Been looking at container house design and implementation for a while.
You'll save about 50% on pilings and base work.
You can have a 4m overhang (in NZ) without support from containers.
What you cut from container can be used for roof etc (as you see in OP).
Pickup and move container from land leaving 'virgin section' which is much more valuable.
No woodwork needed, house can be installed in mid winter if in a favorable country. (hence why I think putting wood inside container like OP is a
Structural steel is standard (usually few million dollar building options...)
Up to 9 stories high without support.
Strong and secure. I'd much rather be in a container home during a natural disaster, it's probably bulletproof literally haha.
rust if poorly maintained/implemented (however a new container section is much easier than a new house..)
If left as bare containers may not be asthetically pleasing to some if implemented poorly.
Generally you don't put containers straight on the ground (without raising) or damp issues can occur, so best not to bury into the earth.
edit: allegedly new zealand leads the world for container homes, I've been in direct contact with one designer for a while and there is some amazing
stuff being done with them.
Here as some sites to go to if you want to see examples;
I have personally seen work by both of these companies and I vouch for their high standard of workmanship.
There is also the 'habode' which is a 100knzd prefab house just under 100m3 which is vastly cheaper than any woodwork house.
edit: and one of my favourite space saving designs, maximizing the use of container designs' strength.
3x40ft container on the side of a cliff in Wellington NZ.
edit on 22/9/11 by GhostR1der because: (no reason given)