Shipping container units
The structural element of a shipping container house is the shipping container itself. Insulation and wall panels have been added directly to the container, which gives a solid, sustainable structure. It has strong wind and seismic resistance, and the termites can't do anything but sit on it! So shipping container houses are perfect for areas with frequent earthquakes and nasty weather. It can be transported to the site as a container, or folded. Folded saves shipping cost, unfolded saves installation time.
Steel cutting, framing, and welding is a large part of shipping container home design and construction. Typically, steel construction is not used much in single family or smaller home design because of the expense. The cost of steel vs. wood/light guage framing is substantial and the labor cost for steel vs. carpentry is also higher. To combat this, it is best to have as much of the welding and reinforcing done off-site before setting the containers on site and starting the interior fit-out.
For our units, windows are measured and cut out before delived to the production site. All openings for windows and doors are framed with a steel section.
Shipping containers need to be crane lifted onto the foundation, hooked into place, and welded down to marry them completely to the foundation. These heavy-gauge steel containers are so strong that they only need to be fastened at the corners to hold fast, much as they would be on a ship.
Flat packed container units
These units are the same size as regular shipping containers (20ft and 40ft), but are constructed with strong steel frames and outer steel wall panels that are fixed in the frames. They are insulated, safety checked and customizable. They are also water- wind- and fire proof.
A strong bearing capacity makes them stackable. These little units are easier to fabricate and take up less space when packed since they are foldable, which makes them a great alternative to the more demanding shipping containers. They hold good quality, have low footprint (demand sustainable material!) and easy to transport, install. They can be assembled and disassembled many times; a good option if you want your container house to be movable.