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.
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.
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.
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.