Architecture

Designers raise the roof for spacious container tiny home

The container home is constructed from a single shipping container that has been extended in height to make room for two lofts
The container home is constructed from a single shipping container that has been extended in height to make room for two lofts
View 13 Images
The unnamed container home is clad in smart lap siding with cedar edging
1/13
The unnamed container home is clad in smart lap siding with cedar edging
The single loft bedroom of the unnamed container home
2/13
The single loft bedroom of the unnamed container home
The container home is constructed from a single shipping container that has been extended in height to make room for two lofts
3/13
The container home is constructed from a single shipping container that has been extended in height to make room for two lofts
The container home measures a total floorspace of 312 sq ft (28 sq m)
4/13
The container home measures a total floorspace of 312 sq ft (28 sq m)
Another shot of the loft bedroom in the unnamed container home
5/13
Another shot of the loft bedroom in the unnamed container home
The home is made from a single 40 ft (12 m) container which has been extended by 30-in (76.2 cm) upwards to make room for two lofts
6/13
The home is made from a single 40 ft (12 m) container which has been extended by 30-in (76.2 cm) upwards to make room for two lofts
The unnamed container home is ready to hookup to the mains, but Custom Container Living can also outfit it to run off-the-grid with a solar setup
7/13
The unnamed container home is ready to hookup to the mains, but Custom Container Living can also outfit it to run off-the-grid with a solar setup
The container home is heated and cooled with an efficient Mitsubishi mini-split system
8/13
The container home is heated and cooled with an efficient Mitsubishi mini-split system
Inside the home proper, there's a main living space which leads to a kitchenette
9/13
Inside the home proper, there's a main living space which leads to a kitchenette
The interior is finished in pine tongue and groove walls
10/13
The interior is finished in pine tongue and groove walls
Storage-integrated stairs lead to the sleeping loft
11/13
Storage-integrated stairs lead to the sleeping loft
The kitchenette includes a refrigerator, combo washer/dryer unit, full-size dishwasher, and microwave
12/13
The kitchenette includes a refrigerator, combo washer/dryer unit, full-size dishwasher, and microwave
The bathroom includes a tub, shower, toilet, and sink with vanity unit
13/13
The bathroom includes a tub, shower, toilet, and sink with vanity unit

We've reported on plenty of container-based homes over the years but here's one that really stands out thanks to its unusual styling. The unnamed dwelling is conceived as a non-towable tiny house and comprises a relatively roomy interior that includes a full-size bathroom.

Designed by Archie, Missouri-based Custom Container Living, the container home comprises a total floorspace of 312 sq ft (28 sq m) and is constructed from a single 40 ft (12 m) shipping container that has been extended in height by 30-in (76.2 cm) to make room for two lofts. The firm also removed a section from the end to create a front porch and cut spaces for the doors and windows.

Inside the home, there's a main living space which leads to a kitchenette. This includes a refrigerator, combo washer/dryer unit, dishwasher, and microwave. Finally, at the end of the home lies a generously-proportioned bathroom with a tub, shower, toilet, and sink with vanity unit.

Storage-integrated stairs reach the sleeping loft and another small loft lies at the other side of the home that can be used for storage.

The interior is finished in pine tongue and groove walls
The interior is finished in pine tongue and groove walls

The container home is clad in smart lap siding with cedar edging. Closed-cell foam insulation is installed, and heating and cooling comes from a Mitsubishi mini-split system.

This model is ready to hookup to the mains and comes pre-wired for TV, appliances, etc. Custom Container Living can also outfit it to run off-the-grid with a solar setup.

The container home will set you back US$47,000.

Source: Custom Container Living

9 comments
ljaques
Were I to design that same space, I'd have solar as the standard power source. I'd also take up much of the -wasted- headroom (which makes people antsy) with shelving and rolling library ladder for access. Or, I'd automate the shelving so it could rotate down to within reach. Even tiny house people have -stuff-, y'know? And the price -only- $47k? Probably -only- $15k for solar add-on, too. The Mitsu split is the best choice. They're very quiet and very efficient.
WayneELowe
How can this be a container home with the end removed? It would not "contain" anything.
Island Architect
I'm sorry, publish these sad things all you wish. I find them ghastly, sad, and inhuman. And virtually in every case utterly tasteless and completely out of context with your Automotive, and Motorcycle, and Architectural publishings Bill
MEdwardLovett
It's nice as far as esthetics, but the practical part? They screwed up with that front "porch" area. This is supposed to be a mobile living space that can be plopped down somewhere and power and water hooked up to it. The wasted utility of the porch, considering it represents from my view, about 1/5 of total length is pointless. They could have just added a pop-up shelter//shade tent on the end in front of the door.
bwklast1
This could be so good, except..... Should I have vinyl siding or wood siding? yes? pick one or the other. Should I have the bathroom right beside the kitchen but not on the same floor as the bedroom? NO!!!!!!!!! Do you think a 40 inch height for the bedroom could be a problem? Na just cut down the posts on your 4 poster bed and don't stand up even when making the bed? On a house this size I have floor space to use for a porch? No!!!!!!!! When making a container house taller 30 inches is a good point to stop at? NO!!!! Just get two of them and put one on top. Real wood and fake wood make an excellent interior? No, pick one or the other. Should I have regular windows or small windows? Both???? On a house this small I need 3 doors? No. If you are going to make a loft on a house this small why not go all the way? Yes. $47K? You could get so much more for that money in a mobile home.........
artwisc
The banister is on the wrong side of the stairway! Such a stupid error makes you wonder about the rest of the design.
DouglasAnkrum
....that 'loft'......do you crawl around on your hands and knees...? It appears maybe....4 feet high.....and funny how the cameras always make things look much larger inside.....these containers are barely 8 feet wide....
Nik
Two containers side by side, would be far more liveable, unless you like living in a corridor. No puny stairs, and no 'loft' crawl space required.
SNorge
What, -no stove? Can't live on Microwave cooking forever...
Thanks for reading our articles. Please consider subscribing to New Atlas Plus.
By doing so you will be supporting independent journalism, plus you will get the benefits of a faster, ad-free experience.