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How much is a container home

A simple container home built in the United States or other affordable locations like Costa Rica should cost a minimum of approximately $65.00 per square foot. The more you increase the quality of materials and difficulty of installation...the more your costs will increase. 

This article does a great job of explaining some of the best reasons for building a home or office using steel shipping containers:

Container homes — it all started with a spreadsheet | by David Hochhaus | Medium

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Modular construction has graduated over the past ten years and has become extremely popular with architects and engineers that appreciate smart building technologies and speedy construction timelines. The education and childcare markets have also adapted to the benefits of modular building giving way to some incredible school facility projects across the United States.

Have a look at Triumph Modular's David H. Koch Childcare Center project video below. This should give your school planning committee several reasons to consider modular construction for that new school project on the horizon. 

Are you prepared for your next school planning meeting? Do you have a list of key questions and concerns about your plans to install one or more portable classrooms on your California based school or church campus? The iModular Portable Classroom Guide may be the difference between a successful installation of portable classrooms...or not. To receive this free guide simply complete the request below. You will receive a confirmation email with the PDF version of the guide attached.
If you are like most school facility administrators and facility managers you want to be prepared for serious decisions that involve school classroom and office space. Decisions that impact students, teachers, and staff require professional analysis and intelligent planning in order to create safe, secure, and high-quality learning environments even when you are planning to use temporary portable classrooms to solve a short or mid-term space requirement. Planning to install a portable classroom (or multiple) may seem relatively easy compared to other major construction projects; however, portables can present some tricky and expensive scenarios if all of the fundamental steps are not considered and planned with expert guidance. This is why  created its California Portable Classroom Planning Guide. 

The iModular Portable Classroom Planning Guide is a "first-step" guide that will set your project on the right track from your first meeting onward. While the guide itself is fairly simple, the answers to many of the planning questions presented in the checklist can lead to more complex and costly facility decisions. For example, are you selecting the best locations for the required portables or are there other spaces that are easier to access and more cost-effective for installation? Or, are you considering the space required for the portable classroom including enough width to accommodate a handicap accessible wheelchair ramp with decking and adequate space for students and teachers to access and egress the classroom with safety and ease?

Portable classroom guide for California schools
Plan for your California portable classroom installation

The iModular guide includes several thought-provoking questions and pointers covering all aspects of using a portable classroom including:

  1. Permits & Planning
  2. Site Selection & Site Work
  3. Floor Plan & Furnishings
  4. Handicap Access
  5. Selecting A Supplier

Attention school facility managers and administrators. Watch this video at your next board meeting or with your school building and planning committee. The quality of construction, speed of build, and design flexibility make modular construction a serious option for any turnkey school project you may be considering. 

If you are planning single-story or multi-story construction of a school facility modular building manufacturers and contractors have the technology, design expertise, and skilled construction teams to design, build and install an entire school campus complete with all of the necessary attributes of a high-quality learning environment. 

All types of businesses need space. Some need it quickly, some have more time to plan and implement. Either way, FLEX by WillScot is one of the smartest innovations in the modular building and mobile office space rental industry and it seems to meet all types of office space needs across a variety of popular industries..and it does so with some very intelligent building, transportation, and installation methods. 

Watch the video below and see how many times you say to yourself "that's pretty smart."

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do portable classrooms have bathrooms

Yes. Some portable classrooms do have bathrooms and can easily be connected to existing utilities on your school or church campus. 

This is a popular question that seems to occur more with private schools than public schools that are in need of temporary classroom space. The main reason seems to be that public schools typically install portable classrooms within safe walking distance to existing bathroom facilities. This eliminates the need to have bathrooms inside a typical portable classroom floor plan. 

The calls we receive from private schools in search of portable classroom space have a tendency to include a need for bathrooms and other essential features built into the floor plan. This is mainly due to the fact that most private schools are in need of a turn-key portable classroom solution as opposed to simply adding more space to a large campus with existing facilities. 

