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How To Build Your Own Shipping Container Home

Shipping Container Buildings September 26, 2017

Shipping containers are becoming hugely popular as items used for building cool and unique homes. However, there are important things you should know before embarking on such a project. Though it is exciting to build your own home, just as with any type of house, there are specific instructions that need to be followed. Before you make your final decision, here are some instructions you should follow to guarantee that your shipping container home is built with the sturdy foundation and quality you are seeking.

How to Build a Container Home:

Step 1

Design your home, either alone, if you have your own detailied ideas or hire a home designer to help put your thoughts on paper for the engineers. This is of course, for those who will not be doing this as a DIY project on their own.

Step 2

A consultation with an engineer is not a bad idea. It is wise to at least have someone experienced look at your plans and design to see if it will really work in the real world. Often our imaginations can outdo reality. So find an engineer and show them your plans.

Step 3

Purchase your containers. This is the beginning of the whole project. You can’t begin building your home without the right containers. Choosing the right containers is up to you or you can take along a consultant if you’d like. They will be able to point out any trouble spots.

Step 4

Build the foundation on which your shipping container house will sit. It is also a great idea to take a consultant with you if you are choosing your own foundation materials. You can simply choose your material and then have an engineer approve them. One thing you want is a safe and sturdy foundation.

Step 5

You need to know, from your original plans, how you want your containers placed. This ultimately becomes the design of your shipping container home.

Step 6

Containers are connected together in various ways. Here is where a consultation with a professional builder would be most useful. You want to make sure that your home lasts as long as you want it to, and that you and your family are safe inside of it. Speak to an engineer about what the best connections from container to container would be.

Step 7

It is best to have an inspection during and at the end of the building process. An inspector can check out anything that may go wrong after the building process.

Step 8

Your roof is the next and last step of the building process. Choose what types of material you would want for a roof. Remember, a roof has to protect you from the weather and anything that may fall upon it. The roof is one of the most important parts of building any home. It needs to be secured and insulated so that your home is warm in the winter, and protected from heavy snow, if you live in those areas.

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15 Beautiful Homes Made from Shipping Containers

Shipping Container Buildings July 3, 2017

15 Beautiful Homes Made from Shipping Containers

Shipping containers used to be simply containers that shipped large items mostly. Though they were used for shipping all sorts of items that was their specialty and main purpose. Now, people, designers, and home builders use these containers to build homes of all sizes. Who would have thought a couple decades ago that some of the most beautiful homes that exist would be made from these industrial items? Home builders are becoming more creative and innovative when it comes to building homes that are fabulous, yet affordable. Home buyers are looking for more green, eco-conscious, and luxurious homes that will not break the bank, but instead are affordable and highly personalized. Besides the tiny house which many are made from shipping containers as well, a home made with shipping container can also be mini mansions. You can create as much space as you need by building with these materials.

The shipping container house started off as rough metal homes utilizing one or two containers, now builders are linking many containers together in many different directions and angles to personalize the homes for their buyers. DIYers are also taking advantage of this trend by building their own homes. All they need is a space where they can build and legally reside in order to make this dream come true. There is no limit to the creative and beautiful homes that can be built this way.

In a way, building with shipping containers is a bit more creative than the average tiny house, because you can place your shipping containers so that they can connect in any shape you desire. Just use your imagination and you can come up with a look and style of of some of the most luxurious homes out there, also made from these containers. We hope to inspire you to use your imagination if you have been thinking of living in a home built from salvaged containers.

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Atherton Shipping Container Residence, an Elegant Modular Home Design

Shipping Container Buildings December 8, 2016

Atherton Shipping Container Residence, an Elegant Modular Home Design

This one is the “Atherton Shipping Container Residence” and it was built Michelle Kaufmann Studio, who we’ve talked about a number of times here, working with Studio 101 Designs and constructed by Blazer Industries. They’ve really spiced up the look of this place, repeating the light-feeling fence design in upper structures, adding segmented concrete pads for the walkway, and made the exterior appear extended with the two-tone (or two-style) walls. All this, and it’s a modular unit too, arriving on the bed of a transport truck.

What does it take to build a shipping container house?

Building a container house may seem simple. Just connect two, three or however many used containers in a house. The final cost of the container house includes more than just a couple shipping containers, though, because naturally you need to arrange the containers and building site, and outfit the building for living.

The price of the package is important. But the price of the what’s in the shipping home is also important: doors, fittings, finishes, heating …

NOTE: There are photos to illustrate the sizes of these containers and the types of homes at the bottom of the article. It might be best to go down there and look through them first, so you can know what’s being explained. You can also refer to the images as you go along.

