Episode 44 – Shipping Container Homes

Episode44

In this week’s episode, Ryan and Amy talk about the ins and outs of the ever-popular shipping container homes.  What are the pros and cons of using containers to build a house? And how do you choose to go the shipping container or stick-built house route? Listen in to hear all the details. Enjoy!

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Shipping Container House Links:
Boxman Shipping Container Home Factory Tour
UnBoxedHouse.com
Shipping Container Home – LivingBigInATinyHouse.com
Single Mother Builds Shipping Container Home

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  1. Hey guys. I just listened to this one on shipping container homes.

    Love your podcast. I have learned much from it and you have really helped me to learn alot more about heating and cooling a tiny home: gray water removal/mitigation: Where to live in a tiny home: and best practices on tiny house construction.

    Here you have done a great job addressing issues surrounding building with multiple containers. I have to interject my knowledge here about converting a single container into a tiny home that is mobile. I feel you are a little off base on several issues surrounding purchasing/altering/insulating/converting a single container into a home that is mobile or stationary. I just want to make sure that the information we are sharing with would-be tiny container home enthusiasts is as accurate as possible.

    Please email me and I will elaborate on several things mentioned here that are not completely accurate.

    I have been planning my tiny shipping container home build for about 20 months and I have been researching tiny homes for six years. I have also spent hours viewing containers and hours contacting companies that sell them in the midwest, on the east coast, and in the gulf. I have a uniquely experienced perspective on shipping containers because I work with them/around them in my vocation.

    I recently started up a shipping container home facebook group (about a month ago) in order to acccumulate shipping container conversion knowledge in one location and to try and get as many shipping container tiny house enthusiasts and shipping container conversion builders together so that we all can dispell the myths and learn best building practices for working with and constructing with this steel medium.

    Since I made the switch over to a tiny shipping container conversion as opposed to a tiny home stick build, I have found it extremely difficult to find an abundance of individuals constructing shipping container diy projects. I have only found a couple dozen small diy shipping container conversions. Predominately what I have found is small businesses and large architectural firms who are building high dollar homes for people using multiple containers. As you mentioned, combining multiple shipping containers is more costly and depending upon whether or not someone is going to stack them, there can be more complicated structural issues to address.

    The same is not true of diy individuals who are merely converting a single container into a home. For example, Sean’s design–being a single 20 feet container–it is much less complicated and less expensive than combining multiple containers.

    I have found some container conversion businesses that are not going the route of doing much welding for example–which is also less expensive, ommitting alot of welding.

    In my experience, sharing my plan with co-workers, aquaintances, family members, and friends, I am finding that people, by and large, are either scared of the concept of a shipping container conversion or they simply do not know anything about shipping containers, excepting maybe seeing one going down the highway on a big truck (which is what I do–and in this arena, shipping containers appear very heavy and imposing to on-lookers. Althoug, they are neither heavy, nor very imposing when standing alone and empty, away from a big rig). Another exposure people might have to shipping containers is seeing them as storage units that they believe are old, dented, and rusty–which is another misconception regarding the durability of a shipping container in relation to utilizing one to construct a home.

    So, the last thing I want to see is more people running away from converting a shipping container into a home, as this can be very affordable and can be an easier route for individuals with limited means.

    Thanks again for your investment in the movement. I look forward to hearing from you.

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