Harper. Shipping Containers Homes. May 06th , 2018.
A lot of people are looking into using recycled cargo containers as a material source for building homes. They certainly are a green alternative to other materials and using them does a lot of good for the recycling community. We don`t notice it very much but there are quite a lot of unused empty cargo containers sitting at ports all around the world doing nothing but taking up space. Or worse yet being sent off to landfill.
In the early 1950`s in America families could buy a modest new home for around $20000 after you added in the property taxes furniture appliances and move-in costs. In today`s real estate market in the United States purchasing the same type of house in a typical middle class neighborhood might cost you around $200000 depending on the location and other factors.
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.
One of the key benefits to using a shipping container is that it already comes with walls floors and a roof! With the help of architects and designers you can look to combine multiple containers into a single dwelling - through appropriate planning and design windows doors and fascias are added to make the finished product resemble something more akin to a modern house.