Shipping Container Windows Let Sunshine (and Business) In

Shipping Container Home Windows

We could go on and on about shipping container windows here at the Container Stop blog. Experience has shown us that clients possess a near-limitless ability to imagine windows of many shapes, sizes, placements, opacity, and more.

It’s one of the things that make our line of work so interesting and challenging. We have deep experience in customizing windows for shipping container homes and offices. Yet our clients are often able to surprise with their ideas for shipping container windows.

This adds to our knowledge base, meaning that every shipping container we customize elevates our creativity as we move forward.

And we are moving forward. More and more people are beginning to realize the great amount of flexibility available in shipping container homes and shipping container offices. That’s to say nothing of the possibilities inherent in their most basic form — i.e., as storage containers.

Customized Windows for Shipping Containers

Shipping containers don’t come with windows, naturally. These rugged steel containers are effectively and efficiently designed to be transported across rough, towering seas without spilling their contents or allowing the elements to penetrate its exterior.

But when the time comes to customize a shipping container, people are often drawn more to the less obvious possibilities of shipping container living. First and foremost: Let’s install windows!

Bounce around the internet for a while, and you’ll come across plenty of videos and articles about shipping container windows. One thing becomes apparent the more you research: There’s a tremendous amount of variety in shipping container windows.

On a more fundamental level, however, windows turn a container into a livable and workable space. Windows let in natural light, instantly transforming the area into something warm and inviting.

Let’s examine a few possibilities.

Windows and Shipping Containers

The type of windows we install in a shipping container depends on a number of factors, including the client’s personal preferences. But generally speaking, they fall into several broad categories with a lot of variety available within each of them.

Privacy Windows: For when you need some natural light but want to prevent people from getting up in their tiptoes to peek into your container.  These tend to be placed high up near the ceiling and are relatively small.

View Windows: For maximizing views and natural light when your shipping container home is located in a beautiful part of the world. Also an excellent choice if your container is to be used as a welcoming retail space. Finally, container offices that need an all-encompassing view of a construction site will benefit from big view windows.

Sliding Glass Doors: While not windows per se, sliding glass doors are perfect additions to shipping containers that require a lot of easy in-and-out access.

Sales Windows: Also known as concession windows, these are meant to foster business transactions for those containers that have been converted into food carts or vendor pods. The windows can be locked and barred at the end of the business day.

Questions? Get in touch with Container Stop today!

5 Creative Uses Of A Shipping Container

Creative Shipping Container Ideas

We’ve written all about the good reasons to score a shipping container. We’ve examined the many ways in which a shipping container can be converted into a living space. We’ve talked at length about people just like you who have turned shipping containers into super excellent, creative spaces. But what are some other creative uses of a shipping container?

Container Stop not only has the tools and the inventory to get you started right away, but we also have some stories to tell!

Remind us to tell you about the time we built a rooftop bar on a customer’s shipping container …

We’ve been in business for a while now, and one thing continually surprises us about our customers: They are a creative bunch! They — and we! — can convert shipping containers into much more than just steel boxes with doors and windows.

So, with our customers in mind — both past, repeat, and potential future customers — we thought we’d write a short blog post about some of the more enterprising — not to mention surprising! — uses of shipping containers.

So, without further adieu, here are …

5 Totally Cool and Creative Uses For A Shipping Container

  1. A shed! OK — so maybe this one doesn’t sound all that cool and creative at first glance. But hear us out. People buy shipping containers to create something useful and wonderful. Considering that a shed is useful, and a shipping container — waterproof, roomy, rugged — makes for a wonderful, sturdy, impenetrable shed, then this is the perfect marriage of form and function. Shipping containers are a great way to set up a space for gardening equipment, swimming pool supplies, or garage tools.
  2. Vacation home! Now we’re talking. Creative types can locate a shipping container on a beautiful piece of property with stunning views for use as a vacation retreat. Rent it out as a hotel or Airbnb or, if the spirit moves ya, turn it into a permanent shipping container home. Every day will seem like a vacation.
  3. Student Housing. The perfect solution for crowded, expensive cities searching for ways to provide accommodations for students. Young people have enough to worry about: enormous student debt, the cost of textbooks and food, etc. Buying up a bunch of unused shipping containers and then converting them into housing for students is a great way to help out the future leaders of America. Recycled shipping containers make great homes and office spaces at a fraction of the cost of regular student housing constructions.
  4. Retail Space. Another wonderful way to re-use old shipping containers and revitalize entire areas of a city. Imagine pop-up shops filled with all sorts of items for sale packed into an otherwise unused city block. Talk about urban renewal! In fact, in many parts of the world, shipping containers are reimagined as art studios and workshops, food cart pods, schools, hospitals, saunas, indoor gardens — even portable toilets in crowded city centers. If you have space and a dream, you can transform humdrum sections of a city into something new and vibrant and vital.
  5. Playgrounds! This requires a great deal of creativity — not to mention ingenuity. In underserved parts of our nation and the world — and, sadly, there are a lot of underserved parts of the world — shipping containers are being refashioned into safe and fun playgrounds for neighborhood children of all ages.

