Shipping Container Homes Designed and Made!

I’ve seen a rise of homes made with used shipping containers and I have to say, this “was” a redneck practice that has turned into a great way for architects to develop new self-sustaining, green homes.  Now, you will have to just buy a lot of acres of land and move your home (containers) to where ever you want to be.

The best examples that explain his creativity are the Bunny Lane, his own home built with a 19th century clapboard cottage inside an industrial hanger, and the Push Button House, which takes just 90 seconds to expand to reveal a five-room home.

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3 Responses to Shipping Container Homes Designed and Made!

  1. Unfortunately, the architectural designs that I’ve seen for shipping container houses on the web have really gone overboard and are defeating the entire purpose of this idea – recycle materials and build affordable housing. When you start trying to make a “statement” with these boxes, it requires a lot of extra steel, welding, and other modifications that turn the containers into little more than a veneer and you are probably using more energy to put up the building then if it was built ground up with steel. You also are running up your costs astronomically.

    In our design work, we’ve found the best way is to keep the connections at the corners, avoid cantilevering the containers, and keep as much of the sides of the containers in as possible. That allows you to use the inherent strength of the container and keep your costs down.


  2. ANIKA says:

    VERY well said George! I’ve been thinking the very same thing for ages now. 🙂

  3. patsy says:

    well said, I am looking to be off the grid and live a simple life… would like to see some real ideas on how to insulate, simple construction etc.

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