James. Shipping Containers Homes. April 29th , 2018.
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.
The structural integrity is built to withstand almost anything it encounters. The good news however is that they are in abundant supply all over the globe and we can snatch them up before the waste away in scrap yards everywhere! The term "Containerization" is best defined as the use of steel boxes (containers) that can be filled with literally any product and loaded onto a truck train or boat. As Shipping Container Homes are becoming more popular more people are starting to turn toward living in one. However when it comes to the structural and ecological integrity there are some questions that need to be addressed. To begin with container homes are very stable and complete. One of the best on the market today. By using only a small percentage of your usual materials to build most typical homes costs and labor to actually create one of these is amazing when compared to the ever inconsistent price increases of your average home today.
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.
One of the key benefits to using a shipping container is that it already comes with walls floors and a roof! With the help of architects and designers you can look to combine multiple containers into a single dwelling - through appropriate planning and design windows doors and fascias are added to make the finished product resemble something more akin to a modern house.