Home prices continue to skyrocket across the country. As of July 2021, the median home price in the United States was around $350,000, a price many Americans simply cannot afford.
For younger adults especially, particularly Millennials who are looking to make their first home purchase, the prospect of owning a home might seem far out of reach. With this in mind, one can understand why the idea of “tiny homes” has started to feel appealing. They cost less, and they result in less accumulation of “stuff,” allowing for a more mobile and less tied-down existence.
New trends with shipping container homes are just one manifestation of how housing prices are affecting people’s living choices. Shipping container homes can be customized to create quite a luxurious space, with all the amenities one needs.
Let’s take a look at the trend of home building with shipping containers and what you should know about pursuing this option.
Building shipping container homes
The shipping container itself is already pre-built—it’s just a matter of what you do with it from there.
The most common sizes for shipping containers are 20’ x 8’ x 8’ and 40’ x 8’ x 8’, for 160 or 320 square feet, respectively. A single 40-foot container might be sufficient if you’re in the market for a tiny home, but you can also stack shipping containers or place them side by side to get more space and more options for customization.
These containers are designed to be corrosion resistant, waterproof and windproof, but you will need to add insulation to make them livable, as well as ventilation so you can get good airflow coming through. You will need to cut out windows, add interior drywall and put on various other finishes to make it truly a home you’d want to live in.
Beyond their affordability, the other biggest benefit of shipping container homes is that they’re a sustainable, eco-friendly housing solution. These shipping containers have been used for other purposes and would otherwise likely go to sit in a landfill if they were not used for housing. Even brand-new shipping containers, though, cost far less than traditional homes.
Shipping container homes also have significantly lower carbon footprints than standard homes. The energy burden of heating or cooling such a home is substantially lower, and the amount of materials used to flesh out the container with finishes pales in comparison to what you’d need to use for a regular house.
The ease of maintenance with shipping container homes is also worth mentioning. It takes a lot of work to keep up a large house, but shipping container homes are smaller and thus require less work to keep in good condition.
Shipping container homes are growing in popularity around the U.S., and can be customized to fit your needs and wishes. For more information about the various benefits of purchasing and building a shipping container home and how you can get the most out of the small space, contact the team at A Mobile Box with any questions.
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