Shipping Containers: Do They Make Good Homes?

There has been a lot of buzz about shipping container homes lately. If you are someone who follows the latest news and trends in sustainable living, you already know how eco-friendly these buildings are. For those who have never heard of them before, you might be a little confused. These structures are exactly what their name implies: homes built from shipping containers. Every year there are millions of steel containers brought to the U.S. with manufactured goods. But once they are empty, they often just sit there, taking up space. Because it typically costs more money to have them shipped back to their country of origin, we keep them and let them accumulate, unused. Eventually they are melted down into scraps, which wastes a lot of energy.

But builders have found a suitable approach for handling these containers that benefit those interested in green living. Repurposing them into shipping container homes and buildings not only gives people a wider, more affordable, selection of real estate options, but it also helps the environment.

“But do shipping containers actually make good homes?”

Glad you asked. The materials used to recycle these containers into fully functioning homes and buildings are not only readily available, they are also more cost efficient AND durable. Because they are so strong and weather resistant, they offer an infinite lifespan. What does this mean for the owners? Low maintenance costs, quick construction time, and no deterioration. This is especially attention grabbing for Florida residents, who are all too familiar with the damaging effects hurricanes and tropical storms can have on their homes.

Benefits of Shipping Container Homes

When first learning about these types of homes, many people do not realize how much flexibility and versatility they have in the design and layout of the home. You may think living in a 20’ x 8’ box seems unappealing—at best. But a lot of people quickly change their mind once they understand just how innovative and modern the designs of these homes can be. They have everything traditional homes offer, including:

  • Insulation
  • Heating/Cooling
  • Electricity
  • Plumbing
  • Multiple floors (if requested)
  • Windows/Sliding Doors

With these tiny homes you get all the benefits of traditional homes at a fraction of the cost. Downsizing to shipping container homes allows people to cut down on debt, maximize space, reduce their carbon footprint, redefine quality living, and save money.

It is also important to keep in mind that these tiny houses are not just for people who are looking for permanent living solutions. They are ideal for those who need a temporary place to stay while they wait for their home to be built, people who need extra office space, or those who want to have a vacation getaway on the beach or in the woods.

When it comes to shipping container homes, the options are endless. If you want to learn more about them, or schedule a consultation, contact the experts New Generation Builders today at 800-759-4459.