20 ft Shipping Container Home with Space-Saving Furniture

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ProjectCasulo studio
ArchitectureBernardo Horta Arquiteto, Meius Arquitetura (Guilherme Jose and Giulianno Camatta) and Pedro Lodi
Area15 sq m (160 sq ft)
ContainersOne 20 ft
PhotographyJomar Braganca
LocationBelo Horizonte, MG, Brazil

Description by architects

Concept: The Casulo studio is a changeable space, included in a 20 ft shipping container, where we want to demonstrate how flexible inhabiting can be today. With this, the project allows different “faces” from the same fixed furniture. What we want is a space that is palpable and lived by the user, a space that can be touched and unfolded, not just with a simple look, but with individual curiosity. We imagine an interactive and living place. The idea is that through simple systems new layouts are established providing the use of the environment for different activities. From a living space, a barbershop or even a small residence.

Construction: With the emergence of new construction technologies, the container appears as a new alternative. Basically, its structure is composed of a 20 ft shipping container, which, without proper work, is a dark and unventilated environment. The customization of containers is relatively fast, and many companies make projects aimed at commerce, homes and offices, as it is a construction system that is easy to expand, through a modular system of units that significantly expands the structures.

01. At first, the container underwent a general customization, opening cuts in its walls to make the space more airy. At that time, thermal and acoustic insulation was also carried out using glass wool (recyclable pet), which are placed in the form of a sandwich, between the structure and wooden boards. In these spans, a passage is created for the placement of electrical tubes and hydro-sanitary pipes.
02. The other stage consisted of the internal division of the environment, creating the bathroom and possible programmatic areas. To make the use of space in a more versatile and adaptable way, a changeable piece of space-saving furniture (containing several functions) was designed. That furniture would be formed according to the user's need.

Materials and solutions: An alternating mesh of pallets was used to cover the deck. The pallet is a wooden platform used for moving materials in large quantities. In addition to being more economical than common wood, pallets can be assembled and disassembled as needed and, in the event of a change, all the material can be reused. The choice of the ferrule coating was due to the low cost of this material and the ease of installation. The ferrule plate is produced by gluing thin layers (leaves) of wood. The material has high potential for forest management, due to its rapid growth and abundance of regeneration. The PET Wool used on the walls is an ecologically correct thermal and acoustic insulator, coming from recycled material. Sustainability is its biggest advantage, since it is produced from recycled PET bottles, without the addition of resins, without the use of water or carbon emissions during the process. For the landscaping of the environment, we chose to use only native vegetation. The use of native vegetation brings numerous advantages, and it is important to highlight the suitability of these plants to our climate, their resistance to possible pest attacks and also contribute to the diversification of fauna (being food for local animals).


Lovely Little 3x20 ft Shipping Container Home, Lincoln, Nebraska

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Designers, builders and ownersAmera and Josh Nix
Area480 sq ft
Containers3 x 20 ft
LocationLincoln, Nebraska, United States

Amera and Josh Nix from Lincoln, Nebraska are designers, builders and owners of this lovely little 3x20ft shipping container home right in the middle of the city. The configuration of the shipping containers makes for a stunning look and a spacious interior. Inside is bright and never lacks space anywhere. The bedroom is up the steps and right off of that is the rooftop patio space. The tiny house is unique is all of its ways.

Shipping Container Restaurant with Inner Courtyard, Brazil

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About Bernardo Horta Arquiteto

ArchitectureBernardo Horta Arquiteto, Meius Arquitetura, Zargos Arquitetos
CollaboratorsDebora Camargos, Joao Pedro Lacerda, Rodrigo Pereira
Area78 sq m (840 sq ft)
ContainersFour 40 ft
ManufacturersCosentino, A3 Marmores, Espaco 670, JP Marcenaria, Oppa, Suvinil, Tenue Origamis, Torino Moveis planejados, iluminar
PhotographyHenrique Queiroga
LocationLagoa Santa, Brazil

Description by architects

The project is based on a simple line of reasoning: open the container for the public and thus invite them to enjoy the space. The colors and combinations complement each other: woods, metals, threads, light, black and red; complementary contradictory elements receive the individual. The main element is the wood that melts the environments creating a continuous space, where the interior and exterior are mixed, adding everything in a coherent way.

