Trendy Container Homes
Container homes are becoming new trend in metro cities and a popular alternative for home builders wanting something different concept. Container homes are cheap than traditional homes, easy to build and have many eco-friendly benefits. For many excited architects and builders shipping containers are providing a new form of architecture, where containers can be used as building blocks and structural or base elements for houses, offices and even other purposes.
Container homes are built with shipping containers. They are very cheap and afford by every person and strong enough to become the framework for a house. Building a shipping container home is quite easy than site home. Builders place one or numerous containers onto a regular foundation, cut windows and doors in the container walls, insulate the modified container properly to resist heat and cold, decorate it with modern idea of designing and a container home turned modern container home. The modular structure of shipping containers means that they can be easily move from one place to another and attached every type of four wheelers. These shipping containers allow architects to create interesting and unique designs.
The cost of a 40-feet cargo container is about US$ 1200. As you can imagine, building a home made from shipping containers is very affordable and economic. In general, the cost to build container home is half that of the cost of building a traditional home. Container homes are economic, very strong, less time for construction, easy to modify, and shipping containers are widely available in market.
Here is some skepticism with the benefits of these alternative houses. For example, it is argued that the high heat conductivity of steel requires better insulation for such houses than to the usual brick or wood houses. Also, there are some health risks concerns that originate from the original flooring of shipping containers, which are generally treated with harmful chemicals. The original flooring of shipping containers is always removed before construction begins and changes with new.
Shipping containers can also be used for emergency housing or shelters for homeless people. The recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan has left 90,000 to 100,000 people homeless. Shipping containers could be used to house the homeless people and provide them very much needed privacy and relief from natural calamity. They could also be used to create temporary schools and offices. The build time will be very short which is what the country needs right now.
Though modular homes are based on new concept, the popularity and public interest in them is growing very rapidly in many big cities and countries. Here are some noticeable economic benefits, with the green Eco-friendly practices of recycling and sustainability, create a lot of opportunity for modern architects and builders to develop new ideas and improve the container home concept with latest trends.