Need a Cabin? A Tiny Home? An Art Studio? Shipping Containers May Be The Answer!

Local artist Derek Donnelly opens gallery made of shipping containers in Pinellas Park. The bottom floor is made up of three containers and home to a bright, spacious gallery and studio space. The top floor, also made of three containers, is the apartment, which has a kitchen with concrete counter-tops, a large living room, a bathroom, a bedroom and an office space. The seventh container stands vertically with a display window facing Park Boulevard.

Shipping Containers have been re-purposed for housing for a several years now. They are starting to be looked at as a solution to homelessness by some cities and their availability and relatively low cost make them appealing to those looking for off grid cabins. They are also being used by artists to construct studios and even to hostels in order to provide room for travelers.

Containers are stack-able, they can be connected to make larger cabins or homes, or a single shipping container can be used as the shell for a tiny home, all you have to do is design your interior, and run your electrical, plumbing, and so on, just as you would have to do in a model you have built from scratch, and you have a tiny home that is, by design, mobile. That is another benefit to using shipping containers for your tiny home or off grid cabin – they are designed to be moved virtually anywhere you wish. While they are more readily available near port cities, they can also be found at any number of warehouses, shipping yards, trucking company terminals, or they can be purchased online and delivered to you. While more attention goes to tiny homes these days, shipping containers are still being put to use and they are one of the most versatile options out there for a variety of needs.


Tiny living is still big

From homes on-the-go to converted shipping containers, these are the home trends that reigned supreme this year.

Homeowners once again rolled out the welcome mat for the tiny home trend in 2017. Stories about tiny homes were shared nearly 1.8 million times on social networks this year, according to Buzzsumo. In fact, tiny homes are now so popular, there are starter models cheaper than some cars, along with luxury ones, too (this design comes with a jacuzzi tub!)

Beyond traditional tiny homes on wheels, tiny living came in many shapes and sizes. This beachside house was built from a recycled shipping container, while some homeowners are even taking the tiny trend to the trees. This Atlanta treehouse was one of our most popular House of the Week features of the year.

Want to test out a tiny home yourself? Here are 7 Tiny Homes For the Perfect Getaway.


Delta Separations new CUP Series

We are always looking at new extraction technologies and felt it was about time we started to review and post on some of the Companies we look at. We are very impressed with Delta Separations new CUP Series for Ethanol Extraction. Process times and quantities are very impressive for a machine coming in around $55,000.00.

The CUP 15 SERIES ETHANOL EXTRACTION SYSTEM provides the ability to extract and target botanical compounds from diverse plant species. This unique extraction technology can isolate specific botanical compounds through programmable sequences, effectively targeting the desired separation. The system combines closed-loop, cold ethanol extraction with mechanical centrifugation which ensures high-purity extractions.

The Centrifuge Utility Platform provides accurate control over important extraction variables:

  • Ethanol Residence Time
  • Basket RPM
  • Spray Wash Stripping
  • Cycle Agitation Strength
  • Plant Material Drying
  • Temperatures
  • Data Logging
  • Automatic Cycle Programming
  • Manual Cycle Programming
  • Min/Max Parameters
  • Ethernet Connection
  • System Troubleshooting
  • Cycle Tracking
  • Administrative Functions

Here are some Key Facts we like:

Production Capacity
6-10 lbs of Plant Material Per Batch (depending on mill size)
Avg. Run Time: 10 – 20 Min
Approx: 140 lbs Processing Per 8 hr Shift
Ethanol Requirement: 12 Gallons per run (Wash Mixture Can Be Used Twice)

System Control Panel Not Shown: (10”L x 8”H x 6”D)
Drive Panel Not Shown: 20”L x 24”H x 6”D

The CUP 15 offers 3 Program cycles: Spray Wash, Agitation Wash, and Spin Dry cycles. Each “program cycle” has (2) programmable Auto recipes and (1) programmable Manual recipe.

