Our Shipping Container House Plans 

Use an Online Floorplanner to Design your House

Our shipping container house plans are our design that is a basic plan that worked perfectly for us. We wanted the containers on one level and they had to be able to be separated and relocated to the block of land where the house would be completed.

We built the container house as 'Owner Builders' so we were responsible for all work by completed by us and contractors when necessary.


Arranging the 2 x 40 foot (12 metres) and 2 x 20 (6 metres) foot containers in a square and adding the central area as a living room allowed us to have everything we required. The 3 bedrooms, large living area, excellent kitchen and bathroom area with access at the front and rear of the house.

The living area was completed after we relocated the 4 containers to our block of land. The containers were setup on the stumps, after the roof was on the living area was constructed.

Arranging the 2 x 40 foot (12 metres) and 2 x 20 (6 metres) foot containers in a square and adding the central area as a living room allowed us to have everything we required. The 3 bedrooms, large living area, excellent kitchen and bathroom area with access at the front and rear of the house.

The living area was completed after we relocated the 4 containers to our block of land. The containers were setup on the stumps, after the roof was on the living area was constructed.

I used an online floor planner called the Floorplanner there are many others and it is a good idea to try several out to see what suits you.

Some online planners are easier to use and others are more complex and may take longer to learn to use, but the detailed results will be well worth investing the extra time.


The floor plan below shows the shipping containers placed in a square
and the
central area which is the living room.

floor plan shipping container house home



All the cutouts of the containers for large openings, windows or doors have to approved by a structural engineer. So that the strength and integrity of the containers is not changed at all and the walls or roof of the containers were not going to move or collapse.

The strength of shipping containers is all in the floor and the 4 corner posts, cutting holes for openings, doors and windows must always be re-strengthened with a welded steel frame as specified by the structural engineer.



The shipping container house plans below show the layout of the rooms, the main change we had to make is the large cutout in the front 40 foot container.

shipping container house home floor plan


DIY Shipping Container Home Building

To constructshipping container home building is an exciting challenge which of course has many stages to work through, like all houses and buildings it starts with paperwork

Plans, planning and preparation are always the key to a successful 'building project' from a 'cubby house' to a large construction of any kind.

Take the time to really understand what work is involved, ask plenty of questions and research when necessary.
It may save you from making mistakes that maybe costly or difficult to fix later.

Find out much more about the process of our shipping container home building



This shipping container house plan below shows basically how we have the furniture set out
which works really well, we are extremely happy with our 'shipping container house'

plan layout of shipping container house home furniture


About Building an 'Owner Builder' House

The best place to start when you are thinking about building an 'Owner Builder' house is to read and find out as much as you can so you can be sure it is what you want to do.

Planning and more planning is the key to being organised and keeping your 'building' project on track and finished on time and within your budget.

Find out how to prepare to become an 'owner builder' - complete the owner builder course - the rules and regulations vary for each state or territory - working with your local council or shire is very important when building your owner builder house.

It is not easy, the rewards can be great, it is very satisfying to say 'we built our house'.



Buying Shipping Containers For Your House

Buying shipping containers is interesting and exciting when you are building a container house. You need to have finalised your plans so you know what size and how many containers to purchase. I recommend using the 'high cube' containers which are 9'6" high instead of the standard 8' 6" height.

When you see shipping containers in a backyard or elsewhere they aren't very interesting but when you are buying them to build a house they are much more interesting. 
When they are delivered you can 'really' start to imagine what your 'container house' will look like.

Good luck, here are some tips for when you are going to buy your shipping containers.


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