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Newest Housing Trend: Shipping Containers for Homes, Office, Warehousing

Newest Housing Trend: Shipping Containers for Homes, Office, Warehousing

Using shipping containers is one of the newest ways to create prefabricated housing, offices and warehouse space.

Shipping containers are an excellent option for people residing in areas with extreme weather conditions such as hurricanes and tornadoes. Therefore, it’s safe to say that container homes can survive a storm. Container homes are a go-to in the event of natural disasters.

This container idea was usually used for offices, commercial or industrial. Also used as storage or instead of sheds. Since they are stackable its multiple uses are limitless. For residential purposes, it was approved by several states to convert them as livable quarters, containers can be a useful addition: That extra bathroom+closet, extra bedroom or office; the mother-in-law, it really has endless uses.

A small container example.

You need to have a Survey and the soil tested by an engineer who will make the recommendation to either place the container directly on the ground, or lift a foundation. You’ll need to check with your local government to make sure you stay legal and up to code.

Shipping container houses are significantly cheaper to build than regular homes. They are very resource efficient and can be made to look like regular houses. You will need a building permit to build or install a container house, and you’ll likely need a site plan in order to obtain the building permit.

The lifespan of a shipping container home varies depending largely on the environment in which it is located. Generally speaking, though, a home built from used shipping containers should last from 25 years to about 35 years without any major maintenance. No roof leaks problems, no unlevel floors, no termites, etc.

What Are the Advantages of Shipping Container Homes?

Shipping container homes are durable, cost-effective, and customizable:

  • They can be more cost-effective than traditional housing. You can purchase a container home for as low as $10,000. They are typically more cost-effective than conventional housing because they require fewer building materials and labor to construct.
  • They’re quick to construct. Some contractors can build a shipping container home in under a month. However, hiring a professional to build your container dream home can be pricey. To avoid hefty construction costs altogether, you can purchase a prefabricated container home from a growing list of companies specializing in building prefab homes off-site.
  • They’re modular homes. Shipping container homes are easy to modify. You can build a home with a mix of 20- and 40-foot containers. You can also combine multiple containers to create a larger home with a living room, dining room, extra bedrooms, a second floor, or even a container guesthouse. But now they are treated as a dwelling like a single family home, a property, not like the mobile homes or modular homes that are weak and uninsured.
  • They’re durable. Manufacturers typically use corten steel to build shipping containers. This self-healing steel protects cargo during transport across bodies of water. Shipping container homes made from weathering steel can likely withstand inclement weather conditions better than traditional housing.
  • They can be mobile. Once you anchor it down it becomes immovable.




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