Ever wondered about building with shipping containers? Here’s a few of my shipping container home designs. I’ was playing around in Google Sketchup and thought it would be cool to design a few homes, from one extreme to the other, cheap and small, to extremely large and extravagant. To start off here’s a shipping container home design implementing a simple modular container design, with strawbale and mud/plaster overlay for insulation. Very energy efficient in almost any environment.
$25k CONTAINER HOUSE MODEL (STRAWBALE/MUD INSULATIVE LAYER): Here’s a very basic draft of the concept I had. The 3D image was created in Google Sketchup. Strawbale over shipping containers, with mud/plaster/stucco over that. This is “double” insulated and provides probably more than 40-50 R value. This means you can probably place these in the desert anywhere in the world and still stay cool in 100-120 degree heat.
Assuming you could find them again, you’re looking at about $22,500 for all 9 containers. Pretty cheap considering that’s a total of 2880 square feet of floor space.
The strawbale will be about $5 per bale and we’ll need about 200, so $1000 for the strawbales.
About 1 load of sand and some clay $250 or so, plus say $50-$100 for manure = $350
Foundation if you do it yourself you can cut that to about =$2500
Plumbing $1500 = $2500
Electrical: 200 amp service is about = $2500
Building Permits: About $3000
That’s another $10,500
Total Before Solar/Wind power system = $34,350
This is well under the $50k minimum and the $100k maximum budgeted for this project. This leaves $18,650 to purchase/build the solar and wind combo system. And $50k for the land. If you shop around you can buy an acre or more of land for about $30k-$40k here in southern California.
Not bad for a 3 story 3000 square foot house… This is cutting it close, and we can find tune these numbers, but this whole system is very doable for under $100k.
CONTAINER CASTLES: The next (ISBU) shipping container home are three designs for a “Container Castle”! The first design is small 2 story, but the second is a 3 story, and the 3rd is a massive Container Castle at nearly 10,000 square feet with at least 8 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms. All have 4 large helix wind turbines and a solar panel array.
CONTAINER CASTLE MODEL: 3 Story Container Castle
$226k CONTAINER CASTLE MODEL: And the final, nearly 10,000 square foot 8+ bedroom Container Castle.
8 Bedroom 4 Bath “Container Castle” for less than $250k
- 9,920 square feet of floor space
- 12,000 Watt Solar Panel Array (48 500 Watt PV panels) = $20,000
- 20,000 Watt Quad Vertical Helix Mag-Lev Wind Turbine System = $50,000
31 Steel (ISBU) 40′ Shipping Containers = $62,000
Design Drawings/Floor Plan = $1000
Building Permits = $3000
Foundation = $10,000
Plumbing = $2500
Electrical = $2500
Heating/Cooling/Ducting = $5000
Carpet (1000 yards) = $5000
Flooring 2000 sq ft (bathrooms & kitchen) = $5000
Drywall/Paneling/Paint = $10,000
Hardware/Toilets/Tubs/Showers = $5000
Lighting = $5000
Windows = $15000
Doors (20) = $3000
Roofing = $5000
Landscaping = $2500
Electrical and Trim Fixtures = $5000
MISC OVERAGES = $5000
TOTAL = $226,500
$25k CONTAINER HOUSE MODEL: Then I decided I wanted something smaller and more economical. So I tried to keep costs below $25k for this next 2 story 2560 square foot Container Home. The primary idea of course being affordability and simplicity, plus the added benefit of a good sized 3 bedroom home design.
$25k CONTAINER HOUSE MODEL: 3 BR 2 Bath – 2560 square foot Container House. All, foundation, wiring and plumbing is done by homeowner. Front and rear walls can be built for less than $1000 worth of lumber and materials. This encloses the living room/kitchen area which is 960 square feet. Flooring/Wall covering will be scavenged remnant/recycled materials, or purchased at manufacturer cost. Outer walls will be strawbale/mud plaster for an insulation R value of about 50. Keeps it cool in the desert heat. PRICE: Approximately $25,000-$35,000 (not including water well, heat/ac, or the solar/wind power systems).
$25k CONTAINER WAREHOUSE WORKSHOP MODEL: And finally… What would all this be without a place to design and fabricate all of these shipping container homes. Here’s a Container Warehouse/Workshop I designed with space and simplicity in mind. This 2720 square foot workshop could be built for about $25,000 including foundation, roof, and electrical. Not too bad, and LOTS of space to work. Only needs tools and equipment!
Well, that’s it for now. Hope you enjoyed them.