What To Know Before Shipping Container Construction

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You’ve seen them everywhere online – swimming pools, elaborate lairs, off-grid houses and efficient offices…

Blogs, Pinterest boards and popular media outlets are increasingly covering the innovation of ‘Shipping Container Construction.’ With the tiny house movement on the rise and resourceful, green building also growing in popularity, shipping containers are quickly becoming the must-have material for any and all building projects.

Before you get started with your latest construction plan using a Saf-T-Box shipping container, there are a few words of advice we would like to share from those who have been there, done that.



Knowledge helps the ideas grow stronger

Spend some time researching the process of buying, transporting and placing a shipping container. If you are customizing and building onto the container, be prepared to plan. Work with a local architect (if the project is extensive) to blueprint the layout of the finished container.

What about foundation? A permanent shipping container structure will typically sit atop a traditional concrete block. If soil and bedrock allow, a basement is a good way to make more vertical space for additional storage. Foundation usually follows the same protocol as a conventional home, but check the building codes in your area to be sure you are in compliance.

If you plan on constructing a home, what are the building regulations in your city and county? Researching this beforehand will save much time and effort in the long run.


Photo courtesy of containerhomeplans.org © Travis Price Architects


Tailored fit

From insulation to plumbing, it is vital to think about what purpose your container will serve and strategize which customizations should be prioritized over others. If you are constructing an on-site office, for example, ventilation, heating, air-conditioning, plumbing and windows are a necessity. It is integral to plan which additions are the utmost importance and to trust professionals with the more difficult tasks.

Saft-T-Box offers a wide variety of modifications, including

  • Custom paint
  • Roll-up doors
  • Personnel doors
  • Ventilation
  • Plan table
  • Air-conditioning
  • Heating
  • Windows
  • Electricity and lighting
  • Turbine vents
  • Insulation and paneling
  • Partitions
  • Phone and computer outlets
  • Custom office finish-out

Shipping container installing window


The savings add up

Find the balance between good building design and total construction expense. Are you looking to purchase a gently used or a brand new container? Depending on size, Saf-T-Box containers range in price from $1,000 to around $3,500. Modifications affect the final price.

Those who buy a shell and opt to hire a contractor for their customization work are looking to spend an additional $50 to $150 an hour, which will run the cost of your project up to about $15,000. With Saf-T-Box, you can incorporate custom modifications for minimal additional expense.

Containers-of-Hope1 photo courtesy of containerhomeplans.org

Photo courtesy of containerhomeplans.org © Andres Garcia Lachner



Saf-T-Box knows best

Lean on our professional team at Saf-T-Box for the best advice and custom solutions for any project. Don’t do it yourself when you can do it with the help of some of the best shipping container folks in the business.

Called “hallmarks of architectural recycling,” shipping containers have unlimited potential to meet your exact application needs. Got an idea? Give Saf-T-Box a call and we’d be glad to talk answer any questions you have. Let’s start building – the sooner, the better.






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