Are you tired of old story architecture, which is so common in today’s home magazines? Is your dream home neither durable nor affordable? In today’s marketplace, the range of options open to perspective homebuyers is wide open. This includes compelling homes constructed out of shipping containers.
Shipping container homes can range from one-room cabins in the woods to multilevel urban masterpieces, which are limited only by the designer’s imagination. One need consider the following:
- Review building regulations and site considerations. After you select your site, visit the zoning department. Check which rules, regulations and covenants are associated with the zone. Make certain that shipping container homes are not excluded.
- Enlist an experienced designer. Because of the increased interest in shipping container homes, there are many designers available, who can easily be located on the Internet.
- Choose an experienced contractor. Services such as electricity and plumbing can range from $50 to $150.
- Purchase the appropriate containers. Consider their size, condition, quality and manufacturer. Individual container size is 40 feet long by 8 feet wide by 8 feet high. Twenty-foot containers are also available.
As far as conveniences go, container homes are very comfortable. They can be assembled easily and inexpensively. When properly insulated, they provide just as much comfort as a conventional structure. They are durable and can withstand extreme weather and harsh climates. Wouldn’t you want to be in a shipping container during a tornado? Also, these homes are ecologically responsible. Options include solar-powered electrical systems and the “green roof,” to say nothing of the fact that you’re already building a home out of a recycled product. All in all, shipping container homes offer an excellent alternative to more-expensive conventional housing.