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Housing shortage in the Netherlands. Who would have thought it could arise in our welfare state? And yet it is there. Increasingly even, because it is only becoming more expensive to build houses and the housing market has gone completely crazy! The result: starters can't find affordable housing, or build one themselves, and tenants pay astronomical rental prices. But there is a solution: homes from shipping containers.
You may know container homes as temporary housing for students or as temporary housing during renovations. But shipping containers can also be used for the construction of permanent homes. You build quickly, they are not expensive and offer unprecedented opportunities. But why don't you see so many of these houses? Is it only an image problem;
"surely I am not going to sit in such a steel sea container? Or are there snags covered in grass?"
To begin: you won't find many caveats. There are no special rules for building a house from a container like "prohibited for sea containers" or "with the exception of container houses". So you just have to meet all legal and municipal requirements.
A shipping container is really just a steel container. You will therefore have to isolate it properly if you want to use it as a home. You will also have to make a lot of adjustments, such as installing windows and doors, installations for water and electricity and you will also have to finish it on the inside with ceilings, floors and wall coverings. The big advantage is that you can do most of the rebuilding part in an external workplace before you transport the container to the construction site. Therefor you are not dependent on, for example weather conditions.
Well, you have decided: I go for the containers. How much time does it take before your home is actually there? If you have received the building permit and you have purchased the necessary sea containers, then your home will be ready in... three months! A super fast construction time, therefore, most part also takes place outside the construction site. If everything is well prepared, you will be ready on the construction site in two weeks. If that's not fast?
You can already read above that container houses have many advantages and actually few disadvantages. For an overview, we will list them briefly.
The short construction time
They are certainly not more expensive, often even cheaper, than comparable conventional houses
You get a striking home that you can expand or adjust relatively easily
You have to finish the steel hull carefully to achieve good heat and sound insulation
You will often have to answer questions from friends and acquaintances: are you going to live in a container?
You are proberly thinking, you are always talking about the short construction time and the low costs. But whow many euros have I have to pay? The most common types of sea containers are the 20ft standard and the 40ft standard. The 20ft container has the following dimensions:
Height: 2591 mm
Length: 6058 mm
Width: 2438 mm
You can buy the containers at CARU Containers new for less than 1950 euros. The 40ft container is 12.1 meters long and costs around 3125 euros. For much less money you can also buy used sea containers. Including the necessary adjustments and a high-quality finish, the price for your home comes to around 1,500 euros per m2, comparable to a standard finished traditional home.
Pay attention: at CARU Containers you can find different shipping containers which are suitable for the build of container homes. Building the house from a container goes via our partner.