Shipping Container House Plans

Shipping Container House Plans Software

By Hershel E. Grafton

Shipping containers are ideal for constructing affordable housing.  However, retaining the strengths of the basic shipping container’s characteristics, while adapting them into an attractive and livable shipping container home plan is a little more complex than it’s possible for a YouTube video or even a video tutorial to express.  Container homes are a fast growing alternative to other owner built homes and affordable designs such as cob houses, straw bale homes and tiny houses.


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When it comes to the design and construction work involved in building a shipping container home, the devil really is in the details. And there are literally hundreds of details involved in successfully adapting shipping containers for affordable housing.


Shipping Container Home Plan Design Software

If it involves your family’s safety and the local building department, it is NOT going to be as simple as just stacking Lego blocks.

If you are actively considering building a shipping container home or even just considering it as something you might like to do in the future, you want to approach it from an educated perspective, and the truth is there are major potential pitfalls to shipping container construction. Here are a few of the major ones to consider when designing your shipping container house plans:

  • Obtaining Required Building Permits
  • Ensuring Your Design Meets Local Building Codes
  • Understanding the Basic Engineering of a Shipping Container Home
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