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Steel Dreams Development

Q- Does Steel Dreams Development oversee the entire planning and construction process for us?

A- We certainly do, Steel Dreams Development has designed a portfolio of homes and investment properties for every budget; clients choose the home design they would like constructed and once the requisite deposit is made, our design team make the submission to acquire the building permit on the client’s land or chosen parcel. When the building permit is approved, our construction team works with our client and/or their financial institution on an established construction and payment “draw-down” schedule until move-in day arrives!

Q- How long does it take to construct a Steel Dreams home?

A- Depending on your design and home square footage, once the foundation of your home has set and passed planning inspection- construction and finishing can take as little as 6 weeks and up to 24 weeks for the larger 5-bedroom Steel Dreams family home.

Q- What do you require to get started?

A- To get started our client must select one of our homes or investment properties from the Steel Dreams Portfolio, then our project management team will work with our design team to submit the plans to have a building code acquired and begin construction. Prior to the BCU submission the client and Steel Dreams  will enter our standard development and construction agreement and Steel Dreams will be paid a deposit depending on the chosen home or investment property.



Q- I will be using bank financing, what do you require?

A- Before discussing building or buying a property from Steel Dreams Development we suggest setting an appointment to speak with your loan’s officer at your preferred financial institution. Your loan’s officer will have specific documents that the bank will want to see to first ascertain the amount you are able to borrow; also let your loan’s officer know that your intention is to build or buy a steel home and confirm that they are okay to finance.

Q- I am pre-approved for financing, what next?

A- If you have been pre-approved for financing a property through your bank to buy or build there are a number of steps that will have to be taken to get started depending on the conditions of the financing being offered by your bank. Please contact one of our team members to discuss by scheduled telephone call ahead of scheduling a consultation.


Building with Shipping Containers

Q- Aren’t shipping containers just hot ovens when they are used for homes or offices?

A- Absolutely not! Sure, if you don’t know what you’re doing and don’t insulate. The reality is, that a properly insulated steel home can be more energy efficient than a conventional home.


Q- What about rust and corrosion? Won’t a metal shipping container rust quite easily?

A- No. Most Shipping Containers are used for ocean shipping, humidity and saltwater. A shipping container is a special, non corrosive Corten steel; then, when coated with the Ceramic Insulation paint, it becomes virtually rust proof and also prevents mildew and mold.


Q- Who wants to live in a home that looks like a Cargo Container?

A- Our homes do not look anything like a Shipping Container. The homes can be covered with any surface, Wood, stucco, vinyl siding, or a beautiful paint job. However, the Cargo Container look is also becoming a bit trendy and some prefer all or part of the home to retain its container appearance…it can be any look you want when finished whether contemporary, Victorian, Mediterranean etc.


Q- I read that shipping container homes are Hurricane proof. Is that true?

A- Yes, either single units or multiple units properly engineered and constructed can withstand maximum winds of a category 5 hurricane without concerns of losing the ceiling over one’s head.


Q- Is it true shipping container Home is Earthquake proof?

A- Yes. Even in a direct hit, the structure may possibly roll around a little (highly unlikely too as our homes are bolted and welded in place to solid concrete slab or pier  foundation) and they will certainly not collapse. It would be the most perfect safety cocoon in an Earthquake. It would be at least 100 times safer and stronger than a conventional housing structure in any earthquake because it will not collapse on top of you and your family.


Q- Why promote Containers for home and office construction?

A- Shipping container modules are the most logical structure base for multiple reasons.

  1. Strongest structure. Stronger than wood, concrete, and even stronger than many normal steel buildings.
  2. Lower cost per square foot than other base structures.
  3. They are truly environmentally-friendlier structures: they are 85% recycled material due to the use of pre-owned, quality shipping containers.
  4. Energy Efficiency when insulated
  5. The opportunity to provide stylish, strong and affordable accommodations to all


Our Construction Method

Q- What materials are used when constructing the container home? Layer by layer. (exterior wall and interior wall) 

A – The interior walls are constructed using 2 x4 wooden or aluminum studs, sheetrock and spray foam or fibre glass insulation. The interior container walls are covered with foam panel insulation and then sheetrock. The exterior container walls are studded within the corrugations and covered with concrete board, plastered and then covered with mammoran, stone or siding.

Q- What is the black rubberized coating that is used to coat the container? Are all surfaces of the container coated with this? Is it possible to do a double coat or is that unnecessary. 

A – The containers are fully coated inside, out, over and under with a PVDF corrosion resistant protectant (please see attached spec sheet of one of our supplier’s substances).

Q- Is spray or panel insulation used? On the website it says both so I would like to confirm which one would be used in our building. Why would the panel insulation be used over the spray.?

A- The foam panels are specifically manufactured for the interior container walls; the spray foam or fibre glass is to insulate the other constructed interior walls (bedroom partitions etc).

Q- There are two types of foundation that are offered. Slab and pier I believe. What is the difference and benefits of doing one over the other? Is there is one option that is more appropriate for our lot. We usually recommend slab for larger or multi-storey buildings or if a client wishes to remove the container floor and replace with concrete.

A- The pier foundation is the most cost effective and faster option; it also offers just as much structural strength for the building as slab because the home’s real strength is in the container. The slab is great for sandy lots (like oceanside) to provide a heavier, larger foundation area for the soft ground. Piers are just fine for your lot as the rock will give a solid grounding; the piers are 3ft in-ground and 2 to 3 feet above.

Q- How is the roof designed so that drainage is possible? 

A- For the usual truss roof the trusses are designed with a slope which drains to the rear of the home.

Q- Is there a gutter?

A- Certainly, unless otherwise designed or requested by the client.


Q- Will the pitch on the roof be enough to drain as well as still offer a terrace? 

A- For the terrace design the slope is beneath a deck which means the water will not settle in walking areas and allows a nice flat surface to enjoy and furnish as the water flows off a sloped concrete slab under the deck.

Q- How do you access the roof top terrace? 

A- Stairs from the rear deck when choosing the terrace design.

Q- When they pour the foundation will they include a driveway/parking area from the road to the house? If not can this be completed at the same time? 

A- This is certainly something the team can do, it would be in addition to the home construction cost. The architects always include a suggested design when they prepare the parcel-specific plans.

Q- As for cisterns, is there one large one or two with a duplex. What size are they? 

A- This would be entirely your preference. If you chose to sell one of the units separately it would be good that they each have their own; however, it is acceptable to have them share a cistern. I would suggest at least 2500 gallons, the average household of 4 is said to use at least 100 gals a day

Q- Can we choose the size of the windows to be larger if we want? Are screens included?

A- Certainly, any item on your estimate that you wish to upgrade or provide yourself please just let us know and we can revise and note accordingly

Q- Warranty. How long does Steel Homes guarantee their homes and the work that is done on them? 

A- Happy you asked, we can guarantee you many decades in a steel home and are prepared to offer a 20 year home warranty on the structure.

Q- Are new shipping containers used or previously used?  

A- This is a choice we leave for the client but we prefer the used, certified seaworthy shipping containers as this is the more environmentally friendly option and they offer equal strength and usage as the one-trip with less cost and demand on natural resources.



Q- I don’t see my question in the list, how can I have it answered?

A- We would be delighted to hear from you, please email us at with your question or to schedule a call.