Shipping Container Homes Wrong Idea?

I keep hearing people saying how bad the idea is for shipping container homes due to cost of moving the units as well as the space but is it really?

In reality a shipping container home can be built modular and with a small skill base, no architect, no builders, no big expenses so why is it wrong?

When you have bugs who do you call? Get the yellow pages!

When you want chicken for dinner do you go to the farmer next door or the supermarket?

These are reasons why shipping container homes are shunned upon because it breaks the consumerism barrier where your told you have to do something instead of thinking about how can I do it.

A shipping container home gives not only opportunity and a home but freedom and although you make have a bit of a pitched battle going on to get it sited its worth it.

When I look at costs of construction and mortgages its very quick to see that you can save 1/3rd if not more on cost because you reducing labour as well as being able to do it in affordable stages.

I have an added advantage of fighting the corner of the shipping container home movement in that I do have an internet troll with nothing better to do than be negative. Odd thing about shipping container homes is I have yet to meet anyone who built one that said it was a bad or wrong idea. Why? because normally they are debt free because they did most of the work themselves.

Container housing in Texas – Cinco Camp

Cinco Camp - Shipping container home Texas

The thing about this concept is its something we are looking to do in the near future depending how the rest of our projects go. The roofing for example could have another use due to its span and that’s to add rainwater harvesting either for irrigation or things like toilets. The complete project came in at $200,000 and could have been halved if it wasn’t for the issues of location which left no man power in the area and access difficulties for transportation/machinery.

The concept has been simple which has raised the containers from the ground to reduce risks of bugs, snakes and rainwater but also to keep them individual units as this allows for moving to another site without too much damage to the environment. The inside of the units have been fitted out but at the same time the exteriors have been left pretty much intact.

All units are joined together by a simple decking area which I could see the opportunity of something like this in the Philippines as a simple retreat or cheap accommodation rentals with a bit of privacy.

why live in the middle of nowhere the photo from Texas says it all

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shipping container doors kept intact offer extra privacy as well as security and shade.

shipping container kitchen offers all mod cons although bulkier than I would like

Shipping container sitting room is made more homely by large wall graphic

All in all the whole idea makes a lot of sense to me with the maximising of space which also throws up the question how much stuff do we really need when most Western homes are at least 4 x the size of a container. Not only would downsizing save on the obvious of electricity, gas etc it also helps to reduce consumerism.