I have never been a fan of typical housing structures, especially the homes found in modern suburban neighborhoods. The communities I’m speaking of particularly are boring, personality-less and have very little appeal to me. These neighborhoods usually consist of houses that all look nearly identical. This would be especially bad for drunks trying to find their way back home after a night at the bar. But seriously, my interest in this type of living is very limited.
My first love of alternative living is the Airstream travel trailer. I’ve always been very intrigued by these metallic moving structures. In my eyes, everybody should be. But that is simply not the case. And I’m okay with that. I like to feel different, and I’ve always been unique when it comes to the things I like. My parents, however, consider me weird, not unique. But that’s not the point of this article.
There is another type of alternative living space that I would like to discuss: the shipping container house. Yep, I’m talking about those giant steel boxes that travel across the world on ships. Well now they can be converted into homes. And this is something that I am a bit too excited about. Just search the internet for some examples. You will find plenty of images of these awesome shipping container houses. But for a few moments I am going to be realistic. Here are three important things to consider before owning a shipping container house.
1. Zoning – What good is having an awesome shipping container house if it is illegal to live in and there is no way to connect your utilities to it. I do not really need to say more about this.
2. Skill – If you do not have a knack for renovation, this may not be a good option for you. The inside needs insulation, walls, plumbing, electrical hook-ups, etc… you know, the normal fittings of a home. Fortunately, shipping container house conversion kits are available to ease the process.
3. Significant Other – Well, the shipping container house transformation idea is a bit nerdy. I will be honest about that. And many of the people I have discussed it with have given me the “you’re out of your mind” look. So unless I can find a significant other who has a life plan that also includes a shipping container house, then I may just have to either be single or just conform to suburban life. I’m not ready to live alone, so that may be the most likely outcome. I can dream though, can’t I?
Ronnie Pistons is a punk musician and recording engineer who lives his life searching for DIY and cost effective solutions in the daunting field of audio recording. But now he aims to take his DIY sensibility into other areas of his life.