(all about Container Homes)
Container homes, or as some call them used shipping
container houses or cargo container dwellings,
are a low cost, eco-friendly way to build a property with
a unique design. And of course, you'll do so and recycle.
Container homes basically start with some form of shipping
or cargo steel box that may have once been on a long haul
truck, a plane, a train or carried across the ocean by
a shipping vessel.
Large artsy container home
The architects, designers
and builders of these homes have basically
taken these sturdy structures and modified them into a
property that people actually live in. Imagine that. Some
containers are large enough for one 8' X 8 ' X 40' long
structure to house a family of four. This is basic living,
But those creating container home plans haven't stopped
there as you can see by the pictures above and below on
this page. They have put multiple containers together,
creating much more space (and recycling even more metal).
Shipping Container House
Planes, Trains and Automobiles
It's been estimated that at any one time there are over
18 million cargo containers in transit somewhere around
the world. Approximately 7 million of those are coming
to the United States. These containers are either floating
on the seas, flying above us, traveling by train or being
carried by truck.
But, if you want to go low cost and eco-friendly then
you'll most likely want to buy a used shipping container
and start building your home from there. Buying these
used containers that are 40-feet long are relatively cheap
with prices between $2,000 and $5,000. For those only
wanting small houses to dwell in say, 20-feet long then
they can even find them for around $1,500. These types
of container homes are a steel (pun intended).
Fun eco-friendly cargo container
home in nature
let's go over some of the advantages of the container
housing. Cost of course is first. Reducing your
carbon footprint is another reason since you're
recycling and presumably buying a smaller house
rather than a mansion.
Another advantage of recycling containers into properties
is that they are easily shipped. That makes sense now
doesn't it? You can have a prefab built in one part of
the country and shipped somewhere else. Like a mobile
home, a container home is more mobile than most houses
that need extraordinary measures to move them from point
A to point B.
Another advantage of these houses is that they are modular.
They can be stacked horizontally or vertically. You can
put two or more together in different designs. The plans
that can be developed may be old school, modern or just
plain weird and unique.
Yellow Container Home with Solar Panel
Structural Creativity ...
Leading green-leaning architects enjoy working with the
plans for these properties because they are starting with
known structures made of heavy grade steel. Of course,
other building materials may be added, depending upon
the design and layout of the home plans. But, there is
much creativity that can be accomplished with these unique
types of structures (as you can see in the pages of this
One of the disadvantages of course is that not all architects
are familiar with green building techniques and structures.
Working with containers to build a home with will be foreign
to them and so there is a limited pool of professionals
in this area who are willing to do this kind of work.
Large home using several shipping containers
with access to great scenery
Be that as it may, used cargo container homes offer affordability,
unique designs, and going green through recycling. If
this appeals to you then you may want to check out building
one of more of your own container homes today.
Updated October 05,