The kitchen, in red, superimposes the neutrality of the external colors, attracting attention beyond the space called social and coexistence. In the presumption of a visual impact, the individual is drawn to the base where the services take place: the heart of the restaurant. Finally, the urban art in the external canteen integrates the elements of the bar into the environment, providing all the miscegenation and spatial singularity of the project.

As every shipping container has its industrial air intrinsic to its shape and characteristics, our option was the most attractive for the local public.

Our inspiration was integration, which was achieved through a large opening (front facade to the inner courtyard), bringing the outside in. When we observed that all the environments projected by us would be complementary, we saw the need for this integration.

The main environment was treated in such a way that the wood of the floor covering is also the same for the internal chairs and for the lining (providing the connection). The bar, located in front of the container, will have the same language since we reuse its cutting can to make the wrapper. At the end of it all, we wanted to bring an environment that was a bit more vivid to the space, a place that is usually left in the background or treated as a service, the kitchen. This was painted with warm and strong colors, so that it was not just a common form, but a place of experience and curiosity (the kitchen will work serving the shipping container restaurant).

Casa P406 - 1200 sq ft Shipping Container Summer House, Chile

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ProjectCasa P406
ArchitectureOrfali & Ehrenfeld - Ignacio Orfali, Felipe Ehrenfeld
EngineeringFrancisco Ottone V
CollaboratorsJoaquín Germain, Victoria Riquelme
Area115 sq m (1200 sq ft)
ContainersFour 40 ft
ManufacturersArauco, Kitchencenter, Dap Ducasse, Ledstudio, Trimble Navigation, Servicontainer, Wasser
PhotographyGonzálo Carrasco A
LocationQuilimari, Chile

Description by architects

Located in Quilimarí, 25km from Los Vilos, a historic town in which cultural remnants dating back to the colony can be distinguished. The project consisted of the design and construction of a summer house located on the slopes of the "puntiagudo" hill, on irregular terrain and difficult to access site. These were main conditions along with the difficult logistics involved in finding labor for the construction of the project. To address it, we think of the modular shipping container structure, to be able to prefabricate the house in the workshop in order to limit the construction process on the ground. Four high cube shipping containers were used, due to their greater free height. Of these, 3 shipping containers were cut in half, joined by dismantling the side panels to form a single environment, with 70m² (750ft²) area. With them we build the lower floor, whose program is mainly intended for the public area of the shipping container home. We place a glazed façade looking for the view of the valley and the distant sea; Its predominantly south orientation left the house with little solar radiation, which is why we developed a continuous skylight adjoining the north wall, so as not to deprive the house of sunlight.

On the upper floor we install the remaining shipping container, which we use for the bedrooms. This space, when complete, extends beyond the first floor with a generous cantilever. To achieve a comfortable habitability, taking into account only 235 centimeters (7.7 feet) wide of the container, we had to remove one of its side panels to attach a V-shaped extension that added 150 centimeters (4.9 feet) to the width at its widest point. As a result of this expansion, as the skin of the container was lost, we installed an exo-structure lined with 2x2” impregnated pine in a proportion of 50%. This allows us, first, to shade and avoid overheating in the summer time, when the shipping container house is most often used, and second, to separate the second level formally and aesthetically from the lower floor – it is like a sculpture that needs a pedestal to enhance its value.

The interior coatings are common and simple: vitrified pine tongue-and-groove wood for the floor, and a white lead color was applied to the walls and ceiling. We think of the furniture in work, counter, bookcase and stairs as dual elements that help to build the interior spatiality while fulfilling their own function: they are sculptural objects that segment and limit the space in zones, but also decorate and fill by mere presence.

Black Box - 4 x 20 ft Shipping Container Home, BC, Canada

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ProjectBlack Box
Designer and builderHonomobo
Area640 sq ft
Containers4 x 20 ft
LocationKamloops, BC, Canada

Cathi and her husband Trevor downsized to this small space with their unique and modern shipping container home in Kamloops, BC, after their sons had left home and the couple has been living in it full-time ever since. The main house has 2 bedrooms, a kitchen and a living room, and a full bathroom.

It’s built with 4 recycled shipping containers. There’s an additional studio space that’s connected to the main shipping container home with a breezeway and it is set up as a fully self-contained micro cabin, custom built by owners. Plus there's an awesome outdoor kitchen with a dining space and wood-fired pizza oven.

Cathi takes great pride in hosting her unique space with guests on Airbnb and has had success doing so.

