5 Great Reasons To Live In A Shipping Container Home
Have you considered buying a shipping container home? Here are 5 reasons why they’re so great.
1 – They’re eco-friendly
Shipping containers homes are usually made from steel, which means that they can usually be recycled if you ever decide to sell it. They can also be placed basically anywhere, which means that you won’t need to get rid of a bunch of trees to make room for your house.
They also require much less living resources (such as water or electricity) which results in a smaller carbon footprint than more traditional homes
2 – Affordability
Pop quiz: What’s going to be cheaper – building a house from scratch, or buying a large metal container to live in?
The answer is, of course, the second option.
There are many shipping containers around the globe (about 33 million) so it’s not like rarity is driving the price up. They can also have all the same functionality as a traditional home, so you could have your dream home – and it might be cheaper than you think.
3 – Mobility
One benefit that many people don’t consider about shipping container homes is actually quite obvious, given their cargo-carrying origins. As long as you have access to an articulated lorry (or are prepared to hire a removalist), a shipping container home is essentially a bigger and better version of a mobile home.
If you were prepared to deal with the logistics of it all, you could even live in different parts of the country (or the world) in different seasons. I don’t know about you, but I wish I could move my home closer to the beach during summer. If it was a shipping container home, I could.
4 – Sturdiness
This might seem obvious, but metal is stronger than wood. In fact, a tornado could lift a wooden house (yes that can happen) and smash it into the side of your house and the worst case scenario would be that your windows broke.
Assuming you weren’t standing next to the window and/or didn’t have steel window shutters made from shipping container parts, of course.
5 – Customisation
The cozy living area can easily be expanded by adding extra parts from other shipping containers. Sure, you’ll pay more for things like stairs and bay windows because someone will have to engineer them, but the same is true of traditional housing as well.
As long as you can imagine it, someone can design and build it.