Shipping containers, like other used products, tend to vary in cost — but you can expect to pay around $2000 for a 40′ container. Once the container is bought and delivered the primary costs include: cutting windows, doors, etc (usually with a blowtorch), building a foundation, plumbing, etc. If you’re handy the cost will be pretty low. You may check out some of the pre-fab container homes. There are a lot of articles/videos/how-to guides out there, including some rather upscale pieces. Shipping containers are, most likely, cheaper than building a house from scratch — you’d probably be looking at spending more money than you would on a RV.
NO ! building a container home will cost you more than almost any “like for like” mainstream construction method.
Despite what many ISBU advocates run off about using containers will ultimatley be more expensive – why ?
Well firstly you need to remember that the actual containers are only a relatively small part of a whole finished house, what costs the real money is the foundations, doors, windows, floors, internal walls, roof, gutters, fittings and fixtures, plumbing and electrical etc etc
All of these costs are pretty much the same regardless of if you use containers or stick built and given we are talking like for like they should all cost exactly the same.
But on top of that you need to add extra cost for specialist steel workers – they charge more than general contractors, and you can expect to pay more for specialist architects fees maybe even a consulting engineer oon a complex design.
Worse you can expect problems with planning and you can complety forget finance so you going to have to have cash to pay for everythin – who has cash like that ? Needy peolpe ?
Dont get me wrong I am a huge fan of alternative building, including container homes but there are many myths about them and one is they are cheap
On a like for like basis, when peolpe talk about them being cheap they compare a half finished steel box to a stick built home – duh !
Find out more here http://www.containerhome.info
Building with containers is worth taking a look at if you are contemplating a new home.
Good resource is the Residential Shipping Container Primer website. A DO IT YOURSELF (DIY) REFERENCE AND FOR CONVERTING RECYCLED INTERMODAL CARGO SHIPPING CONTAINERS INTO BUILDINGS AND ARCHITECTURE.
Lots of example buildings, details, facts, and links to other articles. They have something new that you can setup your own project wiki to get help with your project if you are considering a design build project.
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