Regardless of the floorplan, portable classroom suppliers and manufacturers can easily build male and female bathrooms into nearly any floor plan and do so according to the federal ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) guidelines for toilet rooms. The size and configuration of any prefabricated bathroom are dependant upon the number of students and faculty that will be utilizing the space and the overall size of the portable classroom.

Portable classroom with a bathroom

So, if you are planning to utilize one or multiple portable classrooms for your school or church facility, you can include bathrooms in your specifications and most likely get exactly what you need to meet building codes and provide comfortable essential services for students and teachers. 

If you need more bathrooms on your school campus you can also rent or purchase portable bathroom trailers that are equipped with male and female bathrooms. These portables can solve temporary or permanent bathroom needs quickly and in many cases more cost effectively than conventional building methods. 

This article has some useful tips, questions, and a helpful locker room space planning guide if you are considering using a mobile trailer to add locker room space to your business facility, school campus, or recreational park facility.

Locker room trailer for rent
Locker Room Trailer
Adding locker room space for students, staff, or visitors at your school or business facility can be relatively easy, fast, and affordable if you decide to use a mobile modular or "portable" building. The key to keeping this type of project simple is to know exactly what your space needs are and how you will incorporate one, or multiple mobile modular locker room trailers into your facility plan before you begin sourcing suppliers. 

Step#1: Answer these Key Questions
1.) How many lockers do you need?
2.) What size lockers will be required to meet your staff or student storage needs?
3.) Will the lockers need to be secure, and who will provide the lock, key, or combination management?
4.) Will there be an area for a locker room attendant, storage, or other space needs?
5.) Will the locker room require heat and airconditioning?
6.) What type of floor finish will be needed?
7.) Will there be specific spaces for male and female occupants?
8.) Will bathrooms and showers be needed?

Size, Floorplan & Specifications
The majority of modular building and mobile office trailer companies throughout the United States have experience providing mobile modular locker room trailers of all sizes and floorplans. In some cases, suppliers have locker room trailers in stock and available for delivery but in most cases, it's common for a supplier to outfit an existing mobile office trailer with the exact number and style of lockers needed and rent or sell the customized structure at a competitive rate.  

Here are some of the most common sizes of mobile office trailers available in the United States along with the estimated number of standard lockers that can be installed in a given model. 

Do you need more than a single-wide locker room trailer? Not to worry, the mobile modular building suppliers throughout the United States can create any size and floor plan you need. For example, instead of a 12' x 60' mobile locker room trailer, you can add 12-foot sections to create much larger spaces such as 24' x 60', 36' x 60', and much bigger "modular" buildings.

Do you need more than just lockers under one roof? No problem. modular builders can create locker room spaces in one part of a modular building and add bathrooms, showers, even offices to create an entire complex to meet the turnkey needs of students or employees. If your site can accommodate a larger modular building great, if not, you can use your available space efficiently by renting or buying multiple mobile units with various floor plans and install them wherever the fit.  

Step #2:
Plan Your Site & Research Building Permits
Once you've made decisions concerning the specifications and floor plan of the modular locker room trailer, you will need to make decisions concerning the site where you want to locate the structure. In many cases, this is when you want to involve your site facility manager or planner to take full advantage of available space and create a scenario that makes the locker room easily accessible for users and in accordance to state and federal building codes, including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for wheelchair access ramps. 

The process of knowing what size modular locker room trailer you need and where it will be located on your property will also make obtaining the necessary building permits from your local building and safety department much easier. When you meet with a local building official be prepared to answer questions regarding the:

🗹 T
railer occupancy type
🗹 Handicap accessibility
🗹 Site location
🗹 Site access (for fire and safety vehicles)
🗹 Fire & safety issues

Step#3: Make Smart Financial Decisions
After you have a good idea of what type of locker room space you need and where it will be located in your facility, its time to make smart financial decisions. For example, if you know you will need the locker room trailer for an extended period it may be best to buy a used model or have a new model manufactured specifically for your needs. On the other hand, if your need is truly temporary you will most likely want to enter into a rental contract for a set period with the ability to extend the agreement with ease.

