What Are Shipping Container Homes?
Just as the name suggests, shipping container homes are homes built using shipping containers. Shipping container houses can be built from brand new shipping containers or used shipping containers and can cost anywhere from a few thousand dollars to hundreds of thousands of dollars. They can be designed, arranged, and altered in just about any way you can imagine.
The notion of building homes from shipping containers isn’t new, but it’s definitely picking up steam in recent years as the world becomes more aware of the benefits of living simply, with less clutter and more connection to the environment. Building a shipping container home also appeals to those who want to build on a budget, but still have a home that is completely modern and unique.
Aside from the monetary and lifestyle benefits of a shipping container home, there are many practical and safety benefits as well. Shipping container homes are fireproof and secure. They are built from steel and are crafted to withstand heavy stacking, ocean travel, and severe weather. Because a shipping container’s lifespan can be thirty years or more, and because shipping companies tend to use them for just a few years, there are millions of unused shipping containers sitting around and many of them can be had for just a few thousand dollars.
They are low-maintenance and can be placed just about anywhere. And they are modular, meaning they can be stacked or arranged in whatever setup the owner desires. A standard shipping container is about 8.5 feet high, 8 feet wide, and 20 or 40 feet long.
Where to Buy a Shipping Container Home
Hive Modular – Hive modular homes “are designed to be constructed by modular construction techniques, which provide a high level of quality control, minimize exposure of building materials to the elements, and shortens construction time. Hive has taken the time to learn the modular construction industry so that we can leverage the efficiencies of prefab while providing a high level of design. Our background in high-end residential architecture has taught us to respond to client’s needs for beautiful and efficient home designs with features we know people want. HIVE architects are available to work with you to produce a uniquely personal design utilizing modular or other prefab systems”
Office of Mobile Design – Office of Mobile Design is an LA-based company that focuses on “portable, demountable, and relocatable structures.”
Numen Development – At Numen Development (based in Houston, TX), “we are a design and development firm focused on creating innovative spaces that are structurally, financially, and environmentally efficient! All of our designs utilize re-purposed shipping containers as their primary structure.”
SunDog Structures – At this Tampa, Florida company, “we can build your dream. We design, fabricate and install our shipping container homes and buildings on your site. We work with homeowners, developers and businesses to create buildings designed to achieve your goals. Smart and sustainable, our buildings are designed to perform.”
SG Blocks – SG Blocks is based out of NYC. They “use highly-sustainable, maritime grade shipping containers to build incredible shopping, working, and living environments. We work with architects, developers, builders, and commercial clients to help them build incredibly safe, strong, and green structures using code-engineered shipping containers. We work closely with our partners to source the right box for each project need, then use our unique experience and know-how to build-out each to exact specifications.”
Modern society’s willingness to look at recycling shipping containers to use as homes and other buildings shows how far our industrial culture has come–we are more interested in sustainability, making good use of existing resources and materials, and less focused on accumulating material objects. Living in a shipping container home is about making a conscious choice to remove the superfluous from your life, to live a streamlined life without excess or restriction, and without needless damage to the environment.