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 not cheap. A good rule of thumb is to plan on the shipping containers themselves costing you about 10% of the total construction costs (this can vary by market and by project, but it’s a good general estimate).
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Railbox Consulting 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.
Because we receive so many inquiries regarding shipping container homes, cabins and buildings, we created this page to help provide some basic information and points customers in the right direction.
None of the companies on this page paid to be featured… we just like what they do. If your company offers shipping container modification services and you’d like to be featured, contact us.
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.
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.
Shipping container homes and cabins are becoming more popular, particularly with the tiny house movement. There are also some shipping container mansions out there.
Our suggestion to customers thinking about building a shipping container home is to consult with an architect or builder before buying your containers.
We can help you buy shipping containers for any project… But that’s going to be the simplest part. Get your building plans and permits put together and then reach out to us.
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.
The most important thing to remember, as Core Design will tell you, is to understand the limitations of the space. If you can work “inside the box” and not turn it into something it’s not, you’ll have more success.
Core Design has done an excellent job understanding that building with shipping containers is not the same as traditional construction. The photo above is from a project they completed for Copper & Kings distillery in Louisville, KY. It was so impressive that even the Mayor of Louisville came out for the grand opening.