Shipping container homes: How did they come about?

As you can probably tell, this is a website all about shipping container homes. In our inaugural article, I thought it would be worth taking the time to properly discuss exactly what a shipping container home is. They are basically homes that are made from or comprised of steel intermodal containers, or shipping containers, which is how we would usually refer to them.

You might be thinking why on earth people want to use these structures as a place to live, but contrary to what most would believe, there are definite benefits to these types of homes.

The structure of the containers is incredibly sound, and they are incredibly strong. In other words, there’s literally no chance of your walls breaking should a tree or something else fall into them. There’s also basically zero chance of your house falling down or needing urgent repair as they are particularly strong.

Another benefit of them is the fact that they are fairly widespread, meaning it really isn’t too difficult at all to get your hands on one. This coupled with the fact that once you have found one, to get your hands on it you really won’t have to part with much cash, makes living in one quite an attractive proposition. In fact I’m not too sure why I don’t live in one already!

A final benefit is that constructing a shipping container home, although it may sound pretty specialised, is in reality a much simpler operation than building a brick house from scratch. The containers easily stack on top of each other, and nicely slot into place. Despite all of this, there a few disadvantages of living in a container home too.

For one, their insulation is fairly minimal. Obviously additional work can be done to each container to make them more insulated, but here, the more you insulate the more you compromise in terms of space within your container.

Another difficulty that can arise if you are planning on building a container home, is getting the permits themselves in the first place. The steel used in construction is not particularly widespread amongst residential architecture and this may prove to be problematic.

So, you’ve heard the advantages and disadvantages of having such a home. What do you now think? Is this something that interests you, and you think you might do in the future? If so, you’ll need to know more about how to decorate your container home, and in particular how to light it. You can take a look at these following resources if you want to help give you a better idea of what to go for.

Opening Our Doors to Home Design enthusiasts

Hello everyone. The purpose of this blog is quite simple. We enjoy learning and reading about interesting homes, and in particular homes that have been converted from shipping containers into fully fledged liveable buildings. We will be posting about various people that have been brave enough to do this, and exactly how they went about doing this.

We hope the blog will interest you, and even if it doesn’t it will certainly interest us!