Low Impact Housing with Shipping Containers
If you are in search of an affordable, environmentally friendly home to build, you might consider using shipping containers. You can really build your dream home, be it a two story dwelling, or a single story, sprawling mansion. You can have your new home insulated, along with a strong roof, a variety of floor plans, and many other features that will make your new ‘shipping container’ home, the showplace in your neighborhood.
Your new home can be whatever you want it to be. If you are a ‘green thinking’ person, you might consider using recycled telephone poles for the foundation. You can also install an electric composting toilet in your bathroom. If you complete your search you can find some beautiful floor-to-ceiling windows to allow you natural light. The fact you are recycling the shipping containers definitely adds your contribution to the ‘green movement.’
Shipping containers, converted to housing units, are not only a presently popular method to construct a home, they also represent the future in the construction industry. These containers offer a really unique answer to fast and strong construction. Another great savings is the number of trees you are saving from building your home from wood. Estimates suggest you save as much as 99 percent
You might wonder where and how to get started with shipping containers and converting them to your new home. Here is a place to find shipping containers in Newark NJ, my home town!. First, it is important to check your local building codes to make certain you can legally have such a structure. Next, you need to either hire a contractor, or use pre-designed plans for your home. You will need assistance to determine where you want to locate your septic system, and so forth. You will need to work with your contractor, or revise your plans, to determine where you want your doors, windows, walls, and so forth. When your containers arrive you need to have an arc welder ready to go to work. S/he will do all of the necessary cutting. S/he can also connect all of the containers so they become one unit.
The next step is to complete the interior. You might want to choose building blocks, for insulation. This is the time to test all of your electrical and plumbing before you contact the inspectors to approve of your systems. Next, you can install your HVAC. By now you have determined how to finish the exterior – do you want to let the containers be your finished product, do you want to paint, or do you want to cover and paint the surface? The same is true for the interior. Naturally, the whole process involves more detail and involvement, then outlined here, but a shipping container home truly offers you an option for a beautiful, ‘green’ home.
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