For the past couple of years, I’ve heard about this idea of using recycled shipping containers for urban housing. An interesting thought…made of durable material, already constructed, you can piece them together like lego’s, add siding and insulation, cut out windows, etc…
The bonus, I guess, is that you give these unused containers (that are as ugly as sin) a second life. You could also build a home completely off-site and move it.
I heard of them being used as office space, condo’s, garages, and homes.
What do YOU think of living in a shipping container? Do you like the idea of a modern home with clean lines and being able to say that you saved a tree? Does knowing that you are living in an old storage containter cheapen the home for you? Or is it a point of interest? I’d be curious to hear an inspector’s take (or contractor, appraiser, or agent’s take) on whether these types of homes are going to make a dent in the market…or are there going to be too many issues? Rust, tying into a foundation, cheaper to do stick-built, etc…
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