Working From Home In A Shipping Container

Working from home often isn’t easy if its not the kids its other distractions during your working hours that appear. Fact is though having a shipping container for working from home in the back garden or other location separates home and work spaces. I remember back in the UK wanting an office space away from the house for the convenience of keeping people off my work area. Nothing worse than dealing with an important client on the phone to find your pen and notepad are missing. Discussing it later to find out you had a 2 year old visit and your partner decided to let them use it as a scribbling pad. Arguments then ensue and the “but its only a pen” response inflames the situation more.

Working from home in a shipping container creates harmony as you can simply lockup your office when you leave and you also know its a secure structure reducing the risk of burglary at the same time saving marriages.

The other side of this being it keeps people out of your house which in some cases needs to happen. Over the years working in the construction field you come across the odd drug addict from time to time where nobody notices their habit until things start disappearing. Out of sight, out of mind is always the best policy.

Waying up all the options though its also the fact having a shipping container office is also cheap making it more practical than many of the other buildings on the market. I remember looking at a spruce cabin before and seeing a £10,000 price tag on it where a container before starting installing windows,doors and delivery came in at £200 at that time. Doesn’t take much considering which is the better option for the budget especially when the money you save you can have a much more secure and creature comfort office with new chairs and other furniture for the same budget.

Shipping Container Hotel Room In Malaysia’s Kuala Lumpur

Reading about this it did throw up a few issues as I look at the room and its functional. I can understand the price tag seeming expensive but what is it compared to local market rates? You see in the Philippines renting by the night is generally P1,600 for a room in my area but you can rent an entire apartment for P6,000+ per month. The issue is though most people seem to gripe that the P6,000 apartment doesn’t have hot water etc. etc. at the same time none of them do that’s why they are P6,000!

Now the issue with this shipping container courtyard room was more to do with the fact they didn’t want to stay in a shipping container reading through the lines. Bit like people saying they don’t like eating something even though they have never tasted it before. So was off to a negative start to begin with. Fact is this is probably better condition than the main rooms that were available in the main hotel as its surfaces are all wash down etc. So personally can’t see a problem with it.

I do come across these type of complaints very often amongst expats though as their expectations are often well above what is available locally. Even when locals put themselves out to help people often doing a lot of running around for free people still complain.

Its something I was discussing with another expat recently when talking about riding town to town as they often go for expensive hotels at P1,600+ a night. Me I can’t justify the cost for somewhere I am not on holiday. Motorbike riding is about roughing it and enjoying the environment around us. The Trip to Negros for example crashing out in a P200 hut (p100 each!) on the coast I prefer any day to an air con room in some resort. Not tight with the cash just that I like to experience real life not the “glossy magazine version”.

So was a bit disappointed with the author on this article as he could have been a bit more positive on the container courtyard but instead just slated it with sarcasm, you can read it here

Shipping Container Home Using 5 Shipping Containers

I love this house! The design offers up spacious areas for a shipping container home. But also a lot of thought has gone into how to use each section. The “box” type wardrobe for example maximises space while still functional and the kitchen reduction of worktop width on one side gives the feeling of a larger room yet still completely usable.

Debbie Glassberg a Kansas City designer made this her home created out of 5 shipping containers. I hear the argument stepping forward about this not being environmental and just a novelty but is it?

The price tag on the construction was no doubt heavily reduced because of having the original frame construction of the shipping containers already intact. Completion time was also no doubt heavily reduced as was labour costs. Its the battle between living completely Green and common sense, the fact is she didn’t want a 20ft single container home she wanted an American sized home but the containers offer a cheap and practical solution to the problem.

are shipping containers good to build a home with?

I am finding more and more people are thinking on the same path as me with shipping containers yet the designs are more varied as time goes on.. why?

In reality we are all experimenting and it means that we spend a lot of time looking at other finished projects which does mean as time has gone on our own projects improve even if a single thing hasn’t been done outside our heads.

So are shipping containers good to build with? in all honesty i can’t think of a better start module especially if you get it cheap. I have worked with modular homes previously and its one thing they don’t come with is a cheap price tag. Shipping containers allow the person with the most basic of skills to evolve and construct their own home. Many of the other projects I have worked on in my lifetime it would be impossible purely because of the amount of information you need to understand from an architects perspective and engineers never mind the hands on side.

Shipping containers are great to build a home with because you can physically do most of it yourself. They are a contained box which means even if it takes you a long time it doesn’t matter you can’t throw anything at it worse than the sea’s and oceans which means you can develop your skill level as you go and on top of that they are easy to join together and construct from in basic form. If your looking for a blank canvas for a home a shipping container suits that need perfectly.