It seems cargo container housing have already entered the phase of being treated as a modern architecture technique, instead of being just an experimental project. So, why are cargo container homes are becoming more popular and attracting both developers and home buyers?
The first thing usually mentioned about cargo containers are their durability; their advocates even suggest their “infinite life span” if used for housing, as these structures are produced really strong (designed to be exposed to heavy loads, harsh climatic conditions, and regular rough handling). Besides, they are supposed to be stacked in columns, which makes their use in building multistoried houses easy and safe.
Secondly, cargo conatiner homes appear to cost less than conventional ones. The major ways of saving when building this modern type of dwelling include reduced labor expenses and, actually, lower cost of the building materials. Containers represent ready-to-use modular elements, which require only insignificant changes (mainly cutting); and designing such houses is as simple as stacking modules together. Therefore, container houses are characterized with short construction time, easy transportation of the elements, and their high availability practically in any part of the world.
Cargo Container Homes and their Benefits
Another benefit of cargo container homes also results from their structural strength: they are ideal for harsh conditions and on difficult sites. They can make perfect homes in areas with the high risk of hurricanes and earthquakes due to the fact that modular elements are welded together. It is also said that they can reflect a considerable amount of radiation if covered with proper coating, while preventing the loss of heat and protecting interior from the increased outside humidity.
Finally, container houses offer a large living area, which can be even larger if an owner decides to use the roof of the container. In fact, this advantage will be of special interest to those who enjoy roof gardens. The strength of the roof will definitely support this additional weight, allowing to have it all on a quite small footprint.
Thus, multiple cargo containers, which are no longer necessary for their primary use, can be used for a new style in modern architecture and have became an option to consider when planning on building your own home.