Emily. Shipping Containers Homes. May 11th , 2018.
Much cheaper than conventional building methods of timber-framed buildings and brick and mortar buildings used containers are modular flexible in design (and can be made to look absolutely beautiful!) durable eco-friendly and just an all-round winner when it comes to building your own home. Over the next few paragraphs I`m going to outline some of the benefits of living in used shipping containers. Economical to build... Although the price of containers is currently on the rise (due to various factory closures in China during 2009 and early 2010) you can still pick up a fairly good bargain. As the global recession starts to ebb and global trade routes begin to get busier again the production of shipping containers will increase also. You`ll start to see container prices start to dip again or at the very least remain stable.
Of course it does take a bit of construction work to fix up these steel containers including installing insulation plumbing electrical windows and doors. Yet when all is said and done the homes are made from recycled materials cheap and unique. And this is just what many green home owners are looking for right now.
When speaking of the girth the overall structural strength of a shipping container allows the engineer or builder to construct and develop multi-story dwellings in a greater amount therefore offering a larger living space without expanding its footprint. The heavy corrugated steel framing allows the unit to withstand 65000 lbs of stacked weight. It has been estimated that 86% of the materials used to build a shipping container home have been recycled. Hurricane winds may be a thing of the past if one was to live in a cargo box as a home. The foundations of these structures are strong enough to hold many stacks of the same weight and size on top of one another making this an incredible self-sustaining masterpiece. Also the main foundation design is not as expensive and uses a fraction of material which is much quicker to assemble. If you are concerned about the transportation infrastructure of these containers no need to worry because it already exists so the container homes can be easily moved by train ship or truck thus reducing major transport time.
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.