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House Made of Pallets and Shipping Containers

Shipping Container Buildings May 14, 2016

House Made of Pallets and Shipping Containers

This prefab house might be of interest to those of you out there who are looking to build a decent sized dwelling with a small budget. They reduced building costs by using shipping containers and pallets in their prefab home design.

Two shipping containers, each 40 feet in length, plus two shipping containers 20 feet in length, are the structural basis for this modular house. They used wooden pallets to clad the exterior, which can be seen as a style element, but it also keeps this prefab house cool in the sun. Since its built in Curacavi, Chile, heat is a consideration.

Another part of creating cooler temperature spaces for the modular construction is the shady areas, which of course are cooled naturally by the movement of air. It moves freely because the design leaves spaces between the pallet slats.

The shipping container-based areas provide the security and protection from weather the home owners wanted in other parts of the house — plus the metal containers provide the structural strength needed to keep the house standing up.

Other spaces are modifiable. Sections of wall can be slid open and closed to ventilate or protect those areas. The folding screen on the porch serves a similar task.

Heating and cooling is also provided by geothermal heat pumps in this prefab house.

The work is by James&Mau. You can see more of their work by visiting them at our director y of prefab and modular home designers and builders (click here).

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Two Unit Shipping Container House

Shipping Container Buildings May 5, 2016

Shipping Container House

There’s been a lot of interest in the last few years in shipping containers as building blocks for houses. Shipping container houses do offer some considerable benefits to home builders — strength and availability being two of the foremost. But what does it mean? Building a house out of shipping containers?

Using five long shipping containers, these home builders made a two story modular house for themselves plus a guest house.

The main building is the one pictured above. That one has four shipping containers — it’s two containers wide. They’ve cut the containers open to create patios, window spaces and doors.

This shipping container house is located in the Primavera forest in Jalisco, Mexico, and was designed by S+Diseno.

While some shipping container home designs disguise the building materials, this design accentuates the containers with industrial yellow paint and natural (paint-less) metal finishes.

The shipping containers used in this building are typical 4-high cube containers, 323 square feet (30m2), and the total are of the house is 120m2 or 1291.7sqft. Shipping containers come at various prices, depending on the region, the company, whether they are used and how used they are, as well as what kind of deal the buyer can find.

To see more of S+Design’s work, visit our directory of prefab home designers and builders (click here).

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Expandable Container Home – They’re Selling These Things for Only $10,000

Shipping Container Buildings April 10, 2016

Expandable Container Home – They’re Selling These Things for Only $10,000

So modular homes are inexpensive alternatives, in many cases, to traditional construction homes, but I came across this expandable modular container home, and they’re listing them for $10,000 (you still have to pay shipping, of course).

These shipping container homes are clad in quality timber and are suited for country or beach properties, according to the people selling them.

Another thing modular home buyers might factor into their estimations is that the shipping for a container home from overseas costs in the thousands, to get it to our coasts and to ship it from the coast to your location.

So how are they built, some of you might be wondering? The house is a modification of an ISO shipping container (you can buy these a lot of places, there is a huge global supply of shipping containers). THey cut off some of the corrugated sheet and manually weld a smaller container to it as a slide out.

The slide can be moved by several people working together, but without too much effort, according to the prefab manufacturers.

They then decorate the interior and use sound-absorbing wood ceiling panels, and use birch to cover the wall. They also have removable custom-built joinery.

The outside cladding and decking is done with antiseptic-treated timber.

I hesitate to link to the product contact page for this one, because it is from China on Alibaba and I can’t guarantee the quality, and the page I saw it on had only one sale showing. Once I hear more about these guys, I’ll update this page and I’ll update our Facebook page, too. Probably I’d suggest shopping around North American modular homes (they might already have options around this range) and contacting builders nearer home first and seeing if they can build something like this. If anyone ends up buying one of these expandable modular homes from overseas, though, please let us know how it goes so we can update people.

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Cool Shipping Container House You Can Build on a Cliff

Shipping Container Buildings April 10, 2016

Cool Shipping Container House You Can Build on a Cliff

This module house was built on a type of land that usually requires a bit of extra work to construct on — a rock cliff. But because the modular home sits on simple leveled cliff edge (picture above) with the overhang supported by simple blocking, without any sub-floor or foundation, the difficulty is reduced.

Of course, we might be a little swayed by this picture — how many people don’t want a view like this, or to have their house surrounded by trees and earth? That’s one reason a lot of people look into modular homes or tiny homes, I guess. You can put them almost anywhere, and lightly — they can usually be lifted out without much difficulty, too.

