Our Process

Buying a shipping container home can seem like a daunting task. While there are quite a few steps and details to sort through, we’ve got your back. This page (and video) will walk you through our process from start to finish.

Step 1: Determine Location and Feasibility

Step 2: Select a Floor Plan

Here are a few simple things you need to consider when selecting a floor plan:

  • What is your budget
  • How many bedroom(s)
  • How many bath(s)
  • Square footage (space you need)
  • Upgrades you may want to explore
  • Modifications you may request
  • Your ideal time frame

Once a floor plan is selected, a CCL team member will collaborate with you on pricing based on state/local requirements. We will also work on a bulk order discount based on the number of containers you are planning to order.

Step 3: Select a General Contractor

Now that you have the property and floor plan selected, it is time to research some general contractors in your area. We would recommend contacting two to three and requesting bids to complete the work. It is important to ask for some references for past work they have completed and what their availability is to complete the job. If the general contractor asks questions you are not familiar with or requests additional documentation, we are here to help. 

Below is a list of things in which you might need your contractor’s help.

If permits are required, it is generally the responsibility of the general contractor to obtain all the necessary permits for the job. Once your contract is signed, we will provide an engineer-sealed set of plans (certified containers only) that your general contractor can provide to the local jurisdiction. This set of plans will also be helpful for completing the sitework.
Your general contractor will install the foundation needed for your project. Once the foundation style is selected, we will work together with them providing the documentation that is needed to install the foundation.
This is something your general contractor should coordinate and install. We will work with them on the connection points and sizes for the water, sewer, and electricity. CCL is not responsible for completing any of the on-site utility work or connections.

At some point, CCL and your general contractor will discuss the delivery of your container(s) to make sure all the pieces of the puzzle are in place for a smooth delivery. Your general contractor may take care of any last-minute details and shore up any areas that need attention before delivery. The general contractor will be responsible for installing your driveway or area for unloading. If a new driveway/parking lot is installed, it is important that it be solid enough to handle the loaded weight of the delivery truck. They will also complete all the dirt work (digging, removing, etc.) and final grading. After the container(s) are in place, the general contractor will arrange for the utility connections. Once these steps are complete, you are ready for final inspection/occupancy from the local jurisdiction.

Step 4: Production

  1. After you have selected your floor plan, upgrades, and customizations, we will send a production contract for you to review and sign. Once the contract and deposit payment has been received, we will place your order on our build schedule. Please keep in mind that all selections/finishes must be finalized before we place any order in the production schedule. Once this step is completed, we can share information with your general contractor regarding your project. 
  2. After step one is completed, sit back, and let us take care of the rest. Each project is completed in a professional and timely manner. We will provide progress updates during construction so you can follow the journey. If it is possible, we would love to schedule a time for you to visit our factory during the construction of your project so you can see it for yourself as we build it. 
  3. The lead time will be determined once you have selected your floor plan. It will vary depending on our current orders in the queue and the size of your project.

Step 5: Delivery & Install

Our delivery process is set up to make your life hassle free. We are the build team and the installation team supplying the truck, trailer, and tools to get your project delivered and installed safely. With each commercial project we collaborate with the owner/general contractor to arrange the delivery of each container to the jobsite. We will also coordinate the crane for placement. Once the containers are installed, our team will work to complete the items that we committed to finishing. Our goal is a completed project so when we leave it will be ready for inspection. Please keep in mind every project is a little different on who completes certain items which is why CCL will coordinate with the owner/general contractor on the front end to determine who will be responsible for those certain items.

Afterward, we’ll give you the keys!

This is the rewarding aspect of what we do, and we are honored to take part in your journey.