Welcome to the final article of 2016 for Container Home Plans.
It’s been a fantastic year for us here as we’ve helped thousands of shipping container home enthusiasts.
In this article we want to look back on 2016 and also look ahead to what’s coming in 2017.
2016 Container Home Plans in Review
This year on Container Home Plans, we’ve published 14 articles, each with over 2000 words.
That’s more than 25,000 words we’ve published all about building shipping container homes.
Since we started Container Home Plans, our goal was to share as much information as possible about building and living in shipping container homes.
We’re proud to say that this year we’ve helped to do this.
Some of the most popular articles we published this year include:
How to Build a Shipping Container Home with a Small Budget
One of the most common reasons why people want to build container homes is because they can be cheaper than traditional homes.
In this article I shared 6 tips to help keep the cost of your shipping container home build down.
One of the best tips I shared was, which containers are the most affordable to build with.
Personally, I think this is a good conditioned used 40ft high cube container.
Another tip which people said they enjoyed was the advice about beginner mistakes to avoid.
You can read the full article here.
5 Incredible Off Grid Shipping Container Homes
In this article we took a look inside 5 off grid homes which were built using shipping containers.
For people not familiar with the term ‘off grid’, it refers to living without a connection to the electrical power grid.
In essence you are self-sufficient.
One of the most interesting homes here was the underground shipping container bunker built by Steve Rees in California.
The home was built for less than $30,000USD using two 40ft shipping containers.
It means the cost was around $47 per square foot.
One of my favorite things about this house is the fact that it’s insulated through burying the containers. This keeps the home cool even in the 100+ Fahrenheit summer in California.
You can see Steve’s underground bunker and the other 4 homes here.
Frequently Asked Questions about Shipping Container Homes
This article was written in response to the many questions I receive through emails each day.
I went back through my emails and looked for the most common questions which I had received.
I then picked the top 12 and wrote responses to each of these questions.
When you’ve been around shipping container homes for a while it’s very easy to forget what it’s like when you’re just starting out.
This is why the article was created to help you take those first few steps in your shipping container home journey.
You can read the full article here.
How To Build A Shipping Container Home: The Complete Guide
I’m also extremely proud to say that we’ve updated How To Build A Shipping Container Home: The Complete Guide this year.
The guide will take you through, step-by-step, how to build your very own shipping container home including: guidance on how to obtain a building permit, how to properly insulate your container, the types of foundations appropriate for shipping containers and where to purchase containers from for the lowest possible price.
This is the first guide I’ve personally ever written, and I’m so happy to know that it’s helping people turn their shipping container dream into a reality.
You can learn more about the guide here.
What’s coming in 2017?
As previously mentioned we have two main goals here at Container Home Plans:
- Help improve the awareness of shipping container homes.
- Be the #1 resource for all things shipping container homes- whether that is construction, planning or simply advice on living in one.
This coming year will see us moving forward with these goals in mind.
Let me also take this moment to thank everyone who’s contacted us over the last year.
Whether you have sought construction advice, or just wanted to share photos of your container home, it’s been inspiring to hear from so many of you.
A lot of you have also contacted me to request articles on certain topics such as budgeting and planning.
Next year I will address these topics in as much depth as I can whilst trying to keep the articles relatable.
Remember if you have topics or ideas you’d like me to write about be sure to leave a comment below or email me.
In closing, again I just want to thank you, the readers of Container Home Plans.
You are what help to make us the great resource that we are.
When I started this website I couldn’t possibly imagine that it would ever have grown to where it is now, so thank you.
It’s been a privilege to help so many of you.
I hope that in the coming year you continue to trust us to provide you with the most helpful and insightful shipping container home knowledge available.
Until then, I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Owner and Shipping Container Home Enthusiast