Shipping Container Cabins

Shipping containers can be utilised for a range of accommodation uses, from small cabins in holiday parks to larger, full-scale housing units. The strength and durability of shipping containers have made them safe and secure living spaces. Made of steel, they are designed to handle even the harshest weather environments. The appeal of a shipping container cabin also lies in its portability, its use of sustainable resources and its unique approach to architectural design.

Shipping Container Designs

There is an exciting range of shipping container cabin design options. The wooden container cabin is a classic look. This design can be achieved by using wooden cladding on the exterior walls of your shipping container. Wooden container cabin homes can create a sense of tranquillity when surrounded by nature. It provides feelings of warmth and comfort that is perfect for the setting of camping grounds, holiday parks or your own backyard.

The type of doors and windows you choose will have a significant impact on the look of your shipping container cabin. Sliding doors are a popular choice for container cabins located in a warmer climate. They let in a lot of natural light and provide practical, easy entry to your cabin. Large windows and doors are ideal for summer and are commonly used in beach house designs.

Shipping Container Cabin Plans & Construction

Turning a shipping container into a cabin requires a lot of planning. Before you buy a shipping container, you will need to find out the relevant building codes in your area. Once you have ensured all building compliances are met, you can begin planning the construction of your shipping container cabin.

You will need to be clear from the start about what you will use the container cabin for and how much space you will need. It’s best to find an architect who can help you draw up a clear plan. In order to create a comfortable living environment, the shipping container will need structural modifications done, such as the fitting of windows and doors. SEA Containers NZ specialises in modifying and customising shipping containers, so we can assist you with the process.

If you live in a cold environment, it’s also important to get insulation to prevent condensation. Additional elements such as electricity and plumbing can be installed in your shipping container cabin if needed.

If you are building a two-level shipping container cabin, the containers can be stacked together permanently using plates of weathering steel on each corner. If you plan to unstack them in the future, then twist locks are a better option to secure them together. These locks are safe and strong, as they are used to secure containers on ships in harsh conditions. A single level construction is more straightforward. If you are combining one or more containers side, the walls will need to be removed to create a passage between the containers.

For further information on container sizes, read our shipping container dimensions guide.

Shipping Container Cabin Costs

The cost of your shipping container cabin will largely depend on the type and size of the container, the location of delivery and the amount of modification work done. For more information about moving and positioning a container to your chosen site, visit our shipping container transport page.

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