States that allow shipping container homes

For many of us, the American Dream means having somewhere to call our own. A king or Queen and their castle. But in more populous areas of the country, space for housing is at a premium. Some cities have capped the amount of new single-family residences that can be built to spur multi-family construction.

The state of Oregon is even considering allowing four homes on lots currently zoned for single-family homes in cities with a population of 10,000 or more. In Minneapolis, zoning for single-family homes is on the way out. Other municipalities throughout the country are considering similar regulations or bans to combat the housing crunch as well as sprawl.

So when it comes to states that allow shipping container homes, the answer is most, if not all, are considering it if not already allowing it. From Montana to Missouri to Mississippi to Massachusetts (as well as Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, and Maryland). But the more important question is if your county or city allows shipping containers homes.

Interested in a custom-made shipping container for a tiny home? Contact your city or county planner to see if it’s possible. You will still need to follow all zoning and building codes and additional regulations, including:

  • Foundations
  • Utilities (electricity/plumbing)
  • Setbacks
  • Ceiling heights
  • Primary/accessory zoning
  • And more.

Tiny Home Revolution

Over the past decade, tiny home popularity has exploded. Builders have been designing and constructing 300-square-foot homes as accessory dwelling units or even stand-alone homes on a piece of property.

That’s where shipping containers come in. A 40-foot shipping container comes in at just around 300-square feet. All shipping containers are 8-feet-wide on the outside, so interior sizes can slightly vary depending on wall thickness, insulation, and other factors. High-cube containers are 9 ½ feet tall, 12 inches taller than standard containers. Every inch counts after all.

Container Stop has been selling, designing, and custom building shipping containers for storage, offices, and even rooftop bars. We can install doors, windows, and utilities to your exact specifications and deliver the final product. If you have done your research and are ready to move into a shipping container home, give us a call. As we like to say, “It’s our box, but it’s your dream.”

Floors and Sub-Floors for Storage Containers in Monterey

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–Storage containers are a great way to get a little bit of extra room for your furniture, clothing or other items. Monterey storage containers company Container Stop offers a wide variety of customized storage containers and pride themselves on their amazing customer services throughout the delivery and purchasing process.

However, before you just plop that storage container anywhere on your property, you should make a few considerations. One big consideration to make is if you should put the container on the ground or raised up on a slab or a foundation of some kind. Generally, it is a good idea to keep it suspended off the ground.
So why is it recommended that your storage container be raised off the ground a little bit. Well, this blog post will go over a few of the many reasons why.

To avoid mud and flooding

The last thing you want is to have mud or water seeping into your storage container and ruining your furniture or other belongings that are currently being stored. If you lay your container directly on the ground, there is often limited protection from the elements if it rains outside. However, if your container is suspended or raised off the ground, the mud or pooling/flooding water likely won’t be able to get into the container as easily.

To protect the contents of the container

While mud and water can damage your belongings, they are not the only potential harmful thing that can reach your contents. Rust can certainly affect some of the items, and mold and mildew can begin to accumulate if the container sits on the ground. Your contents can only get as clean and protected as the unit itself, so you want to keep it in pristine condition.

To increase air flow

If damp items or structures sit on the ground for too long without movement, it can be a breeding ground for mold and mildew. To prevent that from happening, keeping your storage container propped up can help sufficient air flow to pass, which will keep the foundation of the container in the best condition possible. Also, having a gap under the container will also help the storage container to be more mobile if you ever need to move it. If it is straight on the ground, it could be tough to get under it to move it.

Interested in Monterey storage containers? If so, be sure to reach out of Container Shop, one of the best locally owned and operated storage companies in the state. Check out their website or call them at 800-674-9343.

Design Ideas For Storage Container Exteriors

Custom Covered Garage from Shipping Containers

–While we would all love a home or apartment with all the in-house storage you need, that is not always easy to find. And if you are able to find it, there is a chance it will cost an arm and a leg. However, there is a way to get some extra storage without having to find a whole new home.

Purchasing and using a storage container is a great way to get some extra storage for your belongings, at a reasonable price. Container Stop has been providing storage containers in Hollister and the rest of California for years, and are one of the best locally owned and operated storage companies in the state. They offer a wide range of different sizes (even customized) and deliver right to your property. Also, their world class support team will ensure your questions are answered all throughout the process. But sometimes, these Hollister storage containers can be a bit visually unappealing. They are built more for function than for style. However, that doesn’t mean they can’t look great. With that in mind, here are some ideas for designing and customizing the exterior of your storage container.

Paint it to match your home

Any way you slice it, a large steel or metal storage container on your property can always be a little bit of an eye sore, especially when compared to a gorgeous home. One great way to add a little personality to your storage container is to give it a little bit of color to make it “fit in” a little bit more. Of course, you want to ensure you are using a suitable type of paint that will work on metal exteriors.

Add some landscaping

In order to help the storage container feel like it “belongs” on your property, you should look to integrate it into your lot. This can be done in a lot of different ways. But one of the best ways to help the container fit in is to add some landscaping around/on it. By having plants, trees or shrubs surround the container, you will feel more like it is an extension of your home, and not a random addition to it.

Put solar panels on it

This one might not be for the looks of the container, but has more of a practical use. Living in California, there is a lot of sun out there during the day. People should be taking advantage of this sun by adding solar power to their homes, garages and yes, storage containers. This could save people money, while helping the environment at the same time.

Need a storage container in Hollister? If so, be sure to reach out to Container Stop and either visit their website or call them at 800-674-9343.