Building with Containers doesn’t mean building SMALL.

13 Mar

One of the myths of ISBU (Shipping Container) construction is that you end up with a structure filled with narrow, tiny rooms.

Further, I find it ironic that most of the critics of ISBU Housing have never built an ISBU Home… never been inside one and in most cases… have never even stepped foot into a container.

You hear them repeat (like it’s some kind of mantra);

“Shipping Container homes are expensive, small, claustrophobic and hot.”

Nothing could be further from the truth.

(Hey, I wanted to say; “Only if you’re stupid.” But… I restrained myself… sort of.) πŸ˜‰

C3 ISBU Residence

Read more about it, HERE.

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5 Responses to “Building with Containers doesn’t mean building SMALL.”

  1. texarcana2002 March 13, 2014 at 12:03 pm #

    How much does this one cost to plop down?

    • Renaissance Ronin March 13, 2014 at 12:10 pm #

      The budget, noted on the floorplan – lower left – is $140k. This is not inclusive of land, the well, the septic or photovoltaic (power) systems. It does include a requirement for recycling and repurposing of materials and getting your friends and relatives to help with construction.

      If you had it built “turnkey”, you’d be looking at $250k – $300k in most markets.

      My families don’t “buy turnkey”. They build it themselves. πŸ˜‰

  2. Clayton Lane March 17, 2014 at 8:00 pm #

    I like many would like to build a home like this, but the problem is when you have to get the ok from a short sided building inspector, who wants more information than is to be found , what will make this easier is when this type of construction is included in the building code, I have been trying to get my inspector to ok this kind of construction for over a year and he still wants more information , now all I have is to find it somewhere , my head hurts!!!!

    • GeekTinker June 17, 2014 at 7:09 pm #

      The answer may be too late for you, but I hope you didn’t approach the building inspector and his office by saying you were going to build a house out of old shipping containers. Even saying ISBU to the building inspector is dangerous. Instead, use terms like “prefabricated steel framing” or “modular steel frames”. Those don’t send up red flags or turn on alarms nearly as fast as saying “shipping container”. It also helps if the house doesn’t look like it was built from shipping containers once it is done. You can cover it up just like you would a conventional home with the variety of facades available. Or get creative and DIY a solution by repurposing something else for that, too.

      • Renaissance Ronin June 17, 2014 at 7:21 pm #

        Thanks Gene, for stressing those points. I’ve made the very same observations here at least a hundred times. Keep the terminology simple and “non-controversial”. Provide detailed renders that show the finished residence or structure so that they can see “something familiar”. Unless you’re dealing with a very progressive Planning and Zoning Department (are there any other ISBU homes in your neighborhood?) ANY reference to planning and zoning needs to start with discussions about “modular construction”… πŸ™‚

        And, if your heart is set on building a “shipping container home” that retains a visual reminder of it’s origins… prepare yourself for a few bumps in the road. πŸ˜‰

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