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5 Cool Prefab Housing Ideas


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Shipping Container-style Houses
Prefabricated homes, also called prefab or modular homes, have been around for decades.
Prefabricated homes, also called prefab or modular homes, have been around for decades.
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An emerging trend in the world of prefab houses is to build them out of old shipping containers. While that may seem strange at first, if you really think about it, it's a clever idea.

Most modern homes are all about efficiently using space and being good to the environment. Shipping containers are shaped perfectly for modular assembly, and are large enough to accommodate whatever interior space is needed. Making homes out of shipping containers is a great recycling method, and they have their own strengths as well. Their tough metal construction is resistant to termites, weather, fire and mold.

But if you're picturing yourself eating breakfast in some dark, rusty old container that was once used to ship cars around, think again. For example, one modern home in Redondo Beach, Calif., is made of eight shipping containers and some traditional materials to create a near-perfect beachside condo. If you want to go smaller and more portable, a Canadian company has built a shipping container-based, 480-square foot cabin that can be shipped just about anywhere via truck, rail or ship.

As urban space becomes increasingly limited in some cities, we can expect to see innovative uses of space like these appear more and more.

You've already considered living in a shipping container, right? Then why not live in a billboard?


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