Shipping Containers: It’s Time for You to Make the Move

More and more people in Tampa are making the move and downsizing to shipping containers. Although the idea of green building is drawing people to this living alternative, many people feel as if they will be sacrificing on originality and space therefore tossing the idea aside. The idea of loss however, is a myth. Those who chose to go through this transformation have just as much design freedom as any homeowner, from construction all the way through decorating, while doing their part to conserve the environment around them.

Freedom

This is an alternative that can be transformed into a space for almost any need you can think of. Many shipping containers are used for new age homes but can also be the perfect office space or an additional space to any home. They also allow you to add on any feature you would add onto a traditional home: air conditioning, heating, electricity, décor, and fully functioning appliances, etc.

Green Building

Making the down size may mean less space but it also come wide an array of benefits that are hard for any homeowner to pass up. Not only are these structures durable and will withstand any weather that blows through Tampa, they are also resourceful. These 20’ by 8’ spaces are both environmentally and economically friendly:

  • Environmentally friendly- Shipping containers sit empty in lots because it is too expensive to ship them back to their country of origin. New Generation Builders has found a way to create more jobs in Tampa by recycling them into buildings.
  • Economically friendly- Because of their tight seal, heating and cooling costs will be minimized. Also building costs will be easy on your wallet while reducing the harmful air qualities that come along with traditional construction.

New Generation Builders

If you are even considering making the switch from a traditional home into one of Tampa many empty shipping containers, call the experts at New Generation Builders today at (800) 759-4459. If you’re concerned about sustainable living, green building, or just want something unique, let them transform a used steel shipping container into the building of your dreams!

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The Benefits of Storage Container Buildings

Storage container buildings are continuing to become increasingly popular in Tampa, and across the U.S. You can use these heavy-duty steel structures to make a new office for your business or a new home for your family. There are many advantages to these modern constructs that can be more appealing to consumers than the traditional materials we’re accustomed to.

Relocation

No matter the reason for relocating, moving can be stressful. Finding a new home, getting everything boxed up and hauling it is time consuming and can be expensive. With storage container buildings, you can take your home with you. You can help alleviate future stress if you know you will not be staying in the same location permanently, without the constraints of a motor home or trailer.

It is even possible to have your Tampa home made specifically to be broken down for transporting. This can also work for businesses as well; a much easier way to relocate a department or mobile show room!

Lower Cost

These steel structures can cost much less than a traditionally built brick-and-mortar home. Not only in terms of the cost of construction, but they also tend to have lower utility costs. This is in part due to the fact that they tend to be smaller, but it is also true for larger homes as well.

Lower cost does not have to mean less space!

Customization

Perhaps the no. 1 benefit of having storage container buildings in Tampa is that they are nearly limitless in terms of being able to customize them. For starters, they can be placed just about anywhere. They were made to withstand the elements, so they will do well in the woods or on the beach.

You can also easily upsize or downsize them by easily adding or removing a compartment. Not many homeowners can say that!

New Generation Builders

New Generation Builders has experience with storage container buildings and can help you build your new Tampa home or office. Their dedicated experts can help you through every step of the design and building process. If you have any questions or are ready to plan your new home, call them today at 800-759-4459.

What is Green Building?

Every day we do what we can to protect the environment. We recycle our empty soda can from lunch, carpool with coworkers to and from work through the Tampa traffic, and try to remember to turn off the water when we brush our teeth. Now there is a way to do more for the environment than just the small stuff; it is time to consider choosing green building.

Also known as sustainable or high performance building, there are many things transforming your space can do:

  • Increase efficiently and harvest energy, water, and other resources
  • Reduce waste, pollution, and environment degradation
  • Improve the health of those who occupy the building

Environmental, Economic, and Personal Benefits

Environmental benefits: This approach to construction will not only work towards protecting Tampa Bay’s local wildlife and ecosystems, it will also conserve its natural resources. Waste will be cut down and in result, air and water quality in the area will be improved.

