There are multiple ways of purchasing shipping containers one of the most obvious one is to contact companies in your area that you know receive freight as they may have excess containers or paying for the return journey of a ballast container. You being able to take the container off their hands will save them the cost of the return journey or clear out old ones in their yard.
At the same time this isn’t always possible and searching around online in places like ebay may often give you a container in your area for sale. A few useful shipping container for sale sites are below :-
When looking at shipping containers your mainly looking for the fact its still squared up which will often see the doors not shutting properly as a tell tale sign that its damaged. Check for rust but be aware of the differences between surface rust and rust that has caused damage to the steel structure. Main thing is take your time and research what to be looking for when buying a shipping container.
Another shipping container building in Minglanilla. This one though is a car parts business supplying things like oil and batteries. As you can see though easily slid in off the main road and its neighbour is the Gaisano Mall.
Giving it a great location for selling. A good example of a shipping container building being used as a store where they have kept the main doors to lock the unit up securely at night when the store is closed.
As you know I am keen to get shipping container housing off the ground in the Philippines and there is only one word I can describe as causing a problem “greed”. Many of the containers here have actually got dates on them from the 1970s yet locally they are still asking the price nearer that of one just manufactured. If you take into account I had already agreed prices locally to then find that they realised what we were doing here they suddenly jumped in price by 60% without any reason except to extort extra money. Its hindered the development at the same time it has also thrown up opportunity as constructing modular sections instead of a full container will work out cheaper but also means the side walls can be adapted to exactly what is needed rather than having to work round the container walls.
What am I talking about? well if you take a traditional container the wall steel isn’t the most pleasing to the eye as well as heavy. The main doors aren’t needed in many containers yet they are the most expensive section. So if you imagine drawing a rectangle with a pencil and the lines are the exterior frame that is the module I am looking to start with. Instead of cutting and patching it will be brand new units specifically built for the task of modular homes. The way I see it is that people are wanting P140,000 for a 40ft container that was originally used in the mid 80s needing some repairs as well as cutting, insulating and developing into a home. A blank canvas module makes it a lot easier as the walling for example can be slotted in pre constructed with steel exterior, foam insulation and an interior wall in each section dropping them in one by one. Its all new and also more mobile due the weight reduction in parts needed. Won’t be stackable to the same heights as original containers due to the design. Only two modules high but for most tasks and the beach huts this is perfect. In fact a two layer beach hut with the bedroom on the top floor would make a nice addition.
Initially doesn’t look like much but the fact the container is designed to be moved as well as multifunctional makes this beast ideal for the exhibition market as you can lock everything up securely, pre-wire etc so as soon as it gets to site it jumps up like a jack in the box ready to go. An example of it being utilized is shown below :-
Sends the right message and quick to get the doors open without too many headaches these could be the future of small exhibit stands.
The thing with shipping containers although very sturdy if the ground isn’t level it can often twist and pop the wood flooring up as well as make the doors difficult to open. The worst case scenario is that you build uneven then move the container finding it then levels itself damaging the work you undertook.
Now it doesn’t always have to be some complex ground as they are very robust pieces of kit you just have to make sure its level even if its soil your dropping the container onto. Also you have to look at what your needing the container for and where. For example in the UK the howling cold winds can make sitting in a container a cold place to be so sheltering it away from wind channels such as behind a wall are beneficial. But if in the Philippines for example heat is an issue so building the units on pillars is very beneficial as the air flows under the unit as well as the sun heating the ground throughout the day. This affect allows natural heating at night as heat from the ground rises during the night hours to help keep an ambient temperature. How high to place the container is then the next question and one that you need to base on the exact location you want it and needs. For example if building studio apartments maybe you want to create some reverse U shaped concrete pillars 8 – 10ft high to sit the containers on as this not only allows the heating/cooling but also a parking space to keep your vehicle in the shade when not in use. At the same time you could be just raising the same unit on pillars less than 3ft high to allow access for drainage pipes etc. which still offers some heat reflection and cooling but obviously the angle is restricted.
The beauty of the shipping container is that its physically a robust building block you can adapt to most needs as long as your practical and make sure you try to keep things as level as possible you will have little problems especially if joining multiple units. I have worked on modular housing previously and found floor levels as much as 10” out and uneven (10” over one end and 6” under the other) this has happened due to contractors involved in preparing the ground not being part of the modular construction teams not knowing the critical importance of getting things right. Instead doing a quick job for quick pay which resulted in headaches for me as we had to physically lift the units and level them manually adding an extra few days to the job. Which when your talking modular and time sensitive you have containers arriving to be joined yet nowhere to install them until you’ve fixed the first few and over a few days your starting to get problems catching up as things are all out of sequence. For the modest house builder its not too much of a problem but this was a multi storey doctors surgery built in a similar way to shipping container houses.
Be aware when looking at open top shipping containers for purchase due to not having a solid roof frame they are likely to be more prone to movement and damage. Checking the doors for binding as well as any signs of twisting in the structure is strongly advised.
Maximum Gross Weight: 67,200 lbs.
Tare Weight: 8,640 lbs.
Payload: 58,557 lbs.
Capacity: 2,260 cu. ft.
Length: 39′ 1"
Length (between top headers): 38′ 4"
Length (between corner gussets): 37′ 5"
Width: 7′ 6"
Width (between top rails): 7′ 3"
Height: 7′ 8"
Height (under top rail): 6′ 5"
Height: 8′ 6"
Width: 7′ 6"
Height: 7′ 4"
If your looking at making a statement and getting noticed Studio mk27 has been constructed on vibrant coloured shipping containers located in São Paulo’s most upmarket and trendiest neighbourhood. The shipping containers have been constructed 2 high and painted in bright fluorescent colours. The land is leased which is why the client wanted to source a movable low cost solution.
Added to this was a simple two storey high hanger using polycarbonate doors to allow opening up the store giving the feeling of space. The bright colours to give a modern and funky feel to the building is also to do with its location in the Alameda Gabriel Monteiro da Silva neighbourhood which being the last available land lot amongst a row of furniture stores it needed to make its own statement to attract customers with such stiff competition. Decameron Design needed something that had an eye catching design and utilizing shipping containers in this way with the flamboyant colours did the trick. The containers also give space to get an idea of how the furniture will fit into someone’s home due to being able to view furniture within the container units to imagine how it will fit in to the home.
ContainerHomes.Net presents a new video on the installation of the glass sliding door in our shipping container home. The construction of the 20ft studio apartment required some subcontracting from workers in several different fields.