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.

Shipping Container Fire Training Facilities

Although technology moves on in Fire Training Facilities are still needed to do the basics as well as develop teamwork. One of the problems is creating a unit you can train in again and again especially if setting fire to it! This is where shipping containers fill the gap as not only cheap to construct and also adaptable to different designs they are also hardy against fire for training.

Fire Training Facility

Although a lot of training is done in front of a computer screen and other training scenarios there are things you can’t get to work except in real world situations and the Fire Training Facilities offer the best way to develop these skills as well as overcome any problems that people may have in a controlled environment. For example someone may be great on paper but how do you know they suffer from a fear of confined spaces or heights without physically putting someone in those situations?

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Another advantage of using shipping containers is that the Fire Training Facility can be moved allowing smaller fire stations to gain access to localised training that they may not have otherwise.

Shipping container Fire Training Facility

Shipping container Fire Training Facility

The robust structure as well as its building block type system also means you can adapt the buildings for different scenarios or specific training that is needed. Generally like most things if an accident happens there is then reassessment on how something was done and obviously being able to recreate something to see if it could be done another way the training facilities can be utilized for that task.

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Its interesting how surplus shipping containers have found their way into many parts of peoples lives directly or indirectly to think your local fire teams may have trained in them or the military and police using them for other types of training facilities does make you wonder what’s next for the shipping container?

Shipping Container Home Examples Are Readily Available

Although having a background in modular construction the shipping container as a home was something new even though its initial outer frame is an initial building block I had used before but in a new system involving slotted walls and brand new containers. But this end of the market isn’t viable in many cases for building as many people are looking for a budget solution as well as a green one, starting from scratch simply doesn’t fit into that specifications. This is why it was all new as I had to take onboard the issues of using recycled containers as well as the capabilities within they’re design.

What I would say though is reading through this blog its full of home examples and many are private individuals happy to share information with you. Its worth spending a couple of days going through the different designs to see what fits in with your taste and needs but also there is information regarding the construction methods used in shipping containers as well as long-term maintenance solutions that are being integrated with the blog. We will shortly be starting to add designs and ideas into the blog as well from designs I have personally worked on.

On top of this its worth doing what I initially did which was spending hours online looking at different companies that manufacture as often they give planned layouts of projects they sell. Not always ideal for everyone’s needs but the ideas and layouts are good frameworks to start from and look at when deciding what you want and where you want things positioned in a shipping container home. I have also added several useful resources below with ready made shipping container home plans :-

  • quik-build.com – This link will open you up straight into the .PDF with drawings for the home design.
  • demariadesign.com – Link will take you to they’re project page based in California they can provide plans as necessary.

Another interesting place I haven’t mentioned before is spending time on YouTube as its a strong source of shipping container home examples but also worth going through Google Sketch up as you can find some designs to use as building blocks.

Alchemy Architecture a speech on making prefab a reality.

This was a speech conducted by Alchemy architecture that you may find interesting showing a few concepts on house development. Its not too long but it does show different designs to suit different needs with various clients. Also the fact that modular and pre-fabricated buildings are on the rise. Although the term container house isn’t used you can see the modules are based on a similar design.