How To Build Your
Own Shipping Container Home

When it comes to building your own shipping container home, there are many things to consider. You’ve probably already searched for various other guides online; however, you’ve likely discovered that most of them are low quality and not very practical or useful.

Most people who want to build their own shipping container home end up struggling because they don’t have the right information. It’s not rocket science or brain surgery, but you do need to know a few things.  Part of that is even knowing the right questions to be asking.  The saying “You don’t know what you don’t know” rings true here.  With the right resources at hand, you’ll surprise yourself with what you can accomplish.

It’s also common for people to like the concept of shipping container homes and maybe even have a rough idea of how they’d want theirs to look, but they simply haven’t been exposed to the multitude of ways containers can be subdivided and combined to create livable spaces and exciting aesthetics.  Most human achievements have been made through incremental improvements: taking what someone else has done, and tweaking it, customizing it, and refining it into something uniquely yours that’s hopefully even better than what you started with.

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The Benefits of Living In
A Shipping Container Home

Over the past several years, the popularity of shipping container homes has skyrocketed as more and more people have started to realize the advantages of building with shipping containers.

Not only are shipping container homes stunning to look at, they can also be quite cost-effective to build.  Especially if you’re willing to roll up your sleeves and do some of the work yourself, you can really see some savings.  We’ve seen spacious container homes built for less than $30,000!

Building a home with shipping containers is like starting a race halfway around the track…you’re so much further ahead.  On day 1, you can start off with a structure that’s weather tight, secure, and load bearing.  Your work is taking a place that’s a bit spartan and making the containers more livable, NOT making a house starting from the bare ground.

To top it off, containers can be an environmentally friendly adaptive reuse, and they are being used throughout the world to showcase how building green homes can be both fast and cost-effective.

Introducing How To Build A Shipping Container
Home: The Complete Guide

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How To Build A Shipping Container Home: The Complete Guide is the most comprehensive resource out there to take you through the entire process of building your own shipping container home, from planning your home all the way through purchasing your containers and moving in!

This book is packed with advice – such as which costly mistakes to avoid to keep your costs from tripling, and how to safely design and plan your new home.

Once you open up the guide, your mind will start racing with new ideas about how to design your home and you will be eager to start building. So be careful when you start reading and make sure you have a pen handy to jot down ideas! With the guide, you will:

  • Discover how to purchase containers for the lowest possible price and receive a crucial pre-purchase inspection checklist.
  • Get your hands on the exact plans used to build container homes for less than $35,000, including a utility layout guide and foundation plan.
  • Learn the key information you need to prepare before applying for building permits.
  • Uncover how to properly insulate your container so you stay warm in the winter, cool in the summer, and avoid huge energy bills.
  • Understand which foundation type you will need for your home and how to correctly prepare your site for the delivery of your containers.
  • Receive layout and design tips throughout the guide to help you decide exactly what your container home will look like.
  • Understand how to safely plan and design a dream home fit for your family.

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Carolina Book ReviewThe book is very well written and has many helpful photos and illustrations. I find that it is easy to read even for a person without much previous DIY experience.
Carolina A
Sweden

Frequently asked questions

Do I need to be a DIY expert to use this guide?

Absolutely not! Of course, you will need to have some DIY know-how but the guide prides itself on being simple to understand and easy to use.

What format is the guide in?

The guide is an eBook, or electronic book, that is provided in the popular Adobe PDF format.  Almost all modern electronic devices including computers, tablets, and phones can access it!

How do I get the guide?

After purchasing the guide, you will receive an email from us with a download link to the guide in a matter of minutes. If you don’t see it, check your spam folder!

I want to know how to insulate my containers, will this guide help?

Certainly! Insulating your containers is one of the most important parts of building a shipping container home. The guide goes in-depth explaining exactly which types of insulation you can use and also how to fit the insulation.

My question hasn’t been answered

Please feel free to send any other questions you may have to us via our Contact Us page.

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Which Product Would You Like?

Our products are available both individually and as a combined, discounted package!

Collection of 50 Shipping Container Home Plans

This collection is ideal for people who want shipping container home floor plans, elevations and designs for their dream shipping container home.

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  • An assortment of designs for 50 different shipping container homes, ranging from small one bedroom homes to large five bedroom family homes.
  • Professionally-made CAD drawings given to you in PDF format for easy viewing.
  • Each design comes complete with: Front Elevation, Side Elevation, Floor Plan, Room Sizes, Required Shipping Container List, and more!
  • All plan sheets are correctly scaled and printable on 11×17 paper

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The Complete Guide

An easy, DIY, step-by-step overview to designing and building your own container home. The guide is ideal for those who want to know how to build their own shipping container home but don’t currently need floor plans.  It’s also useful for people who are planning to hire a contractor to do their build, but want to get smarter on the container home building process to ensure things are done the right way.

How to build a shipping container book
  • The most thorough and comprehensive guide available on building shipping container homes.
  • Contains end of chapter checklists to help keep your planning/building on track.
  • Includes an example budget with pricing breakdowns.
  • Full of detailed pictures and illustrations to visualize concepts and ideas

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Combo Package: The Complete Guide and Collection of Plans

By far our most popular product, the Combo Package contains both ‘How To Build A Shipping Container Home: The Complete Guide’ and the ‘Collection of 50 Shipping Container Home Plans’ together in a discounted bundle.  Contains everything in the two individual products, just discounted as our way of saying thanks for buying both and encouraging you to start off your journey with a complete collection of resources.

Shipping Container Book And Plans

  • The most thorough and comprehensive guide available on building shipping container homes
  • An assortment of 50 different shipping container home designs, from one to five bedrooms
  • Easy, DIY overview of how to design and build your own container home
  • Professionally-made CAD drawings given to you in PDF format for easy viewing
  • Full of detailed pictures and illustrations to visualize concepts and ideas
  • All plan sheets are correctly scaled and printable on 11×17 paper
  • Contains end of chapter checklists to help keep your planning/building on track and ensure that you’re applying each chapter’s guidance to your build
  • Each design comes complete with: Front Elevation, Side Elevation, Floor Plan, Room Sizes, Required Shipping Container List, and more!

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A Special Note From The Discover Containers Team

Hi there! We’ve created Discover Containers because of our passion and love for the unique building styles available through shipping containers. If it wasn’t already clear: we’re enthusiasts!

Due to our passion and knowledge about container homes, we’re in a great place to help serve you and the wider container homes community. We know what it takes to build a shipping container home and would love to help you start the journey toward having your own!

Our team has is always working hard to bring you the best information, through research, interviews, and hard-earned experience. What we’ve asssembled are the most thorough and detailed resources you’ll find (we’ve looked)!

The Guide

The Complete Guide

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The Guide and Plans

The Complete Guide and Plans

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