2 Bedrooms 40 ft Cozy Wood Interior Design Shipping Container Home, Dallas, Texas

This is the Blue Steel Shipping Container Home in Dallas, Texas. It’s available to rent on Airbnb.

From the outside, the house looks like an average 40 ft shipping container. But when you step inside, you feel in that interior like you’re in a cozy cabin.

ProjectBlue Steel
Containersone 40 ft shipping container
LocationDallas, Texas

This beautiful 2 bedrooms 40 ft cozy wood interior design shipping container home in Dallas, Texas, can accommodate 4 persons and includes 3 beds and 1 bath.

Description by owner from Airbnb.

The Container home is all yours to enjoy! The interior is elegantly designed with rustic varnished boards, modern kitchen appliances, and sleek white bath finishes. The cozy master bedroom features a queen bed with built in nightstand. Plenty of space for your luggage and a small closet area to keep your clothes wrinkle-free. A brilliantly designed second room doubles as a lofted bedroom and a living room, complete with TV. Enjoy the delightful Dallas outdoors in your own private seating area.

Low-Cost 1000 sq ft Shipping Container Home, NSW, Australia

Working with a modest budget, architect Matt Elkan transforms four salvaged shipping containers into a stylish, low-maintenance getaway on the NSW south coast.

About architect
About builder

ProjectSouth Coast Container House
Project TeamMatt Elkan, Daina Cunningham
BuilderLuke Price Total Building Solutions (Moruya)
EngineerBruce Delprado
Containersone 40-foot and three 20-foot shipping containers
Area94 square metres (1,000 square feet) and 40 square metres (430 square feet) of deck
PhotographsSimon Whitbread

Low-Cost 1000 sq ft Shipping Container Home, NSW, Australia.

Economy, simplicity and energy efficiency were the driving principles behind Simon and Elise Byrne’s family getaway, near the coast, two hours from their busy Canberra lives. “We had a very small budget, but we wanted to produce something noteworthy,” says Simon. “I don’t buy the idea that good architecture is only for the wealthy.” He found a good match with sustainable architect Matt Elkan, who was happy to “talk about how cheaply we can build something cool.”

Tailored for the gently sloping block with the street to the west, good north aspect and bushland views to the east, Matt’s design centres around one 40-foot and three 20-foot shipping containers. One of the small ones forms a separate guest pod; the other two host modest bedrooms and are arranged to form an L-shape with the long container, which houses a bathroom, bunkroom and kitchen. A sunken lounge nestles into the corner of the L, and is surrounded by an extensive covered deck providing extra living space to the north and east.

Shipping containers, their design optimised for protecting goods on the high seas rather than housing humans, have limitations for architecture. “It’s all about using them for areas where they work,” explains Matt. “The space available inside is okay for bathrooms and even bedrooms, but pretty pokey for living spaces.”

The layout of Simon and Elise’s low-cost 1000 sq ft shipping container home allows the containers to take care of the smaller spaces and service areas, and steps down to take advantage of the fall of the land to create generous ceiling heights for the living room and decks.

“If a shipping container is to be a good strategy for a building, it needs to really pull its weight. For this build, the containers minimised the need for structural walls and posts for three-quarters of the 1000 sq ft shipping container home, and allowed us to keep the roof structure pretty simple.” He explains that using the containers also reduced the build time and associated costs.

Other strategies for keeping costs down included a minimal footprint – the house and guest pod together are only 94 square metres (1000 sq ft), plus 40 sq m (430 sq ft) more of decking – and a focus on structural efficiency and a restrained form. Material choices were inexpensive, like the structural ply used for floor, wall and ceiling linings, and there’s a certain roughness to the finishes; for example, screws were left exposed. Designing the 1000 sq ft shipping container home to follow the slope of the land allowed for a simple subfloor structure and no excavation, also a significant cost saving.

One area where money was spent, though, was on the double-glazed windows and doors. They were custom made from recycled timber by Architectural Hardwood Joinery, which declares a commitment to ‘carbon negative joinery’. The company chooses to fill nail holes and other imperfections in the timber with black epoxy to celebrate rather than discard damaged sections, resulting in considerably less waste. “I love the doors and windows,” says Simon. “They are just so beautifully crafted.”

Simon, Elise and their two young kids get down to the house every other weekend. “We wanted a place where we could escape from the busyness of everyday living, pare things back, unclutter and unplug,” says Simon. “With its small bedrooms, the house encourages interaction in the living spaces. And it’s quite amazing how you just don’t need as much space as you think. This low-cost 1000 sq ft shipping container home can accommodate 10 people comfortably in its very small floor area, and it’s full of clever little spaces that you can move around and enjoy. It’s surpassed my expectations – and I have fairly high expectations!”

Matt’s pleased with the finished result too. “It turned out one-third of the cost of the next cheapest house we’ve ever designed: I’m proud of that. That’s where my heart is at – I’d love to think that architecture has more relevance to more people by being less expensive. This project is part of a broader story for us, about how to do better things cheaper.”

Description from architect

This project was always about economy, efficiency and how to do as much as possible on a very limited budget. However, the scale belies the efficiency of program and generosity of the outcome. The client’s conviction from the outset was that good architecture does not need to be expensive, and this project attempts to prove the theory.

It is modest in budget (approx 1/3 of the cost of the any other new house undertaken by the office), and also in scale (94m2 + 40m2 decks). The house can sleep 10, and feed many more.

Structurally it is built around 4 containers, with a flat roof and insulated external cladding for thermal performance. The containers are exposed internally and house sleeping and service functions. The floor and decks step down with the site to create generous ceiling heights, views down the block and connection with the ground at all points.

Environmentally, this house attempts to do as much as possible to minimise its impact including : north orientation and zero excavation, zero VOC finishes, natural wool insulation in roof, 100% recycled HW doors and windows with Low E DGUs and 5000L on site water storage.

20 ft HC Shipping Container Home, Canada

Construction process

Owner and BuilderMark Thevenot
Building Time3 weeks from start to finish
CostMaterials and 20 ft HC container are around $20k CAD. 250 labour hours.
Insulation2 pound sprayfoam approx 2-1/2” thick
Area144 Square Foot