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It takes time, research, and saving to find a place you can call home. The process isn't always smooth. We all wish to have an affordable, comfortable, and a home that looks great as well. We however, still have to make certain compromises to make a home from a house. If you, however, aren’t ready to make huge compromises, then the best option would be to build one.
If thinking of building a home, but aren't sure which way to go, why not consider shipping containers. You don't necessarily have to go the traditional route; shipping containers provide a handy way to build a home. Scores of people have been able to create/build their dream homes using shipping containers. The best thing with this is that shipping containers are blank canvases, ready for you to decorate them however you like and let your personality shine through your new home.
1. AffordabilityThe cost of building a home using shipping containers is significantly lower when compared to building using traditional building materials. In addition to this, these containers provide the functionality, materials, and space needed to build a home. The cost of building a home is one of the factors that make it hard for many people to own a home.
Savings from the construction can be used to create a more upgraded version of your dream house. And even add features you only dreamt of. All this can be done without breaking your bank account. With shipping containers affordable to all, modifying them into a house provides an affordable way to own a home as well.
Saving money on your house also means you will have more cash to spend on the rest of the block. According to the outdoor specialists at Sergio's Gardening, “Many people forget about the cost of a garden when building a house, and have to live surrounded by dirt for months after moving in while they save up for landscaping services. Saving money in the building of your house by using containers will mean that you will be able to afford that beautiful outdoor living space you have always wanted.”
2. Durability and Beautiful Designs
Shipping containers are designed to be reliable and strong and are considered much safer, durable, and more comfortable than traditional ones. The robust build makes it possible to hold valuable cargo securely and safely, even when stacked on cargo ships. That said, you can be assured of a stronger and more secure home. They are also built to withstand even the harshest of weather – your family and valuables will always be safe in the container home.
Container homes can also give you great flexibility in your home design, without the added cost. The expert building designers at Modern Day Concepts claim that “the box design makes it easy to modify the containers into whatever room size and shape you wish to have. Their pre-built heights and insulation also come in handy for homes and offices. Putting the different sized and shaped containers together in a unique way and introducing beautiful design elements and features can make your container home the envy of all your neighbours.”
3. Easy to Use and Modify
Despite their sturdy build and design, shipping containers are relatively easy to modify. Several containers can be welded together to create larger rooms, and windows and doors cut out for the perfect design. Whether looking to build a simple house or a multi-storey house, the containers can be stacked together to create whatever design you wish to have for your home. All you need is a creative architectural expert to build your dream home from these containers. This fact alone has attracted more potential homeowners than anything else.
Unlike regular homes, there will be a number of unique problems to using containers, so be creative with your approach. For example, plumbing container homes can be slightly different, but the experienced plumbing and gas specialists at PNG Solutions recommend “before building, consider how you will hide the plumbing, as there will not be any included wall cavities like a traditional home. This may be plaster, wood, or even using the plumbing as a design feature with exposed copper pipes.”
4. It Takes Less Time to Build
It can take weeks, or even months before a traditional home can start taking shape. Some homes will take between four and twelve months to complete. This isn't, however, the same case with shipping container homes. The shape and form of these containers make it easy to complete a home building project in two months or even less. Less assembly and building materials are required to make it happen. One of the reasons for this is the fact that the containers already have the basic structure of a home in place.
The building process begins immediately once the shipping containers have been shipped to your location. The idea of building houses using shipping containers have been around for decades, with many oil and construction companies using the containers as their offices. The containers can also be used in almost any environment.
5. Moving The Containers/Home Is Relatively Easy
Shipping containers are designed precisely for that, easy transport. They are uniquely designed and sized to ensure easy transport using larger trucks, hence can be transported down highways and regular roads. Such convenience makes building a home with these containers much easier. You can, therefore, order for these containers and have them delivered to your doorstep painlessly.
Once built, the container home can be moved to virtually any location you wish. This is however dependent on how many containers you will have used, and the size of your home as well. If you only used one container to build the house, moving it will be just as easy. All you'll need is a truck powerful enough to haul the trailer.
There are many more benefits of building a container home than those mentioned here. From the points mentioned above, it's evident that you can have your dream house in less than two months. You can even have it designed in whatever design you wish.
You can even add a container pool if that tickles your fancy!
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Colyn Emery is a passionate freelance writer based in Sydney. She is a university student with a major in Philosophy. Colyn loves to travel and spends her free time getting lost as tourist in her own city.