When the recession first hit shipping containers started to stack up at major ports all over the world. Especially here in America. And while many would see this as a problem, architects saw it as an opportunity.
An opportunity to build homes and office space at affordable prices using nothing more than shipping containers. And while this might seem like a weird or silly idea to you, truth is companies have used this method to build state of the art offices for half the cost of using regular building materials.
An example of this would be an office building in Providence, RI that was build completely out of shipping containers.
If they would have went the conventional way they would have paid almost $3 million dollars for the type of building they wanted. But with shipping containers they were able to get the office building they wanted for $1.8 million. That’s almost a 50% savings.
Container Office Benefits
But not only will building a shipping container office save you money, they will also provide a better level of protection over a conventional building. Shipping containers are extremely strong metal boxes. They can withstand some of the harshest weather conditions.
They are perfect for areas that have to deal with earthquakes and hurricanes. And generally speaking the containers are made with recycled materials which means they are safe to be in for extended periods of time.
Depending on where you live you can probably go to your local port and see a ton of unused containers stacked several feet high. And since they are just taking up space on the shipping yards, there is a good chance you can get a really good deal on them.
The biggest expense will come into play when its time to have the container shipped to your location. It is best to shop around and find the company that offers the best deal.