All About Custom Container Design

Shipping containers are handy in various situations and can serve a wide range of utilities and needs. But what do you do if you can’t find a container that has what you want? Build a custom one, of course! Here are some key facts about custom container design to help you decide if such a modified container is right for you.

Size

The most important aspect of planning your container is the size requirement. Are you looking for storage for tools and equipment or a mobile office for a school or work site? The type of need will greatly affect your size requirements and costs.

Besides the fact that larger containers will be more expensive, you have to figure out how much you’re willing to spend for the size you need. What this means is, are you willing to customize an existing size, or do you want to produce one with the exact dimensions.

Fabricating a modular shipping container structure from scratch can meet your needs more closely. But it’s also more expensive to design and build a custom structure like that from the ground up. On the other hand, customizing around an existing container size can save you money but may also give you a little less than what you wanted.

You’ll have to decide for yourself whether you’re willing to work within existing parameters or want to strike out on your own. This decision will have a big effect on the rest of your customization plans.

Style and Other Needs

Are you looking for storage containers, CONEX containers, pop-up containers, or something else? Different types of containers will have their own challenges and costs associated with them.

In addition, what kind of features do you need in a container? Is this the most basic of boxes to store things, or are you planning on using it as an office or container workspace? You’ll need to plan for things like electricity, plumbing, and other utilities if you want to use it for something besides storage.

This is where talking with expert container consultants will help guide you to the right container purchase for your needs. They can go through your needs and help figure out what kind of custom container setup will best work for you.

And if you’re only interested in renting, that can be accomodated as well. For instance, if you’re only looking for something temporary, a storage container rental might be the best way to go.

New vs. Used

Buying things used can often save you a lot of money. But buying used shipping containers, modular structures, or equipment can also come with their own drawbacks.

Equipment, for example, can lose 20% to 40% of its value within a year of being new. That may be a bummer for the person buying new equipment, if they want to sell it later, but it’s great for bargain hunters!

In a similar sense, buying used containers can save you a good chunk of money. However, choose a used container that is mostly ready for your needs. So once you’re done adding your customizations, its very quickly ready for use!

Keep in mind, there are also some drawbacks to buying used. Your chances increase of hidden damage or the container simply being worn down. While the container may be cheaper, you may also have to replace it sooner.

Overall, there are definitely big benefits to buying used vs buying brand new. If you decide to go used, you can prevent some possible problems down the road by having the container carefully inspected by an expert or by purchasing it through a reputable shipping container company. Whether you need some moving storage containers or something more long-term, a good company can make your purchasing decisions a lot less stressful.

There are plenty of shipping containers for sale in Texas, so feel free to start looking around. You never know what you might find! Even if you live elsewhere, you will  find metal storage containers or other modular structures nearby that fit your needs. If needed, our custom modified containers from Texas can also be shipped to  you.

How Much Modification Do You Need?

There are all sorts of modifications you can add to a container. Whatever your needs, you can almost guarantee that we’ve done it before!

Pretty much anything that goes into a standard home or building can be added to a shipping container. Electricity, plumbing, internet, windows, doors, and air conditioning are some of the many features that can be added to a container, either during construction or during installation.

There are many other modifications that you can do to a container to service practically any business need. You can use a shipping container, modular, or other non-permanent structure for your worksite or business and save a lot on costs!

Need container offices for your new business, a classroom for your school, or a lunchroom for your big company’s food prep? We can modify a shipping container modular structure exactly to how you want it!

The number of container modifications you need will certainly change the cost and the timing required to get one of these modular structures produced. But don’t be afraid to dream big! Whatever you need, it can probably be done.

Plan Your Custom Container Design

So if you’re interested in buying custom containers for your business, storage, or personal needs, get in touch with us! We’d love to help you with your custom container build-out, from concept to production.

Feel free to call us at 1-713-675-4442 or contact us here.

Are Shipping Container Homes the Trend of the Future?

With the US median home sale price at about $350,000, wouldn’t it be nice to find other, less expensive types of homes? Well there are options available.

Like for instance, a shipping container house or a tiny home. As the name implies, a shipping container house is usually a tiny home made from shipping containers.

So, are shipping container homes the wave of the future? Let’s take a look!

How Do You Build Shipping Container Houses?

Good question, since the shipping container is already pre-built. First you start with a bare shipping container and let your imagination go wild.

However, like any home, the more extravagant the upgrades, the more expensive the home. It’s possible, however, to build a shipping container home for a very affordable price.

