Building a summerhouse out of used containers

Three used containers, a piece of land on an idyllic Danish island and a little bit of patience. Those are the key ingredients for Lars Christensen and his family as they realize their dream of building a container summer house on Samsø, a popular Danish island.

Team Boxhub

May 23, 2018

Three used containers, a piece of land on an idyllic Danish island and a little bit of patience.

Those are the key ingredients for Lars Christensen and his family as they realize their dream of building a container summer house on Samsø, a popular Danish island.

On Instagram, they share the stories and pictures of how they are making it happen on @ourdanishcontainerhouse

The start – Buying the container

Initially, Lars turned to Google to search for the three containers he needed for his project. Here he was able to locate a couple of suppliers in the vicinity and called them up for price quotes. Next step was then to visit the container yard. A challenge here was that it was not possible to inspect the actual container as it was placed on top of a stack of containers.

Delivering the container

A trucking company was then contracted to bring the container to Lars’ backyard where the building could begin. Here it was important to make sure that trucking company could offload it, as Lars had no crane on site.

Building process

The family is now well on the way to realizing the dream with the containers already installed on the island, where the rest of the building process is taking place. Here, things like building regulations and insulation for the (not so warm) Danish weather are important issues.

Top three tips

There are many things to consider when starting a project like this. According to Lars, the top three things to consider when embarking on a container summer house project are:
Make sure you get any approvals required for compliance with building regulations
Consider the weather (Denmark needs more insulation than warmer countries)
Make sure that the container is guaranteed to be wind-and-watertight

Boxhub can help

At Boxhub, At Boxhub, we help guys like Lars buy the right container at the right price and the right condition. We even arrange delivery straight to the location.
We are a market place, which means you get access to a wide range of options ensuring the best price and quality. It’s easy;

  1. Go to www.boxhub.co
  2. Input the size, type, condition and location
  3. Select the best option and add transportation
  4. Have the container delivered where you need it

We provide customer service all the way to make sure that buying your container is as easy as possible.