A place to live while building your primary home
This is what we recommend:
Single 40’ 1-trip "new" Hi-cube container with-
Elastomeric coating to reflect heat.
3 windows- 6' x 4' vinyl sliders and a 6' glass sliding door.
Basic 36” x 36” shower stall, toilet, sink and basic bathroom hardware/accessories.
Efficiency kitchen with single counter top and lower cabinets, sink.
Overhead fluorescent lighting (4 lights), 8 electrical outlets. (We are not wild about fluorescent lighting, but it is very economical. We can install other lighting if desired.) Going with no insulation and drywall will save you quite a bit of money, but it can get very cold at night. We can insulate, install drywall and paint for about $6k. It is a big job which starts with light gauge steel studs welded through out the interior walls and ceiling. Wiring on insulated models is all inside of the drywall and looks much nicer, plus the corrugated walls are now covered up and completely flat, and square to the floor, making it much easier to clean the floor. This economy model’s flooring is the wood floors that come with the container, sealed and painted with oil-based floor enamel coating.
Total cost as outlined above is about $25k with bath and kitchenette, and without heat reflective coating, insulation or drywall. If you want the coating, add $1-2k, exact cost depends on how many walls you want coated. You can get away with just coating the roof and west facing wall for about $1k. Shipping and trucking is additional. Price is an estimate and does not include a shed roof structure. Cost varies depending on which island and what specific location you are at. These costs quoted here do not include any permits or drafting. A shed roof structure does shade the structure, and that is a good thing, but costs more and is not absolutely necessary. You can build a legal, permitted home on the big island without a formal roof structure added. Even on Oahu, you can used tapered foam insulation glued down to the containers metal roof covered by a single-ply roofing membrane to save money if you want to.The final choices are made by you after meeting with us and kicking around the various options and costs. After your main home is ready to occupy, we can sell your temporary container home for you, hopefully recouping most of your investment, or you could permit it as a workshop or office from the get-go and keep it on your property with your main house. Call us to discuss your options.
Our legal & permittable single 40’ container home
Several customers have been issued building permits for single 40’ container homes, the most recent was issued in 2012.There are not a lot of built-ins or counter tops etc. This is because there is a law which states that there is a minimum number of unencumbered square feet to qualify as a legal home, so we have designed it to meet the legal minimums. From this, you can add-on later with another container structure that connects to it, and have a small efficiency apartment with bathroom and kitchen to live in while building your dream home or future addition connected to this single container home base. With our legal single container home, you have an instant roof over your head with bathroom, shower, kitchen, living area and secure storage the minute you put this single 40’ container on your property. Don’t forget- you could permit this as an office or workroom and forgo the kitchen so you would also be able to build your dream home on the same lot and be able to keep this shipping container structure on your lot permanently. We can build these homes at our Kalaeloa Oahu facility and ship out to every Hawaiian Island, or we can also build it on your lot- cost depends on options and which island your property is on. This saves shipping costs, but on-site labor is higher, so the cost should be pretty close when all is said and done. Delivery, shipping and set-up need to be quoted on an individual basis. We are available to discuss all of your particular requirements, the various options and costs.