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This Shipping Container Shelter was built as a research shelter in far north Queensland, Australia. It is very basic but liveable accommodation, I would probably not suggest submitting plans to the council for a certificate of occupancy with this in the state it is in, but it was never suppose to be that anyway.
It is a fantastic shipping container shelter or great start to a shipping container home Queensland, to have a place which is liveable for $16,000 in such a beautiful and remote area of Australia is amazing and if I had the opportunity I know I would be out there every weekend.. At this point in time we have not figured out the hours it took to build this shipping container shelter but once we do we will update this article, our estimate is 2 people at 8 hrs a day would take 2 weeks. Get updated when we add new content by leaving your details below,We promise to only ever send you emails directly relating to Shipping Container Homes. Shipping container homes are one of the most versatile modular steel building platforms available. There are millions of empty shipping containers sitting unused in ports around the world, and many innovative home builders have found ways to recycle them into beautiful living spaces. Filed Under: Cabins, Homesteading, Sustainable Living Tagged With: cargo container home, container homes, ISBU, ISBU home, ISBU shipping container home, living off grid, off grid living, recycled home, recycled homes, recycled house, recycled housing, renewable energy, shipping container home, shipping container home designs, shipping container home floorplans, shipping container home plans, shipping container homes, sloar power, solar cabin, solar power, solar power system, solar powered cabin, solar powered home, SUSTAINABLE LIVINGPricey or Practical? New York City is probably the last place anyone would expect to find a one-story, prefabricated, shipping container home, but lo-and-behold one of these little gems currently sits at the corner of Charles and Washington Street in the West Village. Founder, Michael de Jong came up the idea for the MEKA after years of building luxury homes in Belize, hiring Jason Halter and Christos Marcopoulous for the design. Eco-friendly and extremely flexible, each shipping container is paneled in cedar wood over a steel frame shipping container, with doubled glazed argon-filled windows, a bamboo interior, slate bathroom, and 100% cedar cladding.

Arriving 95% built (quite amazingly), the home can be setup with all the appropriate installations in less than two weeks, pending the foundation. Selling at only $100 per sq foot, the MEKA aptly responds to the issue of cost versus pricing in the discussion of prefabricated home production.
The West Village prefab was set up less than a week ago, where the architects and MEKA’s founder sought to test out the construction and see how the public would respond, and not surprisingly, the trio have received an overwhelming amount of positive feedback.
It had to be built to withstand extreme tropical weather and it has proven to be very strong and sturdy over the past years. Please note that this would not take into account the weather nor the tough location for this container home in Queensland. They’re big, empty, uniform boxes that you can put things in, and, with a bit of elbow grease, turn into a livable space. Even at only $499 per month, you could afford this home and have it paid in full in 8 years. Designed by architects Jason Halter and Christos Marcopoulous, the 320 square foot MEKA Home (pronounced 'make-ah') is an incredible architectural gesture able to capture luxurious, modern living within an undemanding and unexpected construction. Michael states, “Many prospective homeowners want to avoid the hassle, wait time and hidden costs of traditional construction. However, with the case at hand, the prefab was setup on-site in less than two days (without installations or foundation). During our own visit we eavesdropped on a few conversations where visitors were already dreaming up alternative uses – NYC rooftop playhouse or pop-up party spot, anyone?

The main structure has been through at least 2 cyclones and the only thing which needed to be replaced was the cheap carports used for the top roof, now that a stronger carport has been used it should no longer need to be replaced. Certainly attractive, durable and sustainably built - with more than 70% of its materials recycled - one of the most outstanding features is that one of these modules runs at just a mere $100 per square foot! No one wants to wait a year and then find out the price of materials and laborers have increased by a third or more.
While this particular prefab has already been sold, it will remain at the Charles and Washington site for the next two weeks. If you are looking to build a Shipping Container Shelter or were wondering if Shipping Container Shelters would be strong enough to last out in the bush though the toughest of weather, then this one in Queensland proves they are a great idea and very sturdy. At fist glance you’d never be able to tell this beautiful treehouse is built from recycled shipping containers. Although beautiful in design, and as practical as a prefab modular house is, the problem is the price.

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