Shipping container homes are fast becoming the perfect solution to green housing. This new concept has hit the housing market with a huge bang – converting shipping containers that nobody seems to really want, into livable homes. Shipping container construction has evolved at a rapid pace in recent years since the spotlight was turned on the large numbers of abandoned containers piling up in global seaports.
Using shipping containers to build homes, apartments and offices among other building has several benefits. Some of the benefits of choosing a shipping container home include: fire proof, hurricane and tornado proof, security, fast construction in accordance with U.S. codes, easy customization, termite proof, low cost investment in container, increased equity and low maintenance.
People today are deadly serious about saving money on construction costs that are astronomical to begin with. People prefer to keep maintenance costs down and keep equity in their pockets. Shipping container homes provide the ideal way to accomplish all of this.
When building your shipping container home, you will have great flexibility in the design. You probably have your own ideas of how the finished container home should look. Better still, simply use the package you downloaded to incorporate your floor plans into a three dimensional layout. Take it a step further to add people, landscaping, a porch or sit-out and any other features you wish your home to have. This will help you put all the ideas running around in your head into perspective.
The tare weight is listed on the sides of most cargo containers. For a typical 20 foot cargo container it’s something in the area of 36,000 pounds. Of course you’ll want to have load limits like this verified before building a container home. In many locations you will have to submit a home plan containing this information before being issued a building permit to construct your container home.