Harper. Shipping Containers Homes. April 27th , 2018.
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.
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.
Shipping containers can easily hold out against windspeeds of up to 175mp/h (281km/h) when anchored with pylons...which is easily done. Every building should have suitable foundations whether it be from used shipping containers or a traditional build.
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.