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A nice shipping container house

Regular readers  may recall just how fond I am of the re-purposing of shipping containers to create low  cost housing so when I came across this vid I thought that it would be good to share it with the Sandpit’s dedicated readers.

Cheers Comrades


1 Comment

  1. Ray Dixon says:

    I really enjoyed that, Iain. Great work and great presentation by the builder. Contemporary design with clean lines and solid construction. But (and I’ve said this before), this is no break through and no solution to housing affordability. The only reason it’s ‘low cost’ is because it’s small.

    The house being displayed was made from two 40′ x 8′ shipping containers, ie a total floor space of 640 square feet plus a small add-on at the front brings it to approx 700 sq ft, or approx 64 sq metres. The build cost was in his estimate around $60,000, although I think he was being conservative there and not adding on the cost of the concrete area it sits on and the attached carport. So let’s be moderate and say all up it cost $64,000 to build to ready-to-live-in status. That’s $1,000 per sq mtr, which is in line with the cost of building your average home by more traditional means. And don’t forget, he saved money by building his prototype on site, but if he goes into manufacturing these in pre-built form in a factory (which he indicated was his aim) then you’ve got a whole extra layer of costs to add including the rent on the factory and its running costs as well as the huge cost of transportation to the building site.

    The bottom line is there are no real cheap housing alternatives and the only way you can save money is to do a lot of the build yourself.

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