There are many situations where a shipping container home is just the best option for temporary living.
For instance, if your house is being renovated, it makes sense to use a shipping container home so you can have somewhere to sleep and live while your house is full of dust and construction workers.
But there’s more to shipping container homes than just temporary solutions. Shipping container architecture is a trend that’s been picking up speed in recent years, and it doesn’t look like it’s going to stop.
These shipping container houses are more than just temporary places to sleep. They’re fully equipped homes for couples and families to live in for the rest of their lives.
You may have seen this around: entire homes custom-built using multiple adapted shipping containers. Maybe you drive past one every day on your way to work without even knowing.
Here’s why shipping container architecture is a trend that won’t be dying out any time soon.
- Shipping containers are affordable – It only takes five shipping containers to create a spacious home – even less, if you use your space wisely. In fact, it’s possible to get a complete shipping container home for under $600 per square metre. The price for a standard home is usually about $1200 per square metre.
- They are recycled – It’s generally too expensive for a dock to ship the containers back to the country of origin, which means there are a lot of shipping containers lying around with nowhere to go. By making a home from these containers, you’re using up a whole bunch of previously unusable resources. No need to cut down more trees to put a roof over your head.
- Shipping container architecture can be set up quickly -Once your shipping container home is designed and the containers are modified, it only takes a few days to take them to the desired location and put them all together. That means in only a few days, you can be making toast in the brand new kitchen of your brand new home.
No messing about with weeks of construction. All the major work is done off-site so they’re ready to be assembled on delivery.
A shipping container home isn’t for everyone, and there are a lot of things that need to be taken into consideration, like building regulations and temperature control. But if you want a contemporary home that’s affordable and uses resources that are already available, it’s a good option to consider.
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