(all about Container Homes)
Container homes or as some call them used shipping container
houses or cargo container properties are a low cost, eco-friendly
way to build a dwelling with a unique design. And of course,
you'll do so while recycling. 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 sound 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 steel).
Shipping Container House and patio
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.
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 ...
Many 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.
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
to create a common area
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 August 11, 2014