You may have seen those huge metal shipping container boxes on a lorry speeding down the motorway or piled high on a cargo ship pulling into the harbor port. Products are transported all over the world in these boxes. They are massive, durable, and standardized to stack neatly on cargo ships and loading docks. However, in recent years, the boxes have begun to gain attention and popularity for a completely different use. Pre-fab and modular housing industries are creating a new market venture by manufacturing shipping container houses.
These shelters are receiving a great deal of attention for their durability, relatively low cost, design flexibility, ease of construction and installation, and unique appearance.
Shipping container houses offer environmentally-friendly advantages:
• Repurposed and “green” construction
• No trees are needed to construct the structure frame
• Trees are only required for interior needs, walls, flooring, etc.
• Relatively small carbon footprint
• Reduced manufacturing and construction waste
The standardized design of shipping containers allows for nearly all the construction to be completed at the manufacturing facility. As a result, minimal construction material waste is accumulated on the installation site.
The manufacturers usually have many home interior appointments and customization options available for the buyers to design a living space to suit their personal tastes and lifestyles. Shipping container houses are more than merely a single metal box. Since the units are modular, they can be assembled, connected, and stacked in many different arrangements to accommodate your desires, lot size and shape, and needs.
The container home units are nearly turn-key ready for occupancy when they arrive on homeowner’s prepared lot. A cured concrete slab foundation is required on the lot before the unit(s) can be delivered and installed.
The electric and water utilities can be connected rather easily. The shipping container home and site may need to be inspected by local officials to ensure all building, construction, and safety codes are properly followed.
After all the construction and legal formalities are finalized, the family can enjoy the sanctuary of a unique and environmentally-friendly domicile.
Shipping container houses are not for everyone, but neither are flats, condominiums, or other high-density or unusual dwellings. Everyone has a dream home that suits their family. Many people are coming to accept a new standard of living in durable and highly-customizable container homes. These dwellings are showing up all over the world and in many climates. Modern technologies allow the containers to be completely livable spaces almost anywhere you can imagine.
Many people live in mobile homes. Think of a shipping container house as a 21th century green upgrade on the mobile homes, which were originally designed by automotive and aircraft engineers after World War II.
A new and environmentally-friendly perspective on pre-fab and modular homes is a groundbreaking step in repurposing the omnipresent and globetrotting metal boxes. Who knows, maybe the shipping container you choose to live in may have held a product that you purchased in the recent past?
Shipping container houses are gaining popularity with people who prefer to live in a dwelling that stands apart from a conventional construction home. The container homes are getting a lot of attention from environmentally-conscious global citizens and people who want to get off the grid and live a peaceful and secluded existence. Your home is your personal space and sanctuary in the world. You can live in a shipping container home and enjoy your life as you choose.