Shipping Container Backyard Office, BC, Canada

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About Randy Bens Architect
About Ennova Structural Engineers
About KBC Developments

ProjectRB Studio
ArchitectRandy Bens Architect
Structural EngineeringEnnova Structural Engineers
BuilderKBC Developments
Project ParticipantsJohn Buttery, Intern Architect AIBC, Container West, Stickle Cabinets
ManufacturersStructurlam, Herman Miller, Flor, Studio Italia design
Area350 SF
LocationNew Westminster, BC, Canada
PhotographyEma Peter

Description by architects

Completed in the winter of 2016, this modified shipping container is our new office. The practice was formed in 2005 to focus on small, well-crafted buildings. After working in my home office with one staff member for many years, we decided to expand the practice (a little).

Lifestyle is important to me and my wife, so the decision was made to expand to the back yard rather than to a remote commercial space. The goal was to have the benefits of working from home, while having an independent space for staff, a place to conduct meetings with clients and contractors, and to simply have more room to do our work. The self sufficient shipping container backyard office contains a kitchenette, washroom, printer / network cabinet and an open studio space. The small meeting space can be configured in a number of ways, and the table can join the desk for model making.

We looked at several construction options and settled on an over-sized corten steel shipping container. These containers were designed for mining operations and are 40’ long, 11.5’ wide, and 9.5’ high. The inherent durability of the steel shell, and the ability to for us to take the structure with us when / if we relocate were two of the biggest benefits.

The 350 sq.ft. shipping container backyard office cantilevers over its new foundation, and pulls all the services from the old 1930’s house that shares the property. Water, sanitary, power, and data were trenched from the house to the base of the building. The container was fitted out in the supplier’s factory, and arrived on site 95% complete,

The yellow cedar cladding was a city requirement (all shipping containers must be clad). The window and door are also yellow cedar, and they’ll be left to weather to a grey patina. The steel stair has already taken on a full layer of rust after one winter. The interior is lined in birch plywood to impart warmth, and the Douglas Fir desk clear spans 19’ giving us a very flexible working space.

The reaction to the project has been universal in the neighbourhood and from visitors - everyone loves it. There is something about small buildings that most people find appealing. It has turned out to be a pleasant place to work.

Shipping Containers Inside Split Level Home, Seattle, Washington

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About Paul Michael Davis Architects
About TransOlympic Engineerin
About Karlstrom Associates

ProjectThe Wyss Family Container House
ArchitectsPaul Michael Davis, Tiffany Chow - Paul Michael Davis Architects
Structural EngineerMark Leingang - TransOlympic Engineering
Civil EngineerMark Leingang - TransOlympic Engineering
BuilderDick McDonald, Roger Reynolds - Karlstrom Associates
Area3200 SF
LocationMercer Island, Seattle, Washington, USA
PhotographyMark Woods

Description by Paul Michael Davis Architects

Our clients, a young family of 5, approached us asking us to design something bold, unusual, and adventurous. Additionally, it had to add space for their growing, rambunctious kids, as well as bring their 1960s home into the 21st century. And they really loved the idea of re-purposing shipping containers.

After analyzing the house and the way the clients lived in it, we proposed a series of minimalist metal boxes to replace their existing, poorly constructed garage. In it’s place, we designed a multi-level space with a new garage, a guest bedroom, and two multi-purpose spaces which could be used by adults and kids alike for a variety of things over the years. Within this stacked volume, we stacked two recycled shipping containers and put the more private, messy rooms like bathrooms and a laundry room inside.

Our budget didn’t allow for a complete renovation of the existing house, so we decided to let the existing house remain mostly as-is, and juxtapose it with a strongly contrasting, minimal addition.


Garage and Family Room addition and extensive remodel of a 1950s house on a wooded suburban site on Mercer Island’s south side. The project includes the incorporation of two repurposed shipping containers.

Types of Structures Necessary for Comfort and Safety Needs of Mining Crews


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In every mining, construction, infrastructure site, or even in a simple building, house or shipping container home, we need to consider safety first for the structural facility. Do you manage to see or pass by any construction site to which you can read a lot of safety precautions? These safety measures contribute a significant factor why there is no accident or zero accidents. Besides all the safety precautions, we also need to consider, understand and hear about my employees' preferences and make them relaxed and satisfied. It is necessary to provide them with a comfortable atmosphere and facilities that can treat their home far away from their places. To which, in return, they can provide an efficient and productive output.

Shipping Container Home Addition, Austin, Texas

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About Sige&Honey
About Troo Designs

ArchitectMark Reynolds Architecture
Shipping Container Home Addition BuilderSige&Honey
Shipping Container Home Interior Design Troo Designs
Containers 1x20ft
Location Austin, Texas
Year 2016
Area 160 sqft

Patrice Rios, founder of interior design firm Troo Designs and custom shipping container business Sige&Honey, has combined her two loves in a new project in East Austin’s popular Mueller neighborhood.

Designed with local architect Mark Reynolds, the duplex creatively reuses shipping containers as home additions that can serve as guest bedrooms, offices, or art studios. "The intent was to give the homeowner a place where they felt inspired to live and work," says Rios. With one unit already sold, Unit B, which mirrors the same floor plan with more feminine finishes, is being offered for $499,000.

In her discussions with Reynolds, Rios requested that the architecture of the building reflect the shipping containers in the backyard. The modular appearance of the duplex, clad in white Hardie plank siding, mimics the look of a two-story container home. With large windows and 11-foot-tall ceilings, the two-bedroom, three-bath residence feels more spacious than its 1,484 square feet. On the ground floor, the living, dining, and kitchen areas flow into one another; potential guests in the shipping container also have easy access to a full bath of their own. A steel-and-wood floating staircase leads to the second floor, which holds two bedrooms with patio access.

"This home brings a downtown high-rise feel with your own private work space and is literally steps away from one of the most popular neighborhoods in Austin," says Rios. "The east side is vibrant, funky, and very open to new concepts. There is no other place I would have rather built my first home including the shipping containers." 

3 Bedroom Shipping Container Home, Bruce Township, Michigan

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About Three Squared

ProjectEbeling House
BuilderThree Squared, Inc.
Area 2,600 sf
LocationBruce Township, MI, USA

Description by Three Squared

The Ebeling House shipping container home is a unique hybrid construction utilizing both traditional lumber framing and shipping containers to create a spacious 2.5 bath, 3 bedroom shipping container home complete with open concept dining/living/kitchen, a home office, laundry room, a generously sized pantry, and an attached three car garage with a workshop.

4000 sqft 4 Bedroom Shipping Container Home, New Jersey

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About Adam Kalkin
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ProjectQuik House
ArchitectAdam Kalkin
Containers9x40ft HC
Area4,000 square foot
Price (2018)$875,000
Location3 Linfield Lane, Califon, New Jersey, USA

Description by thegosselingroup

Nestled on a cul-de-sac at the end of a private road in charming Califon, NJ, this 4,000 square foot, 3.1 baths, 4 bedrooms shipping container home sits on just over 3 acres, about one third of which is forest.

After winding through the beautiful pastoral roads of Hunterdon County, just an hour from New York City’s Holland Tunnel, you arrive at a custom-designed checkerboard steel gate that opens to the curved driveway of this one-of-kind modern home designed by renowned architect, Adam Kalkin.

Through innovative design and the upcyling of industrial materials, this unique home with upscale amenities throughout is an architectural wonder. Constructed in 2008, it is comprised of several steel shipping containers welded together with CorTen steel beams. Kalkin created two separate, yet linked, two-story wings, that boast an open floor plan and flexible design.  

Complementing the steel are glass sliders throughout, which serve to bring the outside in, and shine light on the copious wood flooring, doors and accents. The commercial and industrial grade materials used throughout are complemented by state-of-the-art radiant heat, high-velocity central air, recessed lighting, abundant storage, built-in shelving, and top of the line appliances and finishes.

The architect’s unique vision is outlined in a book titled “Quik Build: Adam Kalkin’s ABC of Container Architecture” by Alistair Gordon.  

This 4000 sqft shipping container home has been featured in DWELL, CNN, Vogue, among other publications. It has also received international recognition, including an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in NYC.  

