Are Container Homes Cheaper?
Yes, it’s cheaper to use a shipping container and remodel it into a living space than to build a conventional home. The container is already made, and is meant to take a beating from the weather.
A shipping container is able to withstand the likes of a hurricane, tornado, extreme heat, cold, typhoons and even earthquakes taking minimal damage.
Since shipping containers are so durable, people have decided to help recycle them by turning them into homes or for other uses to save money.
The only thing that people should consider is making sure they have the container cleaned before turning it into a container home. That’s if they decide to buy a used container.
New containers may not have been chemically treated but it’s always a good idea to check with the company that provides the container.
How to go About Building a Container Home?
There aren’t many contractors who’ve worked with making shipping containers into a home. So this may be a bit of a challenge to find someone who can. It is possible though.
Looking for an architect can help begin this process. The architect will work along side an engineer, and a local contractor will help to build the container home.
This is made possible through researching their counties building codes and zoning laws. There are guidelines that an architect, engineer and contractor will most likely be familiar with which will aid in the process.
Keep in mind that every county may have their own standardized laws that address building codes. So make sure that it’s okay to have a container home built before starting the project.
How Much Can You Expect to Spend?
Whether you build a conventional or a container home, you would need to purchase similar items and complete similar building procedures. You would have to purchase the land, prep the site, lay the foundation, work on plumbing, electrical, insulation, H VAC, roofing, flooring, closets, doors, windows, hardware and finishes. The list goes on and on, and so does the cost.
The estimated cost of a container home consisting of 6 forty-foot containers with 1,920 square feet of living space is roughly one hundred eighty four thousand dollars ($184, 000).
An conventional home with 2,000 square feet of living space would cost about double the price of a container home of 6 forty-foot containers. That’s about four hundred forty three thousand three hundred ninety three dollars ($443, 393). As you can see, there is a large difference in cost.
Modifications For a Container
Here are a few examples of how you can modify and use containers: small studios built out of a 20-foot container for a single bachelor or bachelorette. This is about 160 square feet of living space.
Other people have opted to use 30-foot containers to make a kitchen or living room and then add another 30-foot container to create a larger living space, large enough to fit a small family of 4.
Those who want more space go for the 40-foot containers that offer 320 square feet.
People are more likely to go for 20-foot containers and stack them with multiple containers to create a larger living space.
This is a good option as the containers are easier to haul to a location than the other sizes.
50-foot container homes aren’t as common because it’s a challenge to haul a container of this size through city areas and windy roads.
Some of the creative ways people have used shipping containers have been by using them as bedrooms, turning a container into a swimming pool, using it as a green house, or even making it into a gym. Yes, a gym.
There are many who would love to have there own at home gym. Why not make a 20-foot container into a gym?
The container doesn’t need to be connected to a home. You can have a full work out gym, with free weights, benches, treadmills, bikes, whatever you need or want on your property.
Another method is to use a 20-foot container (or any choice of container size) and have part of it cut out so that it’s ventilated properly.
There can be a roof over hanging to allow shade from the hot sun and protection from the rain. You can decide what works for you.
A gym needs to be durable and a container home is just that, durable and heavy duty. It’s the perfect place to invite friends to work out who prefer privacy and less crowds!
Again, if someone desires to have more space for a gym, just like their home, they can purchase and modify as many containers as necessary.
What is The Cost to Make a Container Home Gym?
This will depend on what size container a person chooses and what types of machines and weights will be put into the container. If a person was a power lifter or cross fitter, they may want more squat racks, free weights and rubber mats to keep the weights from getting damaged.
Typically, a gym should have free weights, racks to hold the free weights, a few machines for cardio and some muscle exercises and mirrors to observe self and correct form if needed.
Cost for Equipment
Free weights can cost a lot unless you got a package deal. Here’s an example of free weight prices. A rack of dumbbell weights can range from $200 upwards of $1,500. The weights range in weight from 1-pound to 130-pound weights on the rack.
Here are some of the popular cardio machines people consider for their gyms and the prices for each.
*Spin Bike: $85-$3,300
*Row Machine: $80-$2,000
*Stair Mill: $95-$7,700
*Jacobs Ladder: $3,000-$4,500
*Arch Trainer: $1000-$4000
*Recumbent Bike: $140-$6,500
Resistant machines popular in a gym and the prices for each.
*Leg press: $500-$3,500
*Lat Pull-Down Bar: $150-$6,400
*Cable Pulley Machines: $150-$5,300
*Chess Press: $200-$14,000
So now the question is. . . is a container home gym for you?