Why a Shipping Container House?

My friend just asked this question.  I guess it’s a reasonable question because we’re doing something non-traditional.

I think there are a lot of reasons that we’re interested in using containers to build our home.  First up is the green part: we’re re-using a structure that would eventually just end up in a scrap yard, and we’re using it in an interesting fashion, and without the traditional construction waste.  Containers are very strong and resistant to the usual dangers of Houston (hurricanes, foundation shifting, even heat).  They’re super-safe, since they are made of steel.  Container design can be less expensive than traditional building if done carefully.  They’re also just plain different…our house isn’t going to look like anyone else’s, and I like that.  I also like that I won’t have to worry about any of the things that I presently do in our traditional 1927 bungalo.  I like this list of FAQs from Moduluxe, a Houston-based company about container houses.

I think container homes will be popping up around the country before too long, most design/architecture blogs have tons of links to them.  It’s a new method of building, but it seems to be a really solid one that is gaining steady popularity (even if it’s just by me converting friends!).

image from Jetson Green


One thought on “Why a Shipping Container House?

  1. The advantages of using shipping containers as your construction building blocks include:

    They are inexpensive. A used container will cost between $800 and $6000 each, depending on size, age, condition and distance from the building site. Each 40 foot container gives you 320 square feet. .

    Energy concerns. It takes far less energy to reuse shipping containers in a building than to melt them down and reform then into steel beams. Add solar panels and even the ongoing energy use will be green.

    Examples of plans can be found HERE- goo.gl/Es8rYu

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