Six Awesome Reasons Why You Need A Shipping Container Home


Maybe you’re new to the whole idea of living in a shipping container and want to learn a little bit more. We think living in such a home is amazing and we think you’ll love it too.

Eco-Friendly Design

So you want to do your part for the planet and become more environmentally friendly. Take a look at the million dollar green homes The Washington Post shared. Most of us have the willingness, but not the money for such as these, so what else can you do?

There are almost twenty million shipping containers throughout the world at the moment, with around one-third of them currently in use. There are literally millions of these containers that aren’t in use that could be recycled. Recycling shipping containers into buildings is one of the more Eco-friendly approaches since it avoids the energy-intensive process of melting the steel back down while it’s being recycled.

Another Eco-friendly solution considered by some are log cabin homes. These are certainly a viable worth considering, shipping containers offer several distinct advantages over them. First, they aren’t susceptible to dry rot and other fungus infections. Second, wood is predisposed to mold while steel is not. Finally, water leakage is much more common in log cabins when compared to the steel roofs on container homes.

Interesting Aesthetics

Nobody can argue that container homes aren’t aesthetically stunning! Some of the “Cargotecture’ that we have seen over the past several years has been remarkable. Blending the rawness of the steel containers with twenty-first century style has resulted in some of the most iconic houses of our times.

We would normally associate design and aesthetics like this with a million dollar price tag. But that is not necessarily the case with container homes.

Speed of Construction

Another fantastic reason people decide to build their houses from shipping containers is that they can be built with incredible speed. The typical container is over 8 feet high and 40 feet long. They can be placed side by side and stacked on top of each other like massive Lego blocks! It’s common that once the foundation’s laid, the ground floor can be constructed in under a day.

The average length of time it takes to build a traditional family home is several months, after acquiring planning permission. The majority of shipping container homes can be built far more quickly than this. Even complex container homes are being built within six months. For example, Todd and Di Miller, a Brisbane couple, managed to build their dream home in less than six months. This included losing weeks of time due to floods and storms during construction.

We have even seen some shipping container homes that are made up of just one 40-foot by 8-foot container. This container is prefabricated with everything you’d need including a kitchen, living space, and a bedroom. They are literally just delivered onsite with a set of keys to your new home. Now that is fast!

Reasonable Prices

With the current global economy, everyone is conscious to try and save a bit of money here and there. Nothing can swallow your money up like an expensive house. Fortunately, this isn’t the case with container homes. If you compare the costs for a container home to traditional homes, you can typically see significant cost savings, especially if you do much of the work yourself. Of course, with containers, much of the structure is already done for you.

If you are interested in finding out more about costs, read How Much Do Shipping Container Homes Cost?

Design Flexibility

The humble shipping container is incredibly flexible and can be used to craft just about anything you can imagine. The beauty of the containers is that they are already built, so all you need to do is cut and arrange to make your perfect design. With containers, you can cut away the internal walls to open them up to create really tremendous living spaces. Because shipping container sizes are mostly uniform, you can easily stack them up and they fit perfectly together.

Virtually Indestructible

Just in case you’re still on the fence here, the final awesome reason to construct with shipping containers is that they are virtually indestructible. It is no surprise that the US army uses them as shelters! These containers are designed to hold up to thirty tons of weight and can be stacked, making them very adaptable.

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