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7 container homes built for next to no money

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We are no strangers to container homes here at homify, and we are well aware of their aesthetic appeal and multitudinous benefits. One of the benefits of this alternative housing solution, is that it is a lot more economic than traditional buildings. You can have your very own container house at a fraction of the cost of a traditional home, and with the advancement in architecture and design, there is no reason why it needs to be otherwise inferior. 

There are so many variations of the typical container house, which simply makes use of a disused shipping or freight container as a dwelling. This is the basics of it, but there are a number a addition and endless options to extend the home. Today, we thought it will be a good idea to show you a list of interesting and appealing container homes to get some inspiration. The twist is, however, that all of these homes were built at an extremely low cost. Once you see what can be done with the modest container and a good architect at hand, you will surely be converted to the marvels of the container home. Let's take a look!

1. Rustic charm

country Houses by ÁBATON Arquitectura
ÁBATON Arquitectura

CASA TRANSPORTABLE ÁPH80

ÁBATON Arquitectura

We start off our list with a container house that has been reinforced with concrete to make it more sturdy and increase its aesthetic appeal. 

2. Minimal addition

Additions such as in the first example are not always necessary, as we can see that very little has been done to the structure of this container, save the addition of a canopy for a terrace space. It still looks like an amazing little house to live in!

3. Double-decker

Next up, we have a double storey container home, and we can see that the project actually made use of four different containers. This collated design will offer you much more space, and clearly worries of constrained living in container homes are unfounded. 

4. Transparencies

minimalistic Houses by Ferraro Habitat
Ferraro Habitat

Loft-Container 20'

Ferraro Habitat

This design also features two stories, but the great thing about it is definitely how the interior is connected to the outdoors via ample glass doors. We can also see a nice sun deck on the second level. 

5. Local inspiration

Number 5 is dear to our hearts, as it is the product of an architect firm from right here in South Africa. This goes to show that the latest in architecture and design trends can be found locally as well. 

6. Extensions

modern Houses by Ecosa Institute
Ecosa Institute

Container home front street view

Ecosa Institute

This home is still utilises only minimal additions, but includes several extensions, for those who need a little more space!

7. Contemporary

Last but not least on our list is a bold, black number that is the epitome of contemporary design. 

We hope you enjoyed our list of inexpensive container homes, but if you are looking for something a little more lavish, take a look at: the coolest container home you'll ever see!

Which was your favourite?
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