Would functional, safe and strong container construction in Belize be a good investment for living or renting there? If you answer yes we think you are on to something so please read further. If you answered no then you may want to learn some insights from Bob and Wendy Miller owners of Palma D’oro in Hopkins Village, Belize. Wendy is a ReMax real estate agent and Bob is a builder doing container construction. They are using efficient container construction to build modular units that save money over other available housing options. You may be asking what is container construction and how can it help someone be even more financially free so read further to learn more. Container modular units are built from surplus shipping sea containers. The conservation results from using a surplus item that can be re-purposed and conserves resources. The construction is much quicker than building a new accommodation without the high costs for cement blocks, mason labor and rebar normally required. A well built and designed container unit is usually safer, simpler and stronger than conventional houses. Conventional homes cost more money and usually require big bucks for construction, maintenance, mortgage, repairs, taxes and utilities. Container construction may be a better option to live the Caribbean Dream Life in Belize or another country. We will have container construction at our Belize Eco Village project.

Container Construction

Photo by Michael Morningstar.

Many conventional homes are being built with lack of quality control, low quality labor and questionable materials that could cause the owners big bucks in the future. An alternative is to get the benefits of a shipping container, modular house and tiny house combined into one great package. By using sea container construction combined with modern modular designs you can enjoy the benefits of affordability, durability, efficiency, plug and play versatility and portability for a better and healthier accommodation and lifestyle. Shipping sea containers are built and designed to be easily transported by a truck and trailer.

Most built on site conventional homes start out with many design flaws and fabrication issues that are excessively expensive. Container construction offers a safe, simple and strong unit that is transportable should the need arise. With Computer Automated Design (CAD) capabilities it is easy for architects, designers and engineers to create innovative container floor plans which will result in minimal energy, maintenance and repair issues in the future. Container construction can integrate eco friendly homes that are modern, modular and movable. People can implement the ideas, information and innovations for innovative container homes that can be transported and relocated as our desires and needs change. A container home can be built and designed for 100+ years of practical use with minimal maintenance and upkeep. The global economy, energy issues and environmental concerns are forcing us to rethink and transition to better building options.  With the cost and time delays for a conventional house why not build a better habitat that will provide the perfect place for you and generations to come?

When you decide to build for durability, efficiency, longevity and quality a container modern, modular and movable house is a smart choice. With container construction, proper planning and quality workmanship a home could easily last a hundred+ years. By avoiding the harmful chemical, furnishing and toxins in most homes you would be supporting your long term happiness and health. Eco friendly container modular homes can help provide quality accommodations with a lower carbon footprint and price tag over the long term.

Many beach houses, board houses, cement houses, and thatch homes would be better off being built with container construction  to last longer and be more secure in hurricanes and tropical storms. Many people are spending a fortune for a place to live and most end up buying a house with hidden defects, flaws and issues. It is a major financial waster of energy, money, resources and time to buy a house without knowing the quality of materials and workmanship that built it. Buying a container and having it converted into a modular unit allows you to make sure the house has the proper insulation, plumbing and wiring. Building with a container as the shell allows you to focus on building an affordable, durable, eco friendly, efficient, functional and sustainable container modular homes that will best meet your needs long term. Container houses offer a simple solution for expats due to the lack of reasonable quality housing in Belize. This information is intended to help educate, inspire and motivate people to look at container construction and modern modular movable homes for a comfortable and relaxing lifestyle in Belize.

Buyers Beware

Termite Problem

Termites are a big problem in Belize.

Cement block and wood houses with big bills, mortgages and purchase prices are not eco friendly and sustainable. A fancy house with clever features can be a nightmare to pay for and take care of. Too many people are wasting their money on lower quality and high cost homes that are also hazardous to the owners health. Termites are a big problem in Belize and electricilty is expensive. Most homes start falling apart long before they should and often turns out to be a poor investment. Homes built to Standard American Design (SAD) standards are expensive and can quickly become a financial drain that robs people of their financial freedom and fun. I have written previously about the environmental, financial and health hazards of SAD US style houses.

