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Sunday 29 April 2012

Would you live and work in a shipping container?

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Since containerisation started in the shipping industry in 1956, the question has exisited of what to do with them when they are no longer fit for the rigors the sea throws at them? The average container has a life span on the ocean of between fifteen and twenty years and potentially much longer than that back on dry land.

Well, how would you like to use them for your home or office?

They are cheap ($1000-$3000 each depending on the age, type and condition), easy and cost effective to transport to site or re-locate, stackable, secure, incredibly durable, fast to errect with minimal foundations required, easy to plumb, easy to wire and are eco-friendly and can actually look ok.

Alright.....I only said "ok" not "great". There are now dedicated architects for shipping container buildings doing some incredible things with them. Offices, multi-storey hotels, homes, cafes can all be successfully built from them.

I can visualise the funky beach house in the future for the Skelton clan already. Maybe...

All for now,

Brad Skelton

The Shipping Bloke


  1. Love the container concept! it's cheap, sustainable and looks super cool. Down the road from where we live in San Francisco following the big earthquake the community created temporary cafes, stores, museums and beergardens in the local park and it's become famous: http://insidescoopsf.sfgate.com/blog/2012/01/19/nightcaps-the-beer-garden-is-the-new-coffeeshop-sure-why-not/

  2. Very informative blog. Many has thought that containers are only used for shipping and warehouse. It is amazing that it is also used in constructing buildings, offices and homes.
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  3. It's actually not a bad idea to build homes from shipping containers. I'm sure it's also a lot cheaper.