Arriving at the front of the house you are welcomed by an oversized Neoporte pivoting stainless steel door at the center of a custom designed glass and stainless steel breezeway, that seamlessly connects the two wings. The breezeway provides a temperature controlled interior connection that serves to unify the home’s aesthetic.


The West wing’s first floor is quintessential modern industrial design. It boasts exposed CorTen Steel beams, concrete floors and an open kitchen with a 12-foot long stainless island.  The island contains a Miele dishwasher, Viking range and sports custom wooden cabinets where one can prepare dinner while taking in the spacious lawn and private courtyard.  

Economic and Minimalist Solutions in Self-Sufficient and Movable Shipping Container Hotel, Czech Republic

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About Artikul Architects

ProjectContainHotel (Hotel Trainspotting)
ArchitectsArtikul Architects
Containers2x20ft, 1x40ft HC
LocationTreboutice near Litomerice, Czech Republic
PhotographyMichal Hurych

Description by Artikul Architects

For a brave investor, we designed a small mobile hotel from used shipping containers. Its first location fell on a surf camp between the Elbe and a busy railway line - that's why we named it Hotel Trainspotting for the time being.

The building consists of two twenty-foot containers and a high forty-foot container transversely placed on them. In the lower containers there is a bathroom, technical facilities, storage and one guest room. There are four rooms in the upper container with a terrace. The whole hotel is designed as a demountable, maximally self-sufficient and environmentally friendly.

6 HVAC Maintenance Checks for Spring

It's finally springtime. The flowers are blooming, the sun is shining, and the birds are singing. It's also time to start thinking about your HVAC system in your shipping container home. Just like your car needs a tune-up now and then, your HVAC system needs regular maintenance to keep it running smoothly. This article will discuss six essential checks you should perform on your HVAC system this spring.

1. Check The Air Filter

The first and most crucial step in HVAC maintenance is to check the air filter. A dirty air filter can restrict airflow, causing your system to work harder than it needs to. It not only decreases the efficiency of your system but can also lead to premature wear and tear. Check your air filter every month and replace it as needed.

If you have a disposable air filter, throw away the old one and install a new one. If you have a reusable air filter, wash it with soap and water, then let it dry completely before putting it back in place. It's also a good idea to check your furnace's blower motor while you're at it.

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Weekend Shipping Container Home, Idaho

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About Jug Mountain Ranch

ProjectJug Mountain Ranch Cargo Cabin
Area320 sq ft
LocationJug Mountain Ranch, McCall, Idaho, USA

Description from Gearjunkie

A repurposed shipping container serves up a great weekend get-away opportunity for this GearJunkie contributing editor.

I recently pulled out my old expedition sled. Plastered with stickers and dinged up from hoisting it through glacial till it has been around the world in pursuit of big adventure. This time was a little different, though. Still bloated to the gills with food and equipment, the sled was stocked with family supplies for a family winter getaway to a remote weekend shipping container home in Idaho.

Cargo containers are large corrugated metal boxes used for shipping. Loaded with goods, stacked and shipped across seas, containers came about during the post-World War II boom, ushering in modern globalization. Today it’s reputed that 17 million containers exist. Surf the inter-webs and you can get yourself a shipping container for as low as $1,200.

Surf a little more and you’ll find examples of purchased shipping containers creatively repurposed as building blocks for livable structures. And, as we found, backcountry weekend shipping container homes. There are lots of pros and cons to building with containers, but this one was already constructed and waiting in the glorious outdoors.

Fat Bike Into Idaho Backcountry

I hitched the sled to the back of my bike and pedaled our supplies three miles into the Idaho backcountry. Rounding the final corner, we spied our winter destination. Jutting out of the woods over the drained reservoir, the weekend shipping container home in Idaho looked like it was speared from over the mountains and lodged in the earth. 

Sporting 25 kilometers of fat bike friendly groomed nordic trails, Idaho’s Jug Mountain Ranch has carved out a nice round-the-year niche for active families. For unique digs, the Ranch dragged the corrugated cargo box through the stands of Ponderosa Pines and perched it over the Jug Mountain Reservoir, so close, in fact, that in summer you can swing your legs off the deck and dangle your toes in the water below.

