Harper. Shipping Containers Homes. May 02nd , 2018.
And most importantly you will need to consult with local authorities to make sure your new container home meets all local building codes. Some communities simply won`t allow homes constructed out of shipping containers. If this is the case you may be out of luck but it`s much better to find out before you invest money or begin construction. Check all applicable state and local building codes before you buy materials or hire contractors. Pay special attention to building codes related to building homes using steel since this is the most likely restriction you will find on shipping container homes. Also when you consult your local building office make sure that you have a specific house plan in mind before you ask for approval. If you just say that you want to build a cargo container home you might get a quick rejection. However if you prove that you have a specific well thought out plan for a home you are more likely to convince local authorities that your proposed project is up to code.
Before starting to renovate or make a home out of those shipping containers one needs to determine the containers suitable in constructing one. There are a lot of ways to know which one is suit to build a living space. First knowing the floor plan of your house will help. If you know that you would go for a contemporary design or choose a cabin-type rustic house then it will be easier for you to know which container to buy. The size on the other hand will be determined by how many people will occupy it and the containers needed will be dependent on how big you wish for the overall structure to be.
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.
Above I`ve outlined the three main benefits most home-owners will immediately notice. They are in fact three of the main things many people look at when buying any type of home. It just goes to show the explosion in shipping container homes in the past few years is totally justifiable and why so so many people are turning to these containers to build their own dream homes.