living in shipping containers

How you could live inside a converted shipping container for less than £50k

Repurposed Shipping Containers the New Affordable and Green Way to Live

Metal shipping containers became a novel idea for international shipping in the 1960s. Engineered and built to withstand the weather of the sea, retired units are now finding nowhere to go. However, an 8 x 20 foot pod is just the right size to begin the process of creating a new home. 

You can find containers for under $1000. With the shell already completed, the sky is the limit in adding doors, windows and insulation for a comfortable home. Plumbing, electrical, drywall and other professional construction features run $100-$200 per square foot. This makes a weather-resistant and aesthetic house for under $50,000. Here are some ideas for beginning your new affordable home that will be unique, comfortable and beautiful. 

Garden Top Patio

The feature of a flat roof is an asset with storage and shipping containers. If your property is limited, create a growing patio on the roof. This will add insulation while getting back to nature regardless of your surroundings. A metal ladder or set up steps up one side can serve as an entrance without taking away from square footage inside. An 8 x 20 foot container will only provide 160 square feet of living space. Placing 2 units side by side will increase the area to 320 square feet. Use one side for living and kitchen space and the other for bedroom and bath. Since the outdoors is going to be a favorite area, add a patio for relaxation and an area for pruning plants. At $150 per square foot for construction and $2000 for 2 containers the total price is $50,000. 

20-Foot Pre Fab Home

Studio homes with all electrical, plumbing and insulation are being offered by some companies. Scooping up container bargains and turning into affordable homes is becoming big business. When an assembly line in a controlled environment is used, costs can decrease substantially. In the market for different sized containers, many choices are available. The basics are included, like finished bath and kitchen, ceiling lights, windows and door. Starting at $12,000, this is a perfect way to own your dream home. 

Railroad Car Container Guest House

Forget the hotel when guests come to visit by using an old box car container to make them feel at home. Available in 20-foot, 40-foot and 45-foot lengths, they range in price from $1,900 to $2,700. Some are high-cube and are perfect for adding sliding glass doors to ends and sides for a feeling of the outdoors. Leave one end closed for privacy of a bath and bedroom. Use solar lighting to save on electricity and surround the glass with an outdoor patio. Hang solar lights from the exterior for a pleasing touch. Pricing for construction will run $60,000 to $70,000. This unique and spectacular idea can also provide extra income. 

Repurposed shipping containers are an exciting new way to have the best of both worlds. Helping to keep the planet green and having affordable living space is a trend worth following.

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