You were upset about Home Depot and Walmart moving on island. How is that working out for ya?
In the late 60's the down islanders swarmed to the USVI and lived in cardboard Boxes. It took years to get rid of the boxes. Steel shipping container were not made to be lived in just like cardboard boxes.
Aside from the fact you're talking about something which happened over four decades ago (I've never heard of such a thing but I assume you know what you're talking about) making an analogy between living in a cardboard box and converting a shipping container to a home is a wee bit of a stretch. 😀
Here you go .... a series of pre-fab models that provide a cost effective alternative to custom built container homes. Note, they are based on IKEA components and are designed to accommodate Wind Zone III loads.
I don't see anything wrong with building lovely homes from containers - they have their plusses and minuses, just like any other construction type.
But personally, I would love to see more renovation of existing properties done - which I know can be done much more cheaply in many cases. It seems to be a trend for people to move to STX and then always want to build something new vs. renovating an existing property. And there are good properties in good areas available!
As I mention before we live in another US paradise: Hawaii.
You might want to check www.affordableportablehousing.com to see what a Hawaiian company has accomplished in building safe, energy efficient, nice homes , made from containers ,here on the beautiful islands.
Indeed it is also a good idea to renovate on old home in St. Croix, but we owe a scenic lot in St.Thomas, and are currently weighing our options.
Lucy... Your Ikea box home, is also a great finding, thank you so much.
All info, pro and contra''s are important for us, thanks for taking the time to read and write.
I didn't mention anything about paradise or that I don't like container homes? But that doesn't matter to me, whether a person is moving from Hawaii or North Dakota - it doesn't change my opinion, which is pretty neutral. As a matter of fact, I said "I don't see anything with building lovely homes from containers."
I would prefer to see more renovation, but if new construction is what you want, then you should go for it. I think you might be a bit more concerned about people being offended then many people actually are. As mentioned, there are a number of containers in neighborhoods already used for storage (my neighbors just paint theirs the same color as their house) and it isn't like they would be new additions to the community landscape.
My primary concerns with a container home (if I were building one) would be durability from rust, removing any contamination (if it hauled chemicals or pesticides, etc), and energy efficiency. Oh, and I would want it to look nice too! But for me, I love our concrete home, it stays cool year 'round without A/C, it withstands even the toughest storms (so far knocks on wood) and looks quite lovely in the landscape. But that's my home, and it's why my husband chose it. 🙂 And I wouldn't have a cat fit if a modern container home was built on the lot lot next to us, heck, the home next door needs renovation, if it were knocked down for a container home I'd be thrilled!