07. FAQ Session: Your Quick Start Guide to Container Home Foundations, Insulation & Roofing

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!

Find the full show notes from today's episode here. For behind the scenes footage, project updates & more, follow @threesquaredinc on Instagram. >> Ask us about your project here. To learn more about designing & building with shipping containers, check out these supplemental episodes: 1) Best Advice for Beginner Developers: How to Start & How Much It Will Cost 2) Cargo Architecture 101: What You NEED to Know About Building with Shipping Containers

“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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