Shipping Container Schools: Building materials are kept to a bare minimum. Of course, shipping container homes plans (2 panels, roofing / flooring material) could be as low as a third of that which can be found on a real house plan. But building a portable solar energy system for your home is much more attractive than building an old-fashioned gas or electric boiler and electric generating station. The reason is that with a solar system you are eliminating two of the biggest costs associated with solar. The system costs are much less than a complete house plan costs to build.
What's more, with shipping container home plans you can keep most if not all of the square footage. This is because you can save quite a bit of floor space by arranging the house to be as open as possible. This means less floor space to store things, more floor space for windows and less insulation required - both savings in energy and money. Also, with very little insulation, your electric bills will be far lower than they would be if you built a new house with all that needed to provide adequate insulation.
Shipping container homes also have other advantages in regard to the use of space. For one thing, if you have a large lot of land, it makes sense to build a container home on that land. Most land developers expect to build at least one container unit on every parcel they build. For those with only a few acres of usable land, the same logic applies.
But what about storage? Again, with very little storage requirements, this is also true. With a few hundred cubic feet of storage, you can store enough material to fill an entire storage unit of about 1500 cubic feet, for just one trip, or even less. That's much better than some of the accommodations offered at local retail stores which offer very limited storage for very high prices.
What about transportation? The cost of driving a truck across town to turn your parcel into a shipping container house might be too costly, but it's certainly cheaper than using a local freight service. You could also look into chartering a truck to move your belongings to and from your house. One trip could cost you much less than turning a single truck.
There are many attractive features available on shipping container home plans, including the addition of living space such as a kitchen and living room. In addition, you might be able to add a den, or other type of additional space you use often. Also available are larger windows, so that you get the best views of the landscaping outside your home. If you want, you can even make your container home in a ranch style home plan, with wood floors and multiple windows. Just make sure that your floor space is enough to support the additional floor weight, such as a wooden rocking chair.
To heat and cool your house, you would need to look at shipping container home plans that include a heating and cooling system, such as a wood burning fireplace and heat pump. Depending on where you live, you might even have access to a large water heater. If you plan on putting a swimming pool in, make sure you take into account the rising temperatures in your region. Also, consider adding a solar panel to harness the sun's energy, in order to save even more money. This solar panel should be placed in an area where it will not be directly exposed to the sun but will receive enough sun to heat your water.
With these simple ideas, you can build a shipping container house that will suit your needs for a long time to come. Shipping companies do not require you to purchase your materials before you place an order. In fact, if you are looking for container materials, you can shop online and find many suppliers ready to help. As long as you place your shipping container house plan within the parameters of the NAR National Association of Manufacturers' guidelines, you will receive the best material and service, along with free expert consultation and valuable feedback from shipping container home planners and engineers.
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