Containerised Housing – The Solution to Innovative Living Space

Absolute Containers is the leader in customised mobile solutions, whether you are looking to build a container home using shipping containers, have a unit customised onto an existing building, or erect one using prefabricated panel solutions we can assist, no matter the size. Our team has what it takes to turn standard shipping containers into the ideal living space for you! Below are some images of a customised home previously completed using shipping containers.


Veranda View

Internal Studio


Large volumes of shipping containers can be found stacked like LEGO blocks at container depots where containers are mostly used in the transportation of cargo. The desire to build a container home has become increasingly popular over the past few years, though the concept of constructing a containerised home has been around for longer. Today, many shipping containers have been converted across the world offering ideal living spaces and designs.


Container Being Positioned

With the right design, you can make use of a mobile containerised solution to add to your existing home, this method is generally a lot quicker than traditional brick and mortar.

Shipping container homes are constructed by making use of recycled shipping containers, these steel boxes are used to create the ideal mobile living space, either by making use of one or more containers depending on the design idea. However, it is important to bear in mind that the addition of containers and the use of additional finishing can significantly increase costs if a large and modern container home is what you are looking for.


Kitchen View

Bathroom View


Benefits Provided:
Cost Effective: Purchasing a new or second-hand container offers an affordable alternative to conventional brick and mortar buildings, especially for a more basic home. A container home with two bedrooms can cost under R500 000 depending on the finishings and design.
Short Construction Time: Converting a container into a home can be much faster than a normal brick and mortar home builds.
Low Maintenance Requirements: Maintenance on containers is very limited and simplified, getting someone out every few years to check that everything is in order with the plumbing, electrical installations, and possible paint touch-ups.
Mobile in Nature:

Container homes can be relatively easy to move and relocate if necessary, with minimal hassle this would be dependent on the design you choose.

Drawbacks Identified:
Getting Approval: From the municipality is more difficult to obtain for container homes, but this is gradually starting to change as the quality of these homes is being recognised by local authorities.
Limited Space: Many people are embracing the concept of minimalistic living, where a basic home can be roughly 320 square feet or less, while larger homes are about 1000 square meters and more when combining multiple containers or panels in the construction of a mobile home. Containerised houses have limited space for living.
Can Be Expensive to Transport and Customise: Shipping container prices fluctuate depending on availability and exchange rates, it is important to also keep in mind the cost of transportation which depending on your location may be costly. Additionally, you will need to most likely own the land on which you would like to place your container home. You need to account for permitting and ensuring the site is ready to erect a container home, that also includes having necessary utilities added to the property. Basic home finishing’s such as plumbing, flooring and roofing can be expensive. While assembling a container home can be far less than a normal house, finishing’s, size, features and building design significantly affect the containerised houses price in the end.
Getting a loan: Many banks are still hesitant to approve loans for container homes, but some banks have started considering them in more recent times.
Limited design options: Not all container homes are best suited for every design application, there are structural limitations that need to be considered. Often many architectural designs are more suited for conventional brick and mortar houses.
Getting the right contractor: Not everyone has the appropriate qualifications, skills, and experience to construct a container home, do your research before making a final decision on who you choose as a contractor to avoid disappointment.

The best place to start when planning a containerised home would be with an architect, once you have your dream design planned out and an idea of what finishing you would like throughout your home contact Absolute Containers to get quotes.