The Shipping Container Excess Only Blessing Out Of The Economic Collapse Of The West?

I think the shipping container is an odd beast when it comes to the excess the West has had on imports from the East at the same time not only is it part of the problem stacked up in ports as a symbol of excess but also its part of the solution if developed into housing because it takes a minimalist concept for most home developers.

In reality we see the collapse of economies riddled with debt right now yet the solution always comes back to “stop spending!” there is no easy fix. Shipping container homes are a home you can’t clutter up with a TV in every room as often you only have one room. You don’t buy new furniture every year as generally you find things that suit “you” not the fashion trends and just generally the shipping container home pushes the fact we are living in a world of excess that we really don’t need.

When I am working in the UK I literally have two bags with me which is my work gear, laptop and casual clothes pretty much that’s it besides the vehicle I use. I live for up to 8 months of the year like that I don’t starve, I don’t run out of things to do but what happens is I am surprisingly mobile and have a lot of excess income because I don’t buy things I don’t need.

It was living like this that put me into minimal living and the shipping container homes as simply its achievable not only for me but many other people who know how to use the environment around them. Sitting out gazing at the stars instead of sat in the house watching a soap opera. Spending time dining out with friends instead of eating a microwave meal in the kitchen.

I personally think the excess shipping containers that are now starting to dwindle away in areas due to the rise of container housing and other uses as well as reduced surplus is a good thing long term if people start changing their habits. As a child I remember one TV in the house and generally I spent a lot of time with my family, as I grew older though I spent my time in my bedroom, my brothers in theirs, my sister in hers and my parents in the sitting room. If anything the excess of current living has divided the family and its about time things started to function again as a family unit and I am sure shipping container home families are no doubt happier than many others out there in normal homes purely because of the way they choose to live outside the box and not be driven by consumerism and do take the time to spend life in the outdoors as well as an affordable home.

Shipping Container Home Examples Are Readily Available

Although having a background in modular construction the shipping container as a home was something new even though its initial outer frame is an initial building block I had used before but in a new system involving slotted walls and brand new containers. But this end of the market isn’t viable in many cases for building as many people are looking for a budget solution as well as a green one, starting from scratch simply doesn’t fit into that specifications. This is why it was all new as I had to take onboard the issues of using recycled containers as well as the capabilities within they’re design.

What I would say though is reading through this blog its full of home examples and many are private individuals happy to share information with you. Its worth spending a couple of days going through the different designs to see what fits in with your taste and needs but also there is information regarding the construction methods used in shipping containers as well as long-term maintenance solutions that are being integrated with the blog. We will shortly be starting to add designs and ideas into the blog as well from designs I have personally worked on.

On top of this its worth doing what I initially did which was spending hours online looking at different companies that manufacture as often they give planned layouts of projects they sell. Not always ideal for everyone’s needs but the ideas and layouts are good frameworks to start from and look at when deciding what you want and where you want things positioned in a shipping container home. I have also added several useful resources below with ready made shipping container home plans :-

  • quik-build.com – This link will open you up straight into the .PDF with drawings for the home design.
  • demariadesign.com – Link will take you to they’re project page based in California they can provide plans as necessary.

Another interesting place I haven’t mentioned before is spending time on YouTube as its a strong source of shipping container home examples but also worth going through Google Sketch up as you can find some designs to use as building blocks.