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Revealing the Impact of Our 2023 Holiday Food Drive

As we wrap up our 2023 Holiday Food Drive, we at Make Space are overwhelmed with gratitude and joy at the incredible success of this year’s campaign.

Over $10,000 in Donations and 3,000 Items Collected

We are thrilled to announce that, thanks to your generosity, and the generosity of those in your communities, we have collected over $10,000 in donations for local food banks and Food Banks Canada. Over the last 6 weeks, we also collected 3,000 items of food and non-perishables at our facilities and offices which will be delivered directly to local food banks. This achievement points to the kindness and compassion that defines the communities where we live and work.

Matching Donations with an Additional $26,000

But the impact doesn’t stop there. True to our commitment, Make Space Inc. will be matching these donations. Given the immensity of the need at food banks across Canada this year we are not only matching the $10,000 in donations, but we are also topping it up and will be donating $26,000 to local food banks and Food Banks Canada. With this, a grand total of $36,000 will be distributed to food banks across Canada, providing much-needed support to those facing food insecurity.

Communities United for a Worthy Cause

This Food Drive was not just about numbers; it was a demonstration of the power of community coming together for a worthy cause. Your individual efforts, whether through donations, sharing the message, or encouraging others to participate, have collectively created a wave of positivity.

One standout example is the Petawawa Patriots U13 Hockey Team who raised $170 for our Make Space Storage Pembroke location. A big thank you to the team and their coaches and parents for their support!

Our gratitude goes out to each member of our community who played a role, no matter how big or small, in making this Food Drive a success.

Our Internal Competition

If you’ve been following along with our internal competition, you may be asking – so who won? Six weeks ago, we broke the company up into four teams who fought to outraise each other. Once again, Team MSS WEST, made up of all our facilities from Manitoba to BC, took first place in the competition! Congratulations to all those on team MSS WEST and particularly to our Winnipeg location who, once again, partnered with The Agape Table and raised over $2,000 in one weekend!

Make Space Cares in 2023

This Holiday Food Drive caps off another incredible year for our Make Space Cares program. Over the last 12 months, we have supported 17 community organizations with over $10,000 in sponsorships and services and have run three fundraising campaigns: our Summer Food Drive, which raised $14,000 for Food Banks Canada, our Fall Animals Campaign which raised $1,400 for the BC SPCA and the NWT SPCA, and this, our 3rd Annual Holiday Food Drive.

In 2023, our contributions through the Summer Food Drive and Holiday Food Drive will exceed $50,000, benefitting Food Banks across Canada during this period of unprecedented demand.

We look forward to more community sponsorships and fundraising initiatives in 2024. If you’re interested in supporting one of our initiatives or would like more information on applying for a Make Space Cares Sponsorship, please fill out the form here.

How To Create Your Own Winter Home Using Shipping Containers

Are you looking to build your own festive retreat for the winter holidays that can withstand both the cold and snow? As shipping container homes become increasingly popular across Canada, the idea of creating a shipping container holiday home or cottage makes perfect sense. Due to their simple, yet durable design – they can be easily transported and modified to suit your unique needs.

In this blog post, we will show you how to create your own winter home using shipping containers.

The Benefits of Shipping Container Homes Vs Standard Homes

Affordability

Shipping containers are relatively cheap compared to purchasing a home or building materials. Depending on where you’re located, you may find them as cheap as $2,000 for a standard 20ft shipping container with some variation as you adjust the condition or size. Keep in mind that all companies will also charge a shipping fee which can vary, again, depending on your location.

Durability

Shipping containers are made of steel, which is highly versatile and has a long lifespan. Thanks to their design, they can easily withstand harsh weather conditions, such as snow, wind, and rain. On their own, without any modifications, they are also fireproof and rodent-proof, which can protect your home from potential hazards whereas standard homes typically are not.

Sustainability

If you’re looking for a sustainable choice for your new holiday home, shipping containers are one of the most eco-friendly choices you can make, as you can easily find a recycled or reused container for your project. Using one will help reduce your environmental impact and carbon footprint and you can also incorporate sustainable features such as solar panels, rainwater harvesting, and insulation.

Customizability

Much like Lego, shipping containers are modular, which means they can be easily customized & combined. By stacking or placing two or more side by side, you can create different shapes and sizes of shipping container cottages or homes, depending on what your goal or need is. You can easily customize them with windows, doors, electricity, heating, and more to ensure that you’ll be comfortable staying there during the winter or other seasons.

The Steps to Plan and Design Your Shipping Container Home

Now that we’ve talked about the benefits of shipping containers and shipping container homes, next, we’ll discuss how to build your own shipping container holiday home or shipping container cottage. For this step, we highly recommend that you consider hiring a professional or company that specializes in container customizations. This will ensure that things are done properly and that your container will last for years to come.

Step 1: Choosing a Location / Creating Your Base Budget

If you already have a property in mind, you can skip this step. However, if not, you’ll want to find a suitable location or property for your shipping container cottage or holiday home. Before you purchase anything be sure to check the local regulations and municipal permits. Additionally, you’ll also need to set a budget for your project, this will allow you to carefully plan for everything you need (modifications, delivery, materials, etc.) so that your container home will have the necessary customizations that you need/want for your dream home.

Step 2: Create Your Plan / Design

Armed with your location and budget, next you’ll want to decide on a design for your container home or container cottage. For this, you’ll need to decide how many shipping containers you want to use (if you’re looking to create a larger home) and then how to arrange them (side by side, stacked, etc.). There are a lot of design plans available online that you can use or build off – or you can take it a step further and make yours from scratch for a truly unique project.

Step 3: Choose To Use Professionals Or DIY

Again, for these types of projects, we highly recommend that you use a professional or company that specializes in container modifications. Alternatively, if you’re confident in your abilities or have extensive experience in the trades, you may be able to accomplish this yourself or with some friends. Even if you choose the DIY route, we do recommend using a licensed professional for electrical and plumbing to ensure that nothing is missed and there’s no chance of any issues in the future (as these can be life-threatening if done improperly.

Step 4: Prepare Your Delivery Site & Container

Next, you will need to prepare your location for the container delivery. To do this you’ll first want to build a solid foundation to place the container on. Be sure that the foundation is levelled as well. Once the foundation is complete, you’ll then need to inspect your container to ensure that it’s in good condition and ready for the task at hand. If there are any issues, make sure to resolve them before construction begins.

Step 5: Complete Your Modifications

We’re almost done! For this step, you’ll be completing all the modifications that you budgeted and planned for in the previous steps. This is where your container cottage/holiday home starts to come to life! If you’ve chosen to hire a construction company to help you with this phase, they’ll likely be experience enough to handle the project from here – otherwise, you’ll want to make sure that you plan your modifications out step by step. This will include anything you’ve chosen to add such as insulation, plumbing, electrical, ventilation, heating, windows, doors, and other modifications.

