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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.

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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 house.

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 be.

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 and experience.

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 arrangements options.
container home floor plan

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 square feet.

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 the day.

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.

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