HOW MUCH DOES A CONTAINER COST?

To build a house you need a container or multiple containers. They come both new or used. A container can be purchased from your dealer. Suppliers are often in large commercial ports.

40 foot container: A container costs between $2200 and $3300 US. They also have 20 foot ones, and other sizes.

It takes one or two containers to build up a cabin or a small house. The shipping containers come painted. Transportation and installation of the package has an additional price. An old container can cost much less, but you have to buy a waterproof container, so make sure it meets that requirement.

The price of the container also depends on the manufacture, and on the quantity purchased. The price to buy 1 or 10 containers is not the same. For a good price, the used container is a better deal. The best solution is to go to a port or containers are numerous and where providers are also numerous.

Check out the gallery of photos below (all images on our site are expandable, even the featured images at the top of most articles).

Find more from shipping container builders, you can find them indexed in our Home Designers and Builders Directory. You can search the company’s name and look for builders near your area. And to see more shipping container buildings, click here.

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This is a pretty nice Shipping Container home built in Austin

Shipping Container Buildings December 8, 2016

The Austin Vacation Container Home. This is a nice, simple, and small house built from a shipping container down in Austin, Texas. You might recognize it for its appearance on HGTV’s “Container Homes.” From the gallery of images, you can check out what they did to finish this shipping container so you can’t even really tell it is a container, with bright wall paint, slat boards with natural finish, and a modern, simple overall look.

What does it take to build a shipping container house?

Building a container house may seem simple. Just connect two, three or however many used containers in a house. The final cost of the container house includes more than just a couple shipping containers, though, because naturally you need to arrange the containers and building site, and outfit the building for living.

The price of the package is important. But the price of the what’s in the shipping home is also important: doors, fittings, finishes, heating …

NOTE: There are photos to illustrate the sizes of these containers and the types of homes at the bottom of the article. It might be best to go down there and look through them first, so you can know what’s being explained. You can also refer to the images as you go along.

HOW MUCH DOES A CONTAINER COST?

To build a house you need a container or multiple containers. They come both new or used. A container can be purchased from your dealer. Suppliers are often in large commercial ports.

40 foot container: A container costs between $2200 and $3300 US. They also have 20 foot ones, and other sizes.

It takes one or two containers to build up a cabin or a small house. The shipping containers come painted. Transportation and installation of the package has an additional price. An old container can cost much less, but you have to buy a waterproof container, so make sure it meets that requirement.

The price of the container also depends on the manufacture, and on the quantity purchased. The price to buy 1 or 10 containers is not the same.  For a good price, the used container is a better deal. The best solution is to go to a port or containers are numerous and where providers are also numerous.

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A Shipping Container Home with a Shipping Container Guest House

Shipping Container Buildings December 6, 2016

A Shipping Container Home with a Shipping Container Guest House

This shipping container looks like a modern design that could fit in or be adapted to any town or city space. It’s called the “51st Home,” and it was built in Austin, Texas, by Patrice Nichole Rios, owner of Troo Designs, as what the designer calls her “reclaimed modern architecture” concept. It displays the effect that an interior designer can get by just focusing on one large striking element… in this case the large blue walls, which seem to be coordinated with two other main style elements: white paint and natural wood finish. But that’s not all: there’s a shipping container guest house outside, left with the original “shipping container” exterior.

Shipping containers are closed metal boxes, and there are different sizes of containers, but 40 meters is the largest and most widely used construction container. This container produces mainly cube-shaped houses. These houses can be considered a byproduct of the industrial international transport to a degree, and are environmentally friendly in the sense that they re-use what is otherwise no longer needed.

Location considerations: In a hot climate beach-side location, like the interesting tiny house in Sri Lankan (photo below), a shipping container house can be built with materials on and around the site, including a few domestic containers and deconstructed remains of old wooden boxes from weapons. This container house was built with a single container. The waterfront home is located right on the beach, and you can see how well suited it would be considering the heat of the country and the breeze coming from the open water.

Construction with containers is trendy, it’s increasing in the world for both emergency shelters and for for modern and contemporary construction.

Check out the gallery of photos below (all images on our site are expandable, even the featured images at the top of most articles).

Find more from shipping container builders, you can find them indexed in our Home Designers and Builders Directory. You can search the company’s name and look for builders near your area. And to see more shipping container buildings, click here.

