Houses, condos, apartments, townhomes, and even castles, there are a myriad of housing options out there. But what you might not know is that shipping containers are quickly gaining traction as affordable and functional live-in alternatives. So, what’s it like to live in one? Read on to learn how this mighty box is transcending its storage status as a prefab, fabulous housing solution.
Wood, bricks, and cement. These are the more traditional construction materials most of us think of when it comes to housing. But what if we were to tell you that’s all about to change? Sooner than later, metal will be added to that list for one good reason—a shipping container home.
These days, recycled shipping containers are being used for a host of reasons, including swimming pools, garages, restaurants, pop-up shops, and more. But its wide-ranging applications don’t end there. Trendy container homes have been generating some major buzz, taking the world by storm.
Below are some rad reasons why builders are transforming these massive metal boxes into houses—and why you might want to move into one.
In the market for a shipping container? Better make sure you know what size you want first. After all, getting the dimensions right will save you some huge hassles and headaches down the road. That’s why we’ve put together this nifty guide on how to choose the right shipping container sizes to support your storage needs.
I’ll be the first to admit it—a shipping container doesn’t quite conjure up visions of excitement. I mean, after all, it’s just a big metal box, right? Hold on there a second.
Sure, it’s only four walls, a floor, and a ceiling. But what you can do with a shipping container…well, that’s an entirely different story, my friends.
People ask me all the time about Axcess box and what it is we do. In the past, I simply used to say a shipping container provider (I know, I know, cue the yawing sounds). These days, however, I’ve taken a slightly different approach in my response.
When inquiring minds want to know, I tell them what we’re really all about—container conversions! Yup, after I drop that little tidbit of info on them, folks’ ears perk up, imploring me to dish up more about the biz we’re in.
If you think a shipping container is solely just that, think again. Other than the “yeah, you can store stuff in it” kind of thing, these magnificent metal boxes are being used in a slew of mind-blowing and creative ways.
So, what am I going on and on about? Here are just some of the funky, functional, and fun ways container conversions are turning up the heat and turning heads.
Let’s start with the obvious, shall we?
You’d have to be living in a cave (at least that’s more affordable, though) not to notice Vancouver’s dwindling housing market.
Converted containers are starting to make a lot of sense with Lower Mainlanders wanting to be a part of that exclusive homeowner crowd. To meet the ever-increasing housing demand, shipping containers are being transformed into some pretty inspiring living space options—from guesthouses and home additions to multi-dwelling container projects.
Bottom line? A converted container is the smart, affordable answer to the lack of available housing options plaguing the province.
But that’s not all—not even close.
Okay, so shipping container homes are all the rage these days. You get it. But what you might not know is that converted containers are making a huge splash for those ready to strike it out on their own.
If you are finally willing to listen to that inner entrepreneur and give up the shackles of the daily grind, shipping containers are quite literally opening the doors to a plethora of business opportunities.
You don’t have all day to go over the entire list of super cool business ventures out there. Heck, my fingers are already tired thinking about typing all that up. So, we’ll throw just a few ideas your way to give you the general gist of things.
As you read this, containers are already being used for a myriad of business endeavors, including pop-up shops, cafés, art galleries, bars, theatres, retail stores, offices, darkrooms, and even shopping malls.
If you still think a shipping container is just a container, contact us today. We’ll make converted container believer out of you yet.
Pop-up stores are everywhere! These ultra hip mobile shops are increasingly becoming the go-to marketing strategy for all kinds of retailers, from food to fashion.
Whether it be for testing new locations, markets, campaigns, or products, the pop-up format is a low-risk, low-cost option to build a buzz and reach out to potential customers.
Pop-up retail space is being created in a host of shapes, sizes, and site locations. These startups can be found in a traditional brick-and-mortar store, as a standalone kiosk, or even in the form of a motorized vehicle, jumping on board the food truck trend.
Just in case you haven’t already heard, one of the coolest options to construct a pop-up store is using a shipping container. Here’s why.
Shipping containers certainly have come a long way to shed that seaworthiness persona. Heck, these mighty metal bins are used for just about anything these days, from homes to hospitals.
Sure, shipping containers can make for some interesting conversation starters in the world of commercial and residential builds, they can also take some very heavy loading burdens off your shoulders when it comes to relocating. Let’s jump right in to how our storage solutions can make your move—and your life easier.
2020 is here! And with it brings new ideas and huge new opportunities in the shipping container industry. Now that container use and repurposing is at an all-time high, this continuing craze will forge into the new decade and beyond. Read on to discover the shipping container trends in 2020 and what to expect.
Startups are popping up all over the place these days. So, if you want to stand out from the crowd of budding entrepreneurs out there, try thinking inside the box with a giant metal box. Yup, that’s right. Getting your gig up and running is a breeze with a shipping container.
Used for more than just transporting and storing goods, new and used shipping containers can be transformed into a host of business creations, saving you time, money, and hassles. Here are just some of the truly amazing things you can do with shipping containers for a business startup.
No doubt you’re excited to receive delivery of your shipping container. But before you schedule a drop off appointment, you’re going to want to make sure that the prep work on your foundation is finalized. Shipping containers are heavy. Be prepared.
At Axcess Box Mobile Storage, we want to help you turn your shipping container vision into a reality. To help ensure a successful project, read on to learn all about ground preparation for your shipping container.
Looking to buy a shipping container? Well, there’s certainly no shortages of awesome options to choose from. But one of the first things you will want to consider is whether to buy a new or used one for your storage needs or DIY projects. To help you make the best decision possible, here are some useful tips to consider before buying new or used shipping containers.