When most people think shipping container they are thinking a solid steel box used to transport goods around the world. A unit that is able to rust easily and overheats in the sun at the same time cold when temperatures drop.
In reality you have this on the left, a blank canvas for modular construction the box like shape gives you a starting point that has many alternatives in its construction and not only that its easy to work with. The skill set needed for self building is reduced drastically down to weights and possibilities, design is reduced down to budgets and creativity. So when you think container think of the drawing as its the basis of modular construction that is sustainable and often from re-cycled units allowing a reduction in waste at the same time putting it to good use. Also using the shape from the drawing takes away a lot of the boundaries people set in their mind and allows the thoughts to flow on how to attach multiple units together to form up a home. The important thing to remember though is the strength comes from the outer frame the wider parts shown on this side of the drawing.
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.