MNP hasn’t really talked about "normal" residential housing and shipping containers, so here is Cordell House by Christopher Robertson. Bamboo flooring and cost (a similiar home in Canada ran $64,500 USD or about $67 per sq. foot) make this unit reasonable….but let it be known there are heat and toxin issues that you will have to deal with when fabricating a new home.
Two 40-foot long, 9’6″ tall containers form the two bedroom units, which directly support the three roof beams. The rear freestanding guest unit is a third 40-foot container. A 20-foot long, 8’6′ tall unit forms the kitchen which opens onto the main living area. The main structure was set in a single day and the house was enclosed during the first month.
All the containers were repurposed. The three units forming the main house are so-called "one-trippers" that have been used for import from Europe or Asia. The rear structure is a more heavily used unit. Since the US has had a large trade imbalance in recent history, more containers are imported than returned, and are considered a re-usable by-product of the shipping industry.
Manufacturing pre-fab could be the bright spot in an otherwise dismal industry- having gone through a bubble ten years ago and at a building cost of 10 to 35 percent less than site-built construction- since 2005, single family home sales have fallen 76%, and pre-fab by 57%.
Economists are considering past elections as the recent debt problem of the United States seemed to have gotten people thinking about what would really happen if a default occurred. For further insight about the challenges, read a physicist’s opinion on scaling the economy through 2100.
Thanks to a little-known Texas law, a man found an abandoned $300,000 home, moved his stuff in and filled out some paperwork. It cost him $16. Now, apparently he’s a homeowner. (Source)