Affordable Shipping Container Homes
Have you ever wondered what happens to all those empty shipping containers once they are no longer needed? Cargo containers travel across land and sea carrying goods that are loaded at the starting point and emptied at the destination point. 20 foot and 40 foot containers are reusable up to a point, and then have to be disposed of. Many of them are now actually ending up being used as shipping container homes.
Statistics on the lifespan of shipping containers reveals that cargo containers are built tough to last long. Life expectancy for a typical shipping container can range from 10 to 20 years. A long time indeed, but containers spend on average, over 50 percent of their lifespan idle or repositioned. When a storage container’s usefulness is over, it would appear it is simply abandoned to the mercy of the elements.
In many shipyards across numerous countries, there are piles of shipping containers rusting their way to eternity. An eyesore that just keeps growing bigger and getting worse with the passing of time! Take China for example, the country is so heavily into manufacturing and exporting goods, that the Chinese are shipping enormous numbers of cargo containers to the U.S. on a daily basis.
Shipping Container House Plans
There is a new solution to the glut of shipping containers that abound, shipping container homes! Quite a jaw dropping answer indeed - but one has to admit that it’s a very simple and practical solution to affordable and green housing. New Age, an Australia newspaper, ran an article fairly recently on the provision of cargo container housing for victims of the quake and tsunami disaster in Japan. A team of architects is leading the project to design shipping container homes from converted shipping containers for the thousands of displaced people in Japan.
Interest in shipping container homes first began with the world waking up to the fact that these cargo containers were piling up, literally in every sea port in the world. In 2005, the figure was one million containers for America alone. Through the efforts of eco organizations, builders and designers, the surplus of shipping containers is now being used to construct affordable housing, apartments, offices and more.
The realization of the enormity of the potential of shipping container homes has given impetus to the creation of shipping container home plans as well as shipping container design software and the construction of increasing numbers of these prefab storage container homes. The incredible strength of the shipping containers and the relative ease of cargo container construction, has led to one of the fastest growing building trends on a global scale.
Shipping containers are of two sizes, 20 foot and 40 foot shipping containers. For a number of reasons, the cargo container, built to ISO standards, is one of the strongest mobile or stationary structures. What most people are not aware of is the fact that the typical shipping container is actually built to withstand hurricanes, tornados, typhoons and even earthquakes. Shipping container homes or storage container buildings are in effect one of the safest building structures for homes, schools, storage units, emergency shelters and more.
As the world wakes up to the growing realization that the very latest trend in housing is cargo container living, the demand for shipping container homes is on an upward spiral. People are so caught up in the new trend that they are actually doing the remodeling themselves. There are however, specialist companies that undertake cargo container home construction. It's actually not hard to design a shipping container home yourself by using CAD house design software.