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When urban populations outgrow the pace of new construction, and suitable homes and offices spaces are difficult to find, what are property hunters to do? Perhaps more of them will start coming up with novel temporary solutions like this: a temporary, movable office made from shipping containers.

The architecture firm had a difficult time finding leasable space so they designed this three-story structure, which is made from seven 20-foot shipping containers connected using a steel frame system. The frame made it easier to stack the containers, and also provides balcony space, which can be hard to come by in urban areas.

This doesn’t just represent a new form of eco-friendly architecture, it’s a new sort of urbanism altogether. The architects obtained a short-term rental contract for a small plot of land that stipulates removal and reconstruction every few years.

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The world’s first hotel built from recycled shipping containers has popped-up in Uxbridge, West London. Each prefabricated container comes fully-equipped with fixtures, furniture, and windows from a factory in China. The company, called Travelodge, says that constructing a hotel this way is 25% faster and 10% cheaper than the more traditional construction methods. Also, construction is much quicker, because all that has to be done is to fit each container together like it was a giant Lego set. Rooms at this London Hotel start at about 19EU per night. The London area saw more of these ‘portable hotels’ pop-up around the city as the 2012 Olympics approached.

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What’s involved in buying, designing and building cargo container homes that are more than just art projects? Cargo container homes are a perfect example of thinking outside the box while living inside one, but thinking is one thing and doing is another. Careful planning is required before building and moving in. You can research on the internet.

There are several fun and practical reasons to live in a cargo container home. First of all, it’s cheaper for a shipping company to buy new containers than to transport empty ones back to the origin, creating a stockpile of containers in port areas that container home builders in the right place at the right time can obtain for the right price. Furthermore, most containers are made of metal which makes them sturdy even when stacked – not to mention resistant to weather, fires, and other natural (and unnatural) elements. They’re available in a variety of sizes (with most common being 8 feet wide by 8.5 feet tall by 40 feet long) that are ideal for modular housing and office use.

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Based on three primary themes: Healthy, Simple, Efficient. This Architect wants the design to inspire residents to live without toxic materials, consume less overall, and use resources wisely. This compact urban home design would allow the home to be inserted into small, otherwise-wasted lots while still providing a decent amount of living space for residents. The staggered design of the two containers allows for increased upper-floor area as well as an interesting visual effect. The product would do equally well on its own or in a larger community full of similar units.

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•    The four shipping containers form a giant cross.

It is not the material that immediately springs to mind when building your dream home, but it certainly makes the property affordable. Farmer and architect decided to create his perfect home out of four shipping containers, but that doesn't mean he held back on the luxury elements. His mother thinks that by building this house, her 34-year-old bachelor son will attract a wonderful wife. 

'I'm desperate for him to get a gorgeous girl. I just want to see him happy,' she explains when the Grand Designs team turn up to cover the project.

But as the lorries carrying the huge container ships turn into the country lane, her expression is one of distaste rather than excitement.

'Pull, pull, would you pull, would you,' the movers shout at each other as the architect leans low, keeping his eyes on the bottom of the containers. But the experienced architect needn't have worried as, much to his relief, the bottoms of the container fit perfectly on their stone foundations. The architect designed both the interior and exterior of the containers, which were from a shipping container supplier in Belfast.

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While this isn’t exactly a single home, the construction process is similar and there are still many lessons which we can learn from this project!

Broadmeadow is designed and owned Marengo Structures. This megastructure was built with 27 containers, is Four stories high, and contains 6 apartments.

There is no one liner that I can answer with. The key word in your shipping container home question is HOME/HOUSE.

Building with shipping containers can be challenging and the aggravation is still the same as traditional construction, however the costs are reduced.

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Way back in 2008 the owner had the idea to build a shipping container home. It wasn’t until 2009 when things got serious and they purchased a plot of land just outside of Christchurch, New Zealand.

The home was built using three 40 foot and one 20 foot container and even has enough room for his office when he works from home!

The owners comment on the construction was,  to be honest I don’t really have one thing I wish I knew about shipping containers before I started. I did lot of research before I was convinced I want to do this.

My advice would be to do as much research as possible before the start of the project. It’s all about preparation.

There isn’t a silver bullet approach to research. I guess the more you know and learn about shipping container homes before you start making decisions will help you to fail less. But again, there isn’t a silver bullet approach to this. Failures along the way are inevitable.

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You might have seen in the news, this shipping container home which was built, the home cost around $200,000 USD to build and was completed back in 2012.

The family spent two years building the home, working in the evenings and weekends.

The completed container home contains one bedroom, a bathroom, kitchen, office and living area. The owners enjoyed up-cycling the containers, it was less about the price for me.

The largest ticket item was actually the pool ($25k).

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A New Yorker, wanted a small country house. She got in touch with an architect who designed a small but spacious shipping container home.

The home is built into the hillside to take advantage of the natural terrain. Two 40 foot containers are spread 4 foot apart to create around 800 square foot of open plan living!

The two larger containers are propped up using a 20 foot container which is used for storage. My house was started way ahead of the curve in 2009 – so there was a lot that was unknown. 

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“What’s the one thing you wish you’d known before you built your shipping container home?”

The responses are in and it’s time to learn the most important things you need to know before you build your shipping container home…

Why make the same mistakes twice?

Top 3 Most Important Things You Need to Know:

1    How to purchase the correct shipping containers

2    The importance of building regulations and planning

3    Finding a contractor with previous experience

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