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Cost Of Building A Container Home In South Africa 2020 ?

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The inability of most South African citizens to own a house in this present economy as the average house price is more than an R1 million, has led to an unprecedented demand for other alternatives as shelter is one of the basic needs of man. Presently, what is invoked is innovative micro-apartments and container homes.

Recall that for many years, containers were primarily associated with freight and cargo because that was its original purpose. As it stands now, containers are fast becoming an alternative affordable home for South Africans and its popularity is spreading across the globe.

Following the trend, some developers are adding value to the concept by modifying them into Medical Clinics, Portable Offices, Schools, Shopping Centers, etc.

Cost of a Container Home in South Africa

The average rates for container homes in South Africa e.g a bachelor unit with a shower, built-in cupboards, kitchenette, and bathroom can cost you $7,910 (R100,000).  These are masterfully finished houses with a sliding door, flooring, windows, and various exterior cladding ideas.

Also, you may have to pay about $14,250 to R180,000 to acquire a two-bedroom unit that has such additional features like an oven.

A comparison with a home built on blocks or bricks in South Africa shows that it is 40 – 60 percent cheaper.

Cost of Building a Container Home in South Africa

The cost of a beautiful and large house built from shipping containers in South Africa ranging from $150,000 to $175,000.

However, for those experienced with construction can finish and furnish a shipping container home for as low as $10,000.

Types of Luxury Container Homes in South Africa

The following are types of Luxury Container Homes in South Africa.

  • Copia Eco Cabins.

The Copia Eco Cabins is an example of a luxury container home in South Africa. It comprises of two 40 ft Container Home. An example of such is found in Bot Rivier valley by Berman-Kalil, South Africa.

  • Black and White Container Home

This type of luxury home is found on IdealK Construction among the collection of modern shipping container homes and it’s gorgeous. The ground level is almost fully glazed offering the indoor/outdoor atmosphere.

  • Canyon City Container Home

This Canyon City container cabin is the epitome of modern design. The design features a lot of glass and the containers are seemingly stacked in a pretty loose manner. Built by Tomecek Studio Architecture the house makes use of one 40′ container and six 20′ ones and has two bedrooms and two bathrooms, and even the guest quarters.

  • The Lindendale Container Home

The Lindendale is inspired and designed by a local client, it is the latest project for CBG container BAU.

This luxury container home is configured with 14 x 20 FT shipping containers, with an industrial look and feel with top-end luxury fittings and finishes.

Are Shipping Container Home Water Proof

Shipping Containers home are not waterproof but they are water-resistant.

The container, however, is capable to keep out normal weather such as rain/snow/precipitation. But if the containers are submerged then they will get leaked the same when they are flooded.

How Much Does It Cost To Purchase A Shipping Container

he cost to purchase a shipping container e.g 20 ft shipping unit of Length – 6M Width – 3M Height – 2.69M goes for R13,000.

40 ft shipping unit of Length- 12 M Width – 3M Height- 2.36M goes for

R18,000 and above on retail price.

Are Container Homes Legal in South Africa

Yes, they are legal in South Africa in as much as you comply with building regulations.

Invariably, full architectural plans with council approval are required, just as when building with bricks and blocks.

Is It Cheaper To Build A Shipping Container Home

Yes, it is cheaper, as a matter of fact, it can cost you as low as R100,000, depending on what you’re looking for.

Why?, because container homes are becoming a popular affordable alternative to the normal housing market, which has become priced beyond what the average South African can typically afford.

The average house price in South Africa built by blocks or bricks has skyrocketed to around R1 million, while data from bond originators shows that the average first-time buyer gets it around R800,000.

How Long Does A Container Home Last

A container home can last 25 years and above depending on your maintenance culture.

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