Shipping Container: Home Design Plans

You can finally build a house without having to spend so much on construction and materials. To save more on building a home for both yourself and your family, how about considering shipping containers as an option? Some of you are still a little bit skeptical about this idea, but seriously, with the right design and planning; you can actually own a luxurious new home made out of a shipping container.

Your home from this type of materials will completely stand out from all the other homes built the traditional way. This is also ideal if you want to live off the grid. Your creativity is going to be a little bit challenged here, but it is all going to be worth it in the end. Just know all the tricks and tips that you can for paneling and flooring when you use shipping containers. You can design it in a way that does not even look like a shipping container.

One of the perks of having a home built out of this material is the fact that it is made of steel. Since this is the case, you can assume its sturdiness. You can be sure that your home is going to stand still when an earthquake hits. Dare we say it that a home made of shipping containers is more reliable when it comes to being sturdier than the ones made of bricks and stones. You will be amazed at the kind of deal you will be able to snag out of this.

Building your home from a shipping container also makes it moveable. It is going to be easy and convenient for you to simply take it anywhere you want because it is made to be portable. Unlike if you build a traditional one and you decided to move to a different place, there is no way you could just take it with you. You would have to do it from scratch and start all over again.

So consider a shipping container for your next housing project and you will not regret it at all.

$25k CONTAINER HOUSE MODEL

(STRAWBALE/MUD PLASTER INSULATION LAYER): Here’s a very basic draft of the concept I had. Strawbale over shipping containers, with mud/plaster/stucco over that. This is “double” insulated and provides probably more than 40-50 R value. This means you can probably place these in the desert anywhere in the world and still stay cool in 100-120 degree heat.

Assuming you could find them again, you’re looking at about $22,500 for all 9 containers. Pretty cheap considering that’s a total of 2880 square feet of floor space.

The strawbale will be about $5 per bale and we’ll need about 200, so $1000 for the strawbales.

About 1 load of sand and some clay $250 or so, plus say $50-$100 for manure = $350

Foundation if you do it yourself you can cut that to about =$2500

Plumbing $1500 = $2500

Electrical: 200 amp service is about = $2500

Building Permits: About $3000

That’s another $10,500

Total Before Solar/Wind power system = $34,350

This is well under the $50k minimum and the $100k maximum budgeted for this project. This leaves $18,650 to purchase/build the solar and wind combo system. And $50k for the land. If you shop around you can buy an acre or more of land for about $30k-$40k here in southern California.

Not bad for a 3 story 3000 square foot house… This is cutting it close, and we can find tune these numbers, but this whole system is very doable for under $100k.

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