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Shipping Container Home Design

Shipping Container Buildings November 28, 2016

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Are you tired of traditional homes? Are you looking for something more unique? Perhaps, a building that offers more than just a roof over your head. Here is a company that exceeds these demands. They use innovative technology to create modular custom commercial and residential spaces. Their name is Bachbox and they are located in New Zealand.

What is a modular space? For Bachbox, it is a shipping container that can be placed top to bottom or side to side with another. This means that Bachbox customers have freedom in any design that fits there budget. They can be very small homes or very large homes. They are low maintenance builds which is good news for any home buyer. They are also transportable, so moving doesn’t need to involve looking for a new home! Maybe this will not be your full time residence, or maybe you live in an area threatened with bad weather. Bachbox has anticipated these situations, and is ready to accommodate them.

These builds are earthquake and cyclone resistant. The innovative technology and design used makes these homes airtight. A Bachbox home has steel flaps. When the home is open and there are no storms, the flaps lay down on the ground and create a patio area. In case of bad weather, or if you are leaving the home vacant for the season, you can close the flaps to cover the windows and lock up the home so it is secure! Don’t worry you do not need to manually close the steel flaps. It is all done with a remote control. Remember, low maintenance!

This company is determined to keep their product at its very best. So much so, that they have taken a temporary production break for research and development effective January, 2017. They plan to return with more innovative designs and even better quality products. Their design team will continue working during productions research break. This is good news because Bachbox has a design team with special expertise in difficult site builds. While we look forward to seeing what the new year might bring us with Bachbox, it is certainly easy to appreciate all the great work the company has done thus far!

For more information about Bachbox, find them in our directory.

By Alison LaPaglia

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510 Cabin Studio – Not a Shipping Container Home

Shipping Container Buildings November 10, 2016

(Note: although we originally thought this was a shipping container home, and while it’s referred to that online in blog coverage, actually this is NOT a shipping container home. Still, really interesting work by Hunter Leggitt Studio, whose other work is also worth taking a look. And, all you shipping container home fans out there, yes, it does roughly have the shape of a shipping container, so you could potentially adapt the design!)

This house style is typically chosen because it is fun and quirky, but what about those of us who still long to have the coziness of a cabin or the warmth of richer colors, and it’s by Hunter Leggitt Studio: they built this modern, simply styled home that has the look and feel of a cozy cabin!

This Los Angeles based company traveled to northern California to achieve this build for their clients. The clients wanted a weekend getaway for their family that could also accommodate guests.  Not only were the recycled materials saving in cost, but the company enlisted the help of eager architecture students and saved even more money on construction.

The exterior of the build does not mimic the original structure in anything other than a long rectangular shape. The first level, posts supporting the roof, and the roof  itself are all covered in wooden boards. The majority of these boards have been stained in a dark rich color while the roof and side were left exposed. This creates a really great contrast in color. Each wooden wall is better defined with thin vertical columns running from top to bottom, and the roof displays exposed beams. Plus, these elements add great texture, and that is key to any rustic style. A fun twist on this cabin are the industrial elements incorporated into the design. For example, the top floor exterior looks as if it is made of concrete. It has a smooth texture with a light grey color. This material is carried to the front of the home with the construction of a balcony.

The interior of the home is a perfect example of a collaboration of styles. Vintage, rustic, and industrial elements can all be found in the home’s decor and build. The rustic elements are perfectly embodied in the ceiling and wooden walls. The boards are left defined and accented with a white wash, dark stain, or a light stain to creates a worn look. Vintage elements can be seen with the wing back chair or old guitar in the living room. The kitchen appliances and iron railings, used for the staircase and balcony, are great examples of the industrial elements in the space. The design has a rustic warmth with little extravagance.

By Alison LaPaglia

For more of Hunter Leggitt Studio’s work, find them in our home builders’ irectory.

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Container House Project

Shipping Container Buildings November 10, 2016

We know that shipping container homes are a great way to recycle and reuse. We know that they don’t have to be tiny as you could use several, and we know they create a unique aesthetic look. With all of that said, there are still surprises to be discovered in the advancing world of shipping container homes! Don’t believe me? Keep reading.

The Container, located in Thailand,  is a company that specializes in designing shipping container homes. The work they are doing is really unique. Their goal is to achieve a home that is specifically tailored to fit the land and resident it is being built for all while looking like a work of art! At first, the concept of a home being a viewed as a form of art may sound silly. In reality, art comes in every form, and The Container homes are certainly worthy of the title. The designs used by this company can be for a residence, office space, or made to be mobile! They cover an array of uses and designs, but for the purpose of this article, we will look at one residential structure.

