Why Shipping Container Homes Can Work In The Philippines

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I often hear people saying that they wouldn’t live in a shipping container home or that Filipinos wouldn’t odd thing is every year at Sinulog I see a shipping container village develop for pilgrims which is literally just a container! Nothing pretty, no refurbishment, just a roof and a box to sit,sleep and eat.

In reality I do wonder why people assume others can’t see the concept develop down to they’re own ignorance. Its mainly Filipinos that contact me about the shipping container homes and why? because many of them work in Saudi Arabia and other areas that use shipping container homes for worker accommodation. Sort of dispels the myth about “overheating” being a metal structure when these things are stuck out in the desert and still cooled. Its all about passive cooling and adding shade but then again isn’t any home?

Point being is they are a viable solution and more so for difficult areas to find good construction teams as these can be prefabricated and dropped to site with toilets,electrics etc. all pre-fitted reducing the risk of having someone causing damage for not knowing what they do as simply you don’t need them. One professional team building homes for the Philippines instead of random guys with no qualifications in construction that are often only fit for labouring but end up costing a small fortune due to the damage they cause from sub standard work.

Top that with the fact OFWs have a fixed price from factory if involving the family there is no risk of money disappearing as the intervention by family is limited. Add to all of this that its also cost affective even with the inflated costs of shipping containers in the Philippines I do wonder why more people aren’t doing it. If you come across shipping container houses in the Philippines please send some photos! I know there are a lot here already as people are always telling me but normally notice when going passed on a bus or motorbike.