Container Home Research

Joseph Archer

What are the standard sizes and weights of those sizes for shipping containers and what is the square footage for each?

-20 foot long shipping container -Interior square footage: 133 sq. ft. -Weight-4,850 lbs.

-40 foot long shipping container -Interior square footage: 273 sq. ft. -Weight-8,380 lbs.

-45 foot long shipping container -Interior square footage: 308 sq. ft. -Weight-9,920 lbs.

-48 foot long shipping container -Interior square footage: 376 sq. ft. -Weight-10,850 lbs.

-53 foot long shipping container -Interior square footage: 416 sq. ft. -Weight-11,110 lbs.

What local businesses handle shipping container sales?

-Gocontainers -Location Dallas, Texas

-Shipping Container Pros -Location Dallas, Texas

-Container Kings- Location Denton, Texas

-Giant Lock Box- Location Dallas, Texas

Three examples of prefabricated homes and the companies that built them and location.

What kind of foundation is required for the weight of a shipping container?

Shipping Container Homes Foundations

Spread footer is used for the common 16″ x 10″ footer used on stem wall construction. The footer is continuous and reinforced with #5 rebar. The minimum concrete compression is 2,500 psi s/I. Foundation good if you want a permanent container home. Also, useful for raising the home to have storage below

Piers are like pads but are above grade. Used for larger shipping container homes. These should be sized in the same way as the pads. Should be no smaller than 16″ x 16″ and no less than 8 piers. It is crucial to tie the shipping container home down according to your location.

Pads come in two different types: poured in place or precast. Both must be in the ground. The depth in the ground depends of your geographical location. Frost lines are a large determining factor. The size of the pads this is where the loads come into play. The pads sizes are going to be based on the total amount you want to use. The height is not that important but has to be able to support the weight. There is another consideration and that is “topple factor”. This is the amount of force it will take to “topple” the shipping container home over.

What kind of insulation is needed for these metal structures?

Insulating a shipping container house is best done with insulating Spray Foam Insulation(rust proofs the interior walls, seals the building and eliminates energy robbing cold air infiltration and the related problems with mold, mildew and condensation problems. Also, you need to give the outside a thin layer of insulating foam to prevent bridging) or Polyurethane Foam(sticks to steel walls and depending on thickness sprayed)

Roughly, what is the cost for a 6 container home? How about a single container home?

Cost for a 6 container home- Around 200,000 dollars, but depends on size of containers, location, and the materials used


Cost for a Single container home- Around 30,000 dollars, but depends on size of containers, location, and the materials used

Three companies that specialize in Container home design and building as well as their location.

SG Blocks- Location- New York, NY

Numen Development, LLC- Houston, TX

Logical Homes- Los Angeles, CA - Austin, TX - New Jersey/NY

Three examples of container homes in the state of Texas

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