GUIDE TO SHIPPING CONTAINER HOME CONSTRUCTION

I - Introduction to Construction

Your container home project may revolve around the role the contractor and the option of you acting as the owner/builder.

II - Schedules, Takeoffs and Specs

A perspective on the quality and quantity of materials you will need to cost out your shipping container home project.

III - Building Permits for Container Homes

Some jurisdictions require working plans from a licensed architect or home planner. Other states leave the approval to the local officials. In most states you can be qualified to do your own design work as an owner/builder.

IV - Site Preparation and Foundations

Preparing your site for the foundations that will support your shipping containers.

V - Positioning Containers on Your Site

Your shipping containers have arrived. Are you ready? Let the fun begin!

VI - Floors and Interior Framing

Shipping container interiors and floors can be in horrible shape when they have reached the end of their service life.

VII - Rough Electrical

Tthe electrical wiring of a shipping container home cannot be completely done in the traditional manner.

VIII - Rough Mechanical Systems

Avoid removing material from the forklift pockets, the gooseneck slot walls or cross members of the container. if at all possible.

IX - Sealing and Insulation

Trapped moisture will degrade the efficiency of you insulation, cause wood rot and encourages the growth of mold or mildew in a shipping container home.

X - Tools and Equipment

The sheer size and weight of the shipping containers (a 40’ ISBU weighs about 4 tons) means it takes some pretty heavy equipment to move them.


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