Emily. Shipping Containers Homes. May 12th , 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.
When speaking in perspective about the horrendous economy many want-to-be home owners are triple checking costs and prices and keeping an ear open for any kind of discount or savings on construction labor and costs maintenance reduction and holding onto any or all of the equity in their pockets. So when it becomes a possibility to construct a cool looking secured modern house with the typical classic great looks of the case study houses of the mid 20th Century for a small chunk of the price of traditional construction people start to get interested.
The newest craze in eco-friendly building is shipping container homes. These unique houses use new or used cargo containers as their primary construction material. And since these shipping containers are cheap and plentiful you can build your very own shipping container house for a surprisingly low cost.
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.