There is a modern appeal to living in a shipping container. The possibilities are endless.  The cost can be much less than a traditional home.  The timing for completion can be minimal.  The security can be immense!

If at first you think container homes sound absolutely dreadful, read on. You think of a dark container stripped of any comforts?  Definitely read on. If you think container homes are only one way of taking a frugal lifestyle to the next level, you have to read on!

Container homes are the exact opposite of dark and dank and dreary. Shipping containers offer so many benefits for building a great living space!  We will outline only a few in this article.  Be encouraged to seek out more ideas.  Container home living is up and coming.  The sky is the limit!  Truly.

entering an open door into a shipping container home 

Benefits of Living in a Container Home

Following are five main reasons that you should consider using shipping containers for your next home building project. 

  1. They are environmentally friendly in many ways. First, you are upcycling a shipping container. Second, you are eliminating the need for many building materials. Even sustainable building materials will be conserved. And third, most shipping containers are insulated. This reduces the amount of energy you will need to heat and cool your home.
  2. Shipping containers are 100 percent customizable. You can make every part of the interior and exterior your design. You can weld together several containers for a large home or enjoy a tiny home design. A little bit of imagination can go a very long way in home design.
  3. Shipping containers are very affordable. You can create a home with 1,200 square feet of space for less than $10,000 for the structure. Add in everything else, depending on your tastes, and you could have a new home for around $40,000. This estimate, of course, is based on what you desire, not on actual costs. $40k is a third of what a small home in most areas sells for in previously lived-in conditions. 
  4. Off-site construction. If you are moving to a remote area, you can construct and create a majority of your home in another area and then transport the finished container to your new homesite. Securing the container. You are ready to move in! Being able to work on your home off-site if you chose can reduce time and money necessary.
  5. Depending on the design, your home can be portable. If you plan to move your container home in the future, you will need to make sure you take the right steps during the initial construction to make this easier. 

Consider This

Shipping container homes continue to emerge in the housing market as more people find that this is precisely what they want in a home. These homes are eco-friendly, cost-effective, and easy to design to the tastes and needs of the owner.  Consider this unique way of living!