Trend: Shipping Container Homes
There is a new trend around the globe, and particularly here in South Africa... shipping container homes.
With the growing trend towards tiny living and the ever increasing cost of residential homes, many people have discovered a way to own and live in their own home without having to worry about a mortgage bond hanging over their heads. Combine this with the increasing popularity of converting shipping containers into livable homes, and you can understand why many homeowners are choosing to start off with container living.
Over the last few years, container living has increased in popularity as companies around the world offer the services of converting shipping containers into comfortable, albeit small, homes. Owning a converted shipping container home not only provides a way of affording your first home, it also allows you to set up home wherever you like and not have to wait too long to move in. Container homes adapt to the environment, due in the main to the numerous facade types. This demand-oriented adaptation offers numerous advantages for the conventional single homes.
You might not think that living in a shipping container is a comfortable lifestyle but people are pleasantly surprised when they see how these can be kitted out in a variety of designs to meet your needs. And it's the cost that is turning many heads when you consider that a single shipping container converted into a home with basic finishes comes in at around R250,000 - that's a huge price difference when compared to the average price of a brick and mortar house. Added to that, your shipping container home can be delivered fully fitted with a turnaround time of 45 to 60 days.
My first question upon hearing that shipping containers can be converted into livable homes was "How do they keep these comfortably climate controlled". Let's be honest here, shipping containers are steel and can get incredibly hot in summer and freezing cold in winter. This problem is apparently quite easy to overcome by installing insulation in the walls and ceiling.
Various factors are incorporated into the finished design that allows for regulated temperature control, no matter what the season. Insulation is essential when converting a shipping container into living spaces, as well as high-quality glazing solutions and these modifications ensure that a comfortable living temperature is maintained.
The trend for container living is also driven by the fact that, despite their small size, additional containers can be easily added on to create a home that is suitable for every need. The practical container house is a real alternative to the conventional variants for modern modular architecture. And the ability to easily modify the design makes containers suitable for apartments, offices, and stores.
Inside a container home the interiors can easily be designed according to the clients' own specifications. The simple steel construction allows for easily modifying components to accommodate entrances, glass fronts and large expanse of windows to create the perfect level of comfort. The individual containers are in the standard sizes, but the modular design of this type of arrangement is that two units can be fitted together - or even stacked on top of each other, creating enough room for a family.
Due to their modular design, size and sustainability, shipping containers are on just about every homebuilder’s mind these days and there are plenty of South African companies offering shipping container conversions for residential living spaces.