Preparing For Your Home


The trend of using unique spaces for short-term rentals and accessory dwelling units (ADUs) is on the rise, and expandable container homes have emerged as an exciting, customizable option. 

Quick to build and easy to personalize, our homes offer a unique living experience. If you're considering this route, let’s explore how to get started with your expandable container home. 

This guide will cover everything from permits to land preparation, ensuring you have a smooth journey ahead. And remember, if you have any questions, our team at Bullish Structures is always here to chat about your future project.


Navigating the permitting process can be tricky, as it varies from state to state and even from county to county. Most locations accept prefabricated metal structures like shipping container homes, but you'll need to be mindful of local regulations. It's essential to understand any zoning, permit, or regulation issues that might arise. Here’s a tip: when inquiring with local officials, focus on specific aspects of your project to increase your chances of approval.

Key Questions to Consider:

  • What are the local rules affecting my prefabricated metal structure?
  • Are there design aspects that could impact the permitting process?
  • What are the local rules regarding recreational vehicles, especially if you plan on adding wheels to your structure?
  • Are there any deed restrictions or HOA rules that could influence my project?

Avoid asking overly simplistic questions like whether container homes are legal or if they can double as sheds. It's important to approach these topics tactfully and be clear about your intentions.


A level foundation is crucial for any home, including container homes. Ensure that the delivery area is accessible and that there’s enough space around the container. A level container is vital for proper operation of doors and windows. Consider raising your container off the ground to prevent water damage and rust, thus prolonging its lifespan.


There are several foundation options to consider for your container home:

  • Concrete Slab Foundations: Ideal for long-term setups, a concrete slab should be about four inches deep and extend two feet beyond the container's dimensions.
  • Pier Foundations: Great for budget-conscious and DIY enthusiasts, this option allows for easy relocation of the container in the future.
  • Gravel Pads: A reliable and straightforward foundation option, requiring a gravel and calcium carbonate mix.
  • Railroad Ties: An economical choice, particularly if you plan on moving the container later.


Setting up utilities for a Bullish Structures container home is similar to an RV, with options for both municipal and off-grid setups. For plumbing, standard hook-ups are required, and for off-grid situations, consider a water tank or septic field.

Off-grid water options include:

  • Gravity-fed systems
  • Cistern watering systems
  • Freshwater tanks

For off-grid power, consider solar packages or power generators. Bullish Structures does not currently offer any solar packages, but you can customize according to your needs.

In conclusion, choosing the right foundation and planning your utilities are key steps in preparing for your container home. These homes are more than just living spaces; they’re a statement of style and innovation. 

Ready to embark on this exciting journey? Reach out to Bullish Structures for more insights and assistance!