Flowers in the Garden by Eu Jin Lim

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ProjectFlowers in the Garden
DesignerEu Jin Lim

Description by architect

A `playground’ of communal workspace in a garden located in dry and sunny South France.

Capturing the moments and experiences in the eye of an Impressionist; this project celebrates the outdoors (en plein air), nature as their place of learning, the garden as their studio, creating a blurred boundary between the users and their surroundings.

Staying healthily distanced, but not socially separated; users while working are constantly being frequented with glimpse of nature, a breath of fresh air, and surprising encounters with flora and fauna.

Familiar shipping containers are being rearranged to form an organic but playful structure with soft screens and in-between green-buffering spaces that encourage punctuation of living things, social activities, views, smell, sound, light and air; a diverse ecosystem of perforated mass that is always `breathing’.

(2nd prize winner for CAPSA Containers Design Tomorrow competition)

DIY Small Off-Grid 20 ft Shipping Container Home ($21000 materials + $190 floor plans)

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Designer and builderJoshua Woodsman
Area150 sq ft (14 sq m)
ContainersOne 20 ft HC
Project cost$21,000
PhotographerJakub Zdechovan

Description by designer

Our planet is increasingly facing many new and difficult challenges. Therefore, it‘s necessary to look for alternative forms of housing that will have a less negative impact on the environment, as well as complement traditional approaches to housing. That is why we at Pin-Up Houses have decided to repurpose a discarded shipping container and fit it out with the most available building materials and latest technology to design a unique independent housing unit. 

The small off-grid shipping container home, Gaia, is an experimental self-sufficient housing project, a so-called Off-the-Grid House. With Gaia, there is no need to rely on external sources of energy or water since this house harnesses solar energy and wind energy. The house is equipped with solar panels, as well as a wind turbine, ensuring your batteries can be charged at all times of the day and all seasons. The battery level, consumption, charging, and other factors can all be monitored remotely by using a mobile app. The house is also equipped to retain rainwater, which is filtered and distributed to the bathroom and kitchen. It is equipped with a refrigerator, water heater, and other 12 V and 24 V appliances according to your needs. Additionally, a higher voltage of 110 V to 230 V can be generated using an inverter. Smart storage space, a convertible sofa-bed, compact stools, and tables are always a feature of Pin-Up Houses. For added privacy and security, the outdoor terrace can easily be folded to close the container using the winch.  

This small off-grid shipping container home is made up of a marine HC 20‘ / 6 m container, wooden studs, and spruce plywood creating the entire interior. The inner walls are sprayed with thermal insulation, ensuring a cozy home. To protect this experimental house from the elements, the container roof is covered with a galvanized corrugated metal sheet, which cleverly extends out beyond the structure to increase the rainwater catchment area that is ultimately collected in a 1,000-IBC tank.  

Sustainable living has never been so easy, nor has it been as necessary as it is now with environmental problems such as global warming and a drastic increase in waste materials. The Pin-Up House Gaia is here to allow you to live in harmony with nature using green energy with style and comfort.

You can buy DIY floor plans and drawings of this container home from its designer and builder here.

Under $100k Mortgage-Free Home? Two Stacked Shipping Containers, Washington

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Area480 sq ft
ContainersOne 20 ft and one 40 ft
Project cost$80 000
LocationKalama, Washington, United States

With the desire to have a mortgage-free home, Jaimie and Dave have chosen to build a shipping container home. They purchased a small piece of land and spent about $80k turning two metal boxes into beautiful and comfy living spaces. They have stacked a 20ft container on top of a 40ft shipping container, which creates a deck on the upper floor. The budget has been restricted as they have done most of the work by themselves.

This two-story shipping container home has a beautiful brownish exterior with a small roofed section that protects the starting part of the deck. The interiors are bright with a rustic touch of wood flooring and cabinets. There is a spacious lounge, kitchen, bathroom and pantry on the main floor while the bedroom lies upstairs. Another beautiful sight is the abundance of mini planters found everywhere on the shipping container home.

They have included features they would need the most. It is not a luxurious house per se, but a dream mortgage-free home for the couple. The most exciting thing about this build is that the couple has built it on their own, which would have definitely demanded a lot of hard work. The result is really appreciable.

Aside from constructing the shipping container home for under $100k, they have also landscaped the property and built a workshop. They also linked these two structures with a suspension bridge.

