I thought i would start a thread here to have a healthy conversation about the use of shipping containers in property. I couldn't see anything similar on PC so i thought i would take it upon myself to get the ball rolling. I think a disclaimer about myself should be put at the front of this thread for all to see. I'm a draftsman by trade and built my first container house by myself for myself. I loved building it and living in it so i have decided to try and start my own company. I'm still not 100% sure what this will look like at this stage. I'm not doing this as an advertisement, this conversation is as much for my benefit as others so i might come to know what the market is looking for and concerned about when it comes to living in containers. With that out of the way i thought i would start with a rebuttal from my side of the fence to a domain article posted on PC about the negatives of container living. I wont rebut everything said but pick out a couple of interesting sentences that i myself do not agree with. It would be great for everyone to comment too and get a healthy conversation flowing. This would be invaluable to future posters who are looking into using shipping containers and asking lots of questions. So here goes. The article : http://www.domain.com.au/advice/the...tion4&utm_campaign=domainhomepage_latest_news "Used shipping containers can have high levels of chemical residue – they are coated in lead-based paint to withstand ocean spray" This quote is prefaced by someone saying they only use new containers because used sea containers are dangerous. For those who do not know - a new container is really called a one use container, they still must travel from the factory in china to the final destination. Therefore, they are still painted in the same factory and the same paint as a regular container that travels all over the world. Hogan says, “If you are going through the trouble of building in factory, why not build to a dimension that is appropriate for human habitation?” I strongly disagree that this person can dictate what sort of space is fit for human habitation. I'm a strong believer in humans needing to scale back our building sizes as houses have gone overboard in the past 30 years. Not to mention there would be billions of not so fortunate people out there in the world who would be more than happy to live inside a house of this size. “Shipping container homes are rarely more cost-effective, comfortable, or more attractive than conventional homes" This also seems to be another opinion piece based on 0 evidence. ''Comfort and aesthetics" are both based on the perception of the eye of the beholder. Cost effectiveness however is obviously a quantifiable number. I'm not sure how you would calculate that as a whole but rather on a case by case basis. I have many more issues with things written in this article but i thought this was more than enough to get the ball rolling. Thanks everyone.