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I am on the quest for a new home. It will take me awhile because I want to be sure that everything I want will be incorporated into the house. Since I’m not in a big rush, I have time to research, investigate and see things first hand before implementing them into my own design. As I learn, it will all be shared with you. This will give us the opportunity to find out all the pros and cons before I take the plunge!

I have been raving on and on about storage shipping container homes for awhile, so I decided it was time to actually sit down to investigate the feasibility of building one.

What Is A Shipping Container?

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A shipping container is a very strong container used to ship items all over the world. The “international shipping container” is also known as the “intermodal freight container.” These containers can be moved from one form of transport to another (ship, rail, truck) without having to unload and then reload the product. They are highly efficient for shipping.

Most steel shipping containers are constructed in 20 foot and 40 foot lengths. To give you an idea of the size, a common container has the following measurements:

Exterior – 40 feet long x 8 feet wide x 8 feet 6 inches high (40’L x 8’W x 8’6”H)
Interior length – 39 feet 5.7 inches
Interior width – 7 feet 8.5 inches
Interior height – 7 feet 10.2 inches
Cubic volume – 2389 cubic feet
Door width – 7 feet 8 inches
Door height – 7 feet 6 inches
Weight – 8,223 lbs

Pros And Cons Of A Shipping Container Home

The most obvious use of a steel shipping container is to ship products all over the world with efficiency, lower cost and ease. However, there is another use that has become popular – shipping container homes. Let’s talk about the pros and cons of using a shipping container as the framework of a home instead of steel or wood beams.

Pros Of A Shipping Container Home

  • You are using recyclable materials
  • Easy construction
  • Low cost to cool and heat
  • Highly functional
  • Inexpensive to construct in comparison to an equal sized traditional home
  • Durable
  • Versatile
  • A home can be quickly constructed
  • Watertight
  • Can be stacked to created high ceilings or multiple stories high
  • Sturdy, structurally strong and can withstand harsh weather
  • Secure
  • Plentiful and always available
  • Transportable

Cons Of A Shipping Container Home

  • Very narrow if used singly
  • Zoning permits do not allow container homes in all areas
  • Rusts if not treated properly
  • Some container coatings have lead in the paint
  • The wood floors have dangerous chemicals soaked into them
  • Without good insulation, they will be hot in the summer and cold in the winter
  • Some containers transport harmful toxic chemicals

Stunning Examples Of Shipping Container Homes

Even with all the cons of a shipping container home, there are still some stunning homes that have already been built.

Storage Container Home Redondo Beach House Demaria Design

Source: Demaria Design Associates Inc.

Storage Container Home Adam Kalkin's Old Lady House

Source: Adam Kalkin’s Old Lady House

Storage Container Home student housing Diemen

Source: TempoHousing

Storage Container Home Genesis

Source: Genesis

This one is just phenomenal!


Source: Patrick Partouche Architecte


Source: Patrick Partouche Architecte

Storage Container Home Peter Aaron Architectural Photographer 1

Storage Container Home Peter Aaron Architectural Photographer 2

Storage Container Home Peter Aaron Architectural Photographer 3

Storage Container Home Peter Aaron Architectural Photographer 4

Source: Peter Aaron Architectural Photographer

So what do you think…Do the pros outweigh the cons? As long as you have a piece of property to build the storage container home, I really think it is a great idea!



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