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Storstac Installs Hamilton Shipping Container House

Storstac is excited to announce that we have successfully fabricated and installed the Downtown Hamilton Shipping Container House. This precedent-setting build nicknamed the Hamilton Shipping Container House was installed in just EIGHT HOURS and consists of eight 40′ high cube shipping containers sitting on top of a solid concrete foundation. Designed by Toronto Architect Jason Halter, the house has been custom designed to suit his clients’ specific tastes which Jason describes as being “iconoclastic”. Although the unmodified shipping containers themselves are fabricated in China (China manufactures the large majority of new shipping containers) all of the modification work (Cut and framing of all window and door openings, interior openings, structural reinforcements, window installation and exterior paint) were undertaken at our Toronto, Canada modification facility. Unlike a number of 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 were painted (In Storstac’s dedicated paint shop) 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 the home is located in “Steel Town”, but a number of subtle architectural design elements (like the seven walkout 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 has only been a hand full of container homes built in Canada, almost all of which have been erected outside of cities urban centres, mostly in rural areas as cottages. As stated earlier in this article, the Hamilton shipping container home was modified and fabricated at Storstac‘s modification facility located at 90 North Queen Street in Toronto, Canada and will rely strictly on 100% Canadian steel (for framing and modified structural work), paint, windows doors and most importantly local labor. Follow us on Instagram (@storstac_containers) to follow some of our favorite modification projects.

 

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Front view of the Hamilton Shipping Container House

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A look at the Hamilton Shipping Container House from the rear

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Installing the Hamilton Shipping Container House

Buying a Shipping Container for Storage

Originally used to move cargo from one part of the world to another, shipping containers have since been modified for countless applications. Modified shipping containers save been used to create anything and everything from public storage facilities, mobile offices, equipment enclosures, retail restaurants, and yes, even houses…but what makes a shipping container an ideal storage solution for your overflowing warehouse or expanding storage needs?

  1. Wind & Water Tight – Well, first off , shipping containers are wind and water tight steel boxes. They are intended to travel on oceans, and thus, have been designed in a way that keeps water out, so that the cargo stays dry. This principle perfectly transitions over to your growing storage needs. What ever you put inside your storage container, you want it to stay dry. Period.
  2. All Steel Construction – Second is security and the strength of the steel shipping container. Made of corten steel (a weathering steel) shipping containers are strong and designed to take everything that mother nature throws at them.
  3. Security – Dry cargo shipping containers are all corten steel, including the container barn doors. Accompanied with a shipping container lock box, a shipping container provides you with a secure box that, unless someone is really determined, is difficult to gain access to (at least with out drawing a lot of attention and noise). Quick smash and grab break ins are usually a crime of opportunity, and an all steel shipping container takes that opportunity away. Lastly, shipping containers are modular and mobile.
  4. Portable – A simple tilt and load tuck (a flat bed tow truck if you will) is all you need to move around a 20′ shipping container (a 40′ shipping container is moved with the same principle, but will come on a big rig 18 wheeler). This means that your storage container is not a permanent investment. You can always add storage containers to grow your storage needs, or move them out if you no longer need them. If you relocate to another location, you can simply pick up your container and take it with you (or leave it behind if you choose).

If you would like to learn more about how you can turn an everyday shipping container into a great storage container, or your looking to modify a shipping container for your storage needs, feel free to click this link to learn more or call us @ 416-231-9100

 

The Perfect Storage Solution

 The Perfect Storage Solution

Storstac Attains ISO 9001:2008 Certification

Storstac Attains ISO 9001:2008 Certification 

Storstac ISO 9001 Certification

(Toronto, Canada) Storstac, Inc. is proud to announce that it has attained certification for ISO 9001:2008 by QAS International, an independent, well-established certification company. ISO Certification compliments Storstac’s ever-increasing commitment to providing customers with the highest levels of quality and service through the implementation and execution of its Quality Management System (QMS). Storstac is one of the  ISO 9001:2008 Certified for the following systems: Shipping container
modification, shipping container Sales, shipping container rentals, custom built from scratch portable building fabrication and for its shipping container depot and repair facility.

