Cargo architecture is on rising. People are building residential homes, office buildings, business complex, shopping malls, schools, community buildings and many other building structures from shipping containers. Since containers are strong and easy to customize, they are well suited for any kind of structures.
However, things are not so simple. Building with shipping containers still have many challenges. One of the major problems associated with building with shipping is the absence of experts as the idea is still new.
If you are damn serious about building shipping containers, here are some crucial mistakes you should avoid.
1. Whether you are buying a used container or one-trip container, make sure to check the containers you are buying.
2. Used containers are cheap and they still have decades of life left. However, consider investing in a one-trip container. You will never repent of extra investment.
3. For a hassle free building and any legal complications that you might have later, check the building permits in your area.
4. If you do not have experience, you need a contractor. While looking for a contractor, try to find a contractor that can give you a finished home, instead of hiring multiple contractors for the building and interior designing.
5. Generally, shipping containers are 8.6 feet tall. However, you can find 12 feet tall container. Therefore, you should know the container market better for flexible construction.
6. You should understand the shipping container’s structure beforehand so that you do not come across problems during the customization of the containers.
7. Building with containers saves you money, but don’t expect to make a huge saving.
8. You need to cut and weld while modifying the containers. It is time-consuming and very expensive. Learn how to minimize the required welding
9. Containers need to be insulated before you can move in. Find out various insulation methods and always use the method that is durable and cost-effective.
10. Consider what kind of utilities are must. Plan plumbing, electrical wiring, beforehand.
11. If you are located in the windy area, container homes create a lot of noise. Have a strategy to cope with the wind.
Risks Involved With Shipping Container Homes
Throughout the book, we have devoted chapters on the advantages of building with shipping containers and how beneficial is it use shipping containers as a home. However, container homes also have many disadvantages.
I want to conclude the book with some of the major disadvantages of building shipping container homes.
Lack of flexibility
You can, of course, stack containers or align containers, to build big homes. However, the process is very long and tedious. Lack of flexibility is one of the major drawbacks of building with containers. Moving 20 or 40 feet long steel boxes in the residential area can be difficult. You also need a lot of space to park the containers while building the house.
You need crane or forklift to stack or align the containers, which is time-consuming and costly.
Cargo spillages and solvents
Containers are used to ship a wide variety of materials. They might have been used to ship materials that are hazardous to human health. Due to spillage, the containers can be contaminated. You need to clean thoroughly before you can make it a home.
Of course, you save money if you build with shipping containers. However, your building cost can rise and might even cost you as much as building a traditional house. You need specialized labor to cut and weld the steel frames.