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Container house prices – How much does a container house cost?

Container house prices – How much does a container house cost?

A container house prices: what is it? A container house is a type of ecological dwelling built by means of a container or assembly of several shipping containers. It is a modern design solution for housing that has been very popular in France since 2010, and which aims to respond advantageously to the daily needs of each household while preserving the environment. Building a container home can take a few months depending on the type of container used.


Container house prices

Container house prices.  Price per m2 for the construction of a container house.  AREA Container house price, Container house price delivered Container house price turnkey.

  • 430 ft2 $90,000
  • 538 ft2 $125,000
  • 861 ft2 $172,000
  • 1076 ft2 $190,000
  • 1291 ft2 $228,000
  • 1722 ft2 $240,000
  • 2152 ft2 $260,000


The prices are based on several specialized companies in the container house.


These vary according to its weight, insulation and size. These types include:

  • Dry containers
  • Open Top Containers
  • Reefer containers
  • Flat Rack Containers
Container houses prices
Container houses prices

Its price: container house prices – if you decide to become a self-builder, you can make very significant savings by opting for the container house. Some estimate its price at only 400 euros/m², for a house
fully equipped.

Its construction: there is no need to be an experienced handyman, because the development is very fast thanks to a structure already in place. In addition to being easy,
construction of a container house is fast.

In addition, the container house is easily modular. You can therefore expand your house… or even move it to another region!

Its insulation: already waterproof, the container house does not need a roof and it is easy to create openings for doors and windows. It must be equipped with native insulation, capable of resisting water, thermal shocks or
still dusty.

Its ecological character: ultra-tight and reducing energy consumption, the container house is often made from old iron containers. Its rapid construction and (almost) no foundations add to its low impact on our environment.

The inconvenients
– Its dimensions: a classic container is barely 2.34 m wide. The disadvantage is major and it is essential to have it in mind when designing
of the house, but also during its development…

– Its aesthetics: a container is not really beautiful and it is not always easy to integrate it into a place where it can blend into its environment. Pay attention to the restrictions on obtaining building permits.

Container sizes and weights

Here is a representation of typical container sizes:

– 10×8 feet, i.e. 2.991 m by 2.438 m, for a height of 8.5 feet (2.591 m)
– 20×8 feet, i.e. 6.058 m by 2.438 m, for a height of 8.5 feet
– 30×8 feet, i.e. 9.144 m by 2.438 m, for a height of 8.5 feet
– 40×8 feet, i.e. 12.192 m by 2.438 m, for a height of 8.5 feet

In addition, it is more and more common to encounter “high cube” containers, with a width of 9 feet or 9.5 feet (i.e. 2.743 m or 2.896 m).

The “half height” container offers a height reduced by half (4.25 feet) allowing heavier loads to be transported in a reduced volume.

Finally, the mass of a container varies between 1.8 tonnes (for a 20 footer) to 4.2 tonnes (for a 40 foot “high cube”).

Transform a container into a familiar home

To transform a container into a house that guarantees the environment, you must carefully follow certain steps.

Set up the design
It is more precisely a question of establishing preliminary strategies to guarantee the ecological contributions of your housing in containers. Investing in this type of housing does not require an exorbitant budget. However, to guarantee the compliance of your container house, we always recommend that you call on the services of a specialist. The latter has the essential expertise to bring your project to fruition. Indeed, the latter will accompany you throughout the construction. From the preparation of the land to the design of the plan and the installation of the container.

– Land preparation
Know that the container will serve as the structural envelope for your new home. It will therefore be subject to the same structural work stages. Before acquiring your containers, it is imperative to level the ground and build the foundations. However, in order to speed up the construction, you have the possibility of raising the containers using supports. For example, you can use steel plates or consider a slab, pillars or concrete strips.

– Choice and purchase of the container
The choice of container depends solely on your budget as well as your needs. Referring to the land area, you can choose containers from 20 to 40 feet with an average height of 2.44 m to 2.59 m. The shipping containers are prefabricated in the factory. It is therefore preferable to order them in advance so that the professional can study the condition and characteristics of the containers before purchasing. The latter will also help you choose the right containers for the construction of your home. Be aware that the reception of this material requires additional devices such as a crane. This advocates the importance of requesting an estimate of the charges from a specialist.

The plan of a container house

– Establishment of the plan of a container house
Before the delivery of the pre-selected containers, you must draw up the construction plan for your container house. The container house is an ultra-modular dwelling. Which means you can wield the material in ways that create shapes and accentuate the design of your home. Thus, you have the possibility of building a custom-made container dwelling.

– Consideration of legal procedures
Like all construction or building renovation work, the construction of a container house must follow certain rules. Before proceeding with the construction of this type of accommodation, you must first have a building permit subject to compliance with the provisions of the PLU (Local Urbanization Plan) of your locality. These sets of rules govern the color, the inclination of the roofs as well as the aspect of the facades.
To ensure that your container accommodation complies with town planning rules, you can request a CUO (Certificate of Operational Town Planning) from the town hall. The latter includes all the legal provisions related to the construction of your container house. You must also sign a construction contract (CCMI) to guarantee all the work.

Install containers
Once the prerequisites have been met, you can now proceed with the installation of your container house.

– Establish openings
Before cutting the openings of the container house, remember to reinforce the structures of your containers to avoid any accident. The cutting must also be carried out by a professional at the risk of damaging the walls of the containers. To guarantee optimal air flow inside the house, we advise you to start by cutting the windows. During this process, you may damage the anticorrosive paint of the container. One more reason to seek the services of a specialist.

– Furnish the container house
It is now time to carry out the development of your container house so that it complies with the standards. To do this, first of all, you will need to prepare the ground. This part of the container is often subjected to strong chemical treatment. To avoid the contraction of any disease linked to these chemical agents, it is important to remove the floor covering and then add a subfloor. Once finished, you can install a wooden cladding to consolidate the structure and improve container insulation.



Insulation of a container house
Insulation container home
Insulation container home

– Carry out insulation work
The insulation of a container house is a real challenge to carry out in summer than in winter. In fact, to guarantee the thermal insulation of your home, you can opt for two solutions, namely: • Interior insulation • Exterior insulation If you choose exterior insulation, you can install a wooden frame, a structure straw or even wool. They are indeed effective thermal insulators against steel. The external insulation should be between 10 to 30 cm thick to guarantee optimal insulation. In order to provide good thermal inertia, polyurethane foam remains a good alternative. To insulate inside, you can use insulating panels and coat them with coatings to improve its design. You can also use the same insulators of an external insulation by respecting precise measurements. If you plan to insulate your container home from the inside, seek the advice of a pro.

– Carry out the electrical installation and the hydraulic connection
When you have completed all the installation steps of the container house, you can proceed with the electrical installation and connect your home to the hydraulic network to ensure the evacuation of water. This is the penultimate stage of the construction of a container house. The electrical installation of this type of dwelling does not differ from the system of other dwellings such as the wooden house. However, the principles differ for the drainage system. If you opt for interior insulation, take into consideration the sealing of the walls to prevent bad weather. In order to prevent rusting of the container, you must apply anti-rust products during the waterproofing work of the container house.

Construction pitfalls to avoid

Two main pitfalls directly concern container homes. First, if the economic and ecological attraction of the container is great, do not believe that it is guaranteed that you can integrate a container house in the neighborhood or the city of your choice. Building permits are subject to strict rules and it is imperative to take all the necessary information beforehand.

Second, think about the design and interior layout of your future home before you even make a decision that is irrevocable. The narrowness of the containers will force you to be full of inventiveness and creativity, and it will be too late to turn back once the construction process has begun.

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