Step 6: Decorating, Finishing, and Furnishing Your Container

Once the modifications are complete, you’re pretty much done. However, you’ll now have one final task furnishing and stocking your container with your things/decorations. You can also take this opportunity to paint and decorate the outside of your container as well (since there shouldn’t be any more construction). If you’ve added electricity to your container, you’ll also want to pick up some appliances to make your stay more comfortable.

Getting Your New Shipping Container Home Ready for The Holidays

Now that your new holiday retreat is complete, you’ll want to add some more festive touches to make your stays during the holidays/winter months more enjoyable and cozier. For this, you may want to add a fireplace or a wood stove. Either of these fixings can help create a warm and cozy atmosphere to relax in during the winter.

If you’re unable to add in the fireplace or stove, you can also look at purchasing an electric fireplace. These often simulate the look of flames to provide the same ambience without any of the risk. They are also available in multiple sizes, depending on your available space, or even as flameless candles.

Next, you should try to add in as much seasonal décor as possible. This can include things such as pinecones, wood pieces, wreaths, mistletoe, or other festive arrangements that can help provide that traditional cottage/rustic feel to your new home.

Lastly, you can also choose to add additional festive decorations, including colourful blankets, bedsheets, rugs, tablecloths, photos, stockings, Christmas trees, and other seasonal decorations. Doing so will help create that holiday atmosphere in your container and ensure you’ll never want to leave – even when the holidays are over!

Looking to Buy a Shipping Container or Sea Can?

At Coast Containers we specialize in the sale and modification of shipping containers and sea cans in Canada. With both new shipping containers for sale and used shipping containers for sale, we have just what you need to build your perfect winter/holiday retreat. Give us a call or send us a message to learn more about our containers and get a quote today!

The Shipping Container Advantage: How Small Businesses Can Thrive with Compact Spaces

Shipping Container Workspaces – a Win for Small Businesses

Running a small business often means navigating the challenges of securing affordable, flexible, and adaptable workspaces. The quest for the perfect space that aligns with a small business’s budget and dynamic needs can be daunting. However, there’s a solution gaining popularity among innovative entrepreneurs — shipping containers. Let’s explore the advantages of using shipping containers as compact yet versatile spaces that empower small businesses to thrive.

The Small Business Dilemma

Small businesses frequently grapple with the dilemma of finding workspaces that are both cost-effective and flexible. Traditional building structures often come with hefty price tags and fixed layouts, making them less suitable for businesses with evolving needs. Enter shipping containers — robust, portable, and highly customizable. These steel giants, originally designed for cargo transport, are finding new life as dynamic spaces for small businesses. Let’s delve into why shipping containers are becoming the go-to solution for small enterprises.

One of the key advantages of using shipping containers is their robust construction. Made from high-quality steel, these containers are built to withstand harsh weather conditions and heavy loads. This makes them ideal for various applications, ranging from pop-up stores and cafes to mobile offices and art galleries.

In addition to their practical benefits, repurposing shipping containers also aligns with sustainability goals. By giving these structures a second life instead of letting them end up in landfills after their initial use in cargo transport, businesses contribute towards reducing waste and minimizing environmental impact.

Cost-Effectiveness of Shipping Containers

One of the most significant advantages of using shipping containers for small businesses is their cost-effectiveness. Traditional construction projects can be prohibitively expensive, especially for businesses operating on a tight budget. Shipping containers offer a more economical alternative, with reduced construction costs and quicker setup times. This affordability enables small businesses to allocate resources more efficiently, fostering growth and sustainability.
Coast Containers offers both new and used shipping containers that can be repurposed into functional workspaces. There are several cost benefits associated with using shipping containers compared to traditional building structures.

One of the primary advantages is reduced construction costs. Building a traditional structure from scratch can involve high expenses for materials, labour, and permits. On the other hand, shipping containers provide a ready-made framework that requires minimal modifications to create a functional workspace. This significantly lowers construction costs and allows small businesses to allocate their budget more efficiently.

Another benefit is the quick setup offered by shipping container workspaces. Traditional buildings often require months of construction time before they can be occupied. In contrast, repurposing a shipping container into an office or workshop can be done relatively quickly. This enables small businesses to start operations sooner and generate revenue faster.

Also, using shipping containers for workspaces offers potential long-term savings. These structures are built to withstand harsh conditions at sea and are therefore highly durable. They are designed to last for many years without significant maintenance or repairs, reducing ongoing expenses associated with upkeep.

And, if the need arises in the future, these portable workspaces can be easily relocated or expanded without major disruptions or additional costs.

Mobility and Flexibility

Portability is a major advantage offered by shipping container solutions. These containers can be easily transported to different locations, allowing businesses to adapt to changing market demands or explore new markets without the need for extensive construction or renovation work. This flexibility makes them an attractive option for entrepreneurs looking to establish a presence in different areas or participate in events such as festivals or trade shows.

Small businesses thrive on adaptability, and shipping containers deliver on this front as well. These containers are inherently mobile, allowing businesses to set up shop wherever the demand is highest. Whether it’s a pop-up shop at a local event, a market stall, or a mobile office, shipping containers provide the flexibility small businesses need to remain agile in a dynamic market.
Mobile business spaces refer to flexible workspaces that can be easily transported and set up in different locations. These spaces are designed to provide all the amenities and functionalities of a traditional office, but with the added advantage of mobility.

One of the key benefits of mobile business spaces is their ability to adapt to changing circumstances. Whether it’s for remote work, temporary projects, or events, these spaces offer businesses the flexibility to set up their operations wherever they need to be. This is particularly valuable for companies that require a physical presence in multiple locations or those that frequently need to relocate.

Customization Options for Custom Container Spaces

Shipping containers offer a high level of customization possibilities. With their modular design and ample interior space, they can be transformed into fully functional spaces that meet specific business needs. From installing windows, doors, insulation systems, electrical wiring, and plumbing facilities to incorporating branding elements – the options are virtually limitless when it comes to customizing a shipping container space.

These containers are essentially blank canvases waiting to be transformed. Small businesses can leverage this blank slate to create a space that reflects their brand identity and meets their specific requirements. From branding the exterior to designing the interior layout, the customization options are vast. This flexibility allows businesses to tailor their spaces to match their unique vision and operational needs.

One of the key advantages of custom container spaces is the ability to brand the exterior. Businesses can easily apply their logo, colours, and graphics to create a visually appealing and recognizable storefront. This helps in attracting customers and creating a strong brand presence in any location.

