Shipping Containers Gone Wild!

Cool & Innovative Homes from Recycled Shipping Containers

At TransporterZ we use shipping containers every day.  We utilize them for the typical purposes of moving, storage and transportation of goods.  To see a container being hauled by a moving truck or 18 wheeler is totally expected.  But, would you ever expect to live in a container?  The first thought from most of us is…NO WAY!  For some of us it’s absolutely….especially when the container has been recycled like those found on  Some innovative companies are taking recycling to a whole new level.  Check out these amazing photos of living spaces on their site.

shipping container recyclingResource Photos & Quotes from, “The idea of living in an old shipping container is fascinating, especially if it looks like one of these structures from IC Green, Inc. The company reuses trashed shipping containers and converts them into a wide range of structures, from 320 square foot studios to 2400 square foot homes.”

recycled shipping container “Apart from the shipping container bones, the dwellings are well insulated with radiant floor system, which minimize the energy required by the home. If you need much better systems, the company will also install green roofs, solar and geothermal energy systems for an additional charge.”

storage container recycled into bathroom“The structural rigidity in the metal frame and corrugation of the shipping container equal more than standard timber and steel construction. This factor leads to ease in stacking and joining in many possible configurations. The optimized frame construction allows for more square footage within the same footprint as a standard timber construction, making it particularly successful for any small and large scale housing project. Construction time from start to finish is significantly reduced through prefabrication of about 80% of the structure. Once a plan has been selected, the factory prepares the unit by cutting for windows, doors or removing sides. Windows, flooring, and other finish materials are applied easily through use of standard dimensions and pre-assembled framing.”  It’s amazing what can be created!  That’s an innovative living space that most of us could enjoy. Such a creative way to recycle.

And, for those of us that need a shipping container for the traditional purpose: moving, storage and transportation… TransporterZ is here to help! We don’t just move containers.  Whatever you need moved, contact us for an affordable quote or call us at 602.721.6859.

Transporterz LLC works alongside many Arizona Shipping Container Vendors. We assist their recent and former customers by providing the moving services for their Containers. Our services extend outside of the Phoenix Metro area to better serve the state of Arizona.

Top 5 Helpful Tips For Your Move

Moving day … for some it’s an exciting adventure.  You are starting a different chapter, it’s a new beginning or a fresh start filled with hopes & dreams.  But for others, it’s very different. Change can be challenging….maybe even stressful.  At TransporterZ, LLC we want to help by offering some helpful tips for your moving day.  We know you are not moving mountains but even a small move can feel like a mountain if you are not organized or prepared.  Good news, a bit of planning ahead can make you move easier.

TOP 5 TIPS FOR MOVINGmoving checklist

#1 Use a Moving Checklist.  Several checklists are available online to help you plan ahead.  Many tasks can be done weeks in advance to relieve your stress the days leading up to moving day.  Here is a link to a Moving Checklist provided by Real Simple.

#2 Keep Children & Pets Out of the Way! It is unsafe & distracting to have a child or pet running around on moving day.  Plan ahead for a sitter and everyone will breathe a little easier.

#3 Be a part of the packing and pickup of your items.  When you are present you can help provide directions to the movers & ensure that boxes are organized and labeled.    If you can’t be there, then you should ask someone to stand in for you. Most movers will issue you an inventory of all items. Look over the list carefully and make sure the inventory list is correct. If an item is lost or damaged, you don’t want to find out later that it’s not on their list of inventory.

#4  Make Sure There’s Parking for the Truck.  When the storage container or moving truck arrives remember it will need a place to park.  This is important both at the move out location & the move in. If your location is a house, then this step is simpler for you. But if your place is a high rise apartment, then you need to plan ahead by reserving a place to park & load/unload. What about the elevator?  You may need to reserve the elevator– be sure to notify the property manager ahead of time so the movers can carry things on the elevator as soon as they arrive.

#5 Food, Friends & Fresh Water  –  If you didn’t hire movers and your friends or family members will be your movers for the day, then make it easy on them.  Don’t expect them to pack boxes for you. Have all the boxes packed before they arrive. This simplfies the day so all that needs to be done is loading/unloading in the storage container. You can even decide beforehand which friend will be assigned to which furniture and boxes. Plus, be sure to have plenty of cold beverages, healthy snacks, fresh water and food.  These are so important to fuel your moving team.  Stay hydrated & fed.  You all deserve it!

We hope you have found these tips truly helpful.  If you are planning a move, TransporterZ LLC would like to help.  We are the moving, storage & transportation specialists!  Visit our website, send us an email or call us at (602) 721-6859.

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The Long Life of a Shipping Container

Shipping containers are designed to withstand adverse weather conditions. They are known to endure hurricanes and areas hit by tornadoes. Some containers have crossed arctic seas,  others have traveled tropics, and yet some have made voyages through both. Shipping containers’ sturdy, steel construction along with it’s modular, rectangular form is built to last.shipping container

Just how long can the everyday shipping container remain in the game? We found that the common shipping container is likely to have been in international operation for an excess of 10 years. Meaning, most shipping containers are used, and they have ran the international circuit plenty of times over. Many would be pleased to know that with proper care the same shipping container can last upwards of another 20 years.

What else can shipping containers be used for? People have found creative ways to repurpose and purpose shipping containers including military housing, offices, instant medical facilities, construction storage, retail storage, moving and housing storage.  Would we even imagine that some have retrofitted their cargo containers to serve as expo stands?shipping container arctic

With the diverse functionality of the shipping container coupled with the long lifespan, TransporterZ saw an opportunity to specialize in transporting shipping containers. What a surprise it was to find that of the 4 modes of transportation sea, rail, road and air, the mode most employed continues to be the road. According to  there are about 11,301 million tons  of goods and materials freighted by road in cargo containers throughout the world each year. A surprising number indeed, especially in comparison to the other modes. Roads accounted for nearly 10x that of rails, which happens to be the closest competitor.

If you wish to contact us for questions, either visit our website, or give us a call @602-721-6859

Trinity Buoy Wharf uses Storage Containers Creatively

What  an innovative, one of a kind Urban Space. This building structure you see here is by Urban Space Management. They were given the task to create a concept forTrinity Buoy Wharf  in 1997.The crew was given a constraint to build “industrial” type urban housing. With that concept in mind they utilized standard forty foot shipping containers to achieve the “industrial” look and feel to blend with the brick and mortar era backdrop. What is most promising is the time the project took to complete. Because Container City’s utilization of prefabricated steel modules, the project fit perfectly. It was completed within just 5 months of it’s launch. It is 4 stories high, with 12  fully furnished work studios, spanning  4,800 sq. ft.

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Container homes are becoming more popular as they enter the mainstream media. Shortly after the Trinity Buoy Wharf caught the attention of local and global newspapers, the same method was used in Container Learn, a 2001 project for Tower Hamlets College, providing 12 extra classrooms.  The “Container City” system has also been used to create office space, sports halls, nurseries, community centers, artist studios, retail space, living and working space, and sound recording studios.

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“Reusable shipping Containers provide a cost effective and sustainable approach to building design.” – Public Sector and Local Government Magazine