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2016
25
November

A Shipping Container Home for Every Budget

The growing popularity of shipping container houses means that you can now build or buy a container home with as little as $20,000, but they’re not only for the budget-conscious. Design firms are now using the humble steel box to create stunning architecturally designed luxury homes, cementing the shipping container as a legitimate alternative to traditional building materials.
We’ve compiled examples of shipping container homes for every budget, whether it be $20,000 or $1m+.

2016
26
October

Unusual Ways to Use Shipping Containers

Once upon a time it would have been unconventional to use shipping containers for anything other than shipping, but today, we’ve seen their popularity explode. Houses and accommodation are now being built with shipping containers along with offices, workspaces and workshops. The self-storage industry is also moving toward containers for extra space both on and off site. But have you shopped in a container? Have you seen your doctor in a container? Would you? Here are some more uncommon...

2016
22
September

Pros and Cons of Building with Shipping Containers: Myths Debunked

To build, or not to build…With shipping containers that is. It’s the great debate that leaves architects, builders and home owners divided.
We’ve heard the hype about cargotecture and seen shipping container homes pop up all over the world, but is the shipping container really the earth-saving, cost-saving, time-saving, be-all and end-all building material we’ve been led to believe it is?

2016
31
August

How to Insulate Your Shipping Container

Insulating your shipping container is essential if you plan to spend any time in it. Australia’s climate can be harsh, with scorching summer temperatures and chilly winters, and although we’ve seen container repurposing skyrocket, shipping containers weren’t designed to be a habitat for humans. They are made of steel and are susceptible to condensation, so proper insulation is important not only for your comfort, but also to keep your container in good condition by avoiding mould...

2016
21
July

Man Caves, She Sheds and Playrooms using Shipping Containers

Creating your own retreat where you can get away, relax, socialise with friends or focus on your hobbies doesn't have to be a day dream any longer! It doesn't mean adding an extension to the house, either. If you have a bit of space in the yard, then all you need is a shipping container (or two) and some imagination.
If you'd rather keep the house for yourself and get the kids outside, or create a space for Gran that's out of the hustle and bustle of daily domestic mayhem bliss, we...

2016
18
April

Specialised Shipping Containers - Open Top, Flat Rack, Bulker and Half Height

Special circumstances call for specialised containers, and there are a number of shipping container modifications that have become standard in the industry. These modified container styles cater to cargo that needs to be loaded from the top, oversized cargo, oddly-shaped cargo, and cargo comprised of free running material.

2016
03
March

Side Opening Shipping Containers

Side opening shipping containers are specifically designed for customers who need general purpose shipping containers, but require full side access for loading and unloading.

2016
25
January

Dangerous Goods Shipping Containers

Dangerous Goods shipping containers share the same benefits as standard containers, however they utilise an extra level of technology and expertise to ensure the safe storage of potentially hazardous goods.

2015
18
December

Refrigerated Shipping Containers

Shipping containers have become the go-to temporary storage solution in many industries. They are strong, secure, weather resistant, and best of all, they are cost effective and easily transported between locations.
But surely the contents of a big steel box sitting outside would get hot, especially in summer, right?
Cue the refrigerated shipping container. While these containers are called ‘refrigerated’, they actually have a temperature range of -25C to 25C, making a...

2015
13
November

10ft Shipping Containers - Premier Box

The most common shipping container sizes are the 20ft (6m) and 40ft (12m) containers. You've probably seen these being utilised on work sites or for domestic storage.

Increasing demand for shipping containers has also given rise to the 10ft container. The smaller container offers the same great benefits as its larger cousins – weather resistance, durability, strength and versatility – but with a smaller footprint.

2015
22
October

Containers and Dome Shelters: Your Complete Site Solution - Premier Box

Shipping containers are hot property right now, and for good reason. Their versatility, strength, portability and affordability means they’re the number one choice when extra storage or workspace is needed. Couple shipping containers with container domes built to withstand the harsh Australian climate, and you have a complete worksite solution.

2014
09
December

Shipping Containers Perfect for Temporary Storage - Premier Box

Found yourself short on storage space in the lead up to Christmas? Many businesses do. Additional stock arrives for the busy holiday period or you take on more staff and, suddenly, there's no room left! The good news is that shipping containers are perfect for temporary storage. They are cost effective, sturdy, clean and, best of all, they can be delivered to your site with only a day's notice!

2014
30
June

We Are Pleased to Announce That Our New Shipping Container Depot in Narangba Queensland is NOW OPEN! - Premier Box

Premier Box Shipping Containers is excited to announce the opening of their new depot in Narangba, conveniently located just 25 minutes north of Brisbane and 15 minutes south of Caboolture.

