Container Homes

Approximately 30 million steel shipping containers are in existence, filled and floating, or standing about empty in a port. Eight feet wide by 8.5 feet high, and either 20 or 40 feet long, the steel shipping container has been the globally standardized transportation module since 1956. Costs of shipping empty containers back to their origin are high, so oft times the containers sit unused in ports. If one lives near a port with abundant containers, then the energy required to transport the steel container to a local building site will be lower than an inland location, far from the port. But buyer beware, as that used container might have been sprayed with insecticides or fungicides inside, and coated with lead or heavy metal paints on the outside.


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Poteet Architects’s client lives in a small warehouse on a former industrial site just outside of San Antonio, Texas. The newly installed shipping container guesthouse is fitted with a bathroom and one side is used as a garden shed. poteetarchitects.com


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Container house with green roof by Poteet Architects. poteetarchitects.com


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Two shipping containers surround a taller common space. The containers house sleeping and work areas while the center space hosts dining, living and a loft above. The Studio H:T project in Nederland, Colorado is off-the-grid using solar orientation, passive cooling, green roofs, pellet stove heating and photovoltaics to create electricity. www.studioht.com


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Three shipping containers with a common area between (see below). Note the green roof. Architects: Arcgency. Manufacter: worldFLEXhome. Area: 180.0 sqm. Year: 2012. arcgency.com


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Shipping container home, as above. Lots more great photos here (modern, open interior!): arcgency.com



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Rustic Minnesota Container Home
Two twenty foot shipping containers were purchases at $800 each to create a cabin complete with kitchen, dining room, living room with a wood burning stove, laundry room and two queen beds. The two cabins are connected by a middle section loft and roof made out of "(3) 4 1/2" X 11 1/4" fir beams made up of (3) 2X12's thru bolted and glued" and a glass door entrance. The cabin is partially powered by solar power arrays and connected to a rainwater cistern making this building an ecologically sustainable vacation home. Hive Modular, hivemodular.com.


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Shipping Container Home in Ottawa, Canada.
By Idekit Homes: em2espacemobile.com


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A wooden sided container sits atop an existing stone foundation in Portugal. www.archdaily.com



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Sauna with built-in wood storage by WRB, Sweden. www.wrb.se


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The Cross Box, France, comprised of 4 x 40' shipping containers, accommodation totals 1280 sq ft. cgarchitectes.fr



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Containers of Hope, Costa Rica. The roof between the two salvaged containers, is made from the scrap pieces of metal cut out to make the windows. The central roof creates a feeling of openness and provides cross ventilation which is surprisingly sufficient enough to never have to turn the air conditioning on. By Benjamin Garcia Saxe. Lots more images: benjamingarciasaxe.com



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28 donated shipping containers were used to create New Jerusalem Orphanage, a Vibrant Shipping Container Home for South African children. Designed by 4D and A Architects. facebook.com


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Mobile Dwelling Unit incorporates pop-out elements that extend from the 40-foot long, 8-foot wide core of the home, accordion-style. If and when the home is in transit, the elements — kitchen, bathroom, reading nook, bed, desk, sofa and storage space — fold back into their slots. See picture below. www.lot-ek.com


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The Mobile Dwelling Unit by LOT-EK. The MDU was originally conceived for individuals constantly moving around the globe. The MDU travels with its dweller to the next long term destination, fitted with all live/work equipment and filled with the dweller’s belongings. www.lot-ek.com



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The Manifesto House. Constructed from 85 percent recycled, reused and nonpolluting materials for $118,000, in fewer than 90 days. Two 40-foot shipping containers and two 20-foot shipping containers sided with wooden pallets.


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The Manifesto House was designed by architects James & Mau in Curacavi, Chile.



