A shipping container home is any residential dwelling built from a shipping container, although the resulting buildings may be very different. Shipping containers generally come in two measurements, either 20 ft by 8 feet or 40ft by 8 feet. The smaller of these two equates to about 160 square feet of habitable living area, while the largest container puts you320 square feet into play. This means that, in theory, a shipping container home could house up to three people.
The interior of a shipping container house can vary widely depending on the available space and what you're hoping to accomplish with the finished home. If your ultimate goal is a large studio style home, then you'll need to know what dimensions your interiors must be to fit in the available space. These containers are typically far smaller than traditional residential studio apartments, meaning they have a far smaller amount of living area on the inside. In order to accommodate their smaller size however, manufacturers have allowed for many design features in the interior of such containers which would otherwise be impossible to achieve in a studio apartment. For instance, large windows and skylights which aren't possible in regular studio apartments are common features of the majority of these homes.
Another feature common in the living quarters of shipping containers is a kitchen or dining room area. If you hope to use the kitchen for both purposes, this will need to be factored into the overall design of the home. For instance, if you're looking to put a large family on the property as well as a large family with children, you'll want the interior dimensions of the shipping container house to allow room for both. Again, if you're hoping to create a studio-type environment, you'll want to scale down the kitchen and dining room in order to allow sufficient room to move around freely and comfortably as you work.
The third element common to shipping containers which are used as a part of a shipping container home is the actual structure itself. This is usually the section of the container, which is built directly on the bottom of the container, with wooden posts supporting the roof. These posts are typically built from wood, though concrete and steel may also be used. If you're building a shipping container house which will be used as a living space for people, you'll need to account for the fact that these areas tend to get cold fairly quickly.
Finally, there's the actual roof of a shipping container home itself. This section is generally made of a flat roof, which is supported by wooden posts. These areas are often quite cold, so it's important that you make provision for heating within these rooms if you intend to use them for living space during the colder months. This may require digging additional foundations and installing heating panels on the roof of the container home.
Building shipping containers can take some time. Fortunately, most of the time you won't have any problems as long as the container company you choose has plenty of experience in constructing these dwellings. Most experienced construction companies will only work with qualified builders who have completed a lot of experience in constructing shipping containers which are themselves in use. As long as the company you select has a good reputation for building safe, durable living spaces, you should be able to get the kind of quality you need. There are certainly a lot of advantages to getting a container home, such as the fact that you get the ability to move the container around whenever you want, but you also have to ensure that you choose your interior finishes carefully.
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