There has been a lot of shipping container house plans and ideas hitting the web and to be honest the majority of them are simply not practical. The design of a shipping container is for interlocking into other containers but often you will find architects and design enthusiastic letting their minds run wild without thinking of the practical uses of the shipping container and if the house plans will actually be usable.
Twisting out the side of the container such as the 3D image above is typical where the modular form of the shipping container is stepped away from and instead a second section added in a strange shape. Not only is this difficult to join onto the existing container its also likely to suffer with problems with the roof structure including leaks as you will have to alter the original design to make it work. As well as the issue of weight and the welds all hanging in mid air.
Adding to this is this shipping container house plan in sketch form. Although obviously an idea the staircase costs and issues of development of the shipping container building with its crane simply don’t make any sense.
Ideally when looking for shipping container house plans they should be based on interlocking containers into each other in the way containers were designed. Or on spans using the containers as exterior walls as this is also practical. Generally if it seems more hassle than its worth it probably is and likely to be more expensive than you need to be investing. Architects do have a habit of going overboard as chasing a prestigious award that brings them in more business can often be on their mind more than giving you a practical and functional home.
Working from home often isn’t easy if its not the kids its other distractions during your working hours that appear. Fact is though having a shipping container for working from home in the back garden or other location separates home and work spaces. I remember back in the UK wanting an office space away from the house for the convenience of keeping people off my work area. Nothing worse than dealing with an important client on the phone to find your pen and notepad are missing. Discussing it later to find out you had a 2 year old visit and your partner decided to let them use it as a scribbling pad. Arguments then ensue and the “but its only a pen” response inflames the situation more.
Working from home in a shipping container creates harmony as you can simply lockup your office when you leave and you also know its a secure structure reducing the risk of burglary at the same time saving marriages.
The other side of this being it keeps people out of your house which in some cases needs to happen. Over the years working in the construction field you come across the odd drug addict from time to time where nobody notices their habit until things start disappearing. Out of sight, out of mind is always the best policy.
Waying up all the options though its also the fact having a shipping container office is also cheap making it more practical than many of the other buildings on the market. I remember looking at a spruce cabin before and seeing a £10,000 price tag on it where a container before starting installing windows,doors and delivery came in at £200 at that time. Doesn’t take much considering which is the better option for the budget especially when the money you save you can have a much more secure and creature comfort office with new chairs and other furniture for the same budget.
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.
Petrol Station (Gas station) Koboko district, west nile region uganda
May seem a little odd for some as the fuel consumption of cars are pretty high. But I have seen similar units for sale here in the Philippines aswell because they are ideal for more remote areas that mainly use motorbikes or have low fuel consumption due to lack of vehicles in the area that wouldn’t justify a large scale petrol station at the same time this type is probably less likely to pollute the ground as working in the industry years ago underground tanks had a habit of rusting and leaking over the years which is why they are removed due to contamination issues in the ground.