A truck and trailer have been a common sight at construction sites in Australia due to the booming residential market, yet there has been a new trend for housing in the country.
Heavy metal containers used to be repurposed as cafés or food shops. Now, some people have planned to make them their primary residence. The cost of a used container ranges from $1,500 to $2,200; it is easy to understand why these have become popular. New containers cost at least $5,000.
While living inside a heavy metal house seems economical and trendy, do not forget that rules still apply even if it is possible to live in it. Most local councils would require you to pass engineering, inspection and planning approvals similar to a traditional home. Be careful about choosing the right metal box and make sure it has not been used to carry toxic chemicals.
Depending on where you live, you may likewise convert a metal box into a temporary residence. For instance, those who live in Queensland’s urban areas may do so for a month whilst others in regional areas may live there for up to 90 days.
In case your local council prohibits long-term residence, a conventional house remains the better option. Construction activities for the second quarter increased by 3.6 per cent, according to Housing Industry Association principal economist, Tim Reardon.
Commercial construction, however, may be the bright spot next year as the housing market appears to be slowing down. Still, general contractors may find themselves preoccupied with dabbling in the heavy metal housing trend. This could be through supplying boxes, which would require the right truck and trailer.
Construction companies and even individuals should look for the right equipment before attempting to convert large metal boxes into homes. Prices for machinery and heavy equipment may have become more competitive, as construction activity remains strong in Australia.