Emily. Shipping Containers Homes. May 05th , 2018.
The structural integrity is built to withstand almost anything it encounters. The good news however is that they are in abundant supply all over the globe and we can snatch them up before the waste away in scrap yards everywhere! The term "Containerization" is best defined as the use of steel boxes (containers) that can be filled with literally any product and loaded onto a truck train or boat. As Shipping Container Homes are becoming more popular more people are starting to turn toward living in one. However when it comes to the structural and ecological integrity there are some questions that need to be addressed. To begin with container homes are very stable and complete. One of the best on the market today. By using only a small percentage of your usual materials to build most typical homes costs and labor to actually create one of these is amazing when compared to the ever inconsistent price increases of your average home today.
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.
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.
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.