25 reasons for building shipping container homes

1. Utilizes wasted shipping containers that may never see any other use.

2. Economically its a cheap solution to home building.

3. Ideal for emergency and disaster relief.

4. Quick to construct and even fast if modular internal fittings.

5. Stackable giving a quick and easy solution to “adding the games room!”.

6. Easy to source shipping containers to buy internationally.

7. It will give a unique and interesting home.

8. Creates minimalist living allowing people to de-clutter their lives.

9. Almost anyone can build a container home or at least design it within basic metrics.

10. Ease of conversion from a shipping container to a home.

11. Able to say “I did that” when its finished.

12. Environmentally friendly and a symbol of environmental awareness.

13. Fashionable building concept.

14. Smaller homes mean a small land needed either giving a cheaper purchase price on land or a bigger garden.

15. going minimalistic also means that your electrical and water supply could go off grid due to drastically reducing your use/waste.

16. Sets the standard to show your kids you are doing your bit in helping the planet.

17. Friendly community of shipping container home builders professional and DIY.

18. Brings a house within reach of people who cannot afford one otherwise.

19. Hurricane resistant.

20. Earthquake resistant.

21. Typhoon resistant.

22. Can be constructed in modular form then transported to site making it easier to build.

23. Lots of great ideas on how and what to build on the internet to help you with your first shipping container home.

24. Can be made mobile or semi-mobile for those travelling such as in the construction industry.

25. Practical and in a frame structure that is easy to understand.

Shipping container specifications

shipping container specifications

Even though standardisation of shipping containers has been in existence since 1967 its still not as specific as it may seem. Most people recognise 20ft and 40ft containers but in reality they vary between 10ft and 53ft in length (10ft are very common here in the Philippines for small loads). The heights also vary from 4.25ft to 9.5 so if buying a container getting the exact metrics internally and externally are important otherwise you could end up buying something unsuitable for your needs. The only thing that does seem to be standard is width at 8ft, what the containers are made from and internal dimensions vary between manufacturers and companies needs.

An example of this is Matson’s who after calculating the best sizes of container for their operations along the West coast of Hawaii set upon using 20ft and 24ft containers that fitted their converted freighters from WW2 and integrated a racking system into the freighters specifically for the containers. This allowed the containers to be stacked six high and to be easily offloaded at the dock side using specialist crane equipment.