Storstac Building Toronto’s First Shipping Container House

Storstac is excited to announce that along with The Hamilton Shipping Container House (which will be the first permanent shipping container house in Canada to be located in a major cities downtown core), we are also currently fabricating TORONTO’s FIRST SHIPPING CONTAINER HOUSE which will be permanently located in the heart of Downtown Toronto (on Queen @ Bathurst), right here at our Toronto shipping container fabrication facility. This precedent setting build nicknamed the Harlem Underground Shipping Container House (as it will expand the current living quarters that are part of the same building that Harlem Underground Restaurant is located) is already BUILDING PERMIT APPROVED and will consist of three 20′ High Cube shipping containers sitting on top of a solid concrete foundation. Although the shipping containers themselves are fabricated in China (as China is the only place in the world where shipping containers are fabricated) all of the modification work will be carried out at our fabrication shop here in Toronto, and all materials used for this project will be made in Canada. Storstac has been tasked with engineering and completing all of the shipping container modifications, paint and steel-work for this Toronto shipping container home. The Toronto shipping container home modifications include cutting and framing all window, door and interior openings, custom paint and a number of structural reinforcements where required. The Toronto shipping container home will arrive on site and will be installed by Storstac over the course of just a few hours.

For projects like this Storstac rely’s on its 450+ years of combined shipping container modification experience (Dating as far back to 1971) ensuring all modifications meet and exceed strict building code requirements, as well as ensuring the shipping container modifications last more then a lifetime. Modifications  such as this are made possible with the help of Storstac’s President, who, over his carrier (which began in 1971)  has been part of more then 10,000+ shipping container modifications. Expected completion of the project is Summer 2016. Follow us on Instagram @storstac_containers for updates on this shipping container housing project, as well as our other container housing and container modification projects.

 

Toronto Shipping Container House with building cutouts

                  Toronto Shipping Container House rendering with building cutouts

Toronto Shipping Container House with neighbor buildings

     Toronto Shipping Container House rendering with neighbouring buildings intact

 

First floor of the Toronto Shipping Container House with walls removed at Storstac modification facility in Toronto

First floor of the Toronto Shipping Container House with walls removed at Storstac modification facility in Toronto

 

 

 

PreFab Containers vs Local Shipping Container Modifications

Not Made in China

Storstac does all of its shipping container modification work at its fabrication facility in Toronto, Canada

Shipping container architecture or “cargotecture” as it is commonly refereed to in the shipping container industry has become quite popular in North America over the last few years. Using shipping containers as the frame work to build shipping container houses, bars, kitchens, cottages, offices etc. is currently more widely accepted and is gaining traction in North America. With this increased appeal and demand for modified shipping container structures there are more and more people out there using high end renderings to try and get their foot in the door in this growing industry. Typically, these prefab container re-sellers are small scale operations (1-3 people) made up of architects and sales professionals that use these renderings to sell prefabricated houses and cottages (among other things) to potential buyers. What most people don’t realize is the fact that these prefabricated buildings, although sold locally, are manufactured and prefabricated on an assembly line in China by a few large shipping container manufacturers (these re-sellers will often refer to the Chinese factories as “Their factory” or “Our Factory”). Although the price tag on these prefabricated shipping container projects is usually somewhat attractive (compared to modifying and fabricating the same thing in North America), that’s pretty much the only positive aspect of buying a prefabricated container building from china as apposed to buying it and having it modified and fabricated locally in North America.

  • Shipping Container…think again – Prefabricated Shipping Container Structures (including houses, cottages etc.). ARE NOT made from real shipping containers. They may look like real shipping containers, but they are not. They are built using different grades of steel and different grades of paint because they are not intended to be shipped on the ocean with cargo. Also, they are built with the various openings in place, they do not take a standard shipping container and cut the openings into them (say for windows, doors, staircases etc.). This means that over time, these prefabricated shipping container buildings will not age the same way a standard shipping container will age as they do not use the same grade of Corten steel that they use on their cargo bound shipping containers
  • Build Quality – China is known for mass producing various goods cheaper then anywhere else in the world. This is positive for things like electronics, clothing and other low cost goods, but China should be the last place you want your new home or cottage to be built. Overall building standards and quality of materials are much lower coming from China, then they are if they are sourced and built locally in Canada. China is NOT KNOWN FOR MANUFACTURING QUALITY GOODS, they are known for manufacturing goods for the LOWEST POSSIBLE COST. We have first hand experience with prefabricated shipping container structures and can attest to the fact that the over all build quality is extremely low. Prefab structure from china use only Chinese made products and materials. This means the interior and exterior materials like your siding, insulation, walls, floors, electrical, plumbing, kitchens, appliances, bathroom fixtures etc. will all be made in China (compared to a local fabricator like us who will source locally made insulation, walls, floors, electrical, plumbing, kitchens, appliances, bathroom fixtures etc. simply because that’s what’s available for purchase in North America).
  • Material Quality – As mentioned previously, prefabricated shipping container buildings from china are made with Chinese parts and steel. Here at Storstac all of our shipping container modifications use Canadian made parts and steels. Things like our doors, windows, steel (used for things like framing openings and reinforcing when required) are all made in Canada. This is a huge bonus because generally anything Made in Canada/ U.S.A. is usually superior then the same item Made in China regarding overall quality, durability and longevity. Also, if your brand new window has a defect, but its from china, how do you warranty that window for replacement?
  • Standards of Building – Building standards in Asia are vastly different then in Canada and North America as a whole. Door sizes, hallway widths, staircase clearance and even minimum clearances of doors and washroom fixtures are different in Asia then they are in North America and Canada. One overlook on say the size of your washroom or the position of the door, and your door might be opening right into the toilet or sink, (literally, we have seen this happen in the past).

