The prospect of tiny homes has taken the world by storm. It’s no surprise why either; these homes boast low-costs and low-emissions, are easily transportable, and provide a sustainable way to approach alternative living. A rising trend in the tiny home community lies within the walls of repurposed shipping containers. Often strewn around lots around America, these containers can be reinvented into storage units, offices, and even surprisingly spacious homes.
Tiny homes average out at 400 sq ft (an average American home is 2400 sq ft), and have been shown to reduce energy consumption by 45%. Shipping containers start at 180 sq ft and max out at 320 sq ft per individual unit. The homes are remarkably spacious, and two or more can easily be welded together to create even more room. Repurposing the out-of-operation containers that are lying around America saves overhead, energy, and falls under the recycling hierarchy. Reusing the otherwise rusting steel instead of sourcing materials to build or move into a new home reduces environmental impact as well.
Containers offer unique, flexible spaces perfect for environmentally-conscious homebuyers looking to reduce their carbon footprint. With little modification, the container can be further optimized to reduce its impact on mother earth. Tiny homeowners will often add insulation along with plumbing and electricity to keep temperatures moderate. Doing so in the small space creates a macroclimate, as opposed to the microclimates present in larger homes, further reducing energy needs.
Tiny home dwellers often report they find themselves becoming more environmentally conscious in general, reducing their environmental impacts as much as they can. Optimization can be accomplished through the installation of solar panels, composting foods, and an overall minimalist lifestyle.
The container home is a step towards a sustainable way of living that only grows on itself. Owners can transform them into multi-family dwellings, home offices, workshops, home extensions, and even pools, all the while feeling secure in an ecological decision that puts the world first.