What do you imagine a shipping container can be? Let a shipping container bridge the gap between your container dreams and your container reality!

Questions? We’re ready to help. Contact Container Stop today. Better yet: Request a quote!

Advantages of Building with Shipping Containers

Why Build with Shipping Containers?

There are many advantages to building with shipping containers. Although originally conceived for reasons much different than housing or business space, shipping containers are nevertheless easy to work with and to reconfigure into something new.

This is true in no small part to their ingenious modularity, which allows for creative combinations of just about any size and shape (or layout).

You can see some splendid examples of these combinations all around the world in places such as Container City, which includes the fun, eclectic Trinity Buoy Wharf in London. You can also see it in New York, including a Hamptons abode made from six shipping containers.

In fact, shipping containers are being recycled into home and business spaces on every continent. And one of the reasons why it’s advantageous to build with shipping containers is because of the properties inherent in their original design.

Malcom McLean and the Invention of Shipping Containers

American entrepreneur and transport businessman Malcom McLean invented the intermodal shipping container. It’s no exaggeration to say that McLean’s idea for containerization changed the world.

Prior to the invention of intermodal containers, shippers had to deal with and handle individual pieces of cargo — a truly inefficient method which had nonetheless been standard operating procedure for centuries. McLean knew instinctively that shipping would be more efficient if the cargo were loaded in bulk — i.e., in specially designed shipping containers — rather than one piece at a time. 

He was right. Containerization lowered the cost of shipping by a factor of a hundred. It also cut transit times, improved the reliability and timeliness of deliveries, and reduced theft.

In short, McLean’s invention was a masterstroke that instantly made old shipping methods obsolete. The efficiencies built into the process lowered prices down the line — all the way to the consumer.

“Nearly every imported consumer good imaginable owes its lower price to the container revolution,” writes PBS.

A New Use For Old Containers

McLean probably never imagined that shipping containers would be retrofitted and recycled into shipping container houses and offices, but human ingenuity knows no bounds.

There are pros and cons to every building process. You can’t really go wrong with building a home or office with traditional construction methods and building materials. Chances are extremely high that your home was built using these methods, adhering to tried-and-true building codes and, perhaps, a homes designer who was more interested in quantity over quality in order to meet demand.

But consider another possibility: A cost-effective, environmentally friendly shipping container home that’s truly unique, rugged as the day is long, and designed with your comfort and style in mind.

Which leads us back to our original question: What are the advantages of building with shipping containers? Let’s take a quick look at why and how shipping containers can be used for a variety of purposes above and beyond that of their original brilliant design.

4 Advantages of Buildings Made with Shipping Containers (in alphabetical order)

  • Availability. Some sources estimate that hundreds of millions of shipping containers sit empty and unused around the world. This is one of the reasons why they’re so economical to build with, too!
  • Customizable. If you can dream it, Container Stop can turn it into a reality. We can add doors, windows, skylights, electrical and plumbing systems, air conditioning, and more.
  • Durability. Shipping containers are built to last and to survive multiple trips across swelling seas. Think of how many shipping containers can be stacked atop one another and then consider how strong the container itself must be in order to bear that load repeatedly. This is why shipping container homes remain standing even during the most intense natural events, such as tornadoes and hurricanes. A shipping container can withstand winds up to 175 miles per hour — i.e., a Category 5 hurricane.
  • Eco-friendly. Recycling and repurposing shipping containers into homes or offices is a good way to help the environment. A typical 40-foot container can weigh more than 7,500 pounds when empty. Turning it into a home or office means there’s no need to forge thousands of pounds of steel. They can also be customized to add solar power and windows that let in natural light. Finally, there’s no need to use other types of material, such as cement, when constructing a shipping container dwelling.

Ready to get started? Get in touch with Container Stop today!