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A living unit made out of shipping container is not only mobile but is extremely strong, modular, cost-effective, eco-friendly and fast to build. It is equipped with power, water and adequate ventilation. This is an ideal unit for resorts, farm houses, open spaces and roof tops.


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This man wanted to build a self-sustained and off-the-grid home out of two shipping containers.

He wanted all of the comforts of a home and to be able to live in it comfortably up to a year or more if need be.

To do this he ordered two sea containers and welded them together to make one awesome cabin.

Water is heated using solar power or by wood stove if necessary. Access to water is by well.

The two containers combined add up to a 40′ x 16′ floor plan so about 640 square feet of space inside.

Traditionally, container housing has popped up on the margins of places, in this case near a construction site in Havana, Cuba. It's easy access for a quick fix on many contructions site. 

 

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Shipping containers are now such a thing that in Denmark, they are putting them in glass cases. I have had a troubled relationship with shipping containers since I was ten, when my dad went into the container biz. They were made in the USA and Canada then and were really expensive; you wouldn't think of living in them. But every now and again he would get sent a photo of some shipping container in Africa that fell off a truck and had windows and doors cut into the walls.

I had some fun with them in University, designing a summer camp for temporary use that folded out of a forty footer. Because you would never actually use a container empty; the dimensions are lousy for people and the flooring was treated with insecticides and the paints were designed to last through ten years on the high seas, so are seriously industrial. It may have been a really bad career choice not sticking with containers, but my moves into modular construction and tiny homes were not too successful either.

Perhaps the lesson is that when it comes to housing, technology, or lack thereof, is not the fundamental problem. After watching all the coverage of shipping container schemes with some bemusement, I asked Does Shipping Container Architecture Make Sense? a few years ago, but now, in response to the same architectural competition I covered here, Architect Mark Hogan of OpenScope Studio comes up with his own list of questions.

SSA Marine’s terminal in Oakland has announced that it will make night operations permanent following a three-month trial.

The port’s Oakland International Container Terminal (OICT), which launched the late night gates trail on June 27, is open Monday to Thursday from 6pm to 3am for truck drivers to haul cargo.

According to the port, following the trial launch about 1,300 container transactions nightly migrated from day to evening, with the average transaction time for truck drivers falling from 96 minutes in August to 79 minutes last week.

Additionally, 30% of trucking companies at the port reduced congestion surcharges for picking up containers, with the port saying night gates “will continue to take pressure off busier daytime operations”.

A survey made by the port to cargo owners showed that 74% of those asked opt for night gates, the main reason being lesser terminal crowding at night.

According to the results, 65% of the surveyed said that transaction times improved thanks to night operations. “That is important because cargo owners have lobbied hard for faster container-handling,” the port said.

Scott Taylor, CEO of GSC Logistics, which is among the largest trucking companies at Oakland, said: “The system is working and customers are paying less. Things are better and we are saving time.”

To finance night gates, the terminal will continue to charge customers a US$30 fee, which is applied to all loaded import and export containers.

According to the port, OICT’s neighboring terminal TraPac said that it was also experimenting with night gates, but did not reveal whether it will institute regular night hours.

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This 4,300-square-foot home and work space is made from eight containers. Designed space to maximize natural air ventilation and light, with windows and skylights throughout to reduce the use of electricity.

 

Studio Arte creates small container homes as perfect weekend getaways or guesthouses. The interiors are modern and vibrant. Plenty of windows and sliders are incorporated to expand the space to the outdoors.


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The Previous Life of a Shipping Container Home

Shipping containers are made of steel and built to withstand weather, heavy stacking and ocean travel. While their lifespan can easily be 30 years, most shipping companies use them considerably less before putting them out to pasture. A typical shipping container work lifespan is 10 years or less.

Because of this, there are reportedly 30 million unused shipping containers sitting around. A decent one can be bought for as little as $2,000.

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Shipping Container Home Plans

The standard container measure 8 feet wide and 8 feet 6 inches high, and comes in lengths of 20 or 40 feet. A third option, which may be harder to find, offers higher ceilings; it’s called the high cube. A high cube container measures 40 feet long and is 9 feet 6 inches high.

While a shipping container home plan of 150 square feet is really small, the beauty of working with storage containers is the ability to group them to create a bigger space. The8747 house (above), overlooking the James River in Springfield, Mo., uses several cargo containers.

Before you head out to buy a plot of land and build your dream container home, you’ll need to ask yourself the following questions to avoid potential issues.

Do I need a permit?

You will probably need several. Some areas don’t allow residential construction using shipping containers, so check with your local planning department first.

What is the weather like where I want to build?

Insulating a shipping container can be tricky. Bigger issues include extreme weather changes that can lead to interior moisture condensation, and windy areas that can create noise problems.

How am I going to get the container onto the property?

An empty 20-foot container can weigh almost 5,000 pounds. You’ll probably need to have it delivered. Make sure a large truck can enter your property easily and place it on site,or you’ll have to deal with very expensive cranes to lift the container into place.

What was the previous life of the container?

Buyer beware: The contents of many containers are often sprayed with pesticides for ocean travel. Worse, some shipping containers for sale previously transported toxic chemicals that will ruin your chances of creating a green home. Do your research on the previous life of the shipping container you’re choosing.

Will I need an architect or engineer?

If you’re making cuts and major changes to your container, it’s probably a good idea to consult with experts. The long, vertical walls on a container are load bearing and will need reinforcement if cut out for windows or doors. Planning for electrical and plumbing requires professionals, especially to pass permit and planning requirements.

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Containers come in two sizes – 20' or 40'. Both are 8' wide and headroom inside is a generous 8'6” to 9'6”– which taller higher than the ceiling height in a typical home. Given those dimensions, a 20' container is approximately 160 square feet – a 40 footer is double that or 320 square feet

We aim to provide our customers with a personal, fast and efficient service, which will offer a hassle free solution to any storage problem. More importantly, there are no hidden costs when purchasing  or leasing storage containers from us. Contact AZ Containers at 877-292-6937 to see how the most basic steel box to a customized, climate controlled storage or workspace with windows, we’ll have your solution on it’s way to you fast.

People all over the world are looking for cheap, alternative housing, and recycled shipping containers are starting to become ever more popular; not just homes but also forall sorts of structures. The average shipping container is a very versatile thing, and they can be easily connected together to make many different shapes and sizes of buildings, somewhat like constructing a building with giant Lego bricks. If you’re looking for an environmentally friendly option to build your new family home or business office, then usingmodified shipping containers could be the perfect choice for you.

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