It's time to think in­side the box

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - HOME - Laura Tri­este

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

Some of the lux­ury style ship­ping con­tainer homes de­signed and con­structed by the Con­tainer Build Group.

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