Why Build with Shipping Containers?
Shipping container architecture is a growing phenomenon. Their usage is becoming more popular each year and not just for their “hip” factor. They can be repurposed for any residential, commercial or industrial use.
Shipping Container 101
The metal shipping container was developed about 60 years ago. They come in various sizes, but sea containers are used most often for building purposes. They come in two standard sizes:
– A 20 footer’s dimensions are 20’ x 8’ x 8’, which equals 160 square feet
– A 40 footer’s dimensions are 40’ x 8’ x 8’, which equals 320 square feet
There is a surplus of containers worldwide because often the amount of time, labor costs, and fuel needed to ship them back to their origin is too much. It makes more sense to repurpose these containers than to let them sit around or try to melt down the steel. Melting down an 8000 pound container requires around 8000 kw of electrical energy, while the repurposing process uses about 5% of that.
Advantages of Building with Shipping Containers
There are a variety of reasons why architects and builders want to utilize containers for their projects.
Durability – The container’s original purpose was to carry heavy loads though any environment and remain intact with its goods undamaged and dry inside. Its purpose as housing is similar. It’s designed to last and to fully protect its occupants better than traditional housing.
Strength – The containers are made from 14 gauge steel and have the built in support to handle many layers stacked on them as well as the ability to handle being hoisted. A stand-alone container can handle 100 mile per hour winds. When securely anchored, it can withstand winds up to 175 miles per hour.
Ease of Use – Creating your dream home is easier than you think and relatively simple. Containers can be stacked vertically and put together horizontally to create a variety of floor plans. The interior is a blank canvas that can be designed any way you feel.
Building a new structure using shipping containers may not be everyone’s dream, but if it is yours, we can help. Contact us today.