When it comes to designing the interior layout, businesses have complete flexibility. They can divide the space into different sections or rooms based on their specific requirements. From open-concept layouts to partitioned areas for different functions, custom container spaces can be tailored to suit any business’s needs. Imagine a clothing pop-up shop with a change room in the back, or a cafe with a space partitioned off for food prep and storage.

Businesses can incorporate various design elements such as lighting fixtures, shelving units, display cases, seating arrangements, and storage solutions to optimize functionality within the limited space. The modular nature of shipping containers allows for easy customization and modification as business needs evolve over time.

How to Get Started

If the idea of a shipping container space resonates with your small business, getting started is easier than you might think. Coast Containers offers both new and used shipping containers that can be modified for use in any situation. You’ll want to think about the size you need, and if a new or used container would suit your purposes better. All used containers sold by Coast Containers are guaranteed wind and watertight and can be a more economical option.

Once you’ve decided on a container, the customization process can begin to create a tailored space that aligns perfectly with your business goals. Coast Containers also offers in-house modifications so contact us to start your journey to a new customized space. Explore our selection of new and used containers or contact us today!

Winterization Tips: Using Shipping Containers in Cold Climates

Whether you use shipping containers for storage, as a mobile office, or even as a pop-up shop, the time of the year has come when you might need to start thinking about container winterization. With their versatility and durability, shipping containers, also referred to as sea cans, are not only great for storage or custom projects but also perfect for surviving cold climates. However, it’s important to ensure proper winterization to keep them in top-notch condition and maximize their functionality. So regardless if you’re using them for personal or commercial purposes, these container winterization tips will help you make the most out of your shipping containers in chilly weather.

Understanding the Challenges and the Need for Container Winterization

Cold temperatures can cause a range of issues for shipping containers. One major challenge is condensation, which occurs when warm air inside the container comes into contact with the cold metal walls. This condensation can lead to moisture buildup, resulting in rust, mold, and damage to stored goods.

Another challenge is insulation. Shipping containers are typically not designed with insulation in mind, making them susceptible to extreme temperature changes. In cold climates, this lack of insulation can result in heat loss and inefficient energy usage.

Likewise, proper sealing and weatherproofing are crucial to protect the contents of the container from harsh winter elements such as snow, ice, and freezing rain. Without adequate sealing measures, leaking can occur, leading to potential damage. To address these challenges, proper winterization techniques should be implemented.

Container Insulation Options

When it comes to shipping containers, insulation is a crucial consideration for maintaining optimal temperatures and protecting the contents. There are several insulation options available that can help regulate the temperature inside a container. This is important both for ensuring that goods remain in their desired condition and if you’re using the container as an office, proper insulation means you and your employees won’t be freezing.

One of the most commonly used container insulation materials is spray foam insulation. This type of insulation creates an airtight seal, preventing air leakage and providing excellent thermal resistance. Spray foam can be applied directly to the interior walls and ceiling of the container, effectively sealing any gaps or cracks.

Another popular option is rigid foam board insulation. Made from polystyrene this type of insulation offers good thermal resistance and is easy to install. Rigid foam boards can be cut to size and adhered to the interior walls of the container using adhesive or mechanical fasteners.

For those looking for eco-friendly options, natural fiber insulations such as sheep’s wool or recycled denim can be used. These materials provide effective thermal performance while also being sustainable choices.

When insulating a shipping container, it’s important to consider factors such as climate conditions, intended use of the container, and budget constraints. Insulating a shipping container not only helps protect goods but also contributes to energy efficiency by reducing heating or cooling needs.

Heating Solutions

Now that your container is insulated it’s time to get it nice and toasty inside. Whether you are using a shipping container for storage or as a workspace, ensuring proper heating can protect your goods and provide a comfortable environment.

There are a few different options available for container heating. One popular choice is electric heaters, which are easy to install and provide efficient heat distribution. Electric heaters come in different sizes and power capacities. This allows you to choose the one that suits your container size and insulation level.

Another option is propane heaters, which are commonly used in outdoor settings. Propane heaters offer powerful heat output and can be easily transported between containers if needed. However, it’s important to ensure proper ventilation when using propane heaters to prevent the build-up of carbon monoxide.

For more permanent heating solutions, you may consider installing HVAC systems specifically designed for shipping containers. These systems offer both heating and cooling capabilities, ensuring optimal temperature control throughout the year.

Ventilation Strategies for Container Winterization

As mentioned above, ventilation is essential to consider when it comes to both maintaining the quality and condition of goods stored as well as creating ideal working conditions.

Above and beyond the need to ventilate the space if using heaters, during the winter months, temperature fluctuations can lead to condensation inside containers. This moisture buildup can result in damage to sensitive products as well as increase the risk of rust and mold inside the container. To mitigate this risk, proper ventilation is key.

The most commonly used strategy for winter ventilation in containers is the use of vents or openings strategically placed at both ends of the container. These vents allow for air circulation and help regulate temperature and humidity levels within the container. By allowing fresh air to enter and stale air to exit, condensation can be minimized.

It’s important to note that ventilation strategies may vary. They can depend on factors such as geographic location, climate conditions, and how you’re planning to use the container. At Coast Containers we are happy to help walk you through which modifications may make the most sense for your current project.

Exterior Modifications for Winter

While all the containers that Coast Containers sell, both new and used, are guaranteed wind and watertight, if you’ve had your container for a while it may be time to do some exterior weatherproofing. This involves sealing any gaps or cracks that may allow moisture or cold air to enter the container. Common techniques for weatherproofing include applying caulking or silicone sealant around seams, windows, and doors. You can also check out our blog 6 Tips and Tricks for Shipping Container Maintenance During the Winter to help you assess and maintain the condition of your container.

To further protect against winter elements, consider installing additional features such as gutter systems and awnings. Gutters help redirect water away from the container’s exterior, preventing potential damage caused by melting snow or ice dams. Awnings provide an extra layer of protection against snow accumulation on doors or windows.

And if, for any reason, you can’t modify the interior of the container to add insulation there is the option to add insulation to the exterior walls of the container. This helps in maintaining a consistent internal temperature by reducing heat transfer through the metal walls. As above, insulation options range from spray foam insulation to rigid foam boards that can be attached directly to the container’s exterior.

Are You Ready For Winter?

We’ve now explored the challenges posed by cold climates and provided essential tips for container winterization and to ensure your containers remain in optimal condition and function effectively during chilly weather.

At Coast Containers, we understand the unique needs of container users in cold climates. Don’t hesitate to reach out for personalized assistance and container modification inquiries. And make sure to explore our range of new and used containers. Don’t let the cold weather compromise your container’s performance – contact us today!

