Shipping containers can be found on ships, in ports, on trains and mounted onto trucks. We see them everywhere, every day and when we do, we usually think of one thing: the transport of goods from one destination to another and then we stop there but shipping containers can be used for so much more.
They can also be used as shelter. You often times see them on construction work sites but probably didn’t realize that they were made from. They are surprisingly quite spacious and depending on the size you get, can fit quite a bit in them and have a good height to them so you don’t feel too enclosed. Once you have the proper tools, you can cut windows out and do some other really cool things that you wouldn’t ordinarily be able to do like create a porch that doubles as a wall that can be hoisted up when you aren’t home or an awning if you choose to have it hinged from the top rather than from the bottom.
You can also have the existing doors as the entrance to your home and depending on where your doors are positioned, it makes for great ventilation. For example, some containers have doors on both ends so there really is no need for artificial ventilation in your home. And if it’s like indicated above, then not only will your home be cool in every room but the natural light will be phenomenal. You’ll pretty much only need to light up come nightfall.
Shipping containers are basically tanks. In the event of a storm, these things are hurricane proof. Remember, they have to withstand the worst conditions when at sea. Companies pay big money to ship goods and do so with the understanding that things will get to their destination undamaged. So you can rest assured that when the winds pick up and begin to howl, that you can shut all the doors and you are safe as safe can be inside. Perhaps the only thing that could possibly cause any kind of harm to this structure is probably a tornado in that it could pick it up and literally drop it from the sky somewhere.
Other than that, these containers are stacked one on top of the other when filled with all sorts of things so you know that these containers can take a pounding. Also, when it comes to rust, you’ll notice that this doesn’t tend to happen so you can rest assured that your investment will last for years to come.
Just a word of caution, be sure if you decide to go the route of a shipping container home to purchase a container that chemicals were not stored in. You do not want to occupy a biohazard risk situation. So be sure to ask about this if purchasing a used container. Better yet, you can always purchase a brand new one if you really want to err on the side of caution.
Of all the alternative homes I’ve researched, this is the one I wish to build / live in the most.
If you are curious to learn more, I encourage you to Youtube ”shipping container homes” or some variation of these terms. You’ll find way more information and videos on cool concepts people have come up with.
But hey, you can also always shoot me an email if you have any questions on shipping container living or on any of the other alternative style living options I’ve written about and I’ll be sure to send you over a list of resources of various companies that you can contact for more info.