Container housing unit clad in wood
Double bed in container building bedroom
Two women watching television in container home lounge
Woman sitting at a table in a container home kitchen-dining room
container house lounge
Bristol Launchpad container apartments exterior
Container apartments interior
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Running costs


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