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The NRW-Forum Düsseldorf invited renowned architects, designers, and artists from around the world to submit existing and new designs for container architecture. www.nrw-forum.de


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The NRW-Forum Düsseldorf invited renowned architects, designers, and artists from around the world to submit existing and new designs for container architecture. www.nrw-forum.de


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The NRW-Forum Düsseldorf invited renowned architects, designers, and artists from around the world to submit existing and new designs for container architecture. www.nrw-forum.de



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Container City, Trinity Buoy Wharf, London. www.containercity.com


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Container City, London. Short-life sites can have Container Cities that simply unbolt and can be relocated or stored when land is required for alternative uses. To date this alternative method of construction has successfully created youth centres, classrooms, office space, artists studios, live / work space and retail space. www.containercity.com


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Container City, London. www.containercity.com



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Sugoroku Office in Gifu, Japan. Daiken-Met Architects. www.archisearch.gr



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Keetwonen is the largest container city in the world (1000 units) and is the second most popular student dormitory offered by the student housing corporation "De Key" in Amsterdam. each unit is soundproof and has its own bathroom, kitchen and balcony. See more container projects at: tempohousing.com



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Renault's movable welcoming pavilion in France, provides visitors with information about the automotive manufacturer's history. The structure is made of 15 colorful shipping containers of two different lengths, 12-meter long and 6-meter long units. www.aucoeurdelileseguin.fr



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Container Building. Tony's Farm is an organic farm packing station, visitor center, hotel and office building in one. www.playze.com



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Tony's Organic Farm is in Shanghai. www.playze.com



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Repurposed shipping container drive-thru for StarBucks in Tukwila, Washington. Although drive-thrus are not green, Anthony P., global store design senior manager for Starbucks says the  'reclamation drive-thru was inspired by a desire to help keep items used throughout our supply chain, like old shipping containers, out of the waste stream.' Lots more great pics: www.businessinsider.com


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XbO, habitat for young people on the move by 70ºN Arkitektur, Norway. www.70n.no



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The NRW-Forum Düsseldorf invited renowned architects, designers, and artists from around the world to submit existing and new designs for container architecture. www.nrw-forum.de


Buy One:

Ecopods, Canada: ecopods.ca

Meka World Toronto, Canada. Commissions brand new containers fitted to your desires and then shipped to your doorstep. Some of their container homes are made in China. www.mekaworld.com


Projects:

Travelodge, the budget hotel chain, imported shipping containers from China - complete with bathrooms, plastering and air conditioning units - then stacked them into a 300-room hotel near Heathrow in just three weeks. Uxbridge, England. By Verbus Systems: www.verbussystems.com


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The new Marco Polo can carry 16,000 shipping containers. It does not look like containers are going away anytime soon.



 

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Nicky
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Canada
Reply #45 on : Mon July 28, 2014, 18:52:19
Do you have any suppliers and builders in Ontario
wcoastgreenhomes
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containers needed at best price
Reply #44 on : Wed July 09, 2014, 18:39:58
Anyone here possible to supply us with the best n neatest containers at the best prices delivered to Cape Town

Emai
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jay
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CONTAINERS
Reply #43 on : Fri July 04, 2014, 16:20:19
Hi, I'm Jay The Container Guy with Pitbull Containers, we have containers for all your housing, shipping and storage needs give me a call for a free quote at 888-443-1523 Ext 704
Direct line 404-201-8542

WE SHIP ANYWHERE IMMEDIATELY
Container homes
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we build and develop
Reply #42 on : Thu July 03, 2014, 14:37:21
Iam using a touch screen sorry guys...new to this so spelling n typing fast aint my game on this device.

If anyone are interested in working with us to come do a project in your country or town let me no..anywhere in the world thou. [email protected] email me and lets discuss possibilities
M&S PROJECTS CONTAINER HOMES
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we design and build
Reply #41 on : Thu July 03, 2014, 14:29:03
I live in South Africa and have been doing renovations for almost 4 years now.but moving into the Container home business. THEBGUY FROM WINDJOEK can email me do we can talk and maybe come do A project that side

Email me at chromebase@gmail come

Let's build some homes
Calvin
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New/Used Wind/Water Tight Containers
Reply #40 on : Thu June 26, 2014, 00:18:49
Hi my name is Calvin with PitBull Containers, Atlanta's largest re-seller of shipping containers.

If you are looking to buy shipping/storage containers for your projects, call me @ 1-888-443-1523 Ext # 705 I will be glad to help you with a quote and find exactly what you need. We mostly deal with 20' 40' 20'HC and 40'HC

We ship nationwide, I will get you the right price, let me know how I can be of service to you.

