The problem of affordable housing has been a problem in many areas of the world for a long time, even before our current economic turn for the worse happened along.
To combat this problem and also to address the issue of sustainability, some architects started looking at alternative building materials.
One of the building materials that they discovered was used shipping containers in many parts of the world makeshift dwellings had been made out of these large metal boxes previously but no one had really played with the idea of using them to design a house with all the amenities of home before.
Shipping containers come from anywhere that ships large quantities of goods; the containers are pre-packed then put on boats and/or trains and the goods are delivered all over the world. You can also check http://shippingcontainers.net/ online to know the various design for shipping container constructor.
Due to the expense of shipping the used empty containers to locations that need them from locations that don't, sometimes they end up just sitting around empty. It is reported that it can cost more to ship a used empty container than to just buy a new one!
Due to the materials used to make shipping containers, they can be easily recycled into new containers and other steel items, but using them "as is" to build homes can save energy as well as recycle the materials.
There are a number of concerns that some people have about these container homes but there are also many advantages as well.