The architects for this one are WMR Arquitectos. Their a Chilean company (again with a Chilean modular house company!), and the house was photographed by Sergio Pirrone.

The modular house is based on 3.2 meter square wood sections with the entire house “skeleton” (pillars and beams) remain in sight when the house is finished.

The roof of this house is also a patio — a flat pati0 — and has an walkway onto it from the front side of the house.

To see more from WMR Arquitectos, find them in our prefab and modular homes directory.

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Shipping Container House Design

Shipping Container Buildings April 10, 2016

Coming to us from Ek is this elegant shipping container house design — a symmetrical three-section modular home build that Ek shows seated in a tree-surrounded grove.

Do you need a place of refuge for a weekend or a comfortable residence to put in a very small space? Do you want to look at shipping container building options for the structure? If the answer is that you do, then you might have the Ek 007 written in your tiny house future blueprints.

Boasting a low installment cost and what Ek considers outstanding comfort for a 67 meter square living space, the Ek 007 is a low-height building with a thoughtful floor plan. It is based around a central atrium and is a “strong architectural expression in a small space,” according to the modular house construction team.

The Ek 007 can be enjoyed installed at a site on the sea or at higher, forested areas, and the modular construction has “all the great features.”

Behind the two spaces and middle corridor, there is a larger living area, kitchen/dining area, and foyer.

Shipping container house specs:

Family prefabricated house
floor plan together 67,20 m2
building area 92,00 m2
net volume 171,30 m3
gross volume 265,40 m3

The cost of this one is 36,826 Euro (not including VAT), the equivalent of just under $42,000. To visit Ekokoncept, find them in our prefab and modular homes directory.

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Expanding Shipping Container Home that Transports on a Flatbed

Shipping Container Buildings January 24, 2016

Expanding Shipping Container Home that Transports on a Flatbed

The idea that shipping containers can be used as the main building material for house builders is still gaining in popularity. Shipping container buildings are used for a wide variety of purposes, spanning the range between modular homes, prefab truck to a site and crane down on some supports homes, tiny homes, temporary shelters, emergency dwellings, and then all the way up into larger buildings, like apartment complexes and mansions, which each take a number of shipping containers put together to make. Oh, and houseboats as well sometimes use these, despite the weight. From the wide and continued use of shipping containers, what I gather is that people are finding benefits in them, and it doesn’t seem to be just a fad. The main benefits I see are the cost when people buy these as used shipping containers and the durability and strength.

Recently I came across this interesting company that is compiling lots of shipping container house designs into a pdf downloadable book, called, you might have guessed it, “Container Home.”

This is one of the shipping container houses they chronicled. It’s one that was built by some people in Mexico. It’s shown in the pictures on a flatbed being moved around in one piece. It’s also a construction that expands. It’s called “Studio Movil” (Spanish) and it was deigned and built by Architect Tapatío Taufic Gashaan in collaboration with Karen Collignon.

“Built from 1 x Type 1A 40′ HC Container thanks to motors in its structure it can be enlarged in such a way that it comprises the space of 3 containers aligned parallel to each other.

“The Project features two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a living room, kitchen and dining room.”

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

Find more from “Shipping Container Homes” and other companies we’ve indexed in our Home Designers and Builders Directory. You can search the company’s name and look builders near your area. And to see more shipping container buildings,click here.

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Hybrid Shipping Container House

Shipping Container Buildings January 14, 2016

Hybrid Shipping Container House

Shipping containers, due to their strength and availability (as used purchases) have been having a continued effect on the world of house building. Everything from tiny homes to large mansion-like ones are built using shipping containers. This one here is pretty big, too. It’s a simple layout. But wouldn’t you say the large elements — shipping containers — were used pretty decently?

Recently I came across this interesting company that is compiling lots of shipping container house designs into a pdf downloadable book, called, you might have guessed it, “Container Home.”

This one is a 7,200 square feet hybrid shipping container home in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, built by owners Martha Mosely and Bill Mathesius.

“Inspired by an abandoned concrete Foundation left on their land after a botched, unrealized construction project of its previous owner, Martha and Bill envisioned, designed and managed the construction of this spectacular 7,200 sqft home manufactured from eleven recycled shipping containers

“Situated on ½ an acre the contemporary structure takes full advantage of the spectacular views of the Delaware River in Bucks County Pennsylvania.”

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

Find more from “Shipping Container Homes” and other companies we’ve indexed in our Home Designers and Builders Directory. You can search the company’s name and look builders near your area. And to see more shipping container buildings,click here.

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Step Inside a Shipping Container Houseboat

Shipping Container Buildings January 14, 2016

Step Inside a Shipping Container Houseboat

Shipping containers, due to their strength and availability (as used purchases) have been having a continued effect on the world of house building. Everything from tiny homes to large mansion-like ones are built using shipping containers.

