Build an Affordable Home Using Shipping Containers
Many people are discovering how easy it is to build a quality container home from used shipping containers at an affordable price. Alternative housing made from shipping containers is both durable and affordable and can be designed to look like a traditional house or by, taking advantage of the unique structural properties of cargo containers, you can build a truly unique shipping container home. Take a look at the video of shipping container homes below to get some ideas on how unique shipping container homes can be.
If you’re serious about building a shipping container home you will definitely want to take a look at our review of shipping container design software or go directly to the source at Containers 4 Homes. With their container home plans, guides and software you should be able to design your container home and easily pass review when submitting your home plans for building permit approval and/or local government approval. Shipping Container Homes! The new way to build an affordable home
Follow Building Codes When Building A Shipping Container Home
Bob Vila, from This Old House, used shipping containers in a project to create affordable housing for the poor in Tampa. These shipping container homes are both durable and economical.
Home construction with recycled used shipping containers is eco friendly and the construction cost is much lower than conventional construction with block or wood. A shipping container building is a very cost effective form of construction.
Following your local building codes is crucial when planning your shipping container home. It’s very helpful to be able to provide professional architectural designs for the house. These are not too difficult to create using specialized software such as that provided by Containers 4 Homes.
A main concern of using steel containers for a house, particularly in wet areas, is corrosion resistance. You need a durable outer coating to make sure the steel is protected, or you could have serious rust issues in a couple years. Here’s an example of how to put an exterior stucco finish on a shipping container building.
If you’re looking for more tips on eco-friendly construction and shipping container building, the Green Building Council is a good resource.
There are a variety of ways to finish the outside of a shipping container home to both make it more attractive and to protect the metal surface from the elements. One way to apply an exterior finish to a shipping container is to use stucco. A stucco finish can make a shipping container home look more like a traditional home and blend into the surrounding homes. The stucco may be painted after applied and allowed to dry. This video shows how to stucco a shipping container. Here papercrete is mixed with portland and a small amount of latex paint are used to spray several layers on stucco on a shipping container used for a tool shed.
We have 4 hectares of land in Illinois, and we know we should have a well and septic system. I’m looking for as a way to spend 5k on a house. I know it sounds impossible, but I’ve seen people make houses from shipping containers. Maybe it would take 10k. I do not know … but for ideas and sites that might help me find the cheaper homes you can put in a field and be well enough insulated to endure the winter. There is a mobile home or park model type thing.
Once you have your site picked out you should check into what used shipping containers cost in your area. Then take a look at shipping container home plans and determine just what type of container design you need.
Prefab shipping container home – one cool habitat .com
What is the load bearing weight of a standard 20 foot shipping container?
I am thinking of placing three 20 foot shipping containers 6 feet in the ground and then using fill dirt on top of them. How much load bearing weight can shipping containers safely withstand?
The tare weight is listed on the sides of most cargo containers. I believe that for a typical 20 foot cargo container it’s something in the area of 36,000 pounds. Of course you’ll want to have load limits like this verified before building a container home. In many locations you will have to submit a home plan containing this information before being issued a building permit to construct your container home.
All of this type of engineering information as well as CAD design for container homes, container home plans and more are contained in the Containers 4 Homes package.
Avoid Humidity Problems In a Shipping Container Home
Prior to building your shipping container home be sure to take into account the unique construction properties of the materials you’re working with. A shipping container home can be very susceptible to humidity and moisture problems if you don’t plan ahead when designing your container home.
You should insulate the shipping container on both the outside and inside. Many people then line the inside of the container with plaster and insulation rockwall. However moisture can be trapped behind the gypsum board and the steel surface.
You should plan on installing a vapor barrier. It can be as simple as a sheet of plastic which prevents the moisture from entering the interior of the home. Construction steel makers have the same problems to deal with and it’s instructive to take a look at the type of insulation and moisture barriers they use.
All of these types of details are covered in a good manual on building a shipping container home such as the container home plan designs provided by Containers4homes.
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