With house prices on the rise and affordable living becoming more difficult to come by, people are taking matters into their own hands as they find a way to live within their means.
Some are taking measures to the extreme as they build unusual, albeit relatively inexpensive, ways to live a life of simplicity and affordability.
The tiny house movement has been around for a while, and the trend doesn’t seem to be fading anytime soon. One of these unique living design options includes building a fully functional home with shipping containers.
Single containers have the space to provide the bare necessities, including a small kitchen, bath and a place to sleep. Another option is to engineer several shipping containers together, in order to create a much larger space, with the possibility of a multi-level dwelling.
Either way, shipping container homes are known for their durability. There are a number of environmentally friendly features that can be included in a shipping container home:
- Solar panels
- Rain water harvesting system
- Green roof
When the proper insulation is installed, shipping container homes are very energy efficient. The exterior is able to reflect about 95 percent of outside radiation and is able to maintain the interior’s temperature, depending on the season.
Shipping container homes are also stronger than the standard type house framing we are familiar with. This is because the container is literally steel that is welded to steel. The containers are self-supporting with beams and stout, and this eliminates the time and labour required to build and create a self-sustaining home, providing an affordable, stylish housing option.
There is a surplus of shipping containers in and around industrial areas and ports throughout the country, creating a mass appeal to utilize the recycling component of this unique housing opportunity and take advantage of the excess containers.
Shipping container homes are an eco-friendly, less expensive option for those looking to find a way into the housing market.