Bureau Agreste by Hugues Hernandez, Morgan Baufils and Ariane Marty


ProjectBureau Agreste
DesignersHugues Hernandez, Morgan Baufils and Ariane Marty
ContainersFour 40 ft

The possibilities for shipping container constructions are endless and French company specialized in container design, CAPSA Containers hosted a competition, ‘Design for Tomorrow’ that is focused on innovative and alternative shipping container construction solutions. The winning project is Bureau Agreste by Hugues Hernandez, Morgan Baufils and Ariane Marty.

Organized on 2 levels, the Bureau Agreste is structured around a common central space promoting exchanges in a bright and contemporary environment. Other more confidential spaces are also designed for holding meetings or appointments.

Several solar panels are installed on the roof of the office in containers as well as a rainwater harvesting system give the building its eco-responsible dimension. The use of selected materials in a short circuit continues to establish the responsible dimension carried by the project.

Three 20 ft Containers Micro-Luxe Container Living Pods, Houston, Texas

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Area480 sq ft
ContainersThree 20 ft
LocationHouston, Texas, United States

Description by owners

It is said everyone has a purpose, this space has a re-purpose. This 8x20, 160 square foot shipping container has been re-purposed into a micro luxury apartment. Space has everything a guest needs from the best of indoor/outdoor living to super fast wifi. The environmentally friendly and artistic design with a small footprint will leave you astounded as to how much utility and flair a small space can provide. Minimalist and clean yet abundant and welcoming. The big tinted privacy sliding glass doors let in plenty of light during the day and blackout curtains provide full privacy at night. This space is ideal for the solo traveler or couple that enjoys being close.

$950,000 2500 sq ft Shipping Container Home, Massachusetts


Area2500 sq ft (230 sq m)
ContainersFour 40 ft
Sold Price (2021)$950,000
LocationWest Stockbridge, Berkshire County, Massachusetts, United States

This stylish and dynamic 2500 sq ft shipping container home with 4 bedrooms/3 baths will provided guests with a spectacular woodland retreat. Located on the ground floor is a wonderful private in-law suite with it's own private kitchen, banquette/dining table, full bath with walk-in shower, smart TV, and full size day bed. The kitchen in this separate suite is equipped with a refrigerator, sink, full size electric range/oven, and full size dishwasher. Two large sliding doors let in a ton of natural light and can be used as a private entrance if needed.

Head up the spiral staircase to the main floor where you will discover the open concept living room, kitchen, and dining room. The well equipped kitchen has everything a guest may need including a 5 burner gas range/oven, microwave, standard drip coffee maker, coffee grinder, juicer and soda stream. The dinning room table seats 6+, and the living room has a comfy sectional sofa and a Smart TV for guests to stream their favorite shows (no cable channels).

The master suite has a queen size bed, walk-in closet, smart TV with sitting area, walk-in shower, and double sink vanity. One guest bedroom has a queen size bed and is attached to the shared bathroom with a walk-in shower and separate soaking tub overlooking the property. The 3rd bedroom has a full size bed and a dresser for guests to store their clothes. Also on the main floor, there is a separate office with a desk, 2 bookcases, and small bench perfect for a guest that may need to work from home.

Outside this beautiful 2500 sq ft shipping container home you will find 2 sun decks, a grill, Adirondack chairs, a dinging table with outdoor umbrella, and an orb chimney fire feature.

Guide to Building the Mythical Inexpensive Modern Prefab Shipping Container Home

Maziar Behrooz
Architect/Founder at MB Architecture

About Maziar Behrooz

The particular challenge (near impossibility) of using shipping containers to build homes.

Cutting and welding steel is a highly specialized trade. And in most cities in the US, especially those that are not close to ports, or that don't have a large commercial base, steelworkers are both hard to find and expensive to employ. For example, on Long Island, where there is a good commercial infrastructure and some nearby ports, the average hourly rate of a steel worker hovers around $40-$45 per hour (while an experienced wood framer might make around $20-$30 per hour). Right here is your first conflict: the inherent desire to use containers in order to lower cost, and the higher cost of working with steel.

To elaborate, with most shipping container designs, you would be cutting and removing parts of the container. This may include segments of the corrugated walls or roof, or the very heavy-gauge steel of its floor plate, or its giant doors. Then, when a piece of wall, for example, is removed, the opening has to be framed with steel extrusions (rectangular tubes); these are welded around the opening to maintain structural rigidity. All of this is both time-consuming and expensive - relative to cutting and nailing lumber.

