Abigail. Shipping Containers Homes. May 02nd , 2018.
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.
So far the most popular places for building cargo container homes has been in parts of Asia and in the former Soviet Union. But recently shipping container houses have started showing up in the United States specifically in southern California.
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.
The shipping container home theme is getting larger and growing evermore each and every day. There are now over half a million containers in places all over the globe. Usually seen in docking ports by airports when you cruise by on major highways near big popular cities you always seem to notice gigantic stacks of shipping containers which are piled up rotting away to basically nothing but scrap metal garbage. Todaythere are many more ingenious architects then there were in the past including construction workers and builders whom are all recycling these containers and engineering container houses and low income dwellings out of these amazing useful metal boxes.