Top 10 Blog Posts of 2015

Best Shipping Container Home Articles of 2015

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Welcome to the final blog post of 2015 for Container Home Plans! I think this year has been the breakout year for shipping container homes and I’m sure you’d agree.

What a year it’s been, we’ve seen incredible shipping container homes, interviewed shipping container home owners and even launched our own how to build a shipping container home guide!

Today, we are going to take a look back through the year and look at our favorite 10 blog posts of 2015.

#1: Mistakes to Avoid When Building a Container Home

The most popular blog post this year was: 5 Mistakes To Avoid When Building A Shipping Container Home.

In this article we unpicked the most common mistakes people make when building container homes and discuss how you can avoid these mistakes.

The top 5 mistakes people make are:

  1. Not researching local planning regulations.
  2. Using the wrong type of insulation.
  3. Cutting too much steel out of containers.
  4. Buying the wrong type of shipping container.
  5. Choosing the wrong builder/contractor.

Make sure you read the article to find out how to avoid these common mistakes!

5 Mistakes To Avoid When Building A Shipping Container Home

#2: How to Insulate Your Shipping Container Home

The second most popular article this year was How to Insulate Your Shipping Container Home.

Within this article we first look at why you should insulate your container home. We then turn our attention onto the five most commonly used insulation methods and how you can use these methods on your own container home.

#3: Shipping Container Floor Plans Announcement

Ever since we started this shipping container website, we have been inundated with people asking us to produce shipping container floor plans.

With the help of an architect, it took several months to finish the plans. Thank you to everyone who emailed and encouraged us along the way. It was a long journey but definitely worthwhile after hearing how much you like them!

Within the plans package, we have tried to offer a variety of designs so that there is something that’s appealing to each reader. From small one bedroom homes through large family homes, there is a plan for everyone.

Shipping Container Home Plans Package


#4: What I Wish I Knew Before Building My Container Home

We recently asked 23 owners about their experiences with constructing with shipping containers. We combined and recorded their responses to things I wish I’d known in this article. It was well received by all of you and in fact, many of you sent emails to thank us for the hard work!

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#5: Epic Shipping Container Homes

One of the recent articles was a roaring success. We decided to gather our favorite 17 shipping container homes and showcase them in a single article. If you’re looking for inspiration for your shipping container home, this article is a must-read. It covers large family container homes through small one bedroom containers.

One of the favorites is The Caterpillar House. This home was built by Sebastián Irarrázaval and has fantastic views over the hillsides in Santiago, Chile.

#6: Are Shipping Container Homes Dangerous?

It’s a perfectly reasonable question. Since you will be living in this home, it needs to be safe.

You can read the full article if you’re interested in that. However, rest assured that if converted properly, shipping container homes are perfectly safe to live in. In fact, many people build container homes because they can be flood and hurricane proof.

#7: Which Climates Are Suitable For Shipping Container Homes?

Shipping containers are found all over the world. In fact, it’s hard to imagine that anyone reading this article is further than a few miles from a shipping container home.

Can shipping container homes be built in any climate?

We decided to research which climates shipping container homes can be built in and what measures you can take to make sure your container is well suited to its particular climate.

Read this article about suitable climates for shipping containers.

#8: How Much Do Shipping Container Homes Cost?

This is a very common question that we get emailed several times per week.

It can be tricky to estimate exactly how much your shipping container home is going to cost, so we have compiled several real world examples to help give you an idea.

Read about the cost of shipping container homes. In the article we discuss five real world shipping container homes and go into detail about the size and style of the home.

#9: How To Construct A Shipping Container Home

The feedback we receive from the guide, How to Build a Shipping Container Home: The Complete Guide is remarkable. This guide is one of the most comprehensive guides available. Our team is proud of the guide and we look forward to seeing homes built using it.

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#10: 5 of the Cheapest Shipping Container Homes Ever Built

We receive a lot of emails from people who want to build a container home, but they have a limited budget. We compiled 5 low-cost container homes into a list. For more information, read how cheaply can I build a shipping container home?

In the article, we have listed homes starting from around $20,000. These really are a great example of how affordable shipping container housing is.


We would like to take this opportunity to thank you. Even if you only occasionally visit the site, thank you for helping to make this us the best online community for all shipping container homes enthusiasts.