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This 4,300-square-foot home and work space is made from eight containers. Designed space to maximize natural air ventilation and light, with windows and skylights throughout to reduce the use of electricity.


Studio Arte creates small container homes as perfect weekend getaways or guesthouses. The interiors are modern and vibrant. Plenty of windows and sliders are incorporated to expand the space to the outdoors.

Contact AZ Containers at 877-292-6937 to see how the most basic steel box to a customized, climate controlled storage or workspace with windows, we’ll have your solution on it’s way to you fast.

The Previous Life of a Shipping Container Home

Shipping containers are made of steel and built to withstand weather, heavy stacking and ocean travel. While their lifespan can easily be 30 years, most shipping companies use them considerably less before putting them out to pasture. A typical shipping container work lifespan is 10 years or less.

Because of this, there are reportedly 30 million unused shipping containers sitting around. A decent one can be bought for as little as $2,000.


Shipping Container Home Plans

The standard container measure 8 feet wide and 8 feet 6 inches high, and comes in lengths of 20 or 40 feet. A third option, which may be harder to find, offers higher ceilings; it’s called the high cube. A high cube container measures 40 feet long and is 9 feet 6 inches high.

While a shipping container home plan of 150 square feet is really small, the beauty of working with storage containers is the ability to group them to create a bigger space. The8747 house (above), overlooking the James River in Springfield, Mo., uses several cargo containers.

Before you head out to buy a plot of land and build your dream container home, you’ll need to ask yourself the following questions to avoid potential issues.

Do I need a permit?

You will probably need several. Some areas don’t allow residential construction using shipping containers, so check with your local planning department first.

What is the weather like where I want to build?

Insulating a shipping container can be tricky. Bigger issues include extreme weather changes that can lead to interior moisture condensation, and windy areas that can create noise problems.

How am I going to get the container onto the property?

An empty 20-foot container can weigh almost 5,000 pounds. You’ll probably need to have it delivered. Make sure a large truck can enter your property easily and place it on site,or you’ll have to deal with very expensive cranes to lift the container into place.

What was the previous life of the container?

Buyer beware: The contents of many containers are often sprayed with pesticides for ocean travel. Worse, some shipping containers for sale previously transported toxic chemicals that will ruin your chances of creating a green home. Do your research on the previous life of the shipping container you’re choosing.

Will I need an architect or engineer?

If you’re making cuts and major changes to your container, it’s probably a good idea to consult with experts. The long, vertical walls on a container are load bearing and will need reinforcement if cut out for windows or doors. Planning for electrical and plumbing requires professionals, especially to pass permit and planning requirements.

Contact AZ Containers at 877-292-6937 to see how the most basic steel box to a customized, climate controlled storage or workspace with windows, we’ll have your solution on it’s way to you fast.

Containers come in two sizes – 20' or 40'. Both are 8' wide and headroom inside is a generous 8'6” to 9'6”– which taller higher than the ceiling height in a typical home. Given those dimensions, a 20' container is approximately 160 square feet – a 40 footer is double that or 320 square feet

We aim to provide our customers with a personal, fast and efficient service, which will offer a hassle free solution to any storage problem. More importantly, there are no hidden costs when purchasing  or leasing storage containers from us. Contact AZ Containers at 877-292-6937 to see how the most basic steel box to a customized, climate controlled storage or workspace with windows, we’ll have your solution on it’s way to you fast.

People all over the world are looking for cheap, alternative housing, and recycled shipping containers are starting to become ever more popular; not just homes but also forall sorts of structures. The average shipping container is a very versatile thing, and they can be easily connected together to make many different shapes and sizes of buildings, somewhat like constructing a building with giant Lego bricks. If you’re looking for an environmentally friendly option to build your new family home or business office, then usingmodified shipping containers could be the perfect choice for you.

For additional information regarding our storage containers for rental or sales, contact Rolando @AZ Containers at 602-723-9608.

