WHAT SIZES DO YOU OFFER?
We use both 20ft (6m) and 40ft ( 12m) standard size shipping containers in our plans, plus we also make 10ft options as clip on rooms or as separate utility rooms.
Our Lifestaks plans range from 20ft to 40ft self-contained units to multiples and various sizes.
HOW MUCH DO THEY COST?
This is the most commonly asked question, so we want to give you a realistic idea of what one may cost.
Container housing has the same costs associated with building traditional homes such as insulation, wallboard, electrical, plumbing, additional roof, kitchen, bathroom, Engineering and design consent drawings Etc. We provide a base price for each of our floor plans on the specific page. We then have an options sheet which allows you to select various upgrades or, in some cases, remove certain items from the base unit.
DO YOU OFFER FINANCING?
As the Lifestaks range are built to the New Zealand code and can be consented through your local Council, most Banks will provide Mortgages on these buildings with the appropriate criteria being met. (You may require a larger deposit as these are not considered mainstream by the banks)
Speak to us if you require assistance with mortgage finance as we may be able to help.
ARE THEY MOBILE? CAN I TRANSPORT THEM?
While shipping containers were made to be easily transported, they are not conducive to placing on a trailer and moving around each weekend as some you see on TV. (Those are made on trailers and not designed to comply with the building code) We do have a range of smaller units that can be easily moved for this type of accommodation; however our consented housing range is more for permanent sites. They are much easier dwellings to move later on than conventional housing.
ARE SITE WORKS, FOUNDATIONS, DELIVERY AND INSTALLATION INCLUDED IN THE PRICE?
Transport, Site works and installation is not included in our prices. The Foundation and transport costs for container buildings are generally significantly cheaper than for other transportable buildings. We will provide quotations for these on a case by case basis.
HOW ARE THEY INSULATED?
We use closed cell spray foam insulation in the walls, ceilings and floors of our container units. This not only provides the maximum insulation possible, it also reinforces what is already the strongest construction available. As these are containers and not traditional wood construction, they start out wind and water tight. The only holes in the container are those we cut for doors and windows (and raised ceilings if applicable). Because of this, the containers heat and cool very quickly.
WHAT ABOUT BUILDING CODES AND PLANNING?
Our buildings are designed to meet the building code (in fact they far exceed the code in many areas) and we have consented homes in many areas of New Zealand. Problems are more likely to be around planning rules for your site rather than building rules. We will take care of your Building consents.
HOW LONG IS THE BUILDING PROCESS?
It takes around three months to build a container
house however you need to allow for your planning and decision making plus consent times which can be up to 3 months. We can give you a more exact time frame when you order.
HOW ARE THE SERVICES CONNECTED AND IS THAT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE?
The utilities (electric, water, sewer/septic) are connected the same as they would be in a normal house. Of course, we can customize this based on your need.. We discuss all of this with you when designing your container dwelling.
DO YOU OFFER SOLAR?
While we do not yet offer solar as a packaged option, we are currently working with a solar company and can easily tailor the units to be “solar ready”. We can also work with them to deliver a full or partial off-grid quote specific to your situation.
HOW ARE THEY ATTACHED TO THE GROUND?
Our Engineers can provide a number of easy foundation options that are both cost efficient and easy to install saving thousands on conventional housing foundations.
HOW LONG WILL A CONTAINER HOUSE LAST?
We believe hundreds of years. When building Container homes we only use near new containers that have had only one trip at sea. The containers themselves are built of Corten steel and the lifespan of this far exceeds building code requirements. On top of that we also place another roof over the building using guaranteed 50 year products as is a requirement of the building code.