Great Ideas For Custom Shipping Containers

Carolina Containers custom shipping containersA recent trend in construction is using custom shipping containers to create unique structures and homes.  Ever thought about building something from custom shipping containers?  We have come up with a list of some of the best ideas for these containers.

Fire Resistant Barn

Ever thought about the fire hazard that dry hay presents?  With a shipping container barn, you don’t have worry about fire.  It is also weather tight and affordable for any farm.  Multiple units can be combined to develop unique and purpose built barns.

Deck House

Ever dreamed of having a little deck house or a guest room separate from your house?  Shipping containers are a great option for that, and they can be easily repurposed.  Sides can be replaced with glass to provide enclosed or semi-enclosed spaces that still have a view.

Custom Home

You can create a full home from custom shipping containers.  From a single container tiny home all the way to multi-floor units that utilize multiple containers.  Some container homes use multiple containers to construct an eco-friendly house.  They can withstand harsh environments, including beach conditions.


Starbucks has made custom containers into full Cafés while Illy has turned them into retail outlets.  They can make great little stores with plenty of different layouts.  Illy has a unique design where a display folds out of the side.  You could combine multiple units to create exercise facilities and studios.

Schools and Educational Facilities

Connecting two shipping containers allows you to create an educational room big enough to be a teaching space.  Some schools have their whole campus built entirely from shipping containers, and it is a fantastic and affordable school.  For areas that have tornados, these shipping containers can double as shelters.


Who would have thought about having a custom shipping container as a pool?  Well, multiple people have already and the pools created are genius.  You can utilize shipping containers to make both above-the-ground and built-in pools.  These pools can vary hugely in size as the size of containers can be anywhere between 10 feet and over 50 feet.

There are plenty of creative ideas for shipping containers to be used.  Shipping containers are great because they are so versatile and durable.  What do you want to do with custom shipping containers?

Contact Carolina Containers for all your shipping container needs at 919-562-9187.

Why Are They Called CONEX?

Carolina Containers conex containersIn the early half of the twentieth century, intermodal containers were made to carry a bundle of goods on ships and trains. They were rectangular boxes with a steel frame and helped with the shipments, but could not be stacked on each other. During the Second World War, the American military experimented with ways to send massive amounts of supplies to both the European and Pacific fronts. The wars would end before the shipping container that could be stacked was designed.

The CONEX Box was developed in the late 1940s by the Transportation Corps of the U.S. Army and called, “The Transporter.”   They were used extensively during the Korean War for shipping supplies to the troops.  The container was built to carry 9,000 pounds of goods at once. After the war, such containers began being used commercially in the mass transportation of goods on and off ships. It was called the Container Express, which was shortened to CONEX (CON = Container, EX= Express).

CONEX boxes are still used widely today.  These containers, made out of 14-gauge steel, are very durable and extremely secure when moving them around. Carolina Containers has customized boxes with unique features such as:

  • Roll up and office doors
  • Vents and insulation
  • Windows
  • Electricity and Lighting
  • Air Conditioning and Heating
  • Tile Flooring

Carolina Containers carries CONEX containers in different sizes: 10 feet, 20 feet, or even 40 feet! They can be an office, they can be refrigerated, and they can even be a temporary living space – with sink, toilet, and shower, and big enough for a bunk bed!

Exterior wise, need a paintjob for a container? Or fix any damages? Carolina Containers does that too.

Carolina Containers deliver shipping containers to construction job sites to be used as an office. They deliver containers to buildings and residential homes where it acts as a place of storage. They do all of this in and around Raleigh and across the state of North Carolina. Why? Because Carolina Containers has the largest selection of CONEXes on the East Coast.

The CONEX container is not just for storage anymore. It’s for living. Call Carolina Containers now at 919-747-4800,

Containers are a Sustainable Building Alternative

Carolina Containers sustainable buildingShipping containers aren’t just for shipping anymore. These containers are now used as portable offices,  add-ons to home, and storage space at construction sites.  These containers are cheaper than newly built construction and are easily moved from one location to another so they can be used over and over again.

These containers are made of 14-gauge steel, making them durable and extremely secure – perfect for work or living units.  In fact, in 2006, the first two-story shipping container home was built, which means, it can even act as a living space.

Instead of dealing with renting an apartment, or finding an office space, these containers provide anything and everything you want. Some modifications they offer include vents, roll up doors, windows, electrical, air conditioning, heating, insulation, drywall, and anything else you might need.

The containers are delivered to a site chosen by you, which means instead of adding onto your house or having to expand the building your business is in, you can have your individual space for any need.

Perfect for residents or business owners making a move. You can store your items temporarily while you move all your possessions. Alternatively, if you there’s just not enough room in your house, you can store items in these sustainable buildings.

