It’s many people’s dream to own a home at some point in their life. But with the ever-increasing costs of building a house in Australia, this dream is quickly becoming unattainable.
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, house prices have been on a steady incline since the late 80’s averaging an increase of about 6.8% each year. The Bureau estimated the cost of building a new house to be $236,000 in 2008 from a low of $65,000 back in 1987. Now, some of this rise in cost can be attributed to the increasing size of houses being built but most of it is as a result of other market forces, other than consumer preference.
It’s this housing problem that has forced people to think outside of the box regarding building materials for constructing durable homes, that won’t leave them in lifelong debt. Welcome: shipping container homes.
Their original purpose was to securely transport cargo across rough seas and miles of road, but with their increasing popularity a new problem arose; disposal. Shipping containers were designed to reduce loading and off-loading times at ports by consolidating several small items into one big regular shaped package. This increased efficiency at terminals greatly reducing shipping costs. But over the years shipping containers began piling up at ports and yards which led people to a new question: How do we reuse these idle resources? “Construction was the answer.
Using cargo containers as the primary building material for structures is nothing new. They have long been used to construct offices, pop-up shops, restaurants and now… now you can live in them. The idea of constructing houses using shipping containers, although in its infancy here in Australia, has gained popularity both in Europe and America where people are using them for construction because of their wide availability, eco-friendliness and low cost.
How much does it cost to build a home using shipping containers?
Shipping containers offer a viable solution for affordable housing, enabling the average person to achieve their goal of owning a home. The Daily Telegraph in an article estimated that a 200sqm modestly fitted three-bedroom shipping container home in Sydney could cost as low as $150,000 compared to $400,000 for a regular home. The cost of a granny flat in the same location could be cut by more than half to about $42,000 from a price of about $100,000.
Other than being a cheap alternative to regular building materials, shipping containers are gaining popularity in home construction because:
1. They offer an environmentally friendly solution. By using shipping containers to construct your home, you are using a resource that would have otherwise gone to waste. This helps preserve the environment by fully utilising available resources.
2. They take less time to construct. Constructing a cargo container home takes less time as most modifications are made offsite. Only assembly and installation of a few fixtures takes place on-site.
3. They have a smaller footprint. This means they are lower maintenance, run on less energy and are more flexible in where they can be built, to reduce waste compared to regular homes.
Tiger Containers provides you with quality affordable new and used shipping containers and helps you make the necessary modifications so that you can craft your dream home without breaking the bank.
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