Gallery: Utah’s Sarah House Project Transforms Shipping Containers into...

White’s vision was to create small communities of low income housing, recycled from shipping containers.
White’s vision was to create small communities of low income housing, recycled from shipping containers.

White’s vision was to create small communities of low-income housing, recycled from shipping containers. The shipping container homes would allow for impoverished or in-transition families to enjoy the independence of having in their own home and yard, instead of living in a dens apartment complex. The homes also teach each tenant a lesson in sustainable design, showing that living green can be affordable. He joined forces with Crossroads Urban Center to help build his ideal green home.

Each of the homes is made from two shipping containers, which are furnished with eco-friendly plywood, sustainable bamboo flooring and other green materials. Recycled clothing insulation and insulating paint keep the home warm in the winter and cool in the summer, and electric radiant heat keeps utility costs down. Once more construction is underway, White hopes the cost will be reduced to $75,000 for each home.

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  1. angelpie August 19, 2015 at 9:07 am

    $120,000 — seriously? I don’t know what passes for “low income” in Utah, but where I’m from, low-income people could not afford these. This sounds like some scheme that Mitt Romney, who has no clue what “low income” really is, would come up with. You need to get more realistic in some of your research.

  2. trl8420 August 18, 2015 at 4:05 pm

    I am always happy to see people making an effort to create affordable housing but this seems like a pretty big fail. I am almost finished with my super affordable house and the cost came in at under 25,000, 1200 sqft, with high-end finishes all around. I looked at shipping containers and found them to be uneconomical. The cost per square foot enclosed you get from them is actually more expensive than traditional construction or any number of pre-fabricated metal shells.

  3. vincekotc November 11, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    I am hoping to begin a container project in Miami. Who can I contact for information on business plans, sources of labor and containers etc.

  4. Bella_DE May 3, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    It shouldn’t cost more than $30,000.00 if you get the containers free. $120,000.00 can get you a nice stick build home in Michigan. We have houses here, in poor parts of town, that are 25,000.00 to 50,000.00. Is someone making a profit on these? I thought it was a non-profit group. I know that in other states the land cost is more, but still. ??

  5. User1 May 2, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    The walls don’t look like they are furred. So the wires are under the floor?

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