Abigail. Shipping Containers Homes. May 14th , 2018.
But before you make the choice to construct your very own container home there are a few things you should consider. Just because container homes are becoming very popular with the green building set doesn`t necessarily mean that you should make the plunge yourself. You need to think about your personal needs your financial situation and local building codes before you make the investment of building your own container home.
First you need to realize that a shipping container home is definitely not a traditional house. This may seem obvious but it`s an important factor to consider. Even though homes built out of cargo containers seem really cool now you may find that the novelty wears off after a few years. Any home is a long-term investment so you need to be absolutely sure that you are happy with your potential living situation before you invest thousands of dollars into it. Even though container homes are a smart eco-friendly choice you may find yourself yearning for the comforts of a traditional home after a while. Also consider your space needs before you start construction. If you have a big family or just want a lot of bedrooms you may need multiple shipping containers to have the house of your dreams. This requires a lot more work and customization than homes that only use one cargo container.
Another factor that will help the modifications to be made is the house`s final blueprint. When it comes to modifications there are a lot of ides you could think of. These include going for installing solar panels or you may prefer soy-based insulation or better yet choose eco-friendly amenities. Or perhaps yet you may find it attractive to remove some panels so you can have floor-to-ceiling windows. There are so many ideas on how you can modify your place but the lesser the modifications to do the easier the whole construction will be plus you won`t worry about going over your allotted construction budget.
You can currently pick up a used container for around $1500USD. That`s a base price of $1500USD for 305sq feet of floorspace. Not bad when you compare it to the price of more traditional forms of construction. So to conclude this point used container homes are much more economical to build than more conventional building methods. Eco-Friendly (Green Living) So how green can shipping container living be? The answer: They can be as green as you want them to be. If you want to go down the truly green route then think of your home more as an `eco-pod`. You could produce your own energy by putting a few solar panels on the roof. You can use hydro if you`re close to a river or fast-flowing stream.