I think these containers make a huge statement... Good Luck on your future projects.
Pat
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Weeping
Reply #39 on : Mon May 26, 2014, 12:44:27
In spite of side vents in container, after we insulated and sheetrocked, we've found that the cold metal from the outside to the warmth (even through insulation) has caused tremendous weeping, basically trashing the insulation. WHAT CAN WE DO TO PREVENT the metal from weeping? A plastic coating? What? We are going to have to rip out all the insulation, studs, sheetrock and start over but what do we do to prevent the weeping?
M.Ines
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Container habilitado para sala de ventas de pasteleía
Reply #38 on : Sat May 10, 2014, 23:43:33
Me parece una opción muy interesante e inovadora, en Chile está recien entrando como solución de oficinas y después del terremoto como colegios.
r gordon
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Toxic Issues
Reply #37 on : Sat May 10, 2014, 10:48:51
I have been following container uses for years however even though you mention the toxic danger of using these containers rarely is it mentioned whether or not any of the above units have been treated correctly i.e. the one that is a school. Many of them that you can still see the lead based paint. Surely a huge consideration; as well as receiving permits etc. In US companies are doing conversions however the price very high or people are importing units which does not help deferring the surplus of the millions of empty cargo boxes around the USA. Great photos, thank you!
Linda Giannasso
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Interested in building a container home
Reply #36 on : Sat May 03, 2014, 12:27:59
What is cost per square foot turn key!
Patrick
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Shipping container homes
Reply #35 on : Thu May 01, 2014, 09:29:22
You can download plans to build your own shipping container home here howtobuildashippingcontainerhome.blogspot.co.nz/
Thomas Jordan
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plans???
Reply #34 on : Mon April 14, 2014, 17:55:21
can you please send me some options to potentailly build a home??
Marsha Kaehler
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Info on Container Homes
Reply #33 on : Sat April 05, 2014, 19:48:29
Not sure if I talked to you via email about container homes or someone else. Can they be built in every State?
Richard Gutierrez
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Love the concept
Reply #32 on : Sat March 29, 2014, 12:54:40
I live in San Jose Ca. an I have hopes of building my home out of shipping containers someday. San Jose is converted over the years into and eco friendly attitude city and I believe something like this here, would make a bold statement. keep up all the good work. See you in the near future.
Chris
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Great resource to find more information on purchasing used containers
Reply #31 on : Fri March 28, 2014, 16:07:14
Hey guys,

Thanks for the awesome ideas! I am considering making a house for myself out of these containers. I mean who doesn't want a strong/sturdy house that also helps recycles these things! I have been in touch with www.gauthiersrental.com and I'm waiting for a quote on used containers. They sell both new and used containers FYI. Can't wait to see more pics in the future. Once I get mine built I'll share my pics :)
Kevin
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want to form Co-op for project in West Texas
Reply #30 on : Thu February 20, 2014, 23:39:01
Hi I am interested in finding people (a small group) of people In forming a Co-Op Housing project. I have 40 Acre's in Texas and am putting together a proposal for up to possibly 5 partners and no more. The units would be 2 and 4 bedroom completely self contained on 2 acre lots and would be targeted at the incoming biofuel industry in West Texas. For more information please feel free to email me thanks
Richard K.
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Vertical insulation
Reply #29 on : Mon February 17, 2014, 09:43:46
I've found quite comprehensive article on container housing over at Julie's blog juliekinnear.com/blogs/shipping-container-homes with examples of some Canadian companies, which repurpose containers for living. Mentioned costs are similar to what I read here What made my eyebrow raise was the mentioned problems with vertical insulation and reduced living space. I don't see it as real problem if you're considering adding the roof or stacking them on top of each other. What do you think?
Alejandro Sam Telles Mattos
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Container
Reply #28 on : Sat February 15, 2014, 07:19:25
Achei de uma criatividade única.
kelvin goden
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need containers homes design
Reply #27 on : Tue February 04, 2014, 22:35:39
i need this this informations as there is a need for cheap homes in namibia. anyone with this informations please contact him. we have a high demand for affordable accomodation in windhoek.
Miriam
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Painting - re:Furtake
Reply #26 on : Thu January 23, 2014, 03:03:11
Hi, thanks Furtake for your response, do you have the name of the paint product? Also, are you painting directly onto the container?
Keiren
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Shipping container cost
Reply #25 on : Tue January 07, 2014, 12:27:45
Hi,
Prices are dependent on your location. A used container near a large shipping port is going to be a lot cheaper than transporting a new container to a land locked location. After a search on ebay (or try NYcontainer, Shipping Containers 24, Iport and Midwest Storage Containers.) I see a 20 foot container can be had for $1300. and up without shipping. A 40 foot for $1700. and up not including shipping. Shipping is definitely going to add considerably to the cost. I cannot guess as costs will differ by region. Inquire with a local shipping company. The largest shipping container made is 45 feet long by 8 feet wide.
Gogie
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Price Inquiry
Reply #24 on : Tue January 07, 2014, 10:23:53
Hello:

