Top 10 Blog Posts of 2015

Top 10 Must Read Shipping Container Home Articles of 2015

Posted By: December 21, 2015 In Featured

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Welcome to the final blog post of 2015 for Container Home Plans! I think this year has been the breakout year for shipping container homes and I’m sure you’d agree.

What a year it’s been, we’ve seen incredible shipping container homes, interviewed shipping container home owners and even launched our own how to build a shipping container home guide!

Today, we are going to take a look back through the year and look at our favorite 10 blog posts of 2015.

#1: Mistakes to Avoid When Building a Container Home

The most popular blog post this year was: 5 Mistakes To Avoid When Building A Shipping Container Home.

In this article we unpicked the most common mistakes people make when building container homes and discuss how you can avoid these mistakes.

The top 5 mistakes people make are:

  1. Not researching local planning regulations.
  2. Using the wrong type of insulation.
  3. Cutting too much steel out of containers.
  4. Buying the wrong type of shipping container.
  5. Choosing the wrong builder/contractor.

Make sure you read the article to find out how to avoid these common mistakes!

5 Mistakes To Avoid When Building A Shipping Container Home

#2: How to Insulate Your Shipping Container Home

The second most popular article this year was: How to Insulate Your Shipping Container Home.

Within this article we first look at why you should insulate your container home. We then turn our attention onto the five most commonly used insulation methods and how you can use these methods on your own container home.

We still receive emails about this article today, and in 2016 we are planning to go into more depth for each insulation method and give real world examples.

#3: Shipping Container Home Floor Plans Announcement

Ever since we started Container Home Plans, we have been inundated with people asking us to produce shipping container home floor plans.

So, in March this year Tom got in touch with a local architect and commissioned him to design 20 unique shipping container home plans.

It took the architect several months to finish the plans, and in June of this year they were completed! Thank you to everyone who emailed and encouraged us along the way- it was a long journey but definitely worthwhile after hearing how much you liked them!

Within the plans package we have tried to offer a variety of plans so there is something that’s appealing to each reader. From small one bedroomed homes, through to large family homes there is a plan for everyone in the package!

Introducing the Shipping Container Home Plans Package

#4: What I Wish I Knew Before Building My Container Home

Back in April of this year, Tom got in touch with 23 shipping container home owners to ask them: “What’s the one thing you wish you’d known before you built your shipping container home?”.

The blog post was well received by all of you and in fact many of you sent emails to thank us for the hard work!

We compiled all of the responses together into an easy to read article to guide all first time shipping container home builders. If you haven’t read it yet- you really need too!

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#5: Epic Shipping Container Homes

This was one of the first articles of the year and it went down a roaring success.

We decided to gather our favorite 17 shipping container homes and showcase them in a single article. If you’re looking for inspiration for your shipping container home, this article is a must read. From large family container homes through to small one bedroomed containers- they’re all in here.

I think my favorite is number 15, The Caterpillar House. This home was built by Sebastián Irarrázaval and has fantastic views over the hillsides in Santiago, Chile.

#6: Are Shipping Container Homes Dangerous To Live In?

When people first become aware of the concept of shipping container homes, one of the first things that comes to their mind is: Are shipping container homes safe to live in?.

It’s a perfectly reasonable question, after all, you will be living in this home so it 100% needs to be safe to live in.

I won’t go into the ins and outs of the questions and answers here, you can read the full article if you’re interested in that. However, rest assured that if converted properly, shipping container homes are perfectly safe to live in. In fact many people build container homes because they can be flood and hurricane proof.

#7: Which Climates Are Suitable For Shipping Container Homes?

Read the article here.

Shipping containers are ubiquitous throughout the world; in fact it’s hard to imagine that anyone reading this is further than a few miles from a shipping container.

This means that anyone in the world could realistically build a container home- so the next question is: can shipping container homes be built in any climate: cold or hot!?

We decided to research which climates shipping container homes can be built in and what measures you can take to make sure your container is well suited to its particular climate.

#8: How Much Do Shipping Container Homes Cost?

Read the full article here.

Again this is a very common question that we get emailed several times per week.

It’s can be quite tricky to estimate exactly how much your shipping container home is going to cost to build, so we have compiled several real world examples to help give you an indicative figure.

In the article we discuss five real world shipping container homes and go into detail about the size and style of the home.

Hopefully after reading the article you will be able to get a good feeling for how much certain styles and types of shipping container homes cost.

#9: How To Build A Shipping Container Home

In March this year, we launched our first guide; How to Build a Shipping Container Home: The Complete Guide.

The guide took several months to write, but the whole team here at Container Home Plans is delighted with the result.

The feedback we’ve received here has been amazing and we can’t wait to start seeing the homes which you’ve built in 2016.

In total the guide has over 18 chapters and I’ve no doubt that it is the most comprehensive guide out there.

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#10: Cheapest 5 Shipping Container Homes Ever Built

We receive a lot of emails from people who want to build a container home, but they have a limited budget. The first question they ask is: how cheap can I build a shipping container home for?.

So, to put these people at ease, we decided to find the cheapest 5 container homes ever built and compile them in a list. Now whenever someone asks this question, we can direct them to this blog post!

In the article we have found homes ranging from around $20,000 up to $60,000; they really are a great example of how affordable shipping container housing is.


It’s been quite a year hasn’t it, and I hope you’ve had as much fun as we have!

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you. Even if you only occasionally visit the site, thank you for helping to make Container Home Plans the best online community for all shipping container homes enthusiasts.

I truly hope you have enjoyed using the website, and more importantly, have found it helpful!

All that’s left for me to say is, I hope you have enjoyed this year with us at Container Home Plans, and we can’t wait to come back next year.