There are about 17 million shipping containers in the world, with only 6 million of them actually in use. That means approximately 11 million storage containers are currently unused and could be converted into livable homes for people all around the globe.
When it comes to actually constructing homes made entirely of shipping containers, there are several things that you need to consider in order to ensure your home is structurally sound, sustainable, and visually appealing.
Here are some important things to keep in mind before deciding to build a shipping container home:
- Research building codes and restrictions — Certain areas around the country have various restrictions against building a home out of containers. Before you begin the process and start spending money on materials and containers, make sure you check your local and state building codes.
- Hire a complete contractor — Unless you’re extremely well versed in modular housing and know how to perform various container modifications, you should work with a team of professional contractors. These workers can oversee the entire process and will help with everything from insulation and maintenance to design and functionality.
- Don’t forget about electric and plumbing — When you’re designing your container home, make sure you are aware of where the plumbing and electrical lines will need to be placed. Ask your contractor to cut holes for electrical lines and plumbing before finishing the interior so you can avoid serious issues down the line.
If you’d rather just place an offer on already existing homes made out of shipping containers, check out some of the nicest units on the market
- Front Porch Living by Custom Container Living — Features: Covered front porch with glazed door, six windows, hard-wired smoke detector, 12,000 BTU air conditioner with 10,600 BTU heating combo unit, painted pine tongue-and-groove interiors. Starting at $56,400.
- The HO4 by HONOMOBO — Features: Three-bedroom (or two-bedroom) with an ensuite including living room, dining room, and full kitchen; highly efficient air source heat pump for heating and cooling; option to add solar panels.
- Grannis Road House by Ty Kelly — Features: One-bedroom, one-bath with handmade finishings, wooden stove, contemporary conveniences including dishwasher and dryer, natural wood cladding, and floor-to-ceiling windows. Starting at $125,000.