Is a Container House Package for you?

28 Jan

Now, I know that we’ve been discussing the “Ronin’s Rules of Homebuilding,” but I thought I’d take a little break, to share this with you…

A buddy of mine in Portugal (Lisbon, where else, huh?) has been following along (in amazement, according to him) as I chronicle the steps we’re taking to build our own home, using Shipping Containers (ISBUs) as the “primary structure.”

And he was just in Barcelona, where he heard about a company that is getting ready to do business in the US, offering low-cost homes, built out of… you guessed it… Shipping Containers. So…

This just in…

Habitainer.com and Habinet.org, a Spanish (Spain) corporation, is/are beginning to package “Container Home” packages, for distribution in the United States, through a “distribution network.”

container_cabin_rend1container_cabin_rend21Like I said before (you were paying attention, right?), I recently received a “press package” (secondhand) that touted their new product line, and descriptions of the homes and utility buildings offered.

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Rather than just echoing the product line descriptions, I’m going to post the entire catalog for you to download, in a PDF file (if I can figure out how to do it).

Here goes nothing:

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I haven’t had a chance to verify all the information yet, but the PDF does come from “the manufacturer,” so at least we start this exploration on semi-firm ground… LOL!

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The gist is this: For about $20,000.00 US, you can buy a turnkey Container house, ready to set on your foundation. Admittedly, these models are pretty “generic,” and it appears that new offerings are right around the corner, but the idea that there are now people ready to “rail and truck” you a new home for the price of a late-model used car might actually get some notice, as the economy heads slowly down the tube in what looks like a “death spiral.”

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Although their product line is “pretty primitive” compared to some dwellings I’ve seen built, it’s a beginning. If more companies take the initiative, they might build enough market to actually succeed.

Hey, if nothing else, they’ll build some marketshare for other builders to sell into!

As for the rest of us, well… we’ll just muddle along, feeling our way down those slippery slopes that lead to home-ownership knowing that we can at least fix it, because we built it! LOL!

And now… back to the regularly scheduled program…


Stay Tuned…

The Renaissance Ronin

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2 Responses to “Is a Container House Package for you?”

  1. chanel March 16, 2010 at 12:47 pm #

    donde puedo conseguir en panama

    • renaissanceronin March 16, 2010 at 2:52 pm #

      Hi Chanel,

      To answer your question;

      “Where can I get a container home in Panama?”

      To the best of my knowledge, you have to do it yourself. There is no reputable builder in the region that I’m currently aware of.

      There are a couple of “Get Rich Quick” operators that I’m aware of, but I’d steer clear of them.

      Ronin

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