Data reveals that there are more than 17 million shipping containers currently in global circulation, with more than 5 million designated as active shipping containers at one time. These containers make roughly 200 million trips every year. Once they are retired from their shipping life, people have been turning them into homes. While that may seem odd to some, there are many benefits to building a home out of a shipping container.
One of the biggest benefits of shipping container homes is that they’re relatively cheap compared to traditionally constructed homes. For example, one specific home called the Taj Malodge was built back in 2010 using two 40-foot shipping containers This gives the occupants more than 600 square feet of living space, and it only cost $35,000 USD to build. This number includes the cost to purchase the shipping containers (down to the container door) and the cost to convert and decorate them.
Another huge advantage of shipping container homes is that they are incredibly environmentally friendly. Based on the figures stated earlier, there are 17 million shipping containers and only 5 million in use. That means there are 12 million containers not being used and can be converted into homes. For each recycled shipping container, we reuse nearly 3,500kg worth of steel. We’re also saving a lot of traditional building materials like brick, motor, wood, etc. Some people argue that melting down the shipping container and recasting it could be a better use, but that process actually requires an incredible amount of energy consumption.
Finally, shipping container homes are pretty quick to put together, especially compared to traditional construction. They only take a couple months to be up and standing and ready to be moved into. This is right from the time of booking with the company to remodel the container.
Shipping container homes are gaining in popularity, and it’s easy to see why. If you’re willing to live in this type of abode, you’d get your new home quickly, you’d save money, and you’d be helping the environment. Wins all around.