Abigail. Shipping Containers Homes. April 21st , 2018.
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.
These considerations should not dissuade you from building a shipping container home. They are cheap efficient and environmentally friendly structures that can make a unique home. But as in all major projects it`s very important to take into account all of the snags that could come your way. By planning ahead you can make sure that your cargo container home project gets done right.
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.
Next think about the total costs associated with building a cargo container home. Shipping containers by themselves are relatively cheap but it takes a lot of time and labor to transform it into a cozy home. You will also need to ship the container to your building site which might be more expensive than you think. Foundation work also needs to be done which tacks on extra cost. Before you purchase a shipping container for your new home consult with a knowledgeable building contractor who can accurately calculate your total cost. An even better option is to work with a company that specializes in cargo container architecture. They will have an expert opinion on everything you will need to do and they might even be able to sell you a container for your home and make all of the modifications you need ahead of time. By dealing with one company you can be sure of what all of your costs will be since you will not need to reconcile quotes from different vendors and contractors.