What is the largest container for housing you have, new or used, and what does it cost, per container?

Also, what are the shipping costs within the continental US?

Thank you and love, love love the structures.

G
Pearl
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price inquiry
Reply #23 on : Mon January 06, 2014, 03:23:56
hi.. compliements!
1.how much is a 20sq ft container?
2.how much is a 40sq ft container?
3.how much would it cost to ship it to Botswana?
Anonymous
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Re: Container Homes and Buildings
Reply #22 on : Fri January 03, 2014, 00:48:41
check Agson Engineers did the same thing
Furtake
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Painting
Reply #21 on : Sun December 15, 2013, 15:07:38
Hi Miriam,

I was reading your comment about your new house, congratulations!!! I am starting with a project my self and I did find a product to insulate the exterior, is a acrylic water base painting, non toxic, it will work as painting, prevent 86.60% solar heat and it has elasticity, let me know if it help.

Best regards,

Furtake
Miriam
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correction
Reply #20 on : Sat December 14, 2013, 13:36:37
my email is: [email protected]
Miriam
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would like to get in touch with any shipping container home owners/ builders
Reply #19 on : Sat December 14, 2013, 13:33:36
Hi, we're just beginning to design our shipping container house in Israel. We'd love to hear from anyone who has already built a shipping container house. - Experiences, tips, stories... In particular, how did you insulate/ thermamass your container? We're planning on putting earthbags on the outside, not sure what we'll use on the inside.
Our email address is: [email protected]
Keiren
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Paint and hot locations
Reply #18 on : Fri November 22, 2013, 09:43:33
Unfortunately most all containers are painted with toxic marine paint. The only successful way to get all the paint off is sandblasting. Then you have to dispose of the paint mess properly... No easier way...sorry.

Other question - hot desert location - I think you would need to shelter the metal from direct sun and insulate it well...life expectancy is long...but dependent on finish and location.
ulric
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health
Reply #17 on : Thu November 21, 2013, 15:48:21
how do I find out if a container has been painted with toxic paint? Is a high-pressure hose enough to get rid of chemicals?
Mark
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Architect, Experienced Design Engineer and Builder
Reply #16 on : Fri October 18, 2013, 18:04:16
Who does this in the state of New Mexico?
Stefani Oshima
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Container
Reply #15 on : Fri September 20, 2013, 09:25:45
WOW....Many wonderful idea recycle/useful used Container -
They are Not ugly at all...Very Attractive
THANK YOU.
Will get back to you....Hendersonville, North Carolina USA
Mulualem Mulushewa
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functionalizing container spaces
Reply #14 on : Mon September 16, 2013, 06:24:06
all the container by far are very attractive but does they work in hot desert climate and what are their life span expectations
Keiren
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Underground
Reply #13 on : Mon September 02, 2013, 19:29:51
Hi Deborah,
Such an exciting project!
Hope it all comes together easily for you...
I have read that if you bury containers they are going to need a lot of extra support on the sides as they were not meant/built to receive any stress on their sides...you might need to talk to an engineer about this...
Not an expert so hoping someone else answers the water proofing/foundation questions...!
Deborah Slaughter
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building with container units
Reply #12 on : Sun September 01, 2013, 21:21:45
We are considering using 5 container units to build an underground "hobbit house"....with a large space between 2 parallel units for a great room. We will be planting the kitchen herb garden on the roof which will be metal as well. Any suggestions as to foundation material, how to waterproof/floodproof, etc.?
jacopo
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New proposal
Reply #11 on : Wed August 28, 2013, 04:20:36
What do you think about this project, protected by patent pending, for prefabricated Unfolding Housing Unit building?

www.madihome.com


What is M.A.Di? Unfolding?
M.A.Di. is an Unfolding Housing Unit functional, earthquake proof , a facility suitable for several different uses: residential, leisure, community, trade; and useful for rescue operations in case of natural disasters.

