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Top 15 Shipping Container Homes in the US – Shipping Container Costs, Design and Architecture Elements Explained!

Many people don’t know that shipping containers can be used for more than transporting merchandise. You can actually build residential dwellings and custom designed homes by assembling old shipping containers!

Small shipping container home

Not only can you build a fully-fledged, custom-designed home with all the bells and whistles of traditional construction, but even modern and trendy coffee shops, office spaces, apartment buildings, schools, and emergency shelters can be constructed utilizing re-purposed shipping containers. — These containers are made of steel, a durable material that is strong enough to be used for building and yet soft enough to be cut in suitable shapes. The fact that shipping containers are stack-able makes them a good option for creating homes and even office buildings that are several stories high! 😉

Shipping Container Costs:

According to 24h plans, there are two standard sizes for shipping containers: 20 x 8 x 8 ft. covering a surface of 160 sq. ft. and 40 x 8 x 8 with a surface of 320 sq. ft. A used 20-footer costs anywhere between $1,400 and $2,800, whereas a 40-footer costs $3,500 – $4,500. You will also have to pay for labor (about $50-$150 per hour) and for the modifications needed to make the container livable. Expect to pay at least $10,000 for labor, more likely $15,000.

If you are planning to design and build your very own shipping container home, then it’s important to note that in many cases it may be necessary to provide a site plan to obtain various home building permits from your city hall or township. You can turn to 24h Plans to get a custom site plan drawing prepared for your dream home in less than 24 hours by our team of experienced architects and drafters. Use the promotion code: 24hplans-20off to get a 20% discount off any package. Use the promotion code: 24hplans-20off to get a 20% discount off any package. — Please note this is a limited time offer, exclusive to the readers of our blog. This offer is not being advertised anywhere else.

LoHi container house    

LoHi container house

Via Prefab Container Homes

Located in Denver, this 2,192 sq. ft house was built with 7 containers and it was sold for $679,000. Many people argue that shipping container house designs would somehow upset neighborhood associations because they don’t usually blend in with traditional homes. I don’t think you should be concerned in the case of this house because it looks just like a regular home, the one difference being that it’s made of metal.

The house has a two-car garage and 2.5 bathrooms, which is ideal for a family of four. If you take a look inside, you will find the master bedroom that’s connected to the rooftop through a spiral staircase. There are 2 additional bedrooms, a large living room with a kitchen island, and of course an office space for whoever works from home.

Ocean container house

Ocean container house California

Via Prefab Container Homes

Built in California and designed by Leger Wanaselja Architecture, this shipping container house that looks stunning at dusk, measures 1350 sq. ft. Three re-purposed shipping containers were insulated and modified to make the structure of this beautiful home. Note the large windows that allow inhabitants to make use of natural light as much as possible. They also direct the attention away from the metal containers. The roof is flat which is pretty much what you would expect from a shipping container house. This design also blends in a traditional neighborhood.

The Nest home

The Nest home

Via Prefab Container Homes

The Missouri University of Science and Technology built this design with 3 shipping containers to compete in the Solar Decathlon in 2015. For those of you who don’t know, this is a competition where countries from all over the world are trying to build the most self sufficient house. So, you will probably not be surprised when I say the house has photovoltaic panels, an HVAC system, a grey water collection system, automated lightning and 3 hydroponic gardens. As for design, the metal is covered with refurbished shipping pallets, while carpeting is made of reused fishing nets. Insulation consists in recycled denim batting.

Ocean shipping container house in Kansas

Ocean shipping container house Kansas

Via Prefab Container Homes

This design features entire walls made of glass. Some would argue that it makes the house less energy efficient, but this can be resolved by purchasing Energy Star windows. There is a small porch near the entrance door where you can put some outdoor furniture and enjoy a relaxed meal with your family. Inside, the living room is very spacious as you can see in the pictures showed by the source website. The metal walls were painted in a light blue shade to mix with the rest of the interior design elements while creating a warm feeling of harmony that is not what you would expect when looking at the exterior of the building.

Modular steel container home

Modular steel container home

Via Echotech Design

Built in the Mojave Desert, California, this house is made of 6 shipping containers and actually has its own water tank that can hold up to 10,000 gallons of water. The construction is protected against wind and fire by a steel shade canopy with an integrated metal framing system. The architects made sure the house withstands a harsh climate like the one of the Mojave Desert so they made it sustainable while keeping the afferent costs in mind. According to the guys at Ecotech Design, the construction costs were far below the ones of a comparable prefabricated or manufactured house.

Modular container home in New York

Modular container home NY

Via Prefab Container Homes

It took 6 containers to build this house: 4 for the ground floor and 2 on top of those. The latter make the dining room, living room and an open kitchen. Both the ground and upper floors offer some outdoor space: you can see the balcony and the ground deck where the owners have actually installed a swimming pool. The inside walls are painted white which combined with the white oak floors make the rooms look very elegant and also spacious. The house has energy efficient windows, Energy Star appliances and white thermoplastic roof with spray foam insulation.

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