A used shipping container costs about $2K, after that it's up to you.
My only question is about how to insulate it against exterior temperatures... but otherwise I think it would be a great way to build a fast starter home on a plot of land! "A used shipping container costs about $2K, after that it's up to you."
PREFAB FRIDAY: Recycled Shipping Container Harbinger House
Recycled shipping containers are becoming more and more popular as a viable sustainable building material, and this year’s West Coast Green show house highlights this growing trend. The showroom highlight of this year’s event is Lawrence Group’s SG Blocks Container House, fashion out of five shipping containers and a plethora of other eco-friendly building materials. As a prefab, the home is affordable, cute, and easy to assemble — this one was erected in just 5 hours!
I love the idea of shipping container houses. We've talked about using a bunch of these to build a family compound when we get to work on our vacation property. A pod for us, a pod for Mom, a pod for Danny, a pod for Katy, a pod for a kitchen... and so on and so on.
At this stage, the dumpster is lined with a half-inch of high-density foam for insulation and padding for the feet. This is followed by the installation of a custom-fit, flexible pool liner which is found in most above-ground pools. It is important to massage out the wrinkles while the pool fills with water.