Builder selection for your shipping container home

Builder selection for your shipping container home

when you’re looking at selecting a builder for a shipping container home you should really use a company that is established for these type of projects.  There are issues with building inside the container and these companies have taken into account any jurisdictional redtape that you might encounter with the local council for approval is, building codes and permits.  Some areas may be unfamiliar to builders and with ISO shipping containers and have technical knowledge about the building process as well as the expertise in getting your project through council and legal hurdles.

Building a shipping container home is not an easy endeavour to undertake just as building a traditional home has its problems and procedures.

If you are looking for much easier process then there are prefabricated container homes available of course at a higher price than what you would be completing the project for a rate per square metre. But in terms of hassle factor the basic necessities of a container home will already be built in and everything preplanned, floor layouts and other basics.  There may be options to get much of a completed shell and finish off with light fittings, countertops et cetera with your choosing.

In New Zealand there is a company called Addis who have different grades of service from the planning and design of shipping container homes to already prefabricated homes ready to live in.  They may be worth checking out as they have various plans and offers available to customise or suit whatever needs that you require.

MEKA World  is a company that ships worldwide and creates modular spaces.  The MEKA World website is worth checking out and the company is located in the US.  MEKA World can offer larger project homes that suit multi-family and various sizes from smaller to large accommodation needs.

Logical homes have innovative designs innovative designs and are also worth checking out. With some sites quoting the designs as being impressive to incredible that logical homes produced.

Adam Kalkin, of Kalkin & Co.,


Unit developments using shipping containers

it was an interesting article in a US newspaper called the Twin Tribune in Arizona.  The article printed on a unit development that was made of shipping containers.  Stacked on top of each other were shipping containers in an industrial area of Phoenix, Arizona.

The containers were transformed into eight apartments – the shipping container still had its markings on the outside, all serial numbers and business logos of the shipping companies themselves remaining.  Inside developers



Made each unit at 740 ft.² of living area.  In Australian terms that works out at just over 68 m² of the area when converted.

One of the residents said that they signed a lease for 12 months thousand dollars a month and that the living within felt like a normal part and not living in a container that was once used shipping goods.

Shipping container developments have become more and more popular around the US in other cities such as Las Vegas, Detroit and Washington.  Some of the tenants inside the Arizona property did indicate that they get annoyed by people advising them to want to look inside unique developments.

Some in viewing the Phoenix development claim the cheaper and faster and potentially have more anaesthetic range and what he can develop the property into.  What is not covered as we have written in previous articles is the downside is often overlooked when building with containers.  I have seen developments referring to the fact that the original wood flooring encased in epoxy.  However no mention was made and I wonder if the developers themselves were aware that in some cases these drawings may contain chemicals that were used such as treatments for fumigation, insect control etc and maybe toxic people given that they’re not designed to be lived in.

The savings are a small percentage in timber usage but a large percentage in the labour savings of time to completion of the project.

The Phoenix development was constructed using two containers.  The units generally comprise two bedrooms with one hallway having a kitchen and some counterspace.

There is also the Washington neighbourhood of Brookland.  Where a four-storey unit development was made of shipping containers in September 2014.

Another project was completed in Detroit using shipping containers in 2015.  If you search online for the city’s first residential development-comprising shipping container construction.

These type of developments are often referred to as “cargo tecture”.