Ahurewa Eco Retreat - 700 sq ft Off-Grid Shipping Container Home, New Zealand

Best of all, this beautiful 700 sq ft shipping container home is completely off the grid, with solar power, rainwater collection and even a vermicomposting toilet, meaning the owner will never need to see another power or water bill again.


ProjectAhurewa Eco Retreat
OwnerRosie Gee
Area700 sq ft (65 sq m)
ContainersFive 20 ft
LocationCoromandel, New Zealand

You will surely love this incredible home constructed out of five 20ft shipping containers. Its owner Rosie opted for a shipping container home after realizing its durability and industrial style look. The shipping containers are painted black from the outside to blend with the natural surroundings. On the contrary, the interior space is more colorful than the exterior. There are plywood paneled walls and orange accents all around the house.

The living spaces are creatively designed with large glass walls to allow in natural light and offer an outdoor view. As the owner is a reading enthusiast, there is a floor-to-ceiling bookshelf inside and even some storage for books under the bed. There is also a cozy deck to enjoy the outdoors. This house is no short of features and facilities to make the owners feel at home.

Rosie's home is situated in the middle of a spectacular conservation block and her beautiful modern shipping container home has been wonderfully designed to take full advantage of the beautiful surrounding landscape.

Best of all, this shipping container home is completely off the grid, with solar power, rainwater collection and even a vermicomposting toilet, meaning she will never need to see another power or water bill again.

Modular Shipping Container Home on Steep Slope, Marin, California

Taking advantage of the natural topography this modular 2 bed shipping container home has a series of connected roof decks with commanding views. The pier foundation have minimal impact on the site and recycled shipping containers with a prefabricated interior, considerably reduces construction time and cost as well as reducing the carbon footprint to a dot.

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ProjectMarin Metal
DesignStudio KfA
Area1440 sq ft
ContainersEight 20 ft
LocationMill Valley, Marin County, California

This private residence is set within a steep wooded site in Marin California commuting distance from San Francisco. Driven as a response to ever-increasing construction costs and lengthening time schedules in the heated market of the Bay Area; this house exploits the proven concept of recycled shipping containers as a fast, effective and cheap alternative to traditional house building. Prefabricated then installed on-site within days.

A pair of shipping containers measuring 20x8 feet are set parallel to each other with a 4-foot infill space between them forming a 20x20 foot space. These arrangements allows for the minimal intervention and cutting of the container and standard repetitive glazing units. Complete sides, either one or two are removed allowing for large floor-to-ceiling glazing along the long edge; as in the kitchen dining and the main living space. Alternatively, simply one shorter end is removed; the doors being replaced with glazing as in the lower bedrooms.

In total eight 20x8 ft containers are arranged in this manner stacked and rotated 90 deg. to form this flexible 2 bedroom modular shipping container home on steep slope with 1440 sqft of internal space. In this layout, the lower floor contains the bedrooms, bathrooms, mechanical, and storage. The connecting stairs occupying the 4ft between the containers. Above this, the entrance, loggia, and main living area is an open space that spreads the full length of the building. The centrally located stacked stair connects up again to the dining and kitchen areas and the first of two large roof terraces.

A cohesive elegant functioning modern home on steep slope. The luxurious results are often unassociated with such building techniques.

650 sqft Shipping Container Home - Three Small Bedrooms in Three Small Containers, New York

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ProjectMTK Cabin
DesignMB Architecture
Area650 sq ft
ContainersThree 20 ft
LocationMontauk, Long Island, New York

Description by architects

A small modern shipping container home in the woods in Montauk, consisting three bedrooms, two bathrooms, kitchen and living areas, pre-fabricated using three 8' x 20' shipping containers.

The “Hamptons,” the Atlantic side of the Eastern End of Long Island, are known for a seasonal population who live in large homes, often over 7,000 square feet. But it is also home to a year-round population. We were lucky to receive a commission from three clients who needed a home to share while they live and work on the East End.

Our clients recognized the limitations of their budget and laid out programmatic requirements and aesthetic preferences that were inherently compatible with very affordable solutions. Their appreciation for small spaces, in their words, like boat cabins – bathrooms with open showers, single bed bedrooms, and a compact kitchen – made some unconventional design considerations possible.

Located in Montauk, where the amount of affordable housing is limited, we set out to create one of the least expensive new residences on the East End. The site is less than a mile from the marina where many people already live in tiny quarters on their boats, so the idea of smart solutions that make tiny living enjoyable was always on our and our clients’ minds.

