Houses Made From Shipping Containers
- February 24, 2016
Shipping containers are made of steel and built to withstand weather, heavy stacking and ocean travel. While their lifespan can easily be 30 years, most shipping companies use them considerably less before putting them out to pasture. A typical shipping container work lifespan is 10 years or less.
The standard container measure 8 feet wide and 8 feet 6 inches high, and comes in lengths of 20 or 40 feet. A third option, which may be harder to find, offers higher ceilings; it’s called the high cube. A high cube container measures 40 feet long and is 9 feet 6 inches high. Shipping container homes can be modular: You can stack two or three or more as needed.
Here are some pictures of container houses from around the world:
Studio Arte Nomad Living, Portugal
Studio Arte creates small container homes as perfect weekend getaways or guesthouses. The interiors are modern and vibrant. Plenty of windows and sliders are incorporated to expand the space to the outdoors.
Weekend Surf Shack, New Zealand
MRTN Architects designed this container house to be a vacation home that takes advantage of the outdoors. Almost entirely off the grid, the roof is designed to be a water-collection system.
Viña del Mar Apartments, Chile
The firm James and Mau is well known for its innovative container homes. This apartment project is built on a terraced hillside overlooking the city and coast of Viña del Mar. Each apartment has its own outdoor living area with integrated cargo containers as part of the floor plan.
Container Guest House, Texas
This backyard guesthouse by Poteet Architects uses a 40-foot-long container offering 320 square feet of groovy interior space, including a wet bar and bathroom.
Casa Incubo, Costa Rica
This 4,300-square-foot home and work space is made from eight containers. Maria Jose Trejos designed the space to maximize natural air ventilation and light, with windows and skylights throughout to reduce the use of electricity.
Home Contained, Missouri
Debbie Glassberg says she sees homes where others see containers. She built this home from five containers; it has 2,600 square feet of retro-modern design, including environmentally conscious options such as geothermal heating, plant foam insulation, solar power and a green rooftop.
Containers of Hope, Costa Rica
This shipping container home was built out of two containers for $40,000 with enough room (1,000 square feet) for the family that commissioned Benjamin Garcia Saxe to build it. The architect hopes to expand his affordable container living project to other parts of the world.
Cargo Container House, California
Set in a beautiful forest setting, this project, designed by Modulus, cost about $250,000 and used six stacked cargo containers. The feeling is more treehouse than shipping container.
Excerpts from freshhome.com