Shipping Container Homes
The newest trend in green building design comes from using recycled shipping containers to form the basic structure of a home. This trend is traced to the days when hundreds of thousands of used shipping containers began stacking up empty in ports across the world. The United States alone has contributed nearly 1 million of these containers
The most common shipping container is 20 to 40 feet long, 8 feet wide and over 8 feet tall. They can stack and sort to form an endless amount of home design possibilities. Made of steel, these mini-homes are cost-effective to live in and are built to face typhoons, tornados, hurricanes and even earthquakes.
In a world where the average household spends $43,395 annually (equaling roughly $4.6 trillion when multiplied by the number of American households in the US), it is difficult to imagine that some people really hold true to the mantra that less is more; however, with the average cost of each shipping container hovering at or above $1,200, it is easy to see why many people are taking the plunge to create safe homes, offices, schools and even emergency shelters.