Skip to comments.Here’s an Idea: For $37K, You Can Live in a Shipping Container
Posted on 05/08/2014 12:33:36 AM PDT by Olog-hai
For $37,000 you can live in what used to serve as a shipping container. Steve Harrigan reported today on a new out-of-the-box idea that could solve several problems at once. Florida-based New Generation Builders is taking old cargo shipping containers and retrofitting them into dwellings.
To look at one, you might think of a mobile home, but the companys owner, Steven Sawyer, resents the comparison. He notes that when a hurricane comes through, it levels mobile homes.
But Sawyer says by using corrugated steel and concrete pilings to anchor down each side, his homes will be totally undamaged.
(Excerpt) Read more at foxnewsinsider.com ...
Tiny houses are less expensive, nicer living, and more mobile.
Shipping containers recycled into affordable, accessible Utah home
Or, you can travel like an RV, but anywhere in the world. If you want to travel to South America for a few months, send your house there on a ship, and find a place to hook it up. Someone could start a cruise ship line, but instead of the normal cruise ship, be a container ship, and you sail in your own home.
Speaking of living in a container for about $40K...
I worked at a mine in Indonesia for awhile. The Indonesian workers lived in containers - two stories tall (stacked) with scaffolding to get to the upper rooms. Perhaps 6 to 8 guys to a container iirc in bunks. Was in one once - it was fine (windows, etc.) - except a bit crowded with that many guys in it.
We lucked out. A pilot’s two-bedroom condo for the two of us for a couple of months while he was on vacation, then a college-style dorm room (singles) for another month.
Single mom made one:
Not a good idea unless the shipping containers are placed on high ground with no chance of ever being in a flood.
During tropical storm Irene, I watched as the flood waters raised two containers and they floated down main street. One finally hit a telephone pole. The other ended up in someone’s backyard.
The shipping containers are too lightweight.
A shipping container buried into a hill in the country would make a fine tornado shelter or emergency house.
I can tell that you haven’t been to Afghanistan!
If FoxBusinessInsider lists it, then you know that it’s a terrible idea because they have the IQs of squirrels there. They know nothing of the world.
Shipping containers make great storage units and terrible living units. Running plumbing, electrical, A/C, heat, and installing enough windows+lights makes the whole arrangement cost-negative.
They echo badly. They cut off your cell phone.
They are *storage* units. Portable. Just not condos.
One of the local colleges here, built an entire dormitory out of several hundred shipping containers. Watching it go up was a sight to behold.
It sounds like a good idea living in the shipping container, but I like to live in the house, mobile home is suited to people who love traveling
I went to look at two doublewide’s yesterday. One, 1,500 sq ft for $44,000 is on 5 acres .7 of a mile from the paved road and sits in the middle of a fairly dense forest. You couldn’t hear traffic or people. It was awesomely peaceful. The schools are all A/B and it’s an easy 30 minute drive to the capital. The other is in a small wooded neighborhood, pleasant neighborhood for $28,000. (1,175 sq ft also A/B schools and 30-40 minutes from the capital.) Both were in very good shape. (Incidentally, the schools around the capital are mostly failing. (50/50) Houses in the few districts that have B schools are VERY expensive. So people rent in the next county so their kids aren’t getting beat up, exposed to drugs or meeting kids that would make you draw your gun from fear.) Oh, and periodically they re-draw the district maps in an attempt to “improve” the failing schools.
I watched BayNews 9 on the guy. We are thinking of getting one for a cottage. It doesn’t look lime a shipping container.
Oops....lime is supposed to be like...enjoying my coffee while waiting for the family to wake up.
That's OK - I think "lime" worked better....
It was too early...
I'm not talking a trashy place like a converted school bus or run-down trailer. But a very modern small home with high ceilings, skylights, blazing-fast wireless internet, flat-screen against the wall.
In this age of digital media, there is no need for bulky entertainment centers. Just a couple laptops, a tablet or two and tiny speakers mounted on the walls. A small but functional kitchen, we will be going out to eat most nights anyhow. A loft for sleeping (fits two). The main room large enough to have company over but no extra bedrooms to guests to overstay their welcome. Sorry kids but no room for you to move back in. Sorry mother-in-law, but there's a Hampton Inn down the road with reasonable rates if it's too dark to drive home tonight.
The links at post 4 and 6 are interesting.
Saw one yesterday on the interstate, being transported by a semi. Had a door and two windows on one side...didn’t see the other side. Painted a dark gray. It looked more like a construction site super’s office than a “home”.
$37,000? For a shipping container? For that same price you can buy a good quality used diesel truck and a decent 5th wheel that is self-contained.
I’d rather live in a van down by the river.
FWIW, one of the main reasons these units are taken out of service is that they eventually start leaking.
The owner of the business in question claims that he refurbishes them rather than insisting on selling an unrefurbished and unconverted container, AFAICS.
The business that the housing idea grew out of, refurbishing shipping containers for conversion into office space, has been around for well over a decade at least.
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