To review the artistic value of this home, we will be focusing on the exterior design. The home looks to be made of three containers. The first things most people notice when looking at a home are its shape, size, and color. This home has so much more to offer visually. This is not a square home with square windows and rectangular door. This rectangular home has large windows, an angled roof, and containers that are stacked for contrast. This means that the bottom container was placed on the ground and the ones placed on top were set horizontally, creating an almost abstract look to the building. The size of this particular structure looks to be average. The colors used are bold and bright. They grab the attention of any viewer almost as much as the dramatic shapes that are expressed in the structures build.

After noticing the major points, one may notice some of the details that add to this unique home. The windows on this home are very large, in some cases they are the full size of the wall. You will see flaps, that look to be the original container doors, left in tact and set open to accent the large windows. They also add to the odd but intriguing look of the structure. Situated atop part of the downstairs container is a small balcony complimented with a flat roof and iron railing. Both of the roof and the railing bring in more lines and shapes to add to the overall design. To help support the containers on top, there are posts set adjacent to the first level. These allow for a great patio area and facilitate the odd shape of the home. The details of the roof are possibly the best accent to this design. This is because the roof uses the shape of a triangle, but not in the standard sense. An acute triangle has been added to extend the roof of the second level. It lays so that the roof gradually gets taller (or smaller depending which side you look to first) on the other side. This leaves the roof at a unique angle and accentuates the playfulness of the structures overall look.

So, does this qualify as art? I think so. The Container took dirty, dark shipping containers and transformed them into a modern and aesthetically pleasing design with a new function!

Alison LaPaglia

For more of The Container’s work, find them in our shipping container homes directory.

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Shipping Container House Plan

Shipping Container Buildings November 10, 2016

It seems appropriate to highlight a holiday rental home with the season approaching us so quickly. In case you are dreading the sometimes overwhelming traditions involved, here is a unique rental that won’t fight the festivities but will most definitely switch them up! How about a holiday in Spain? This shipping container home is a holiday rental located in Castilla y Leon, Spain.

The home is made up of five different containers. Four set on top with the fifth supporting them on the bottom. At 1,184 sq ft, four bedrooms, and two bathrooms, this home is a great getaway for any family over the holidays! The full size kitchen could host any holiday feast, and the large living area allows for everyone to get together. The terrace on the home is a great feature for outdoor enjoyment in warmer months. The design used for this home is what will change your holiday traditions up! Some shipping container homes have been designed to mimic a traditional home. This is not the case with this holiday rental. The exterior of the containers have been left with the original construct which makes for a quirky and unique build. The end walls of the containers have been removed to provide large windows or passage ways into the home.

Inside, you will find lots of natural sunlight due to the large windows on both ends of the home. You will be surrounded by bright white walls accented with bold colors and patterned decor.

The space has a fresh, bright feel that contrasts the warm coziness of the traditional holiday season. This space fits the family comfortably but can accommodate a nontraditional atmosphere for your holiday celebration. The interior walls have been finished so that the inside of the home does not look anything like a shipping container. Rather, the walls are finished as they would be in a traditional home. The full home rents for $175.07USD a day with a minimum of a two night stay. So, get the family together, split the cost if you would like, and have a holiday in Spain that you will never forget!

By Alison LaPaglia

For more of shipping container designs and builds, find them in our shipping container homes directory.

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A Big Shipping Container House … Made with 31 Containers

Shipping Container Buildings November 3, 2016

A Big Shipping Container House ... Made with 31 Containers

Shipping container buildings, yes, OK, we’re familiar with the concept, but 31 — 31 — containers for one house?

This mansion is proof that used shipping containers can also become part of luxury projects. The property was built from no less than 31 containers and incorporates the idea of sustainability in several other aspects of the project, such as the intelligent storage of rainwater.

I know you want to know the size, right: 557 square meters.

The residence is located in Queensland, Australia. It is a shipping container house with 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, a study room, a home office, a workshop and a academy.

What is the advantage of using the containers? Well, to begin with, the buildings made of containers last up to 90 years and cost much less than those made with traditional materials used to put up a house. Also, use of shipping container bins in building houses is not only economic, but also sustainable because we give a destination for container that will no longer be used for shipping frieght. We must say that this kind of construction is around 35% cheaper than traditional building, adding things up from the foundation of the house to the outer coating. That is, usually those looking to live in such homes are people who prefer sustainable products and also seek to save. Another advantage of this construction is that it takes usually between 60 to 90 days to complete.

For more work by Zeliger Build, find them in our shipping container homes directory.

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