It looks like Michigan has jumped on the shipping container bandwagon. The Detroit News reported that Michigan's second home made (partially) out of shipping containers recently finished construction. Michigan-based ModEco Development constructed the three-bedroom two-and-a-half bathroom property spanning a total of 2,250-square-feet. Located in Royal Oak, the property sold for $430,000 with five 40-foot containers and two 20-foot containers. The Detroit News reported that it took about a year to finish construction due to the shipping containers being fabricated on-site.
This property isn't the first shipping container home ever built in the state. Just this past July, Michigan got its first multi-family shipping container home in Corktown. Since 2012, there have been plans for other developments as well, but they were false starts.
ModEco Partner Drake Boroja told The Detroit News that by the abode being built out of shipping containers, it is "safer, stronger, and about 10 percent to 15 percent cheaper to build than traditional homes." Additionally, the maintenance costs are also reportedly cheaper, and the structure is almost entirely fire resistant.
While Boroja didn't tell The Detroit News whether or not ModEco is planning on building more properties out of shipping containers, it wouldn't be unlikely. According to him, the response has been totally positive. To know more about the layout of the property, be sure to check out this article from The Detroit News.
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· All shipping container coverage [Curbed Detroit]
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