The new depot in Narangba is Premier Box's first retail outlet for customers in South East Queensland, and allows customers to inspect shipping containers onsite before buying or hiring. Friendly and knowledgable staff are on hand to discuss requirements, answer questions and assist in /> to...

2014
27
May

Brisbane's Shipping Container Food Market a Hit with Locals - Premier Box

Launched in November 2013, Eat Street is Brisbane's only shipping container-based market and is proving to be a massive hit. It is exciting to see cargotecture gaining ground in our own backyard. Refurbished and modified shipping containers not only add an industrial edge to projects such as Eat Street, they also demonstrate what can be done with these versatile steel boxes that are often left to sit unused in ports indefinitely.

2014
29
April

Shipping Container House Wins Major Architecture Award - Premier Box

In July last year, the Sunshine Coast Daily ran an article on Buddina residents' outrage over a local architect's plan to build a home office out of shipping containers. The home-based office and its architect, John Robertson, become the centre of a controversial debate around the use of shipping containers for construction in residential areas. Deputy mayor Chris Thompson stated at the time, "we do not want people living in shipping containers in our suburbs."

2014
26
March

Shipping Container Swimming Pools - Premier Box

Enthusiastic up-cyclers are leading the way in alternative architecture and design by recycling used shipping containers as homes and offices, but if you're not quite ready to live in a shipping container, have you thought about swimming in one? These versatile containers can also be converted into swimming pools at a fraction of the price of a traditional pool.

A traditional swimming pool can cost anywhere from $6000 for an above ground...

2014
19
February

Design Your Own Shipping Container Home - Start Now - Premier Box

Designing and building your own home using shipping containers can be a fun and financially rewarding experience. As the cost of housing and building materials continues to increase, and the concept of up-cycling is more readily embraced, people all over the world are turning to the humble shipping container to cut their building costs.

2014
16
January

Shipping Containers and the Christchurch Re-Build - Premier Box

Shipping Containers are being widely used for the Christchurch Re-Build

2013
17
December

Shipping Container Hotels - Premier Box

Shipping containers are being used for hotels all around the world.

2013
13
November

Shipping Containers Used For Schools - Premier Box

All over the world recycled shipping containers are popping up as they gain popularity with architects for the construction of education facilities.

2013
15
October

The Shipping Container: The Box that Changed the World - Premier Box

Logistics - "the management of the flow of resources between the point of origin and the point of consumption".
This is probably more a modern day word; however back in the 1950s an American truck driver had a logistical idea that changed the world!

2013
12
September

Use a Shipping Container While You're Renovating - Premier Box

Are you renovating and don’t want your furniture and possessions damaged while the work is being done? Don’t risk paint being dripped on your valuable leather lounge or something being knocked against your precious china cabinet. Rather than packing up your house and moving everything to a storage facility, have you thought about storing them onsite for the duration of the renovation?

2013
19
August

Architect Uses Shipping Containers for Home Business - Premier Box

Have you noticed? Shipping containers are popping up everywhere!

Recently the Managing Director of a local architectural company sparked outrage with his next-door neighbours when he had three shipping containers delivered to his vacant suburban block in one of the Sunshine Coast’s popular beachside streets.

2013
22
July

Why Your Next Site Office Should be a Shipping Container - Premier Box

When a construction site office is needed, use a shipping container. Shipping containers make ideal site offices. They are easily transported to your building or construction site. They are versatile, secure and strong. If keeping within budget and time restraints is important to your project, then these steel boxes are worth considering.

2013
21
June

Shipping Containers Accommodate the Homeless - Premier Box

Floods, earthquakes, tsunamis - these are just a few natural disasters that can lead people to becoming displaced from their homes. Poverty and unemployment can also lead to homelessness, and all around the world, shipping containers are being utilised to combat this issue.

2013
15
May

A Holiday Home with a Difference - Shipping Container - Premier Box

If you're looking for a holiday home with a difference then you might like to think about recycled shipping containers - made from one of the strongest steels in the world and are resistant to atmospheric corrosion, can withstand harsh conditions. Better still, you can take them anywhere!

2013
24
April

Shipping Container Art Around The World - Premier Box

We all now know that there are a multitude of uses for used shipping containers - cut a hole in one side and you have a coffee shop; put a door in and you have a cubby house (or a place to put the mother-in-law!) but have you thought about really making a statement - with a shipping container sculpture!? 

