Last week, I blathered on a bunch about sustainable housing. I focused mainly on earthbag houses, but there is another super cheap building method that I want to examine today, and that is houses made out of shipping containers.
People are getting super creative with these! There are so many ways to stack them, it’s like adult Lego!
Shipping containers get left in shipyards all over North America because we import more than we export, thus creating a market for recycling them. Prices range between $1500 and $3000 per container, depending on length and height and the company that is selling them. Even at the high end, $3000 for a weatherproof structure that provides the perfect shell for a house is phenomenal!
Not having to shell out a ton of money for the structure itself leaves a lot of wiggle room for customizing your house in ways that you may not have been able to afford on top of building a traditional house.
Aside from visual customization, this also makes it a great candidate for a sustainable home. Drop a container on a chunk of land, add some solar panels, composting septic and find a water source, and you’re good to go! You could even move your belongings in the container and ship it to your location. Because it’s a container for shipping. It’s like a house-in-a-box… and the box is the house!
I love these so freaking much.