What do you need to know before buying a container home
One of the things that is most questioned when thinking about container houses is about the container’s sizes, types and thicknesses.
The basic sizes externally are:
- 20 feet (or 6 meters) in length that can be as high as 8 feet (2.44 meters) or 9.6 (2.89 meters)
- 40 feet (or 12 meters) in length that can be as high as 8 feet (2.44 meters) or 9.6 (2.89 meters)
- 45 feet (or 13.7 meters) in length that may be 8 feet (2.44 meters) or 9.6 (2.89 meters) high.
- 9.6 feet (2.89 meters) is known as the HC – High Cube, the most used for housing because it is taller, which makes quite a difference in the gain of space.
The types of Containers are:
- Dry – most used for container houses. Weatherproof, with a rigid roof, rigid side walls and floor.
- Reefer – Thermal container equipped with an electrical appliance (mechanical compressor) for the purposes of cooling or heating the air within the container.
Open Top – Containers with a flexible and movable or removable cover.
- Flat Rack – Are dedicated for the carriage of heavy, bulky as well as over height and/ or over width items.
- Flat Rack Collapsible – Have end walls that fold Platform. The most sophisticated of its types has end walls which fold flush with the base.
Logically the internal measurements are different, as it depends on the internal finish as insulation and drywall used. Of course you can mix wall finishing with the corrugated steel of container, which gives an extra charm to the project.
And another tips you need to know about the building material of your house: visit a container, as an architect or client, and feel the space.