When I first heard of the notion of building a
house out of old shipping containers, I won’t
lie…it didn’t thrill me. My only memories
regarding shipping containers were those of my
childhood in Africa, each day facing its
blistering internal heat to fetch supplies for
Yet many many people are turning to this new and
relatively in-expensive sort of living…but why?
For starters, depending on where you buy from,
the cost of an average 20 foot shipping
container normally ranges between $1500 to $3500
Considering you can successfully build an
amazing home abode using just one container,
that is an amazing price for construction.
Container Homes are Amazing
Aside from there cost effective construction,
shipping container homes can be wonderful long
Highly durable against natural disasters of many
kinds, these “recycled” homes will save you
money with their walls of steel.
One man in Florida would know, he built his home
using 12 shipping containers total for a massive
living space. The total cost in building
such a massive structure? $200,000
(Estimated cost per square foot $55)
By plastering the metal structure in solar
panels, the electric company pays him…$300 per
What about over-heating in the summer time?
Well, thanks to the insulation, this structure
actually only costs him $250 a YEAR in
What will I need to build my own Shipping
First of all, you’ll need a little piece of
land, for which you will then pour a slab of
regular construction cement for your foundation.
(Don’t forget that septic system!)
Next, as you cut out your window and door
frames, remember to place reinforcement to
compensate for those massive sections of metal
which you are removing for sustained stability.
Depending on how many shipping containers you
yourself are using, line them up in the desired
array and weld them strongly in place together.
Next step, install your doors and windows, then
your light fixtures etc. for final touches.
Spray the interior of the walls with Supertherm
insulative coating, then add in your drywall to
the interior of the container walls for added
insulated effect. Don’t forget to add in
your plywood floor.
Finish with your basic electrical wiring and
perfect paint color for the ultimate effect!
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