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The Benefits of Build a Container House

  • Compared with traditional housing, they have a great price advantage. A brand new container that can be entered immediately costs only about US$2,500. They are generally more cost-effective than traditional housing because they require less building materials and labor to build.
  • The installation speed of the container is very fast. Only 3 workers are needed to complete the construction of a container house in one day.
  • They are modular structures. This means that the container is easy to install and can be flexibly laid out. The standard size of our container house is 20 feet. It can be stacked up to 3 floors, and the container housing bureau is flexible, suitable for workers’ dormitories, temporary offices, conference rooms, prefabricated classrooms, hospitals, etc.
  • They are durable, low-maintenance, and safe. The overall frame of the container is made of galvanized, which can withstand the harsh weather conditions in remote areas better than traditional houses.
  • Repeatable disassembly and assembly, easy to move. The container can be repeatedly disassembled and transported to any place, which is very suitable for the construction site where the project site needs to be changed.
  • The material can be recycled. Steel is one of the most common recycled materials on the planet, and up to 90% of the materials that make up the container are recyclable. All you don’t have to worry about wasting resources.

7 Steps to Build a Container House

For non-professionals,  how to build a container house step by step is not easy. To simplify the operation, we made a video of the installation of a standard container unit and wrote the container house installation guide so that you can quickly complete the installation.

Step 1. Main Steel Structure Frame Installation.

  • Install the ground beam. Place the corner joints and ground beam on the level. Connect the corner joints and fix them with bolts. Do not tighten it too tightly to facilitate correction after. After connecting, use a ruler to correct the angle to ensure that the bottom of the house is rectangular. The spirit level is adjusted horizontally to ensure that the bottom of the house is level.
  • Install the purlin of the ground frame, please install the two purlins in the middle first. At the same time, use a ruler to correct the size to be consistent with the angle head size data, then tighten the bolts and install other purlins.
  • Install four columns. Be careful not to tighten the screws too tightly, and you should use a level to correct the verticality.
  • Lay the floor. then connect the long beam and corner joints on the ground, then lift it up and place it on the corner post, connect each corner head with bolts, and also pay attention not to tighten the bolts. Secondly, connect the two short beams. Finally, tighten the bolts.
  • Install the roof purlin is the same as installing the ground purlin, but also install the middle purlin first, and the middle distance is the same as the two ends.

Step 2. Installation of Drainage Structures,Divided Into Two Steps.

1). Install the water gutter. First, paste the sealing atrip on the back of the water gutter along the edge. Embed the water gutter and fix it on the roof beam.
2). Install the downspouts.

The installation of the main steel frame of a standard container unit has been completed. Next, we continue to the installation.

Step 3. Install the Wall Panels in Order, Including the Door and Windows.

Fix the bottom and top of the wall panel to the beam. The standard container house unit has one door and two windows, which are flexible and can be changed according to the needs.
Then, install the concealed project “electrical circuits”. fix the wire on the steel wire and pass it through the wall panel. At the time of attention should be paid to the technology and material use of waterproof construction to ensure safe living.

Step 4. Install the Ceiling Panels.

You need to fix two 30mmx50mm purlins at the top purlin, for fixing the ceiling panels. Then, place a ceiling panel and do support, and then fix it at both ends.

Step 5. Lay the Roof Steel Sheet.

First, cut the glass wool to a suitable size and then lay it on the roof. Then laying the roof steel sheet.

Step 6. Lay the Floor Leather. First, brush a layer of floor leather glue on the ground, then paste it.

Step 7. Install the Corner Line of the top, Side, and Bottom.

Yes, the installation of a single container unit is all completed.

Choosing The Right type of Container House Foundation

It should be noted that before building a container house, you need to consider the foundation of the container house. These foundations determine the strength of the house. Therefore, the basis for choosing the right type is very important.
The main considerations when designing the foundation include:


According to the type of foundation laying, including the cost in advance will have your reasonable planning budget.


The type of foundation also depends on the container building structure you plan to build.
The secondary considerations when designing the foundation include:

• Local soil type
• Number of combined containers

Soil Type

The type of soil in your area determines the type of foundation you choose. Soft soil requires a deep foundation, while for hard soil, a superficial foundation is sufficient. This is because the hard soil can bear the weight of the container to a large extent.
Number of combined containers
The greater the number of combined containers, the more weight the foundation can bear, which also determines the strength of the foundation you need to choose. If you choose the wrong base type, it will have a catastrophic impact on your entire container building.

Basic Type

All traditional household foundations can also be used for container houses. You can categorize them as:

• Shallow
• Deep

The shallow layer is very close to the ground, about 15 cm above the ground. The deep foundation can be laid at a depth of up to 10 meters. There are many types of foundations, but the two most commonly used foundations during construction include concrete piers and ground slabs.

Concrete Pier

Concrete piers are the cheapest and simplest foundation. They are a shallow foundation recommended for most container houses. They are concrete cubes containing steel reinforcement. These steel bars provide strength to the concrete. You need to dig the foundation pit according to the soil condition and the size of the container building, then insert the meshed steel wire or steel bar into it, pour the cement, and wait for it to solidify. One container requires six concrete piers. Four of them are used to provide support at the corners of the container. The remaining two are placed in the center of the container to increase the support of the middle part. The concrete piers will not allow the container to directly touch the ground, and this helps to ventilate and drain the bottom.

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Concrete Pier Foundation

Ground Slab Foundation

The ground slab is more expensive than the cost of the pier foundation. For soft soils, this type of foundation is very effective. This type of foundation is less susceptible to termite infestation because there is no hollow space in the foundation. However, if your local climate is relatively humid and rainy, you may face frequent floor maintenance problems. Therefore, you need to choose a suitable foundation type according to the geographical environment and climatic characteristics. You can also inform us in advance so that we can help you make a professional judge.

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Ground Slab Foundation

Final Note:

If you still do not understand this installation step, please watch our installation video carefully, or contact us directly, we will provide you more professional installation guide.

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