This 3,000-square-foot home in Phoenix is made up of stacked shipping containers, but you’d never know it once you walked inside. It’s modern, open designed interiors matches the style and spaciousness of any other single-family home today.
Homes constructed of shipping containers are drawing more attention in the building industry. These homes are flood and fire-proof, eco-friendly, energy efficient, and there’s certainly no shortage of them to transform. Worldwide, an estimated 24 million empty shipping containers are retired, just waiting to find a new purpose. Could real estate be it?
Some housing experts predict shipping containers to make up a bigger footprint of homes and buildings in the future. One shipping container can be transformed into a tiny home, several molded together could form a standard-sized single-family home, and hundreds stacked together in a Lego-like way could make for an apartment complex. Shipping containers can also be transformed as add-ons to existing homes, such as a garage.
But can a shipping container be stylish? Shara Terry, a real estate pro with Berkshire Hathway HomeServices Arizona Properties in Phoenix, certainly thinks so. She’s listing a three-bedroom, four-bath single-family, shipping container home for $610,000. The home, which is a hybrid of two stacked containers on its east side and two stacked on its west side, is designed by engineer Jorge Salcedo and Colombian architect Gregorio Baquero.
“A lot of people who’ve visited it have been curious, and they can’t believe it used to be a shipping container once they step inside and they see how open and seamless it is inside,” Terry says. “There really are only two subtle reminders in the interior that show a portion of the red container,” but even those have been blended into the overall decor. The exterior includes some writing on the containers that were preserved for character, including a stamp in Vietnamese showing its former location.Link to Full Article
Shipping containers are not meant to be lived in. You don’t get a livable space by stacking steel boxes. You have to do insulation, wiring, plumbing, duct work, which not only adds to the cost, but makes the shipping container dimensions even smaller then they already are. Better off with mobile or prefab home. Also, brand new shipping containers cost a bundle and the old ones are usually rusted, banged up, and covered with all kind of weird chemicals it shipped over the years.
Shipping containers or anything similar sound like they must be a bargain. If you could sell them for 50% of SFR value then you’d have an audience. Otherwise, they are better off buying a house.
I agree with Bubbblenerd, and I believe architects’ fascination with shipping containers for pre-fab structures is basically laziness and failure of imagination.
Agree – I’ll give you $50,000 for that one, not 610,000!