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A lot of people are building with shipping containers around the world. It seems like a practical, and easy idea; plus, you are able to upcycle something that would otherwise sit in a field. They are built tough and made to withstand all sorts of weather, plus dings and scratches. They are even created to have a rust coating that is made to make them stronger over time. It seems like nothing about them is a bad idea for using them to build a tiny home, or even larger, more complex homes.
They are modular, and come in quite a few standard sizes. They aren’t too expensive, and they are pretty easy to find and buy. And when you do a Google search for “container homes” there are over 440 Million results. At the time of this post, in fact, there are 447,000,000 results for “container homes”. Everyone knows people are building with shipping containers. So why shouldn’t you do the same?
With a lot of research on how to build correctly with a shipping container, there are still a ton of issues that people run into during their build. This list of 10 things you should know before you start the process of building a container home will help you stay away from some of them:
9 Things You Need to Know Before You Build a Container Home
While traditional housing is easier to build and pricing can be higher, at least it’s something that can be easily done without too many unforeseen problems. Building a container home isn’t that straight-forward, so it takes patience and research. If you are prepared to go into the project with all of this in mind, you will most likely be rewarded by a complete container home ready to live in!
There are other materials you can up cycle as well. That’s the main reason most people want to use shipping containers for a house; to recycle, reduce, and reuse! However, people are constantly reusing reclaimed items for up cycling all the time. Everything from an old house can find a new purpose in a new home, even things like railroad ties can be used to create a sturdy exterior. Here’s a list of items that people have used and are finding uses for everyday to up cycle with:
Maybe you’ve decided not to build that shipping container home after all, it doesn’t mean they can’t be used for other things. In fact, we’ve built many mobile offices out of containers, so we know they are versatile. And there are plenty of things you can still build with shipping containers. Swimming pools, pop up shops, and garages are things that some people have built from theirs. They are great for plain old storage on your property if you have the room for it. Here is a list of other uses for shipping containers:
Really, shipping containers can be turned into a variety of things that don’t involve completely changing what they are. Build some really heavy duty fencing or walls along your property with a line of containers. Build a corral with storage for your ATVs or other small motor vehicles with a large circle of containers, leaving one or two facing outward to store things in and place a gate or fence in between. A simple “carport” can be created by placing two containers side by side with enough width for your vehicles and then stack a few more on top, perpendicular to the two on the ground. They were made to stack, so as long as you place them correctly (don’t get creative, just put them flat on top of each other), you’ll be just fine!
Of course, if you do plenty of research and you’re willing to make some compromises, you can still build a container home! Just be prepared and you’ll be just fine!