If you’re relatively new to the idea of building your own underground shipping container home, you might not know the dangers and risks that come with it. While some might say that it’s as simple as burying a shipping container, others will say that shipping containers aren’t meant to be buried.
To be completely honest, an underground shipping container home is almost always never a good idea. Think of it like an egg. If you put pressure on the top of the egg, it can most probably hold quite a bit of weight. But if you were to press against the sides of the egg while applying the same amount of pressure at the top, there’s no doubt that the shell will crack. Here are a few illustrations of underground shipping container homes working and failing.
#1 Avoid underground shipping container homes
You’re absolutely right, this isn’t an underground container home. So, why are we showing this to you? For all of its coolness and glory, you don’t necessarily have to make a shipping container home go six feet under. Having it above the ground looks just as great as anything else. Before going any further into this article, we want you to soak in the idea of how dangerous underground container homes can actually be.
#2 Partially underground container home
Here’s a brilliant idea for all your undeground container home fans. Instead of undertaking all the risks that come with burying your containers completely, why not have just a portion of them connect with the earth? It looks far more modern and interesting that you would imagine, and it doesn’t have to deal with the ridiculous weight of soil and rain.
#3 An underground home in the making
This underground home is in the midst of completion. Here’s another idea worth taking into consideration – don’t cover up the top. It might look a little odd, but there’s a very artistic look that comes with the finished product. Also, you don’t have to worry about your roof faltering under tonnes of earth.
#4 Making use of additional support
Most underground container home owners don’t like to deal with the additional step of building a structure of support. But this is probably the most vital step that they have to take if they want a safe and secure home. Being able to disperse the weight of the soil evenly will go a long way in ensuring that your container home doesn’t end up imploding.
#5 A lovely container home that’s about to be buried
This is definitely a disaster just waiting to happen, and the poorest example of an underground container home. Burying a shipping container raw without any additional structures in place is just setting yourself up for disaster. It’ll probably last you some months or even a couple of years, but as time goes by, all of your hardwork is going to leave you with a depressed roof. I don’t mean emotionally depressed, but physically. Yes, you can actually see your roof sinking in before it breaks. Unless you want to live in a home like that, your best bet is to avoid all the hassle that comes with underground container homes.