Customize Your Shipping Container Home

Like any home, you can get shipping container house plans made and then customize them. The two most common sizes for shipping containers are 20 x 8 x 8 and 40 x 8 x 8. That’s 160 square feet and 320 square feet respectively.

You can get by with one 40-foot container if you’re looking for a tiny home. However, many people build shipping container homes with more than one container. Since, they can be easily stacked, put side-by-side, or both.

The containers are windproof, watertight, and resist corrosion. However, you will need insulation added to them for  livability. They also will need good ventilation because they’re so airtight.

Are you building the container home yourself? Do your research so you end up with the right type of insulation for the climate you are in. This is especially important if you’re in a cold climate where you could experience condensation with the wrong type of insulation.

When customizing your shipping container for a home, you’ll also want to add windows, shelving units, drywall, and other interior finishes for your custom design.

Eco-Friendly and Easy Maintenance

Shipping container houses are not only affordable but also sustainable and eco-friendly. Homes are made from used shipping containers that would otherwise go to a landfill or become part of the growing problem of marine debris.

Making homes from used shipping containers is a great way to recycle. Even if you opt for new shipping containers, your cotnainer house will last far longer than a traditional home.

Shipping container homes are easier to maintain than regular homes. Are you putting your shipping container home near the ocean? De-rust and paint the outside of the containers every couple of years. Ocean air is problematic for all types of homes but de-rusting and painting a container is much easier than re-painting a regular home.

Affordable and Customizable Shipping Container Houses

Shipping container houses are an affordable, customizable option to traditional wood-framed homes. They’re also eco-conscious and low-maintenance making them the way of the future.

Are you looking for a custom option that won’t break the bank? Are you ready for a home that stands out from the crowd in Houston or Dallas, Texas?

Equipment Management Services offers new and used shipping containers. They can also customize the shipping containers to your specifications. Contact them today for more information and help with your custom shipping container homes!

The Best Shipping Container Uses for Businesses and Individuals

Are you attempting to figure out what shipping container could be used for? Both personally and for your business? If so, you’ve come to the right place! We’re going to briefly detail some creative ways to use modified shipping containers. Hopefully helping you kickstart some creative container ideas of your own.

Bistro or Restaurant

Are you looking for a way to make your new restaurant stand out from all the others in your area? The only way to do this is to think outside the box and perhaps use a modified shipping container as the place to house your trendy new restaurant.

Not only is it going to spark people’s interest, but it’s also something that no one is thinking of doing. When you use a shipping container, it gives your restaurant an almost instanteous hip status. Fast forwarding your marketing momentum without much effort.

Create Your Next Home

Have you thought about building your dream home, but don’t know where to start? One durable structure taking the world by storm when it comes to home design is using a shipping container to build your home. The options you have when using shipping containers are endless because they come in so many shapes and sizes. All you’ve got to do is find a builder that knows how to work with the material and create the dream home design you want.

Before you know it, you’ll have created a home thats is cost effective, eco-friendly, mobile and unique.

Office Space

64% of all workers are now working from home. Oftentimes within your home, there’s simply not enough space for all your work related items. This is especially true for people who have transitioned from working inside an office building to working at home during this pandemic. In that case, using a shipping container office is the solution. You can place that container anywhere where there is space available, like the backyard or even your driveway. Assuming its allowed by local laws of course.

Easily creating a distraction free office workspace that you will love.

Urgent Care Services

Here’s a great idea and a game changer in the medical industry. Many people globally don’t having the transportation to make it to hospitals or other emergency services; what better way to help the community than to bring medical resources to them. We aren’t talking about having a full-blown hospital in a shipping container, but it’s useful to have basic supplies and services that people can easily access.

This can help in reaching people who are in dire need for healthcare, such as those in improverished population areas or during times of disasters.

Shipping Container Uses: Things You Never Imagined

The ideas above are just a small sampling of the possibilities available when it comes to shipping container mods. Whether you’re looking to build a dream home or expand your community outreach, there are just so many ways both you and your business can utilize re-purposed shipping containers.

Are you ready to find the shipping container that’s right for you? If so, contact Equipment Management Services and let them help you bring your custom shipping container project to life.

6 Viable Pop-up Store Ideas Made Possible With Shipping Containers

The pop-up industry has grown to more than $10 billion in sales in the United States. If you are a retail store thinking about growing your brand visibility and sales, pop-up stores should be on the top of your list.

