Second Hand Containers for DIY Homes
Second hand containers are an exciting new trend in home design in Australia and internationally. Around the world there are millions of used shipping containers that are left over from imports and exports.
Often it is cheaper for shipping companies to use new containers rather than shipping used ones back to their point of embarkation. For that reason there are plenty of used containers on hand waiting for a new life being used in a different capacity.
In order to reduce the environmental impact of their construction and minimise the need for wood in home construction, more and more architects are incorporating the containers into their designs. The containers can be bought at very low prices too, which can reduce the price of home construction. You can find some plans for simple home designs using second hand containers, or you can hire an architect to design something original for you.
Benefits of Using Second Hand Containers for Home Construction
There are a few key benefits to using used containers when building your home:
- Environmentally friendly
- Low cost
- Faster construction
- Modern look
Using second hand containers is environmentally friendly for a couple of different reasons. First, it makes use of containers that would be taking up space in dockyards if they were not being reused. Additionally, by reworking the container, you are extending their usefulness and therefore minimising the environmental impact it took to construct the container. Using sea containers when building your home also reduces the need for timber in the construction and this saves many trees. It is estimated that by using second hand containers you can reduce the environmental impact your home construction has by at least 20 per cent.
Using the containers when building is also more affordable than traditional construction materials. Your home can be finished around 40 per cent faster when you make use of used shipping containers putting you in your home much quicker.
There is a lot that you can do to the containers when building a home to the extent that you do not even realise they are shipping containers. They provide an attractive modern look to your home, while being flexible enough to be able to be used in a range of ways in your home.
Contact our team of experts at Gateway Container Sales and Hire to discuss how you can use containers as part of your next building project.