Here are answers to questions we typically get. If you need more information, please don’t hesitate to contact us via phone or email.
Q: Are these legal as homes?
A: Yes, all of our units are built in our factory to Uniform Building Code (UBC) standards, and are inspected and permitted by the State of Oregon as residences. In plain language: any lot that is zoned to have a home on it can legally have one of our container homes installed. The land use planning, foundation, and utility connections will all need local approvals.
Q: Can you ship one out of Oregon?
A: These can easily be shipped anywhere; however state and local regulations require homes be fully permitted before they can be occupied. We currently carry permits for all of our structures in the state of Oregon, and we are in the process of obtaining them in Washington, then Idaho soon after. It is possible we will have permits for Hawaii, Alaska and Northern California in the future. Outside of those areas, we don’t anticipate holding building permits for our homes.
Q: What is included in the price?
A: Units include all electrical and plumbing, kitchen cabinets, counter tops, appliances, flooring, mini-split heating and A/C, insulation, drywall, and interior paint. The price you see on our site includes a fully finished home ready to deliver to your site and secure on your foundation. Decks are not included but we provide plans for the placement and dimensions.
Q: What is the setup process and is it included?
A: We do offer a package where we will come out to oversee the placement of the containers, connect up the units, and complete all interior finish work. However, for the DIY-ers, we can provide you with the material and instructions to finish the unit on your own once it’s attached to the foundation, saving you some money along the way. Our prices do not include crane, shipping, foundation work, connecting to sewer, water or electrical.
Q: What about transportation?
A: Containers are designed with transportation in mind, so moving these from our shop to your location is not difficult. Cost will vary depending on the travel distance. We can price out the transportation during the planning phase of the project.
Q: How do you get them into place?
A: The most common method is via crane. Whether we hoist the unit over your home into the backyard or place it on a new lot, this is typically the easiest and safest way to go. Again, costs vary depending on location and the home purchased.
Q: Who handles permitting on site?
A: This sometimes a daunting process so we are happy to rely on our experience to secure the proper permits. There will be an hourly charge for our time and the permit costs themselves need to be covered by the homeowner.
Q: How are these insulated?
A: We use a high quality, environmentally friendly, closed cell spray foam to insulate. This provides a very high R-value per inch, while also eliminating the possibility of condensation. This superior insulation exceeds build standards for new homes by more than 10%. In our multifamily homes, the additional natural insulation provided by stacking the units makes the homes supremely energy efficient.
Q: What about overall energy efficiency?
A: All of our homes are fully tested and come with the highest Energy Trust EPS rating. Additional incentives may apply if you place one of our homes in Energy Trust Territory. Get more information about EPS ratings here.
Q: Is financing available?
A: Yes, these are fully permitted homes and most lenders can provide loans. If you don’t have a preferred bank, we can direct you to financial lending institutions that we’ve worked with. Loan type and rates depend on individual situations.
Q: Can I buy a partially complete unit and finish it myself?
A: Yes. The De Lux unit is a perfect unit for that approach. We will complete and ship you the two container portions so you can finish the lofted ‘bridge’ section between them with a mix of our parts and your local resources. While all of our models have been approved by the state, local permitting jurisdictions will need to provide the balance of the inspection services.
Q: Why does it cost so much when the container is only $3000-$4000?
A: This is a common question we get, and a topic you’ll also see discussed in social media circles. While you can obtain a used shipping container for a bargain, taking that from a box that carries freight to a livable home is a very involved process. Building codes, federal and local regulations, architecture, and engineering are issues that must be addressed for each structure. It has been shown that containers have tremendous vertical strength and can hold multiple fully loaded containers stacked above. However, once you begin cutting for doors and windows, the structural integrity is compromised and local building authorities will require engineering analysis and review. This is also the case for thermal ratings, moisture abatement, sound transference, etc.
In the end, we provide safe, comfortable houses that carry the state insignia for prefabricated homes. This allows you to fully permit, finance and insure your investment, giving you peace of mind for years to come.