While building with shipping containers is not necessarily cheaper than conventional building, it does have advantages because containers are modular, mobile, durable, and they have a unique, modern look.
They can be do it yourself friendly if you’ve worked with steel before, or if you find a company to take care of the steel work for you so that you can focus on framing and finishing it from the inside.
Building Homes & Mobile Spaces w/ Shipping Containers
Here are 3 of their key takeaways:
Shipping containers come in standard 20 foot and 40 foot lengths, but there are other custom lengths, including: 10′, 45′, 48′, 53′.
- New or Used
Almost all shipping containers are made in China, and can be bought used (after they’ve been used for 10-20 years), or new, which means they’ve one been used once.Since there are no shipping manifests for used containers to show what was transported in them over the course of their lifetime (it could be anything from clothing to nuclear waste), it’s better to build with a new shipping container that’s only been used once.
They’re made with COR-TEN steel, which is a weathering steel that can withstand harsh weather conditions and elements like salt water. The rust on weathering steel actually creates a protective patina, whereas rust on mild steel would actually weaken the metal.
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