Emily. Shipping Containers Homes. May 19th , 2018.
The Espace Mobile This incredibly affordable modular container home is designed for customization Something the designer wanted so that the owner would have some choices if need be. The container homes are made to store and retain heat conserving energy and can be modified to include a balcony and interior configurations. The Container City The Urban Space Container City system makes the most use of space utilizing the original design of shipping containers - the stacking process. These container units can be used for homes apartments office and work spaces and simply bolted together easily. The Container City designs are already being used all around the world by youth centers and for classrooms art studios and retail spaces.
Next think about the total costs associated with building a cargo container home. Shipping containers by themselves are relatively cheap but it takes a lot of time and labor to transform it into a cozy home. You will also need to ship the container to your building site which might be more expensive than you think. Foundation work also needs to be done which tacks on extra cost. Before you purchase a shipping container for your new home consult with a knowledgeable building contractor who can accurately calculate your total cost. An even better option is to work with a company that specializes in cargo container architecture. They will have an expert opinion on everything you will need to do and they might even be able to sell you a container for your home and make all of the modifications you need ahead of time. By dealing with one company you can be sure of what all of your costs will be since you will not need to reconcile quotes from different vendors and contractors.
And most importantly you will need to consult with local authorities to make sure your new container home meets all local building codes. Some communities simply won`t allow homes constructed out of shipping containers. If this is the case you may be out of luck but it`s much better to find out before you invest money or begin construction. Check all applicable state and local building codes before you buy materials or hire contractors. Pay special attention to building codes related to building homes using steel since this is the most likely restriction you will find on shipping container homes. Also when you consult your local building office make sure that you have a specific house plan in mind before you ask for approval. If you just say that you want to build a cargo container home you might get a quick rejection. However if you prove that you have a specific well thought out plan for a home you are more likely to convince local authorities that your proposed project is up to code.
There are many benefits to living in a home built from used shipping containers and more and more people are starting to realise this and take action. If you are already lucky enough to have built your own and/or already live in one you`ll know these benefits first hand and will have experienced them for yourself.