Recycled shipping containers are the next big thing in building and liveable accommodation. To be fair they have been around longer then you might think, they are just becoming very popular for alternatives in office space, teenagers retreat and granny flats.

Also too with housing affordability constraints, population growth, lack of close to amenities, time-poor lifestyles and demanding low-maintenance homes… all of these factors are contributing to the boom in alternative housing options.

There are a hundred reasons why I love this new trend in housing. First one of course…


Steel boxes formally shipping containers are being recycled into homes, office buildings, granny flats, art studies or whatever you want to do with them.

Reusing old containers not only helps reduce our carbon footprint, but also reduces construction time too. The tough steel is designed to withstand the elements without any paint, and it has the added benefit of being strong enough to easily support a green roof and flat enough to add solar panels.

Homeowners are splashing out with all the green technology because of the money they are saving on building materials and labour.

Having a smaller footprint means container homes are lower-maintenance, require less energy, are more flexible in where they can be built and minimise waste compared to traditional homes and construction methods.


An empty shipping container costs between $2800 – $4800, depending on its size. They are super easy to get a hold of with thousands of containers sitting empty across the country. All you need to do is organise pick-up and delivery.

If you’re buying a container home to move into you can expect to pay around $30,000, rather than the hundreds of thousands or even millions for a typical suburban home.


The containers can be stacked high. On ships, they are stacked in sixes or even higher, which makes them attractive for apartment building development. The trend in container-residences has been constructed in Amsterdam, the United Kingdom, Asian countries and now here in Australia.

It is turning in a billion-dollar market because they are everywhere. Everybody uses them for housing, garages for the backyard, and sheds.

After the container is insulated very little of the actual steel will be visible inside and the designing process can begin.

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