Barndominium Style 900 sqft Shipping Container Home with Covered Indoor/Outdoor Space Between Containers, Ohio

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BuilderCreative Cabins
Area900 sqft
Containers2 x 40 ft
LocationHocking Hills State Park, Logan, Ohio, United States

L3nee's Lay-Up (pronounced La Nay) is a unique barndominium style shipping container home featuring a half court covered indoor/outdoor basketball hoop.

This home also features 2 shipping containers with 2 private bedrooms (Queen size) and 2 private bathrooms with showers. Full kitchen and the family room with a gas fireplace. Covered outdoor dining space, hot tub, 2 swings, and fire pit.

L3nee’s Lay-up got its name for owners daughter who played basketball since she could walk. Her number as a young player was #3. She went on to play college basketball and still plays today even in her 30’s. Basketball has been a big part of their lives. Owners love the game and wanted to share this beautiful shipping container home with others who feel the same.

Cozy 40 ft Shipping Container Home with Large Windows, Barneveld, New York

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ProjectThe Scenic Orchard
Builders and ownersEmily, Lee & Gabe
Area320 sq ft
Containers1 x 40 ft
LocationBarneveld, New York, United States

This beautiful and cozy 40 ft shipping container home with large windows is located in Barneveld, New York. The overhangs for the fireplace and hot tub adds great detail to the design. Not much space to work with inside since 40 ft shipping containers are 320sqft but it has it all from a kitchen space, seating area, bathroom, and bedroom. Imagine making up to the sunrise in that bedroom with those huge windows

This shipping container originally stored lawn furniture and sat at the back of the property was as useful as it could be.

Owners didn't hire a construction company to do this shipping container transformation - fortunately they were able to do a lot of the work themselves with the help of one full time worker.

Though, they did hire out independent (extremely talented) contractors for the sheetrocking, spray foam and concrete (as owners did not have a large concrete truck at their disposal nor did they think they could've done a better job than professionals).

Description by Airbnb

This Modern Getaway was thoughtfully designed to bring you a luxurious getaway in mother nature.

Featuring large glass windows throughout the front allows you unobstructed views anytime of the day! Every window does have blinds that you can adjust to your liking as well.

The heated floors allow you to walk freely & comfortably while staying cozy, even in the winter! While, the hot tub is just a few steps away on the outdoor patio that also hosts a large fire pit for you to enjoy!

The interior is based off the simplicity and peacefulness of the surrounding property (The AKaydia Estate) tying in clean and calming colors.

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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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

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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

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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.