Shipping container homes are all the rage. The diverse applications are almost endless. The tiny House community is exploring the shipping container housing concept as an inexpensive frame for their Tiny House conversion.
What do you get when you embark on the shipping container home journey?
Well, unless you buy a completed post-manufactured/finished shipping container house, you start with a basic shipping container.
Shipping containers are rather durable and come in two basic sizes: 8 ft. x20 ft and 8 ft. x 40 ft. The 20 ft. container starts at 5,290 lbs. and the 40 ft. model starts with 8,380 lbs.
The price for a used shipping container will range from $1,500 (well worn) to $8,000 (like new) plus shipping costs. You have to find a way to get the shipping container to you. This will incur shipping costs to have delivered to your site.
After you receive your shipping container, you will have it inspected (or not) then clean and prep your container and make sure it is water-tight.
If you want something beside barn-door-style entry at one end, you will have to get a metal contractor (unless you possess these skills) to cut door and window openings in your container.
The next question is: Do you want the interior of your shipping container home to look like a shipping container?
If not, you will need to put up walls… and it is likely that you will want some insulation, too.
As an alternative to re-fabricating a used shipping container… Why not start with a brand-spanking new Sing Container Home Shell?
The Sing Container Home Shell comes in the same dimensions as the standard shipping container sizes and is built completely of insulated Sing Sandwich panels. All door and window cutouts are pre-cut to your specifications.
Exterior finish is your choice of aluminum or FRP and interior is Luan plywood, ready-to-decorate to your heart’s content.