Woman sitting at a table in a container home kitchen-dining room
Double bed in container building bedroom
Two women watching television in container home lounge
Container home shower room and toilet
Front of container building with windows and door
Bristol Launchpad container apartments exterior
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Running costs

CHEAPER THAN HOUSES

You can buy a permanent, two-bedroom MAC container home for under £35,000. But how much will it cost to live there? It certainly won't be any more expensive – and could cost a lot less.

The table below provides a rough comparison between buying a new-build, single storey, traditional or container home with 2 bedrooms, one bathroom and sufficient living space for two people.

Based on a 2 bedroom single storey dwelling, with one bathroom and two occupants Traditional home Container home
Asking price Over £150,000 Under £40,000. Includes delivery costs, site preparation and landscaping
Land with PP Included From £10,000 - £75,000 (nothing if you're building on your own plot).
Buildings and contents insurance Standard home insurance Standard home insurance
Council tax band A-G Usually A-C
Dual fuel electricity/gas £1,300 £795
Water and waste water £300 £300
Maintenance £500 Under £50

Please note these are our best estimates based on a number of variable factors. Land and house prices vary widely across the country and energy consumption depends on how well the occupants follow energy-saving advice and guidance.

When doing your own comparison, remember that container homes

  • Cost less per square metre than other base structures
  • Are eco-friendly: made of 85% recycled, non-corrosive steel, and fully recyclable if demolished
  • Are top-rated in energy efficiency, thanks to bonded ceramic coatings and closed cell spray insulation
  • Easily accommodate energy-efficient underfloor heating via air or ground source heat pumps, solar powered roof panels and rainwater recycling systems
  • Can be installed almost anywhere close to mains utilities
  • Require no planning permission if you already own the land
  • Are very acceptable to insurers due to their structural integrity, security systems and anti-leak roof structure