Seven Reasons Why You Should Be Building With Shipping Containers

There are shipping containers all over the world, sitting in ports and junk yards, after they have been decommissioned from commercial sea travel. These shipping containers could be reused or recycled. Converting them into your next shipping container home could be the perfect solution. Shipping containers can be constructed quickly, are Eco friendly, relatively cheap and look amazing. We are often asked why constructing a shipping container home is so appealing.

1. Cost

Because there are so many shipping containers and the demand for them is relatively low, buying one is much cheaper than traditional building materials such as brick, steel, and wood.

Since shipping containers are already structured, extremely durable, and have flooring, you as a home builder get to save cash on things like flooring, walls and roofing. At the very minimum you could add proper insulation and your new home would be ready to go.

The low cost of used shipping containers also allows you to build a bigger home than you would otherwise be able to construct.

Your dollar can go up to three times further, depending on where you are constructing your building and how much of the construction you do plan to do yourself.

2. Eco-Friendly

With so many shipping containers stacking up in shipyards, junkyards, and ports, there are a plethora of containers for you to buy and turn into your next building.

Recycling them to make your dream home will help clean our environment, keep your costs low, and your conscience clear with your Eco-friendly building materials. To ensure you are being as Eco-friendly as possible with your shipping container home, you can use other recyclable materials and construct your home in a way that allows natural sunlight to fuel your home.

Shipping containers can easily be remodeled, cut, or have items added to them to make them better for the environment, and take advantage of the weather around them. For example, many shipping container homes made in areas with plenty of sunlight, like Costa Rica or California, have solar panels installed on their roofs to make use of solar power.

3. Speed of Construction

A traditional home usually takes a minimum of four months to build, while a shipping container home can be built in under one month! To ensure you are building your shipping container home as quickly as possible, have all of your permits and licenses from your local zoning department ready (these could take weeks to get). Do as much research as possible in regards to the work involved and how you want your home to look by having a good plan. If possible, buy your shipping container locally or as close to the build site as possible to cut down shipping time.

With so many options on how to construct a shipping container home, it is important you have ideas and research to back up what you prefer and how you want your new home to be constructed.

4. Off-grid living

If you are looking to live off the grid, then shipping container homes can support this. For those of you unfamiliar with this term, it means to live without being connected to electricity.

We interviewed Brenda Kelly, who has built her own tiny shipping container home, and she mentioned just how easy it is to make a shipping container home off-grid. She has fitted her home with solar panels and a gray water recycling system.

Living off the grid will save a considerable amount of money due to your lower energy costs. You will also reduce your carbon footprint and be more self-reliant!

5. Flexibility

The boxy style and the material used in shipping containers allow for flexibility when constructing your perfect building.

The corten steel they are built with is strong and sturdy. It gives you the option to stack containers on top of each other. You probably won’t be wanting an eight-story skyscraper (though it has been done)!

In addition to stacking them vertically, you can lay them down side by side and build out horizontally too. The internal container walls are easy to remove, making it simple to build a door or arch to connect multiple containers together.

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This convenience is great for home builders because it allows them to use multiple containers to build the exact building that they desire. The other great thing about the flexibility of shipping containers is that you can decorate them in any which way you like. Quite a few shipping container homes are given a cabin feeling by cladding the outside of the containers with wood.

6. Extremely Tough

Shipping containers are made to ship cargo, including delicate items, across the ocean. Most of the time these trips are as far as China to the United States.

With that long distance in mind, they are made specifically to be durable and extremely tough so the high winds, swirling water, and rough weather do not damage the items inside the containers.

Considering they are made for harsh conditions and to withstand extreme weather, they are more than tough enough to sit on land and be your shelter. They can withstand 100 miles per hour wind, for those of you living in hurricane or stormy areas.

They are tougher than many other Eco-friendly building materials such as earthbags. This gives you peace of mind knowing that the building you have constructed will endure and keep you safe in extreme weather conditions.

7. They Look Cool

And finally, in addition to being economical, Eco-friendly, and easy to build, shipping container homes look amazing!

Believe us when we say that your new building will draw interest and attention! All sorts of incredible buildings been constructed using shipping containers.