Shipping Container Home Using 5 Shipping Containers

I love this house! The design offers up spacious areas for a shipping container home. But also a lot of thought has gone into how to use each section. The “box” type wardrobe for example maximises space while still functional and the kitchen reduction of worktop width on one side gives the feeling of a larger room yet still completely usable.

Debbie Glassberg a Kansas City designer made this her home created out of 5 shipping containers. I hear the argument stepping forward about this not being environmental and just a novelty but is it?

The price tag on the construction was no doubt heavily reduced because of having the original frame construction of the shipping containers already intact. Completion time was also no doubt heavily reduced as was labour costs. Its the battle between living completely Green and common sense, the fact is she didn’t want a 20ft single container home she wanted an American sized home but the containers offer a cheap and practical solution to the problem.

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 containerliving.net but right now over worked and a busy family life leaves very little time to get started on drawing up homes.

Smart green shipping container home

When building a shipping container home its important to look at the initial location and how you can blend and use the environment to your advantage. In this case you will see several green ideas that work very well in using nature to assist rather than hinder. Everything from rainwater harvesting and grey water treatment to using bladed windows on both sides of the container to allow natural airflow and light into the building. Initially the costs may be a bit higher than conventional home building but long term your looking at a home that needs no artificial light during daylight hours and its natural cooling means that air conditioning isn’t needed either. A video well worth watching for ideas on how to build a green shipping container home.