6 Awesome Reasons Why You Should Have a Shipping Container Home

Posted By: January 15, 2015 In Featured

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Maybe you’re new to the whole idea of living in a shipping container and want to learn a little bit more before you consider it in more detail or better yet, before you pitch the idea to your partner! Either way, we’ve put together six awesome reasons why we think living in such a home is amazing and why we know you’ll love it too.

Eco Friendly

So you want to do your part for the planet and become more environmentally friendly, but when we talk about environmentally friendly homes this normally costs the earth, take for example the million dollar green homes The Washington Post reported. Most of us have the willingness but not the commanding price tag, so what else can you do?

Most people turn to shipping container. There are an estimated 17 million of these throughout the world at the moment, with around 6 million currently in use; this means there are literally millions of these containers that aren’t in use that could be recycled and put towards a better use. Recycling shipping containers into homes is one of the more eco-friendly approaches as it avoids the energy intensive process of melting the steel back down whilst it’s being recycled.

Another eco-friendly solution people are venturing to is log cabin or timber homes. Whilst these warrant attention, and are certainly a viable solution, shipping containers offer several distinct advantages over them. Firstly, they aren’t susceptible to dry rot and other fungus infections. Secondly, wood is predisposed to mould which steel isn’t. Finally water leakage is much more common in log cabs when compared to the steel roofs on container homes.


Whether or not you want to live in a container home aside, nobody can argue that they aren’t aesthetics stunning! Some of the ‘Cargotecture’ we have seen over the past several years has been stunning. Blending the rawness of the steel containers with 21st century style has resulted in some of the most icon houses of our times.

We would normally associate design and aesthetics like this will a million dollar price tag however this isn’t the case here.

If the Cottage in the Woods isn’t entirely you then how about Sven and Anna Pirkl’s container home in California, designed by architect Peter DeMaria, which literally caused two car crashes whilst people were crowding around the house to take a glimpse and admire it.


Another fantastic reason people decide to build their houses from cargo containers is that they can be built with incredible speed. The typical container is over eight foot high and 40 foot long and these can be stacked side by side and on top of each other like massive Lego blocks! It’s common that once the foundation’s laid the ground floor can be constructed in under a day; imagine how long it would take a traditional bricklayer to build the equivalent size wall.

The 2012 Census Bureau’s survey on construction found that the average length of time it takes to build a family home is 7 months after they have acquired planning permission. The majority of shipping container homes can be built far quicker than this, with even complex container homes being built within six months. For example Todd and Di Miller, a Brisbane couple, who managed to build their dream home in less than six months and this included losing weeks of time due to floods and storms whilst they were building.

We have even seen some shipping container homes that are made up of just one 40ft by 8ft container. This container is prefabricated with everything you’d need from a kitchen, to living space to a bedroom. They’re literally just delivered on site with a set of key to your new home; how fast is that!?


With the current global economy everyone is conscious to try and save a bit of money here and there. Nothing can swallow your money up like an expensive house; fortunately this isn’t the case with container homes. For as little as $1,500 you can pick up used 40 ft shipping containers; you can imagine it doesn’t take many of these to build a sizeable family home.

The cost for an average equivalent brick wall would be at least $2,500 plus money to actually lay the bricks! When you multiply these figures up for an average America household it’s easy to see why so many people are interested in building their own shipping container home instead, for a fraction of the cost of a traditional brick and mortar house.

Not only this if we compare them to wooden homes, you can see even more savings. Houses made from wood typically need the wood routinely treated which can be expensive and is time consuming, no such treatment is necessary with steel!

If you are interested in finding out more about costings take a look at our in depth blog post: How Much Do Shipping Container Homes Cost?


The humble shipping container is incredibly flexible and as shown with the homes in this post they can be used to craft just about anything you can imagine; bar circular designs!! The beauty of the containers is that they are already built so all you need to do is cut and chop away to make your perfect design.

Do you know how difficult it is to take down internal walls in a traditional house? Very. With containers all you need to do is cut away the internal walls and you can open them up together to create really impressive sized rooms. Also because shipping container sizes are generic you can easily stack them up and they fit perfectly together.

Virtually Indestructible

Just in case you’re still on the fence here, the final awesome reason is that they are virtually indestructible; it’s no surprise the US army are using them as shelters! These containers are designed to hold up to thirty tons of weight and to be stacked up to seven high; that’s over 200 tons when fully loaded. So there no doubt that cargo containers can easily withstand whatever weight loads a typical house will place upon it.

Earlier we mentioned Todd and Di Miller who built their home in less than six months in 2013. The inspiration for their shipping container home came in 2011 when sadly, during the Queensland floods, which did over $1 billion worth of damage, their brick and mortar family home was destroyed. Now they have a shipping container home which they claim is flood proof!

How about that then; There’s six awesome reasons you should have a shipping container; eco-friendly, aesthetics, speed, price, flexibility and the fact that they’re virtually indestructible! If you’ve enjoyed the article why not subscribed so we can deliver our latest blog posts straight to your inbox?