Shipping Container Houses

Hi there. This is a non math article about container homes as an alternative to regular houses.

There is an increasing trend of tiny houses as well as an increasing trend of tiny houses from shipping containers. Shipping container houses sound crazy but once you see some of these Youtube videos, you may change your view on shipping containers and on housing in general.

Some Cool Videos Featuring Container Homes

  1. Spectacular 40ft Small Shipping Container Home (13:06)


2. Stacked cargo containers in New Haven’s “LEGO” apartments (14:52)


3. Container City – London (6:15)


4. Designer Builds Home Out Of Shipping Containers – Hatteberg’s People TV (3:26)



“Reduce, reuse, recycle” is definitely used.

Innovation does not have to be from creating new products or services. In this case, it is about using what you have in a new way.

Some of these container homes actually look good (especially the interior).

It is uncertain whether those looking for housing in the market will want to live in such homes. But if these homes come in at competitive prices compared to regular homes and at a decent size, then there would be a handful who would try such tiny homes versus going for a condominium/apartment unit.

When it comes to new things, there are always legal issues such as insurance, land, real estate, fire safety, financing and so on. Engineers may have to adapt to these homes too.

Tiny houses and container homes does not have to be for housing. Shipping containers can be used as offices and stores as well.

You have to give credit to the people who took the risk in making container homes a viable alternative. (Risk versus reward)

I do not know the costs of these homes but one should always factor in location, location location!

The increasing trend of tiny homes and the use of 3D Printing for Housing like this will definitely impact the housing/real estate market. An increased production of houses and real estate would offset high real estate prices (especially in places like Toronto).

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