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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Shipping Container Homes - Strong, Inexpensive, Efficient

Home build out of a shipping containerA recent trend has peaked my interest lately. Worldwide, people have been repurposing shipping containers into homes, offices, and even hotels.. If you haven't heard of it, the idea in itself is pure genius. They are cheap, energy efficient, and virtually indestructible.  You can pick up a used shipping container fairly easy for between $7,000-$15,000, and with little effort, you can have yourself a home.

Shipping containers are made from Corten steel which is said to be far stronger than regular steel, wont rust,  and able to withstand extreme weather conditions like tornadoes, earthquakes, and typhoons.   They are also designed to be completely water and air tight, making them an ideal choice for a high efficiency home.
A standard shipping container is 40' long, 8' wide, and 8.5' tall.  Just one single container gives you 305 feet of living space.  That's far more than most tiny homes being built today.  Whats even better, is these containers can be placed side by side, cut and welded together to create more floor space, and even stacked several containers (up to 10) high making it extremely easy to expand when needed. 

Have a look at some of these houses.  We've found everything from the simplest design, to outrageously gorgeous homes made from shipping containers:

A single container home
A single shipping container repurposed into a beautiful yet simple home

4 containers connected to form a 2-story building
4 Shipping containers are combined to create a 2 story commercial office building.
A Dubuai based construction company built a housing project out of shipping containers for its' employees.  This was an attempt to battle fatigue the employees were facing from such long distances to work. (Full Story)

And now for a few of the greatest Shipping container homes of all time:

You have to agree, this new trend is genius.  The fact that the homes are made from reused shipping containers, are energy efficient, fairly inexpensive, and can be this beautiful is just so hard to grasp.  I only wish I had the means to carry on a project like this.  One can dream...


  1. Wow! There's a row of little homes made from railway carriages down by the sea near where I live. Always loved them but if any of them need replacing at some point this would be the perfect solution! Great article. Thanks

  2. Never heard of using railway cars. If the weather and environment permits it, then it sound like a great idea to me.

  3. There is a ghost town outside of Albuquerque named Cuervo that has a row of businesses made from railroad cars with storefronts fixed to the street side of the buildings.

  4. Im in love with these container buildings. Why this are so rare? Everyone should live in one ;)

  5. This makes me wonder why we, particularly here in the US, can't find a way to assist with the homeless efforts utilizing these. A couple solar panels and a place to put them (Lord knows we have land!) would seemingly provide shelter of some sort. FIMA? Shelters? Just a thought.

  6. The more I see, the more I want some sort of shipping container building. Shipping Container Conversion Ideas

  7. Very nice layout and I like the illustrations. I am intrigued by shipping container houses and would like to someday visit some. shipping container homes


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