Shipping Containers: The New Eco-Homes


| 10/20/2015 10:00:00 AM


People around the world live in concrete or brick and mortar structures, jam-packed in labyrinths of streets and neighborhoods. With the current unforgiving economic climate and shabby situation on the housing market, many people can only dream of purchasing their own home. It has been this way for some time, but recent years have brought a breakthrough housing trend that is sparking attention worldwide: shipping containers.

small container home neighborhood
Photo by Angel Schatz/Courtesy Flickr.

Finding Your Comfort Zone

At first, people moving into shipping containers were regarded either as ahead of their time, or simply nuts. But now, the opinion is shifting, and one can’t ignore the plethora of benefits these steel boxes provide. Shipping containers offer a chance for an innovative lifestyle, free from the daily routines and problems the traditional home owner is faced with.

Many businessmen are also turning them into permanent offices, and whole districts of container businesses are emerging around the world. Entire neighborhoods in cities are transformed with shipping containers supplied by companies like Royal Wolf, giving urban societies a new chance at rapid growth and development. So, what’s the catch?

To begin with, the simple and recyclable nature of container architecture is eco-friendliness at its best. A cargo unit turned home involves minimal processing and you are doing the planet a great favor by recycling it.  Also, the traditional home is associated with long and costly building processes, something a shipping container doesn’t require.



Furthermore, you can assemble your new haven in much less time than a house, and the best thing is you aren’t sacrificing your convenience at all. Many people aren’t aware that these unconventional homes can provide a level of comfort and coziness that can compete with any traditional home. Anything that you can install in the latter will fit into the former, with one big difference—flexibility.



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