Economic benefits: These building materials have been designed to cut down on heating and air conditioning costs that make green building financially favorable in the long run. And outside of your own personal benefit, this new age of construction is creating more jobs for specific contracting needs.

Personal and social benefits: Not only are you working towards improving the local Tampa Bay wildlife and ecosystems, you’re taking a step towards improving your own health and well-being. With improved air and water quality you’re overall health will notice the change.

Want to Learn More About Green Building?

New Generation Builders believes in making use of the materials we already have. They take the millions of shipping containers that are sitting empty around the world and turn them into not only a green building but also a comfortable living space. You can live luxuriously while doing your part to help the environment.

If you’re interested in living with all of the benefits an environmentally friendly home has to offer, contact New Generation Builders of Tampa for more information on their services. Call today at 800-759-4459 to get started on your unique and exciting building experience.

Shipping Containers: Design Tips and Tricks

More and more Florida residents are choosing to leave their large houses and move into shipping containers instead. Although the idea of living in a cargo container may seem strange, once you see how much you can save, while still having a nice home, you will want to downsize too!

The tiny living phase is sweeping the nation, and the key to successfully living small is knowing the right design tips and tricks to keep your small house from feeling too cluttered.

How can you design your shipping containers to get the most out of your small space?

  • De-clutter. Before you move into your tiny home in Florida, take a few days to go through all of your things, and get rid of anything you don’t need. Keep items that have sentimental value, but don’t keep anything just because you “might use it someday in the future.”
  • Storage under furniture. Find ways to make small storage areas everywhere, either by using boxes that slide under the sofa or chairs that have built-in storage. This will help give all your belongings a designated place so that you aren’t tripping over books and toys.
  • Curtains. Curtains can give you added privacy and can turn a day-time living room into an extra bedroom at night!
  • Double up. Some wardrobes offer a place for the TV as well as space for clothes. Plenty of items can serve duel purposes and save you a lot of space.
  • Narrow shelves. For rooms like the bathroom that seem to accumulate clutter on the counter, consider some narrow shelves to hold extra shampoo, toothpaste, and other toiletries. Open shelving will also give you more of an incentive to keep displayed items clean and organized.
  • Use the outdoors. Many shipping containers in Florida offer large windows or sliding glass doors, so consider adding a deck or outdoor area to maximize your useable space. Opening up the doors can make it seem like you’ve added a whole extra room to your home.

New Generation Builders

New Generation Builders of Florida knows how daunting it can be to downsize to a house less than 500 square feet, but with all of the added benefits, they are sure you will love your new home! They have been creating homes out of shipping containers for years and can create the perfect space for you to enjoy!

Call today to learn more about their designs at 800-759-4459.

Do Shipping Containers Make Good Homes?

Over the past decade, people in Tampa have been making the move from their traditional homes into smaller, more ecofriendly alternatives. This has become possible with the recent movement of recycling old cargo shipping containers and transforming them into full functioning homes that can compare to even the most luxurious of residences. So, why should you make the move?

  1. They have it all: Sure you can spend months and thousands of dollars remodeling your home to turn it into the dream house you’ve always wanted, or you can switch to this new way of living. These tiny homes are perfect for people looking to downsize, someone looking to have a second home on the beautiful beaches that surround Tampa, or can even be used as any easy expansion of space on an existing home. Shipping containers can have all of the same features as a traditional home; plumbing, electric, insulation, and windows can easily be installed into any cargo model and will be just as functional.
  1. Durable: These spaces were originally built for the purpose of transporting goods across the ocean from country to country. They are made of steel and were constructed to make sure no harm, weather or human related, could come to whatever goods were inside of them. The materials used to build shipping containers have a structure that is stronger and much safer than those of an old-fashioned home.
  1. Eco and Wallet Friendly: We are always looking for new ways to conserve the beauty of the environment in Tampa Bay, and this is a great way to do it. This purchase is a green alternative to using all of the harmful building materials that are needed when building or remodeling a traditional home, as well as less manual labor.

