Abigail. Shipping Containers Homes. May 03rd , 2018.
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.
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.
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.
Also don`t forget to meticulously examine the shipping container you will be purchasing especially if you will be purchasing quite a lot. It is wise to check the history of second-hand shipping containers like what were their usages before and how old they were. Most of allow check if the containers you are eyeing to purchase have vermin proofing and weatherproofing certifications as well as pinholes and other possible damages.