Before you laugh at our title, “The Single Shipping Container Home and Office Revolution,” consider, for a second, what a revolution is: a sudden, fundamental change in the way of thinking regarding a particular topic. Now considering the fact that twenty years ago, 99 people out of every 100 would never consider living or working in a home or office made from a shipping container, and considering the fact that containers are now the rage in the construction industry, we are pretty sure our title is right on!
Let’s face it, something had to give in the construction industry. The country is moving further and further away from traditional building practices, mainly because those practices use an abundance of natural resources i.e. wood, and people are trying to be more eco-friendly in their daily lives. The average home, constructed with lumber, uses an ungodly amount of lumber, something in the neighborhood of 50,000 square feet of lumber, and that, folks, is a whole bunch of trees, and we needed eco friendly commercial property for lease.
So before our very eyes, slowly but ever-so-surely, two movements combined to affect the construction industry: the minimalist movement and the environmental movement. People found that they didn’t need all of the possessions they had accumulated over the years. They decided they could live with less. They found it was perfectly lovely to live in small spaces and get back to what is really important, namely personal relationships and not possessions. They also found that reusing and recycling made them feel good; it was a lifestyle choice they could embrace without losing any quality of living.
So they looked around for solutions, and one thing they saw was the abundance of shipping containers just sitting in old industrial lots and on abandoned piers, and they began to wonder why wouldn’t it be possible to retrofit those containers and make them useful. Would it be good for the environment to reuse a container rather than build an office from wood? Yes! Would it be possible to live in 320 square feet and be happy? Yes! Would they save money by doing this? Most definitely, yes! If a cheap office for you? Most people would say yes, right?
They found that containers buildings are revolutionary and practical, and people love that combination.
And so it began. People bought property, plopped a container down on that property, and went to work retrofitting it. And then some genius realized that it would be equally easy and possible to make an entire business park made out of only shipping containers. Containers are the perfect solution for a small business, a small office, or a small warehouse/storage facility, that genius surmised, and so it was done, and today we see those old shipping containers re-painted and re-used all over the nation.
Are you interested in seeing one such container business park? Are you interested in commercial property for rent with an attitude? If you’re ever in the Fort Worth, Texas are, stop by Box Office Warehouse Suites. There you will find 38-business units, using over 100 shipping containers. If you do drop by BOWS, you’ll be blown away by how great that business park looks, and just how practical the container revolution is.
For more information on Box Office Warehouse Suites, call (817) 903-9438 and be prepared to be dumbstruck by the shipping container revolution!