The sustainable buildings are also ideal for construction sites as they offer a sealed and secure storage space, so your materials don’t have to be left out on site. If an office space or an air-conditioned break room is needed, the containers can be altered for these purposes.

The choice is yours, from portable storage containers, shipping containers, steel containers, cargo containers to office storage containers. You can either buy or rent and modify anything you want. The whole process is flexible and tailored to you.

Carolina Containers have the largest selection of storage containers on the East Coast, which means you can fill any space in the North Carolina area and up and down the East Coast.

This building alternative is a smart choice for people who are eco-conscious. Carolina Containers in Raleigh NC ensures a green alternative, a quick storage solution, fast delivery, and the option of a tailored space. You can create a home, an apartment, an office, a learning space, a studio, or an emergency shelter. Anything you can imagine; it can be created.

For more information contact Carolina Containers at 919-562-9187.

Containers Protect Construction Materials

Containers Protect Construction MaterialsAlthough the uses of conex (CONtainer EXpress) containers are highly versatile today, they were designed and first used by the U.S. Army in 1952.  The system of containers that could protect the contents and be stacked during the shipping process made moving materials and goods around the world faster and more efficient.  Today, these shipping containers are used for various purposes.  The concept of using these conex boxes is beneficial in multiple ways; they are eco-friendly, affordable and convenient.

One of the alternative uses for these custom conex containers is seen in the construction industry.  Due to their mobility, construction companies often use them to store materials and equipment on a site then upon completing the project just move the whole container to the next job site.   Containers not only protect materials and equipment from the elements, but they are also secure.  Don’t need one for long-term?  Have you thought about rental conex containers?

Equipment Storage

When it comes to the sturdiness and strength, container boxes are unmatchable. Constructed of industrial grade 16-gauge steel, breaking into such container is an arduous task. A container can be the ideal solution for storing tools and equipment on construction sites that are vulnerable to theft. Accessing the equipment, tools and work supplies inside these boxes is a simple task for authorized personnel; it is a matter of unlocking the door with the provided key. Moreover, these containers are easily customizable; adding lights, shelves and new doors are examples.

Material Storage

Apart from storing the equipment and tools securely, construction sites must protect their materials too (for instance, wood, windows,  doors, fittings, cabinets, etc.). These materials need to be kept away from potential impacts, such as weather until used. The problem of materials that are temperature sensitive can be addressed by customizing containers with roll-up doors or an HVAC system.

When buying conex containers for material storage,  a construction company doesn’t have to worry about extreme weather conditions; these steel boxes are weather resistant and can be enhanced further with climate control techniques.

Check out how a container can work for your company by contacting Carolina Containers at 919-562-9187.

Steel Conex Boxes – Various Types & Door Options

10 foot storage container roll up door_optConex containers can take on different jobs. They can be used for business, general storage or even as a mobile office. Cargo doors which usually come with standard steel containers may not be ideal for all of these uses. That’s why there are different types of containers and a variety of door styles to choose from. If you are in the market to buy a steel conex container, we are going to get rid of the confusion that comes with choosing the right one. We will provide you with information to choose the right door for your requirements.

Check the number of locking bars
There are some steel storage containers that have a single locking bar. These are S1 doors containers which also have a reduced weight and are ideal for domestic storage or any other purpose that has frequent use. S2 doors containers have double locking bars and offer a better form of security and are ideal for heavy storage or construction sites.

What’s the size of the container?
Most steel shipping containers come in two standard sizes 20ft and 40ft. This standardization of containers is done to ensure that all containers can accommodate different uses. Even though the exterior specifications are usually standard, the interior measurements can be different. You may also have specialty containers such as flat track and open top containers. High cube containers come with an extra height so that it can be able to accommodate certain types of equipment or storage. If you’re going to rent storage containers, it’s important to check the dimensions to make sure you’ll be able to get your things in and out properly!

Container modifications
When you buy a steel storage container in Raleigh, you can then have all types of modifications to suit all your needs. Common custom container modifications done on steel containers include painting the exterior and interior, adding a lock box, windows, security bars, side vents, electrical outlets and exhaust fans. All these is done to transform a standard container that has been designed for carrying cargo into a living or proper storage space.

Most importantly, inspect the condition of the container to make sure it is worth the cost. You can choose between used and new steel containers, have a custom design and transport it to the required destination. Building with a new container can give you the perfect space and save you money. Consider the overall cost of buying the steel container including the delivery charges when making a decision.

Should You Rent or Buy Shipping Containers?