Most cement block and wood builders in Belize can get buy with a lack of quality materials and workmanship combined with outdated building methods and standards which results in homes that are not built or designed to last 100+ years. As a result they will cost the owner a fortune in excess energy, maintenance and repairs over the life of the house and owner.

Many smart people are waking up to discover there are better building alternatives. When we invest the energy, money and time to educate our selves and demand better Compressed Earth Block and container conservation construction we find some amazing new choices. The last two years of research and travel for better eco building practices has helped me gain great ideas, insights and inspiration  for developing and designing CEB, container and modular homes for our Belize Eco Village.

Container Construction in Belize

As more people discover and invest in container construction for modern, modular and movable homes for a mobile lifestyle more container construction in Belize and elsewhere will occur. A lack of awareness about container construction in Belize and the need for regeneration and sustainable lifestyle prevents people from creating a more eco friendly, prosperous and sustainable economy. See Transition 1.0 As more people understand the benefits of building and living in well designed container, modular and prefab homes they will discover the benefits over more conventional homes.


VIPP Shelter.

There are proven principles for building better buildings and a big global need for education on eco friendly, efficient, green, sustainable and Transition Towns thinking. The best way to get educated and excited about container construction and modular homes is to learn directly from the experts. Currently there are a surplus of good used sea containers which make building container homes a viable option for many eco minded people looking to transition to a smaller footprint and sustainable lifestyle. Make It Modular shares highlights on converting sea containers into affordable and comfortable living quarters. MA Modular has many years of building and design experience and their information is impressive and inspiring. The VIPP shelter is another stellar story of creating a small shelter and terrific tiny house with incredible features.

Our blog shares simple strategies to help people embrace sea container construction and modular methods to provide quality housing for people around the planet. Sea container conservation construction in Belize is an option to provide safe simple shelters. As we discover the real long term cost for outdated bricks, cement and stick houses  we realize the urgency to embrace container conservation construction and modern modular movable houses in Belize and many developed countries. Compressed Earth Block is a great first choice with containers and modular houses also offering a great alternative in the right circumstances and locations. Converting sea containers into affordable, durable, energy efficient and movable housing may be a great option for many people in Belize.

Healthy Habits & Habitats

In 2017 Morningstar NEWS will focus 50% on Healthy Habits and 50% on Healthy Habitats and Sustainable Systems. As we research and role model proven principles for our future Belize Eco Village and wellness center we are eager to share the wisdom we find. Our vision is attracting a wide variety of conscious and passionate people to help design, develop, build and live in our eco friendly, healthy, sustainable transition community. Being healthy as we invest, live, retire, travel, visit and work results from a happy, healthy and heavenly lifestyle. We invite ideas, insights and inspiration to help us focus on planning and progress. Sharing solutions, strategies, suggestions and systems will help all of us design and develop better eco communities.

Where is Your Gap?

What actions, behaviors, beliefs and decisions regarding your habits and habitats are impacting your happiness and health? What will it take to make better choices for your family to avoid health hazards of unhealthy homes? Can investing in container construction as a healthy habitat provide the incentive to investigate the potential? Your investment of energy, money and time will help you understand the Transition 2.0 for supporting ecological environments and sustainable living.

Mastery Action Plan (MAP)

Our daily habits and habitats impact our happiness and health. There is a wealth of wisdom showing the benefits of building with containers as a healthy habitat and wise choice. What are you willing to do to provide more sustainable housing choices? Creating a healthy habitat code of conduct and mastery action plan will enhance the quality of life now and in the future. We cannot sustain our happiness and health without healthy changes and choices. Are you ready to de-clutter and down size in order to build a cozy container conservation construction dream house that is modern, modular and movable? Learn more about creative ideas using container construction to provide another off grid sustainable house option in our Belize Eco Village.

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