The interesting thing about this style of shipping container home is although purpose built instead of recycled its already complete and ready to go. I see a lot of negative posting about “its too expensive” and how its not pretty. But I think people forget about things like student accommodation, warzones, factory accommodation, construction accommodation, remote areas. Add to that you can pretty much drop and go its a very good home design that is very versatile and useful for many uses. Add to that the building won’t suffer with those nasty Australian termites I can’t really see much negative about it except maybe the pricing but everything is based on use and needs. If you want to have an instant off the shelf home its obviously going to cost a lot more than building a shipping container home from scratch yourself.
I came across this video some time back while researching construction as I have an interest in the floor compartments and at the time looking at how people overcome the issue e.g. do they remove the hardwood floor and fill with concrete or do they keep it and if so what about termites? Well didn’t find the information in this video but it was worth a post as you can see the capabilities of things you can do with shipping containers with a bit of thought. This build is a bit “too” industrial looking for me but you can see the potential even if its just over clad outside to make it more pleasant to the eyes.
A floating home which appears mainly from timber construction but offers an interesting design for a home on waterways. No doubt could be adapted if not already to utilize sustainable materials. The home was actually prefabricated and travelled from the contractors workshop from another location on the lake. Although the timber frame also makes this a lighter home for construction, I am sure that shipping containers could be used in the same way as the shape of the home could easily be adapted to shipping container usage for recycling containers at the same time if looking to do something similar. Here in the Philippines for example timber isn’t always practical due to cost as well as termites. Which is the main reason most construction here is done in concrete.
Most people think of prefab construction as being off-site pieces assembled on site – floating a whole house was quite a task but saved time, energy and money in the long run. It is a rare building that can be more cheaply built to float than to sit on land.