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What Is a Container House?

A container house is a type of home built from recycled or new shipping containers. These metal boxes are typically 20-foot or 40-foot long and can be used in a variety of ways to create unique structures.

Who is a good candidate for a container house?
If you’re looking for a more affordable alternative to a traditional stick-built home, a container house may be right for you. These homes can be constructed much faster than traditional homes, and you can save money on construction materials by utilizing reused items.

How much does it cost to build a container home?
A shipping container home can be less expensive than a stick-built home, but it depends on the size and design. Other factors, like the amount of site work needed and insulation, can also contribute to the cost.

Do you have to have a professional license to build a container house?
Unless you’re a licensed general contractor, it’s important to hire experts who can construct your container house. This includes a plumber, electrician, heating and cooling contractor, and any other necessary professionals to complete the construction process.

Does a shipping container house have to withstand extreme weather conditions?
As with any type of structure, a shipping container house is susceptible to wind, rain, snow and other weather elements. The corrugated metal sides of the shipping container are not strong enough to withstand these forces, so you must plan for additional roofing or foundations if you’re planning on living in your container house in harsh environments.

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