The newest craze in eco-friendly building is shipping container homes. These unique houses use new or used cargo containers as their primary construction material. And since these shipping containers are cheap and plentiful, you can build your very own shipping container house for a surprisingly low cost.
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.
We have quite a few posts about container housing and modifications, and the great uses of containers around the world; so after a few recommendations we decided to pick up a copy of "Container Atlas: A Practical Guide to Container Architecture". Even if you don't have the time to read the history of each project, it makes a great coffee table book and conversation starter.
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.
A really common question that we receive through the website is “how do I buy a shipping container?” Given that a portion of the retail clients that use ContainerAuction.com are first time container buyers, our staff and sellers are well trained and have the experience with containers to ask the right questions and make the transaction as smooth as possible. In this article, we’ll cover the initial questions, payment, and the container delivery.
Initial Questions When Buying a Container
Used shipping container modifications have become a very popular, cost effective, and environmentally friendly way to construct new housing, livable and usable structures, or storage units. All that it takes is someone with a creative mind take an every day issue and apply a modified shipping container to it.
One of the biggest differences between a new and used shipping container, aside from the obvious paint and condition, is the lack of a lock box. Used shipping containers are designed with the shipping line or container leasing company in mind; while a new (one trip) shipping container is designed with the end user in mind.
Shipping containes are a big business, both in their original use (shipping things) industry, and their aftermarket applications. Originally, used shipping containers began to gain acceptance as storage units on farms, ranches, and then commercial and residential properties. As more and more people started to see them, some creative architects got involved and began to use them as building blocks for modular housing and cabins - then came the preppers. Preppers, in case you aren't aware, are groups and individuals that are predicting TEOTWAWKO (the end of the world as we know it); and th