Used Containers – 3 Tempting Reasons to Use Them for Home Construction
Used containers are quickly becoming a popular choice for builders and people planning to construct their own homes. There are three key reasons that when combined make buying second hand containers for your new home very tempting.
Used Containers - Three Key Advantages When Building
- Environmental friendliness
Used containers are very affordable and can cut the price of home construction considerably. In today’s high priced housing market, this saving on the cost of materials is very appealing to many people. Shipping containers are being included in designs for all a kinds of buildings and houses – from high end designer homes to budget accommodation.
Containers can be bought for very low prices. Used shipping containers are divided into three grades: A, B or C. A grade containers are the highest quality, followed by B grade and then C grade. C grade containers are the most affordable and are usually perfectly appropriate for use in home construction.
Often used containers can reduce the overall price of building a home by around 20 per cent. Working with shipping container is generally much faster than traditional home construction as half of the work is already done for you with the block shape of the container already fabricated.
In many cases building with shipping used containers is around 40 per cent faster than with traditional building materials. So if you are building with second hand containers, then you could be in your new home before you know it.
The third major incentive to use shipping containers in your home construction is that it is environmentally friendly. By reusing the containers you are prolonging their useful lives making and reduce the environmental impact involved in their initial fabrication. Additionally, by making use of the second hand containers builders will not have to source and use nearly as much in the way of other raw materials. That means many fewer trees are going to be cut down in the name of your new house.
Other environmentally friendly features can easily be included in your plan for the house. Some popular features that are being added to these kinds of homes include: solar panels for solar heating, energy efficient cooling systems, green roofs, whirly birds for air circulation and radiant heating.
Constructing homes with used containers is a very recent trend that has only really started to take off in the past six to eight years. The architects, builders and technicians that are working on these constructions are, in a sense, pioneers for what is likely to become a common practice in home building in the next few years.
Contact us now to find out how you can use shipping containers to cut costs, speed up construction, and help make your new home more environmentally friendly!