What kind of pop-up store ideas should you consider though? Let’s look below at six viable pop-up store ideas to kickstart your imagination…

1. Pancakes and More

A pop-up store made of shipping containers usually has access to utility sources. So there’s no need to worry about setting up a mobile food stall in the form of a pop-up retail store. It’s like setting up a food truck, but without the wheels.

Any kind of food retailer can consider setting up a pop-up store using shipping containers. It’s easy, affordable, and trendy.

2. Art Shows

Do you have artists who need to get their art and name out there? A pop-up store attracts a lot of attention, which means that you can use that curiosity to sell your art, crafts, and handmade goods.

3. Any Kind of Clothing

Most clothing owners are aware of the effectiveness of pop-up events in getting their brand and clothing in the hands of people who had never heard of them before. For example, a well-known Japanese brand, Superdry, uses pop-up shops to build their brand visibility regularly. Emulate their success by building your own shipping container retail store.

4. DJs and Dancing

You can’t necessarily have the entire dance floor in a small pop-up shipping container, but you can take advantage of the space in front of the pop-up store to act as a temporary dance floor. The DJ gets a nice, dry, and shaded place to pump their music from and the crowd gets to feel the sunshine on their happy faces. Sounds like a powerful combination!

5. Cosmetics Galore

The beauty industry is always innovating and popping out new product lines. Using a pop-up container store would be a great way to boost brand awareness for new cosmetic roll outs. Besides, cosmetics of all kinds and shapes are easy to display in a shipping container retail store. You can even have spots for make-up artists to give free makeovers to interested clients.

6. Nonprofits Welcome

A pop-up container store isn’t just for commercial retail businesses. Even nonprofits can get in on the action. You can set up a pop-up store where people can explore your ideals and mission, and perhaps even donate a to your cause. Including selling retail merchandise for your cause out of the store. The possibilities are endless.

Pop-up Store Ideas Galore

The sky is the limit when it comes to pop-up store ideas. If you can imagine it, we at EMS can build it.

As pop-up stores become more of a mainstay of the retail industry, you will become a pioneer in the industry. So, don’t delay. Start now.

Interested in getting your shipping container retail store? Contact Equipment Management Services for our shipping container modification services today!

How to Start a Business Using Shipping Containers

There’s lots to think about when you decide to launch a new retail business. First, you’ve got to come up with a great business plan, then find startup capital, build inventory, get registered, and find your employees. Once you’ve got all of that figured out, you still need to decide on a location for your business.

In this post, we’re going to talk about why starting your retail business with a shipping container is the right move. Retail shops are the perfect match for what shipping containers provide, but there are some other benefits as well.

Keep reading to gain inspiration for your new shipping container business.

Starting Small With Retail Shops

The beauty of using shipping containers for retail shops is that they allow you to start small and grow comfortably. Because they’re affordable and take up little space, you really only have to worry about finding a suitable sized piece of land.  Once you’ve done that, you can build up your retail shipping container shop. They’re great for small clothing boutiques or thrift shops. They are an elegant solution to the problem of searching for a retail space to lease.

Getting Into the Arts

If you’re an artist or artisan, a shipping container space will be the perfect way to open up a gallery and showcase your paintings, photographs, wares, or whatever it is that you make and sell. This is one of the more popular shipping container based businesses out there, as other small galleries and pop-ups have shown in other parts of the country. Both Houston and Dallas are home to growing art communities, but space is always hard to come by as an artist. So, get a shipping container and start displaying your work today.

Fine Dining

A new trend in the culinary world is the shipping container restaurant. These are really popular in shipping container strip mall structures. But nowadays you’re starting to see them appear more and more by themselves, just about all around the country.

Its a known fact that Texans love their food!  It’s a great way to start a small restaurant if you’re a young chef and want to focus on building your menu and getting customers into the door. When you can’t find a space set up for your restaurant already, shipping containers make it easy to build a simple kitchen and small dining area.

Coffee Shop

Coffee shops are always better in cozier spaces. As with restaurants, shipping containers are really inviting to the coffee shop business model. You just need a simple space, big enough to fit your coffee machine, seating, and maybe a retail shop. Another perk is that they’re easier to build in bigger cities. You just need a small piece of land and the customized shipping container will do the rest.

Small Office

If you’re an independent entrepreneur in any field, a shipping container or two would make for a perfect office for you and a few other employees. Whether you’re a tax accountant or an architect, a shipping container provides you with ample space to set up a few desks and cabinets.

