Its really exciting to see constant innovation and new creative forms of housing for living and holidaying. Airbnb really paved the way for offering all types of accommodation offerings and we are now evolving from not only shared rooms but to old shipping containers being converted into rooms.
So why Storage Containers?
I think the fact that storage containers are shippable and can be moved easily,add on to the a fact price is a lot cheaper to construct than a bricks and mortar building. A bare container without anything done will start at around (USD $1300 -$ 2,200), you then need to rust proof the unit, add flooring, walls, plumbing, electrics and all the other things to turn it onto a home. A luxury container fully fitted would cost around $13,000.
What do we need to consider?
When planning a container project there are many factors to consider which will affect the price:
- Brand New Container or Recycled as a starting point.
- How many container units in a structure.
- What foundations are needed.
- What are the room layouts needed
- Does the structure need strengthening once cut
- How many doors and windows required in each one and are they UPVC or Aluminium
- Insulation Required
- Internal walls covered in gypsum / ply or other
- Interior finish. Tiles or Painted Etc.
- Plain flooring / vinyl flooring / tiled flooring
- Internal electrics & plumbing
- Outlets & Switches. Standard plastic / stainless steel etc.
- Exterior Finish – Left as standard & painted or paneled / fascia
- Roof – Left as is or added pitched / flat roof
- Outdoor areas such as patios or balconies
- AC units etc
- Internal furnishings. kitchen Units / Bathroom Etc.
- Actual delivery & installation. Road Access / Crane Hire Etc.
- Additional Features
- Solar Hot Water
- Solar Power
- Rainwater Collection
- Waste Tank & Disposal
We currently market a resort in Koh Lipe which operate a resort from discarded shipping containers, but you'd never know it; from the outside the buildings look like they're constructed from wood. Inside the rooms are clean and minimalism, with fan or A/C double bed and bathroom.
So Poshtel is an interesting one founded by one of the Skype founders Morten Lund. They are offering a pop-up luxury hotels, designed to provide suites for the people, affordable for more of us and sustainable for all of us. The shipping containers kitted out cost roughly $30,000 USD and they will be renting them out at $200 a night. It will be interesting to see where these containers popup as i'm sure there will be some land owner and different challenges from country to country.
In the Philippines Revolution Precrafted are selling prefabricated designer homes and then shipping worldwide. The company is valued at over 1 billion and is the first unicorn startup so its not surprising the homes cost $120,000USD. It looks like they will be creating modular hotels but the website states coming soon so something to follow.
It will be interesting to see how this space pans out as the market is evolving and consumers are always looking for the next big thing.