Launching Our 3rd Annual Holiday Food Drive

The holiday season is a time of giving, and at Coast Containers, we’re excited to announce the launch of our 3rd Annual Holiday Food Drive. Once again, we’re spreading warmth and joy by collecting non-perishable items, canned goods, and donations for local food banks and raising funds for Food Banks Canada. We believe that this season is the perfect time to come together as a community and make a meaningful impact on the lives of those in need.

Why a Holiday Food Drive?

The holiday season is a time of celebration, but it can also be a challenging time for many individuals and families. Our current cost of living crisis and the colder weather and increased expenses can put a strain on those who are already struggling. It’s a time when community support is needed more than ever.

Our Holiday Food Drive Campaign is our way of giving back to the communities that have supported us throughout the year. It’s a way for us to show our gratitude and make the holiday season a little brighter for those who are facing difficulties.

How You Can Get Involved

Our campaign will run from November 1st to December 8th, and we invite you to join us in making a difference. Here are some ways you can get involved:

Donate Canned Goods and Non-Perishable Items: Visit our Coast Containers office to drop off non-perishable food items and canned goods. Look for the collection boxes and help us fill them with essential items. We will deliver these directly to local food banks.

Make a Monetary Donation: Make a monetary donation through our Food Banks Canada donation page. Every dollar counts and will go toward supporting the incredible work of Food Banks Canada. Food Banks Canada supports organizations from coast to coast to coast.

Why Your Support Matters

Your support is invaluable, and it can truly make a difference in the lives of those in need. Every non-perishable item and every dollar donated will contribute to ensuring that everyone can enjoy a warm meal during the holiday season.

By supporting Food Banks Canada, we’re not only addressing immediate hunger but also contributing to the long-term fight against food insecurity in Canada. Your generosity will help create a better future for many individuals and families.

Friendly Competition and Company Matching Funds

Once again, we’ve divided our Make Space Inc. family into teams, all driven by the shared goal of outdoing each other in fundraising. The friendly competition adds an extra layer of excitement to the campaign. It also encourages more participation from our employees, customers, and community members.

What’s even more exciting is that, in addition to your generous contributions, we are proud to announce that we will be matching all funds raised during the campaign. Your donation will have double the impact, going even further in making a positive change in our communities.

Join Us in Spreading Warmth and Joy

Follow us on social media for updates on our campaign as it unfolds. Together, we can create a brighter and warmer holiday season for all. Thank you for being a part of our efforts to spread warmth and joy.

Stormy Skies Ahead: Use Shipping Containers to Safeguard Against Autumn Weather

Autumn is finally here, and with it comes the beautiful colours, cozy sweaters, and the need to prepare for the upcoming winter months. As we transition into the autumn season, it becomes even more important to protect our belongings from the unpredictable elements. Whether you’re a homeowner looking for extra storage space or a business owner in need of secure storage solutions, investing in weatherproof storage solutions is essential – and shipping containers are just what you need.

One cost-effective option that has gained popularity is utilizing weatherproof shipping containers for secure storage. These versatile containers offer not only ample space for storing your belongings but also provide an added layer of protection against rain, wind, and other environmental factors.

Coast Containers understands the importance of weatherproof storage and offers an extensive range of high-quality new and used storage containers for sale. With their durable construction and reliable features, these containers ensure that your goods remain safe and protected throughout the year.

Don’t let the autumn weather compromise the condition of your belongings. Consider investing in a weatherproof storage container from Coast Containers to ensure they remain safe and protected throughout the season and beyond.

The Benefits of Using Shipping Containers for Storage in the Fall

Shipping containers have become increasingly popular as versatile and secure storage options. These durable storage solutions, also known as sea cans or portable storage containers, offer a wide range of uses including transportation of goods across long distances, on-site storage for construction projects, or even repurposing into innovative living spaces.

Whether you are in need of new or used shipping containers, Coast Containers offers a number of options to suit your specific requirements. New shipping containers provide the advantage of being in pristine condition and can be customized to meet your unique needs. They are made from high-quality steel that ensures durability and protection against harsh weather conditions.

On the other hand, used shipping containers offer a more cost-effective alternative while still maintaining a high level of functionality. These containers have undergone previous use but can still provide secure storage solutions.

When considering purchasing a shipping container for secure storage purposes, it is important to ensure that it meets your specific requirements. Factors such as size, condition, security features, and additional modifications should be taken into account. Coast Containers offer sea cans for sale in various sizes such as 20-foot or 40-foot containers to accommodate different storage needs.

It is also worth noting that these containers can be modified to enhance their functionality. Common modifications include adding ventilation systems, windows, doors, insulation materials, shelving units or even converting them into mobile offices or pop-up shops.

Why Portable Storage Containers are ideal for Autumn Storage

1. Weather Resistance: Shielding Your Items from Rain, Wind, and Cold Temperatures

One key feature that makes shipping containers perfect for fall weather is their ability to withstand harsh weather conditions. These wind-and-water-resistant storage solutions ensure that your belongings remain dry and protected even during heavy rain or moisture exposure.

Additionally, these windproof containers provide an added layer of security by preventing gusty winds from causing damage or displacement. With their wind-and-water-tight design, these storage units offer reliable protection against the elements, ensuring the safety of your valuable possessions.

Shipping containers are constructed using durable materials such as steel, making them sturdy and long-lasting. These steel boxes are designed to withstand heavy loads and provide secure storage options for both short-term and long-term needs. Whether you’re moving, renovating, or in need of extra space, portable storage containers offer a convenient solution with the added benefit of weather resistance and robustness.

2. Pest Prevention: Minimizing the Risk of Insects and Rodents Damaging Stored Items

Along with being wind-and-water-tight shipping containers also provide a safe haven from rodents and other pests who might want to damage your stored items.

During the fall season, animals tend to seek out warm and cozy spaces for shelter. However, the steel construction of shipping containers acts as a barrier, preventing them from gaining access to these spaces. With features such as chew-proof materials and secure locking mechanisms, you can rest easy knowing that your belongings are protected from unwanted guests.

3. Security Features: An Extra Layer of Protection

Shipping containers are equipped with secure locking mechanisms to ensure the safety of the goods stored within. These mechanisms add an extra layer of protection against theft and vandalism, which can be more prevalent during the autumn months when daylight hours decrease.

It is important not to leave your belongings outside, especially during this time of year. By using the secure locking mechanisms provided with shipping containers, you can have peace of mind knowing that your items are protected from potential theft or damage.

