Sure, you may be familiar with shipping containers, but have you heard of actually living in one? This housing trend is making waves and we can’t help but be intrigued with this new way of living.
They say that your home is a reflection of your personality, something you can show off to people and they will instantly be connected to you in a more intimate way. So imagine the kind of impression you’d make by inviting someone into your shipping container home. Though you and your guests may at first be skeptical, there is a lot more to it than just the shock value.
We’re breaking down all the benefits of making a shipping container into your home below!
Whether you live in one of the priciest cities in the United States or not, container homes are typically a less expensive alternative to traditional homes, condos, and apartments. You can find anything from a 20-foot shipping container home, to large, nicely furnished home for some pretty sweet steals if you do your research. The total cost of everything fully depends on the finishes you choose for your interior, but “a large house built from shipping containers can range in price from $150,000 to $175,000, which is about half the price per square foot of a conventional home,” according to 360 Mobile Office.
Aside from its very versatile design and the ability to be transformed into pretty much the exact space you have in mind, container homes are also very accessible because they can be delivered to wherever you need them. With a simple internet search, you can find the nearest company that offers or ships container homes, all that’s needed is a truck to drop it off. Also, since shipping containers are meant to be moved, there is already a global system in place for transporting them across land and sea. Here’s another thing to consider: There are many locations in the world that may not be accessible for a construction crew and all the equipment needed to build a home. With the shipping container home option, the possibilities of living anywhere are endless, because you’re bringing your own home with you. All you need to worry about is finding the land for your future home and a way to get it there.
On another positive note, plenty of companies are able to sell both new and older container homes, which is perfect for the environment. With each 40-foot, used shipping container, you are re-purposing 2,500 kg of steel. The use of steel shipping containers also reduces or eliminates the production and use of many other building materials, which can be harmful to our planet.
Another way container homes are friendly to the environment is through their proper use of insulation small size that contributes to its energy efficiency. Effectively installed insulation makes it easy to heat or cool the small space, plus many owners opt for a solar energy option, which can help reduce the monthly cost of utilities.
Homes made from shipping containers can be built and completed very quickly, which is one of the more attractive benefits. You could potentially have a finished container home within 8 weeks, whereas building any traditional home can take anywhere from four to six months. If you are looking for a quicker (and cheaper!) housing solution, container-home living may be your answer.
With a container home, the exterior is already built. The roof, walls, and ceiling are complete and all you have to add are the interior details and furnishings, which can take a considerable amount of time during the building process, but it still takes less time than building a new construction home from the ground up.
Do you think you’ve got what it takes to live in a container home? Let your imagination run wild and go for it! Connect with one of our real estate agents today to learn more.
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