Emily. Shipping Containers Homes. April 25th , 2018.
There are many benefits to living in a home built from used shipping containers and more and more people are starting to realise this and take action. If you are already lucky enough to have built your own and/or already live in one you`ll know these benefits first hand and will have experienced them for yourself.
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.
One of the key benefits to this approach is the speed of the build - the benefits of a modular approach (joining shipping cans together) is that the build time is rapid - so rapid in fact its typically done in a fraction of the time that a standard home build would take.
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.