For a start, we all agreed that the shipping container house should be no larger than 650 square feet, the minimum house size allowed in the Township of East Hampton which encompasses the Village of Montauk.

Based on our prior work in the area, and knowing of the high costs of site-built homes, we felt the need to explore prefabrication. Our initial research let us to the use of three recycled 8’ x 20’ shipping containers retrofitted and finished off-site and shipped to Montauk. Each container is 160 square feet, bringing the total of three containers to 480 square feet. By adding connecting spaces, we achieved the minimum required size.

From here our design challenge was to transform the otherwise claustrophobic space of the containers into intimate but open rooms that form a range of connections to the landscape around them. Each room becomes a window, an opening, or a doorway that creates its own connection with its outdoor surroundings.

In its tiny shell, the home features three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a kitchen/dining/living room area. The shipping container home is organized into three pods with glass connections between them. The connections can be read as two separate tiny rooms maintaining privacy between pods or the connections can be read as one single unit that includes the porch forming a fourth volume. From the porch to the pods to the connectors, we maintained a uniform ceiling height and floor plane.

We staggered the containers to create privacy between the three people living in the home and used glazed connections as transitional and intimate spaces in between. On the axis of circulation (East-West), the containers were developed as perpendicular extensions along a promenade; circulation itself became a shared room. While in the cross axis, each container was developed independently to house its own program.

The containers are insulated on the inside with with closed cell spray foam and clad with finish grade plywood on the walls and ceiling and engineered wood on the floor. The connectors are frameless thermal fin-glass panels. The exteriors of the containers are spray-painted with marine grade paint. All built-ins are supported by the side-walls letting the floor plane be free of any obstruction. A combination of curtains, louvers, and deciduous trees help manage thermal loss and gain.

Extremely Comfortable Shipping Container Home in a Great Country Location, Ohio


ProjectWoodside Container
Area1600 sf
LocationMillersburg, Ohio, United States

This beautiful 6 containers shipping container home in Ohio gets an amazing amount of sunlight from all the windows, very peaceful and quiet. Great country location allows you to escape from the chaos of the big city life. Modern and extremely comfortable 1,600 square foot shipping container home is a perfect place to stay in Amish country.

Master Bedroom - The master bedroom features a queen bed and is located on the top floor. It has closet space for storage. It also features a flat screen Roku TV with YoutubeTV along with a couch.

Bedroom #2 - The second bedroom features a full bed with a closet for storage.

Master Bathroom (Top Floor) - The master bath has a large vanity as well as a walk-in shower, toilet & storage for towels.

Bathroom #2 (Main Floor) - This bathroom features a relaxing soaker tub, vanity, and toilet.

Kitchen - The kitchen features fully equipped stainless steel appliances.

Living Room - The living room features two large couches & a coffee table. There is a large flat screen TV with Roku and YoutubeTV.

Dining Room - The dining area holds 4 chairs. It can be used as a formal dining area to enjoy dinner or a casual work space.

Top Floor Lounge Area - The space at the top of the spiral staircase has a couch and a DoubleSun Telescope to let you explore the universe.

Outdoor Areas - The back patio is likely one of the more popular hangout areas of the house. It features a large, four-burner grill. It also includes patio chairs & a table. It gives a great view of an open space known for deer sightings. The side patio features a table and chair for two. It's the perfect place in this beautiful shipping container home in Ohio to enjoy a morning cup of coffee. There is also a campfire area on the rear side of the house, for late evening smores!

DIY Modular Shipping Container Home Addition, Richmond, Virginia

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BuilderChris Raynore
Containers2x45 ft
Area1,500 square foot
Sold for$373,000 (2021)
LocationRichmond, Virginia, United States

This DIY modular home addition in Richmond, is Virginia's first shipping container home. The original small mid-century home, built in 1946, inspired by west coast and minimalist Scandinavian designs, has been stripped down to its shell and completely transformed.

The courtyard entry welcomes you to the warm tones of birch throughout the house. Amazing natural light flows through the skylights and oversized wall to wall, cornered, floor to ceiling commercial glass featuring solar shades. Enjoy this minimalist design with luxury Viking and Dacor appliances in a beautiful gloss slab kitchen with quartz counters, in-wall surround sound and projector in a huge living space, body spray shower in the master suite, heated floor bathroom in the shipping container home addition, wall hung Duravit toilets, tankless water heater for continuous heat and efficient, and mini split units. Custom floating stairs lead you up to a loft-like second floor in the DIY addition that includes another bedroom and a glass garage door to a covered patio. Huge windows give a panoramic view in this space. The backyard features a large patio and a deck with a hot tub, and a 200 sq ft finished studio.

