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

Construction process
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About Honomobo

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.


Construction process

Location and contact info

Address3281 Shuswap Rd, Kamloops, BC V2H 1T2, Canada
Phone+1 250-371-4888

About Honomobo

Modern. Beautiful. Modular. Honomobo.

At Honomobo this isn’t just a catch phrase, it defines everything we do.

Modern – Modern design is an all encompassing philosophy which we define in three main categories.

Authenticity of materials - At Honomobo we let materials be what they are, not try to look like something else. In the H-series the shipping container which is both part of the structure as well as the exterior cladding material. The cedar ceiling is real cedar, and the steel accent panel is a piece of steel that we allow to weather naturally. In a Honomobo what you see is what you get.

Indoor Outdoor Connection - A Honomobo has a lot of glass. The indoor outdoor experience is a defining feature of our design and it means that from your main living space you will feel connected to the outdoors. Whether a vibrant urban setting or a peaceful retreat, part of living in a Honomobo is feeling connected to the place which you choose to live. The defining experience of living in a Honomobo is feeling connected to the outdoors from your living space.

Minimalism - To us minimalism doesn’t mean living in an empty house with one chair, but it does mean living in an efficiently designed home without wasted space. A Honomobo has rooms which are strategically sized, meant to create intimacy and warmth without feeling cramped, but not creating needless square footage. A Honomobo is designed for you to live comfortably and efficiently wherever you choose to place it.

Beautiful – In a Honomobo we made the conscious decision to build exceptionally durable homes which run exclusively on electricity.

Energy Efficiency - At Honomobo we see a sustainable energy future which relies on renewable and clean electricity production to power our lives and our homes. Every Honomobo is equipped with proven all electric systems which allows for renewable energy sources to offset some or all of the energy usage of a Honomobo.

Durability - Whether it is the corten steel shipping container of the H-Series or the steel frame and steel plate cladding of the M-Series, any Honomobo is built to stand the test of time. Steel construction and durable cladding means a Honomobo will require less long term maintenance and out live a standard home. The durable nature of a Honomobo means less waste from renovation and eventual demolition of homes.

Modular - A modular home is built in a factory. A factory setting allows a Honomobo to be built faster, higher quality, and with less waste than a standard home.

Faster - Without the delays related to weather and other unpredictable events, the speed of construction in a factory is faster and more efficient than you will find in construction outdoors.

Quality - Rigorous quality control in a controlled environment allows for a high quality construction process. Quality control checks are performed at every step of the way to maintain a predictable construction process.

Less Waste - Indoor construction and technologically advanced construction techniques make for a maximally efficient construction process with minimal waste.

These three principles define what we do at Honomobo.

Modern. Sustainable. Modular. Honomobo.

A Honomobo is simply a living space. A Home, a rental suite, office, ADU, guest house, granny suite, in-law suite, cabin or cottage.

A Honomobo is built to be compliant with the local building code of the final address and is permanently affixed to a permanent foundation. Our process is designed to assess the requirements locally and at the Provincial/State level and to develop drawing packages to submit for your local building permits.

Every Honomobo Home has a fixed layout with a set palette of interior and exterior styling options. This allows us to provide you with a predictable and transparent build process.

A Honomobo is built with an engineered steel frame and Corten Steel (container) siding that are precisely finished with high end materials and highly efficient systems.

There are a number of ways to finance a Honomobo: Home Equity Line of Credit, Construction Mortgage, Refinance Plus improvements, Refinance, Purchase Plus Improvements. If you would like to discuss in more depth, we would be happy to refer you to lenders we have worked with in the past.

From design through to permits and completion it typically takes 10-12 months. Permits vary by jurisdiction and can be as quick as 1 month or as long as 6+ months. The quicker you begin the pre-construction phase the sooner you can have your home! It typically only takes us 10-12 weeks to actually build your shipping container home.

Every Honomobo shipping container home is built with efficiency in mind and built to meet and exceed your local requirements. Utilizing 2lb closed cell polyurethane spray foam insulation, we are able to achieve, as standard, an effective R24 in the walls, effective R38.9 in the ceiling and an optional in-floor insulation upgrade of an effective R24 that is recommended if your home is placed over a non-conditioned foundation.

The roof consists of wood joists, spray foam insulation, sheathing, 1% EPS slope package and a white PVC membrane with seams heat welded onsite during installation. Parapets are built up on the front and side of the roof with eavestrough and downspouts located at the back of the home.

As standard, the H-Series is rated for 180 psf snow load. If your local requirements are higher than this, we will provide a proposal to engineer the floor and roof system to accommodate.

The exterior Corten Steel siding is painted with a high-grade abrasion resistant and VOC compliant paint that is UV resistant and extremely durable.

Through continual R&D, we have chosen the highest quality paint to ensure that your shipping container home has the best chance to stand the test of time with minimal preventative maintenance.

Shipping container home permit costs are determined by each local governing authority. Generally this information can be found on your local City's website.

The interior ceiling height is 9ft in both the H and M Series

Honomobo has installed over 90 buildings across North America

Address6908 Roper Rd NW, Edmonton, AB T6B 3H9, Canada

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