Skip to comments.23 Surprisingly Gorgeous Homes Made From Shipping Containers.
Posted on 01/05/2014 12:55:33 PM PST by carriage_hill
This is a shipping container. Its used to transport large amounts of goods on boats and on trains. By itself, its pretty boring.
But with a little imagination, the shipping container becomes a cheap, reliable building block that can be used to build chic little getaway homes and castles of majesty alike!
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Homeless been using cardboard boxes for some time now.
Do these houses have heat, toilets, running hot and cold water, the usual kitchen appliances, Internet and phone connections, and maybe air conditioning?
Not one of those staircases would pass inspection in my county. A friend had his custom made stairs disapproved because the rails were 1/4 inch too far apart. They made him tear it out and have another one built. Very costly. Also, even though they don’t need hurricane clips, they are a requirement. No alternative building is allowed by our Gestapo inspectors. (The building department here is self financed and builders tell me they find on average $4k-6k worth of fines. Builders just figure that into the costs.)
I’m sure you have to add all of that...but it’s a cheap structure for the end user and can become an attractive space with the influx of that most important building material...cash.
I live in a double-wide Amana refrig box. LOL.
Some places are worse than others. I’m thinking if you’re going to spend the money on a structure, you’d better make sure the builder KNOWS all the codes, or get another builder.
I slept in one once over night. I will never forget that funky wet cardboard smell. Doesn't do well in the rain. Lol.
Thankfully I have never had to sleep in one as an adult.
As kids, we used to make “forts” of of ‘em in vacant lots, but the rains did more damage than the “enemy” did. LOL.
I read the article to see the pics. Let me wipe my feet for a couple of ours after wading though all the gushing verbiage....
I didn’t read all the copy; the pics/configurations were what I was interested in seeing.
I would love to build a nice bug-out shelter in the hills out of these.
We used to make them out of wooden pallets at a nearby construction site. Those weren't very weather-proof...but still a lot of fun.
If the containers are cheap I can see some possible savings by having prefabricated structures in your design. However for the most part these just look like some designer was trying to make a point about how clever they are on someone else’s dime.
I slept in one during gulf war one.....built a 2x4 wall and added a air conditioner and a door, bunks and a table w benches for my EOD team and our gear. Sand bagged that puppy up with an excavator and a dozer and slept nice and easy thru the scud sirens and the one or two that hit close by....
Love those sea containers and conex’s for improvised hooches .....
There’s a couple of units there which I sure wouldn’t mind living in!
Back then in the 50s, as kids, any port in the storm worked for us. We were “creative” and could make a castle out of a 50lb bag of kitty litter. Heh.
These houses have everything. We have somebody around here who is building them, and they’re really nice, comfy spaces. Better than a lot of “regular” houses.
Data center capacity can be grown a module at a time.
Fascinating; I never would have guessed.
Their opinion of "only" and mine are a lot different. You'd think this would have cost maybe $25k in South America. While some of those shipping containers are rather striking, one wonders if there are still residual pesticides or whatever chemicals left inside that the homeowners are now breathing. I'd also need a lot more insulation under the hot summer sun.
A couple of those units are very ready-for-primetime, as well as for bugging-out.
Agreed; I’d want them very carefully tested for residues, ***before*** using any as part of my home.
thats a nice looking home, but getting the crates up must have taken some heavy equipment...Men can make nice things...Been a widow for over 20 years, but love men, they come in handy for the heavy lifting....LOL
The government regulations sure do stink. Made by people that never built anything in their lives..
Why do I get the feeling that it would cost more to cobble up a home out of those things than to just BUILD a home from scratch.
Heavy equipment is a good thing, but in the 50s, I remember seeing Grandpa using block-and-tackle and large teepee logs to hoist things into the air.
Sounds comfy and safe, considering your circumstances.
If this gets popular, expect the planning commission/building inspectors to start special rules (with extra $).
Then the advantage will go away.
There is a real need for affordable housing (REAL affordable housing—NOT the Dim and Alinskyite version of that term)!!!!
I saw one at a hunting show fitted out for a hunting camp. It was better than a tent but I didn’t want it, and I don’t want any of these.
It was .... It was ....
Without windows and amenities, they’re pretty claustrophobic.
(The building department here is self financed and builders tell me they find on average $4k-6k worth of fines. Builders just figure that into the costs.)
In Alaska they are very popular for making shops, just stack two high and spaced far enough apart to spread some beams and rafters you then get a sizable shop. Average cost though here is $2500 each though. But they by themselves are earthquake proof. The better ones are the ones that were reefer units as they already are very well insulated.
Its a no brainer liberals will mock the use of these as homes, next thing we know they will connect them with the Duck Dynasty as “hillbilly condos” Or “upscale trailer trash”.
I know a guy not too far from me that has a ton of ATCO buildings, these are pretty much a reinforced single wide manufactured box on wheels used all over Alaska for offices, shops and sleeping quarters, they can be opened up on the sides to be lined up for a large interior space.
The hunters shipping container had some glass panes in the ceiling, it didn’t make me want one.
We used them in Iraq. They were very effective against mortar rounds an bullets falling out of the sky. But you had to make sure that the electrical wiring was well grounded.
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another 5 years of being ruled by our Congresscritters and we’ll all be looking for something like this to live in
as far away from cities as possible.
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