Cost Of A Shipping Container In The Philippines

Not sure if other countries suffer with the same but if you don’t want a shipping container they seem to be around P60,000 and as soon as you do they can be as high as P140,000.

Question is why are they so expensive?

In reality I believe its to do with a lack of safety standards and internal shipping. A lot of stuff moves around within the islands of the Philippines and neither conform to or need to conform to international standards. In the same way all the ferries that sank in the Philippines ended up with an investigation into why the ships sank but all comes down to a lack of safety and poor maintenance every time.

So how do you get a good price for a shipping container in the Philippines? I found the best way is to look and ask but never mention you want to buy one. Just keep an eye out for when someone is trying to sell one. Generally I let people know I am after one but have a limited budget and sooner or later someone will turn up at the door telling me there is one for sale.

Most things in the Philippines exist like this though if your buying the price is high if someone is selling they are normally desperate and you can get a bargain.

Shipping container house on Maui Video

Shipping container house on Maui Video

An interesting design of home but also using trees for helping shade the home seems to enhance the building as well. Having the central area as a passage between the two containers also assists with natural cooling. A pretty good design for the tropics.

Kitchen Cabinets Being Installed In A Shipping Container Home

This style of installation is fairly common even here in the Philippines with the front panel being a complete unit. In the UK and probably most of Europe though we generally go for carcass construction which makes individual cabinets that are bolted together to form up the kitchen. Generally more expensive than the method in the video but also they do come raised off the ground which can be helpful for things like cleaning or avoiding damage during floods. A blown out plinth is cheap to replace but looking at either design as the one in the video is using treated wood it would probably hold up well in a minor flood. When I talk about flooding not talking about the burst banks of the Nile for example but things like burst pipes in cold spells when your out.

kitchen carcass

Installing An Air Conditioning Unit In A Shipping Container Home

Over the years I have noticed a trend of things having to be done by “experts”. If you watch a lot of TV shows its not a case of doing it yourself but getting in people to do tasks. This is simply removing the ability from many people as instead of reaching for the toolbox they reach for the telephone to get things done. Air conditioning like many other things can be done by people at home. That includes servicing which I recommend every 3 months personally with filter cleaning every month.

Anyway just wanted to share this video of air conditioning being installed in a shipping container as it does show how quick and easy it can be done.

The Importance Of A First Aid Kit

foot cut on glass

Its something we talk about a lot here at home about “getting one” but this week its been a case of we needed one! The cut was right down to the bone and without compression on the wound blood poured out of it. A simple mistake as someone had left some glass blades outside my office door which I tripped over leaving the room and swiftly found a deep cut and needing 4 stitches to put it all back together again.

The important thing here though is we are near the hospital and we did have stuff readily available, many shipping container home developments though are off-grid and in locations if working alone you may struggle to get back from. Adapting a first aid kit as well as getting in the habit of contacting people every hour if lone working is important for your own safety especially when doing construction work on your shipping container home. Commercially many of the lone working rules actually forbid the ability to do some of the stuff we do as private individuals if you were doing it for a company. So as you can see its pretty serious stuff and well worth preparing yourself for any emergencies.

$10,000 Shipping Container Home

$10k 1280 sq ft Container Home

I came across this ranch styled shipping container design which uses a concept I have seen several times generated in real homes, that’s to use 2 large containers on the exterior and then build a roof span across giving a large open area in the middle. Looks pretty cool when completed in real and obviously from a design point of view very quick to get the basic containers in place followed by the roof.

I can see this being very viable where land use isn’t an issue or the fact your only looking for a single layer dwelling such as disabled use. Adapting openings into the containers you could alter the entire layout to something that offers more space for bedroom use etc.

Design and website can be found at

Cutting Doorway Opening In Shipping Container

A quick video showing how easy it is to cut your openings in a shipping container for doorways and windows. Not a lot else to say on the subject except some people may be wary of a grinder which means dropping on to the old jigsaw or if your going high tech a thermal lance cuts through the metal like butter.

Using Google Sketch Up To Design Shipping Container Homes

Often people looking at shipping container homes are on a tight budget. On top of that they don’t want to go and do a training course as well as buy something like Autocad which may be all the bells and whistles but with shipping containers you already have fixed dimensions. This pretty much means that your working “inside a box” which sort of limits the amount of mistakes you can make construction wise as it will still need to fit into a 20ft or 40ft container  generally.

But what I did come across today was this Google sketch up video someone has put together showing how it can be done and with Google sketch up being free and quick to learn how to use would be a good start for people thinking about container buildings. I am still trying to find the time to get on there myself to start putting models together for different designs that I can give away on the but right now over worked and a busy family life leaves very little time to get started on drawing up homes.

Sea-Can Shipping Container Home–Canada


Sea-Can Home

A bit of a monster shipping container house this construction project is rapidly coming to completion in Canada. Offering off grid living due to solar heating,solar/wind electric and homestead farming. The owners of the home are Bill and Rosanne Glennon, constructing a huge 5000sqft retirement home.

Sea-Can Home is using 30 recycled containers as well as only two stories visually above the plains making this a very low impact large home in Canada.

Sea-Can HomeSea-Can Home

Large central garage surrounding by three high shipping container walls.

5 Bedroom home, complete with large sitting room. Once finished no doubt the envy of the neighbours.

5 Bedroom home, complete with large sitting room. Once finished no doubt the envy of the neighbours.

Shipping container stacked on its end isn’t a statement of versatility of shipping container architecture but is actually a lift shaft for access to the multiple levels in the building.

Shipping container stacked on its end isn’t a statement of versatility of shipping container architecture but is actually a lift shaft for access to the multiple levels in the building.

shipping container home

The lower level is going to be consealed with the upper levels being insulated and stucco finished making the home blend into its surroundings to almost looking like a normally constructed home.

Insulated roof to R80 will also leave a space for a solar heating system to be adapted for the home.

Insulated roof to R80 will also leave a space for a solar heating system to be adapted for the home. With such a large space available a solar array and wind turbine will also be added for the electrical needs of the property.

Shipping Container Pop Up Mall In New Zealand

Shipping Container Pop Up Mall In New Zealand

City Mall in Christchurch, New Zealand has come up with a quick construction project after New Zealand’s earthquakes earlier this year. This pretty much put the central area of the city off limits except for demolition work. The shipping containers have been converted into two clusters of 25 shops with 2 cafe’s hoping to get the city centre back to life and the centre of the community. Maybe a thing we are going to see more and more with the reduced costs of construction of shipping container buildings as well as the earthquake resistant designs.