Forget about bricks and mortar, shipping container conversions are the latest trend in housing.
They’re cheaper to build than your average house and quicker to assemble than a conventional home. It’s no wonder they’re winning over home buyers.
Jamie Van Tongeren, chief executive at Container Build Group, a company that transforms shipping containers into houses, cafes and offices, has seen increasing demand for these funky homes.
He says buyers include homeowners looking to put a granny flat in their backyard and first home buyers trying to get a foothold on the property ladder.
“Last year we turned over $9.6 million, and this year is probably going to be close to double that,” he says.
Van Tongeren says prices for container homes range from $23,600 for a granny flat cabin to $300,000 for a house, but this doesn’t include additional expenses such as transporting the building to the site, council fees and connection to water and power services.
The total cost for the cheapest unit is about $35,000, he says.
Brad Lyons, marketing director of Sydney-based Container Homes Designer Domain, says clients also include baby boomers looking for a cheaper option away from the city.
Rural areas are popular because of the affordability and availability of land, but Lyons says container homes have also been built in suburban areas and in the heart of the CBD.
While some may love the grungy feel, homes made from recycled shipping containers doesn’t necessarily have to look like one.
“We can sit these $180,000 container homes …beside a multi-million dollar home, you wouldn’t know the difference,” Lyons says.
“You can stack these sky-high; we can build hotels out of these.”
For people seeking the cheapest option, a student accommodation unit could take a mere two hours to assemble.
“It’s basically pushing them together. You lift up the roof, push up the steel corner posts, bolt them in place, push up the walls and you’re done,” he says.
Story by Christina Zhou Domain reporter. Story source: www.domain.com.au