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Are there any firms in the Houston area that have experience with designing and constructing shipping container homes? I have looked at Numen's mod's, so I am familiar with them. Any other firms you could point me towards?

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Interesting idea, sounds better suited for a drier climate than we have. I know those things are designed to work on ships in the ocean, but I wonder how long they are expected to hold up. 

 

Probably longer than a mobile home, but that's a pretty low expectation. 

 

Building them out is probably not that difficult. Getting it permitted wherever you intend to install it may be the more difficult part. 

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Any firm.  Architects should be able to design within the constraints that a shipping container allows.

 

Nate99 is of course correct in that it would be difficult in quite a few areas to get a shipping container house permitted.  There is one in Galveston, I'll see if I can find the street address.

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Moon Tower Inn was renovated with shipping containers. I think they went through some big permit headaches, because they were closed for over a year. They might be able to point you to their contractor.

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I was the Architect for Moon Tower Inn.  The permitting process was more difficult a couple of years back when the CIty was new to the structure type, but now KDLab has several other projects that have been permitted with both conventional slab on grade construction and pier and beam.  Feel free to reach out if interested in knowing more.  I will be giving a second presentation at the Green Buillding Resource Center on these types of structures for Commercial and Residential uses in September...

 

www.kineticdesignlab.com

 

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Heh. I just happened to run across a post on Facebook last night from the guy who lives in the house visible directly to the right of those shipping containers in the pic above. Suffice to say that he is not at all happy with the new stack o'metal that has arisen next door.

 

The developer started a discussion on Reddit about this project that seems to have almost immediately turned into a serious dumpster fire. 

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I lived in container apartments in Huntsville. 

There were three different containers and the front and back walls were all glass. Here that all glass view is covered with plywood. 

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I'm curious. How are the containers fixed to each other, and how are they anchored to the ground?

 

Edit: I see now that some are slab on grade and some pier and beam, but again, how are they anchored?

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Pretty sure it is our project given the marketing material and original drawings in our possession.

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2016.10.09 - Moon Tower Inn - 028.jpg

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I lived in one of those. (I have my own thread somewhere on this forum about the ones I lived in. What up, Huntsville Cube Square). But back to what I was saying, three shipping containers is about 1000 square feet, so this is a pretty big house. Roomier than a lot of the rowhouses I've seen. 

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5 hours ago, EllenOlenska said:

I lived in one of those. (I have my own thread somewhere on this forum about the ones I lived in. What up, Huntsville Cube Square). But back to what I was saying, three shipping containers is about 1000 square feet, so this is a pretty big house. Roomier than a lot of the rowhouses I've seen. 

Nice! Share the link I would like to take a look at said thread

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