By . Containers Home. Published at Thursday, March 12th, 2020 - 12:41:35 PM.
Before you start to weigh your options on homebuilding and purchase, you must know what container homes are. These mobile home alternatives were first made in a green response to the abundance of shipping containers ending up docked on our shores. As we, the United States, began to benefit from the inexpensive price of importing some goods, we also began to be the recipients of shipping byproducts. Companies began using the container products in renovations, additions, and other projects, and the trend has grown into a green frenzy. These units can be used for a number of projects including, but not limited to, your dream of a custom built home.
However, the next time you see one of these shipping containers, it may not be at or near the airport. Try looking in some neighborhoods! Yes, shipping containers will be serving a better purpose for which it was never intended: Container Home Housing.
Manufacturers of goods and the shipping companies that ship those goods see them as disposable items throwaways just like the soda cans so many consumers still don`t see value in. It`s actually rather expensive for countries to ship unused and empty containers back to their country of origin and quite often it`s cheaper to buy new containers when the need for them arise. Costs for cargo containers vary but on average you can get a used one for about $1500. The average container has about 350 square feet of space. Someone who wants a 3000 square foot home would have to pay approximately $80 per square foot to have a home built using traditional methods. In some parts of the U.S. it costs well over $100 per square foot. Container homes cost about four and a half dollars per square foot (the cost is just for the frame not including the construction and finishing work). But do the calculations and you`ll see the basic (frame only) cost for a 3000 square foot home built from recycled containers is about $13500. Even with the added cost of having to configure and finish the basic units to make them into a home it`s still quite a savings over traditional home building methods.
Here is a potential market for individual units; baby boomers. As of the writing of this article the first wave of baby boomers are turning 65 and becoming senior citizens. They will be looking for retirement home possibilities on an extremely limited budget. It is no secret that most baby boomers have little to no savings and that’s information prior to the recent economic downturn; imagine the possibilities. Visualize a senior community with homes made from prefab shipping containers. Remember that most baby boomers lead the march on ecology, environmentalism and sustainable living. Research shows that people who value those ideals support the manufacture of these homes. Consider up selling this type of development in your area and research the opportunity to pre-sell the homes.
Fire resistant, termites and mold
Have a good finish. Finishing touches are very important for shipping container homes especially when it comes to weather-proofing. You need to make sure that the container is well-coated in order to prevent any metal from being exposed to rain and moisture. You also need to put some insulators or other materials that will prevent the interior from becoming too hot or too cold during extreme climate conditions.
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