Which Climates Are Suitable For Shipping Container Homes?

You may have heard of the concept of shipping container homes and were wondering what they mean and if they were really worth the hype. Shipping container homes are homes built out of shipping containers. You can build one by yourself by renting or buying good quality shipping containers from Storstac or find a builder who can build it for you. Shipping container homes are believed to be a lot less expensive compared to traditional homes. They can be constructed quite easily and quickly. There are several online videos that can help you with it. They look quite impressive and unique and can give quite an edgy and contemporary vibe to your home. And the icing on the cake? They are environmentally sustainable as you are essentially using a shipping container and turning it into something usable, helping to recycle.

Although the popularity of shipping container homes is rapidly growing and some of them do look stunning, there are many other factors that are crucial to consider when it comes to building a shipping container home. One of the most common questions that many people have regarding shipping container homes is which climates are suitable?

Hot climate

One of the best ways to keep your container home cool in the summer is to prevent heat and direct sunlight. Typically, it is best to have your container home in complete shade to minimize the impact of sunlight and heat to your indoors. To maintain cooler temperatures in your container home, you can also plant a few trees and bushes around your property so that a thick canopy of leaves can protect your home against direct sunlight and resulting heat. If you are using trees and bushes to block the sun, one thing to consider is the orientation of your home. For areas of your home that get maximum sunlight during peak sun hours (such as noon), need extra protection from the sun, plant your shading plants carefully so that they can protect you against the intense sunlight and heat.

Cold climate

If you are looking to build a container home in a colder climate, you will need to construct it in such a way that it blocks the outside cold air from getting inside. In the absence of proper insulation, it can be quite difficult to maintain warmer indoor temperatures for container homes. Typically, if container homes are not insulated well to preserve the heat generated by the indoor heating equipment, you may be potentially looking at huge energy expenditures. There are many options when it comes to maintaining warm indoor temperatures for container homes. Some of the most popular ones are spray-foam, panels and blanket insulation. Most container homeowners prefer to have spray foam insulation which provides a seamless vapour barrier while controlling condensation. Usually, though it is applied internally, you can also expect it to be sprayed on the external shell of the container. If you are looking for portable storage, shipping containers for rent, or shipping containers for sale, contact Storstac for good quality shipping containers at reasonable prices.

Five Important Stages for Shipping Container Construction

When building a shipping container, it’s necessary to take the proper steps and go through the proper channels. Regardless of whether you’re constructing this container for storage or as a home, here are five steps that should be completed during the process.

Setting a Budget

Planning out how your building funds will be distributed throughout the construction of this shipping container before the building actually begins will stop you from making the same mistake many builders do: running out of money. Creating a realistic budget will lead to less confusion and chaos during the building project. Determine the size and features that will be going into the build and don’t deviate from that plan, as you’re guaranteed to go over budget if you continuously change things during construction. It’s also important to have a contingency fund stashed away for emergencies that were unforeseen in the planning phase.

Preparing the Site

This step is often overlooked when builders are constructing shipping containers themselves, on their own lots. While a boring task, it’s crucial to the building process, as clearing away unnecessary material creates an even working field without interruption. This also helps you to better determine whether the land you’re about to build on is suitable, with the proper access necessary for large trucks to pass through and deliver materials. To save money, prepare the site yourself.

The Proper Permits

Without the proper building and zoning permits, the process of building a shipping container will stop before it’s even begun. If these shipping containers are being built to be used as a home, pop up shop or restaurant, then it’s important that your local planning department is on board with your plans. Building without the proper permits in place will mean that all the hard work and money that went into constructing that shipping container home or cafe will be demolished.

Insulation Installation

Planning on building a shipping container for people to live in or spend time in? Then it needs to be properly insulated, especially for colder climates. This will make or break the overall usefulness of the container, unless it’s simply for storage purposes. Errors in the insulation installation will result in ineffective energy efficiency, losing both heat and moisture within the container. Instead of trying to save money on energy bills, it will likely cost more. Regardless of the insulation standard that’s chosen, it needs to be installed correctly to be effective.

Rust Treatment

All building material have one weakness or another. For metal, that weakness would be the potential of rust forming. Made from Corten steel, shipping containers are coated in an anti-corrosive paint when they’re first built. During the construction and modification process, however, that paint can be stripped away by tools, leaving the metal exposed to the elements. During and after the building process, the container needs to be treated to prevent corrosion in the future. Even so, you’ll need to inspect the container for signs of rusting every few months.

At Storstac, we offer our customers both new and used shipping containers that vary in size and functionality. Our team is committed to providing our Greater Toronto Area customers with high-quality shipping containers for rent or to purchase. Whatever you choose, we’ll deliver the portable storage box to your home and pick it up upon request. With affordable prices and excellent customer service, visit our website to grab a free quote.

Storstac Installs Hamilton Shipping Container House

Storstac is excited to announce that we have successfully fabricated and installed the Downtown Hamilton Shipping Container House. This precedent-setting build nicknamed the Hamilton Shipping Container House was installed in just EIGHT HOURS and consists of eight 40′ high cube shipping containers sitting on top of a solid concrete foundation. Designed by Toronto Architect Jason Halter, the house has been custom designed to suit his clients’ specific tastes which Jason describes as being “iconoclastic”. Although the unmodified shipping containers themselves are fabricated in China (China manufactures the large majority of new shipping containers) all of the modification work (Cut and framing of all window and door openings, interior openings, structural reinforcements, window installation and exterior paint) were undertaken at our Toronto, Canada modification facility. Unlike a number of shipping container homes built around the world, this one will not be clad with any additional materials. Instead, the containers Corten Steel corrugated walls will remain naked, and they were painted (In Storstac’s dedicated paint shop) brick brown; allowing the house to better blend in with the surrounding Victorian era homes. The rugged industrial look of this shipping container home pays homage to the fact that the home is located in “Steel Town”, but a number of subtle architectural design elements (like the seven walkout balconies that will utilize the shipping container doors as the balconies side walls) will make this shipping container home stand out from most others. Until now there has only been a hand full of container homes built in Canada, almost all of which have been erected outside of cities urban centres, mostly in rural areas as cottages. As stated earlier in this article, the Hamilton shipping container home was modified and fabricated at Storstac‘s modification facility located at 90 North Queen Street in Toronto, Canada and will rely strictly on 100% Canadian steel (for framing and modified structural work), paint, windows doors and most importantly local labor. Follow us on Instagram (@storstac_containers) to follow some of our favorite modification projects.


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Front view of the Hamilton Shipping Container House

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A look at the Hamilton Shipping Container House from the rear

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Installing the Hamilton Shipping Container House