Cargo Container Housing-Legos for Grownups
Used cargo containers are like legos-you can build anything with them! We have done custom containers for the past several years. Sea cargo containers can convert into homes, offices, workshops, hunting cabins-you name it! Right now I have a few customers that are buying them and bulding housing for Haiti and the Gulf disaster (to house BP workers). Once I had a cutomer that covered the exterior with logs to make a log cabin style office.
I have a cool link on my website-Container City from Modern Marvels. It shows an entire community built out of shipping containers. This site won't allow me to post the link, but my company name is Atlas Sales & Leasing, Inc. of Lilburn, GA. Find my site and go to the news page or find similar examples on u tube.
I have bulit an evidence locker for a county police dept., a gun locker for a military supplier and office storage combos. We have added wiring, ac/heat, windows and doors. If you are a contractor-you could really get crazy with one of these-add whatever you want.
The advantage of a container is they are standard-you are always dealing with the sames specs to start with. Containers can be more secure than other types of buildings. We have a model that shuts completely to cover a window, door and ac unit-locks up tight and looks like a typical unmodified container.
Cargo containers are usually 20' to 40' long, but there are other sizes. They are quite strong and made out of cortens steel. Protect your container from rust by applying a proper paint job (Sherwin Williams Industrial Enamel works nicely). We always acid wash and buff down any rusty spots before painting-lasts much longer.
Currently, in my market (Atlanta), a used 20' sells for $1650.00 and a used 40' sells for $1950.00. I have seen price increases in the last few months and a decline in available inventory. Pricing goes up if you are further inland (away from port cities) or as you move away from transportation hubs. If you consder buying a container, get delivery prices-usually based on milage or time.
I have been in the storage business for over 15 yrs-happy to answer any questions.