  1. System loading: A preloaded filter bag is placed into the basket and system is sealed.
  2. Program Menu: The “Spray Wash” or “Agitation Wash” program is selected on the HMI where the RPM and cycle times are set to the operator’s specifications.
  3. Ethanol Fill: Chilled alcohol is pneumatically pumped from source tank into the CUP system via inlet valve or spray nozzle.
  4. The Wash cycle: The plant material undergoes either a spray wash or an Agitated wash with a set number of bi-directional agitations aimed at extracting 98% of plant desirables.
  5. System Draining: When the wash cycle is complete, the outlet valve is opened and the system drained. The ethanol wash is pumped to a properly rated storage reservoir for further processing.
  6. Spin Dry Cycle: The “Spin Dry” menu is selected on the HMI and the drying cycle is started. The wet plant solids are spun dry of the remaining ethanol mixture within.
  7. System Unloading: Upon completion of the “Dry cycle The system is unloaded by retrieving the filter bag from the basket.

If you see a new system or technology that looks interesting email us and let us review it..

Homes Made from Shipping Containers More Affordable!

Shipping container homes are starting to pop up everywhere around the country. They’re not only more affordable but they’re durable and look like a regular home if done properly.

At Converted Containers, we have perfected the art of building homes from shipping containers. We can build you a lavish home for a fraction of the price you’d pay for a regular home.

How we do it!

You might be asking yourself how this is possible. We do it by converting water-tight shipping containers from metal structures into single crates or multi-container masterpieces for residential housing projects and office buildings. Of course, that includes outfitting units with proper ventilation, plumbing, electrical lighting and so on.

We use two standard sizes of shipping containers to build a house – one that’s 160-sq. ft. and another that’s 320-sq. ft. These can be connected or stacked to build the house of your dreams. In addition to the cost of the containers, you’ll pay for labor and for the necessary modifications needed to make the container livable.

Keep in mind, this is a job for a professional. While it’s possible to build your own shipping container home, there’s a lot of planning that goes into it such as obtaining home building permits and the hiring of architects and drafters. At Converted Containers, we take care of all of that for you.


What’s fun about building a home from shipping containers is that the skies the limit when it comes to design. It allows you to be creative. You can end up with a house that looks like one you’d find in any neighborhood or one that’s a little more modern or unusual such as a treehouse.

Shipping containers last a long time and require very little maintenance. Since all containers have been shipped over water, they’re water-tight and very durable.

One of the biggest advantages of letting Converted Containers build you a shipping container home is that they’re environmentally friendly. Steel is used in each recycled shipping container; therefore, eliminating the need for bricks, mortar and wood.

Another big advantage of a shipping container home is that they can be built incredibly fast off site and delivered to your location ready to move in to.

The future looks bright for this type of construction so ask us today about your new home of tomorrow!

California Cannabis Growers are using Converted Containers

California CannabisAttention California Cannabis Growers! Converted Containers, the premier Cannabis Facilities provider, is taking orders for units in California. Our Container solutions can be completely automated to include all the goodies Master Growers dream about.

Twenty or Forty Foot Containers can be moved to your site and moved again if needed! Don’t wait 12 – 24 months for construction of your Extraction lab, Cultivation Space or Dispensary store front. That’s an eternity in this industry.  Contact Converted Containers today to schedule a consultation on our facility solutions.

Constructed of Solid Steel, the facility is virtually fireproof and virtually indestructible . Our Engineers provide mechanical and fire drawings for you to comply with state Building Code Compliance permits. Hurry and be up and running by Spring! Serious Inquiries only please.

Residential Storage Units

Whether you are a home owner, an artist or a collector you often run into the need for extra space. Off-site or commercial storage units can be costly and a bit of a drag when you need your stuff or, when you find yourself busting at the seams. Converted shipping or cargo containers were designed to not only transport goods but also, to keep items safe from the elements and sticky fingers during the journey. These solid steel containers are rust resistant, portable and water-tight and they can be painted to blend in with their location or to stand out from it (as in the case of art studios). Plus, they can be fitted with roll-top doors for easy access, ventilation systems and air filtration systems, or windows and doors.

Residential uses for shipping container conversions (outside of housing) include:

  • Classic Car Storage
  • Art Studios
  • Furniture storage – during moves, or to store valuable items when using your home for vacation rentals or home swaps
  • Seasonal Storage for Outdoor Furniture
  • Equipment Storage for Farms or Ranches
  • Feed Storage
  • Secured Tool Sheds or Workshops
  • Garage or Attic Overflow Storage


Depending on the modifications needed to suit your needs, our residential storage units can ship anywhere from three days to three weeks once your order process is complete.