Hoonigan Racing is at it again by opening the doors to his new team headquarters along with a new team name – known as 
the ‘hoonigan racing division’. located in park city, utah, the facility paints a vivid picture of the workplace that will 
house the GYMKHANA MASTERMIND – a 12,000 square foot facility divided evenly into two spaces, utilizing 17 recycled 
shipping containers to construct a reusable workspace.

Capable of housing up to 25 employees, the creative office space is found in the first section of the building with separate
marketing and administration departments. The other pertains to a workshop for servicing the team’s race vehicles – 
which is placed on the top level. the entire space is conceived with sustainability in mind – with recycled and reclaimed 
materials used where possible in the construction process. For additional information regarding our storage containers for
rental or sales, 
contact Rolando @AZ Containers at 602-723-9608.

Need somewhere safe to store your car or possessions but have limited space? With its modular shape and corrosive resistant steel fabric, second hand shipping containers make excellent affordable garages. At the most basic level they provide a lockable metal box for any expensive equipment, like that classic car or ride on mower, or they can be modified to suit your requirements. Design-wise, your garage is only limited by your imagination.

1. Choose the right container for your garage

Since your container is going to be the basic building block of your garage, you need to make sure you choose the right size and type of container. Shipping containers come in a variety of standard sizes such as 10 - 20 - 40 ftand there are also high cube containers which give you extra height. For car storage an IICL5 certified container is best as it signifies a higher resistance to weather conditions than one that is only cargo worthy.

Normally 20-foot containers are ideal for garages but it depends on the size of the area you have and your requirements. Some local bylaws don’t allow you to build garages beyond a particular size so this will also have a bearing on the size of the container that you choose.

You can go for a used or you can buy a new one. Both have their pros and cons; for example, a used container will be cheaper but it will have signs of wear and tear which might be ok if you’re going for the rustic look. A brand-new container will cost you more but it will last you longer, typically a new container will last for 20+ years. If you go for a used container just make sure rusting hasn’t set in and there are no cracks in the body.

2. Select the design and configuration for your garage



Now you need to decide if you want just one container or several for your project. This conventional-style garage on the right uses a couple of 40ft containers providing additional lockable storage space as well as a vehicle shelter.

Make sure that the position you have chosen for your container is easily accessible, especially if you’re planning on parking your vehicle inside, and consider the type of entrance way you need. Modifications such as a roller door could be a practical solution if you’re short on space.

3. Container garage foundations

Just like any serious construction, your container garage requires a proper foundation. If you already have a level and firm surface, such as concrete or asphalt then you’re halfway there. If not you can lay your own, there are 4 types of foundations to choose from for your container garage depending on its usage:

  • Concrete slab foundation
  • Concrete footing foundation
  • Wooden beam foundation
  • Steel pipe footing foundation

If you are going to park your car inside your garage a concrete slab foundation is preferable and if you want to use it as a workshop, you will need to provide extra support underneath heavy machinery.

4. Prepare your garage

\You can either prepare your shipping container garage remotely and then get it transported to the site, or you can get the container placed and fitted upon the foundation first and then give shape to your garage.

Container modifications can include:

Need a quality shipping container for building your garage?

Whether you want to build a small garage requiring a 20 ft.  or you want to create a large garage comprising multiple 40 ft containers, we can provide you with used as well as  brand new containers, as well as a range of modifications. 

For additional information regarding our storage containers for rental or sales, contact Rolando @AZ Containers at 602-723-9608.



 Uniform shape and size make a big project seems more stately.

 Simple structure make installing job easier and quicker.

 Container shape frame make the house strong and solid enough to insure the  safety.

 Freely combination suit for many kinds using as you want.

 Fireproof, heat/cold-insulated, non-shrinking and enlarging work size with little pollutions

 Life time is more than 10 years.


    ISO Modified Containers is easy to transport and load, strong and durable.Modified from ISO standard sea container,we also customize for you according to your request.

    Based on in-house modification, floor & wall & roof can all be modified to get good force resistance, heat insulation, sound insulation, moisture resistance; tidy and clean appearance, and easy maintenance.