Start Your Business In a Shipping Container Today

Now that you’ve got business ideas from retail shops to fine dining, you can start creating a business plan for a shipping container based business today! It all starts with an idea and then a space to work in.

To get your shipping container business started, contact us at Equipment Management Services. We’re your one-stop-shop for new and used shipping containers in Houston and Dallas.

All about Shipping Container Tiny Homes

Shipping container tiny homes are a flexible and affordable alternative to conventional houses. They offer a solid, weatherproof structure at a fraction of the price of a traditional build. But what exactly is a shipping container tiny home? Let’s dig into this more and find out.

Shipping Container Tiny Homes Basics

Tiny homes are houses with very small external footprint and an inside designed to space maximization. The tiny home movement uses a lot of creative building materials, each with its own advantages and disadvantages.

Shipping containers are a popular building material for tiny homes because they already arrive with a sturdy corrugated steel shell. Shipping container tiny homes interiors offer a blank canvas to build out this space into an ideal home layout.

It’s also relatively easy to use more than one container to expand this space, side-ways or upwards. Extra containers can quickly give you a second or even a third story. As you can imagine, there are lots of shipping container tiny home plans to choose from. You are only limited by your imagination, budget and space constraints.

Ready-Built or DIY?

One of the benefits of a shipping container tiny home is the ability to customize your home economically. However, to make an empty container into a functional home takes a lot of work and specialized knowledge. If you have a good working knowledge of carpentry or metal work, adding internal walls and external windows to your shipping container could be easy. Plumbing and electrical work can be trickier in such a small space however.

Building your own shipping container home from scratch might save you money, but it can lead to frustration and expensive mistakes. If you are already a skilled builder, it might be possible to buildout your entire home by yourself, but that isn’t an option for everyone.

There are a handful of companies that sell ready-built shipping container homes and offer customization services to take care of the more complex building tasks for you. These services give you the freedom and flexibility to make your home your own while also giving you the experts you need to do it right.

To save on transportation costs, check for shipping container service providers in your area first.

Know Your Local Regulations

The first thing you’ll need before you build your shipping container home is a place to put it. Owning a piece of land might seem like thats enough, but you’ll need to check with your city’s government about building permits before your start. A fabulous shipping container tiny home is no good if your city won’t let you live in it. Knowing the zoning laws for your area is an important step to take when you are considering a tiny home.

While some places have restrictive zoning rules, Houston, Texas is a great example of a place with very few restrictions when it comes to building a shipping container home. They do not have zoning laws, and instead use development ordinances to regulate buildings in the city.

Find Your Containers

Shipping container tiny homes are an easy and affordable way to design the home of your dreams. While building a long-lasting, functional shipping container home that complies with local regulations may seem daunting, there are experts who can help!

Reach out to us today to start your tiny house journey soon.

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5 Tips for Choosing Shipping Container Hotels to Stay At

Are you an adventurous traveler, looking for somewhere different to stay? If so, then you should consider a shipping hotel. Not only are they totally unique, but they also come in a range of comfort levels and styles that you need to know about.

Shipping container hotels are becoming more prevalent, with more choices popping up around the world. Below, we give you 5 tips for choosing shipping container hotels to stay at.

1. Choose a Location

Staying in shipping containers is becoming extremely popular. You may actually be surprised at how many locations around the world have shipping container hotels. From Argentina to Japan, there are a host of choices for the adventurous traveler.

If you prefer to stay closer to home, then the US itself has a number of hotels made from shipping containers. Detroit has First Container, a boutique hotel with over 45 rooms. In Texas, you can find the Flophouze shipping container hotel.

2. Opt for Comfort

Surprisingly, staying at shipping container hotels can offer a very high level of service and comfort. One example is the Alterra Beach Resort in Argentina. It started life as a small accommodation service from shipping containers, then expanded to a huge resort, all made from the repurposed containers.

The location has all the luxury amenities you would expect. These include massage services, relaxing pool and spa services, and even its own art gallery.

3. Combine It With a Festival

For many, festival accommodation is nothing more than a flimsy tent. While comfort has been increasing to include yurts and better equipped temporary facilities, nothing can beat a shipping container hotel.

The US company Rollick Hotels specializes in temporary container hotel designs. Using an innovative design imported from Hong Kong, they plan to rent them out at major events such as the Superbowl and the major US music festivals.

4. Go for a Known Brand

It is not just boutique hotels that are letting you stay in shipping containers. Major hotel chains are also getting in on the act. One of these is the British firm Travelodge.

