FAQ on shipping container structures

Welcome to FAQ page.  Here you will find answers to many of your general questions concerning shipping container structures.  We hope that most of your queries will be answered.


If you have additional questions or would like to see questions/answers added to this FAQ sheet, please contact us.



Our goal is to provide our clients with a model of living conditions, indistinguishable from traditional designs. Blocks Modular is committed to providing the best structures possible at the most affordable prices available on the market today!

We emphasize:

  • Standardized floor plans
  • Factory module pre-fabrication
  • Product volume production

Our team of engineers and architects will provide you with an efficient, standard design using shipping containers as the basis for the structure. Our product is green, cost efficient and lets you generate cash flow quicker due to the reduced construction timelines.

  • Our prices are lower than traditional construction
  • Our project completion timelines are significantly shorter
  • Modules are built in an indoor controlled environment

Yes, although we do not recommend too much customization as a large part of our business model is to lower business expenses by creating standardized modules and maximizing efficiency of construction.

It depends on the size and type of your order. Longer and more complex designs inevitably will take longer to complete.
Example: A site office can be delivered within a few days if it’s one of Blocks Modular’s standard models and is in stock. It can take a few weeks if the model needs construction.

Depending on your location, your product will be shipped using rail, sea or truck (in most cases). They have also been known to travel by helicopter or large cargo planes for remote areas.

For modules used in larger projects, delivery time will depend on a number of factors including but not limited to:

  • Project distance from factory
  • Project construction timelines (i.e. the phase of construction the project is in)
  • Location of project
  • Type of transportation required to ship product

Yes we can. We have a staff of highly trained construction managers ready to bring your project to fruition. We can also fulfill a consultant role if you have your own staff or contractor ready to work.

North American city councils have somewhat a negative view on ISBU housing. Times are changing though and most municipalities are looking for every opportunity to encourage “Green Development”. Blocks Modular approaches the city planning department with a thorough, well thought out, building plan.  Our engineering and architectural designs will comply with all regulations required by your city. Already we can see Canadian cities such as Vancouver, Victoria, Toronto and Montreal embracing the shipping containers housing solution. This model has been popular and prevalent in Europe for the last two decades.

Yes, you can have your own color on any product purchased for the self contained or portable modules. All colors are picked by you or your designer. If you are leasing a product from Blocks Modular, the colors will be pre-determined (Blocks Modular’s company colors). If you are purchasing a building then you will pick the siding material and color.