Emily. Shipping Containers Homes. May 12th , 2018.
So far the most popular places for building cargo container homes has been in parts of Asia and in the former Soviet Union. But recently shipping container houses have started showing up in the United States specifically in southern California.
One of the key benefits to this approach is the speed of the build - the benefits of a modular approach (joining shipping cans together) is that the build time is rapid - so rapid in fact its typically done in a fraction of the time that a standard home build would take.
When speaking of the girth the overall structural strength of a shipping container allows the engineer or builder to construct and develop multi-story dwellings in a greater amount therefore offering a larger living space without expanding its footprint. The heavy corrugated steel framing allows the unit to withstand 65000 lbs of stacked weight. It has been estimated that 86% of the materials used to build a shipping container home have been recycled. Hurricane winds may be a thing of the past if one was to live in a cargo box as a home. The foundations of these structures are strong enough to hold many stacks of the same weight and size on top of one another making this an incredible self-sustaining masterpiece. Also the main foundation design is not as expensive and uses a fraction of material which is much quicker to assemble. If you are concerned about the transportation infrastructure of these containers no need to worry because it already exists so the container homes can be easily moved by train ship or truck thus reducing major transport time.
And most importantly you will need to consult with local authorities to make sure your new container home meets all local building codes. Some communities simply won`t allow homes constructed out of shipping containers. If this is the case you may be out of luck but it`s much better to find out before you invest money or begin construction. Check all applicable state and local building codes before you buy materials or hire contractors. Pay special attention to building codes related to building homes using steel since this is the most likely restriction you will find on shipping container homes. Also when you consult your local building office make sure that you have a specific house plan in mind before you ask for approval. If you just say that you want to build a cargo container home you might get a quick rejection. However if you prove that you have a specific well thought out plan for a home you are more likely to convince local authorities that your proposed project is up to code.