James. Shipping Containers Homes. April 27th , 2018.
When speaking in perspective about the horrendous economy many want-to-be home owners are triple checking costs and prices and keeping an ear open for any kind of discount or savings on construction labor and costs maintenance reduction and holding onto any or all of the equity in their pockets. So when it becomes a possibility to construct a cool looking secured modern house with the typical classic great looks of the case study houses of the mid 20th Century for a small chunk of the price of traditional construction people start to get interested.
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.
Much cheaper than conventional building methods of timber-framed buildings and brick and mortar buildings used containers are modular flexible in design (and can be made to look absolutely beautiful!) durable eco-friendly and just an all-round winner when it comes to building your own home. Over the next few paragraphs I`m going to outline some of the benefits of living in used shipping containers. Economical to build... Although the price of containers is currently on the rise (due to various factory closures in China during 2009 and early 2010) you can still pick up a fairly good bargain. As the global recession starts to ebb and global trade routes begin to get busier again the production of shipping containers will increase also. You`ll start to see container prices start to dip again or at the very least remain stable.
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.