The modular nature and industrial roots of most shipping container conversions are for a lot of people its biggest appeals.

Shipping containers are reusable, modular and robust, and in many cases, people want to keep that look in their conversion projects as a nod to its history and hardworking heritage.

However, if you want the convenience of a shipping container build but without the distinct corrugated edges, here are some ways to make your container house a home.


Consider Cladding

Ultimately, like any other house, the exterior layer is not necessarily protective, and as a result, can be customised any way you like once they are fitted in place.

A cladding material such as wood, an interesting paint design or decorative graphics can go a long way to personalising and transforming the exterior of a shipping container home.

Shipping container homes have so many different looks these days, from ones that embrace the rugged roots of the material to those that look almost indistinguishable from a contemporary home built using conventional methods.


Do Not Forget Insulation

Shipping containers do not typically come with insulation as standard, so one of the first jobs will be to fit insulation into the walls.

Spray-foam insulation material is the most effective type as it is easy to apply to the corrugated metal and is relatively low-maintenance.

Insulation not only helps keep a container cool in winter but provides a barrier from the heat during the summer months as well.


Integrate As Much As Possible

Shipping containers are long, but ultimately there is only so much you can do in a single case, so much like with a caravan the key is to make the most of the space you have available.

Integrate furniture, lighting, wiring and as many essentials as possible into the walls, floor and ceiling, maximise the amount of floor space you have, and factor in the proportions of your container with each purchase.


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