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Container Homes: A New Concept

The Gorilla Designs Company based in Salt Lake City, US are working and designing old shipping containers to be affordable, high quality homes that last a lifetime…

After Katrina, we realized that normal houses and traditional materials can’t stand up to global warming and the new storms that will come with it,” they said, “We wanted to make something that could stand the test of time.”

Shipping containers can withstand a lot of force. The average shipping container is rated to carry 67,000 pounds, and can withstand eight other fully-loaded shipping containers resting on top of it. That’s about 376 tons per square inch.

The floor of many shipping containers is made out of hardwoods and once sanded and varnished can produced a rich, beautiful colour that would typically cost thousands!

The thought of living in a big rectangular box may not seem all that appealing, but a shipping container home typically isn’t just one long room. Walls are cut out and then several containers are welded together for larger rooms.

As long as the welds are good, the containers remain tightly sealed, nearly doubling the energy efficiency when compared with a traditional wood frame house.

A welded shipping container home only takes around two months to complete!

Sussex Transport would be only too happy to assist you if you are thinking of creating your own Container Home. Our fleet of HIAB’s are familiar with loading and moving container cabins as part of their day to day work!