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Here’s an Idea: For $37K, You Can Live in a Shipping Container
Fox News Insider ^ | May 07 2014 2:11PM

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 company’s 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. …

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Miscellaneous; Society
KEYWORDS: housing; shippingcontainer

1 posted on 05/08/2014 12:33:36 AM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

Tiny houses are less expensive, nicer living, and more mobile.


2 posted on 05/08/2014 12:37:50 AM PDT by WhiskeyX
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To: WhiskeyX

Double-wide!


3 posted on 05/08/2014 12:41:37 AM PDT by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: Olog-hai

Shipping containers recycled into affordable, accessible Utah home
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eLsuwNfRU_8


4 posted on 05/08/2014 12:51:07 AM PDT by beaversmom
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To: Olog-hai
Several companies do this, and I think it is a great type of house. They are best when the portability of the shipping container is used as well. They would be good for temporary housing, say in an oil patch. When the work dries up, just move the house, rather than have to try to sell a constructed house in a declining town.

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.

5 posted on 05/08/2014 12:52:49 AM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: Vince Ferrer

http://www.tinyhousedesign.com/


6 posted on 05/08/2014 12:54:10 AM PDT by WhiskeyX
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To: Olog-hai
Great idea.

Speaking of living in a container for about $40K...

http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-UN85S9-85-Inch-Ultra-120Hz/dp/B00CMEN95U

7 posted on 05/08/2014 12:54:13 AM PDT by TChad (The Obamacare motto: Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori.)
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To: TChad
Have you checked out the reviews?
8 posted on 05/08/2014 12:58:56 AM PDT by South40 (Liberalism is a Disease)
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To: Vince Ferrer

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.


9 posted on 05/08/2014 12:59:45 AM PDT by 21twelve (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2185147/posts 2013 is 1933 REBORN)
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To: Olog-hai

Single mom made one:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DsVxgOjNLbA


10 posted on 05/08/2014 1:00:32 AM PDT by beaversmom
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To: Olog-hai

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.


11 posted on 05/08/2014 1:03:37 AM PDT by 1_Rain_Drop
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To: Olog-hai

A shipping container buried into a hill in the country would make a fine tornado shelter or emergency house.


12 posted on 05/08/2014 1:15:59 AM PDT by GraceG
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To: GraceG
Or...


13 posted on 05/08/2014 1:19:24 AM PDT by South40 (Liberalism is a Disease)
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To: GraceG

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.


14 posted on 05/08/2014 1:26:46 AM PDT by Southack (The one thing preppers need from the 1st World? http://tinyurl.com/ktfwljc .)
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To: Olog-hai

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.


15 posted on 05/08/2014 1:34:25 AM PDT by Carbonsteel
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To: 1_Rain_Drop

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


16 posted on 05/08/2014 1:41:30 AM PDT by alicebetter (alicebetter)
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To: Olog-hai
If it's good enough for robots.....


17 posted on 05/08/2014 2:00:01 AM PDT by Leroy S. Mort (If you have a Boehner lasting more than 23 years, seek immediate medical attention)
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To: BunnySlippers

“Double-wide!”

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.


18 posted on 05/08/2014 2:56:40 AM PDT by Gen.Blather
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To: Olog-hai

I watched BayNews 9 on the guy. We are thinking of getting one for a cottage. It doesn’t look lime a shipping container.


19 posted on 05/08/2014 3:28:29 AM PDT by ExCTCitizen (I'm ExCTCitizen and I approve this reply. If it does offend Libs, I'm NOT sorry...)
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To: ExCTCitizen

Oops....lime is supposed to be like...enjoying my coffee while waiting for the family to wake up.


20 posted on 05/08/2014 3:34:42 AM PDT by ExCTCitizen (I'm ExCTCitizen and I approve this reply. If it does offend Libs, I'm NOT sorry...)
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To: ExCTCitizen
"....lime is supposed to be like..."

That's OK - I think "lime" worked better....

21 posted on 05/08/2014 4:04:16 AM PDT by Psalm 73 ("Gentlemen, you can't fight in here - this is the War Room".)
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To: Psalm 73

It was too early...


22 posted on 05/08/2014 4:22:50 AM PDT by ExCTCitizen (I'm ExCTCitizen and I approve this reply. If it does offend Libs, I'm NOT sorry...)
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To: Olog-hai
Many people scoff at this but living in a very small house appeals to me - especially as my kids are grown up and have flown the nest.

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.


23 posted on 05/08/2014 4:41:33 AM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: kevslisababy

The links at post 4 and 6 are interesting.


24 posted on 05/08/2014 4:50:04 AM PDT by Mich Patriot (Pitch black is the new "transparent.")
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To: Olog-hai

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”.


25 posted on 05/08/2014 5:59:32 AM PDT by moovova
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To: Olog-hai

$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.


26 posted on 05/08/2014 5:59:55 AM PDT by IYAS9YAS (Has anyone seen my tagline? It was here yesterday. I seem to have misplaced it.)
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To: Olog-hai
Lived in them in Iraq, we called them “Chus”
27 posted on 05/08/2014 6:04:12 AM PDT by where's_the_Outrage? (Held my nose to vote.)
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To: WhiskeyX

I’d rather live in a van down by the river.


28 posted on 05/08/2014 6:11:02 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Olog-hai

FWIW, one of the main reasons these units are taken out of service is that they eventually start leaking.


29 posted on 05/08/2014 11:32:30 AM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: Sherman Logan

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.


30 posted on 05/08/2014 11:43:32 AM PDT by Olog-hai
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