Shipping containers aren’t just for shipping things, they also make great homes. Shipping containers are inexpensive, modular, sturdy, easily transported, and are ready made for conversion into a home. A 40′ container has an interior space of approximately 320 square feet. They can be stacked atop one another, placed side by side, or set apart and enclosed with traditional framing to create a living area. Shipping containers are probably one of the most versatile and efficient modular building materials in existence.
What is a Shipping Container?
“A shipping container is a container with strength suitable to withstand shipment, storage, and handling. Shipping containers range from large reusable steel boxes used for intermodal shipments to the ubiquitous corrugated boxes. In the context of international shipping trade, “container” or “shipping container” is virtually synonymous with “(standard) intermodal freight container” (a container designed to be moved from one mode of transport to another without unloading and reloading).” ~ Wikipedia
If you’ve ever been curious how they’re made, this is a great video that shows the process from beginning to end turning sheet metal into a simple yet extremely strong and weatherproof steel box that also doubles a modular steel building. This is how shipping containers are made.