Kitchen Cabinets Being Installed In A Shipping Container Home

This style of installation is fairly common even here in the Philippines with the front panel being a complete unit. In the UK and probably most of Europe though we generally go for carcass construction which makes individual cabinets that are bolted together to form up the kitchen. Generally more expensive than the method in the video but also they do come raised off the ground which can be helpful for things like cleaning or avoiding damage during floods. A blown out plinth is cheap to replace but looking at either design as the one in the video is using treated wood it would probably hold up well in a minor flood. When I talk about flooding not talking about the burst banks of the Nile for example but things like burst pipes in cold spells when your out.

kitchen carcass

Shipping Container Homes Threatened As Western Trade Declines?

Maersk Ship Shipping Exports

This is a bit of an odd scenario to be in as I have been hearing for the last year about shortages of shipping containers in specific areas. But now we are starting to see the downsizing of trade and ships taking goods from Asia into Europe with Maersk as well as other companies cutting 20% of its capacity between the regions and no doubt as things continue to worsen that will reduce further.

This does put at risk the shipping container home movement as obviously the less containers to go around, the less viable shipping container homes because of containers starting to maintain a value and the scale of imports and exports may actually improve due to the growth in Asian economies, as people start to want more European products as things level out.

The green movement will no doubt approve of the decline at the same time those just wanting an affordable home may need more convincing.

Student container home accommodation in Amsterdam (biggest container village in Europe)

This is another video showing the practical side to container living especially for people such as students but could just as easily be setup for city workers who just need accommodation during the week or budget hotels. Either way this video shows how quickly and easily setting the whole thing up can be done especially when most of the fitting out is done in advance of the arrival of the units.

Amsterdam shipping container village