Shipping Container Homes -
An Alternative to Traditional Living Spaces

What are Container Homes

Container homes are derived from recycled shipping containers usually used for cargo or storage. They are prefabricated from their original shape and joined together to construct new homes – hence the name Container Homes.

While it’s introduction to residential living is fairly new, container homes have been in use for a while, as temporary accommodation facilities where urgent housing is required, like construction sites or natural disaster relief centers for example.

In addition to their portability, the quick, and cost-effective setup, made Shipping Containers the ideal solution to temporary projects, which benefited from the sturdiness, durability and security they provided. Eventually, they started making appearances in residential areas, for the exact same reasons.

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40ft Shipping Container

Size and Dimension

The cost of a singular Shipping Container depends on the size you choose, and these fall into 3 major categories;

Length

10ft containers – $2000 – $3000
20ft containers –  $3000 – $5000
40ft containers –  $4000 to $7000


All 3 sizes will generally have similar height and width, with small variances and customization, like the
High Cube containers for example, which is preferred for building container homes, due to the extra foot in ceiling height.


Width
The standard width for most containers is 8ft

Height
Shortest container height measures  7ft 6’
Tallest container heights measures 9ft 6’(High Cube)

Measurements are interior. See Exterior measurements  here

How Much Does it Cost to Build a Shipping Container into a Home?

For a standard family home, with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, with shipping containers, expect an average cost of about $175,000. A lower end of $125,000 and a higher end of $300,000 upwards if you add more features.

Opting for smaller, apartment-like units, with little conversion work, can be obtained for as little as $20,000. The figures vary because Container Homes come in different sizes that can be customized to smaller or bigger versions of the same home type. 

Customization is a major advantage container homes have over traditional types, because you can build in increments over time, by adding, removing or modifying individual units, as you can afford them.

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Reinforced Shipping Containers

Are Container Homes Safe

Considering that businesses have successfully used shipping containers for many years, container homes would be deemed safe to live in. However, to truly test their ability to support everyday living by families, the following need to be considered;

 

What Are the Benefits of Living in a Container Home

Considering that businesses have successfully used shipping containers for many years, container homes would be deemed safe to live in. However, to truly test their ability to support everyday living by families, the following need to be considered;

Durability

Container homes are made of steel, which is regarded as virtually unbreakable and one of the strongest metals in the world. Bearing in mind that these containers are designed for rugged travel in rugged environments, they are purposefully built for durability, with most built for durability lasting 25 years or more.

Robustness

During transportation via air, sea, rail or road, containers are made to withstand extreme cold, heat, rain, and even hurricanes.  While the outside can be susceptible to bruising or dents, the interior remains virtually unscathed, which is why containers are the preferred option for underground shelter in some natural disaster areas.

Climate Friendly

Because Container homes are made of Steel, which is a naturally occurring metal, they require minimal maintenance and can be reused for many purposes, making it the ideal recycle material for different uses without adversely affecting the environment.

Security

Breaking into a shipping container is a difficult task, even with heavy machinery, but fittings like windows and doors, will present some vulnerability. Choosing the right type of doors  for your container home, will provide a balance between aesthetics and security.

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