With its technical deployment, M.A.DI. allows anyone to have, in a few hours and in the chosen location, a real home, with the possibility to close and move it to another place and to expand it with the addition of new housing modules, according to the changing needs.

M.A.Di offers the freedom to have, now,a temporary home in the place where you want, or a permanent one if placed on a building site, customized and scaled to your needs and financial resources.

M.A.Di. is a dry assembled and easy mounting structure that can be performed using different materials: wood, steel, glass, PVC or composite material (GRP, GRP or other); only the base frame will be necessarily made of steel.

In the folded condition of the M.A.Di. HOME version, M.A.Di. is presented as a parallelepiped, similar to a container. Once deployed, the box, losing all its forms, it is transformed into a real home (OVER 80 SQM) composed of a ground floor and first floor.

M.A.Di. is currently a patent protected worldwide, PLACE A for innovation and industrialization by the International Commission judging its patentability, and it having a lot of curiosity and interest.
James Fin
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Top Advantages of Shipping Containers House
Reply #10 on : Wed August 14, 2013, 01:32:54
Portable houses are became a necessity for any onsite office or camp- but especially it is much required on those sites, where production & work life cycles are unknown. Portable containers offices and home making is easy and efficient in affordable price. Modified old shipping containers are an ideal solution for any on field housing and for further portable building – including cafeterias, rooms etc.
Jim
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Container Home Plans
Reply #9 on : Mon August 05, 2013, 13:46:34
If you are looking for some insight as to what it will take to build your own home from shipping containers read this.

The advantages of using shipping containers as your construction building blocks include:

They are inexpensive. A used container will cost between $800 and $6000 each, depending on size, age, condition and distance from the building site. Each 40 foot container gives you 320 square feet. They generally cut overall construction cost by 20-50%.

Energy concerns. It takes far less energy to reuse shipping containers in a building than to melt them down and reform then into steel beams. Add solar panels and even the ongoing energy use will be green.

Examples of plans can be found HERE-
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Michele
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Sustainable living
Reply #8 on : Fri June 28, 2013, 18:17:28
Love these container homes.

We, in Australia, are having a problem finding suitable housing for our asylum seekers. The use of containers for housing is a win-win.
Diego Romero Gómez
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casa contenedor
Reply #7 on : Thu May 30, 2013, 20:25:08
Excelente Información
martha cecilia
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casa contenedor
Reply #6 on : Tue May 28, 2013, 12:28:24
que buena idea, lo unico que me falta a mi es el terreno y ha tener mi casa
Containere
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Container for houses
Reply #5 on : Mon April 15, 2013, 03:44:43
we also have a house from containers, is in romania, you can find it at http://www.containere.org/

it turn very nice, and at a low price :)
Nick
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Containers
Reply #4 on : Wed March 27, 2013, 15:30:36
A lot of containers are being used in Australia as accommodation and kitchen facilities for mining at various sites the country. The company I work for supplies macerate and grey water pumps to transfer waste to on site holding tanks
ectrucker
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Re: Container Homes and Buildings
Reply #3 on : Sat March 16, 2013, 16:55:31
you can build underground but need reinforcement and waterproofing etc etc just like all underground structures plus the further underground brings up more stresses I would go hill top and earth bermed to get rid of drainage problems into ormid hill would constantly hold water longer
Keiren
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answer for Ginger
Reply #2 on : Thu February 28, 2013, 21:19:17
Funny, not half an hour ago, I read a post that said you should not bury containers as the pressure they are designed to take is only from vertical load. All those containers get stacked one on top the other, but they were not designed to withstand any pressure from the sides. And the earth would press at their sides. So it is not recommended. I do not have the link, but I know the advice was given by Owen Geiger, so I would trust it.
Ginger
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underground
Reply #1 on : Thu February 28, 2013, 18:24:19
I wonder if these can be used to build an underground house.
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