Whether you are storing valuable merchandise, personal belongings, or equipment, taking advantage of these security features is crucial in safeguarding your possessions. Don’t leave your stuff outside – opt for a secure storage solution like shipping containers to ensure maximum protection.

Why Fall is the Perfect Time to Buy a New or Used Shipping Container

While “spring cleaning” is a common term, it’s important to note that “fall cleaning” can be just as important. This time of year can be hectic with the start of a new school year and the transition from summer activities to holiday preparations. This is a time when many people are busy getting organized and ready for the months ahead. When it comes to staying organized, finding secure and seasonally appropriate storage space is the way to go. Here are some practical ways to make the most out of your storage space:

Protecting Outdoor Equipment:

If you have outdoor equipment like lawnmowers, gardening tools, or patio furniture, autumn is a good time to protect these items from the elements. Storing them in a storage container during the off-season can extend their lifespan and prevent deterioration caused by exposure to rain, snow, or extreme temperature fluctuations.

Seasonal Item Storage:

Autumn is a transitional season. It may be time to put away the beach toys, swingset and outdoor furniture but you still might need to make space for items like winter clothing, skis, and holiday decorations that you won’t be using until later in the year. A storage container allows you to keep these seasonal items organized and easily accessible when needed.

No more digging through cluttered closets or cramming things into already bursting cabinets! Imagine being able to actually park in your garage instead of playing an unending game of surfboard Jenga.

A storage container provides a convenient solution to keep your belongings safe and secure while ensuring that they are readily available when the time comes. Not only does a storage container save you from the hassle of finding extra space in your home, but it also offers peace of mind. You can rest easy knowing that your cherished holiday decorations won’t get damaged or misplaced during the year. Plus, with various sizes available, you can choose one that perfectly fits your needs – whether you have just a few items or an entire collection to store.

Decluttering for the Holidays:

Get ready to deck the halls and create a warm and inviting atmosphere for the holiday season! As we prepare for festivities and guests, it’s time to declutter our homes and make room for all the joy that comes with this special time of year. Storing non-essential items in a shipping container can help you create a more spacious and welcoming environment for holiday celebrations. With additional storage, you can easily store away those belongings that you don’t need right now. This can create a more spacious and welcoming environment for your holiday celebrations.

Selecting the Right Shipping Container for Your Storage Requirements

When it comes to figuring out what size of shipping container suits your needs best it’s crucial to consider how much you want to store. Assessing the quantity and size of the items you need to store will help determine the appropriate shipping container. For instance, a 10-foot shipping container can be an ideal choice if you have limited space or a smaller number of items to store. These containers offer convenience while still providing sufficient storage capacity.

Coast Containers offers various sizes of both new and used containers. You can check out our inventory here. Can’t find what you’re looking for? Contact us and we will work with you to ensure we find the perfect container for your needs.

Before finalizing your order, it’s important to decide whether additional security measures or other accessories are necessary. Depending on the nature and value of your items, you may want to consider features such as lockboxes, windows or vents. You can explore our accessories shop here.

Embrace the Protection Offered by Shipping Containers to Safeguard Your Valuables During Autumn

Shipping containers can provide a reliable and secure solution for safeguarding your valuable belongings during the autumn season. With both new and used shipping containers for sale, individuals and businesses have the opportunity to acquire a cost-effective storage option that offers protection against environmental elements.

Whether you require storage space for personal items or are looking to protect valuable equipment or inventory, investing in a shipping container can provide peace of mind knowing that your belongings are well-protected.

These containers are designed to withstand harsh weather conditions. This makes them an ideal choice for autumn when unpredictable weather patterns may pose a threat to your valuables. With their sturdy construction and durable materials, shipping containers offer an added layer of security against potential damage caused by heavy rain, wind, or even pests.

By embracing the protection offered by shipping containers, you can ensure that your valuables remain safe and secure throughout the season. Whether you need temporary storage or a long-term solution, exploring the options available through container sales can be a practical and reliable choice for safeguarding your belongings.

The Eco-Friendly Choice: How Shipping Containers Benefit the Environment

Welcome to the exciting world of embracing sustainability with eco-friendly shipping containers!

In today’s fast-paced and environmentally conscious society, finding eco-friendly choices is more important than ever. That’s where shipping containers come in – these versatile giants of the transportation industry are not only practical but also have a surprisingly positive impact on our planet.

When it comes to sustainable shipping, using shipping containers is a game-changer. These sturdy metal structures are designed to withstand the rigours of long-distance travel, making them an ideal choice for transporting goods across land and sea.

By repurposing and reusing these containers, we can significantly reduce our carbon footprint. Instead of producing new materials for construction or storage, we can give a second life to these durable units. This not only saves energy but also reduces waste and prevents unnecessary resource consumption.

Moreover, shipping containers offer endless possibilities when it comes to sustainable architecture and design. From trendy pop-up shops and cafes to innovative housing solutions, these adaptable structures can be transformed into eco-friendly spaces that blend seamlessly with their surroundings.

So join us as we explore the fascinating world of embracing sustainability with shipping containers. Discover how this simple yet ingenious solution is revolutionizing the way we think about transportation, construction, and the environment.

Promoting Sustainable Trade & Reducing Carbon Footprint

In the past few decades, businesses have increasingly recognized the importance of promoting sustainability in their operations. One key aspect that has revolutionized global trade is containerization.

Shipping containers have come a long way from their conception as a means to load goods from rail onto ships for transport. They have evolved into green shipping solutions that have transformed the transportation industry. By optimizing their design and incorporating energy-efficient features, these containers are making a significant impact on our environment.

One of the key advantages of shipping containers is their ability to reduce carbon emissions through containerization. Containerization offers a multitude of benefits for businesses and economies worldwide. By standardizing shipping practices and utilizing specially designed containers, companies can optimize their logistics, reduce costs, and minimize environmental impact.

The Economic Benefits of Containerization

One of the most significant advantages of containerization is its ability to streamline transportation processes. With containers, goods can be efficiently loaded onto ships, trains, or trucks without the need for constant handling or repackaging. This not only saves time but also reduces the risk of damage during transit.

Furthermore, containerization promotes sustainability by optimizing space utilization. These sturdy metal boxes enable companies to maximize cargo capacity in each container while minimizing wasted space. The streamlined structure and consistent construction of these shipping containers allow for the maximum number of containers to be loaded on cargo ships. As a result, fewer trips are required to transport goods, leading to reduced fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.

The economic benefits of containerization are undeniable as well. By facilitating efficient trade routes and enabling larger volumes of goods to be transported globally, containerization has contributed significantly to economic growth and development across nations.

