Shipping container pools!
Floor plans for shipping container homes
What do you think of this concept? Logically, you could buy four, 40 ft shipping containers at a cost of around $10.000.00. Then, have them hauled to your land.
I would think that another $10.000.00 would cover everything else if you work hard and do everything else yourself. A nice piece of property could be had for between 5-10.000.00 as well. So, for $25.000.00 - 30.000.00 you could have yourself quite a lovely property and home... with a pool! Three containers for the home, and one container for the pool. I love this idea. What a lovely retirement idea. And one that I am seriously considering. Don't you think this would make a wonderful vacation home? And, here's a little tidbit of info I ran into as well...
I have been in the container sales business for the past 10 years, I have a few suggestions on how to keep the cost of the containers down.
Typically the best time of year to buy used shipping containers is from January to the beginning of April and then we start to see the pricing from the leasing and shipping lines start to gradually go up from there for the used shipping containers. Usually the highest prices are from August 1 - December 1 and this is because it is the peak of the shipping season for the holiday goods being imported (they try and get two trips from each container during the peak season). During the peak of the season there are very limited supplies of sale containers. In 2010 the container fleet usage was at 99% and there was no units available for sale from the shipping and leasing lines.
The other suggestion were you can really save money on the units any time of the year is if you are planing on cutting up some of the units I would recommend buying shipping containers that have been damaged. You should be able to find damaged units for about a 50% discount to the used units. You might be surprised on how little damage there is to the units but some units are scrappers which I do not recommend. If you are cutting sides out of the containers or the doors or ends off the units these may be perfect for your designs.
Prices do vary by Geography, you will find the best pricing near the Ocean Ports and as you go further inland the prices can go up a few percent to upwards of 50% more for the same type of units.
The above pricing looks high to me, this is June 2012 and you can still find 20' units in the $1,750-$2,100 in good condition and 40's from $2,400-$2,700 in most of the coastal locations. I would stay away from Ebay because their fees (Ebay & Paypal) add about $150 to the cost of each container. Try searching Google or Bing for shipping containers for sale (with your local port or state in the term), you will get better results and pricing.
As for getting the truck in your location that might be an issue but if you are building a house you may have an excavator or backhoe there which will be able to move these units into position without a problem.
Interesting, isn't it?