Shipping container homes have grown in popularity but they do raise questions. Are shipping container homes cheaper? How long do shipping container homes last? Shipping container homes cost less than traditional homes, but customization and permit costs should still be considered. With proper maintenance, they can last 25 years or more. The most common shipping container sizes for homes are 20 and 40 feet long with a standard height of 8′ 6″. While there are pros and cons of shipping container homes, such as eco-friendliness vs limited space, they have the potential to transform the way we think about home design. This list of 51 shipping container homes showcases some of the most creative possibilities.
1. Wolfrom Cottage
Located at the Lake of the Prairies in Manitoba, Canada, this 3-piece container home features a cantilevered volume set atop a perpendicular support volume. The third container stands on its end to form a lookout tower over the lake.
2. Prince Road Container House
An Airbnb with a difference, Prince Road Container House has been featured in Apartment Therapy and news outlets around the world. This art-splashed accommodation features a tipped container that houses a staircase. You’ll find wild mid-century modern style and a Mondrian-inspired kitchen inside.
3. Bergheim Container Lodge
This cargo container ski lodge is set in the IFA resort in Schöneck. Like the rest of the accommodations here, it’s also a SmartHome.
4. The Starburst House
Constructed to resemble a crystalized formation, this multi-container house revolves around one central point. When standing at the heart, it’s possible to gaze along every spoke of the house and out to the encircling desert of Joshua Tree, California. One of the disadvantages of metal shipping container homes is that they can overheat, so you’ll need to consider insulation and cooling systems if you intend to build your own shipping container homes for a similar climate.
5. Container Guest House
Shipping container tiny homes are a popular choice. This tiny guest house has a cheerful aesthetic with a bright blue paint job and a wall of sliding windows. One end of the container is also fully glazed, which gives the guests a wraparound, outdoor living experience.
6. Amagansett Modular
Large shipping container homes with high ceilings can be achieved by fusing containers into one tall volume, like in this modular 1800 sq ft, four-bedroom, house.
7. The Box House
This contemporary villa is made from five repurposed shipping containers. Most of the metal sides have been replaced with glass, which allows the house to blend lightly into a habitat of Satinwood Trees. The shipping container homes price range climbs steeply once extra glazing and cantilevered reinforcements are counted.
8. Lavish Shipping Container Retreat
A luxurious container home rental in Utah, at the base of a sandstone mountain. This accommodation features 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a wide deck, and nature right there on the doorstep.
9. C Home
Give 2 story shipping container homes an abstract twist, like the C Home with its asymmetrically sliced window reveal, which falls away to a deck below.
10. The Shipping Container at Desert Rose Ranch
Located on 27 private acres on the Texas Wine Trail, this rustic shipping container home is a place to reconnect with nature and yourself. Natural light pours through large glass windows and a glazed garage door that frames the glorious Hill Country landscape.
11. The Shoreline
After starting life as a 40′ shipping container, this tiny home now houses Airbnb guests in Texas. Cedar siding is spaced so that the original container is still recognizable. A rooftop deck makes a sweet spot for sunsets.
12. The Hanging Villa
The upper floor of this 3-bed shipping container villa is supported by 4 struts that give the patio a sculptural element. It also has a private pool, so you can spend your stay hanging out by the water.
13. Seaway Villa Joshua District
Featuring recycled driftwood, this Indonesian shipping container project was inspired by a love of the ocean. A fresh gray and white interior color scheme, splashed with blue, turquoise, and orange, paints a positive energy.
14. Cozy Cabin Nord I Harz
Underfloor and infrared heating keep this container cabin cozy in Harz, Germany. Its red steel jacket contrasts with the forest outside, while a raw clay plaster maintains the pleasant indoor climate and appearance.
15. Container Cabin at OOST Kampville
In Nakhon Nayok, Thailand, two containers create the common areas for this upcycled house. The main living space is in one wing, while the dining room and pantry fill the other. 20-foot containers were used to fit with the limitation of the narrow road.
16. Carroll House
Situated on a typical 25×100-foot Brooklyn corner lot, Carroll House is a single-family residence made from 21 shipping containers. The steel cases are evenly stacked and cut into a dramatic slope.
17. Squirrel Park
In Oklahoma City, USA, modified shipping containers were used to create four 400 sq ft single-family homes. The industrial exteriors encase conventional interior layouts to offer traditional neighborhood comforts on a smaller scale.
Unlike anything else in downtown Phoenix, Arizona, this block of shipping container residences make up part of a walkable arts district with award-winning galleries, incredible restaurants, and unique boutiques.
19. Shipping Container House
A tall wood-clad volume forms the center support of this off-grid home, while two shipping containers saddlebag the sides. The heart of the structure houses the common living areas and the containers serve as private sleeping and work quarters.
20. La Maison Du Yoga
The bright red, industrial-theme aesthetic of La Maison Du Yoga makes it stand out from its lush green farmland surroundings by the Pawna River bank, India.
