Shipping containers are being used more and more in construction. The trend is picking up speed in Houston as people are looking for sustainable living on a smaller budget.
Shipping containers are a great option since they are repurposed and typically run around $1,400 – $4,500. Since they are gaining popularity there are plenty of different shipping container housing designs.
Here’s a list of 7 different designs that a contractor could help you make into your dream home in Houston.
1. A Dazzling Guest House
You don’t have to have a cargo container house to have a shipping container guesthouse. The containers can be modified to fit almost any need you have. It’s a great way to stay in budget while bringing up your property value.
2. House on the Water
Who hasn’t dreamed about having a house on the water? Freight containers can help make it happen for a fraction of the price.
You will just need to make sure that the shoreline can support the construction. In most cases, this will also require a special type of permit.
3. A House Split in Two
In this case, the sea containers are built to be two separated buildings with a courtyard in the middle. This is a beautiful design that is bound to turn some heads.
Having the center courtyard is great for a family that has kids or pets. Since both buildings look out over the courtyard, the kids and pets will be easy to see where ever you are in the house. It would also work well if a couple wanted to be close to the family but still live in a separate dwelling.
4. Cross-Shaped Home
This is exactly what it sounds like, one container vertical and one horizontal. It can be beautifully designed to give good use of the vertical space.
However, it can be controversial if you don’t live in an area that is predominantly Christian.
5. Two Story House
Simple and sweet, a two-story home is a great option for any type of family. It can be small or large and lavish depending on how many containers you want to re-purpose.
6. Front Porch Living
This type of design has a second story that extends from the top of the home. This design leaves you with more space on the inside while giving you a nice shaded area for your purse.
This is perfect for homeowners that want an outside living area to enjoy the beautiful Houston nights.
7. Sloped Roof
If you aren’t into the flat roofs that traditionally come with storage container homes, you can opt-in for the sloped roof. A sloped roof is perfect if you are living in an area with a lot of rain, it will help prevent roof damage.
Just keep in mind that since you are turning storage containers into homes, they do have to follow the same building codes as a regular house would.
Choosing Between Shipping Container Housing Designs
There are so many shipping container housing designs that you can choose from. They are a growing fad for many reasons they are typically less expensive, safer in earthquakes and they are eco-friendly.
It’s important to remember what you are looking for and find a design that works for you. If you are interested in buying and modifying shipping containers, contact us.