    Delivery can be completely built up, both water pipe system and electrical system could be well installed, ready to hook-up local supply system.

    Take you no time to assemble it. Just get it, put it on the flat ground, and then use it.

    The out surface and inner fittings could be deal with as your own design.

    New containers of this construction can be linked together either side by side or end on end and they can be stacked one on another. 

 For additional information regarding our storage containers for rental or sales, contact Rolando @AZ Containers at 602-723-9608.

  • Are Shipping Container homes allowed in all cities?

These homes are accepted these days in most cities. You need to inquire from your local Planning Commission so as to ascertain the design accepted within your locality.

  • Are shipping Container homes Hurricane proof?

Yes. Single or multiple container units when combined are able to resist up to 100 MPH winds on the foundation. If anchored well with pylons they are even able to withstand 175 MPH. They are surprisingly stronger and can withstand Tornados and Hurricanes.

  • Are these types of homes earthquake proof?

Absolutely correct! They can simply roll around but they can never collapse like conventional structures. They are 100 times safer and stronger than other conventional structures. In fact most people would prefer being in a container home during an earthquake instead of a conventional structure. 

 For additional information regarding our storage containers for rental or sales, contact Rolando @AZ Containers at 602-723-9608.


A stack of shipping containers sitting in a lot in an industrial section of Phoenix has some developers thinking inside the box.

The structures usually used to transport cargo have been transformed into eight apartments. Scuff marks, old serial numbers and shipping company logos remain, but a look inside each unit reveals a 740-square-foot modern home.

"It doesn't even feel like a shipping container. It's also insulated really well," said Patrick Tupas, who is in the Air Force and along with his wife signed a one-year lease for $1,000 a month. "It just feels like a regular apartment."

There was a downside, he said — passers-by asking questions and sometimes pressing to see inside their home.

Housing and retail projects using the containers have popped up in recent years in Las Vegas, Detroit and Washington, D.C., as developers and cities try to cater to millennials and baby boomers who want to live closer to the cultural offerings in urban hubs.

To meet those needs, "cargotecture" has become a quick way to fill urban housing gaps.

"They are faster, cheaper and now potentially have much more of an aesthetic range," said Dana Cuff, director of cityLAB, a think tank at UCLA that looks at architecture and urban growth. Some mask their shipping origins, but the ones in Phoenix don't, she said.

"They're celebrating them," Cuff said.

In the Containers on Grand project in Phoenix, the architecture firm, StarkJames, designed the apartments in a way that retained the corrugated metal exteriors. Each unit is made of two containers, but inside there are no signs of the cargo hauling days.

The walls are painted white. The original wood flooring is encased in epoxy. There is enough space for a bedroom and living area.

The two rooms are connected by two separate hallways. One hallway has the kitchen, oven and some counter space. The other one has closet space and a nook. There is also a washer and dryer unit. Monthly rent averages about $1,000.

All but two of the eight units are occupied. One is being marketed as a vacation rental.

In Washington's Brookland neighborhood, university students and young professionals have been living in a four-story housing cluster since September 2014. In Las Vegas, containers make up the building blocks of a downtown retail complex.

In Detroit, Three Squared Construction is working on $14 million in new projects involving shipping containers because they save time. The company erected the city's first residential shipping-container development in April 2015.

The three-story building is used as a showcase with the top floor periodically rented out. CEO Leslie Horn said there's been a high demand among millennials and "empty-nesters."

With containers, they only save about 5 percent in lumber costs but even more in terms of time spent.

"You're saving a lot of time by getting it done faster," Horn said.

StarkJames, of Scottsdale, is on track to build 12 more container homes in downtown Phoenix that will be stacked three-stories high. Despite the progress, they still get ribbing from others in the industry.

"We work with a lot of other developers," architect Brian Stark said. "They always ask 'How are the garbage can homes going?'"

But the firm is taking the teasing in stride. The downtown development will be called The Oscar after Oscar the Grouch, whose trash can makes him the only container-dweller on "Sesame Street." If your interested in a container for a project, contact AZ Containers at 877-292-6937.