With home prices soaring, people are getting a lot more creative when it comes to building their homes. People are increasingly thinking outside the box when it comes to home ownership and are creating unique homes that don’t break the bank. For a fraction of the cost of a regular house, container homes are here to stay.
It is not only young hipsters that are deciding to build homes out of recycled containers, it is people of all ages – and it is becoming more and more popular. TV shows are made about tiny house builds and a growing group of people are resorting to living small instead of in huge MacMansions.
Shipping containers are typically eight feet wide by 20-30 feet long. They are stackable and like Lego blocks, can be put in any way you like. For the most part shipping containers are only used for 10-15 years to ship goods in and it is estimated that there are over 24 million used cargo containers that will never be used for shipping again.
You may be wondering, “Why on Earth would I use an old shipping container to build a home?” Here are just a few of the reasons why more and more people are turning shipping containers into homes:
Affordability: Building a container home is incredibly cost effective. If you’ve already looked into the cost of new or second hand container you obviously know what I mean. You can sometimes get lucky and get them for as little as a couple thousand dollars. Framing a traditional house will cost you many times that.
Design: You can easily modify shipping container to create a modern sleek look. For example, you can turn one side into a glass wall to allow natural light to come in. Another neat design option is to use wood flooring to give it a classic design.
Strength: Shipping containers are built extremely strong with few weak points making them a great starting point or building block, if you will. They are flood and fire proof, which makes them an excellent home building material. If you live in an area with a termite problem then a shipping container home will save you a lot of hassle.
Time: Because the majority of the home is already built you can have a complete home built in record time. Many people have built their container homes in as little as three weeks.
Unique: Even though container homes are on the rise they are still unique and will stand out from every other home. You decide which interior building materials to use, making your home completely one-of-a-kind.
Here are some incredibly unique container homes:
Green: Recycling an old shipping container and using it to build with is a great green idea and many others will see the important example you’re setting.
As you can see, there are many benefits!
So what do you do if you have decided that you want to build a home out of an old shipping container? Warren Thatcher is a professional builder by trade. But he’s not your average builder. He uses shipping containers to build exciting and creative homes for a fraction of the price of building a home using conventional methods.
Warren has built container homes for the past 15 years and during that time he’s helped hundreds of others build their very own container home. To help even more people, he has created a simple to follow DIY guide to building a container home. Click the link below to have a closer look and order the plans.
Here are some tips Warren will teach you along with his container home plans:
- How to buy containers at the lowest possible price.
- Crucial pre-purchase inspection tips
- How to obtain your permit
- Learn how to correctly prepare your site for footings or concrete foundations
- Design and layout planning tips
- Full electrical layout diagrams
- Bonus: 15 3D container layout options
- And lots more…
Here are some reviews from people that have used the plans:
“… this is the best resource ever!”
“I’ve searched sooo many websites but am so glad I stumbled onto this one. The construction plans are the best I’ve found and I can say with confidence; this is the best resource ever!. Awesome 3D designs and easy to follow instructions”
– Matt. H.
“Highly recommend this guide”
“Lucky I got this guide. I was going about the construction process entirely the wrong way and this has saved me much more than I paid, not to mention the time I’ve saved. I highly recommend this guide.”
– Karren W.
“A+ on the product Warren”
“A+ on the product Warren. Worth the investment and highly recommend to others.”
– Thomas H.
“A must purchase”
“A must purchase if your considering building a home from a shipping container. I completed my container home just 3 weeks ago and couldn’t be happier with the final product. Without the help of Warrens guide to building a container home it would cost thousands more and taken weeks longer.
Love your work “
– Thomas H.
There are millions of container homes up for grabs. We may as well put them to good use instead of letting them sit around and go to waste. Building a home can take as little as three weeks and cost you a fraction of what a regular home would.
The best way to get started is to educate yourself about building a container home. All topics are covered in the downloadable guide – buy it through the link below.