Considerations when looking at shipping container homes for sale
Many aspects of a container house are the same as traditional houses, for example fire ratings, wind ratings, asthetic suitability for the surroundings ETC. However, if not approached correctly then you may run into problems or you may pay for things which are not needed in your situation, below are some of the misconceptions or issues which you may face.
Insulation of a shipping container home
We often get asked “don’t shipping container homes get hot?” although their assumption is somewhat founded, the answer to this problem is simply INSULATE IT. The heat which is produced from the metal surface is no different to the millions of metal roofs on house across Australia and the rest of the world.
Their are quite a few options on how the containers can be insulated and theses include option for inside and outside the container, many people also grow trees next to their shipping container house and this provides shade, therefore reducing the direct light and heat from the sun.
Another question we are often asked is “is it hard to get council approval?”. When looking at shipping container homes for sale you should certainly get council approval before committing to buy the house just in case you have a difficult council, but in most cases there is minimal objections to building a house out of shipping containers and if you can be flexible with things like colours and general cleanliness (not have a rusted half completed look to the building) then their should be no reason to get knocked back by the council.
Shipping container cabins are often assessed differently so make sure you know what rules there are for different types of buildings.
Another thing to consider is what type of building is the shipping container house you are buying and where is it going? Most councils have limited rules on portable buildings so if it can be dismantled and put on the back of a truck then it may be classed as a portable/transportable building and therefore not be subject to council regulations. We do not recommend pushing the limits by painting the house fluro yellow in a posh suburb like Brighton though.