Stylish Shipping Container Homes in Out-of-the-Ordinary Elements
It’s no surprise that shipping container homes are taking center stage as an attractive, sustainable and affordable housing solution. From an affordability aspect, a 20ft shipping container can cost less than $1,000. And from a sustainable aspect, each shipping container home that is built saves shipping containers from the gloomy fate of sitting idly and unused indefinitely after its short life as a means of transporting goods. But, an even more compelling reason to consider container homes is that they’re blank canvases that often result in modern, playful architectural masterpieces. Because shipping container homes aren’t very likely to blend conspicuously into your average cul-de-sac, below, are three unconventional uses for shipping container homes.
With the help of shipping container homes, off-grid living no longer means living in a cabin in the woods or in an RV. The back-to-the-land movement is spreading wildly. And, those that are ready to trade in the hustle and bustle of the big city or the cookie-cutter lifestyle of the suburbs are flocking to untouched rural locations to build a completely self-sufficient life. Off-grid living is the perfect opportunity to explore the wonders of shipping container homes. Wide sprawling acres lend themselves well to the awe-inspiring, architectural richness that creatively laid container homes can provide.
Shipping containers can be stacked in various creative patterns, or they can simply be set atop one another for a more conventional look. For example, three containers can be stacked above one another to create a spacious, multi-level home. This setup is ideal for tight spaces, and small budgets, as only a minimally sized lot is required to set the container home on. Or, for creative homeowners, a tic-tac-toe pattern with an open outdoor area located in the center can be a fun layout for a modern container home.
Rooftop Living in Urban Locations
Due to their easily transportable nature, shipping containers are the ideal solution for rooftop living in urban areas, such as New York City and Chicago. The containers are simply placed atop the roof of the chosen building, and the rooftop is used as a lot of sorts, with the remaining area of the roof being outfitted and used as an outdoor living space. Not only is this an innovative twist on standard city living, most container homes with this setup have outstanding views of the city, as the buildings are generally several stories high.
Shipping container homes are the future of architecture and design. They provide innumerable benefits over stick-built homes, and can be adapted to look as ordinary or as extraordinary as the individual designing the home sees fit. Style, affordability and durability - what more could a savvy homeowner ask for?