This standardized shipping method has opened up new opportunities for small businesses by lowering barriers to entry into international markets. With access to reliable transportation services through containerization, entrepreneurs can expand their reach and compete on a global scale more efficiently than ever before.

And of course, sea cans can be used again and again. As a shipping container is essentially just a big steel box it can stand up to repeated use. The same shipping containers can be loaded, shipped, and unloaded many times with minimal wear and tear to the container.

By embracing energy-efficient shipping containers, we can take significant steps toward achieving a more sustainable future.

Reusing and Recycling: Giving New Life to Old Shipping Containers

We’ve already touched on the ability to reuse sea cans over and over for shipping, but all shipping containers have a certain life span that the shipping industry adheres to. Once a sea can has been retired from shipping it is still a valuable resource. Used shipping containers are perfect for storage, moving and more. And don’t forget the upcycling trend of turning old shipping containers into functional and stylish structures is gaining popularity.

With a touch of creativity and innovative thinking, these humble containers can be transformed into stunning architectural masterpieces. From pop-up shops to cozy homes and even office spaces, the possibilities are endless. You can even build your very own shipping container pool or sea can farm. The sustainable architecture design movement has embraced this eco-friendly approach, giving new life to these sturdy steel boxes.

Coast Containers is at the forefront of this movement, offering a wide range of used shipping containers for sale. Whether you’re looking for affordable and convenient on-site storage, to create your dream home or start a unique business venture, we have got you covered.

Minimal Waste: How Shipping Container Construction Reduces Material Consumption

Now that we’ve explored the innovative and sustainable building practices of eco-friendly shipping container construction let’s talk about how this unique approach to homebuilding not only creates stunning seacan homes but also significantly reduces material consumption and waste in the construction industry.

Gone are the days of excessive material waste on construction sites. With shipping container construction, every inch of material is utilized efficiently, resulting in minimal waste. These eco-friendly shipping containers are now being repurposed into stylish and eco-friendly houses.

By repurposing shipping containers, we are not only reducing landfill waste but also minimizing the need for new raw materials. This sustainable practice aligns perfectly with our efforts to combat climate change and promote a greener future.

Choose Shipping Containers for a Greener Future

Choosing shipping containers for a greener future is a smart and sustainable choice.
By repurposing shipping containers, we can significantly decrease the need for new construction materials and reduce waste. This not only helps conserve valuable resources but also minimizes the carbon footprint associated with traditional building methods.

Furthermore, shipping container architecture allows for greater energy efficiency through innovative insulation techniques and the incorporation of renewable energy sources. This means reduced energy consumption and lower greenhouse gas emissions, contributing to a cleaner and healthier planet.

In addition to their environmental benefits, shipping containers offer cost-effective solutions for various industries such as housing, retail spaces, offices, and even community centers. Their durability ensures longevity and reduces maintenance costs over time.

Embracing eco-friendly shipping container architecture is a step towards a greener future. By choosing these eco-friendly alternatives, we can create sustainable spaces that not only meet our needs but also contribute to a healthier planet for generations to come.

Coast Containers has sea cans for sale across Canada and we will work with you to find the perfect new or used shipping containers for whatever your plans are.

Ready for the next step? You can check out our selection of new and used shipping containers for sale and explore our new online store for accessories and parts or contact us to start your order today.

Our New Online Parts & Accessories Store is Open!

Are you looking for a reliable and affordable place to order shipping container parts and accessories? Whether you need to repair, modify, or enhance your container, you will find everything you need at our new online parts & accessories store!

Our new user-friendly and secure e-commerce shipping container parts store allows you to browse and order from a wide range of container parts and accessories for sale – even new shipping containers as well – with only a few clicks. You can check out our featured products on the store page or browse by category. You can also view detailed product descriptions, specifications, and images by clicking on a specific product you’re interested in.

Once you’ve added your products to your cart, you can check out using your preferred payment method, and we’ll send you updates with your order status along the way. You can also contact our customer service team anytime if you have any questions or issues.

What’s for Sale?

Our new online container accessories & parts store offers high quality parts & accessories for all types of applications. Whether you’re just looking for a simple solution to lock or secure the doors of your container – or you want to take it to the next level with windows, doors, or vents – we’ve got everything you need. In the section below we’ll break down some of our favourite products along with direct links to their store page.

Connectors

If you’re goal is to connect one or more shipping containers or sea cans together – you’ll definitely want to check out our ‘Connections’ category. With these products, you’ll be able to safely and securely lock two more containers in place.

Bridge Fittings

When you’re looking to lock two or more containers together side-by-side, you’ll definitely want to purchase a bridge fitting to accomplish this. Made of industrial-grade steel, these container connectors are the absolute best option for ensuring both the stability and safety of your containers.

Learn more or purchase now on our e-commerce store here.

Twist Locks & Corner Post Stackers

If you’re looking to stack one or more containers together (on top of each other) you’ll definitely want to consider purchasing either a corner post stacker or a twist lock. These two items all you to add a corner point onto the bottom container that safely connects the container being stacked on top to it.

The main difference between these two items is that the Twist lock allows you to lock in the container after it’s been placed on top with a convenient handle while the corner post stacker only adds a point for the top container to slot into.

To learn more or purchase a Corner Post Stacker click here.

To view our Twist Locks, click here.

Locks & Other Accessories

When you’re looking for a way to secure your cargo within your container or protect the contents of the container from thieves or any unauthorized access whatsoever – you’ll definitely want to check out our Locks & Straps category. Here are some of our featured products.

Lock Boxes

The easiest way to help prevent any unauthorized access to your container is by installing a simple lock box to the doors. These security focused accessories allow you to create a protective shielding over your lock so that they cannot be easily cut off by bolt cutters or other tools. Additionally, thanks to their bolt-on design – they are one of the simplest (and most-used) accessories you can add to your container.

You can order your Lock Box here.

Ratchet Straps

Sold in a pack of 4 – these ratchet straps are a handy addition to any arsenal of container accessories. If you haven’t used ratchet straps before – they simply let you tie down your tools, items, equipment, or other possessions within your container and with a convenient and easy to use locking system, you can easily adjust the tightness and lock them in place to ensure your things don’t move around during transit.

Check out our branded ratchet straps here.

Disc Lock

Often coupled with the lock boxes, our stainless-steel disc lock is another handy container accessory that features an cut and saw resistant design and are weather / rust resistant – so you can be sure that you’ll be able to use them for a long time.

You can check out our disc lock store page here.

Custom Ordered Parts

In addition to our readily available shipping container parts & accessories – we also offer a number of custom ordered parts and accessories. These items are often larger products that require customized freight quotes or are made-to-order (depending on the item).

