Shipping Container House - How to Build It

Converting a shipping container is sometimes called Cargotecture. The approach is increasingly becoming popular as many people are seeking an affordable way to build a house. In these tough economic times, a cargotecture is a worth investigating as you consider options to build a home. Also, converting a shipping container into a home is environmentally friendly.

Storage Container Foundations: Part 1, Wood Beam

Railroad ties for shipping container foundation

Once you've decided to purchase a shipping container and convert it into a storage unit, it's important to decide where it's going to be placed. A solid foundation for your container isn't an absolute requirement for your container, along with making keeping it stable and square, it can greatly reduce your storage units exposure to moisture and the corrosion that follows. Depending on your budget and the length of time that you expect the container to remain in it's place there are several options available to you.

Insulation for a Shipping Container

Shipping container in Denver Colorado, Snowy

There are loads reasons why you'd want to insulate a shipping container - you're converting it to modular housing, a work shop in a cold or hot environment, or you're creating a storm shelter or prepper bunker and want to make sure that you're comfortable in it, no matter what the exterior climate might be.  With all the reasons that you'd want to insulate the container, there are fewer options for how to insulate it, and only a few of them make sense.  ContainerAuction.com recently posted an article on "

Refurbished Shipping Containers

recycled shipping containers

With the growing inventory of available used shipping containers, the rising price of steel, and challenging economy, more and more people are starting to refurbish shipping containers for other purposes.  It’s called many things, refurbishing, recycling, up-cycling, even repurposing… the end result is the same thing, a used shipping container being cleaned up and used for a new purpose.

Shipping and Storage Container Flooring

Shipping container flooring

Shipping container flooring has seen various changes over the years, and the type of flooring can depend on the type of container or the company that originally had the container built. If you’re plans are to purchase a container for intermodal shipping or to use as a mobile storage unit, you may not need to be overly concerned with the flooring material and structure. If you plan to modify a container into a modular housing unit or some other type of residence, you may want to consider the structure of the container and flooring material.

How to bury a shipping container, the safest way

Gabion basakets for burying a shipping container

Sometimes, a project simply demands that you do something the hard way (not the cheap way) and using a tool or piece of equipment in a way that God didn't intend it to be used... as is the case with burying a shipping container.  The sides weren't designed to take the constant weight and pressure, and the top surely can't support disbursed weight for extended periods of time.  That being said, if you simply must bury the container the safest way to do it is to used Gabion cages as external supports to carry the pressure of the compacted ground.

Shipping Container Foundations: Part 2, Concrete Footings

shipping container foundation

Concrete footing are another option for the foundation for your used shipping container. Building concrete footings are more complex and involved than the wooden beam option, but if you're planning on keeping your container in one place for a long period of time it may be worth the investment.

Shipping Containers Prices - Cheap vs Inexpensive

cheap or inexpensive shipping container

It's a tight economy, and everyone everywhere is looking for a good deal. Given the changes coming with Obamacare, the recent Federal government shutdown, and everything else in the world; people are interested in making every dollar they've earned go further. That being said, life goes on and we've got to keep living.

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