With the right resources, it doesn't have to be that hard!
Containers are strong, flexible, sustainable, unique, and affordable. You’ve seen the inspiring projects that others have built. Now it’s your turn. But where to begin?
You may have already searched for help online and found a mix of low-quality and contradictory information. Anyone can put up a website, and social media is full of well-meaning people with bad advice. Not to mention the staggering amount of time required to sort through it all and find what’s useful and accurate.
We’ve been in business over five years and in that time we’ve sold our products to over 5000 customers just like you from all over the world. Whether you want to do-it-yourself or hire a builder, you need a solid understanding of the container construction process. With the support of our products, you’ll have the confidence and know-how to build or buy your own shipping container building.
Simple container construction mistakes can end up costing you dozens of hours and thousands of dollars.
Imagine you’re planning the trip of a lifetime to an exotic location. You’re excited but nervous because there’s so much you don’t know. You want an enjoyable vacation without paying too much or being taken advantage of.
You could spend months researching every free resource you could find, cross-checking contradictory recommendations, and second-guessing everything you read. You could figure it out in real-time during the trip, though you’ll almost certainly have some missteps along your journey (fingers crossed that it’s nothing too expensive or inconvenient).
Or, you could purchase a popular guidebook before you leave on your trip. With the guidebook, you’d know the best value hotels, the can’t miss restaurants, the tourist traps to avoid, and the best insider tips for how to get around. And instead of spending dozens of hours researching the trip, it would only cost you the equivalent of a few restaurant meals.
A great travel guidebook will help you maximize your vacation while minimizing your stress, wasted time, and money spent. Our Guide and Plans are your guidebooks for shipping container construction projects.
Compared to the overall cost of a shipping container project, the cost of our products are a tiny fraction of 1%. If we keep you from making a costly mistake, your return on investment would be huge! And if we inspire you with a design idea that improves your happiness and quality of life every day for years? Well, most people would say that’s worth it too.
If any of the following descriptions apply to you, our Guide and Plans will be a worthwhile investment:
When the Financial Times needed a resource to share in conjunction with their article, “Think Outside the Box with a Container Home,” they chose Discover Containers.
When the 5 Live BBC radio station wanted to do an on-air interview with a subject matter expert on container housing, they asked Discover Containers.
When Autodesk, the creator of AutoCAD, wanted to bring more credibility to their magazine feature, “Out of the Box: Will the Shipping Container Home Meet the Masses”, they cited Discover Containers.
Time after time, when esteemed publications and media outlets need authoritative information about container construction to share with their readers and listeners, they trust Discover Containers. And so can you.
And with a 4.5-star average rating from actual buyers of our most popular product (The Combo Pack, ratings as of May 2020), you can rest assured that our guidance is relevant for ordinary people just like you as well.
The most popular shipping containers are 40 feet long. When you think of a container, those are probably the ones you picture. Forty-footers are strong, dependable, and used all over the world. And they’re the namesake of our 40Strong Guarantee.
What is the 40Strong Guarantee? It’s simple. We’ll give you a full refund within 40 days of purchase if for any reason you aren’t satisfied. Period. No hassle. How’s that for risk-free?
The products are provided as PDF files. Almost all modern electronic devices including computers, tablets, and phones can access them. After completing your purchase, you will receive an email with a download link to the Guide and/or Plans in a matter of minutes. If you don’t see the email, try checking your spam folder.
At this time, we do not offer hard copies of our Guide or Plans for sale. However, you’re more than welcome to print out paper versions for yourself if you prefer to read it in a physical format.
The Guide was originally created for 8.5″ x 11″ paper. The actual drawings sheets in the Plans are drawn and scaled for 11″ x 17″ paper.
The vast majority of measurements are provided in feet-inches. Depending on subject matter, some measurements are given in metric units. Therefore, if you’re used to using metric units, you’ll need to convert most items.
Without a doubt, you can find everything for free online these days. And for a few people, that might be a good option. But for most, it’s easy to see how we’re providing value to you:
You don’t need to be an expert, but some DIY know-how will definitely help even though the guide is simple to understand and easy to use.
You may find it helpful to reference other books on topics like carpentry, plumbing, and electrical wiring if you aren’t familiar. You should be able to find examples at your local library or check our Resources page for suggestions.
At this time, we only sell all 50 designs together as a package. Regardless of the size of your container home, there are ideas to glean from all the designs we offer.
Absolutely, assuming you have some experience with architectural drawing. However, you’ll probably need some ideas to get you started, and there is something unique about seeing actual floor plans.
In many ways, we see The Plans not as a substitute for custom designs, but an addition to them. Use The Plans to get inspiration for dozens of different ways of turning empty container boxes into liveable spaces.
Unless you’re a DIY expert or professional builder, probably not. Our Plans are ‘study plans’, meaning that they are intended to help you study the individual designs and better understand how to approach space usage and overall form. The plans lack the details typically needed for construction, such as structural, electrical, and plumbing drawings. We recommend these features be added later to suit the peculiarities of your location, regulations, and personal preferences.
Our plans sell for less than $1 per design. Plans with a bit more detail than ours typically sell for hundreds if not thousands of dollars each. Providing study plans allows us to showcase dozens of designs economicalyl.
Given the wide variety of locations our plans are used, and the customizations owners will likely make, we’ve chosen not to develop and sell more complex, higher-priced plans at this time.
As mentioned in the previous question, what we provide are study plans. The lack of plan detail gives you flexibility, but also some responsibility. You’ll likely need to get structural analysis, code compliance, etc. handled by a professional. This is even more important if your area has seismic activity, significant snow accumulation, high winds, unstable soils, etc.
With the variety of requirements that exist in different areas, it’s not practical for us to provide plans that are approved for everyone. We recommend that you work with a builder, engineer, or other professional to advise you on how to tailor the plans to meet the requirements in your area. And in many cases, this will be a requirement for you to legally build anyway.