Not my first choice of colours and design for the exterior paintwork but the Conhouse was introduced to deal with high housing prices and a declining affordable living space in Trebnje, Slovenia. The worst affected and no doubt why the designs and colour schemes were directed in the way they are is towards the younger more upwardly mobile generations who are likely to be struggling to get onto the housing market.
The design is based on two containers placed on top of each other with the upper unit overhanging the entrance giving shade and a pathway area while the other side creates a patio or rear terrace. With the way the containers are positioned it also allows a small roof deck type balcony to be available on the upper floor via sliding glass doors.
The staircase has been designed in a minimalistic way which suits the design and age group of the buyers the home is aimed at. With the added floor to ceiling windows although small and compact I can see the appeal of this style of home.
Natural cooling is something I will be covering in more detail in the future but I wanted to open up with this concept design which doesn’t look 100% in the garage access for example but the way its built into a hill side does throw up some very good natural cooling abilities. The fact that it appears 3/4 of the modules or shipping containers are underground allows the natural surrounding earth to not only keep it cool during the day but also warm at night. I originally was looking at an underground shipping container in a similar way for cheese making back in 2007 to keep an ambient temperature here in the Philippines. Also constructing inside the hillside does give a lower impact visually on the construction of the home which is also very appealing.
Natural cooling the cheap and beautification way of cooling a shipping container home if you take a look at these photos below which are actually a medical housing centre called Salam Center located in Soba,Khartoum. Using natural materials to form partitions and a roof structure between container units you can get an idea from the photos below how much shade is being given. In the second photo you can see the partitions have created a walkway at the same time keeping the suns heat away from the container units but also allows airflow along the new partition corridor to aid in natural cooling.
Shipping container homes have existed in other forms besides the yuppies wanting to do something positive and the fanatical greens. Its a practical home for hunters and fishermen due to the price and characteristics of having a shipping container as a home. Location is always an issue but the thing with the container when being sited it can transport most of the materials with it inside for whatever purpose its required. This home is made from two 40ft shipping containers and designed for its off grid location with a composting toilet solar photovoltaic power supply, a solar water heater as well as a biomass heater. From the outside it doesn’t look too exciting but inside its gone down the route of a traditional hunting lodge. I would advise dropping by The Chive for more photos and information as they have various parts of the construction going on so you can see the project being developed over a time frame.
The construction of the shipping container home involved stud partitioning using 2×4 batons that was then insulated and panelled over with wood. Double glazed windows were also used on three sides of the home.
The home offers two nice bedrooms and a bathroom with a composting toilet. The back of the container home is also partly buried to help with insulation helping to create an ambient temperature. A wood burner stove takes care of those cold winter nights.
Via The Chive
Finding Shipping Container House Plans
When considering building a shipping container home you should initially start to look for existing shipping container home plans online as many of the issues of construction would have already been covered but also due to the unique modular construction method you can find many designs to suit your needs and space.
Reasons why you should consider building your home from shipping containers are :-
- As a structural building block they are readily available anywhere in the world and it doesn’t take much searching around on the internet for “shipping container for sale” to start seeing results on the costs involved with buying shipping containers to make it more viable.
- Inexpensive and readily available its not hard to come across second hand units commonly called within the trade ISBU (intermodal steel building unit) and prices vary from $1000 upwards although in some locations I have seen them much cheaper (including the UK) but costs will vary due to the size,age and condition of th eshipping container as well as the additional cost of delivery. The added value also of using shipping containers is that your gaining a large working spce of 320sqft per 40ft container which in reality means you have a lockable workspace while construction is ongoing.
- Shipping containers also reduce construction costs on average somewhere around 20% and 50% depending on location.
- Construction time is also heavily reduced as the initial blocks can be placed in a day and from start to finish within a couple of months as much of the pre-cutting can be done before they reach site. E.g the doors,windows,first fix electrics, painting and insulation can be added to the unit before it even arrives speeding up the whole construction process.
- Its environmental to reuse a shipping container as a home as it leaves a smaller carbon footprint than melting down and reforming into another steel object.
- Keeping the sizes and supply within standard ISO shipping containers also means you can design and construct a house easily by connecting and interconnecting the shipping containers.
There are a few disadvantages to using shipping containers for building a home :-
- Always buy with Corten steel or even aluminium as older containers may be suffering from rust issues that may take more work to repair than its worth. But most suppliers will tell you if its grade A – D which gives you an idea of condition before you even visit to view.
- Space issues can be a problem when putting containers into position or pre-working/delivery as well as needing machinery for unloading and positioning.
- The shipping container home design plans should also be in suiting with the existing neighbourhood which is why its worth canvassing your neighbours in advance to get some feedback about the project in case of any objections.
There are many sites on the web now offer shipping container house plans, I would go for something utilizing standard dimensions using the ISO standards and then modify and adjust to your housing needs. E.g adding a porch and landscaping. Also make sure the designs are practical and workable, many I have come across on the internet go to the extreme on design yet your looking for something useable not to win awards for the architect.
shipping Container Home Plans And Construction Companies can be easily found here at this link where shipping container home companies are being added into a directory.
The 20ft Open Top Shipping Container is ideal for a module of building a shipping container home specifically a staircase to the upper floors as it will reduce cutting away time of excess steel. When ordering a shipping container please make sure you have a good haulier that can accommodate your needs and always get a quoted price in advance of ordering your shipping container.
Maximum Gross Weight: 67,200 lbs.
Tare Weight: 5,070 lbs.
Payload: 62,129 lbs.
Capacity: 1,164 cu. ft.
Length: 19′ 2"
Length (between top headers): 18′ 5"
Length (between corner gussets): 17′ 7"
Width: 7′ 6"
Width (between top rails): 7′ 3"
Height: 7′ 6"
Height (under top rail): 7′ 3"
Length: 19′ 10"
Height: 8′ 6"
Width: 7′ 6"
Height: 7′ 4"
I came across this video some time back while researching construction as I have an interest in the floor compartments and at the time looking at how people overcome the issue e.g. do they remove the hardwood floor and fill with concrete or do they keep it and if so what about termites? Well didn’t find the information in this video but it was worth a post as you can see the capabilities of things you can do with shipping containers with a bit of thought. This build is a bit “too” industrial looking for me but you can see the potential even if its just over clad outside to make it more pleasant to the eyes.
The concept and design works well. Its maximising space at the same time offering functionality. The only issue I would have with this design myself though is the kitchen area takes up way too much space. Better to limit the kitchen space to the front section and where the sink currently is a double seated dining table would fit well. The sink could fit easily where the breakfast bar is at the front of the unit. Either that or move the kitchen to the back but its likely to have the problems of food smells near the sleeping area as well as the food preparation near the toilet.
But the important thing is you can get an idea of how much you can get into a container with a bit of planning before hacking the thing up. Space has been maximised in this unit as well as the unit looking very modern and clean. It would be perfect for students or having on the edge of a beach somewhere as a rental.
eco tainers shipping container home
In Washington, a surfer/designer who hated the long distance to travel to surf eventually created his own surf shack right next to his favourite surfing location.
Its a little white for me but primarily made from recycled walls its functionality and the fact shelves and beds etc. are fold out gives the maximum amount of usage in the minimal 20ft container.
Great idea and I am sure many people will see some interesting ideas for their own designs from this weekend surf retreat.
For more information drop over to SurfShackbox.com