Shipping containers-the giant corrugated steel boxes used to import massive amounts of products from overseas-are taking recycling and green building to a whole new level. As MSN reports, resourceful architects have discovered that the super-durable, 33,000 pound vessels actually make great building blocks for a home. Plus, they're cheap and totally modular, which cuts your construction time-and cost-down to a fraction of what it would take to erect a house made of conventional materials.
With a crane and a welder, you can get a container house ready to finish in just one day. You can outfit them with all the amenities you want: not just cushy fixtures but swimming pools and solar panels are totally fair game. If you were dreaming about a big, multi-story home, no problem: the boxes are totally stackable, and you have lots of flexibility as to how you want to arrange them (according to msnbc.com, in California, plans are already underway for a sprawling 4-story apartment complexRead More »from Are old shipping containers the answer to our eco, affordable housing prayers?