Much stronger than your average stick build in sheer force winds and quakes. After all, they are stacked several high in rolling seas and survive so imagine your average framed home doing that.Great, but why start with shipping containers? Why not start with a conventional framed construction? Are the containers cheaper? It would seem everything else would be cheaper and easier starting with a framed construction, like windows, doors, flooring, running electrical, etc. The interior gets framed anyway... ???
A+ for creativity, but I've never understood the fascination with shipping containers. Not knocking it. I just don't get it personally.
Also, don't forget your labor. I would imagine siting, leveling and welding the containers together probably took a shorter period of time than framing in the house, roof, papering and shingling the roof, and, doing the inside main walls would take. You forgot the roof for your frame house, this one comes with its own!Based on my rough calculations, materials list for making a 36 x 36 x 8 foot tall box, which is 1296 sq ft., assuming walls and floors on 16-inch centers and 2 load-bearing walls in the interior (one every 12 feet of ceiling span).
36 sheets of 4x8 plywood for the sides
80 sheets of 4x8 plywood for the ceiling and floor
Various nails, screws, construction adhesive, whatever.
Can stuff be purchased for the price of 2 shipping containers? I dunno.