Abigail. Shipping Containers Homes. May 08th , 2018.
Before starting to renovate or make a home out of those shipping containers one needs to determine the containers suitable in constructing one. There are a lot of ways to know which one is suit to build a living space. First knowing the floor plan of your house will help. If you know that you would go for a contemporary design or choose a cabin-type rustic house then it will be easier for you to know which container to buy. The size on the other hand will be determined by how many people will occupy it and the containers needed will be dependent on how big you wish for the overall structure to be.
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.
Consider the fact that shipping containers are built to withstand the most unforgiving weather conditions travelling hundreds of thousands of miles aboard open-top trans-oceanic shipping-container ships... Built to have a minimum working life of 20 years before being decommissioned. After that these containers placed in a fixed position and maintained have an almost infinite lifespan.
Adapting the utilization of shipping containers in the construction of homes makes sturdy living spaces not to mention they are very affordable. This innovation is known to some as alternative housing whereas others called it green architecture while some branded it as cargotecture. Building them couldn`t be tagged a just a walk in the park though.