To make the ordering process as simple as possible, we’ve included them in our online store so you’re now able to add all the items you need to your cart and create your order on the spot! Our helpful customer service team will reach out to confirm the details with you and provide the shipping / freight details along with your payment options.

Here are some of featured custom ordered parts.

High Security Locks

In addition to our lock box and disc lock listed above – we also provide a bolt-on Waved Lock Box which allows you to protect your lock from being cut or sawn off by thieves. The wave like design helps cover your lock while still giving you enough room to insert your key. Check them out here.

In addition to the lock box we also provide Sobo Locks, these locks are extremely unique and feature a cylinder-like key system making them extremely difficult to pick. They are also very durable and weather resistant thanks to their triple chrome plated construction. Learn more here.

Shelving & Racks

Organization is key to making the most of your shipping container. That’s why we carry several different options for internal shelving including 3-tier and 4-tier shelving brackets and pipe racks. These items can easily be attached to the lashing rings inside your container so that you can clear up some floor space and avoid any unnecessary damage or tripping hazards.

Click the any of the following links to learn more about each of these products: 3-Tiered Shelving Bracket | 4-Tired Shelving Bracket | Pipe Rack

Vents, Doors, and Windows

If you’re planning on customizing your container for different purposes (other than storage) you’ll definitely want to check out these custom ordered parts. From Roll-Up garage style doors, man doors, windows, walls, and more – we’ve got everything you need to get your container ready for any project!

To learn more about the different products available, click on any of the following links: Man-Door | Roll Slat Door | Rhino Door Handle | Divider Wall | 3′ X 4′ Window | Vent

Shipping Containers For Sale

Last but not least, we now give you the option of purchasing a shipping container directly through our e-commerce store! Here you can easily add the container to your cart – let us know what direction you want the doors to face upon delivery and we’ll automatically generate a shipping cost and let you pay for it up front, No more back and forth communication to get things ready – just a few clicks and you’re good to go!

At the point of writing this article we’re only offering this in the Toronto and Greater Toronto Area but we plan to roll out as many locations as possible in the near future so be sure to check back every once in a while if you’re region is not listed yet.

To browse our current selection of service areas and available containers click here.

Shipping Container Gardens: A Unique Approach to Urban Farming

Welcome to the exciting world of shipping container gardens! 

You may be familiar with traditional container gardening, where gardeners grow their produce in raised garden beds or other raised containers but if you’re short on green space and keen on maximizing production take a look at shipping container gardening. 

If you’re interested in urban farming, sustainable agriculture, and exploring creative methods of growing your own food, repurposing shipping containers into functional garden spaces can transform even the smallest urban areas into thriving green oases.

Not only do these gardens provide an opportunity for self-sufficiency and fresh produce right at your doorstep, but they also contribute to a more sustainable future. By utilizing recycled shipping containers as the foundation for your garden, you are reducing waste while embracing eco-friendly practices.

The beauty of shipping container gardens lies in their versatility. These containers can be customized and equipped with all the necessary elements for successful plant growth – from proper lighting and irrigation systems to climate control mechanisms. Whether you’re interested in cultivating herbs, vegetables, or even flowers, a shipping container garden offers endless possibilities. With shipping container gardens, you can turn any small corner into a lush oasis of greenery and abundance.

The Benefits of Shipping Container Gardens for Urban Residents

One of the key benefits of shipping container gardens is their ability to transform small spaces into thriving green sanctuaries. 

With vertical farming techniques, these container gardens take advantage of every inch of space available. Imagine growing a variety of herbs, vegetables, and even fruits compactly and efficiently. Say goodbye to relying solely on grocery stores for your fresh produce – now you have easy access to homegrown goodness right at your fingertips!

But that’s not all – shipping container gardens offer a multitude of advantages for urban farmers. They provide protection from pests and harsh weather conditions, ensuring optimal growth throughout the year. Plus, their portability allows you to move them around as needed.

Selecting the Right Container and Setting Up Your Shipping Container Garden

Whether you have limited space, want to grow plants in an urban setting, or simply love the idea of repurposing, setting up a shipping container garden is the way to go.

But before you dive headfirst into this exciting project, let’s talk about selecting the perfect shipping container. With so many options out there, it’s important to choose one that meets your specific gardening needs. Consider factors like size, condition, and material when making your decision. And don’t worry – there’s a container out there for every green thumb!

Size

Coast Containers offers portable containers that suit any use including building your own shipping container garden. We offer both new and used containers in a variety of heights and lengths. Start with a standard height container or maximise your growing space with our High Cube containers. 

Ventilation

Ventilation is a crucial factor to consider when setting up a shipping container garden. Adequate airflow within the container is essential for the health and growth of plants. Without proper ventilation, plants can suffer from issues such as poor air circulation, increased humidity levels, and stagnant air, which can lead to problems like mold, pests, and diseases.

By ensuring proper ventilation in a shipping container garden, you create an optimal environment for your plants to thrive. Good airflow helps to regulate temperature and humidity levels inside the container, preventing excessive heat buildup or moisture retention that can be detrimental to plant health. Additionally, adequate ventilation promotes the exchange of gases such as carbon dioxide and oxygen which are vital for photosynthesis.

There are several methods you can employ to improve ventilation in your shipping container garden. One option is installing vents or windows that can be opened or closed as needed. These openings allow fresh air to enter while allowing stale air to exit. Coast Containers can install a variety of different modifications to perfect your shipping container garden including vents, windows, doors, lockboxes or even a roll-up door to bring in some of that beautiful natural sunlight. 

It’s important to strike a balance when it comes to ventilation in a shipping container garden. While it’s necessary for plants to receive sufficient airflow, extreme weather conditions like strong winds or heavy rain may pose challenges. In such cases, adjustable vents or protective coverings can be employed to regulate airflow without exposing the plants to potential harm.

Lighting 

When it comes to creating a successful shipping container garden, lighting is an essential factor to consider. Proper lighting ensures that your plants receive the necessary amount of light for healthy growth and development. LED lights have emerged as a popular choice among gardeners due to their energy efficiency and longer lifespan.

LEDs also emit very little heat compared to other lighting options. This is beneficial when it comes to shipping container gardening because excessive heat can damage plants and affect their growth. The cool temperature of LED lights ensures that your plants receive the right amount of light without any adverse effects.

Furthermore, LEDs offer flexibility in terms of colour spectrum options. Different plants have varying light requirements at different stages of their growth cycle. LED lights can be customized with specific wavelengths and colour temperatures to meet these requirements accurately. Whether you’re growing leafy greens or flowering plants, you can adjust the lighting accordingly for optimal results.

Lastly, LEDs are compact and lightweight, making them easy to install in small spaces such as shipping containers and ensuring maximum coverage without taking up much room.

