Building homes, shelters, and survival bunkers from recycled shipping containers is a very economical and efficient way to build your home. Some people balk at the idea of living a a shipping container home, but if designed correctly, and smartly, you can design a home which is indistinguishable from traditional homes. A little bit of creativity, paneling, flooring, and siding and from the street you’d never be able to tell that a container home is made from large steel modular boxes. Another very powerful incentive for creating your home from shipping containers is strength. Your home will be made from steel! If designed properly, a container home is practically earthquake and nature proof. Much stronger than stick built homes, and in some cases, stronger than brick or stone homes. Container homes are also very energy efficient in almost any environment with some creative and inexpensive design. Shipping containers are the perfect choice for Off The Grid building and living! Shipping container homes are the PERFECT base to start building you off grid home or cabin. It’s extensible, affordable, modular, and portable. If you build a traditional home or cabin, and ever have to move, you can’t take your home with you, which forces you to sell it and start from scratch. With container homes you can easily upgrade an existing home by simply adding another 40′ container which adds an instant 320′ square feet onto your total living space. It’s inexpensive, it’s efficient, and it’s eco-friendly. When you turn a used shipping container into a home, you’re helping contribute to the betterment of the world. These are a just few of my shipping container home designs. From one extreme to the other, cheap and small, to extremely large and extravagant these are some of the most popular home design styles made from shipping containers. $10k Ranch Style Shipping Container Home
1280 square foot ranch style home for less than $10,000 in materials. This design, like most others I’ve designed uses a minimalist approach to maximize livable floor space. The design is so simple it uses just two ISO shipping containers spaced 16 feet apart to form a grand entrance and living room/dining room space which is 640 square feet, with 12 foot vaulted ceilings. The two containers off the each side form the outer walls, and contain the bedrooms and bathroom. It’s not shown, but you could take and cut out half of the inside wall of one of the containers and form a very big kitchen, which opens into the the dining room/living room common area, basically giving the whole place a very big “feel” inside. The addition of the large glass wall in the back is simply to give it a more open feel.
Here’s a view of the inside 12 foot vaulted ceilings. Notice how much more room there is inside. Really this is the whole idea. Technically, I could add another 8 feet to the width and increase the common area floor space by 33% to 960 square feet, but that would increase costs by $3000-$5000 more in materials. The rear of the house doesn’t have to be a glass wall, but I like it because it just looks nice, and will give the interior space a large feel opening onto the back patio. I’m not sure you could get much more space for the money using only two containers. 1280 square feet is a good size to start out, and even if you were to splurge a little with more expensive materials you could double the cost to $20k and still have one very affordable, and very nice home. spread the containers apart just 8 more feet and you increase the square footage to 1600 sqft. Not too shabby for $20k huh?
Throw in another $5000 for a small solar panel system and you’re ready to go. (NOTE: The price only includes the shipping containers, building materials, basic electrical and plumbing. It does not include land, installation, permitting, septic system, or foundation.)