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Could Container Homes Bring Australia’s Housing Prices Down?

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Sydney’s average house price hit $1 million last year. That’s 12.2 times the average middle income family’s annual income. For the Average Joe, it would be impossible to get a mortgage on that. Prices are going up as well, with little sign of slowing down. While for those that own their own home already that’s…

Cargominiums: The Answer to the Affordable Housing Problem?

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A housing organisation that looks after vulnerable people has begun building a shipping container apartment complex in Columbus, Ohio that they believe is the way ahead for organisations like themselves. Where many non-profit housing organisations tend to house ex-convicts, the homeless and other very low income people in cheaper, older housing stock, the very low…

Cardiff Box City: Using Shipping Containers for Inner City Regeneration

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The Welsh Government has just given outline approval for a 400 shipping container ‘Box City’ to be developed in a derelict area of the capital city, Cardiff. It is expected that this will draw the young and upwardly mobile types who have lots of disposable income and will help drive the local economy. Shipping containers,…

A Blueprint for Building a Bush Container Home – Paul Chambers

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Retired UK Royal Air Force engineer Paul Chambers and his wife Sarah moved to the Australian bush to escape their noisy neighbours in Kent, England. They built their home from scratch using two, 40ft shipping containers, and now have published two e-books that describe the best way to hand build a shipping container home. A…

Zubabox – A Shipping Container Connecting Refugees to the World

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Here at the Gateway Gazette we look at a lot of Western uses for reused shipping containers, yet by virtue of their solidity and security shipping containers can be used in quite hostile and disconnected environments. An international development charity called Computer Aid understood these attributes in 2010 when it developed its first Zubabox, a…

Shipping Container Shops: From Mobile Malls to Pop Up Boutiques

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Here at Gateway Gazette we often look at shipping container home conversions, but now for something a little different – shipping container shops. As with their housing equivalent, shipping container conversion shops benefit from their low initial cost and that they can be shifted from place to place. In some cases, for the new shop…

Beat Rocketing House Prices With a Shipping Container Home

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Would you live in a shipping container home to avoid a six figure mortgage? One architect has designed a kit home in Brighton, England where instead of paying over half a million Australian dollars, you can own your own home for a fraction of the price. Knock on effects of London house price bubble House…