We answer the most popular questions of our clients.

What is a container home?

A container home is a shipping container that serves as a structural base which can be transformed into a liveable and even luxurious dwelling by adding various architectural and engineering features. Once re-purposed, sturdy container homes provide all the necessary comforts of a regular house.
By extending and adding plenty of windows a container is transformed and completely personalized into a light-filled home much faster than a construction of an ordinary house. Made from marine grade steel, shipping containers are extremely durable and sustainable base structures for a home.

Is container home hot in summer and cold in winter?

No. At Hometainer we use the most modern high-density insulation materials available at the Australian market. It prevents outside heat or cold from entering your container home through the walls. Moreover, our container homes' compact size allows you to use smaller air conditioners for cooling or heating, thus helping you reduce your energy bill.  We also design windows so that our hometainers receive crosswind and cool down naturally diminishing the necessity of air conditioning.

Is container home loud?

No, vice versa, the soundproofing of our hometainers most of the time exceeds the soundproofing of a conventional house. Even the heaviest rain will not disturb you as we soundproof all the walls, ceiling and even the walls between the rooms and bathroom.

Will container home rust?

Unpainted containers can rust but not rotten. Containers are made of corten steel, also known as weathering steel. It is special rust resistant steel, which means that rust can be originated on the surface of an unpainted piece but doesn't go deeper. Nevertheless, at Hometainer we remove all the rust from containers, apply rust converter, several coats of anti-rust primer and anti-rust paint. Your hometainer will serve you a long life.

I already have a project. Can you build it?

Yes, sure, you can bring your own design and we will turn it into reality. 

What materials are used to construct a container home?

Container homes are made of steel, which expands on hot days and diminishes during cold times. It is also submitted to a lot of vibration and structural movement during transportation and installation process. Thus it is crucial to know which materials can and can not be used for your container house. The main challenge is to construct a container home so that its structure stays firm but flexible, so the walls and windows do not crack once it is relocated from place to place. At Hometainer we dedicate a lot of time studying and testing construction materials before introducing them to our construction process. It helps us keep ourselves up to date and guarantee that our container homes arrive to our clients without any damage and stand the test of time.

Are container homes small and ugly?

Our hometainers are not just containers with welded-in windows and doors. We spend a lot of time refining the floorplans so our clients can experience as generous a container home as possible. Smart design is essential here. Well designed interiors don't require tons of square footage, and downsizing doesn't mean you need to compromise on style.
We construct beautiful, well designed, cozy container homes, fully furnished with plenty of storage and cooking space. You will find a comfortable sofa, spacious kitchen, working bench, large panoramic doors and windows. Fully fitted, all electrical and gas installations are included. Complete turn-key home. Buy and live!

Can I personalize your ready models?

Yes. As with any conventional house, there are limitless options for personalizing your container home. Before we start to construct, we will discuss with you color of the walls, flooring, bathroom tiles, appliances, furniture options and so on. The sky is the limit of your imagination for your hometainer.

What are the advantages of a container home?

Container homes solve several problems at once. They solve housing affordability by bringing diversity to dwelling options. They also help people downsize and live their lives for experiences rather than having stress to pay a mortgage. Hometainer also contributes to a sustainable living, lower carbon footprint and pollution. Its compact size leaves you with less maintenance work, smaller consumption bills and more time to enjoy what really matters to you.

Does container home make financial sense?

You can purchase a tiny house for $3000-$5000 per square meter. The average price of an apartment or house in NSW is around $500.000-$700.000. Even if you buy a land to put your container home, hometainer still makes a lot of financial sense. Not only cost-effective, but container homes also are low-maintenance, require less energy, and are more flexible in building and minimising waste and resources compared to traditional construction methods.
For those who already have a house but want to expand their living space without purchasing or renting a new property, container homes are significantly cheaper and much less work than building a granny flat.

Is it easy to move a hometainer to a new location?

Yes, and it is not so expensive as well. A crane and a tilt platform or a side-loader would get your hometainer almost everywhere. As there are a lot of transport companies on the market, normally you manage to move your container home within 2-3 days and enjoy your habitual house at a new place. A container home may therefore be a sensible option for anyone who's young (at age or heart) and who wants to own their own home but who doesn't want to commit to living in a particular area forever.

How do I connect a container home to electricity, water and sewage?

All our hometainers are completely water and gas fitted, wired and ready to plug in. So you just install your hometainer on the desired place and ask a plumber and electrician to finish a simple installation, and you are ready to live.

What type of maintenance does a hometainer need?

The advantage of a hometainer is that it is made of highly resistant steel and covered by us with the best available on the market elastic and durable paint. So basically you do not need to preoccupy yourself with any maintenance for an extended period of time. If you accidentally scratch your container's paint, we recommend that you paint this place, so rust powder does not prejudice the appearance of your hometainer. We also encourage our clients to use composite wood for external detailing, so their container home's maintenance needs would be almost zero. (Composite wood is a material that is a mixture of wood fiber, plastic, and binding agent. When these ingredients are put together, they originate a wood-plastic composite, which is denser and more robust than a normal wood)

Can I expand my container home in future?

Yes, that is exactly one of the most significant advantages of a container home compared to trailer-based tiny houses. Containers are fabricated in a shape that makes it easy to connect multiple containers together. So if you decide to grow your home, you just add one more container to an existing structure and get extra space almost immediately.

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