James. Shipping Containers Homes. May 02nd , 2018.
Next think about the total costs associated with building a cargo container home. Shipping containers by themselves are relatively cheap but it takes a lot of time and labor to transform it into a cozy home. You will also need to ship the container to your building site which might be more expensive than you think. Foundation work also needs to be done which tacks on extra cost. Before you purchase a shipping container for your new home consult with a knowledgeable building contractor who can accurately calculate your total cost. An even better option is to work with a company that specializes in cargo container architecture. They will have an expert opinion on everything you will need to do and they might even be able to sell you a container for your home and make all of the modifications you need ahead of time. By dealing with one company you can be sure of what all of your costs will be since you will not need to reconcile quotes from different vendors and contractors.
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.
Consider the fact that shipping containers are built to withstand the most unforgiving weather conditions travelling hundreds of thousands of miles aboard open-top trans-oceanic shipping-container ships... Built to have a minimum working life of 20 years before being decommissioned. After that these containers placed in a fixed position and maintained have an almost infinite lifespan.
First you need to realize that a shipping container home is definitely not a traditional house. This may seem obvious but it`s an important factor to consider. Even though homes built out of cargo containers seem really cool now you may find that the novelty wears off after a few years. Any home is a long-term investment so you need to be absolutely sure that you are happy with your potential living situation before you invest thousands of dollars into it. Even though container homes are a smart eco-friendly choice you may find yourself yearning for the comforts of a traditional home after a while. Also consider your space needs before you start construction. If you have a big family or just want a lot of bedrooms you may need multiple shipping containers to have the house of your dreams. This requires a lot more work and customization than homes that only use one cargo container.