Shipping Container Homes & Buildings

We Won't Help You Build a Container Home...

There is a myth that building with shipping containers is ridiculously cheap. It’s not. While you can save some money, and have a more durable structure by using shipping containers, it’s definitely not cheap. Unless you're willing to do it yourself (and value your own labor at $0/hour) it's probably not going to be much of a cost saver.

Our experience is that the containers will be less than 10% of your total building cost. Even single container projects rarely have a total cost under $30,000, and multi-container projects tend to have similar costs to traditional building. While containers can save you money on framing, you'll still need windows, doors, flooring, electrical, plumbing, etc.

There's always someone popping up to say that "shipping containers are the solution" to housing shortages... but you might notice that in most cases the photo they provide is of a concept, and not a completed project. Don't get us wrong, we think shipping container buildings are really cool... just don't be fooled into thinking they're cheap.

Contact an Architect First

Western Container Sales does not manufacture or sell shipping container homes or buildings, however we have helped a number of customers buy shipping containers to build a home or building. 

If you're considering building a home or other structure from shipping containers, we're happy to provide the containers... but we ask that you contact an architect or engineer before you reach out to us.

We can usually get you all the containers you'll need for your project within a week or two. Plans and permits will take much, much longer.

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Shipping Container Building Resources

While we do not offer services related to container homes or buildings (beyond the containers themselves), here are a few people that do.  Please note, Western Container Sales is in no way affiliated with the companies below... we're just trying to point people in the right direction.

Container Home Plans

If you’re a DIY type of person, you can always purchase shipping container home plans from ContainerHomePlans.org

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TAYNR

If you’re looking for something a little bigger, TAYNR out of Sacramento, California can handle the project. TAYNR has been involved in many shipping container architecture projects and is an excellent resource on the west coast. With projects ranging from studios, to single family, to multi dwelling, TAYNR can help you manage your shipping container project.

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Rhino Cubed

Rhino Cubed is an excellent builder of shipping container homes and tiny houses. Based in the Denver, Colorado area, Rhino Cubed offers a handful of plans for container homes. Simple, unique, well-made single shipping container homes.

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Core Design

Core Design has done an excellent job understanding that building with shipping containers is not the same as traditional construction. They did the container project for Copper & Kings distillery in Louisville, KY. It was so impressive that even the Mayor of Louisville came out for the grand opening.

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