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Housing Units

Sleeping quarters, bathroom, kitchen and living space – all in one container


At Big Box Containers, we specialise in converting marine-grade shipping containers into comfortable, modern living spaces, complete with sleeping quarters, kitchens and bathrooms. One of our most popular conversions is housing for the staff of large companies.

Worldwide, we’re seeing increased use of containers for housing – from “gap housing” to upscale, modern, designer living spaces. Big Box Containers is part of that movement. Our expert teams continue pushing boundaries to realise the full potential of containers as viable living spaces. These spaces are cost-effective, quick to set up and easy to relocate.


Big Box housing unit containers have the following advantages:

  • they’re much cheaper, less disruptive, and faster to put in place than “brick and mortar” housing
  • they provide good air circulation
  • they’re tough, weather-resistant and vandal-proof
  • they make it easy to scale up the housing space at your disposal; simply add additional, converted containers
  • they can be relocated as necessary.

How it works

At Big Box Containers, we work closely with each client to determine the exact specifications for housing units. Depending on your needs and preferences, we can:

  • help determine and then implement the ideal floor plans for your needs
  • add doors and windows in configurations  you choose
  • install kitchen and ablution facilities, with proper plumbing and fixtures
  • install air conditioning and electrical wiring
  • install sustainability features such as solar water heating and grey water management systems.

We do all conversion work at our own premises, ensuring that you don’t have to deal with noise or disruptions associated with having work teams on your premises.

Once your container is ready, our fleet will deliver it to premises in South African or elsewhere in sub-Saharan Africa. The team will also set up the housing units and ensure they meet your requirements.

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