Innovative Real Estate Podcast Show Notes

EPISODE 2 - Cargo Architecture 101: What You NEED To Know About Building With Shipping Containers

 

What is it REALLY like building with Shipping Containers? If you've looked into this innovative construction method, you've most likely found a lot of conflicting information.
 

Our recommendation? Take your advice from the experts: Three Squared has 13 completed projects and 37 active projects... with 4 of these under construction at the time of this recording.
 

We're an open book, and on this episode we share our REAL WORLD experience of designing & building with containers... the pro's & con's as well as how to avoid hiccups along the way.
 

Here's a glimpse at what you'll learn from us in this episode:

   •    The top concerns & misconception about building with shipping containers... and how to navigate through them.
   •    What makes shipping containers such a fascinating building material.
   •    The secret to building FASTER & how that translates into COST SAVINGS.
   •    How Three Squared navigates permitting & building code the right way.
   •    Container homes VS. traditional homes when they are appraised.
   •    The easiest way to avoid exposure to toxic materials.
   •    Breck's Project Highlight of The Week: Cass Tiny Home!​​

“Wow, that [traditional] building took 6 months to frame… and we could have done it inside of 3 weeks [with containers].” 

- Leslie Horn (CEO of Three Squared, Inc.)

Show Notes:

  • 0:05 - Introduction to the second episode.

  • 1:18 - Where to find Three Squared’s Instagram & Website

  • 1:42 - Questions? Submit them directly to us here!

  • 1:56 - Leslie’s introduction into Episode 2.

    • 2:10 - The story of Three Squared’s very first project

    • 3:44 - How many completed & active projects do we have?

  • 4:34 - Breck’s highlight of the week: Cass Tiny Home

  • 6:08 - What you need to know about using shipping containers as a building material

    • 7:50 - General overview of shipping containers and why they make good building materials. 

      • 9:16 - #1 Shipping containers are always going to be around.

      • 9:21 - #2 Shipping containers are easy to move.

    • 9:50 - Shipping containers are readily available and standardized.

  • 10:16/10:28 - Pro’s & Con’s: The good, the bad, the ugly, and the beautiful.

    • 10:40 - Why use containers? 

      • 11:08 - A different way of doing things, and the benefits.

      • 13:08 - You can put a building together very quickly. 

    • 14:06 - Leslie’s favorite benefit of building with shipping containers.

    • 14:28 - How they can save you time and money. 

    • 16:17 - What are the sustainability advantages?

      • 16:25 - Issue of containers piling up, not just in the United States, but internationally. 

      • 16:48 - It takes far more energy to melt a container vs. modifying it into a building material.

    • 17:33 - Time invested to meet building code. 

      • 17:49 - Design options that make Three Squared’s buildings energy efficient. 

    • 18:14 - The unique factor of shipping container structures. 

      • 19:04 - Appraisal of Three Squared’s buildings. 

    • 20:11 - How do we choose the best containers to build with?

      • 20:20 - Shipping containers are incredibly strong. 

      • 21: 21 - Shipping containers are made out of patented Corten Steel.

        • 21:37 - What about rust on shipping containers? Will that affect a building?

    • 23:47 - What about shipping containers that carry toxic materials? 

      • 24:19 - Rules and standards for how toxic materials are packed and shipped. 

      • 24:54 - Three Squared does not use containers that shipped toxic materials. 

    • 27:59 - Final thoughts to close out Episode 2.

    • 28:19 - The top misconceptions about building with shipping containers.

    • 29:00 - The potential to do more with shipping containers. 

    • 30: 47 - Why Three Squared is here to stay. 

    • 31:44 - What we have in store for future episodes & what you can expect.

    • 32: 15 - Find us here to get in contact with our team and have a conversation!

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