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Shipping container home has room for a small family

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The container-based home is available for US$54,900
The container-based home is available for US$54,900
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Custom Container Living has shared another recently-completed build with us
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Custom Container Living has shared another recently-completed build with us
The container-based home is available for US$54,900
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The container-based home is available for US$54,900
The container home is clad in lap siding, with a rim of cedar and some metal siding sections
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The container home is clad in lap siding, with a rim of cedar and some metal siding sections
This container home is based on a large 40 ft (12 m) shipping container and has been raised by 30-in (76.2 cm)
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This container home is based on a large 40 ft (12 m) shipping container and has been raised by 30-in (76.2 cm)
The main bedroom is on the ground floor
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The main bedroom is on the ground floor
The house comes pre-wired, pre-plumbed
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The house comes pre-wired, pre-plumbed
Inside, the container-based home includes a living/dining area, a relatively large kitchen and bathroom, and a bedroom on the first floor
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Inside, the container-based home includes a living/dining area, a relatively large kitchen and bathroom, and a bedroom on the first floor
Storage-integrated stairs (with built-in washer/dryer) lead to the loft bedroom
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Storage-integrated stairs (with built-in washer/dryer) lead to the loft bedroom
The dining table
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The dining table
The kitchen
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The kitchen
Another shot of the kitchen
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Another shot of the kitchen
The kitchen is large for a container-based home
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The kitchen is large for a container-based home
There looks to be plenty of storage space available
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There looks to be plenty of storage space available
The washer/dryer is built into the storage-intergrated stairs
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The washer/dryer is built into the storage-intergrated stairs
The bathroom includes a toilet, sink with vanity unit, and shower/bath
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The bathroom includes a toilet, sink with vanity unit, and shower/bath
The sink unit
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The sink unit
The shower/bath
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The shower/bath
Another shot of the shower/bath
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Another shot of the shower/bath
The loft bedroom
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The loft bedroom
The loft bedroom
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The loft bedroom
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Custom Container Living, the Archie, Missouri-based shipping container specialist behind the unnamed tiny house, has shared another recently-completed build with us. Once again unnamed, this one is based on the firm's "Family Matters" floorplan, which squeezes a family home into a box.

Like the previous model, this container home is also based on a large 40 ft (12 m) shipping container and has been extended in height by 30-in (76.2 cm) to make room for loft space. While this one has no porch, it's quite a lot more roomy inside, and offers a relatively spacious 416 sq ft (38 sq m) of floorspace.

Inside, the container-based home includes a living and dining area, a large kitchen and bathroom, and a bedroom on the ground floor. Storage-integrated stairs (with a built-in washer/dryer) lead to another bedroom in the loft that can fit a king size bed and includes a small built-in closet.

Storage-integrated stairs (with built-in washer/dryer) lead to the loft bedroom
Storage-integrated stairs (with built-in washer/dryer) lead to the loft bedroom

The shipping container home is clad in lap siding, with cedar and metal detailing. Inside, the floors are hardwood.

Insulation is always the biggest concern when it comes to shipping container-based housing – you're essentially living in a metal box after all – and to address this, Custom Container Living has installed spray foam insulation in the ceilings and walls. An efficient Mitsubishi mini-split system provides heating and cooling.

The container house comes pre-wired and pre-plumbed. It's not currently ready to operate off-the-grid, but the firm can add this at cost.

As it has been previously used as a show home, the shipping container home is available for US$54,900.

Source: Custom Container Living

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2 comments
2 comments
Madlyb
While I enjoy and appreciate the work that goes into these container and tiny homes, I still feel like they miss the mark. With the exception of urban and suburban areas with extreme real estate costs, new construction runs about $100 per square foot and even this home, which is better than most, runs $132 which is a huge differential considering the final product isn't as well constructed, insulated, or even capable. It is a poor substitute...for a premium price.
soonerfan
When you compare sq ft pricing of a tiny home (any tiny home) vs a normal size home, you are not comparing apples to apples. On a normal size home, you are averaging in all of the empty/wasted space. In a tiny home you just have the critical space (kitchen, bath, etc.) so that drives up the per sq ft cost.
In terms of construction, container homes such as this are actually built better than traditional homes, as they have a solid corrugated steel structure which will never settle and this one looks to have features you would pay a premium for in a normal home (granite, hardwood, barn wood, stone accents).
I think what it comes down to is lifestyle. Tiny Living isn't for everyone, but for those who want the lifestyle, this seems to be a good option if you do not require mobility.