Internally Framing a House in Shipping Containers

Framing a house inside shipping containers is quite different to a normal timber frame house. There is a metal framework already there but you can't attach plasterboard onto it and the walls usually aren't straight so the walls need to be framed with timber


The easiest way to build the frame is on the inside on the container wall just like a normal timber framed house. 

As most of our rooms were only one width of one container, what we did is set in the timber framework back into the container wall so very little width was lost.

Then the rooms could be as wide as possible, this method is best when using one container wide rooms.

If you were making a room joining 2 shipping containers together 'side by side' then losing that extra width probably would not matter.



'This is a 20 foot shipping container that has been internally framed ready
for the plasterboard to be attached'

framing a house shipping container internal


'Close up of the internal framing in the corner of the shipping container'

framing a house with timber

As you can see in this image the ceiling is framed in the normal way so the plasterboard can be attached to the timber and not losing much roof space.
The shipping containers are 'high cube' so they are 9'6" on the outside.



'This is a 20 foot container that will be a bedroom, the container doors have been shut and then framed to attach the plasterboard and the wardrobe frame has been done'

framing a house internal walls shipping container


'Below is an image of the back forty foot container that has a bedroom, toilet, back entrance and bathroom/laundry so there several dividing walls and a wardrobe'

framing a house internal walls shipping container home

 The image has been taken from the bedroom which is about 6 metres long or half of the 12 metre (40 foot) container, the first door on the right goes into the central living room from the bedroom.

After the bedroom is the toilet room with a sliding door, then the back entrance which has an external door on the left and the door on the right goes into the living room.

The last room is the bathroom and laundry in one room, on the left is the laundry trough, washing machine and cupboards then the shower and vanity unit is on the opposite wall.






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