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Why a Manufactured Home is Better than a Shipping Container Home

More than ever before, people are looking for ways to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle. For many people, this doesn’t just mean bringing their own reusable bags to the grocery store or walking places instead of driving, it also means looking for more environmentally-friendly housing options, too. For some people, this can mean downsizing to a smaller home so they don’t use as much energy, but others may be interested in homes that are built with eco-friendly principles in mind.

In recent years, shipping container homes have started getting quite a bit of attention for being an environmentally-friendly housing option. After all, they’re a great example of the classic “reduce, reuse, recycle” principle being put into action. Since it’s typically more cost effective for manufacturers to simply purchase new shipping containers than it is to have containers returned after a shipment, many shipping containers get left sitting around empty and unused after their initial use. Since shipping containers are durable enough to withstand the harsh conditions of being transported by sea, the idea of using unused shipping containers to build homes not only puts those leftover containers to use, shipping container homes can be both durable and affordable.

Unfortunately, shipping container homes have quite a few downsides. First of all, since shipping containers are made of metal, they aren’t very well-suited for all climates. They can get very hot in the summer and cold in the winter, so they might not be a particularly good option if you live in a state like Michigan, where you can experience both extreme heat and extreme cold.

There’s also the fact that shipping containers aren’t particularly large. After insulation and interior walls are added to one being used for a home, a single shipping container is typically only around 8 feet wide by 8 feet tall. So most people will need more than one shipping container for their home, which will take more energy to power and heat and cool.

If you’re looking for a more environmentally-friendly housing option, why not consider a manufactured home? Manufactured homes offer many of the benefits that shipping container homes do, but without the big drawbacks.

Manufactured homes are built much more efficiently than regular site-built homes are. The building process is so efficient that hardly any building supplies go to waste. Not only is this process more environmentally sound than building a site-built home, it helps keep costs down for you. And like shipping container homes, manufactured homes can be built much faster than a traditional site-built home.

Manufactured homes also have the benefit of being very energy efficient. Manufactured homes are required to meet very high standards for energy efficiency and insulation, so you won’t have to worry about freezing on the coldest day of winter or roasting on the hottest day of the summer. In addition to meeting high building standards, many manufactured homes also come outfitted with Energy Star appliances to help you keep your energy usage down even more. Not only will you save a lot of money by living in a manufactured home instead of a site-built house or an apartment, you can save even more money and help the environment at the same time thanks to how energy efficient your manufactured home is.

Best of all, manufactured homes come in sizes that are very practical for the average person or family to live in. Come visit any of our HomeFirst™ communities and you’ll see that manufactured homes come in a wide variety of sizes and styles. Many of the homes in our communities have 3 or 4 bedrooms and range in size up to 2,300 square feet. If you’re interested in a smaller home, smaller manufactured homes are absolutely an option, too. Plus, your manufactured home could have amazing features like walk-in closets, fireplaces, decks, patios, and more. Why wait? Take a look at our amazing manufactured homes for sale today!

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