Jug Mountain Ranch Cargo Cabin

We punched in the code and swung open the doors. The 20-foot-long weekend shipping container home was divided in half; a pair of bunks racked with all-weather mattresses stood behind a roller door, the kitchen and main quarters ran down the right flank. Just a short walk outside led you to the eco-outhouse and the ‘pee’ tree. A shed was stacked with enough wood to keep the cabin warm for two winters.

Inside, the entire shipping container home was paneled in plywood and fortified with everything one might need for a stay. A propane-powered stove fueled a kitchen stocked with cookware, flatware and cleaning supplies. A small wood stove sat prepped and ready to light. And windows galore cut through the corrugated wall, ready to soak in the light and judicious mountain views.

The kids got right to choosing their preferred bed of choice. Powered by solar, I flipped the Goal Zero battery, illuminating the cabin with a string of holiday lights, then lit the stove to heat up our weekend home.

Idaho Outdoors Recreation

We passed the days skiing, biking, and sledding. We returned late in the afternoon to hang our sweaty-wet clothes out to dry. Our bellies warmed with soup du jour.

We’ve done a fair amount of winter family camping, mostly in yurts though. Yurts, being round, can feel open but dark. Contrary, the cargo cabin, being narrow, felt more constrained, but brighter.

When we wanted to call it an early night for the kids, we simply rolled the divider door shut, allowing mom and dad some quiet time to chill over boxed wine.

Soon enough, it was time to go. We packed up our gear and racked up the bikes for the ride back to the rig.

Would we come back? Certainly so. Just $100 a night got us a prime outdoor location all to ourselves in a neat little corrugated package. What would we do different? We’d come back in summer of course, so I could finally retire that old bright orange sled.

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How To Ensure That Your House Is Warm Enough During Snowy Months


Snow is a winter wonder for some and a terrible inconvenience to others. If you're someone who enjoys bundling up in your warmest sweater and taking an afternoon stroll in the falling snow, then perhaps you've accepted the cold weather as part of what makes this time of year enjoyable. But if you're like most people, and the idea of spending hours shoveling your driveway and scraping your car windows isn't particularly appealing, then you're probably dreading what this winter season has in store.

For those who aren't as eager to brave the chilly months ahead, there's good news. It doesn't have to be as difficult as some make it out to be. In fact, there are a few things you can do to help ensure that your shipping container house is warm enough during snowy months.

Clever Ideas To Transform Your Outdoor Area Into A Lively And Practical Space

It doesn’t matter whether you have a small or large backyard near your shipping container home, these areas are supposed to be one of the loveliest and most comfortable spaces. That’s the place we go to when we want to just sit back, relax and unwind.

The outdoor space shouldn’t be the place you want to escape from. On the contrary. People usually have backyards that are cluttered with too many unnecessary things and then everything appears to be too messy and chaotic.

That’s why you need to become more organized and think of the steps you will take that will completely renovate it. If you don’t know where to start, then check out the tips we’re about to add that will entirely transform your outdoor space.

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1 Bedroom Shipping Container Home, El Prado, New Mexico

1 Bedroom Shipping Container Home Interior
About Boma Properties

ProjectThe Steel Pueblo
BuilderBoma Properties
Area320 sq ft
LocationEl Prado, New Mexico, USA

Description from Airbnb


• 1br/1ba unique modified shipping container
• Fiber Optic internet with live streaming tv makes it a great place to work from
• Private back porch with sliding glass door
• Floor to ceiling windows to show off Taos city night views
• Surrounded by Mountains
• Great Central location to Town and all local adventures

The Steel Pueblo comes in the form of a boutique lodging experience where your stay will be a focal point of your travels rather than a place to simply rest your head.

This 1 bedroom shipping container home in New Mexico capitalizes on the beauty of Taos with a living area that flows right onto patio. Enjoy your cup of coffee with the sunrise over the mountains or your wine with a cool breeze under the stars.

It boast a separate bedroom with a Queen bed with storage for your belongings. The wall of windows accompanied by floor to ceiling windows give you the best view from your bed. If privacy is desired each window has built in blinds.