Tips for making a smart buying decision:

1.) If image is important or you have a very specific design specification buying a new structure is best. Suppliers in the United States are very experienced in the design and manufacturing of new mobile modular buildings and the process is flexible and fast. Keep in mind that this will be more expensive than buying a used model and more time consuming (but it's still fast compared to conventional building).

2.) Your best long term savings opportunity is to find an existing used locker room trailer or modular locker room building and buy it at a great price. If someone before you paid for the expenses of having the locker room built then you will most likely benefit from the cost depreciation and normal wear and tear. Just be sure you conduct a thorough inspection of the model and understand exactly what you are buying. 

3.) Sometimes renting is the only option and its not a bad option. If you have an exact timeline of how long you will need the locker room space...or if you even have a general "best guess" then renting can help you budget and plan for the usage without having to make a large upfront investment or borrow to make the purchase.

Keep in mind that if you need to customize the mobile modular unit with special lockers or other architectural features, the supplier will most likely want to charge you upfront for the modifications or amortize the customizations into the rental rate for the term of the agreement. Check the math and always negotiate the customization prices and any charges for returning the unit back to its original plan at the end of the rental term. Remember, everything is negotiable. 

4.) Suppliers will charge one-time fees for the delivery, installation, knockdown, and removal of the mobile modular building so be sure to choose the easiest possible location to install the structure. Easy access to a level site with nearby utilities is always going to save you money. 

Need more information about modular building? is here to help answer your questions and assist you with finding the best supplier for your space needs in the U.S. or Canada. Call our Toll Free Modular Building Help Line at (800) 806-7485.

How much to rent or buy a portable classroom?
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A typical portable classroom that has enough space for twenty students and a teacher should average $600 per month to rent and anywhere from $20,000 (used) to $60,000 (new) to purchase (average in the United States). But there are many conditions that can increase or decrease your costs, so read on and learn more about the factors that can save your school or church potentially thousands of dollars when you rent or buy a portable.

Question from a school facility manager: My school is searching for a new or good condition used portable classroom for twenty-five students, and we wanted to get the best possible price for a long term rental or lease. Our needs are simple - open classroom big enough for desks and some tables, two doors, and an ADA handicap wheelchair access ramp. I searched the web for modular classroom trailers and made some calls, and it seems like prices are high from company to company. Any ideas about how much a portable classroom should cost?

Response from Matt Banes at iModular: Thanks for asking and for sharing some of the details about your temporary classroom space need and pricing question. Here are a few questions and tips that have helped a lot of people in your position.

Here at, I write several posts each year that help private schools, churches, and other educational programs find discounted portable classrooms to buy or rent. In most cases, these opportunities arrive through emails and phone calls from facility managers and project managers at public schools who need to move one or multiple portable classrooms off campus to make room for a new construction project or, in some cases, to bring new portable classrooms in as replacements to older models.

In this post, I'm featuring a new opportunity in Orange County, California, that came to my attention several months ago. A large contractor contacted me and explained that he needed to have several used DSA portable classrooms off of a school site by June 2020. After some phone calls, a site visit, and the exchange of details about the make, year and manufacturer, the decision was made to begin finding a home for each of these portables.

You can see more photos and learn more about this opportunity at the modular building clearinghouse web site or feel free to call me directly at (800) 806-7485 to chat. The portables are in good condition, have clean titles, and are certified for use in California as educational facilities.

The sizes and configurations vary, but each is ideal for use as a standard classroom, after school program, homework center, church classroom, or even a training room at a business. If you need space, use your imagination and take advantage of this opportunity to save on a used portable classroom.

Need more information about modular building? is here to help answer your questions and assist you with finding the best supplier for your space needs in the U.S. or Canada. Call our Toll Free Modular Building Help Line at (800) 806-7485.