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The main driver for container home demand
One of the major problems that people face in the country (USA, but in many other nations too) right now is affordable housing. We are seeing a very clear trend in which people—millennials, in particular—do not have the financial preparation or stability necessary to buy and maintain a fully functioning home.
Indeed, what we are seeing now is an increasing shift in preference toward staying at home with parents or opting for rental agreements where the cost can be further reduced by living with a friend.
There is a multitude of factors that could possibly explain this. One side argues that it’s the fault of the housing market, while the other side will proclaim that young people are ill-equipped to manage personal finances.
Regardless of the side that you are on, it is worth investigating the alternative solutions that are currently available. One of the underground trends in housing that is starting to see an increased level of popularity is the inhabitation of shipping container homes. The name says it all. These are homes that are entirely constructed from shipping containers that have been used to transport manufactured goods across the world.
It sounds like a boring concept to those who might be unfamiliar with it, but a quick search on Google will show you hundreds of examples in which people put their creative minds to work and created some spectacular homes that don’t even look like they were made from containers!
These container homes are starting to become attractive to people who have seen the untapped potential that shipping container homes can have in creating a beautiful home. There are also many other reasons why these homes are becoming a rising trend in the real estate industry.
The first factor has to do with the average price of a container home. You have the option to buy these brand new or used, and some people will even sell you container homes that are completely refurbished. Starting with as little as $2000, you can have a 40-foot-long container. It would only take one or two more to create a sustainable place that you could call home sweet home. For those who don’t want to bother with the customization process, you can buy a pre-made container home starting at $50,000.
The second factor pertains to the lightning speed at which these homes can be built. Because the containers already come equipped with a roof, four solid walls, and the flooring (unless you choose to make some changes), you can expect to have the entire thing ready within a few short months.
Compared to the time that it would take to build a normal brick house, the container home looks very promising. This speed of construction is possible thanks to the flexibility of the shipping containers. It is incredibly easy to cut down the internal walls and re-arrange things to create your own custom-sized rooms. Containers are also easy to stack on top of one another, which can lead to some very creative arrangements.
Finally, these container homes manage to be next to indestructible while simultaneously being eco-friendly. In addition to being resistant to mold and rot, the simple act of building and living in a container home means that you are recycling something that would remain hidden in a landfill for decades to come. Add on the fact that these containers can handle several tons of weight and are more resistant to leaks, and you have a durable home that will last you through the worst of weather conditions.
If you make the choice to build a container home, remember the three factors that you must account for: quality, cost, and time. Only two of them can be prioritized at once, and you will have to settle for one of the variables being unfavorable.
Additionally, you should watch out for any shipping container homes that have shipping safety labels attached to them. That’s a warning sign that the container was previously used to transport hazardous goods. Even if the container has been thoroughly cleaned, you might not feel comfortable using it as your home.
Is your interest piqued? Are you ready to buy your own container home? Let’s look at a few of the most innovative ways that shipping container homes are being used today.
Given that the army is in need of durable housing that can be set up quickly and efficiently, container homes are their first choice. It takes a minimal amount of time to set up barracks from containers that allow for comfort under stressful military conditions.
The shipping containers happen to be suitable for creating office spaces and the storage of important supplies, such as rations and ammunition.
Feast your eyes on The Box Office! Created by Truth Box owner Peter Gill Case, this is a commercial building that provides 12 office spaces constructed from a grand total of 37 shipping containers that were recycled. This setup allows for the maximum amount of daylight to enter the office spaces using the smallest sizes of windows possible.
There are several additional mechanisms installed that allow for the conservation of energy, making it one of the greenest container home setups in the world.
This is one of the more famous container homes to be featured on the internet, and it is known as the “Containers of Hope.” Designed by architect Benjamin Garcia Saxe for a grand total of $40,000 USD, it was enough to provide an entire family with a sufficient amount of living space to call it a home.
If you were told that you could build a shipping container home off of the grid for a mere $20,000, would you take up the offer? 29-year-old Joseph Dupuis in Ottawa, Canada got the bright idea of taking three shipping containers and putting them together to create a home away from home. Powered by solar panels, it is a beautiful example of minimalism combined with a serene view of Mother Nature.
Shipping container homes are going to continue to become a viable option for the general population if the housing market continues to raise its prices, and, so far, it seems that the unaffordability of regular homes has created a great opportunity for an alternative style of housing to reign supreme. It won’t be long before you see shipping containers being used to construct some of the apartments and condos in the downtown area of major cities!
Has this post given you some ideas and inspiration? If you have plans to create your own shipping container home, take a look at a really in-depth post on how to go about it at DIYReal.com: