Frequently Asked Questions

Shipping containers are invariably made of steel – hi-quality non-corrosive Corten steel as well as hardwood flooring.
A standard 40 foot container weighs approximately 9,800 lbs
Shipping containers require relatively no maintenance if container is not exposed. The products such as roofing and exterior finish require the same maintenance as a stick built home.
Shipping containers are the big steel boxes that travel on trains and cargo ships and are used for importing and exporting goods. They are extremely well designed and built and last so long in such good condition that they are being deployed into alternative uses such as offices, cabins, homes, etc.

Shipping containers come in lengths of 10, 20, 40 & 53 feet. They are 8 feet wide and 8 feet tall. A high cube container has a height of 9.6 feet

Shipping containers are self-supporting and typically do not need any special foundation.We recommend that you check with your local building department authorities for their requirements.

Shipping containers or any steel construction are structurally stronger than wood frame construction because they are mold proof, fire proof and termite proof. The can withstand hurricane force winds, can be converted off site and assembled on site to save time and money and afford unequaled flexibility.

Containers are delivered by truck, either tilt-bed or flatbed.
We typically spray closed cell insulation. Our options start at R-21 and we can increase that to R-factor you choose.
Not at all we because we use a spray foam roof system and the ceiling is covered with insulation and therefore the metal roof is not exposed to the elements
Almost limitless options here because you can choose from any exterior and interior finishes you would find on stick built homes.
Shipping containers are designed to be stacked as many as 9 tall
Yes. There is virtually no limitation in this application. It’s the same as stick built in this regard.

Very easy because in the United States the importations of goods is nearly 65% higher than the exportation. Therefore, 25,000 shipping containers arrive to the U.S. every single day.

Approximately 3 days. This can vary based on your choices and requirements.
Absolutely. Our experience and research nationally show that there is roughly a 30% gross savings over standard construction methods… and that’s not to gross!
Not unless you choose it to be flat. Most people (and we agree) choose our trussed roof system.

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FYI

There are several other beneficial reasons for recycling shipping containers into homes rather than anything else. One of the most important of these reasons is the amount of energy its takes to repurpose them. To melt down 8,000 lb shipping container to make steel beams, for example, requires 8,000 kW-hrs of energy. The process of recycling that entire 8,000 lbs of steel into a shipping container home takes only 400 kW-hrs of energy or about 5% of the energy to melt it. We’re talking major energy savings ; less carbon footprint (more like carbon fingerprint).

Besides saving energy and money in a variety of ways, it is much kinder to the earth to recycle rather using shipping containers as landfill because steel is NOT exactly compostable material.