Setting Up Shipping Container Home

Setting up container home

Setting up a shipping container home is more convenient than constructing a traditional house. If you are planning to construct one, you must have a strong understanding of the steps associated with it. Then you will be able to complete the construction without facing any struggles and move into your new living space.

Here are some of the most prominent steps associated with setting up a new shipping container home.

  • Bottom spray-foam insulation

To make your container home habitable, you should think about insulation. Out of different insulation methods available to consider, you must pay special attention to spray foam insulation. It can deliver effective results to you at the end of the day.

One of the best things about spray foam insulation is that it is continuous. Hence, it has the ability to expand into crannies, nooks, and cracks of your container home. Therefore, you will be able to create a strong barrier, which is resisting the movement of air. On top of that, it can minimize the overall transfer of heat.

When it comes to spray form insulation, you will have multiple options available to consider as well. Open-cell spray polyurethane foam is not something that we can recommend. That’s because it can allow the movement of air in between cells.

While keeping that in mind, let’s take a look at the steps that you should be following for spray foam insulation.

  • Prepare the surface

The very first thing you should do is to prepare the surface. For example, you should turn the container to the side where you need to insulate.

  •  Prepare the area

As the next thing, you should prepare the specific area that you need to insulate. You need to make sure that it is clean and doesn’t have any dust or debris. You can use a vacuum cleaner to get this job done. Otherwise, foam insulation will be prevented from adhering to the surface.

  • Spray form

Once the area is clean, you can get the equipment ready and proceed with spray foam insulation. You will need to hold the spray nozzle about 15 inches from the wall and proceed with insulation. You can spray the foam in a back and forth motion, which is similar to applying paint.


  • Let the foam dry

You should next allow the foam to dry. You should do that for around 30 minutes.

  • Inspect the surface

Once you are done with insulation, you can inspect the surface and check if you have missed anything.

  • Creating your road

The next step would be to create the road. This is where you can think about using a bulldozer. You can rent a bulldozer and create the road that leads to the shipping container house as per your needs. It is better if you can do this at the initial stage so that you will be able to take the supplies needed for the building of your shipping container house with ease.

You will be able to use the bulldozer in order to cut down all large trees that are in the path. When you are pushing the trees, you should be mindful of the risks as well. For example, there is a risk for the trees to land on top of the bulldozer. Hence, it is better to handover the work to someone who is experienced.

The blade of the bulldozer will assist in knocking the stumps out from your path. You should push them to the sides of the road to create the path. You should also use the blade of the bulldozer to peel away topsoil. In case if your path is on top of a slope, you will need to think about pushing soil downhill, instead of pushing it uphill. This is where you can take advantage of gravity, instead of working against gravity.

You can then use the bulldozer to smooth out the road surface by driving over it. By keeping the blade of the bulldozer constant, you will be able to do it. Along with that, you will need to spread gravel over the surface of the road. This will help you to stabilize the overall surface of the road. Once you do that, you don’t need to worry about getting that wash out during a storm.

  • Preparing the foundation – read in detail here!


  • Dragging the shipping containers into place

Dragging the shipping containers into place will not be a difficult thing to do, especially when you are having the right tools. For example, you can use a delivery truck to move the shipping containers to the location. Make sure that you unload them facing in the correct direction. Also, ensure that you don’t have to drag them uphill. You can also place some logs under the shipping container, which can help you to drag it into place. After placing the shipping containers, you can hook the shipping containers to a backhoe and pull them into the correct place.


You should next attach the shipping containers to the foundations. This is where you need expert support. For example, you will need to use a crane to move the shipping containers around. You will also be able to use the crane and stack the shipping containers on top of each other. This all depends on the plan you have and your preferences. When you position the containers, you should weld them and ensure that they hold in place.

Final words

These are some of the most prominent steps associated with setting up a shipping container house. You can follow these steps and complete the construction. However, you will also need to focus on the other minor details, such as landscaping and decorating. If you have the skill to proceed with the above-mentioned steps, you can do it on your own. If not, you should contact experts and seek professional assistance to complete the setting up of your shipping container house.

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