My brother and his wife have asked me to design them a shipping container home and despite my familiarity with the topic I was pretty sure they knew more about it than I did. Like any good designer I began researching everything involved with designing and building a shipping container house and decided it was important to share what I found because there are some downsides that everyone embarking on a container house should be aware of. One of the main reasons that container architecture is becoming so popular is that sheer abundance of shipping containers available for purchase. It is estimated that around million shipping container loads cross the ocean every year. The cost of building a new container is significantly cheaper than shipping them back to be re-filled and after a couple uses, they are no-longer desired by shipping companies and become unusable. They take up valuable space on the docks and can eventually become a source of pollution.
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The Pros and Cons of Building with Shipping Containers — Aadhan
Our Case Studies section is a place to seek inspiration as you think about a future container project. For those who are more familiar with the opportunities that shipping containers present, inspiration becomes a more tactical affair. As an example, even if you know you want a container home, what should it look like? As you start to brainstorm your own design ideas, a great place to start is looking at what others have already produced. Odds are high that someone has already done something similar to what you would like to build. You may find an incredible idea in a completely unrelated shipping container project. The brainstorming phase of your container project is the time to cast a wide net and see as many unique creations as possible.
Graceville Container House Case Study
The shipping container housing development was created using moveable and reusable parts, repurposing shipping containers to offer a sustainable, cost-effective and flexible housing solution for Ealing Council. The shipping container homes were fully constructed, fitted and finished in 24 weeks at our factory in Cornwall, allowing the container homes to be installed quickly at Hope Gardens, with minimal additional works required on site. With the reusability of the shipping container housing at Hope Gardens at the core of its design, this innovative model is crucial to addressing the long-term affordability and sustainability of the built environment for Ealing Council, previously placing families in housing earmarked for being knocked down, and even paying for families to stay in bed and breakfast accommodation.
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