DropBox Inc. 4 Important Questions to Ask Before ReInventing Your BOX

Posted on Wed, Mar 22, 2017 @ 10:03 AM

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Do you have plans to purchase a shipping container? 
A standard ISO shipping container measures 8' wide and 8' 6" tall, and typically comes in 20' or 40' lengths. A third option offers higher ceilings; these are called high cube containers and measure 9' 6" inches tall. A shipping container often makes a perfect starting block for a wide range of purposes including modifications such as homes, business, or cabins. Before beginning any type of modification of shipping containers, it is important to ask yourself a few questions in order to avoid any trouble along the way.

1) Do I have to have a permit for my shipping container?
Depending on your use for the container, you may or may not need several permits. Some areas don’t allow residential construction using shipping containers, so if you're interested in turning your shipping container(s) into a home, you’ll need to first check in with your local planning department. However, if you are not going to be living in the box and will just be using it for storage, you probably won't need to have a permit. It's always better to be safe than sorry, so be sure you do your homework on what (if any) permits are needed in your area. 

2) How will the weather in my area affect the integrity of the box?
Insulating a shipping container can be tricky and may cause problems, depending on your plans for the container. Other potential issues include extreme weather changes that may lead to interior moisture condensation, as well as moisture seepage up through the bottom of the box. Remember, the walls and ceiling of the containers are steel but the bottom of a container – while steel beam studded – is built from marine grade plywood that may rot over time. Make sure the area where you plan to put your box has good drainage, and that moisture does not sit under the box. 

3) Once I find a container, how will I get the container onto the property?
An empty 20-foot container can weigh almost 5,000 pounds. You’ll probably need to have your container delivered by a professional. Make sure a large truck may easily enter your property and place the container on-site, or else you may have to deal with renting a very expensive crane to lift the container and put it where you want it.

4) What was housed in this container before it was put up for sale?
Buyers be forewarned – the contents of many containers are often sprayed with pesticides and protective coatings to prevent deterioration during ocean travel, and some shipping containers that are currently for sale have previously transported toxic chemicals which may cause problems with your intended finished container project. Do your research on what the container was used for before you decide to buy it.

More information on DropBox Inc. and all of our shipping container modifications may be found online at www.DropBoxInc.com. If you'd like a quote CONTACT US HERE or call us toll free at 888.388.7768.

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DropBox Inc. Beautiful Shipping Container Homes Around the Web

Posted on Thu, Sep 01, 2016 @ 13:09 PM

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Here at DropBox Inc. we have built a wide range of products out of ISO shipping containers but the one thing we've yet to build is a home. We have had some interest here and there and can't wait for the opportunity for the right customer to come along and choose us for the adventure that is building a home from a shipping container. 

With that said, we'd like to take this week’s Shipping Container Mods Blog to look at some of the best-looking shipping container homes we can find on the web. If you or someone you know is interested in building a home from shipping containers, take a look here and elsewhere around the web and GET IN TOUCH!

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For more information on DropBox Inc., all of our ISO shipping container modification capabilities, and our products CONTACT US HERE or call us toll free at 888.388.7768.

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DropBox Inc. Best Shipping Container Sales Company

Posted on Mon, Dec 21, 2015 @ 11:12 AM

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At DropBox Inc. we modify ISO shipping containers to convert them into a wide range of customized products. From ground-level offices, restrooms, and showers, to highly complex water filtration systems and battery/inverter storage units for the power industry – we build it all. However, what few may know is that we also sell standard ISO shipping containers that are not modified. Some folks use them for storage and some want to build something themselves, but whatever the need and/or purpose, DropBox Inc. is there to fulfill it.

At DropBox Inc. we offer both new and used shipping containers. Your budgeting and project needs will help us work with you to determine which is right for you. We offer "one-trip" (new) containers that have been used only once for import purposes on freight ship – or we can sell older shipping containers which have been used a number of times but are considerably cheaper than one-trip cpntainers. The shipping containers we sell are built from 14-gauge Cor-Ten steel and are built to resist corrosion and rust, but just as almost anything else you buy, the newer it is the longer it will last… and you more often than not pay for what you get. 

One of the most popular containers we sell is the 20’ storage container. These durable 8’ wide and 8½’ tall units hold the equivalent of a one-car garage and can fit into an area about the size of a standard parking space. These 20’ storage containers are small enough to fit into most locations, but big enough to meet a variety of storage needs and concerns. ISO shipping containers such as these have remained the industry standard for portable storage on construction projects and industrial and commercial facilities and can be repurposed for other custom shipping container modifications to meet many different customer needs. 

Need something a little bit bigger?

Our 40’ storage containers can be used to store about as much as you can fit in a two-car garage. The 40’ storage containers we sell are the perfect solution for oversized portable storage. Like their 20’ counterpart, the 40’ units may be reused or modified to create countless other custom shipping container solutions. Our 40’ shipping containers are for sale and can be delivered to your location. 

If you want more than just a shipping container, make sure to think of DropBox Inc. Our engineering and design team is able to modify any of our current products, or to start from scratch to meet your idea-specific requirements. The custom options we offer are limited only by your imagination and the total interior square footage of the chosen layout.

For more information on DropBox Inc. shipping container sales and our custom shipping container modifications CONTACT US HERE or call us toll-free at 888.388.7768.

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