Innovative Real Estate Podcast Show Notes

EPISODE 7 - FAQ Session: Your Quick Start Guide to Container Home Foundations, Insulation & Roofing​​

In this episode series, we cover as many FAQs as we possibly can in 30 minutes. These are some of the TOP questions we get over & again as experts in the container home industry.

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

  • How to know what kind of foundation you'll need for your home.

  • One weird myth about insulating container homes & how this ACTUALLY works in all climate zones. 

  • What kind of roof is required for container homes?

  • Our best advice for balancing your design choices with your budget & cost fluctuations.

  • Breck's Project Highlight of The Week: The Beechwood House! 


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“Code is the absolute bare minimum you can do. We blow codes out of the water because we want to make sure we are making good buildings."

- Breck Crandell (Director of Design) 

Show Notes:

  • 0:32 - Introduction into episode 7

  • 1:31 - Breck's Project Highlight of the week: The Beechwood House

  • 5:14 - What are the foundation requirements for shipping containers? 

    • 6:31 - The ground factor of foundations. ​

    • 6:49 - Clients needs and their location play a major role in designing a sound foundation. 

    • 8:49 - Importance of talking to a structural engineer. 

    • 10:20 - What to do to keep pests out. 

  • 12:03 - How are shipping containers insulated? 

    • 12:41 - Insulation is determined by location and the use of the building. 

    • 13:29 - Exceeding codes is how Three Squared makes great structures.  

    • 13:54  - One example of how we insulate buildings in Michigan. 

    • 15:12 - Concerns about the temperature on the the outside walls of a shipping container. 

    • 17:40 - Evolving building science when entering new climate zones, ex: Florida. 

  • 19:16 - What happens when a municipality doesn't want the exterior of the containers to be shown.

  • 22:00 - What is the verdict of roofing for shipping containers? 

    •  22:30 - What you want and the aesthetic of other buildings determines the style of your roof.

    •  23:48 - Roofing all comes down to getting the water away from your building. 

    • 24:15 - The cost fluctuation of roofs. 

    • 26:26 - Unique roofs styles Three Squared has created. 

  • 28:00 - Concluding thoughts for Ep. 7. 

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