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Trend Hunter has watched a sharp increase in demand for recycled houses constructed of old shipping containers. We can hardly contain our excitement on this one! Initially thought to be an affordable low-income housing alternative, like a modernized trailer, these houses consist of old freight containers which have been remodeled to include living quarters, complete with electricity and even running water options. They are hauled to location by semi trucks and can be popped up just about anywhere.

After several companies began building these innovative mobile homes, architectural aesthetes recognized them for their unique design and highly modernized functionality. They often house up to eight residents and can get extremely luxurious. Some even choose to stack them to create larger dwellings. A few environmentally aware retail stores have set up shop in these.

Lofts were the "it" abode for a while, but it looks as if a shift is occurring; this eco-friendly architecture may just be the next big thing in home design.

Check out some of the top shipping container homes featured on Trend Hunter: