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A Shipping Container That's a Custom Home
With a $150,000 budget the solution for using a shipping container as a custom home solved several problems for this home site located alongside the James River in Webster County, Mo.
The structural integrity of the recycled shipping containers allows the designers to cantilever the hous over the bluff and maximize the views to the river.
The client had a budget of $150,000 and wanted to build a two-bedroom, two-bathroom custom home alongside the James River in Webster County, Mo. The designers from theworkshop 308, based in Springfield, Mo., had a lot of ideas but couldn't meet the budget. The client suggested using recycled shipping containers, an idea stemmed from a Web site the client saw.
That move saved 45 percent of the cost. The containers themselves plus a transportation fee cost about $2,000. If they had built the structure from scratch, it would have cost an estimated $7,500. The labor was less intensive; the containers were ready 24 hours from the time they were ordered. Plus, the modular nature of the shipping containers lend themselves to stacking in the future.