5 container home ideas inspired by Oregon

Container Homes are shipping containers that contain humans—not kidding. This is exactly what they are. They are simple shipping boxes that are turned into shelters to accommodate humans. You imagine it right! It is indeed a steel structure similar to a ship structure, transformed into a space suitable for living. The idea is to turn shipping containers into homes that are not only beautiful but also sustainable.

The reason for such an undertaking is to deal with the affordable housing challenges faced by the citizens of the present generation. It is also a mode of recycling reasonably. While sustainability is the prime motive behind the concept of turning shipping containers into homes, comfort and elegance are not entirely ignored. The excellence lies in drawing a balance between all these. Not all states in the United States quickly say 'yes' to the use of container houses. However, many do permit the use of shipping container homes without much hassle. This includes Tennessee, Texas, Missouri, California, Alaska, Louisiana, and Oregon.

The International Code Council (ICC) guides the acceptable codes of the states that allow container houses. Container houses come in various shapes and sizes. It can be a huge rectangular box to accommodate multiple families. They can also be square-shaped cabins made for official purposes. They can also be a two-story house made for a nuclear family. Not just that. In recent times innovation has led to the use of many other materials to alter and adorn the metallic walls of the houses.

Single Story Shipping Container Home with Small Footprint and Cantilevered Roof

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ProjectAegean 640
DesignLogical Homes
ArchitectPeter DeMaria
Area640 square feet
Assemble Time5 days

Designed and manufactured by Logical Homes for a multi-national manufacturer of flat screen televisions, this exhibit for the 2008 Consumer Electronics Show was based on an adaptation of the Aegean 640 model shipping container home design. The kitchen of the standard Aegean 640 was removed to provide a larger living room for the display of television products. Landscaping and outdoor furniture elements were created by Logical Homes to complement the shipping container house design. This small footprint shipping container home was fabricated in Los Angeles and then transported to the Las Vegas Convention Center where it was assembled in five days ready for the Consumer Electronics Show which attracts 150,000 visitors.

2007 Design Excellence / Innovation AIA - Award Winner Shipping Container Home, California

About DeMaria Design

ProjectRedondo Beach House
DesignDeMaria Design
ArchitectPeter DeMaria
Area3000 square feet
LocationNorth Redondo, Redondo Beach, California
AwardsAIA 2007 Excellence in Design - Innovation Award

Description by architects

Like the work produced by the Master Builders of centuries past, this project is a direct result of the Architect’s re-insertion into the building design process and the method by which the project is constructed. This project is a Recycled Steel Shipping Container based building that also employs a combination of conventional stick frame construction and prefabricated assemblies. These materials result in an end product that is affordable and nearly indestructable. The modified shipping containers are mold proof, fire proof, termite proof, structurally superior to wood framing and along with various other “components” come together to create a system/kit of parts that is predicated on cost savings, construction timesavings, and energy/environmentally conscious priorities. Seventy percent of the building is efficiently created/assembled in a controlled shop environment where quality construction and fabrication are the highest priority. This project has been published and exhibited internationally and has given birth to a prefab shipping container based residential product line called Logical Homes.

Description by peerspace

The shipping containers are clearly visible from both the outside and the inside. The corrugated steel container walls have not been covered up with drywall.

In addition to the unique shipping container construction, two of the walls in the large two-story living room and kitchen combination are airplane hangar doors that open up flush to the roof. When these doors open, the living room feels as big as the entire back yard.

The backyard also has a 30-foot lap pool and spa.

The shipping container home is 3,000+ square feet with a subterranean 3 car garage, 4 bedrooms, 3 1/2 bath, office, studio, gym, and living room kitchen combo on a 9,000 square foot lot. Interior design is very modern with stainless steel appliances, Hans Grohe faucets, concrete counters, concrete floors and original container floors.

Another plus is the accessibility. The back yard backs up to an extra-wide alley (2 lanes with sidewalks that deadends in a turnabout) that is perfectly suited to trucks of all sizes. Large parking lots and warehouses are available for use only a block away. The shipping container home is located in Redondo Beach, within 5 blocks of the 405 freeway.