This company converts shipping containers into homes and offices

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Brazilian company Inovare Container transforms shipping containers into functional spaces like businesses and homes.

Freight crates have become a preferred choice for those looking to save a few bucks on a sustainable space. While these steel boxes may look plain and utilitarian, they offer a great deal of creative freedom to owners. 

Imaginations can run a bit wilder than when constructing a home from scratch because it’s so much more affordable. The median home price in the U.S. is $320,000 whereas containers cost about $1,500 to $4,500. Buyers can even find used containers at cheaper prices. Compared to the cost of a home or commercial space, it’s a great option for penny pinchers. 

Shipping containers are extremely customizable. Inovare works with customers to create their dream space — all it requires is a few modifications.

You can hardly tell Innovare’s sales stands are containers. With the addition of glass doors and an awning, a crate looks just like a boutique retail space. Residential homeowners can still have all the necessities like a working kitchen, bathroom and living area. Some may even want to combine multiple containers for separate rooms. 

An entire project can be completed within eight weeks, while traditional houses can take months. They can also be conveniently constructed offsite and shipped anywhere. Their small size makes these bad boys energy-efficient too. Many owners even opt to have containers insulated to handle hot and cold weather using sustainable energy sources like solar power. 

Finally, these cargo containers are built to last. At sea they face 100-mile-per-hour winds and 50-foot waves, making them ideal for extreme weather conditions. Steel frames mean these crates are resistant to bugs and pests too. 

No matter the reason a shipping container is calling to you, Inovare Container can turn this blank space into your dream home or business.

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