They have a shipping container hotel that is made from a huge 120 rooms. This hotel was covered in cladding to give it the appearance of a regular hotel. It was so successful, they then built a much larger 300 room hotel near Heathrow airport.

5. Save Money

Of course, there are a number of budget options for shipping container hotels. Scotland was one of the first countries to open a shipping container hostel, ideal for anyone backpacking in the highlands. The 12 containers each house mixed bed dormitories, that can sleep up to 48 people.

Finding Shipping Container Hotels

All that is left is to try out one of the many shipping container hotels located around the world. With more popping up, they offer an interesting alternative for your accommodation needs.

If you are considering building a container hotel, or have any shipping container queries, then contact Equipment Management Services. We can help you with everything from container sales to container modifications. Click here to discuss your needs with one of our expert staff members.

What to Consider when building a Shipping Container Affordable Home

Have you been inspired by the idea of upcycling a shipping container into your new home?

Shipping container affordable housing is becoming more common as mainstream housing prices continue to rise. As this is still a relatively new idea, all the details have not yet become common knowledge. So, let take a closer look at some of the ins and outs of this alternative minimalist dwelling units.

Shipping Container Affordable Housing

What you see stacked high on ships are now being used as building materials for the latest tiny homes and sometimes even trendy businesses. The containers themselves are reasonably priced, especially for a used one.

Of course, there are a lot of other costs to factor in, but for the price of one or two months of a mortgage, you could easily purchase a pre-owned container and begin the buildout process.

Where Will You Put It?

Before we even begin talking about the details of living in shipping containers, you’ll need a place to put your new home. Do you have a piece of land, or are you planning on shopping for one? Flat land is suggested, and privacy (no neighbors) is always nice.

Also, will you go all the way and live “off of the grid,” or are you just after a non-traditional style home? If going of the grid, Solar panels or wind power can serve as a good alternative source of electricity.

Talk To Your Local Municipality First

Not to scare you off of the idea, but there are horror stories about people building a shipping container home, and having to tear it down because they didn’t have the proper permits. Don’t be like those people, get all of your permission slips before making this journey.

Shipping Container Providers

The best move that you can make is to purchase your shipping container from someone who deals with them all the time, and in a professional manner. Buying shipping containers from a local container depot is recommended over a random internet marketplace find.

Picking Your Pros

It is never too early to start planning on who will be doing the work on your shipping container home. Will you hire an architect, or will you design the floorplans yourself? You will need all kinds of home building experts. Electricians, plumbers and metal fabricators to name a few.

Advantages of a Shipping Container Home

This non-traditional style home comes with many perks.

Here is just a few,

  • Unique
  • Affordable
  • Sustainable
  • Mobile

The list of advantages goes beyond this short list, but this is a good start.

Disadvantages of a Shipping Container Home

As always, it is best to look at the cons, as well as the pros of the situation.

  • Challenging to insulate
  • Difficult to cut
  • Narrow in length
  • Finding building contractors with experience

The more of a challenge it is to build your shipping container home, the more you will appreciate it in the end.

Take that first step!

Yes, there is a lot to think about and plan for, but if you really want it then just go for it! Building a shipping container affordable home can be an unique, fun, and rewarding experience.

Do you have more questions about shipping containers? Texas-based Equipment Management Services (EMS) is the local leader in the container supply and modification industry. They are ready to help answer any/all your queries, contact them today!

3 Big Benefits of Living in a Shipping Container Home in the Dallas Area

We’re living in an era where possibilities are endless.

We can manifest tangible dreams that grow from our will into reality. However, when we look for our dream home, there seems to be a standard blueprint that many people follow.

But in the age of sustainable, progressive practices in every area of our lives, home’s can look just as unique as every person. One area where home building creativity abounds, is in the use of shipping containers for homes.

If you’re moving to Dallas or live in that area, unique and diverse shipping container homes are on the rise.

Let’s jump into the three main benefits of living in a custom shipping container home.

Affordability

When you’re searching for your new home, meeting your budget is ideal. What if there was a way to undercut your budget by…a whole lot?

The average cost of a shipping container can range anywhere from $1,500 for the bare minimum to $6,000 for a brand new, large container. So, from the very start, there are cost savings associated with using shipping containers as a base material – even if you end up spending thousands later to hire professional contractors for the build out.

