More hip than ship: shipping containers as homes, bars and cafes

24th May 2018

At Gregsons we have seen our fair share of shipping containers come through our warehouse. But what they are being used for has changed dramatically over the years. From homes to cafes to clubs, shipping containers have really become a trend in eco-architecture across Australia, WA included.

Shipping container homes have become a very popular option over the last 10 years. With housing needs shifting from farms and homemakers to working families that need low maintenance housing which is affordable and flexible. Shipping containers are a perfect solution to the changing needs of home owners. While at first a shipping container home may seem unappealing (it is a big dusty container after all) there’s actually an incredible amount of options that you can create from them.

With a growing market of container architects and customisers, the sky is the limit when it comes to fit-outs. Like lego blocks you can create any shape and size of custom home. Homes that would normally set you back millions are sitting around $180,000 for the container equivalent according to Brad Lyons of Container Homes Designer Domain. On the opposite side of the custom home – many container building companies offer packages with pre-designed homes that are incredibly affordable. Container homes can cost less than $30,000, rather than the hundreds of thousands or even millions for a typical suburban home.

 

Shipping containers as pop-up venues

 

Shipping container versatility does not end at homes, it has become a very popular trend for bars, clubs and cafes. They are the perfect fit for pop-up locations, as they are mobile, customisable and inexpensive, containers have been the backbone of many Perth festivals. Embargo Bar in Elizabeth Quay is a summertime favourite; the pop-up venue was built using multiple containers on top of one another to create a trendy, friendly and seasonal bar.

Image credit: Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority

 

Affordable, customisable and easily transported (being a shipping container) there is also the benefit of being environmentally friendly. Having a smaller footprint means container homes are low maintenance and energy efficient, while minimising waste compared to traditional homes and construction methods.They are weatherproof and structurally strong given their original purpose, creating the ideal base for constructing habitable spaces without putting extra strain on the environment.

We are so excited to have these eco-friendly, affordable spaces available in our warehouse. As a starting point, we sell 40ft shipping containers between $1,000 to $3000. When compared to creating 40ft of walls in a home build, this will save a lot of money. Shipping containers are a trend toward innovation that we look forward to being a part of.

 

Featured image: Propeller Bar, Modulate Containers