Migrant Worker Housing Using Converted Cargo Containers

Converted Containers

Farming is hard work. Besides huge capital outlays and days lasting from dawn until dusk, farmers are at constantly at the mercy of Mother Nature. So, when the harvest comes, you need reliable people ready and willing to maximize your yield. For larger farms these able bodies often come in the form of migrant laborers.

When it comes to sheltering your workers there are few more cost effective ways to do so than cargo containers which have been converted into dormitory style living spaces. These portable units can be configured to meet all of your requirements including simple bunkhouse, mess halls and shower and toilet facilities. They are neat and expandable, offer resale potential and can provide everything you need to care for your all important workforce.

Converted Containers can turn these units around in a matter of weeks to ensure you are up and ready when the time comes. You can see examples of some of our designs below or give us a call at (480)560-5221 and discuss your exact needs.

Happy Harvest!

Converted Containers


Cargo Container Kitchens

Converted Shipping Containers are cropping up everywhere these days. These water-tight, secured units have what seems like an endless array of uses.  They offer entrepreneurs a quick and affordable way of starting or expanding a business. They offer artists a place to both show and store their work. They offer home buyers options galore and they give the agricultural community a way to grow, process and safely store their goods.

Our favorite use is regulation kitchens. The interior of our kitchen units include all stainless steel appliances, easy to clean surfaces, removable rubber flooring, and high quality lighting. The exterior can be configured in an almost limitless number of ways.  From a roadside barbecue or taco house to a full scale restaurant with modern lines and expandable capacity, we are capable of giving you both function and vision in a virtually unheard of turn-around time.

We understand that restaurants operate on thin margins and we KNOW that you will begin to see a ROI much faster using our units. Why? Because these units can be delivered much quicker than any conventional or modular build. They come to ready for inspection and, if need be, they can be transported to a new location that better serves your clientele. Talk about service! Plus, converted shipping containers have the clean lines that appeal to younger or more adventurous types and, they fit into small or oddly shaped spaces.

Our professional staff is trained in all aspects of retrofitting shipping or cargo containers. That means the electrical and plumbing systems are done right the first time. The interior is water-tight (remember these used to be used to ship goods over water), and we use top-quality ventilation systems to ensure air quality and proper circulation. We also think before we act. That means we consider things like ease of use, ease of cleaning and clearance requirements. We want you to succeed. Plus, we look good when you do :).

HazMat Storage

Some things have to be treated with care. Hazardous waste materials are one of them. Not only is proper ventilation necessary to prevent onsite disasters, things like non slip flooring and temperature control are critical. Don’t trust this job to amateurs, our staff of seasoned professionals will make sure no detail is overlooked thus keeping you and your employees safe. Contact us today. 

Converted Containers prides itself on the ability to be versatile in delivering a product that not only meets the specifications of our clients but delivers a product that enables our clients work more effectually.

Storage Solutions

Converted Containers has the solution to your storage problems. Whether for home use, job sites or for use in commercial storage facilities, containers are one of the most cost effective solutions around AND they can customized to suit any special requirements.

Individual Storage Solutions: Used shipping containers as home or tool storage buildings offer the homeowners the security they wants along with the space they need. Once delivered to your property containerized storage units can be placed on your property and provide immediate space for your storage needs.  They come pre-equipped with strong locking doors, are wind and water tight, and have a secure steel shell that is designed to resist rust, corrosion, and weather even in harsh environments.  In most circumstances, order to delivery can be a few short days.

Commercial Storage Solutions: Markets can expand quickly with new commercial storage building opportunities cropping up almost every day. Converted containers are the answer to both short and long term shortages of storage space. We can have your units to your site in a fraction of the time it takes for brick and mortar or steel construction while still providing you with long lasting solutions to your communities needs or for your business expansion. With options including roll-up doors and pre installed electrical systems and/or ventilation systems, shipping container conversions are an attractive solution – inside and out. Our 20’ and 40’ containers can be made to accommodate virtually any desired size specifications and fit together in a modular fashion. Tough and cost effective, these buildings will stick around for decades of wear and tear.