It's time to think inside the box
LIVING in a box has never looked so appealing.
Shipping container houses are increasingly popular for homeowners seeking a quicker and cheaper alternative to bricks and pavers.
The steel container homes can be constructed in as little as a few weeks.
Container Build Group CEO Jamie van Tongeren says enthusiasm for these types of homes has gained traction in the last few years.
“It’s tripling every year,” he says. “All the big commercial chains and cafes are looking at containers too.”
He says interest is particularly high in Sydney, where people are looking to get around the long and expensive process of building a new home.
“At the moment we’ve got 18 houses going in Sydney between now and March next year,” he says.
While van Tongeren says it is difficult to give an estimate of cost as each house is custom-made, they are often half the price or less of building a traditional home. Building expenses are also kept to a minimum as the houses are constructed off-site.
The cost is only part of the appeal, van Tongeren says, as many people also love the look of the modular houses, which come in all sorts of sizes and can easily be made with several bedrooms.
“You can build off the containers — that’s how you get the big open plan spaces and high ceilings,” he says.
Minimal maintenance and the strength of the fully insulated steel structures are also big drawcards.
“The shipping containers have a special coating of marine grade paint to be designed to go on ships,” van Tongeren says. Details: containerbuild group.com.au
Some of the luxury style shipping container homes designed and constructed by the Container Build Group.