Thinking about living in a shipping container? Wondering what it might be like to spend your life there. Well, let’s take a step back.
First of all, one does not live in a shipping container. One lives in a home that has been reconfigured, reimagined, and refashioned out of a shipping container. This may seem like a distinction without a difference, but it isn’t. Why? Because nobody would live in a shipping container — basically a rugged, corrugated metal box with no amenities.
However, people would — and increasingly do — live in homes constructed from shipping containers. Why? Because they’re awesome — cozy, comfy, and customizable for just about any lifestyle.
In fact, so long as one is OK with smaller living, shipping container homes are just as credible as homes constructed using traditional materials.
Here’s the thing, though: In many ways, a shipping container home is better than a traditional home. It’s chic, maneuverable, customizable, and affordable. Plus, it can save resources — i.e., they’re eco-friendly!
Let’s take a closer look.
Eco-Friendly Shipping Container Homes
We’ve written before about how a shipping container home can be eco-friendly. Container homes use fewer materials and resources to construct. Living in a shipping container home is an act of reusing and recycling. And homeowners can add environmentally friendly amenities, such as solar panels, low-flush toilets and showers, and LEDs.
Other Positive Attributes
Living in a shipping container home also means become familiar with a number of other positive attributes of the shipping container life. These include:
- Expandability so that your home can grow with you. You can add a dining room, living room, a high cube living area, etc. (These additions are subject to local building codes, so be sure to do your homework.)
- Ease of purchase and customization with a variety of indoor spaces in standard sizes and square feet.
- They’re rugged and waterproof (floodproof) for warm and cozy living all year round
- They’re fireproof
- Safety and security. Containers are often customized to be used as storage facilities, so you know they’re nearly impossible to get into. Of course, the addition of windows, doors, sliding glass doors, etc., changes the equation a bit. Still, the steel exterior makes for one heckuva barrier.
Container Stop: Your Shipping Container House Experts
What other questions do you have about living in a shipping container? We’re here to help. Think of us as your personal shipping container building department!
It’s definitely true that committing to a so-called tiny home with a living space fashioned, designed, and built out of what are essentially steel boxes may seem like a stretch for most people. However, many folks in the United States and around the world have made the move to build a container home.
Get in touch with us today. We ship anywhere, and we’re ready to work with you to customize a shipping container home that’s just right for you.
One last thing: Consider using a shipping container home as a vacation home! They’re great!