CONTAINER WORLD
19 March 2018

Is It Advisable To Move Into A Container Home?

Container Home

Container homes are exploding onto the mainstream housing industry scene. Only a few years ago a concept such as this would have been all but unthinkable to traditional homeowners, seen as only a viable alternative for the most struggling citizens. This image is changing swiftly though as custom designed, fully integrated homes are now being forged in container size.

Supporting this growing trend is a large scale marketing campaign, the backbone of a buzzing industry. But, are container homes all they’re cracked up to be? Marketing campaigns are seldom to be commended for their forthrightness on the pros and cons regarding a product, so it behoves us to examine a few key facts for ourselves before determining if this is a suitable alternative for every individual.

Pro’s:

Fabrication Speed

Container homes can be customised to a degree to better suit individual needs and tastes but they also come entirely pre-fabricated and some companies go so far as to promise delivery within under three months. You won’t get many new homes at that speed.

Ease of Delivery

This ties into the overall speed at which you’ll receive your home. It’s of no small consequence on this topic that container homes are, indeed, former shipping containers and, therefore, delivery by sea is no burden.

Building inspection process

Most quality inspections are performed on the fabrication site which certainly cuts down complications for the new owner. Adding to this the simplicity of the unit ensures that you won’t run into many legal complications.

The Price

You’re certainly going to save a lot of money both on construction costs and maintenance. Even contracting an elaborate home from multiple containers will result in a greatly reduced price from a traditional home far smaller in scale.

Con’s:

Not so green

That abstract marketing campaign we referred to paints a utopian image of recycled, defunct materials being reused to lower the impact on the environment. Research shows this is not always the case. The containers being employed here, while not brand new, are in their prime and far from retirement. This means that even newer containers must be made to replace them.

Dimensional restrictions

The shape of your container can be restrictive but that’s only really if one thinks to a small scale or, simply put, a single container. Hundreds of images abound of complex and beautiful homes put together from multiple containers. In this way, size restrictions are not the limitation they might seem.

So, is this an option for you? It very could be but one needs to understand the pros and cons and also discuss their vision and expectations with an experienced professional.