Public Shipping Container Art. With just a bit of imagination you’d be amazed at what can be made from shipping containers. Look at these sculptures showing how can of...

2013
13
March

Urban Agriculture and Shipping Containers - Premier Box

Did you know that by 2050 more than twice as many of our current population will be living in cities or urban areas? 

An increasing population needs to be fed and the world needs to create more food. Rising costs of production on traditional farms due to such things as drought or flood and increased overheads has seen many farmers struggling to keep their farms tenable or simply walking As...

2013
21
February

What You Should Know About Corten Steel Containers - Premier Box

If you've ever wondered how shipping containers withstand the harsh and often damp environments they are used in without rusting away, the secret to their longevity may very well be in the type of steel used in their construction: Cor-Ten steel.

2013
30
January

Building a Foundation for your Shipping Container - Premier Box

Whether you're hiring a container for a short term storage solution or buying a container as a workshop or shed, it's important that you plan out your foundation properly. A solid, well prepared foundation will help to keep your shipping container stable and square, and can also help guard against exposure to moisture and the corrosion caused by this. If a shipping container is not kept on a level surface, you may encounter issues when trying to open and close the doors, particularly when...

2012
05
December

More Storage Space, FAST! - Premier Box

Shipping containers for temporary storage. Businesses across Australia are making smarter decisions this year when it comes to finding cost effective solutions for temporary storage and warehousing. With the lead up to the holiday season putting pressure on many businesses to come up with extra space fast, hiring shipping containers for temporary warehousing purposes is the way to go.

2012
28
November

Top 8 Shipping Container Homes - Premier Box

Constructed in 2006, this home is one of the first official shipping container houses in the USA. This stunning home in Redondo Beach was constructed from recycled steel shipping containers in conjunction with conventional building methods and prefabricated assemblies. Assembling 70% of the house offsite lead to substantial time and cost savings, as well as a reduction in construction waste.

2012
24
October

Shipping Container Coffee Shop - Premier Box

With a spare coffee machine and some imagination, Rick came up with a brilliant solution for catering to the morning’s crowds without blowing the budget or interrupting trade. He created a funky annex out of a shipping container.

2012
12
October

Top 8 Tips for Buying or Hiring a Shipping Container - Premier Box

Size
Shipping containers measuring 6m (20ft) and 12m (40ft) long are the most cost effective options when considering what size to buy. Containers with these lengths are the most commonly used in the shipping industry and are therefore the most readily available. Smaller sizes such as 10ft containers are usually cut down from larger containers and are more expensive due to the labour involved. 

Construction
Whether hiring or buying...

2012
11
July

Christchurch Shipping Container Shopping Mall - Premier Box

Despite the people of Christchurch being faced with countless challenges and overwhelming tragedy in the aftermath, an innovative initiative was undertaken in an attempt to help the city bounce back, and the Re:START Project was born. A temporary shopping mall was created in a matter of months in the same location as the old mall, and was constructed out of shipping containers.

2012
07
August

Medical Clinics Go Mobile with Shipping Containers - Premier Box

In the aftermath of devastating natural disasters around the world, shipping containers have often been modified and retrofitted to quickly replace damaged infrastructure. The RE:Start project in Christchurch, New Zealand, is a perfect example of this. But while the residents of Christchurch were once again able to sip lattes and shop 'til they drop in their stylish new surrounds, populations in Haiti following an earthquake in 2010, and in...

2012
29
August

Shipping Container MUVBox to Cafe in Under 2 Minutes - Premier Box

At the touch of a button, a discarded shipping container transforms into a restaurant in under 2 minutes, right before your eyes. This incredible and intriguing creation is called MUVBOX, and has become somewhat of a sensation in Old Montreal, and even across the globe.

2012
20
June

From Shipping Container to Security Wall - Premier Box

What does it take to supply a 78 bed hospital ship with six state-of-the-art operating rooms producing over 7000 surgical procedures each year in West Africa?

The procurement department at the Mercy Ships International Operations Center in Garden Valley, Texas, is charged with the daunting task of shipping medications, lab supplies, hospital equipment, and medical supplies (among other things) to their hospital ship in...

2012
13
June

Build a Shipping Container Home - Premier Box

Thinking of building a shipping container home? Alternative housing is not just a new fad. The cost of building materials is rising while traditional supplies such as lumber are dwindling. Sustainable harvesting practices are barely keeping up with the demand for increased housing as populations increase. Moving materials to locations far from urban and suburban areas can also increase the cost of a traditional home beyond that of affordability.

As a result, homeowners are looking...