Harper. Shipping Containers Homes. May 15th , 2018.
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.
But now many people looking to buy a new home are buying them for the same price as their parents or grandparents did in the 1950`s at around $20000. The difference is they`re buying homes not make of wood or traditional materials. They`re buying shipping container homes. That`s right-homes made from used steel containers that once carried merchandise on large ships. And they`re not what you would first imagine. These are nice desirable homes.
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.
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.