Anyone who knows me, would testify to the fact that I am utterly fascinated with housing and design. I have a real interest in low-cost housing and alternative ways of providing shelter.
Many years ago I read about a student housing project in Amsterdam, which was revolutionary in that the housing units were constructed from disused shipping containers. I was intrigued and excited by this concept, and made a point of visiting the site when I was travelling in The Netherlands.
Since then I have been on the look- out for other interesting structures made from shipping containers. I have scoured the internet looking for ideas, as I always had in mind the possibility of using a container for my own back yard project
In my mind’s eye, the container would sit where my utility room is. I would have to demolish the utility room so the container would attach to the west side of the house and extend 20 or 40 feet down into the garden. Containers are usually only 8 feet wide and I would have that space available. It would fit neatly down the side of the house without having to change the French doors leading to the garden and I could customise it like some I had previously seen.
I looked into purchasing a second-hand 20 foot or 40 foot container –
Used shipping Containers in good condition can be purchased in Ireland for about €1650 incl. VAT for a 20 foot container and about €2400 incl. VAT for a 40 foot Container.
What I did not bargain for was the cost of transporting and craning the container over the roof of my house, which could cost from €950 -€1500.
So with the demolition of the utility room; purchasing the container and transporting it – my budget would be decimated. And that is before any structural changes, insulation etc.. Unfortunately a disused container is not on the cards for this specific project.
However, take a look at some exciting structures made from disused containers
I will be watching with great interest Cathy Hogan’s container house project. She is building a low-cost house (€25000) in County Kilkenny – Very Innovative for rural Ireland