Carolina Containers shipping containers storage containersWhen it comes to shipping goods, many business owners find that a shipping container is the best solution for their needs. Shipping containers are large, durable, and allow you to transport all manner of goods, large and small, efficiently. However, there is still a significant question that you should ask yourself – should I rent a shipping container, or buy one? This article has been created to help you make this important decision.

There are three main factors that you need to consider before buying or renting a shipping container- your budget, your timeframe, and exactly what you plan on shipping. If you will only be using the shipping container once, such as moving your office to another location, then renting a shipping container makes more financial sense.  Buying a container for this one time use is not only more expensive but then you are burdened with having to sell it at the other end. Put simply, renting a shipping container makes this process much more efficient, and saves you money.

If your business regularly makes international shipments, then you might want to think about buying  shipping containers outright, instead of renting them. Since you will use and reuse them over an extended period, you will eventually recoup the cost of buying.  After the initial investment is paid off,  you will start to benefit on your investment by no longer paying rental fees. When you purchase a shipping container  can have it painted with your company’s logo for easy identification. In addition, you can base them out of your firm’s warehouse to make loading and unloading easier.

Of course, some businesses still need to make these kinds of shipments, but on a less regular basis. In this case, the best option is to rent at first, possibly with a long-term contract. This arrangement allows you to save money on rental fees on a month-by-month basis.   It also gives you the time to calculate whether buying a shipping container in the future is the best economical choice for your business.  If you know that you will only use your shipping container on rare occasions, then renting a shipping container is clearly the best option.

Whatever you choose, you can be assured that Carolina Containers provides the best deals around on shipping containers for rent or to buy.  They will be able to negotiate a price around your needs and budget.  Contact Carolina Containers at 919-562-9187.

Buying a Shipping Container? What YOU Should Know!

20 foot storage container office with door_opt2Storage containers can be used for many things. Even better, owning it directly will allow you to do all SORTS of things with it. There are two options – renting or buying. Buying containers (just like buying a house) will give you far greater latitude when it comes to customizing it.  These containers can be setup to provide all sorts of functionality for you. They can be used to stash items like home appliances or even converted into an office, garage or an additional living space. Knowing how you are going to use the storage container is important because it will help you to select the right one for your needs. Below are a few things to consider when buying storage containers.

Start with the size
Storage containers come in a variety of sizes. 20 foot and 40 foot are our most common sizes, but we can get others.  Choosing one that is too big will make you spend a lot of money over unused space. On the other hand, a smaller container may never suit your needs, so you’ll end up spending more money to get a second one. It’s important to know what size will be perfect for your current situation. You can get professional advice on the size that is appropriate if you are not too sure.

Choose between a used or a new container
The decision whether to go for an old or new container will depend on many things – especially your budget. An old unit will cost considerably less than a new one. Be extra careful when buying an old storage container. Make sure that it is in proper condition. Some old containers may have rust or holes that make it a risk when storing items like appliances. New storage containers may be costly but they are ideal because of their top-notch condition.

Consider the features
A storage container is not exactly a pocket-change purchase, so you must consider what features you are getting before you buy.  These containers CAN be gussied up with ventilation, air conditioning, security, and roll up doors among others. There are containers that come with additional features because they have been modified to suit certain specifications.  The most basic of containers obviously will be the cheapest, but will be straight like they come off the ships – with double doors on one end.

If there are any features that you are particularly interested in having – but aren’t already in place, consider getting  the modifications after you buy. Factor the cost of having those modifications after buying the storage container. For more details on storage container specifications, get in touch with Carolina Containers in Raleigh.

Most importantly, choose a storage container from a reputable company. Not all places that offer storage containers in Raleigh NC will give you value for your money. Perform some due diligence before you spend your money on a container. It’s advisable to speak to a few people who have bought the containers from the same dealer and find out what their experience was.

Make sure you get in touch with Carolina Containers if you need a storage container to be built to certain specifications before you buy anything. Call us today!

Containers are Ideal for Construction and Storage

Carolina Containers storage containersThe construction industry has a great impact on today’s economy. The broad scope of construction industry makes it a valuable contribution.  Housing is on the rise along with commercial building as our country expands.  The Government is also supporting the economy with contracts with the construction industry to develop infrastructure related to health, transportation as well as the education sector.

Carolina Containers provide quality control steel containers and have vast experience. These steel containers are the essential equipment for construction of any site area. The flexibility of shipping containers is continually being explored by many types of businesses. Carolina Containers are one of the primary providers for storage, shipping, cargo and office containers. They specialize in providing shipping containers used on construction sites. These containers are also ideal for on-site offices.

