Several businesses and individuals require the use of shipping containers for their day to day operations. Shipping containers for sale in Chinatown can be easily found on the internet or even in your own locality. Different uses will call for different container dynamics. Thus, the first step in choosing a shipping container and shipping scheme is to identify the company’s or individual’s shipping container usage. One can choose to purchase a shipping container with ease; these can be delivered to your exact address (just check this with the chosen supplier).
Shipping Containers Uses in Chinatown
What is the container to be used for? How long will be the duration of usage? These questions will determine your needs. Given the duration of usage, one may choose to buy new or a more reasonably priced used shipping container in Chinatown (many used containers are available for sale). Disposing a container will be an issue if one decides to purchase, thus, if the usage duration will be only a few months, think enough before you buy it or at least make sure you can sell it later. Also, shipping containers for sale come in varied sizes (e.g. 8ft, 10 ft, 20ft, 30ft, 40ft, 45ft), buy one that fits your needs.
Determining The Containers To Use For Shipping Container Homes
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.
Functional Alternative Uses of Shipping Containers
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.