Still not convinced that a locally designed and modified container structure is right for you? Feel free to pass by our office to talk with one of our modification experts on why your next project should be built right here in Toronto, Canada.

 

china factory

Shipping Container…Think Again.

China Prefab Factory

Prefab containers inside one of the largest prefab companies in China

Custom Shipping Container Man Cave

Storstac is currently building two bespoke shipping container man caves right here at our Toronto fabrication facility. Micro architecture and the Tiny House Movement is rapidly gaining popularity right around the world and Storstac is contributing to the movement with the introduction of custom designed shipping container man caves and/or get away spaces. Constructed out of ISO Shipping Containers, these architecturally rich micro shipping container living spaces are custom designed (By Jason Halter of Wonder Inc and New Old Stock) and built from the ground up to suit each clients specific tastes. The first of the two man caves (which is headed to L.A.) is 100% off grid and includes various amenities like solar power, an off grid toilet, 16′ sliding door, walk out wood deck and a fully tiled walk out shower. Other bespoke,  finishing touches like ceder plank walls and a shower/washroom fully outfitted in Calcutta tiles are included in the build. The second man cave plays with a different interior concept emphasizing open space. This micro sized space will again include a large 16′ sliding door, cedar plank walls and will be the perfect escape space that would complement and work with an existing cottage or house. These micro sized shipping container man caves/get away spaces are compact and perfect for a host of applications including dropping them at a cottage/waterfront property, or adding them to your existing home. For more information on our shipping container man caves, or to custom build your very own bespoke shipping container getaway sapce feel free to call or email us any time 416-231-9100 or info@storstac.com. To follow the progress on the two shipping container man caves that are currently in production follow us on Instagram

Custom Shipping Container Living - Single Container - Storstac

20′ Custom Shipping Container Man Cave

Tiny Container House - Banner - Storstac Inc.

2x 20′ Shipping Containers Joined to make a 320sq’ Micro Living Space

Storstac to build Hamilton Shipping Container House

Storstac is excited to announce that in just a few weeks we will begin fabrication of Canada’s first shipping container house to be permanently located in a major city’s (Hamilton’s) downtown core right here at our Toronto shipping container fabrication facility. This precedent setting build nicknamed the Hamilton Shipping Container House is already BUILDING PERMIT APPROVED and will consist of eight 40′ shipping containers sitting on top of a solid concrete block foundation. Designed by Toronto Architect Jason Halter of Wonder Inc, the house has been custom designed to suit his clients specific tastes which Jason describes as being “iconolastic”. Although the shipping containers themselves are fabricated in China (as China is the only place in the world where shipping containers are fabricated) all of the modification work and materials used for this project will be made in Canada. Unlike most shipping container homes built around the world, this one will not be clad with any additional materials. Instead, the containers Corten steel corrugated walls will remain naked, and they will be painted brick brown; allowing the house to better blend in with the surrounding Victorian era homes. The rugged industrial look of this shipping container home pays homage to the fact that it will be located in “Steel Town”, but a number of subtle architectural design elements (like the six walk out balconies that will utilize the shipping container doors as the balconies side walls) will make this shipping container home stand out from most others. Until now there have only been a hand full of container homes built in Canada, most of  which have been erected in rural areas as cottages. The vast majority Canada’s shipping container homes/cottages are pre-fabricated builds that are modified and built in china. This is problematic because they use Chinese steel and parts which provides the end user with a low-quality, inferior product that is unlikely to stand any real test of time. As stated earlier in this article, the Hamilton shipping container home will be modified and fabricated at Storstac’s modification facility located at 90 North Queen Street in Toronto and will rely strictly on 100% Canadian steel, paint, windows doors and most importantly local labor. Follow us on Instagram (@storstac_inc) as we will be closely covering and updating followers as this project develops and progresses. Installation of the Hamilton Shipping Container House will take place in June of this year.

