Container Home Plans
If one wants a cheap, easily built, no-maintenance structure
up and running in no time, it makes sense to consider
a shipping container home. The steel containers are readily
available for sale worldwide.
Container Home Plans
All that is needed is a bit of planning, a vision and
a set of container home plans. Since you are recycling
this means you will be the new owner of a bona fide eco
Used shipping containers can be purchased at an average
price of few thousand dollars, depending on the quality,
dimensions and the level of customization. Once shipped
in and transported into the desired location, they can
be used immediately.
When planning to convert a shipping container into a
house, it is important to have a set of plans that outlines
specifically where the doors and windows are going to
Don't Try This At Home ...
Another thing to plan for is insulation. Insulation materials
can also be ordered and some manufacturers can fit them
in if the customer wishes so. This can slightly increase
the overall cost of a container home, but it should be
noted that insulating a container is not an easy job and
should be carried out by somebody with professional knowledge
In order to deliver and place a 40 ft. container it is
usually required to have at least 100 ft. of working yard
space. Ready-made container home plans can be purchased
at a number of outlets.
Please note that the overall
dimensions of the container can limit the interior
It is a good idea to divide the space in a traditional
way, assuming that one shipping container can be a bedroom,
another one could be a kitchen, another one a bathroom
and so on.
Each 40-foot container gives 320 square feet of space.
If you're into the "Tiny House Movement" this
may be all you need. If not, more space is available if
one decides to combine two or more containers. In a case
of combining two containers, cutting out the common walls
between them in 16x40 interior space gives roughly 640
In some cases, entire shipping container walls can be
removed and replaced with panes of glass. This works particularly
well for container homes that are positioned on a hill,
because of the magnificent views and the constant presence
of natural light inside the container home throughout
Multiple Vessels ...
According to some container home plans, combining four
or more steel vessels provides an impressive space of
over 1300 square feet. A well-planned construction can
resemble a bungalow, the only difference being the walls
that are made of steel. When finished, the container home
can be fitted with additional features, like metal shutters
covering the door and the windows or extra storage spaces.
Planning a container home is not as complicated as drawing
up plans for a traditional house, but it still requires
a certain degree of specialist knowledge. It is sometimes
better to turn to a professional designer (or even architect)
for help in this matter, particularly when building more
complex shipping container structures.
Health and safety of the occupants of a container home
are very important, that is why an inspection by and independent
specialist is always recommended before moving in. Just
like with any other eco house, you'll have to make sure
the plumbing, wiring, and heating and air conditioning
systems in your container home are up to code and according
to your plans.