A shipping container is a blank slate ready for modifications to suit any purpose.

Your imagination is only limited by your budget, when it comes to container modifications. There are many simple modifications that you can make to a container that won’t break the bank, but will improve the functionality of your container.  Our last post touched on a few of those simple container modifications that will fit into most budgets. In this post, we will look at a couple of our most popular requests for container modifications; adding electrical components and insulation and lining.

Electrical and Lights

One of our most common requests for container modifications is adding electrical components. More specifically; adding lights to a container. The obvious benefit to adding lights to your container is that it will enable you to work inside any time you want to. You do need to consider how you will run power to your container safely, so we do advise speaking with a professional first. Beyond that, there are a few issues to consider if you want to add lights to your container. Unless you are an electrician, this isn’t necessarily on the list of DIY container modifications. Any time we’re adding electrical components to a container, we have our work independently CSA inspected to ensure that we are meeting electrical code for our area and project. Beyond adding lights, plugs, ventilation, heating and cooling systems are all popular container modifications.

We’ve used some exciting new products in recent projects and have been very pleased with the results. The LED lights on the market now are incredibly slim and take up very little space when they’re installed. This makes surface mounted lights a thing of the past. The bulbs are extremely long lasting and don’t require frequent replacement, which is great for the environment. They are also energy efficient, giving you way more bang for your buck.

Image of lED lights in a ceiling

Insulation and Lining

One of our previous posts discussed the benefit of spray foam insulation in a container. Spray foam remains the most popular of our container modifications. If you are looking to work out of your container year round, spray foaming and plywood lining the interior with help with heat retention in the winter and insulate you from the heat of the sun in the summer. We have perfected our technique for strapping and lining a container securely, while avoiding leaks, through years of experience. We do advise our customers to cover spray foam insulation on the walls to avoid gouging or damaging it during container use. There are many options, but our favourite is using a durable pre-finished plywood in either a white or wood finish. It looks great and stands up to lots of heavy use. No extra finishing work, like painting, is required. If you’re working out of a container on a job site, simplicity and durability are key.

Our Feature Gallery is a great place to see what’s available out there if you’re looking to add to your container. Check it out from time to time as we add new projects.

Click here if you would like more information or a quote for container modifications.