A shipping container house is simple way to get a new home. It’s fast and surprisingly uncomplicated way to build a home. When you buy a shipping container it is already equipped with walls, floor and roof. Most containers also have doors. You need to fashion out some windows and do up the interiors, get the electrical and plumbing work done and you have a ready to occupy home.
Every week old shipping containers are auctioned or sold at various locations. These containers are no longer of any use as shipping containers because of different reasons but are good enough for conversion to homes and storage units.
Ensure that the containers you have decided to buy aren’t rusted or damaged in any way. Put in your bid and buy as many containers as you need. The number will of course depend on the planned size of your home, the budget and availability of containers in the configuration you want.
Before you buy the containers you need to have a basic plan on the type of home you want and how many containers you will need. Containers come in different standard sizes. Some are suitable for living rooms and bedrooms. The smaller one can be converted to kitchens and bathrooms. So once you have basic home design ready, buying the required number and size of containers becomes easy.
Once you buy the containers you need to make suitable arrangements to transport them. Try and buy locally so you don’t have to ship the containers long distance which adds to the cost. You will need the service of a crane to place the containers in place at the vacant lot where you plan to have your home. Get the crane to place the containers in the exact position needed as shifting containers is almost impossible to do without the help of these heavy moving equipment.
Once in place set to work on fashioning out the windows, doing the electrical work, plumbing, laying the flooring and doing up the interiors and any other work needed. You might need insulation as the container on its own is made of high-grade metal which is good conductor of heat and electricity. There is one precaution that you need to take with regard to container homes and that is insulating it against electrical shocks and short-circuit accidents.
A container home is great for the environment and for you as the home come from recycled containers otherwise that have to be disposed and it also works out cheaper for you than building a home from scratch.
Shipping container homes are becoming more popular today because they are relatively cheaper yet very sturdy and convenient to live in. The best part is that you can make your own if you really want to. You can use materials from shipping containers that are no longer being used. You can buy the things you need easily and for a reasonable price.
Here are some steps in building a container home.
Create a design. Before you start buying materials, you should create a design first. Visualize the house that you want and put it on a paper. This will help you know how many cargo ships you need to build your home. You must know also that shipping containers come in fairly standard sizes. The most common ones are 45, 48 and 53 feet long. If you are near a port, you can check the sizes there. Depending on the size, they can be stacked up to 10 shipping container height. If you are having some difficulties in creating the design and the plan, you can ask help from professional architects. They can help you in determining what important aspects are needed to be considered for your home plan. They can also help you in transforming the dull shipping containers into gorgeous houses.
Check the rules. You cannot just build a house or a facility wherever you want. You need permission from the local government and you need to abide to the rules of the construction. Check the building codes in your area to ensure that the home you are building will not be requested to be put down in the future. Always make sure that you follow everything written in the building code because that is also for your safety.
Build a strong foundation. Every building or house needs a strong foundation. If the foundation is not well-built, then everything will fall apart. In particular, shipping container homes need solid and cemented foundation. This is to prevent moisture from building up. Since the containers are made of metal, they will be prone to rusting once their protective coatings come off. As much as possible, you want to prevent this from happening so you need a foundation that will not encourage moisture build-up.
Build a strong skeleton. Aside from a strong base, you also need to have a strong skeleton. This will ensure that the house will not be easily destroyed by bad weather or natural calamity. If you are living in a snowy area, you may want to modify things more as the snow can be really tough for the roof. To make sure that the frame is really sturdy, you need to ask the help of a professional welder. They can make sure that all cranes are joined correctly and steadily.
Have a good finish. Finishing touches are very important for shipping container homes especially when it comes to weather-proofing. You need to make sure that the container is well-coated in order to prevent any metal from being exposed to rain and moisture. You also need to put some insulators or other materials that will prevent the interior from becoming too hot or too cold during extreme climate conditions.