In comparison this alternative requires less maintenance and can also be purchased for a much lower price than regular real estate because of their availability. The only reason shipping containers are not reused for transportation is because the cost of sending the containers back to their origin is too expensive. It’s less expensive to build a new home with one!

Switch to Your Dream Shipping Container Home

If you think moving into a more versatile, durable, ecofriendly home in the Tampa Bay area is the right decision for you, give New Generation Builders a call at 800-759-4459 today. We can transform a unit of steel into the home you have always dreamed of.

Could You Live in a Tiny Home?

As Florida residents are beginning to realize that their 5 bedroom homes are a little unnecessary, many are starting to contemplate downsizing. At New Generation Builders, we know that living in tiny homes can be a scary thought at first, but once you embrace it, we know you will see the benefits of living small. However, we are also aware that you may be wondering if you could handle living in a house less than 1,000 square feet.

Before making the drastic decision to downsize, consider these factors of living small:

  • If you love the outdoors, tiny homes will not be that bad, simply because you will get to spend so much time outside. All of our homes come with sliding glass doors, so you can open them up and enjoy the beautiful Florida weather!
  • Don’t worry about kids making a mess. When you live small, you will have much less clutter, and cleanup will be quick. There isn’t an option of leaving the mess in the living room until tomorrow, since the living room is also your dining room or bedroom.
  • Many people think that our tiny homes are just for single people living alone. But, there are plenty of advantages of living small with a family. You will get to foster much closer environments, since there are only so many rooms to sit in. Also, when confined to less than 1,000 square feet, arguments will be resolved much quicker.
  • When your mortgage and utility bills combined are less than some people’s rent, you will quickly be able to save money for the more important things in your life. In addition, it will be much easier to pay off your debt with such low monthly bills.
  • While you may dread spending an entire day cleaning your 5 bedroom Florida home, cleaning your smaller house will take an hour, tops. This leaves you with plenty of free time to enjoy doing the things you love!

At New Generation Builders, we know that tiny homes are not for everyone in Florida. But we also know that many people are pleasantly surprised by how much they enjoy living tiny! For more information, call us today at 800-759-4459.

How to Make the Most of Your Shipping Container Home

Building your Florida home with shipping containers has many advantages. Not only are they part of new trend that is gaining in popularity, but they are customizable and can be more cost effective than a traditional brick-and-mortar house. Whether you are currently residing in one or are debating it for your new dwelling, here are some ideas to help you make the most of it:

Modular

As families grow, they often find it necessary to expand their stick-built households. This results in the need for constructing new rooms or buying a new house all together. However, these modern creations allow owners to add on without the hassle since they require less work and in some cases, fewer to no permits. The same is true if you decide later on that you want to add an accessory to your shipping container home, such as a gym or a much needed pool to escape the Florida heat. Don’t feel limited to just one container, be imaginative!

Double Duty

One way to ensure you are not wasting any space is by having items that serve dual purposes. Some of these innovations can be as simple as using your roof as a deck or garden. Sometimes they can require a little more work, like having a bed that can fold into the wall to become a display center. This may require some out-of-the-box thinking, but there are many resources out there to help.

Know Your Options

Depending on where you live, you may want to add a special coat of paint to the exterior of your shipping container. If you are in Florida for example, it is a good idea to consider reflective paint. This will help to reflect the sun’s rays, keeping the interior cooler for less. There are also ceramic-based paints that can be used instead of insulation – they work for both warm and cool climates. Not only will they take less out of your wallet, but they won’t take any of your much needed space!

If you are looking to escape the cookie cutter look of modern-day suburbia, while enjoying an eco-friendly building, a shipping container home can help showcase your creative side. When you are ready to build your unique Florida home, call New Generation Builders at 800-759-4459.