Container Habitacionales offers up showing how container construction can be a swift construction method as well as “clean finish” allowing quick mobilisation of purpose built prefabricated container buildings straight to location. At the same time pre-wired and plumbed also means they are quick to hook up and get working on site fully functional. More of an industrial and construction type of buildings inline with site offices etc. rather than a home. But even so a practical solution.
This design is rather interesting although not a shipping container home its modular formation can work as well as the use of wood and plywood construction would make it light for transportation but also renewable. The construction method is not overcomplicated and even someone on a low budget could piece one of these together bit by bit if they wanted to. I am also pretty sure most locations you would be able to get this through planning as a “temporary building” or even as a shed depending on the building codes.
Finding Shipping Container House Plans
When considering building a shipping container home you should initially start to look for existing shipping container home plans online as many of the issues of construction would have already been covered but also due to the unique modular construction method you can find many designs to suit your needs and space.
Reasons why you should consider building your home from shipping containers are :-
- As a structural building block they are readily available anywhere in the world and it doesn’t take much searching around on the internet for “shipping container for sale” to start seeing results on the costs involved with buying shipping containers to make it more viable.
- Inexpensive and readily available its not hard to come across second hand units commonly called within the trade ISBU (intermodal steel building unit) and prices vary from $1000 upwards although in some locations I have seen them much cheaper (including the UK) but costs will vary due to the size,age and condition of th eshipping container as well as the additional cost of delivery. The added value also of using shipping containers is that your gaining a large working spce of 320sqft per 40ft container which in reality means you have a lockable workspace while construction is ongoing.
- Shipping containers also reduce construction costs on average somewhere around 20% and 50% depending on location.
- Construction time is also heavily reduced as the initial blocks can be placed in a day and from start to finish within a couple of months as much of the pre-cutting can be done before they reach site. E.g the doors,windows,first fix electrics, painting and insulation can be added to the unit before it even arrives speeding up the whole construction process.
- Its environmental to reuse a shipping container as a home as it leaves a smaller carbon footprint than melting down and reforming into another steel object.
- Keeping the sizes and supply within standard ISO shipping containers also means you can design and construct a house easily by connecting and interconnecting the shipping containers.
There are a few disadvantages to using shipping containers for building a home :-
- Always buy with Corten steel or even aluminium as older containers may be suffering from rust issues that may take more work to repair than its worth. But most suppliers will tell you if its grade A – D which gives you an idea of condition before you even visit to view.
- Space issues can be a problem when putting containers into position or pre-working/delivery as well as needing machinery for unloading and positioning.
- The shipping container home design plans should also be in suiting with the existing neighbourhood which is why its worth canvassing your neighbours in advance to get some feedback about the project in case of any objections.
There are many sites on the web now offer shipping container house plans, I would go for something utilizing standard dimensions using the ISO standards and then modify and adjust to your housing needs. E.g adding a porch and landscaping. Also make sure the designs are practical and workable, many I have come across on the internet go to the extreme on design yet your looking for something useable not to win awards for the architect.
shipping Container Home Plans And Construction Companies can be easily found here at this link where shipping container home companies are being added into a directory.
I was up last night writing articles when I came across one about the fact shipping containers are full of toxic paints and need sand blasting clean before they can be refitted etc. etc. in a very extreme “green” view. Now the annoying thing I find about this sort of stuff is there is no mention of why it had to be stripped back to bare metals, no mention of why they assume the paint is toxic or the fact that if dormant its probably not doing any harm whatsoever.
There is also no balance given between regular construction and shipping container construction to way up the options properly. No financial information or even a rough estimate of what the price comparisons would be on environmental or standard home construction. In reality a debate was opened without any facts or data to support either way.
The problem I have with this is that it creates a misinterpretation of how things are or how the conversions take place and if practical or not as its stated as “fact” rather than extreme instances. I have seen people strip back some containers to bare metals before and I have seen hardwood floors removed because they are worried about things like pesticides in the woods. Doesn’t mean they are dangerous and lets face it the container has to be “legally” useable by humans in a working environment contacting the original manufacturers your likely to come across things likes “yes pesticides have been used” and “no they don’t give off an odour or actually do any harm” considering that the floor is likely to be covered over its not going to create any problems. Although often removed for replacing with concrete floors depending on the construction method. Paints are the same I can understand internal paints being an issue to some people wanting to know they are lead free etc. at the same time finding out what paints are used also means you can have peace of mind.
Also the “TYPE” of container and its usage makes a difference, food travels in containers just as much as car parts and new hi-fi systems which is likely to see containers that are in better condition due to the fragile nature of the cargo but also unlikely to have anything that could tarnish the food flavour or pollute it.
I will get off my soapbox for a bit, but would say if your going to say its a bad idea on something run comparisons of other available options and use fact over hearsay.
The 20ft Reefer Shipping Container may be a perfect unit for utilizing as part of a shipping container home due to it being pre-insulated. I would look to analyze the ambient temperature between inside and out to get an idea of how well the insulation is working and also make sure to check the unit for any signs of dampness depending on its construction method. Below you will find the dimensions for 20ft Reefer Shipping Containers
Maximum Gross Weight: 67,200 lbs.
Tare Weight: 6,610 lbs.
Payload: 60,590 lbs.
Capacity: 950 cu. ft.
Length: 17′ 10"
Width: 7′ 6"
Height: 7′ 5"
Lashings/Bottom Rail: 4 pieces/side
Loading Line (height): 7′ 2"
Length: 19′ 10"
Height: 8′ 6"
Width: 7′ 5"
Height: 7′ 4"
These interesting shipping container shops and restaurants are an ideal showpiece of how urban architecture using containers can fit into many locations well. On top of being a cheap construction method it also offers a secure building.Designed by Madison Marquette, they were brought in as recycled containers and then painted to blend in with the other buildings inside the boardwalk.
Not a lot of other information can be found about the units themselves as most of the stuff online seems to cover the retail side of the boardwalk but another fine example of shipping containers in daily use.