How to Build
A Shipping Container Home
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Shipping Containers as Building Components for Home Construction.
No two building projects are the same. Even with modular kit applications, variations due to location and climate, site factors such as grading and slope, and home owner preferences (to name a few factors) create substantial differences between projects. The RSCP™ Primer is built around the premise that there is no single perfect shipping container home design solution, and the most important thing in any home building project is preparation. Preparation, preparation, preparation. Ever hear the old carpenter's axiom "measure twice, cut once"? Did we mention preparation is important?
The Primer has three parts - Conceive It. Focus It. Action It. There are "what to do" and "how to do it" articles for container home and non container home applications. Bear in mind, that a shipping container house is just a small steel building and much of the information/detailing of steel buildings (and wood framed as well) is applicable and relevant to shipping container home building as well. The Primer outlines and details the steps and stages required to turn recycled shipping containers into shipping container homes and buildings. Including (but not limited to) feasibility, budgeting, scheme design, technical hurdles, site concerns, foundation, envelope, modifying structure, passive enhancements, construction documents, and permitting. Many are looking to containers today for their building projects. Why? Because it is a good idea whose time has come. But is it right for your home project? RSCP™ can help you figure that out. Then help get it done with both overview and specific examples.
To begin, follow the link to the CONCEIVE IT section.
The RSCP™ Primer also provides worksheets to outline the design and execute your build. These are the Project Budget Worksheet, Square Footage/Surface Area Worksheet, Sourcing Worksheet, and Timeline/Critical Path Worksheet. You can request them in the Get Help section.
More general information on shipping container homes and architecture is available in the Shipping Container Architecture section.
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