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What is a container home?
Container homes are just what they sound like – houses made from steel shipping containers. When a shipping container reaches the end of its useful life, they can be reclaimed and fit out as a home for a lot cheaper than buying a traditional house.
Because containers are modular, container homes can range anywhere from a modest one container home to multi-story micro-apartment complexes made of hundreds of containers and everything in between. Many people have built some weird and wonderful combinations reminiscent of a Lego masterpiece!
With roughly 14 million out-of-service shipping containers in the world, there is no shortage of supply, and many consider container homes to be recycling-friendly – instead of dumping old containers, they can be given a new lease on life. For many, the solid steel structure has an appeal for sturdiness and longevity. While others appreciate the subversive charm of making a house without all the usual building overheads.
The difference between container homes and cabins
At Absolute Tiny Houses NZ, we don’t make container homes. We make tiny houses and cabins, and there are some similarities and differences between container homes and cabins worth mentioning.
Both container homes and cabins use the small form factor approach to home building, and both represent a shift away from traditional construction techniques. People have used both to adopt a more minimalistic lifestyle and drastically reduce their living costs.
Shipping container homes, however, tend to have more space than cabins because they are a fixed size. The smallest shipping container home you can have is one container giving you roughly 300m2 living space. It only goes up from there with the ability to bolt on a second, third, or even fourth container to expand your living space. Our largest cabin is the 10.8m x 2.4m self-contained cabin which is a tad smaller than a large shipping container.