shipping container homes and fuctunality= Part 3

Hi there,

As promised here we are again for round 3. This time we will be continuing on from where we left off. We finished with a look at houseboat concepts and ideas, So moving forward we will be looking at container homes vs traditional homes, structure, layout and they can be used on unquie blocks of land. The cost comparison with materials used to create a sustainable home.

Let us jump straight into it.

A question that answers its self… Why go to the effort to design and build a whole new house structure(framework) when you could make one out affordable existing materials that are cost-effective and readily available. Some large-scale developments finding shipping containers very   useful, and they are also becoming very popular in smaller applications such as creating a  family home or granny flat . They also provide a simple way of extending your house as you can install a granny flat in your backyard for some extra accommodation space.

Yes, of course, the mighty Shipping container,the best thing about them are:

  • they are durable
  • adaptable to any climate and weather conditions
  • come in all shapes and sizes.
  • They can be stacked on top of one another
  •  they can be cut,
  • they can be welded
  • they have endless possibilities and configurations.

Shipping container home VS conventional Home

The gloves are off, they differ in the following ways:

Construction time– Most of the modifications for transforming shipping containers into houses are usually done in a workshop, although onsite is becoming more renowned for a quicker shelter for DIY’s, This reduces construction time significantly. While a normal house can take up to 3 months (12-16 weeks in some cases)to build, a shipping container one will take a few days to a couple of weeks to complete.

Shipping Container Homes: Steps And Strategies To Building Or Buying Your Own Dream Shipping Container Home Including Plans With Photos

“Some really good ideas for window surrounds  and relocatable deck ideas”

Building materials – While typical houses use materials such as bricks, Hardie plank-paneling and timber for outer walls, container homes – as the name indicates – are made of Quality steel and coated in a special paint(membrane) that provides a strong long lasting sustainable structure that can cope in the harshest of environments.

Building regulations – Regulations for building with traditional materials are not the same as with shipping containers. They differ greatly depending on your locality, some include;  size,  overall look, engineering, suitable for the neighborhood codes, so make sure to research your location first.

” People are starting to pay closer attention to impact  their lifestyle is having on the environment”

Mobility –  container houses are an assembly of several container moduals, they can easily unbolteded and be taken apart and moved to a new location. This is not the case with normal houses especialy with a house on a concrete slab!!!

Assembly – While you can build a normal house using standard construction equipment, you will require specialised equipment to assemble a container house although most tools required for a container project.” you would have in your tool kit anyway. exception would be a MIG welder and gear

Eco-friendliness – Constructing a house using old shipping containers is a great way to upcycle something that would have otherwise gone to waste. This helps conserve a protects the environment. Traditional houses on the other hand just consume new resources and waste.

Aesthetics – Container houses have a  much different and industrial look which makes them more appealing to the eye and gives off a more modern, trendy, edgy look. As opposed to a traditional brick and mortar home.

Extensions – Container houses are a lot easier to extend. All you need to do when you need more space is simply buy another container, modify it, and join it to the ones you already have. “If you say it fast it’s almost too easy”

“Some ideas if you need to expand later down the track”

Strength – Because of the all-steel construction and being able to interlock with one another on cargo ships, containers already engineered to be stronger than its opposition made with ordinary materials.

Perfect“temporary” structure – Shipping containers are that line between permanent structures and temporary structures. If for any reason you cannot construct a  permanent building on your property, a shipping container home offers a great solution because it can be relocated at any time. Helping get around some of those legal teqnicalities.

When you are using shipping containers for houses, all you need to do is purchase them and have them delivered. A concrete pad or a block footing may be sufficient to sit the containers on, or you may want to use some type of concrete strip footings as a foundation…

“This video displays a great range of footing styles you could use”

…it will all depend on your application. The containers can be welded together to keep them in place, although if you bolt them you will be able to relocate the building a lot easier and you get just as strong a join( Use an extra nut as the lock bolt so it does upon itself and it will never move, and you will be fine)

The interior of a shipping container is the perfect blank canvas.  It is a simple matter to add insulation and wiring to the interior.  You can save a great deal of time and money especially when it comes to plumbing and electrical buy keeping the plumbing on one wall and electrical easy and accessible . The container is already a self-contained structure; all that needs to be done is to install windows and the interior structures such as walls and doors. Once the building has been completed, it can become quiet camouflaged to the fact that it was once an industrial shipping container.

Shawns “Cost Comparison”

Traditional: Generally, when you’re building a traditional style home you are looking at, on average $10,000 per room, $15000 per bathroom and a further $20,000 for the kitchen. that’s not including the roof or the garage or the landscaping or connection fee’s and the list keeps on going. So before you no it, you are in the price range of somewhere between $180,000-$500,000 depending on your style and personal choices and size. Then add on the cost of you land $100,00 to upwards of $1,000,000 and before you realize on average you’re at around the $700,000 mark for a 3-4 bedroom home that is just a stepping stone, most people these days don’t tend to stay in one house longer than 6years.

“It seems like an awful lot of money to pay for something you want as opposed to something you need….. Want to make your lifestyle dreams a reality having an online business then click the link and learn about the SFM journey now.”

Container     A container home can go either way in the price range you can have a very simple build and get away with it from $20,000 or end up spending upwards of $300,000 once again it comes down to the individual desired result. You can save a lot of money by purchasing recycled building materials as sometimes you can get an absolute bargain on Gumtree or eBay even check out some recycle yards, Some items may take a little effort and creativity to get them to work but isnt that the point….  You can get so creative with other people’s junk and it can truly become your treasure I believe going with a container based home it can give you a lot more options with the land options you can choose for example;

A steep hillside and area with environmental issues such as wetlands etc can be quiet cheap to buy as opposed to the perfect suburb flat block. you can build in those weird spots on top of the hill to gain  the best views, as long as the crane or machine can lift it into a position you have a building site (there are a lot of ways to do this but that is the safest) with some off-grid products and some effort you could have that dream home for a fraction of the cost.

If your on a very steep and hill land you can stagger them up the hill and create a stunning layered home that you never thought you would possible.

Value for money you really can’t go passed the shipping container concept that is sweeping the eco world by storm.thanks for reading and i will see you in  part -4 when we take a look at underground living and cob houses.

Please leave your comments and feedback so as I can improve by providing you with the best possible information, and if you prefer links or videos as extra information and advice.

Take care

Shawn Fitzgerald

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