Frequently Asked Questions

We have found there is not an out of the box one size fits all when it comes to commercial projects due to the size, purpose, site limitations, codes & zoning, and etc. When you are ready to explore the possibilities of using containers for your project, we are happy to help determine if it is feasible using containers and if it makes sense financially. Containers do not fit all project types which is why we try to learn as much about the potential project to help provide solid advice and direction. As much as we would love to accept every commercial project, we also understand containers do not make sense in some circumstances. When you are ready, please use the CONTACT page to send your information or email us at

It is well known that you can use many containers to construct many types of projects. You can use containers to achieve many things such as: workforce housing, transitional housing, student housing, restrooms, and more, which is why we are here to help you understand all the possibilities and benefits of using containers for your next project. If it makes sense to use containers for your next project, we can build as small as you need or as large as you need. 

We do not have a showroom like a car dealership would have. Every container that we build is built for a specific customer and is already sold. Occasionally, we have a model home that travels to various shows. When the model is not at a show, we stage it at our facility, and it is available from time to time for tours by appointment only.

We do not accept walk-ins or non-scheduled visits. Prior to scheduling a visit, we need to have a good understanding of the project you are inquiring about so we can prepare for your visit.

Containers are designed and built for stacking which makes them perfect for a multilevel project. Our team has years of experience and knowledge in building with containers which is paramount to having a successful high quality, hassle-free, cost-effective experience with your project. With our years of knowledge, we highly recommend involving our team in the design process if you plan to use your design team. If our team is managing the design process, then you will have all our knowledge and experience behind you for the best possible outcome.

Our standard system is the highly sought after energy efficient, ecofriendly, Mitsubishi mini split system. These come in both standard (down to 6 degrees) and hyper-heat (down to minus 13 degrees) options. The number of indoor heads will be dependent on the floor plan.

We use closed cell spray foam insulation in the walls, ceilings and floor making each home we build very energy efficient. This not only provides the maximum efficiency, but it also reinforces what is already the strongest construction available.

All our floor plans come standard with an electric tankless water heater. There are many benefits to using a tankless water heater, listed below are just a few important benefits. (Depending on the project scope we might have to discuss other options) 

  • Energy Efficient
  • Expanded life span
  • Endless hot water
  • Much smaller in size saving space
This is broken down into two different categories. 

  1. Lead Time—This is the number of orders we have in line before we can start on your project. 
  2. Production Time—This is the amount of time it takes to complete your build once it enters production. It will vary depending on the floor plan and level of customization. Our team will work to provide a realistic production time once we have an understanding of the project and the number of containers. 

Our delivery process is set up to make your life hassle free. We are the build team and the installation team supplying the truck, trailer, and tools to get your project delivered and installed safely. With each commercial project we collaborate with the owner/general contractor to arrange the delivery of each container to the jobsite. We will also coordinate the crane for placement, if a crane is needed. Once the containers are installed, our team will work to complete the items that we committed to finishing. Our goal is a completed project so that when we leave it will be ready for inspection. Please keep in mind every project is a little different on who completes certain items which is why CCL will coordinate with the owner/general contractor on the frontend to determine who will be responsible for those certain items.

There are three popular types of foundations we would recommend when preparing for your container project.  (More foundation details will be provided once the scope of work is narrowed down).

  • Piers: Digging and pouring concrete piers, then placing crushed gravel around the piers to allow for drainage. 
  • Piers & Slab: This option also includes pouring concrete piers and then a concrete slab over the piers to give a good solid surface under your container; this helps keep things from digging under the home and washing it out. This is our most popular option and the option we would strongly recommend unless you are in a colder climate.
  • Crawl space: This option would add a partial or full crawl space. If it is a partial crawl space, you can couple it with either the concrete pier option or slab. This is the option we strongly recommend in areas that have cold climates. The crawl space would keep all the plumbing connections and pipes from freezing.  

** All these options are recommendations; once we have the final project details we will work with you and the engineers to determine which option will be best suited for your location.

In the foundation there will be steel embedded plates that will be installed when the concrete is still wet. This will allow us to weld your container down to the foundation making it permanent and secure for years to come.

For those outside of the United States interested in purchasing and shipping their project, we can arrange to ship the finished container to a U.S. port. Once the container reaches the U.S. port, all liability is assumed by the buyer/owner during the shipping to the final destination. If the final destination has different codes, we might not be equipped to build the container as our plans are based on the IRC codes. However, if the location does not have any codes or permits, or will accept IRC codes, then there shouldn’t be any issues.