My Shipping Container Home Designs: Container Castle!

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.

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$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.

Shipping Container House

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.

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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

Container Castle 3 Story

$226k CONTAINER CASTLE MODEL: And the final, nearly 10,000 square foot 8+ bedroom Container Castle.

Container Castle 10k square feet

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
Cabinets/Counters $5000
Hardware/Toilets/Tubs/Showers = $5000
Lighting = $5000
Windows = $15000
Doors (20) = $3000
Roofing = $5000
Landscaping = $2500
Electrical and Trim Fixtures = $5000
MISC OVERAGES = $5000
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TOTAL = $226,500

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$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 Home

$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).

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$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!

Container Warehouse Workshop

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Well, that’s it for now. Hope you enjoyed them.

Comments

  1. david rose says:

    Thoughts,… I want to build a floating closed loop, aquaponic, hydroponic home. I have 7 acres of wooded land, with a 3 acre pond.
    The property sits on a canal, with flows up to 6 knots. I believe I can tap this in two ways: tidal rise and fall and current speed. I hope to use this for the barge’s electric supply.
    I like your green energy approach to building, and was wondering if you have given any thought to making a structure entirely independent?
    PS: The reason to do a floating platform house are property tax, permits, protential rising water levels.

    I would love to hear from you.
    Sincerely
    David Rose

  2. trucker says:

    yes would like to see the floor plan for the 25k 2560sq foot 5 40ft container house please.thx the trucker :-)

    • Jose says:

      hi there, do you have the floor plans for the 25k home available. i just got back from esteli, nicaragua where we own about 14 acres, plenty of room to build a a castle. but that’s not how we want to do it. Is green, lush and mountains everywhere….would love to keep the environment untouched…….i love the idea of container house….

  3. Freddy says:

    the problem with the windmills atach to the castle is if you put a stefscope on any windmill you will ampifle the noise that it normaly creates now hook up a bunch of steel containers with 4windmill & you will have your own personal torcher chamber no one will ever sleep and they will go stark raven MAD the noise will travel from container to container with no excape. think B4 u do

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