Pros And Cons Of Container Homes

Jun 25,19 Erik Knepfler
Pros And Cons Of Container Homes

As its name suggests, a container home is a residence made from steel shipping containers that you commonly see on ships, trains, and trucks. Homes of all sizes are being built from these containers, and it’s become a very popular practice to build these homes. 

The possibility of repurposing industrial containers can be appealing, and it’s easy to see why. Containers are everywhere, and because the container material is prefabricated, homeowners save time on construction. 

If you’re considering a container home, you should weigh the pros and cons. 


  • Many containers homes are readily available as modular homes, drastically cutting down the construction time.
  • Because the container material is already available, the project costs are relatively predictable. This doesn’t necessarily mean that building the home is cheaper (although in some cases, it definitely is), but it does mean the project’s cost estimates will remain steady as you build the home.
  • Container homes are quite eco-friendly, as they’re constructed from recycled materials.
  • Container homes have a unique, often stylish appearance.


  • Containers are awkwardly shaped, and much of the interior space will be consumed by HVAC, plumbing, and electrical appliances and systems. 
  • Containers typically have weak roofs, so you may be forced to build another roof on top of it. 
  • You don’t really know what was inside the container before you purchased it. Did its contents leave a harmful residue? Is there lingering bacteria? While your container is likely to be cleaned before you purchase it, you may have some doubts in the back of your head. 

For many people, the pros definitely outweigh the cons. Zieba Builders can build a functional, beautiful container home in Long Beach, CA. Contact us today to get started.


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