How to Heat and Cool a Shipping Container Home

Heating and Cooling a Container Home

Container Stop has so many ways to personalize shipping container homes that it’s difficult if not impossible to describe them all in one blog post.

Actually, scrap that. It actually is impossible to describe them all in one post. That’s because we’re always thinking of new ways to customize shipping containers in order to transform them into something comfortable and spectacular.

It’s also because of our customers. Not long after seeing a shipping container home firsthand, they soon acquire a crystal clear understanding of the possibilities. Since there are very few limitations to the ways and methods in which a container can be customized, customers can let their imaginations run wild.

Thus, we get some of our best ideas from clients!

So Many Options

And that’s really why it’s not possible to describe each and every way to customize a shipping container home. It’s impossible because of all the possibilities!

Consider, for example, the following: How to heat and cool a shipping container home. There are lots of great ways to keep your shipping container home cool in hot climates and to get some cozy warm air inside even in super cold climates.

It’s true that these containers were once just steel boxes shipping items across vast oceans. It’s also true, however, that they can be turned into comfy abodes with portable air conditioners, where the air flows smooth and cool and the energy efficiency is better than most homes. 

Heating and Cooling A Shipping Container Home

There are a lot of different ways to add heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) amenities to your shipping container home. This could be traditional electricity, sure; but it could also be propane tanks, solar panels, or the addition of insulation.

Containers can also be designed so as to allow a lot of natural light and air inside, thus easing the burden of heating, cooling and ventilating.

As we wrote in “Are Container Homes Eco-Friendly Homes?”:

Another overlooked aspect of building shipping container houses is that they can easily be arranged to take advantage of natural light to make the living space warm and inviting — or cool and inviting. In fact, managing heat and cool spaces inside a tiny house is easily accomplished.

Basically, if it can be used to heat, cool, or ventilate a traditional home, it can be used to HVAC a shipping container home, too!

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Get in touch with Container Stop today so that we can get started on a plan of action that gets you the climate you want no matter the climate you’re in. We ship anywhere, and we’re ready to serve you.

How To Convert A Shipping Container Into A Granny Flat

Turn a Shipping Container into a ‘Granny Flat’

So-called “granny flats” — or, as they’re usually called in most municipalities, an accessory dwelling unit — are a hot ticket item in today’s competitive housing market. As more and more families look to consolidate their living spaces while saving money, it’s likely that we’ll see more and more homes with ADUs entering the market.

Shipping containers make excellent ADUs. If you’re wondering how to convert a shipping container into a granny flat, then be sure to read on!

Shipping Container ‘Granny Flats’

Looking for a way to add additional living space to your home or property? A shipping container converted to a granny flat is one of the ways to do this.

Granny flats are designed for one or two people and are usually located on the grounds of an already existing home. They generally have a modern and industrial style, and they are spacious enough for someone looking to live comfortably in a smaller space.

Step No. 1: Get approval.

If you’re starting an infrastructure project, you will need to understand what city rules and regulations exist. Granny flats will definitely require getting the proper permits from city officials. 

It’s important to note that this will have to happen before you begin construction, as there could be zoning requirements that need to be met and understood before the process begins.

The last thing you want to do is go through the time and expense of creating a granny flat, then realize that it’s illegal to have it there.

Make sure you do your research on what documents are required before you start. 

Step No. 2: Add a base.

When you have an existing shipping container that you want to turn into a granny flat, construction will be very minimal. There will be a level base that your shipping container needs to rest on, but this could be something as simple as basic decking materials.

Having the right base also allows you to remove the container later should you decide to move or relocate it.

Step No. 3: Design it!

Now comes the fun part.

Once the granny flat is in place on a secure base, you will be able to add your personal touches to it, including new windows, doors, insulation, and more. You can also paint the interior or exterior and start designing it so it can fit your unique style and design preferences.

Rustic? Industrial chic? Open plan living? Whatever you — or granny — prefer!

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Shipping containers that have been transformed into tiny homes, granny flats, and more are an affordable way to live comfortably on a property that you own. While these custom builds are often used as homes, they are also commonly used to make a house expandable — as another bedroom or living space to create extra room while utilizing and sometimes combining the existing facilities from the main home.

Of course, maybe the shipping container doesn’t need everything a tiny home has. If a parent or grandparent just needs their own bedroom or living space, they can still use the facilities in the main home.

Interested in learning about how a cost-effective granny flat could work for you? Contact our team at Container Stop today to stay in touch with our news about the world of shipping container homes.

How Much Will It Cost To DIY A Shipping Container House?

How Much Does it Cost to Build a Shipping Container Home?

Wondering how much it will cost to DIY a shipping container house? This is a good question! After all, there’s a lot to think about. Doing it yourself — or DIYing it — will save money on the hiring of professionals. But could that decision cost you in the end?

A pro may be able to get deals on materials. They might not take as long as a DIY job. A professional also understands the permitting process and may be able to slice right through whatever red tape stands between you and your dream container home.

Alas, we’re getting ahead of ourselves. Let’s dig into this topic of building a house out of a shipping container starting right at the beginning.

Building A Shipping Container Home

A shipping container that is transformed into a comfortable home is a great sustainable housing option. If you are thinking about adjusting your lifestyle to tiny home living, you may be considering how a shipping container house could work for you and what it will cost.

Even if you are comfortable with building things, taking on a DIY shipping container project can be difficult. You might save a little money by foregoing the professionals, but that decision could cost you in the end.

Here are three reasons why.

1. Local rules

Every county and city has its own set of rules and standards. So, when it comes to investing in your living situation, you will need to know exactly what permits are required.

The designing and building permitting process from county to county or city to city can vary, and it can get confusing for someone who is unfamiliar with the process.

Working with a professional shipping container company means you can have their professional team working on the permits and proper paperwork. You won’t have to lift a finger and you will have confidence knowing that everything is done and properly filed.

That way, when your tiny house (or not so tiny, depending on your tastes, budget, desired living space, etc.) is designed and they’ve started building, you’ll know you’ve adhered to local building codes.

That’s for starters. You’ll also know that when you have additional home designs in mind — adding a laundry room, solar panels, an eco-friendly shower, a concrete foundation, an expanded living area — that they will be designed and built on a solid home construction foundation.

2. Savings on materials

Professional contractors have access to material deals that most other people don’t. A lot of their savings derives from their ability to buy things in bulk. That means that you could end up getting discounts on products that you normally wouldn’t have access to.

When you’re working on a DIY project, you’re likely to only buy materials as-needed. Without being able to buy in bulk, your ability to save will be limited.

3. Quality you can trust

Whether it’s welding, plumbing, adding insulation, or installing windows, quality construction is important to maintaining the structure’s integrity.

If you want your shipping container to last a long time and you want to minimize the risk of damage down the road, working with a trained shipping container contractor is valuable and necessary.

Whether you are looking for a shipping container that will serve as a guest home or you plan on living in the structure full time, construction and quality matter.

Contact Container Stop today for the best and most up-to-date information on getting your shipping container project started.