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Have you ever seen a home or structure built out of shipping containers? The idea seems crazy but its actually pretty practical. Building you home out of shipping containers is relatively affordable, very quick to build, and is friendly on the environment. Lets take a brief look to see what it takes:
Permitting and Ordering
The first step is completely the necessary documents for your shipping container home and submit them to your local building authority for a permit. After that, send in construction documents to a shipping container factory so that they can price out your build for you. Not sure how much it will cost? Common lengths for shipping containers are 20 foot and 40 foot, usually 8 feet wide and between 8 ½ and 9 ½ feet tall. Honestly a good place to look for shipping containers is on Ebay. Prices for a decent condition 20 footer will run you between $1500-$2000 and a 40 footer will put you out about $2000-$2500, for a decent condition container.
So now that you have your shipping containers and the necessary documents to build on site, how do you actually do this thing? First, your going to want to excavate the site for the foundation, and bring in any utilities you may need, including storm water management and a septic system. After that, you can go ahead and put in a perimeter wall around the foundation, usually out of concrete slabs, and put in a moat around the edges for drainage purposes.
Shipping containers are built to carry extremely heavy floor loads, much more than a typical house. The problem is that once you start drilling holes into wherever you need to, you weaken the structure, and it becomes dangerous. Review your plans with a structural engineer before you start major construction.
The next step involves welding the container(s) to each other and the foundation at its corners. The cement foundation will have embedded steel plate that can be used as anchor points. After this you are safe to install windows, plumbing, electrical, etc.
When you’re done with your installations, go through all of the regulated inspections. Sign off with your contractor and meet with a building official to obtain a certificate of occupancy so you can finally move in to your container home!
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