And now we have a shipping container houseboat. This one was a bit of a surprise to me because I always thought of metal container bins as heavy, but I’ve also read about the flotation capacities of large pontoons, so really it shouldn’t be the surprise that it is.

Recently I came across this interesting company that is compiling lots of shipping container house designs into a pdf downloadable book, called, you might have guessed it, “Container Home.”

This is one of the shipping container houses they chronicled. It’s a houseboat built by boat builder Steve White from 2 X 20 foot type one HC shipping containers. The purpose of this houseboat? Steve intends to reside in it. It was originally parked in Brooklyn Marina, Maine, and for all we know it’s still there.

“This unusual Project is a collaboration between a number of people including Boat Builder Andrew Baldwin, Welding services by Kustom Steel, Insulation & Interior framework by SnapSpace Solutions and Jennifer Sansosti and Trevor Seip.

“The two Shipping Containers are placed offset and joined together by a wall that extends up to a second floor loft. The entire house is set on a 30’x50’ barge and creates a cozy, spacious home. The entire houseboat measures 24’x40’ and has around 1,000 square feet of living space, which includes two bedrooms, a living room and a kitchen.”

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

Find more from “Shipping Container Homes” and other companies we’ve indexed in our Home Designers and Builders Directory. You can search the company’s name and look builders near your area. And to see more shipping container buildings,click here.

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This Shipping Container Cabin Opens Up – Extra Security Cabin

Shipping Container Buildings January 14, 2016

This Shipping Container Cabin Opens Up - Extra Security Cabin

The idea that shipping containers can be used as the main building material for house builders is still gaining in popularity. Shipping container buildings are used for a wide variety of purposes, spanning the range between modular homes, prefab truck to a site and crane down on some supports homes, tiny homes, temporary shelters, emergency dwellings, and then all the way up into larger buildings, like apartment complexes and mansions, which each take a number of shipping containers put together to make. Oh, and houseboats as well sometimes use these, despite the weight. From the wide and continued use of shipping containers, what I gather is that people are finding benefits in them, and it doesn’t seem to be just a fad. The main benefits I see are the cost when people buy these as used shipping containers and the durability and strength.

Recently I came across this interesting company that is compiling lots of shipping container house designs into a pdf downloadable book, called, you might have guessed it, “Container Home.”

This is one of the shipping container houses they chronicled. It’s one that was built in British Columbia as an “enhanced security container cabin” – you can guess why it was named that. This one was built by Blocks Modular in British Columbia, Canada, using 2 x 20′ HC type 1A shipping containers.

“The Container Construction Process lends itself perfectly to Projects like this where the land is a ” Challenging Site” with its low onsite footprint and simple foundation requirements.

“Of particular interest with this Project is the the fold down “draw bridge” style front opening side wall. Retaining the Container doors and using Steel shutters on the other access points provides an Enhanced Level of Security over traditional Construction Methods when the Cabin is unattended.”

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

Find more from “Shipping Container Homes” and other companies we’ve indexed in our Home Designers and Builders Directory. You can search the company’s name and look builders near your area. And to see more shipping container buildings,click here.

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Shipping Container Forest House

Shipping Container Buildings January 14, 2016

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The idea that shipping containers can be used as the main building material for house builders is still gaining in popularity. Shipping container buildings are used for a wide variety of purposes, spanning the range between modular homes, prefab truck to a site and crane down on some supports homes, tiny homes, temporary shelters, emergency dwellings, and then all the way up into larger buildings, like apartment complexes and mansions, which each take a number of shipping containers put together to make. Oh, and houseboats as well sometimes use these, despite the weight. From the wide and continued use of shipping containers, what I gather is that people are finding benefits in them, and it doesn’t seem to be just a fad. The main benefits I see are the cost when people buy these as used shipping containers and the durability and strength.

Recently I came across this interesting company that is compiling lots of shipping container house designs into a pdf downloadable book, called, you might have guessed it, “Container Home.”

This is one of the shipping container houses they chronicled. It’s a four bedroom hybrid shipping container house project built by Stones Throw Builders in Union Pier, Michigan. It’s a bit of a luxury house in the context of shipping container homes.

This shipping container home has three and a half bathrooms in addition to its four bedrooms, as well as an oversized screen porch, a Sub Zero / Wolf appliance package and two Isokern fireplaces.

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

Find more from “Shipping Container Homes” and other companies we’ve indexed in our Home Designers and Builders Directory. You can search the company’s name and look builders near your area. And to see more shipping container buildings,click here.

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