Steel Containers are perfect for holding materials that should be secured while projects are in progress.  During the demolition phase of construction, components can be sorted into trash and items to be saved for re-use.  Conex containers are absolutely perfect for this kind of usage! A storage container is a perfect receptacle for re-usable items while the site is under construction.  These shipping containers are fit for harsh weather conditions. If security is a concern, all the containers can be safely locked up.

These containers may also be used as meeting rooms, lunch rooms, first aid centers, accommodation and various other purposes. They may be customized and adapted to include doors, windows, air conditioning, insulation, shelving, kitchen and even toilets.

They are easily transported to the desired construction location. These are time-saving, cost-effective, versatile, durable and secure to use. If you have a building project for a set period, consider renting shipping containers.  However, if you would like to customize one and plan on relocating it to various job sites, purchasing a shipping container from Carolina Containers would be ideal.

The average size of the container is 20’ by 40’, but if a person wants to have the containers for a particular use, then Raleigh Carolina Containers can fulfill customized demands.

If you are interested in building a container home or even a shipping container restaurant, why not give us a call on the following number and still if anyone has any queries feel free to contact us anytime.  Just call Carolina Containers at 919-562-9187.

Converting Storage Containers into Homes

10 foot storage container walk in door_opt1Storage containers are exceptionally beneficial in more ways than merely transporting goods. Environmental conservationists encourage everyone to do what they could to lessen the human impact on environmental degradation.

Recycling storage containers is one way you can do this. Recycling is not only fantastic for the environment but also saves you money, particularly when a storage container flip in to a home. Hire contractors and you don’t have to buy many building materials. All you will need a couple of fabrication essential, and is two, or a storage container.

Make sure to visit your local building authority for some of the required construction permits for houses in the region, before starting any development function.

Planning the building site

Where your storage container dwelling will be put up by you you should prepare the property. A small excavation is mandatory if you desire to produce a construction that is permanent. Excavation is generally unnecessary when it is a cellular house. You must find excavation specialists who will guide you on any crucial grading perform and handling storm water, septic tank. The base is normally a slap on grade use. You can even contain a foundation perimeter wall for architectural integrity that is better.


The changes should be reviewed by you with builder or a structural engineer. Slicing houses and installing adjustments including doorways and windows can damage the construction even though storage pots are fairly strong. Obtaining guidance from a specialist is not unnecessary to preserve the architectural strength of the box. When eliminating any like reducing in doorways and windows of the panelings your storage box may need support. After all the cuts have already been produced, it is possible to fix pots to each other creating the areas that are different to the house.

Finishing Touches

As soon as the storage containers are fastened to the foundation and to each additional, you may start installing the windows, doors, pulsating, skylights, framing, insulation, plumbing, heat and cooling system among additional finishing details. You are able to utilize a common company for these finishing touches. They may counsel on what materials to use on different parts of the house. You may also install fixtures like sinks and bathtubs among the others.

You need to get an inspection with a building established for the sign off once you finish your storage pots house. This inspection may give you with a certification of occupancy, which allows the house to be lived in by you.

How to Buy Storage Containers

20 foot storage container cargo doors_opt1Buying storage containers is a process that needs not be underestimated to avoid disappointments in the end. It is possible to buy a new storage container but this will cost you more money than you are willing to spend at the storage stage. It is for this reason that most people will go for second hand containers for their storage needs. Here is how to buy storage containers effectively on or offline.

Know your storage space needs
Different people will have different storage needs, which is why you need to pinpoint exactly what you need stored before making the purchase. This is done by estimating the size and type of your items since these will all need different containers. Delicate items may need temperature controlled containers while normal items will just need a normal all weather containers. More items will need huge containers while fewer ones will need smaller items but this is also affected by your storage grounds, though the advantage of the containers is that they can be stacked when space is limited.

Take time to research and shop
Taking time to hit the market will save you a lot of time and money due to the fact that you get to compare many options. This can be done both on and offline to ensure that you cover as much ground as possible and so it is also wise to take time and visit premises to see what the containers look like exactly besides trusting in photos that may not be real.

Compare prices between companies
It is important that you create a data sheet to compare prices and sizes effectively for the purpose of a more informed buy. Doing this also gives you the best choice at a simple glance.

Inspection of the containers
The fact that some storage containers are second hand makes it crucial for you to get an Inspector on board, but this can be done at a personal level to save money if you know what you are doing. Containers may come with damages some of which may affect your stored items if not well dealt with. An inspection will ensure that you get the best containers for your goods from the site.

You can finally buy the storage container in Raleigh after you are satisfied that the pricing and conditions are right for your storage needs. You will need to also ensure that you are buying a genuine product especially if you are making all your purchases online.

Get in touch with Carolina Containers today if you need sturdy storage containers in Raleigh. Call s for more info!