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Best Shipping Container Home Articles of 2016

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Container Home Plans in Review

This year on Container Home Plans, we’ve published 14 articles, each with over 2000 words.

That’s more than 25,000 words we’ve published, all about building shipping container homes.

Since we started Container Home Plans, our goal was to share as much information as possible about building and living in shipping container homes.

Some of the most popular articles we published this year include:

How to Build a Shipping Container Home with a Small Budget

From this article, we learn that one of the most common reasons people want to build container homes is because they can be cheaper than traditional homes.  We shared some tips to help keep the costs down when constructing your shipping container home.

One of the best tips was about which containers are the most affordable to use for building.  Hint: a used, 40-foot high cube container in good condition.  Many of you also enjoyed the advice about beginner mistakes to avoid. You can read the full article about building on a budget here.

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5 Incredible Off Grid Shipping Container Homes

In this article, we took a look inside 5 off grid homes which were built using shipping containers. For people not familiar with the term ‘off grid’, it refers to, at a minimum, living without a connection to the electrical power grid.

In essence, you are self-sufficient.

One of the most interesting homes was the underground shipping container bunker built by Steve Rees in California.

The home was built for less than $30,000 using two 40-foot shipping containers. It means the cost was around $47 per square foot.

One of my favorite things about this house is the fact that it is insulated through burying the containers. This keeps the home cool even during the hot summers in California that can reach over 100º F.

You can see Steve’s underground bunker and the other 4 homes here.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Shipping Container Homes

This article was written in response to the many questions we receive by email each day.  We reviewed these FAQ’s and chose the most often asked questions to include in the article.

When you’ve been around shipping container homes for a while, it’s very easy to forget what it’s like when you’re just starting out. This article will help you as you begin to take those first few steps in your shipping container home journey.

You can read the full FAQ article here.

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How To Build A Shipping Container Home:  The Complete Guide

Another recent accomplishment is our update to How To Build A Shipping Container Home: The Complete Guide.

The guide will take you through, step-by-step, how to construct your very own shipping container home including:  guidance on how to obtain a building permit, how to properly insulate your container, the types of foundations appropriate for shipping containers, and where to purchase shipping containers for the lowest possible price.

The feedback on this guide is very good and we are happy to know that it’s helping people turn their shipping container dream into a reality.

You can learn more about the guide here.

Looking ahead

As previously mentioned, we have two primary goals.

  1. Improve the awareness of shipping container homes.
  2. Be the #1 resource for information on all types of shipping container homes, whether that is construction, planning or simply advice on living in one.

Let us also take this moment to thank everyone who has contacted us over the years.

Whether you have sought construction advice, or just wanted to share photos of your container home, it’s been inspiring to hear from so many of you. Some have contacted us about future topics that would be helpful.  As we go forward, we will continue to add articles on old and new topics that we hope will help you on your journey.


If you have topics or ideas you’d like to see addressed, be sure to leave a comment below or email us.