Our Design & Build section is where to find technical and tactical information about actually creating a shipping container design and constructing it. When most people think of the challenges that go along with using shipping containers for construction, they’re often thinking about the issues we’ll cover in this section.
Coming up with designs and understanding the compromises between them is a start. Then, figuring out how to navigate the choices that present themselves during the actual construction is a whole new set of decisions.
Luckily, we’re here to help you through this phase of your knowledge-building. Below are just a few of the ways we dissect this important topic.
While it’s fun to think about dream homes, the reality is that all of us are constrained by a variety of factors. To get something built, you have to strike a balance between what you want, what you need, and what you can actually achieve.
One of the biggest factors that will affect your project is the involvement of regulating bodies. This is predominantly in the form of building codes, but other factors like land zoning and even property covenants can also have an impact.
Our article on Shipping Container Zoning, Permits, and Building Codes is one of our most popular because this is a topic that comes up with almost everyone. While we can’t you the exact rules you’ll face in your area (since every area is unique), we can describe the way the system works and equip you to find the answers yourself.
If you’re going to have any hands-on involvement in the construction of your container project, you’re going to need some tools to do it. While we don’t attempt to cover every single tool you might need, we do want to discuss some of the less-common, higher-cost tools that can be useful.
Our Container Building Tools article covers a handful of important devices that will prove invaluable in the design & build process, and walks you through things to think about as you choose between a few different options.
Some of the most common questions we hear from prospective container home owners deal with various aspects of climate control. It can be a confusing subject, but it’s very important because it was drastically affect the livability of a space.
In response to this need for information, we created a set of articles to address these concerns with a science-based approach. We’re confident that these articles are by far the most accurate and exhaustive available online for this set of topics.
A few of the climate control articles are a bit technical in nature, but we wade into each topic slowly so that anyone can understand. So whether your question is about the mechanics of heat transfer in shipping containers, the appropriate types of insulation to use, the right way to deal with container condensation, or many more, we have you covered.
Foundations are an important but overlooked area of shipping container construction. Every building needs a foundation, but they don’t get much much attention until they fail.
Our Foundation article walks through several different foundation options that are available to container builders and helps you think through how to lay the right groundwork to give your project the structural support it needs.
Design & Build Articles
What we discussed above were just a few of the ways that we cover the broad topic of designing and building a container structure. Below is an exhaustive list of all of our articles on this topic to allow you to dive even deeper into this important area.