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Shipping Container Home Plans Software

By Hershel E. Grafton

Retaining the strengths of the basic shipping container’s characteristics, while adapting them into an attractive and livable shipping container home plan is a little more complex than it’s possible for a YouTube video or a even video tutorial to express.

As you probably know, when it comes to the design and construction work involved in building a shipping container home, the devil really is in the details. And there are literally hundreds of details involved in successfully adapting shipping containers for habitation.

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If it involves your family’s safety and the local building department, it is NOT going to be as simple as just stacking Lego blocks.

If you are actively considering building a shipping container home, you want to approach it from an educated perspective, and the truth is there are major potential pitfalls to shipping container construction. Here are a few of the major ones to consider when designing your shipping container house plans:

  • Obtaining Required Building Permits
  • Ensuring Your Design Meets Local Building Codes
  • Understanding the Basic Engineering of a Shipping Container Home

Unless you’re an engineer yourself or have experience in alternative building methods you are probably going to be a bit out of your depth in designing and building your own shipping container home, even more so if you plan on acting as the general contractor for the project. For a project of this scale you really need a solid guide and design software to ensure your are doing everything right, it’s correctly engineered and you are meeting local building codes and ordinances.

That’s where the Constructure Guide comes in.  The Constructure Guide is the only reliable source of information on constructing your own shipping container house that includes a comprehensive section on the engineering and building code questions that are so necessary to understand.

The Constructure Guide is comprehensive, yet written in layman’s terms and comes with a plethora of illustrations and photos to guide you through the engineering, design & building of a shipping container home or other building.

You can easily download the Constructure Guide onto your computer. There’s no need to bother with memberships and association auto renewals that some construction programs offer when you can own the material and print it for your use whenever necessary.

Take a look at the Constructure Guide for Shipping Container House Plans

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What happens to all those empty shipping containers once they are no longer needed? Shipping containers travel across the world carrying goods that are loaded at the starting point and emptied at the destination point. 20 foot and 40 foot containers are reusable up to a point, and then have to be disposed of.  Many people have put those shipping containers to work as homes using shipping container house plans designed with the aid of CAD software specifically for designing container homes taking into account the unique building properties of cargo containers.

Statistics on the lifespan of shipping containers shows that cargo containers are built tough to last long. Life expectancy for a typical shipping container can range from 10 to 20 years. A long time indeed, but containers spend on average, over 50 percent of their lifespan idle or repositioned. When a container’s usefulness is over, it would appear it is simply abandoned to the mercy of the elements.  Of course shipping containers can last much longer than this when used in construction and given the proper exterior finish.

In many shipyards around the world, there are piles of shipping containers rusting their way to eternity. An eyesore that just keeps growing bigger and getting worse with the passing of time! Take China for example, the country is so heavily into manufacturing and exporting goods, that the Chinese are shipping enormous numbers of cargo containers to the U.S. on a daily basis.

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One eco-friendly solution to the glut of shipping containers that abound is using them for shipping container homes! Quite a jaw dropping answer indeed – but one has to admit that it’s a very simple and practical solution to affordable and green housing. New Age, an Australia newspaper, ran an article fairly recently on the provision of cargo container housing for victims of the quake and tsunami disaster in Japan. A team of architects designed simple shipping container house plans and quickly converted shipping containers into housing for thousands of displaced people in Japan.  There’s also some good information available on shipping container homes from the Green Building Council

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Interest in shipping container homes first began with the world waking up to the fact that these cargo containers were piling up, literally in every sea port in the world. It’s estimated that there are over one million surplus shipping containers in the United States alone. Through the efforts of eco organizations, builders and designers, many of the surplus shipping containers are now being used to construct affordable housing, apartments, offices and more with unique shipping container architecture.

The realization of the enormity of the potential of shipping containers as homes has given impetus to the creation of shipping container house plans and the construction of increasing numbers of these prefab homes. The incredible strength of the shipping containers and the relative ease of cargo container construction, has led to one of the fastest growing building trends which seems certain not to let up anytime soon.

Consider using the Constructure Guide when drawing up your shipping house plans so you’ll be sure to take into consideration the unique engineering properties of cargo containers and factor in the applicable building codes.

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Deltec Homes Complaints

Deltec Homes

Deltec, an energy efficient homebuilder known for their unique designs, is based in Ashville, North Carolina.  The roundish structure of the homes is rather unique and, in part contributes to their energy efficiency.  They are not known to build shipping container homes.

How is their track record as far as customer service and Deltec Homes complaints?  In the last three years they have two closed complaints filed against them with the Better Business Bureau, one of these occurred within the last 12 months.  Given the size of Deltec Homes, 2 complaints in a 3 year period is not many at all and they have received an A rating from the Better Business Bureau.

We’d be interested in hearing from anyone who has dealt with Deltec Homes and whether you have any Deltec Homes complaints – or positive reviews of Deltec as well.

You may also want to take a look at the Better Business Bureau site to see if they have any recent complaints against Deltec Homes.

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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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Anyone know much about building your own home with shipping containers?

What are the advantages and disadvantages of building a shipping container home? Has anyone done this before?

This is a great idea for a smaller home. shipping containers homesShipping containers can be stacked and are 40 feet long. They are air and water tight so no bugs get in.  They’re strong and can last forever. Shipping container homes are ideal for tropical areas and there are no worries about termites. We’re doing a basement made of them to use as a tornado shelter.

If you’re thinking of building a shipping container house or any building built with cargo containers, take a look at shipping container house plans for information on design and construction of shipping container buildings.

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