Shipping Container architecture is “taking the world by storm,” according to Popular Mechanics. Tiny homes are extremely popular with off the grid enthusiasts and folks seeking an affordable way to construct a vacation or retirement oasis. Recycling (or upcycling) shipping containers into energy efficient and environmentally friendly homes is also a very affordable way to create your dream home.
Standard shipping containers are about 8 feet wide and 8 feet tall and come in both 20- and 40-foot long styles. The average price of a long container is between $2,500 and $3,500.
The containers can be cut apart and welded back together to form rooms or a home two or three containers wide – or simply left together to form a single container home.
Excerpt from the interview with shipping container home builder Ryan Naylor:
You are recycling, re-using, and upcycling a wide variety of materials for your container home. Such a plan helps keep the cost down and is extremely environmentally friendly. What are some of your favorite finds and how will they be incorporated into you home?
"Obviously the two 10-year-old containers. We have already used the 100 cement blocks we found on the land we bought buried under brush for our foundation. Just filled them with concrete last week. We used seconds from a local cement company for the rest. We will be using a spiral staircase we found in an empty lot that was given to us. We also have used a claw-foot tub that we bought off of Craigslist and we are using a bunch of huge window panes that were misordered when they renovated the Asheville city court house which were in the garage on our land and came with the property."
Visit the Inquisitr to read the entire interview and to learn more about building a shipping container tiny house - or a large one, to turn into an amazing prepper retreat, survival structure, or off grid dwelling for homesteading!