Soil 

You’ll also want to think about soil and drainage. Creating a healthy environment for your plants is crucial for their growth and success. You’ll need to select the right type of soil that provides proper nutrients and drainage capabilities. Remember, good drainage is key in preventing root rot and other water-related issues.

Water

Since shipping containers have limited space, it’s important to water your plants efficiently. Consider using a drip irrigation system or self-watering containers to ensure that each plant gets the right amount of hydration without wasting water.

For those looking to take their container gardening skills up a notch, hydroponics is an exciting option. By using nutrient-rich water instead of soil, hydroponics allows you to grow plants faster and more efficiently. Imagine growing crisp lettuce or juicy strawberries without the need for traditional soil-based methods.

Remember, maintaining a shipping container garden is all about finding creative solutions and adapting them to suit your specific needs.

The Best Plants to Grow in a Shipping Container Garden

Are you ready to transform your small space into a flourishing garden? With the right selection of plants, you can create a vibrant and thriving oasis right on your doorstep.

When it comes to vegetables for portable container gardening, there are plenty of options to choose from. Imagine plucking juicy tomatoes, crisp lettuce, and crunchy peppers straight from your own mini garden. Not only will you have fresh produce at your fingertips, but you’ll also be reducing your carbon footprint by growing your own food.

If herbs are more your style, shipping containers provide the perfect environment for cultivating a variety of aromatic plants. From fragrant basil and mint to versatile rosemary and thyme, you can add a burst of flavour to your culinary creations with herbs grown in these compact spaces.

But don’t limit yourself to just edibles! Flowers can bring beauty and colour to even the smallest of spaces. Whether you’re looking for cascading blooms or vibrant pops of colour, numerous flower varieties thrive in shipping containers. From petunias and marigolds to pansies and daisies, let your creativity bloom with a stunning floral display.

Shipping Container Gardens as a Solution to Increase Food Production 

Shipping container gardens and farms in Canada have revolutionized the way we think about agriculture. The concept of using shipping containers as farms has opened up new possibilities for urban farming, sustainability, and food production.

Container gardens offer a practical solution for individuals with limited green space or access to traditional farmland. This not only promotes self-sufficiency but also encourages a healthier lifestyle by incorporating homegrown fruits and vegetables into our diets.

Moreover, container farming in Canada has taken the agricultural industry by storm. By repurposing shipping containers into fully functional farms, farmers can maximize their productivity while minimizing their environmental impact. These sea can farms provide controlled environments where crops can thrive year-round, regardless of external weather conditions.

The benefits of shipping container gardening and container farming extend beyond personal use or commercial production. They contribute to sustainable practices by reducing food miles and carbon emissions associated with transportation. Additionally, they offer opportunities for community engagement through urban gardening initiatives and educational programs.

As we continue to explore innovative solutions for food production, these methods prove that even limited spaces can yield bountiful harvests while promoting sustainability for future generations. So, let’s embrace this exciting trend and cultivate a greener future together!

Start your urban farm journey now by exploring the different portable containers and modifications that Coast Containers offers. Looking for something specific? We can work with you to find the perfect container for your gardening needs. Contact us for your custom-built sea can solution. 

Different Things and Projects You Can Do with a Shipping Container

Shipping containers are not just for transporting goods across the ocean. They are also versatile and durable structures that can be repurposed for various home projects and other uses, from storage containers to homes and beyond. 

In this article, we will explore some of the different ideas and things you can do with your shipping container to make it work for your specific needs. 

Storage

One of the most common and practical uses for shipping containers is storage. Whether you need extra space for your personal belongings, your business inventory, or your farm equipment, a shipping container can provide you with a secure and weatherproof solution. 

Homes & Other Living Spaces

Another popular and creative use for shipping containers is living spaces. Shipping containers can be transformed into cozy and sustainable homes, hotels, apartments, or cabins that offer comfort and style. Depending on your specific needs, you can have one converted into a home simply by adding in some doors and windows. For more advanced cases, you’ll also want to consider adding in plumbing and electricity.

Offices

Whether you’re working on a construction site, or just need some extra space on your property dedicated to your work – a shipping container office can give you the extra and portable space you need. With a few minor adjustments, you can take your work with you wherever you need it!

Workshops

When you need a dedicated space to perfect your craft, one of the best options you’ll have at your disposal is to convert a shipping container into your own portable workshop. With plenty of options for customization and multiple (common) sizes to choose from – you’ll be able to quickly, and easily, set up shop in your container once it arrives – just be sure to work with a licensed electrician if you require electricity in your container.

Emergency Preparedness / Shelters

Many people utilize their shipping containers as an emergency preparedness container allowing them to store their emergency supplies in case something terrible or disastrous were to happen. Additionally, you can also convert your container into an emergency shelter since they are made of industrial grade metal and are extremely durable!

Swimming Pools 

With some modifications and a bit of patience, you can convert a shipping container into an above ground pool in your backyard! From adding in plumbing, a filtration system, rustproofing, etc., there are several things you’ll need to consider before undertaking this task. To learn more about how to convert your shipping container into a pool, check out our blog post here.

Doctor’s Offices 

If you’re a doctor or in the medical field – one creative use for your shipping container is to create a mobile clinic or a quarantine facility. These became widely popular throughout the Covid-19 pandemic and are still being used today to service smaller communities or provide veterinary services to farm animals.

Restaurants or Cafes

You can create a unique dining experience with a container-based restaurant or cafe. These can be a fantastic way to set up shop outside of your normal restaurant in other settings like events, tradeshows, fairs, etc.

Portable Classrooms

One common use for shipping containers is to create portable classrooms for students. Many schools utilize these when they simply don’t have enough room to accommodate all their students. By setting them up with windows, doors, heating, and electricity – you ensure that your students and staff members are comfortable all year-round.

Paintball Blockades and Structures

This may be a very unique use-case, but you can also use shipping containers to create obstacles and cover for paintball or airsoft games. By simply placing the container down, anywhere, you can easily make it part of the scenery for the participants.

Greenhouses or Hydroponics

You can grow plants in a controlled environment with a container-based hydroponic farm. By adding in some lighting, and irrigation systems you can ensure that your plants are safe and are always protected from the environment outside of the container.

Where to Purchase a Shipping Container

If you’re going to be undertaking one of these projects, we can help! At Coast Containers, we specialize in the sale of new and used shipping containers in Canada. All of our containers are guaranteed to be wind and watertight and can be delivered anywhere you need it in (within Canada). We also stock a large selection of shipping container accessories as well.

To learn more, visit us online or give us a call to get a free quote – we’re always happy to help!

 

 

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