The versatility of shipping containers is limitless; the new thing trending is shipping container homes. There are many designs: living more simple, reducing clutter, being environmentally conscious, building a home on a smaller budget and having the chance to do something that’s totally different that makes people go wow!
There are also other practical aspects to living in a shipping container home. The house is fireproof and low maintenance. You can live in a container home almost anywhere; you can lock it up when you’re away. Also smaller container homes can move where ever you go. Shipping container homes can stack two or three or as needed.
Shipping containers are made of Corten steel, built to withstand weather, heavy stacking and ocean travel. Their lifespan can be 30 years; most shipping companies use them considerably less. A typical shipping container lifespan is 10 years or less. There are reportedly 30 million unused shipping containers sitting around the world.
Standard containers measure 8 feet wide and 8 feet 6 inches high, and comes in lengths of 10, 16, 20, 24 or 40 feet. There are also a third option, which offers higher ceilings; it’s called the high cube. High cube containers measure 40 or 45 feet long and is 9 feet 6 inches high.
A shipping container home plan of 150 square feet is small, but the beauty of working with storage containers is the ability to group them to create a bigger space.