Shipping Containers Homes. Friday , April 20th , 2018 - 10:55:21 AM
Remember when you were younger and loved to build pretend homes and forts? As an adult the Container architecture is growing because there hundreds of thousands of shipping containers in places all over the world. Usually in docking ports and stacks of shipping containers are piled up wasting away to literally nothing. Some very ingenious architects and builders are recycling these containers and designing homes and low income apartments out of them worldwide. Shipping container homes are very affordable transportable and stackable and able to survive the worst weather conditions mother nature has for us. They are structurally built to withstand almost anything and in abundant supply almost in every country today. Containerization is best defined as the use of steel boxes that can be filled with literally any product and loaded onto a truck or train. If you are concerned about these running out no need to worry because there are infinite containers to go around. Tens of thousands of these hit American shores each and every day of the year as well as almost every other country. Lets understand something here. The prices of homes today has sky rocketed to the heavens. As time goes on more and more people can not afford a typical living environment. Struggling with mortgages and taxes to pay off their house why not look into a shipping container as a home for yourself? When you were a kid most of us would make prefab homes out of blankets or cardboard. As we grow older those blanket homes are now shipping container homes.
Built tough from weathering corrugated steel these incredible tough building blocks of international trade are designed to withstand stacking stuffing and strapping and are reused over and over again. There is an estimate of over 18 million of these containers floating riding and flying around the earth today but the most recent sustainable design trend has found these containers revamped to contain a more delicate cargo: People.
Manufacturers of goods and the shipping companies that ship those goods see them as disposable items throwaways just like the soda cans so many consumers still don`t see value in. It`s actually rather expensive for countries to ship unused and empty containers back to their country of origin and quite often it`s cheaper to buy new containers when the need for them arise. Costs for cargo containers vary but on average you can get a used one for about $1500. The average container has about 350 square feet of space. Someone who wants a 3000 square foot home would have to pay approximately $80 per square foot to have a home built using traditional methods. In some parts of the U.S. it costs well over $100 per square foot. Container homes cost about four and a half dollars per square foot (the cost is just for the frame not including the construction and finishing work). But do the calculations and you`ll see the basic (frame only) cost for a 3000 square foot home built from recycled containers is about $13500. Even with the added cost of having to configure and finish the basic units to make them into a home it`s still quite a savings over traditional home building methods.