Shipping container houses.  Unbelievable.  What a neat concept, though, with tremendous environmental benefit!  I had never heard of these before but apparently the glut of shipping containers that have built up over time have presented a new building material and folks are making some incredible, modern, living and office spaces out of those old, used shipping containers.

I saw a few videos about these at a blog about shipping container homes.  The benefits seem pretty amazing.  You use used shipping containers so less wood is involved in the actual home construction (saving money) plus you’re doing something good for the environment.  The containers are also incredibly strong since they were originally built to withstand the harsh environment during transport, and are resistant to many of the problems that plague traditional homes:  insects, mold, fire.

I’ve seen photos of some small, second homes built with these and they looked pretty darn cool.  Got me to thinking about how someday – if I ever get the chance to work out of my home on a full-time basis – a shipping container might be just the thing for an outside office.  Some windows, some plants, flooring, and two huge sliding doors to let in the Airzona sunshine.  Although, sitting in a metal box in the middle of an Arizona summer might be a bad idea.  Now that I think about it.  I’d seriously need to consider some air conditioning.