.
Shipping Containers as Homes
The popularity of shipping container homes has increased greatly in recent years due to the advancement in the engineering technology. These homes are comfortable, energy-efficient and long lasting. If you do not like the idea of living permanently in a house made from such structural elements, you may want to consider a container holiday home. These are great alternatives to the traditional log cabins and similar small structures. They are much less expensive and easier to maintain. At the same time, they offer great comfort to make your holiday truly special.
Shipping Containers as Commercial Buildings
The large shipping containers can be turned into various commercial facilities. They make excellent food stalls and outdoor bars and cafes. They can be turned into small shops as well. Several large containers can be used for constructing a large store, restaurant, club or even an office building. There are even entire shopping centers built with the use of these structural components. They shipping containers commercial buildings are functional, reliable and durable while being inexpensive.
Shipping Containers as Public Buildings
Currently, there are many art buildings and art galleries, in particular, built with the use of shipping containers as structural components. The main appeal of these components comes from the fact that they can be used for the creation of unique dynamic shapes. This is how the buildings themselves become true works of art.
The containers can be turned into various school facilities including classrooms and laboratories. They can be used for constructing even gymnasiums. It is possible for one or more of these items to be turned into temporary or permanent medical centers.
Other Uses for Shipping Containers
There are many other alternative uses which are worth your attention. The containers can be turned into workshops, game rooms or garages. They can be modified into outdoor saunas with basic heating systems. When the top part is removed, they can be used as swimming pools.
Most standard shipping containers can be used for other purposes as long as they are in good condition. The modification takes some time and effort, but the results are excellent. These items never turn into waste. They help to save money, to reduce the use of scarce resources and to protect the environment.
There is no doubt that shipping containers are tough.
Built tough from weathering corrugated steel, these incredible tough building blocks of international trade are designed to withstand stacking, stuffing and strapping and are reused over and over again. There is an estimate of over 18 million of these containers floating, riding and flying around the earth today, but the most recent sustainable design trend has found these containers revamped to contain a more delicate cargo: People.
Usually, eight feet in height, 8-9 feet wide and either 20 or 40 feet long in length, there may not be a whole lot of space and area in the containers but these architects and building designers do not exactly build within the box, so here are my favorite 5 incredible shipping container homes:
The Four Room House
These are stacked vertically on four different floors. These highly talented Belgian architects Pieter Peelings and Silvia Mertens of Sculp(IT) have designed a compact home for living. Every one of the 4 rooms serves a specific function and purpose. Starting from the bottom up, there is a spiral staircase which links a work floor, then a kitchen/dining room floor, the living room floor and on the highest floor, a bedroom and bathroom.
The Port-a-bach is a portable, peaceful retreat like design to have a low-impact use on the surrounding landscape. This incredible unit can either be placed on site by helicopter or delivered by truck and connects easily to local utilities. This very interesting residence unfolds to sleep two adults and two children and, of course, has a bedroom and kitchen with storage.
This is the Ecopod. A smaller but energy-eco-efficient way for a homeowner to get away from the crazy things in the world. This shipping container home is easily transported and secure plus safe enough to leave in remote areas for longer periods of time. Every single Ecopod derives its power by an 80-watt solar panel, the flooring is made with rubber used from recycled tires and insulated with a soy-based product for the cold.
The Espace Mobile
This incredibly affordable modular container home is designed for customization, Something the designer wanted so that the owner would have some choices if need be. The container homes are made to store and retain heat conserving energy and can be modified to include a balcony and interior configurations.
The Container City
The Urban Space Container City system makes the most use of space utilizing the original design of shipping containers - the stacking process. These container units can be used for homes, apartments, office and work spaces and simply bolted together easily. The Container City designs are already being used all around the world by youth centers and for classrooms, art studios and retail spaces.
Shipping Container Homes and Why They Make Sense
Most shipping containers come in very standard sizes and styles after all, that's the nature of the beast and the beauty of the conex box. It's what makes them so useful for so many things other than moving goods across the ocean as they were originally intended to do. The dimensions of containers remain uniform but, shipping containers do come in several different varieties to allow shipping of goods that wouldn't otherwise ship in a standard conex box.
Standard 20 and 40 foot conex boxes are referred to as dry cargo containers. Variations of the basic conex box include refrigerated units often called "reefers," open tops or containers with no roof for shipping very tall items, tank containers which are nothing more than a floor with four corner posts, and top rails. A tank is positioned in the middle of this frame and now liquids can be lifted, handled and shipped uniformly on a container boat. Flat rack containers are container floors with two end walls often used for shipping construction equipment. These containers all have very specific uses but they maintain the exterior dimensions of our good old basic dry cargo containers and are handled the same way.
In addition to those very specific use containers we'll look at some shipping conex boxes that share more of the aftermarket flexibility of dry cargo containers. The most common of all the specialty containers are the "High Cubes." These containers are 9 foot 6 inches high on the outside and 8 foot 10 inches on the inside as compared to standard dry cargo containers which are 8 foot 6 inches on the outside and 7 foot 9 inches on the inside. This extra ceiling height makes high cube containers especially desirable for container homes or businesses. The 8 foot 10 inch interior height allows an owner who is modifying the container into a habitable building to run electrical fixtures in a ten inch cavity and still maintain a standard 8 foot finish ceiling height. High cubes are readily available in 40 foot lengths, they can be found in 20 foot lengths with a little work.
Another style of container based on the dry cargo container is the "double door," or "tunnel" unit. These are containers that have a set of doors on both ends, when both sets of doors are open the container does resemble a tunnel. Very often 20' double door containers are cut in half and transformed into two 10 foot containers. Usually you will find tunnel containers used in storage applications because you can load and unload them quickly from both ends or locate an item from both ends. If you are looking for a double door container make sure you are very specific in what you are asking for. Dry cargo containers come with double doors, on one end, if you ask for a double door unit the seller may think you are asking for a standard. To be sure you are getting what you need make sure you specify that you need doors on both ends.