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Response to KoKo (Original post)

Sun Sep 23, 2012, 08:50 PM

6. They are a largely untapped resource.

No one knows for sure, but there are estimates of as many as a million of them that are essentially abandoned in just the US. Goods come from Asia (China, mostly) in them, but no goods go back. It is cheaper to abandon them here than to ship them back empty. They have now become a bit of a blight.

We need to think of them as a resource. Many architects have developed creative plans with them at the center of the project. They have also developed plans for them to be used as emergency housing. Some have used them as a building block in unique high end housing (as shown in some pictures in this thread). In Holland, they've built whole communities on the rooftops of low and mid rise existing buildings.

This is an exciting concept and very viable. The costs are also reasonable. Some containers can be had for as little as $3,000 to $6,000. Fit out is much more variable, deepening on what you want to do with it.

By the way, these are also very safe and flexible bones for housing. They are storm and earthquake resistant in their unmodified form. They need no additional framing. They can be stacked horizontally or vertically. They can be easily joined and made into wide rooms with soaring ceilings by using multiple units joined side to side plus stacked. A room of 53' x 16' is a piece of cake. That same room with a 16' ceiling is easy enough to get, too.

Anyway spending an evening following links on the google machine is a great way to spend a few hours.

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