22 September 2014

Container Homes: The good, the bad and the why?

There is no denying that container homes are insanely cool. You can literally picture a group of skinny jean wearing, carrot and tomato juice drinking, glasses without lens’s wearing hipsters being quite comfortable outside their eco-friendly container home.

However, container homes are more than hangouts for the 21st century’s “cooler” version of 90’s Goths. They are for anyone who has a passion for cutting-edge design and sustainable living.

If you think that container homes are the coolest thing since sliced bread then here’s a couple of things you should know before charging off to the nearest port to pick up a second hand container.

The Good

Building a home out of a used shipping container is a good idea for a number of reasons. Here are a couple of reasons why you should build your home out of containers.

One of the main reasons why shipping containers can make a good home is because of their robust structure. Containers are both fireproof and hurricane proof, which is always a big plus.

In addition, these structures are incredibly affordable. Go to any port around the world and you’ll find empty, unused containers. It works out to be approximately 20% less to build a house out of shipping containers than out of traditional bricks and mortar. The pre-made structure will also make the build substantially quicker and easier.

Finally containers are eco-friendly which means that not only will you be living in a trendy, designer home but you will also be doing your bit to ease the impact which humans have on the environment.

The Bad

Container homes do have their disadvantages though. These disadvantages are not discussed often as everyone is so wrapped up in the container craze. However, if you are going to be building a container home then there are a couple of things you should know.

First of all, if you live in an area with an extremely hot or extremely cold climate then you need to think twice about building a home out of containers. While containers look amazing they are notorious for their poor insulation. This means that in a hot summer your container home will be unbearably hot and excruciatingly cold in a chilly winter.

You could always fit your home with fans, air conditioners and heaters, but that may undermine the eco-friendly principles of your container home.

Also, just to add a dash of realism to your container home dream, there aren’t many container building specialists around, so finding a contractor may be difficult. Logistically, it may also be difficult to circumnavigate building codes.

Why? Who? Where and When?

So, bearing all of that in mind, who should build a home out of shipping containers?

Honestly, if you have the time and you live in the right location then why wouldn’t you build a home out of containers? Building a container home can be an enormous amount of fun.

If you want to do something original and create a home which is truly yours then you should seriously consider putting plans together for a container home. Despite the fact that container homes are trendy and affordable they are also unique. No two container homes are the same, meaning if you want to stamp your own mark, your personality, on your home then building a container home is a great way to do it.

If you are really passionate about building a container home then you will always find a way to work around the negatives and embrace the positives. There is no doubt that these innovative designs and inspiring construction projects are way cool, but whether a container home will work for you depends where you live and if you can get the right professionals on your team then there is no reason why building a container home should not be the best decision you’ve ever made.