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Best Shipping Container Home Articles of 2017

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Welcome to the last article of 2017 for Container Home Plans.

2017 has been a standout year for both us and shipping container homes in general. Their popularity has continued to rise and we’re even seeing major publications such as Forbes and The Huffington Post talking about shipping container homes now!

For Container Home Plans, it’s also been another standout year. We’ve reached over 10,000 fans on Facebook, published 16 articles and upgraded our plans package.

In this article we want to look back on 2017 and also look ahead to what’s coming in 2018.

2017 Container Home Plans in Review

This year we’ve published 16 articles all about shipping container home construction.

We’ve covered rust prevention and treatment, construction timeline examples and the advantages of building with shipping containers to name only a few topics.

Our goal here has always been to share as much information as possible about building and living in shipping container homes, and we’re proud to say that we’ve accomplished our goal.

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

DIY Shipping Container Home Built For Less Than $10,000


One of the most popular articles we published this year was our interview with Stephan Busley from Australia.

He caught everybody’s attention when he built his own shipping container home for under $10,000 USD.

In our interview with Stephan, we cover key topics such as insulation, foundations, construction techniques and cost.

Throughout the interview, he also shares tips about how he saved money at each stage of the construction.

In total, it took Stephan 7 months to build his home; however, he was only working on the weekends. If he worked full time on it, he thinks he could have built it in less than 2 months.

You can access the full interview here.

New Shipping Container Home Plans Package

Sneak Preview of Shipping Container Home Plans Package

Back in 2015, we launched our first shipping container home plans package.

The package contained 20 unique floor plans and was a huge success. Since then we’ve been overwhelmed by the number of people who have been asking us to develop more shipping container home floor plans.

So in June of 2017, we revised the plans package and added 30 completely brand new designs, yielding 50 designs in total.

Each plan set comes with a floor plan, front and side elevation. This makes a total of over 150 scaled drawings.

The whole team has worked extremely hard to deliver the new Plans Package and we hope this shows when you see them!

So with great pleasure and pride we bring to you the new Shipping Container Home Plans Package.

7 Myths about Shipping Container Homes Debunked

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This was our favorite article of the year.

You would be amazed at the number of emails we receive from people each week asking about shipping container homes. It’s here where we find out about some of the ‘myths’ people believe.

One of the most common myths is that: “shipping container home construction is complex”.

So in this particular article, we collected the seven most common myths about shipping container homes and addressed them all.

Our hope was that people could refer to this article and learn the facts.

Shipping Container Zoning Permits and Building Codes: Which States Allow Them?

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We know this was an article that many of you have been wanting for a long time. As you can imagine, it was a difficult article to research and write.

We didn’t want to focus our efforts on only one state or district and make a very specific article that was only applicable to a few of our readers. So instead, we focused on identifying the most popular states for shipping container homes.

We also included a checklist of key things to research before applying for a building permit. You can find all the information here.

What’s Coming in 2018?

As previously mentioned, we have two main goals here at Container Home Plans:

  1. Improve awareness of the great qualities of shipping container homes
  2. Be the #1 resource for all things shipping container related: whether that is design, construction, planning or simply advice on living and working in one.

This coming year will see us moving forward with these goals in mind.

Earlier this year we contacted some of you to ask for your advice. We wanted to know what we as a team could do to help you build your dream shipping container home.

Thank you to everyone who responded back and rest assured that we aim to address as many of the topics you suggested as possible.

Note that it isn’t too late for you to suggest ideas or topics that you’d like us to cover. Make sure to leave a note in the comments section below or send us an email if you do have any ideas!

Thank You Readers of Container Home Plans

Before we finish up this article, we want to take the time to thank you, the readers of Container Home Plans.

It has been a privilege for us to help so many of you this year (and the years before!)

Without you, Container Home Plans wouldn’t be the amazing resource it is. We have more than tens of thousands of fans across our social media platforms and email list.

We have plenty more amazing articles planned for 2018, and we hope that you trust us to continue providing you with the most helpful and insightful shipping container home guidance around.