Looking for a Weekend Retreat? Try a Shipping Container Cabin
Many people refrain from buying a country property fearful of the absurd amounts of money they would have to spend to set up a home in the middle of nature. However, a studio in Canada has found a solution to the issue through shipping container architecture.
Unless you’re in the lookout for a luxury retreat in the middle of the woods, a single container with a green roof and rainwater collection system could be the perfect weekend retreat for you or you and your partner.
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Of course, if size is a problem for you, and a single container won’t do, the solution is more containers. With three 20 ft. shipping containers connected together, you can have more room to fit a small family. Nevertheless, implementing the right modifications, insulating the exterior and the use galvanized steel sheeting is key to bring the house to a top level of habitability and comfort, not to mention all the other housing needs that you need to cover like power, drains and so on.
Something else that is interesting about these cabins is that if done right, they can be easily integrated into their surroundings, allowing for nature to continue to grow and develop in the area, naturally. The idea is to encourage native vegetation to grow over the exterior of the home. Additionally, green roofs where you can grow crops or local plants seasonally.
The rainwater collection and filtration system provides the house with drinking water whilst a septic tank buried underground provides these cabins with irrigation water. The energy concerns can be solved with solar panels or if you’re looking for something more affordable, grid-based electricity.