Southern Louisiana Storm Outbreak

Last week strong storms ravaged southern Louisiana bringing area residents painful reminders of damage done in 2005 by hurricane Katrina. High winds and rain toppled trailers, damages structures and displaced many in flood prone areas.

News Report from Fox 59:

Storms tear through New Orleans and southern Louisiana, produce tornadoes

storm damage to trailers
Storm storms and a Tornado damage parts of the southern US last week, toppling trailer homes.

Coincidentally, Katrina is the storm that inspired the whole concept behind MODS International and emergency shelter construction.
At the time, MODS owner Doug Larson was concentrated more on building cell towers and installing wind turbines. When Katrina struck, Mr. Larson’s company headed to the New Orleans to help in restoring telecommunications infrastructure and specifically cell phone towers damages in the storm. To house his repair crews, Mr Larson purchase a small fleet of recreational vehicles, which then inspired him to design a temporary or permanent housing solution using a nationwide abundance of empty sea containers.

MODS Builds Whatever You Can Imagine:

Since then, MODS International has expanded the application of sea container construction to a new level, including trade show exhibits and multi container custom home projects. MODS International still makes their flagship single family home using a single 40 foot sea container that can be purchase for just under $30k. These portable shelters can be delivered onsite to serve occupants immediately or be stacked and stored inland or in a safe location ready for emergency deployment for families in need of quick, comfortable and secure shelter.

Basic Emergency Shelter:

MODS Standard Shipping Container Home
You can own a fully equipped 320 square foot comfortable efficiency living space for about $30k new.

MODS Basic 320 square foot housing units include a bedroom that can contain a single queen bed, or two bunk beds plus all the conveniences of a bathroom with walk in shower and toilet and a kitchen area and front living space.  The low profile steel sided basic housing structure is secured to the ground and can withstand higher winds than any trailer, camper or mobile home. MODS International can deliver your home onsite anywhere in the world and can work with government agencies and municipalities on disaster recovery efforts.

Contact Us today for more information and a free quote.

From Cold Steel to Warm Home

Cold Steel Containers Become a Warm Inviting Home

Perhaps the first thought when someone mentions a home made from shipping containers is a dark, dingy cramped living space that nobody in their right mind could possibly enjoy living in. This beautiful eight container home built by MODS International of Appleton, Wisconsin proves that idea to be completely incorrect. Take a look at the incredible transformation and creative ideas employed as eight cold steel shipping containers are crafted into an open, warm and inviting living space that rivals any traditional stick built residence.


Are you ready to build a container home?

Are you ready to build a container home?

We often get inquiries from people who are interested in building their own dream container homes but aren’t sure where to start. At MODS, we’re here to help you every step of the way. We do recommend that you do your due diligence in research and brainstorming first though. This makes the design and build process more efficient and significantly faster than with a traditional home. It also helps to assure you avoid common building mistakes by not rushing into the process. Here are some important questions to ask yourself before you decide to build a container home.

Can you afford to build a new home?

Figuring out a realistic budget for your new container home is extremely important. Other questions that factor in this are: Will you be purchasing land? What type of foundation will you be using?

We’ve talked before about the factors that go into the cost of a container structure. All of our initial costs will be provided in the proposal you receive from us, but there’s always the potential for extra costs to occur along the way. It’s always smart to have a certain amount set for unforeseen costs or any additions you decide on later in the build. This should be included when calculating your maximum budget.

What does your dream home look like?

Having a set idea on the size of the home, number of rooms and overall look of the home is helpful to avoid time and money wasted on changes. Gathering ideas from existing container homes, renderings and even sketching out your ideas on paper is helpful. After going over your ideas, our design and engineering team will work very closely with you before finalizing the designs and plans.

Do you have the time to invest into building a new home?

One of the many advantages of a container house is that it can be built quickly. You should still, as with any building project, create a timeline of when you would like it to be completed. Allocating enough time for the design process, securing of permits, searching for lots and prepping the land for the home is important. Allowing at least six months from start of the initial design to the build being complete is ideal.

container home

If you are just in the beginning stages of looking into building a container home, take the time to really think about your answers to these questions. If you have your budget, ideas and timeline in place already, contact us today and let’s get started on creating your dream home!

creative container homes

Creative Container Homes Video

While these container homes were not built by MODS, they demonstrate the wide variety of wild designs possible when using shipping containers to design and build a modern concept home.  You’ll surely be inspired to build your own high tech home creation and MODS International can make it a reality. Sit back and enjoy the tour of some truly unique works of architectural art.