Guide

Build Yourself a Shipping Container Home in 9 Simple Steps

Constructing your dream house is never easy. And even though you strive to build it using shipping containers to speed up the process, it will still need lots of thinking and planning on your part.

To make things easier for you, here is a guide to constructing a unique type of house that you can learn to build from scratch.

Let’s begin!

  • Step 1

Sort out the permits, building plan, necessary compliance from the local council. Ensure the shipping container too complies with the district or local plan. Also, you need to work with your architects and structural engineer (preferably with prior experience in this) to ensure your proposed building is optimally sound structurally.

  • Step 2

Look to procure your shipping container once the plans are approved and ready to go. Pick the size of the container as per your build plans. You can either pick premodified ones from the workshop or choose to do the container modifications yourself.

  • Step 3

If you’re looking for professional results, then you should hire a professional project manager, builders, and sub-contractors- all having a good reputation and lots of successful previous projects similar to yours.

  • Step 4

Prep the construction site like earthwork and supply utilities like electricity, septic tanks, gas lines, plumbing, sewerage, water drains, and so on.

  • Step 5

Put down the foundations of the container home. However, make sure that the base foundation is good, and all utilities are set in position as per the plans, and the concrete slab is poured in place.

  • Step 6

Custom modify the container- preferably by your chosen structural engineer. Check if any paneling will require steel framing or openings will need additional reinforcement levels. This is also the stage when the doors, windows, and other openings are achieved, and all joints are weather-proofed!

  • Step 7

Look to attach the container to the base foundation as well as with one another. Join them properly at the fastening points of each other. Take professional help to accomplish these tasks.

  • Step 8

Once that is done, install the windows, doors, skylights, and ventilation. Also, install appropriate fittings and fixtures along with wiring, plumbing, and gas. Also, look to install drywall or GIB plasterboard. Add the finishing touches by a good paint.

  • Step 9

Now that all the work is done, get an inspection to ensure everything is as per the code. And after that, you can also add some landscaping and home décor elements to make it appear as your dream home.