7The materials Most containers are now made of Corten Steel. Corten Steel is an anti-corrosive blend of metals that is 40% stronger than mild steel.Superior bonding properties with paints and coatingsCorten steel is mold resistant.Containers are adaptive to any type of insulation.A 1 1/4" plywood floor made of teak or mahogany hardwood.
9WHY Containers? The strongest self-standing structure in the world. Form of recycling - every shipping line and leasing company can only use these containers for ten years before recertification or resale.Very quick build time as structure already exists.Container buildings can fit on small properties, unusable by traditional construction.Lower building costs % cheaper than traditional construction. Approx $100/sq.ft.
10Modifying ContainersIn Amsterdam and the UK, shipping containers have been popular for student housing and apartments since 2005.At about the same time in the US, people like Adam Kalkin, Peter De Maria, and the Lo-Tek company in New York began using the shipping container in contemporary homes.In mid 2006, David Cross of SG Block was featured by Bob Vila and on many news programs because his company built the first conventional looking container home for a government project in St. Petersburg, Florida.