I have been raving on and on about storage shipping container homes for awhile, so I decided it was time to actually sit down to investigate the feasibility of building one.
What Is A Shipping Container?
A shipping container is a very strong container used to ship items all over the world. The “international shipping container” is also known as the “intermodal freight container.” These containers can be moved from one form of transport to another (ship, rail, truck) without having to unload and then reload the product. They are highly efficient for shipping.
Most steel shipping containers are constructed in 20 foot and 40 foot lengths. To give you an idea of the size, a common container has the following measurements:
Exterior – 40 feet long x 8 feet wide x 8 feet 6 inches high (40’L x 8’W x 8’6”H)
Interior length – 39 feet 5.7 inches
Interior width – 7 feet 8.5 inches
Interior height – 7 feet 10.2 inches
Cubic volume – 2389 cubic feet
Door width – 7 feet 8 inches
Door height – 7 feet 6 inches
Weight – 8,223 lbs
Pros And Cons Of A Shipping Container Home
The most obvious use of a steel shipping container is to ship products all over the world with efficiency, lower cost and ease. However, there is another use that has become popular – shipping container homes. Let’s talk about the pros and cons of using a shipping container as the framework of a home instead of steel or wood beams.
Pros Of A Shipping Container Home
- You are using recyclable materials
- Easy construction
- Low cost to cool and heat
- Highly functional
- Inexpensive to construct in comparison to an equal sized traditional home
- A home can be quickly constructed
- Can be stacked to created high ceilings or multiple stories high
- Sturdy, structurally strong and can withstand harsh weather
- Plentiful and always available
Cons Of A Shipping Container Home
- Very narrow if used singly
- Zoning permits do not allow container homes in all areas
- Rusts if not treated properly
- Some container coatings have lead in the paint
- The wood floors have dangerous chemicals soaked into them
- Without good insulation, they will be hot in the summer and cold in the winter
- Some containers transport harmful toxic chemicals
Stunning Examples Of Shipping Container Homes
Even with all the cons of a shipping container home, there are still some stunning homes that have already been built.
This one is just phenomenal!
So what do you think…Do the pros outweigh the cons? As long as you have a piece of property to build the storage container home, I really think it is a great idea!