ISO 9001 is the global benchmark for Quality Management and a critical tool for boosting a company’s success and market potential. The standard is formed by a quality policy consisting of systems and principles that tie together both business objectives and customer needs. It is an internationally recognized mark of excellence and ensures quality and customer satisfaction are at the forefront of its organization.

About Storstac

Storstac Inc., established in 2005, is located in Toronto, Canada. Storstac does all its modification work locally at its 12,000sqft modification facility (which includes a dedicated paint shop that is MOE approved). Storstac offers its clients various services that include shipping container modifications, new and used shipping container sales, shipping container rentals, shipping container depot services and custom portable building fabrication. Over the years we have modified shipping containers for a host of modified shipping container applications which include (but are not limited to) shipping container housing, shipping container man caves, micro shipping container living spaces, shipping containerized equipment enclosures, modified shipping container storage units, shipping container kitchens, shipping container markets, shipping container food serving kiosks and retail vending spaces, modified shipping containers for the military and a host of other applications.

To learn more about Storstac and our commitment to our customers and quality products please visit us at www.storstac.com

 

Storstac Builds Rogers Shipping Container Fan Hub Complex

Storstac is excited to announce that we custom fabricated the the Rogers Shipping Container Fan Hub Complex for the 2016 Rogers Cup and 2016 World Cup Of Hockey right here in Toronto. Working in conjunction with Juiceworks Exhibits (based in Toronto), we assisted in co-designing the Rogers Fan Hub Shipping Container Complex to be one of the most spectacular, solidly built shipping container structures ever commissioned. Engineered in-house (here at Storstac) by our engineering team, we created and built this modular container structure out of six 40′ high cube modified shipping containers right here at our Toronto, Canada shipping container fabrication facility (using Canadian steel, parts and paint).

The main floor is comprised of three 40′ modified  shipping containers  that are joined together to create 960sq’ of open concept entertainment space. Fully insulated, air conditioned and heated (ready for the cold/hot Canadian winters/summers), the first floor of the Rogers Shipping Container “Fan Hub” provides visitors with various interactive activity zones, couches, charging stations, tv’s and even an information desk. Make your way up to the second floor of the Rogers Shipping Container “Fan Hub” via the (interior) spiral stair case and you find yourself  inside a single modified 40′ shipping container that leads out to the roof top balcony. Utilizing the base of two 40′ modified shipping containers, we  created 740sq’ of roof top patio space allowing visitors to relax on one of  multiple couches and or chairs, creating a relaxing space with a great view of its surroundings. We even custom built two shipping container inspired ping pong tables for guests to enjoy outside (Design by Juiceworks). Follow us on Instagram @storstac_containers for updates on all of our other container housing and container modification projects.

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Rogers Shipping Container Fan Hub (Front View) – Engineered and Built by Storstac

Rogers Shipping Container Fan Hub Complex - Storstac

Rogers Shipping Container Fan Hub (Side View) – Engineered and Built by Storstac

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Rogers Shipping Container Fan Hub (Roof Top Balcony / Lounge) – Engineered and Built by Storstac

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Rogers Shipping Container Fan Hub (Interior View) – Engineered and Built by Storstac

Rogers Shipping Container Fan Hub Complex - Shipping Container Ping Pong Table

Rogers Shipping Container Fan Hub Complex – Shipping Container Ping Pong Table

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Rogers Shipping Container Fan Hub (Full View) – Engineered and Built by Storstac

 

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, we have 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, shipping container markets, fully functional commercial grade off grid shipping container kitchens, high end bespoke shipping container man caves and even modular shipping container homes and buildings.

 

 

 

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.

 

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Shipping Container…Think Again.

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Prefab containers inside one of the largest prefab companies in China

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