21. Nova Cottage
This cozy tiny house is perfectly planted for outdoor fun in the picturesque Hocking Hills and Lake Hope State Parks, Ohio. The black shipping container is trimmed with a border of reclaimed wood, which makes a natural link to the environment.
22. Black Star Kangaroo Valley
Down in Kangaroo Valley, Australia, a black metal barn offers luxury accommodation on a 5-acre residence. 6 meter-high picture frame windows drink in the sweeping views.
23. Village Co Gramado
Located in the countryside of Gramado RS, Brazil, this simple shipping container home is steeped in nature.
24. Tiny Bunker in Todd
Measuring 160 sq ft and built using a reclaimed shipping container, the Tiny Bunker was designed to have a small footprint on the planet. Two decks allow its inhabitants to enjoy nature with an outdoor dining nook, lounge area, fire table, and hot tub.
25. Ranch Workspace
Tucked under the trees in a black shipping container, this ranch workspace becomes one with the woodland shadows.
26. Cabana na Serra Gaúcha
Built with thermally insulated double walls, this cabin offers a comfortable stay in the Atlantic Forest, São Francisco de Paula.
27. Casa Conteiner
A little different from the rest, this fresh white modern design has an elegantly ethereal feel.
A 20 square meter base, just big enough for two people enjoying a weekend of outdoor activities.
29. The Farm House Container at East Zion
A shipping container on the outside, a modern farmhouse on the inside. This cute container is a bolthole for couples on a jaunt to Zion National Park or Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah, United States.
30. Modern Haven
It may look small but this tiny home hides three queen sleeping areas, a full kitchen, bathroom, comfortable living room, and a rooftop deck.
Surrounded by the waterfalls and many birds of the magical forest in San Simón el Alto, Mexico, you might never want to leave this charming vacation home.
32. Nordic Sea-container Cottage
While away the hours on the large south-facing terrace of this container cottage. It has a lovely view of an old farm site and an ancient oak alley in Hiiu County, Estonia.
33. Jakuzili Tiny House
This recycled shipping container home has a two-story configuration with upper and lower decks. Wide windows provide wraparound views.
34. L3nee’s Lay-Up
Simply adorable! This tiny container home resembles a chic country abode in Ohio, USA.
The sleek black aesthetic of this customized container home is matched by a sleek matte black kitchen installation inside. Limewashed plaster walls and wood accents create welcoming texture in the open living space.
36. The Helm
Two shipping containers, measuring 20′ and 40′, were insulated and cedar-paneled to create this inviting holiday home. The roof deck and an upstairs bedroom are accessed by an exterior spiral staircase.
37. Oasis in the Heads
This mini oasis has 2 “Ecospace” tiny homes and a double 40 ft container home.
38. Hermosa Container Home
This basic container house maintains its industrial aesthetic with an aged patina.
39. Container House
A Grand Designs House of the Year finalist, this private family residence uses eight 20′ and 40′ high cube shipping containers. The fused metal framework accommodates the canyon-shaped hillside.
40. House Of Zach and Brie Smithey
Inverted arch windows give this brick-clad design a quirky upside-down appearance.
41. House Of Martha Moseley and Bill Mathesius
Measuring a total of 7,200 sq ft, this 11-piece shipping container home in Pennsylvania proudly displays its industrial origins.
42. Casa Huente
This ultra-small container home extends its living space with a covered terrace. With views like these, you wouldn’t want to spend much time indoors anyway.
43. Container Cabin in the Catskills
Tucked in the Catskill Mountains of New York, this 4-season shipping container cabin goes off-grid with a wood stove and a compost toilet.
44. Container with Private Pool
Tropical vegetation and sun canopies soften the hard linear outline of this sweet container home in Aguada, Puerto Rico.
45. River’s End Retreat
An L-shaped construction builds privacy around this shipping container holiday chalet, which is located on a working farm in Kalgan, Western Australia. Although, pet kangaroos from the paddock do sometimes swing by.
46. Villa Kotak
Recycled materials and decor make up this beach-inspired container home with a private pool and garden.
47. Villa Nyima III
A living wall climbs the side of this idyllic vacation stay in Barra de Ibiraquera, Santa Catarina, Brazil. A freeform pool completes the magical garden setting.
48. Modern Designed Cargo Container
Disused freight containers are fashioned into a uniform row of environmentally-conscious micro homes in Wertheim, Baden-Württemberg, Germany.
49. DYKROS: TAURO TROBA
Made with 2 parallel shipping containers, this unimposing home is surrounded by fields, and forests in Taurage Region, Lithuania.
50. The Lily Pad
A motorized glass garage door opens this neat tiny home up to the hillside environment.
51. Nordic Mountain Container
A refuge in the woodland, this shipping container home rests under a lullaby of birdsong, bubbling water, and the whispering breeze.
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