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Container/shipping residences are livable homes constructed out of shipping containers. Despite their lack of resemblance to a container, they may be quite diverse as homes. Shipping containers come in two sizes, with the smallest measuring around 160 square feet. The largest containers provide a living space of roughly 320 square feet. Even though you can use a single shipping container to create a small single-family home, many people use many shipping containers to build bigger residences.

Here are the answers to the most frequently asked questions concerning container homes.

What is the price of a shipping container home?

Because the cost of container homes varies according to size, a smaller, more basic container home can range between $10,000 and $35,000. More standard container homes, on the other hand, may cost up to $175,000. Regardless of size, comparing the pricing of these container houses is difficult since there are many other aspects to consider.

What else should you think about besides the price of the land and the climatological conditions?

  1. The design, arrangement, and number of containers required.
  2. Installation of plumbing, electrical work, and insulation.
  3.  Cleaning and maintenance.
  4. Roofing and flooring.
  5. windows and doors
  6. Lofts.
  7. Siding, and so on.

Are they secure?

Most shipping containers used for container homes are only utilized once or twice in transit. However, you may not have any idea if these have conveyed dangerous industrial goods. Furthermore, because they have to transport goods across the ocean, the paint used to coat the containers contains lead and can be harmful.

Furthermore, structural concerns with shipping containers do occur from time to time. While they are robust enough at the corners, their roofs are not, especially in snowy areas. Furthermore, if you wish to have an opening or a window on the container home’s walls, it may require extra reinforcing.

What size is best for container residences?

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Single family container home (Source TODAY)

Container homes are compact in size. Therefore, you can complete plumbing, HVAC, insulation, and other connections faster. However, a conventional container is just 8 feet wide. Therefore, there is no much room left once insulation and wiring takes place. However, by employing sensible space-saving measures, you will be able to enjoy a more spacious living area.

How can you insulate container residences?

Because the containers’ shapes are so compact, insulation can make them even smaller on the inside. Furthermore, its design does not suit itself well to insulating from the outside. You can use a relatively thin layer of insulation with a high R-value per inch to minimize taking up interior space. Polyurethane spray foam is one such example.

How does one go about adding a roof to a shipping container home?

As previously stated, the corners of a shipping container are robust, but the roof is not. However, choosing the correct roof design is critical, especially in windy or damp regions.

Types of roofs for a container home:

Flat roofs: theseĀ are one of the most basic types of roofing that are used on container houses. They are simple, inexpensive, and quick to construct. However, it should not be fully flat and should have a little incline to drain rainfall.

Sloped roofs: These are ideal for areas that receive a lot of rain or snow. Pitched roofs include the skillion, mansard, gambrel, hip, and gables.

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Container home with sloped roof (Source Dwell)

Living roofs/green roofs: These are eco-friendly roofs with growing plants on them. They are a natural insulator as well as aesthetically beautiful.

Container residence with green roof
Container residence with green roof (Source Sulex International)

Roof terraces: These are flat surfaces which you can build on top of containers to increase useable space. You can also use them to build a dining or lounging space, or even a garden.

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container home with roof terraces (Source Homedit)

Is it legal in all states to build shipping container homes?

Many states are more tolerant of nontraditional living arrangements. Suburban and rural communities are more accepting of shipping container residences. Texas is one of the states with a high number of container residences. Despite its red tape, California is also welcoming many container homes. Louisiana, Oregon, and Alaska are some other examples of such states. However, as it gains popularity, many more states may soon legalize container homes. 

Do container residences rust?

Yes, because they are constructed of metal, there is a potential that they will rust. Some transport containers, on the other hand, are made of alloys. It is a process called weathering steel. It creates a layer of rust on the surface, which prevents further corrosion.

Is it possible to resell container residents for a good value?

Yes, if properly maintained, they may be worth almost as much as a typical home. Smaller container houses are much easier to sell since they can be transferred from one location to another.

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