So you’ve just found out about these things called ‘Shipping Container Homes’, and you’re wondering exactly what are they?
Don’t worry; we get lots of emails from people just like you every week asking us what they are and where to learn more about them.
Container Home Plans has been the number one resource for all things shipping container home for the last several years and we have more than 50 articles on our website educating enthusiasts.
We’re guilty for sometimes thinking everyone knows about container homes, and sometimes we don’t remember what it was like to be a new comer to the shipping container homes movement!
So today we’re going to start from the beginning and explain exactly what shipping container homes are and then provide you with some must read articles if you want to learn more.
What Are Shipping Container Homes?
Shipping container homes are homes which have been built by converting and repurposing shipping containers.
These shipping containers can be used or new, 20 or 40 foot long- it doesn’t really matter. All that matters is that a shipping container is used to build with!
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Thousands of shipping container homes have already been built all over the world, including: The US, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, South Africa, India, Germany and the Netherlands.
You can see more pictures of container homes in our beautiful shipping container homes article or take a look at this video tour of five shipping container homes.
Are Shipping Container Homes Popular?
So now you know what shipping container homes are, you’re probably wondering if they are popular or not?
Yes- they are extremely popular and since 2000 they have been gradually rising in popularity all over the world.
But, why are they so popular?
We published a report earlier on last year and one of the most popular reasons people build container homes is because of the price.
Container homes can be built for a small sum of money which means that they can offer a route to financial independence for many people. We have seen shipping container homes built for less than $50,000- which is affordable for many people.
Another great reason why they are so popular is that they are environmentally friendly and help the fight against climate change.
Every shipping container recycled saves around 3500KG of steel.
Also, when you build a home out of shipping containers, you don’t need to use traditional building materials such as brick and cement- which saves the planet even more materials!
Still need convincing? Read 6 reasons why you should be living in a shipping container home.
Are Shipping Container Homes Dangerous?
Once people are familiar with container homes, one of the first questions they ask is: “are they dangerous to live in?”.
This is a fair question because ultimately you will be living in this home with your family so it needs to be safe!
Providing the home is built correctly and the containers are converted appropriately, then yes, shipping container homes are absolutely safe.
We have covered this in-depth in our article just how safe are shipping container homes, if you’d like to read more.
Pros and Cons of Container Homes
For many people building a shipping container home is the perfect decision; however it definitely isn’t the right decision for everybody.
It’s important that before you decide to build or live in a container home that you’ve taken into account all the pros and cons before you move forward with your idea.
Some of the biggest advantages of container homes are: cheap cost, quick to build, eco-friendly.
However it isn’t all sunshine and rainbows. Unfortunately, container homes aren’t suitable for everyone and if you don’t have any DIY experience then building your own will be a steep learning experience.
We cover this in more depth in advantages and disadvantages of building container homes.
Building Your Container Home
If you’re considered the options and are going to build a container home- fantastic!
We can’t wait to see what your home is going to look like; remember to contact us once you’ve built it with photos of the finished home. Better yet, get in touch with us along the way with any questions you might have.
We’ve spoken with lots of people who have built their own shipping container home and there are several silly mistakes which people make along the way which end up costing them a lot of money. Two of the most common mistakes are buying the wrong type of shipping containers and using the wrong insulation material.
We have drawn up the full list in our article 5 mistakes to avoid when building.
Once you’ve read this and are becoming more familiar with container homes, take a look at our in-depth interviews with 23 container home owners.
This is by far one of our most popular articles on the website and there is so much knowledge within this article.
We speak with 23 container home owners and ask them to share their best advice for people who want to build their own container home.
The top three pieces of advice are to:
- Purchase the right type of container.
- Establishing your local building regulations and permits before you start building.
- Using contracts who have previously built container homes.
Get Planning Your Shipping Container Home
So you’re all set now.
Hopefully at this point in the article you are well aware of what a shipping container home is, why people build container homes, and you’ve even seen some of the beginner mistakes that people make when building.
You now need to ask these 8 questions to yourself before you build a container home.
The biggest decision you will have to make is whether to build it yourself or bring a contractor in to build it for you.
The majority of people I know who live in container homes decided to build it themselves- not only is it much cheaper it also brings you closer to the home because your blood, sweat and tears have been poured into it!
However, I can completely understand people who don’t want to build it themselves. As idyllic as building it yourself sounds, it can become very stressful- especially if you are doing it for the first time.
Bringing a contractor in can help take away a lot of these headaches and you can do all the fun stuff like designing the kitchen and flow of the house, whilst they do all the heavy lifting!
It’s all about making these decisions now so you know what to expect. Planning your project is so important, as the old saying goes:
Fail to prepare then prepare to fail.
We won’t get into planning too much in this article except to say you need to do it!
Fortunately, we have written an entire 2000+ word article just on how to plan your shipping container home.
From designing, to budget, through to contractors it’s all in there.
I really hope this article has explained what shipping container homes are and hopefully you are feeling a lot more comfortable now!
When you’re new to the concept of container homes is can be overwhelming the amount of information out there, but hopefully this article has helped to get you started.
Remember there are more than 50 articles on our website all about shipping container homes, and you will find everything you need inside them.
Building your own container home can be extremely rewarding not only financially but also as a sense of personal achievement.
Let me know in the comments section below how you get on and here’s to your new adventure!