The living room has YOUTUBETV and a futon for extra sleeping space when needed. The doors in the living room can be slid to the side for your living area to spill onto the porch. 12000 BTU mini split will provide heat/air so you will always remain comfortable.

Kitchen is equipped with any cooking products you will need and a breakfast bar to enjoy them at. The bathroom has a shower along with all other amenities that you made need.

The sun shines through the shipping container home brightening the internal space and accentuating beautiful surrounding mountain views. Right outside of town the stars will shine bright as you soak in the wood burning hot tub on the porch as you can see the lights of town glimmer.

The Steel Pueblo shipping container home in New Mexico, has been made to put a modern spin on the Pueblo houses. It boast the same silhouette of the traditional houses with the sharp 90 degree angles giving it its signature rectangle shape. To pay homage to the earth colored adobe of the pueblo homes the exterior has naturally rusted Corten steel giving it the earth color patina.

Two-story 2000 sqft Shipping Container Home, Arizona

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About Ecosa Institute

ProjectFlagstaff Container House
DesignEcosa Institute
ArchitectsTony Brown, Tom Hahn
DesignerMarie Jones
BuilderDan Miller
Area2,000 sq ft
LocationSouthside Flagstaff, Arizona, USA

This 2,000 sq ft shipping container home, the first shipping container home in Arizona, is made from six recycled shipping containers. Located in historic Southside Flagstaff, it is a two-story dwelling with a spacious atrium living-dining room, two baths, two bedrooms, two studio/offices, plant solarium, galley kitchen, and five decks with views of the San Francisco Peaks and the lively street life of this outdoor-loving and friendly university town.

Comfortable in wintertime, with passive solar and in-floor radiant heating, and in summertime, with natural mountain breezes, the shipping container house collects solar electric power and harvests rainwater and snowmelt. The insulation is biofoam, recycled denim, and exterior ceramic coating. Aluminum dual-pane aluminum windows and translucent insulated fiberglass fill the house with natural light.

The recipient of a Coconino County Sustainability Award, the shipping container home was designed by communication designer Marie Jones and architects Tony Brown and Tom Hahn of Ecosa Institute, and was built by Dan Miller. Construction was completed in 2011.

Description by Ecosa Institute

This project features recycled ocean-going shipping containers as the main structure; but the home will also include a whole host of other environmental and energy-efficient design ideas and materials. The home is though to be the first shipping-container-based house in Flagstaff, and one of the first multi-story container projects in Arizona.

The containers have been pre-fabricated in Phoenix and trucked to the northern Arizona site for their placement into the project.  With the containers placed and connected together, the home will be completed on-site under the direction of the owners.  The project is planned to be ready to be occupied in late 2010.

This project uses five 40-foot long "high-cube" containers for the main house, in a criss-cross plan that rises into an open, dayligh filled, two-story high atrium space.  This atrium will have operable windows to allow for natural "stack" ventilation, and will be capped off with a pitched roof angled for best performance with solar-electric photovoltaic panels. Across a raised deck from the main house, a detached 20-foor long, standard height container will house an artist studio. The entire project has been designed for rainwater and snowmelt harvesting by Barnabus Kane of TBK Associates in Prescott, Arizona, and the site will also be finished with a permaculture based, minimal water use, native landscaping.

The exterior of the containers will retain their robust steel exterior, and be refurbished and repainted with a super-insulating ceramic based paint, in forest and sunset colors. A "floating" steel interior stair, as well as the entry porch, will be suspended on steel rods from the containers above, accessing the second floor bedrooms and roof decks made from portions of an additional container. Super-insulated windows with recycled content frames will be set back in recycled steel "shade boxes" that will keep the sun and snow at bay.  The project will also include soy=based spray-foam insulation, radiant floor heating, soy-stained concrete floors, photovoltaic panels, recycled metal structure and roofing, translucent super-insulating glazing, graywater recovery, low-water use fixtures and appliances, recycled content and non-toxic finishes and energy efficient lighting.  site fencing and other landscape features will be made from portions of the containers that were cut away in fabrication.

This shipping container home in Arizona has been accepted by the new Coconino County Sustainable Building Program, and will aim to achieve an "Advanced" rating under the program upon completion.