Sustainable Container Design

There are some things you don’t forget …like the moment you realize how passionate about something you are, and the pleasure of finding out that someone close to you happens to be equally as passionate about the same thing -- Although brewing for several years, the Cargo Castles “aha moment” came during a random discussion about demographic housing disparities in our home state of Delaware. Our inner cities… the northern corridor… our beautiful beaches… and central and southern farmlands all face challenges moving forward in these economically uncertain times. As I voiced my opinion a memorable smile came across my fellow contractors’ face and she began to tell me her secret love of shipping container architecture and how it could tastefully and economically be implemented in all four of the aforementioned scenarios. As the conversation ramped up it was soon my turn to smile; and somewhere between brownfield revitalization and the practical application of pilings on sandy terrain I reach over to a cabinet next to me and produce floor plans and sketches of modified containers I also had been developing -- and we both about fell out of our chairs. Needless to say from that and several other moments since we have come together to either design, build, or live a little more consciously through our love of that simple, mass produced, underutilized, readily available, and relatively inexpensive innovation we all know as
“the shipping container”
Sara Stewart

Contractor | President

Charles Hall

Contractor | Operations

Denis Huderski

Architect | Advisor

Sometimes "where" and "what" to research can get complicated...If you are looking to develop a residential shipping container project but are having trouble getting started, give us a call and we'll point you in the right direction.

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our approach

All problems are solved by good design.

Steven Gardner once said “Good buildings come from good people, and all problems are solved by good design.” As responsible Residential Design/Build Contractors, we have a habit of producing well-conceived, environmentally conscious… brilliant architecture.

Over the past few years, little by little we have been fostering ideas within our communities about the implementation of shipping containers as a sustainable alternative to residential housing. We have found that there are both pros AND cons to this form of construction that go beyond the obvious permitting process or knowing how much support you’ll need if you want to cantilever one container on top of another. Price, Climate, Use, Maintenance, Materials, Condition, and Purpose are all contributing factors in container housing. How those factors are applied, for what purpose and why becomes the difference between well budgeted award winning architecture…. and a well-meaning steel box with windows and doors cut out.

At Cargo Castles our core belief is to achieve the former through the strict application of a four part design philosophy in every project we undertake.

  • Value

    When properly executed, a fully developed container project costs on average 15-20% less to produce.

  • Strength

    Shipping containers are earthquake proof and the COR-TEN corrugated steel structure allows these units to be stacked up to 12 high when empty.

  • Sustainability

    With a 38M unit surplus - repurposing containers, harvesting rainwater, or harnessing the sun - can't be bad on the environment or for our children.

  • High-end Finishes

    If you follow through on the finishes, you essentially end up with a contemporary housing "value" at a less than stick built "cost".

container floor plans

The Hemingway
2300 sqft | 9 – 45ft HC Shipping Containers
Coming Soon … This floor plan boasts 2300 sqft. and is made out of 9 shipping containers.
Projected release date for this floor plan: mid July 2015… Coming Soon
The Ruskin
2400sqft | 9 – 40ft HC Shipping Containers
Coming Soon … This floor plan boasts 2300 sqft. and is made out of 9 shipping containers.
Projected release date for this floor plan: mid July 2015… Coming Soon
The Walden
2400sqft | 9 – 40ft HC Shipping Containers
Coming Soon … This floor plan boasts 2300 sqft. and is made out of 9 shipping containers.
Projected release date for this floor plan: mid July 2015… Coming Soon
The Patton
2400sqft | 9 – 40ft HC Shipping Containers
Coming Soon … This floor plan boasts 2300 sqft. and is made out of 9 shipping containers.
Projected release date for this floor plan: mid July 2015… Coming Soon

If you would like more information on the above container housing floor plans or would like to discuss contracting our services on an upcoming build; feel free to reach out and we'll be happy to help.

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