Now if you want to save even more money, you may consider a do-it-yourself project. Especially if you are good with your hands and have the time to embark on such an ambitious project. This can be especially true if you are a person that is well versed in a craftsman-like trade.

The workings of this do-it-yourself project could look something like this. First review your circle of support to identify friends, family, or neighbors who are well versed in general contracting. Next begin rounding up a few of your friends who are fabrication savvy to help you with any welding needs. And then maybe along the way you reach out to an old architect friend for help with the design layout. All of these options can save you thousands in lieu of hiring professionals.

Mobility

The tough thing about the travel bug is that when it bites hard, it leaves quite the mark.

Living in a shipping container set up means you have the ability to pick up and go when you need to. A relatively simple deconstruction with some light packing and you’re on your way. Having this sense of ultra-mobility as an adventurous person or someone who lives in two places per year can be very empowering. It can reduce stress levels and concerns about renting, deposits, having two homes in two locations, and a myriad of other complexities.

Sustainability

Utilizing recycled materials is the only way we’ll pave the road to a greener future.

Shipping container homes are sustainable in the way that they don’t require standard production practices, which diminish access to natural resources and burden future generations with contamination. Shipping container homes also limit the space that needs to be filled with comforts like a TV in every bedroom. Instead the smaller spaces encourage a less consumer-centric lifesyle while at the same time increasing the desire to be outdoors.

Using a shipping container as a blueprint for a new home can reduce carbon footprint and encourage sustainable practices. By doing this, we invest in a future that will gift us a cleaner earth.

Build Your Shipping Container Home

Custom shipping containers are available to you in Dallas. With their ability to be affordable, sustainable, and flexible, it’s no wonder shipping container home popularity is on the rise.

To learn more about shipping containers in Dallas, connect with our us today.

Dig This: How to Build an Underground Home Using a Shipping Container

Between energy concerns and overcrowding fears, the idea of living underground is currently gaining some popularity. Articles by industrial and construction companies muse about the possibilities, but rarely (and perhaps, ironically) go in-depth on the how and what of creating an underground home.

This undercurrent of interest now meets the booming interest of converting shipping containers into homes. Taking these units down, and using them to form a pre-packaged underground home has a lot of merits. However, its also not as simple as digging a hole and dropping in a box.

Read on to learn about the whys, the hows, and the costs of crafting your own underground container domicile.

Why an Underground House?

The two major reasons for building a house underground are to capitalize on space and to reap energy savings.

A hefty percentage of a home’s energy expenditures are wrapped up in heating and cooling the structure. These costs stabilize, year-round, given the 50-60 degree baseline temperature once you get 20-30 feet underground. The soil is dense and not subject to the wild fluctuations of wind and solar albedo.

The space-saving is less clear cut. The value of underground real estate has been ticking up as power and utility companies have increasingly learned to bury their lines. The earth is more stable in terms of natural disasters and safer for workers to perform repairs than forty-plus feet in the air.

Also, a house underground cuts down on overcrowding of streets and sightlines, allowing a more natural environment to stay in place.

Container Dimensions

Containers come in different dimensions of height, width, and length. Typically, a plan for an underground home will use four or more containers. To maintain structural fidelity, it’s best to work in pairs and secure the containers together before making doorways and other pass-throughs.

Installation FAQ

An underground house isn’t necessarily completely underground. Different plans call for the house to be linked in a spoked-fashion around a central atrium that acts as an entrance for people and light.

Another option is to build the container home into a cave or hill. Building an underground house into the side of a hill or mountain provides three-fourths coverage while still benefiting from coverage of earth.

Air ventilation needs to increase as more of the Container structure is put underground. Light refraction also becomes important, humans do better with natural light that is readily available, instead of continues artificial light. Also, running the lights 24/7 cuts into the energy savings of the home design.

The soil conditions of the area needs to be understood, and, if needed, shored up. Soil needs to have proper drainage to avoid sedimentation or erosion. You don’t want the walls to push in over time or the floor to give way.

Securing permits is key. Even if you own the property, you are unlikely to have an alodial title. The ground you are digging in may be part of the public space. Whatever the case, you will need a permit in many areas to perform large-scale excavation.

Shipping and Beyond

The strength and versatility of shipping containers make them a popular option for building an underground home or shelter. The containers are built to be stacked and withstand pressures from all sides. This means they require minimal modification to withstand the pressures of being buried.

Shipping containers are also plentiful and easy to find. Contact us to learn more about new, used, and pre-modified shipping containers for sale.