Container homes are now becoming a popular alternative for home owners wanting something different. They are highly affordable, easy to assemble and have huge green lifestyle benefits. For many excited architects and builders shipping containers are providing a new exciting form of architecture, where shipping containers can be used as building blocks and major structural segments for houses, offices and even city structures.
Container houses are constructed using overseas shipping containers. They are very cost effective and strong enough to become the framework for your home. Constructing a overseas sea container home is very easy. Your builder places one or more sea containers onto a standard foundation, cut doors & windows into the sea container walls.
Next they insulate the modified container suitably to resist cold & heat, decorate it and hey presto! – your sea containers have evolved into your very own ultra modern home. The modular structure of overseas sea containers means that they can be relatively attached to one another. The very nature of this allows architectural designers to create both stunning and unique home designs.
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Another art-related building project that uses shipping containers is the Nomadic Museum. This museum, designed by architect Shigeru Ban and artist Gregory Colbert, is constructed entirely out of cargo containers. Due to its modular nature, it is easily deconstructed, transported, and reassembled in various locations. ocean containers for sale, container living.
Sea containers can also be used for emergency housing or shelters. The recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan has left 90,000 to 100,00 people homeless. Sea containers could be used to house the homeless people and provide them very much needed privacy and relief. They could also be used to create temporary schools and offices. The build time will be very short which is what the country needs right now. ocean containers for sale, container living.
Architects are exploring the endless possibilities of construction using shipping containers. In Berkeley, California, an art group constructed The Shipyard, a collaborative art studio and gallery space constructed entirely out of cargo containers. Twenty-seven shipping containers surround an 11,000 square foot outdoor lot. ocean containers for sale, container living.
But before you make the choice to construct your very own container home, there are a few things you should consider. Just because container homes are becoming very popular with the green building set doesn’t necessarily mean that you should make the plunge yourself. ocean containers for sale, container living.
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You can create a small cargo container cabin in the woods, or an extensive apartment complex in an urban setting. Containers can be used alone for a small residence, or combined in a modular fashion to create more complex, multi-story project. ocean containers for sale, container living.
We already have successful examples of container homes. Container City in London, Canadian Ecopods, and the biggest container city Keetwonen in Amsterdam are just the few examples to mention here. It means the start of global container housing movement has already been made and we need to further develop the idea. ocean containers for sale, container living.
The point is, is someone is going to take a piece of machinery to break into your home then they are probably going to get in no matter what. However, the odds are in the container home owner that no one will be breaking into your steel can. ocean containers for sale, container living.
Adam Kalkin has designed houses out of shipping containers before, but his last one is actually a luxury dwelling for the rich. He unveiled his creation at the Art Basel Miami Beach art show in December 2005 and the attendants were surprised to see lavish furnishings and a beautifully designed interior inside a shipping container. ocean containers for sale, container living.
In addition to this deluxe version of a prefab home Mr. Kalkin is also planning on selling a single shipping container living space called an A-Pod. This will be equivalent to a studio apartment, and will sell for under $100,000.00. ocean containers for sale, container living.
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In the future, we will likely see more and more cargo container building projects as the practice gains popularity. But for now, cargo containers are still cheap and readily available. Some companies even sell kits to create your own custom container home. ocean containers for sale, container living.
The main concerns would be getting the plans past the building department. There is a new uniform building code for shipping container homes beginning to work its way around the industry though, so passing code could be more easily achieved. ocean containers for sale, container living.
There are areas stormy areas where mobile homes are quite dangerous because of their weak resistance to high winds. But a container home withstands high wind pressure easily. Buildings made of shipping containers have a Lego-like, industrial feeling, which is appealing to a lot of people. There is also a possibility to hide the steel frame, so nobody can tell your home is made out of containers. ocean containers for sale, container living.