About Storstac: With over 450 years of combined experience in the shipping container modification industry Storstac Inc. is the Oldest, Largest, Most Experienced shipping container Modification Company in Canada. Storstac’s Founder and President has been designing and manufacturing modified shipping containers since 1971. Since then, Storstac has pioneered countless shipping container modifications that range from the very first portable wireless telecommunication shelters for Cantel (now Rogers), Clearnet Communications (now Telus), Microcell telecommunications (now Fido) to the revolutionary Tesla pop up container dealership (made from two 20’ shipping containers). We’ve worked with some of the biggest companies in the world, right down to your average Joe that needs a used shipping container for onsite storage. We fabricate modified shipping containers for a host of applications which include generator enclosures, retail pop up kiosks and retail stores, shipping container bars, fully functional commercial grade off grid shipping container kitchens, and even modular shipping container homes and buildings.

All of the Hamilton shipping container house modification work will be undertaken by Storstac at our Toronto modification facility

All of the Hamilton shipping container house modification work will be undertaken by Storstac at our Toronto modification facility

 

All of the Hamilton shipping container house modification work will be undertaken by Storstac at our Toronto modification facility

All of the Hamilton shipping container house modification work will be undertaken by Storstac at our Toronto modification facility

 

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Read more about this Project:

Globe and Mail – Proposed Hamilton container home is a steel building for Steeltown

The Hamilton Spectator – Shipping container house debuts in Hamilton

 

 

Shipping Container Markets

Shipping container markets have become quite popular over the last 10 years right around the world… and for good reason. From the DeKalb Market in Brooklyn, to Boxpark in London to the ReStart Container Market in New Zealand; shipping container markets / malls have been “popping” up right around the world. Over the past 5 years Storstac has been pivotal  in helping  Toronto join-in on the shipping container market craze; and for good reason. Storstac has been host to all of Toronto’s Permanent and semi-permanent container markets. The shipping container market at Scadding Court community center at the corner of Dundas Street and Bathurst Street in the heat of downtown Toronto has been supplied wholly by Storstac. This market is precedent setting as it provides tenements with affordable rents that allow them to grow there small businesses that were previously based in their homes to a “brick-and-mortar” location. The market is meant to be both a permanent home for some tenants, as well as a stepping stone that allows other tenants the opportunity to test the marketplace with their products before growing to a larger location.  The market has become famous for its ethnically diverse and delicious “street foods” and for its locally produced hand made goods. Storstac has also been responsible for the Westside market place that was live for the summer of 2015 at the corner of Bathrust and Front Street, as well as the Winter Market Place that is currently ongoing at the Evergreen Brickworks on the north east end of Downtown Toronto. Shipping container markets have a host of benefits that traditional brick-and-mortar and tent markets cannot provide.

Modular: Shipping container markets can be arranged, re-arranged, and relocated in an instant. This modular aspect allows container markets to grow, shrink, and move rapidly depending on current market conditions.

Wind and Water Tight: Another advantage of using shipping containers for markets is that they are solid steel boxes. This means that when its raining, snowing, or windy, retailers don’t have to close down for the day. The container is solidly sitting on the ground and isn’t phased by harsh weather conditions.

Security: Depending on how the individual containers are designed, they can go from having a large glass entrance in the day time when there open, to being a fully sealed steel box at night when there closed. This allows container markets to be placed in more remote locations where land may be under utilized, or placed right in the heat of a city’s downtown core in an empty developers future condominium site.

If you have any questions about starting your very own shipping container market or mall, NO ONE in Canada has more experience at designing, fabricating and deploying shipping container markets/malls then Storstac.

Toronto's First Container Market Supplied Exclusively by Storstac

Toronto’s First Container Market Supplied Exclusively by Storstac

 

Toronto's First Container Market Supplied Exclusively by Storstac

Toronto’s First Container Market Supplied Exclusively by Storstac

 

Storstac Shipping Container Kitchen

Storstac is one of the only companies in North America to fabricate a fully functional, 100% off grid, commercial grade kitchen inside of a standard ISO shipping container. Utilizing our 450+ years of combined experience in the shipping container modification industry (Going as far back as 1971), Storstac was able to design, and modify a shipping container to house a 100% off grid commercial grade kitchen. Our Off Grid Commercial Grade Kitchen is complete with a Propane Room, Off grid clean and grey water tanks, a freezer, an 8′ x 8′ walk in fridge, 3 sinks, 1 commercial grade dish washer, 1 four burner commercial stove with oven, 1 commercial gill top, 2 commercial grade fryers, 1 commercial grade convection baking oven, various stainless steel prep counters an shelves, commercial grade range hood, fire suppression system, and even an off grid security system complete with digital key FOB entrance/exit cards. Our Commercial Grade shipping container kitchens use only 100% food safe building materials. Our container kitchens can be custom built to order depending on your cooking requirements and needs. Feel free to contact a member of our knowledgeable sales team to custom build a commercial shipping container kitchen today.

Storstac Off The Grid Commercial Kitchen

Storstac Off Grid Commercial Shipping Container Kitchen

Commercial Kitchen Appliances

Shipping Container Commercial Kitchen Appliances

Commercial Shipping Container Kitchen Walk-In Refrigerator

Commercial Shipping Container Kitchen Walk-In Refrigerator