Green, Sustainable Living in The 21st. Century

Not long ago, the idea of living in an 8- by 20 or 40-foot box/shipping container would stop potential home-buyers, and send them looking elsewhere. Recently the rise of green architecture has created an increasingly popular alternative to the traditional stick built house. Shipping container homes, also called storage container homes, offer a fast, green, and sustainable approach to traditional construction.

Shipping containers are fire and flood proof, manufactured in a controlled environment making them standardized and very durable. They can be used to build an average-sized home with almost no wood and can be quickly transformed on site into fully habitable homes. There are more than 200 million shipping containers sitting empty at ports around the world, making them readily available for around $4000.00+- each (10×40) The container is are modular and can easily be stacked or connected to create your own design. They are ideal for building an off-the-grid vacation home, beach-side bungalows or even the traditional-looking, three-bedroom home found in Any-town, USA.

Inside, workers install plywood floor over the existing sub-floor. Electricians run metal channels for wiring along the walls and vertical support beams that dot the interior. Metal studs and drywall are used for interior partition walls. Once insulated, the existing container walls are faced in drywall for finishing, transforming the corrugated-steel interior and prepping them for paint.

Exterior’s can be covered in fiber cement siding, painted or left exposed, depending on the owners taste. Windows and doors are installed into pre-cut openings. Doors are hung and the roof is shingled, leaving the house ready to be moved into.

Google the topic, take a look at pictures, examples, designs and ideas. What do you think, could you see yourself vacationing or even living in one of these? I could on vacation near a beach.



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