Are you one of those who got affected by a new super-hot trend called ISO container homes? Or you just recently found out that shipping containers are much more practical then you used to think. Due to flood and fire resistance, shipping containers are a great home-building material. But there are still a few things that you need to know before starting to build your dream house.
Container home movement is getting popular all over the world – US, Canada, Netherlands, Australia and many other countries. Before start you shipping container project, you might need to get acquainted with such terms as Intermodal Steel Building Unit (ISBU), ISBU module or Green Cube, so you will not get confused by this terms one hear them.
While there are a numerous obvious benefits of container housing, you still need to understand that there is no such thing as perfect. If you prefer spacious living rooms, broad bathrooms and high ceilings, than shipping container house might not be your thing. After insulation container will be only about 8 feet wide and 8 feet high, this may create a feeling of living in a long and narrow box.
Using a container that once has been used in industrial shipping; you may find out that there are still traces of pesticides or other chemicals. So it is important to remove all the containers floors before using it as a living space. Since containers weren’t originally designed for housing, solvents used in their construction might be harmful as well. Made of steel, containers require refined air conditioning in order to stay cool. If you live in a sunny region, you might want to double ventilate the roof, because steel is a great heat conductor.
Before buying a shipping container, it is better to go and see it with your own eyes, than take the company`s word. There are a lot of examples, when after purchase you get the container that is in a bad shape.
It is important to get the building permit, which is sometimes a tough procedure. So before start building, make sure you won`t have any problems with this.
A large variety of shipping containers is a good thing, but it also can be very confusing choice, because not all of them are suitable for home foundation. Some of the common types are open-top containers, dry freight containers, insulated containers, reefer shipping containers and tank containers.
Sometimes shipping container houses may be more expensive than traditional, but never forget that by using recycled containers you encouraging eco-friendly house solutions. You can find any types of shipping containers at Shanghai Metal Corporation. SMC is China`s leading supplier and manufacturer of shipping containers, building constructions and many other metal products.
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