Container Homes: Good or Bad?

My buddy Preston in Salt Lake City wrote an interesting post on his blog Jetson Green about a container home that was built in Houston.

A container home uses shipping containers as the building blocks of construction.  Reading various websites, people have a pretty strong opinion about container homes and whether they should be allowed in neighborhoods. In Fort Worth, someone wanted to build container homes and was recently denied the opportunity.

According to reports, the cost of the actual containers can range from $2,000-$5,000 and many times multiple containers are used to build a home. The sale prices of a container home can vary from $40,000 into the six-figure range.  I have even seen  contemporary-style 3-story homes built from containers.  They don’t always look like shipping containers, as they can be faced with facades made of brick or other materials.

These two articles give you an idea of the range of homes that can be built using shipping containers. Eventually, this concept will be presented in Dallas.
I think it is an interesting concept, and if the end result doesn’t resemble a container then give it a chance. What do you think?

(photos are by Jack Thompson at Dwell Magazine)

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5 Responses to “Container Homes: Good or Bad?”

  1. Gerald Britt Says:

    Mike, This is one of the most innovative concepts I've seen in quite some time. Our CFO showed it to me some mothns ago. There are some areas in southern Dallas where something like this would be entirely appropriate, especially around the inland port area. Don't know if you've seen this clip but it shows some of the things that can be done with containers.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NkgoC-RihCk

  2. Gerald Britt Says:

    This clip is a little better and explains the concept and the need a little better.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UvcUe_yPHdg

  3. J Woo Says:

    I agree with Rev. B. This type of innovative housing concepts would be an asset in the S. Dallas community. Question is, can we get Dallas to buy into the idea?

  4. Steve Says:

    I think individual neighborhoods should have the right to decide yes or no whether such homes are acceptable or not. There should not be a citywide ban as that stifles creativity.At the same time, neighborhoods should have the right to say "not here" or "here, with these conditions." And then the city should enforce, based on the neighborhood's parameters.I could see such homes in Little Forest Hills, parts of Oak Cliff and southeast Dallas and even West Dallas. But not in Lake Highlands, Lakewood or Kessler Park.But let the neighborhoods decide and then let the container homes go where they are wanted.

  5. Jose Says:

    Is this prohibited in the city of Dallas? I have been trying to find a builder and get information from the city and have had little luck. My wife and I are dead serious about building a home on her grandmother's lot in West Dallas.Can anyone confirm that this is indeed prohibited?

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