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Downsizing Into a Shipping Container

With housing prices growing steadily higher, many people are looking to downsize into more efficient and affordable housing. For some people, that means moving out of expensive cities into smaller rural areas, and for others, it will mean opting for a smaller property with fewer bedrooms. One couple from San Francisco took downsizing to the next level when they moved into a shipping container.

Luke Iseman and Heather Stewart became tired of paying expensive rent for their home, so they searched for another, cheaper option. They decided that they wanted flexibility and the ability to transport their home, so what better choice than a shipping container?!

The couple paid $2,300 for the container from the Port of Oakland, which was roughly the same price that they were paying in rent for their San Francisco apartment. They then began the job of converting the shipping container into a home, which took around 3 weeks and cost just $12,000. This means that, all in all, it cost less than $15,000 for their new abode.

At only 160 square feet, the home has been kitted out with a lofted bedroom area, shower, camping stove and fridge. The couple equipped their new home so that it can be transported anywhere, with a PV array, humanure toilet and an on-demand water heater. They can pick up and leave for another location easily too, as it can be packed up and returned to its original state.

Luke and Heather also plan to build more shipping container homes just like their own. For $29,000, they will sell them under the name ‘Boxouses’ to like-minded people wishing to downsize into the hottest new trend – the shipping container home.

There seems to be no end of fantastic shipping container conversions, as the craze is sweeping the nation! This is great news for us as we specialise in providing shipping containers. If you would like to get your hands on a 20ft or 40ft shipping container, don’t hesitate to contact us today on 0870 240 9405 to speak to a member of our friendly team.

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Gap Container Services is a nationwide supplier of all types and sizes of containers of every condition, with an option of new and used storage containers. We offer storage and shipping containers for sale, shipping container hire and container delivery services and we also offer containers for self-storage – whichever suits the customer’s needs.

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