Harper. Shipping Containers Homes. April 25th , 2018.
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.
Consider the fact that shipping containers are built to withstand the most unforgiving weather conditions travelling hundreds of thousands of miles aboard open-top trans-oceanic shipping-container ships... Built to have a minimum working life of 20 years before being decommissioned. After that these containers placed in a fixed position and maintained have an almost infinite lifespan.
Next think about the total costs associated with building a cargo container home. Shipping containers by themselves are relatively cheap but it takes a lot of time and labor to transform it into a cozy home. You will also need to ship the container to your building site which might be more expensive than you think. Foundation work also needs to be done which tacks on extra cost. Before you purchase a shipping container for your new home consult with a knowledgeable building contractor who can accurately calculate your total cost. An even better option is to work with a company that specializes in cargo container architecture. They will have an expert opinion on everything you will need to do and they might even be able to sell you a container for your home and make all of the modifications you need ahead of time. By dealing with one company you can be sure of what all of your costs will be since you will not need to reconcile quotes from different vendors and contractors.
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.