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24 Breathtaking Homes Made from.. $1800 Shipping Containers

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Average home prices have risen to about $300,000 these past few years. While the location of the homes may have significant impact on the price of the home, the house itself costs a lot of money, a lot more than what most people can afford. This is why many people are choosing alternative ways to live. Modern urban ingenuity allowed us to create and make use of living spaces that would have been considered absurd at any other point in time. The deteriorating economy, rising levels of pollution and rapid increase in population forced people to consider more eco-friendlier ways. The newest solution for living spaces? Shipping containers. People are building actual homes from these containers. It’s called cargo container architecture.  It’s super cheap, compact and eco-friendly.

Why Shipping Containers?

Shipping containers typically cost only $1800 – $5000 (some as little as $800) depending on their size. They are readily available for purchase as containers that are shipped to their final destinations are usually too expensive to ship back. These containers are also eco-friendly, as they are re-purposed into homes instead of being melted down when they are scrapped or shipped back empty. Containers are also “virtually indestructible” . Typical homes in US seem like they are made of paper, they can’t handle extreme climate conditions. Containers, on the other hand, are tough. They are build to handle heavy loads, harsh climate conditions, and being handled by cranes. Containers can also be easily stacked to form multi-story homes. These sturdy houses can be welded together and built in a very short time, and handle just about anything that is thrown at them. Just like with any other irregular structures, container homes do have some disadvantages, so be sure to do some research. Here’s some modern container homes that you can drool over.

1. Container Guest House by Jim Poteet


Comes with a cute rooftop garden as well!

Shipping Container Guest House

 And that hardwood floor..


2. Off Grid Container Home in Nederland, Colorado

shipping-container-house first container home in colorado

3. Super Bright and Modern Beach Home in Redondo Beach

Modern Beach Container Home

Oh and it comes with a gorgeous backyard too..


Back view of the home


4. Sunny New Zealand Beach Home

sunny new zealand home

It’s even cozier at night!

open doors container home

 Maybe too cozy! Who said containers can’t have fireplaces?

fireplace in container home

5. Container home / childhood dream come true

container home treehouse

6. New Jerusalem Orphanage in South Africa

new Jerusalem orphanage

28 donated shipping containers were build together to form this beautiful home for kids


7. Your dream cottage in the woods

Woodland Cottage Home Container

8. Accordion Style Modern Red Home

Expandable Container Home

If you ever decide to move, these elements pop back into place for easy transportation.

Expandable Container Home Interior

9. Tony’s Organic Farm Building (packing station, visitor center, hotel and office)

tonys farm container building

10. High ceiling container home that has a….

home inside a container

Another house inside of it!

huge container home

11. Starbucks Drive-Through made from a Re-purposed Shipping Container (Tukwila, Washington)

starbucks shipping container

12. Get cozy in this hobbit-like container dwelling that blends with the environment

hobbit like container home

13. This Youthful design by Marcio Kogan embraces the container look

Marcio Kogan Pad

and their beautiful colors..

colorful brazilian container home

14. Made entirely from recycled materials and embraces off-grid lifestyle

recycled container home

15. Talk about an entrance to your home! (Kalkin House, Vermont)

kalkin hosue entrance

You can be indoors and outdoors at the same time! Feel the breeze.

kalkin house

16. Winter Getaway in Quebec, Canada. Took 7 containers to make!

Snow Fort in Quebec

17. There is a Beach House in Hamptons Made out of Containers!

Beach House in Hamptons made out of Containers

The ceilings need no further decoration!

beach house interior

18. Bright Modern Barbie-Like Home

Bright Modern Container Home

19. Beautiful Two Story Container Home Embraces its Looks

Two Story Container Home

20. This home is located in the Mojave dessert! Almost makes you want to move there. Almost.

mojave dessert container home

21. Modern Cabin in the Woods that Will Bring Back your Childhood Memories

Wood Cabin

22. Modern twist on the container home design in Chile!

modern container home design

 23. Holiday Cabin in Sri Lanka

Built on a army base, made from reclaimed materials including the shipping container, old weapons boxes and remaining bunker materials.

reclaimed shipping container

24. This home in San Jose utilizes it’s slightly slanted roof to let hot air out and cool air in

San Jose Container Home

The price tag? Only $40,000 to build!

Container Architecture Interior

But the view is priceless.

Container Architecture View

Also Read: 15 Incredible Vertical Garden Designs

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  • Wade

    4. Sunny New Zealand Beach Home
    Number 4 is not a shipping container, it’s custom made.

  • mari


  • troy miller

    Interested in knowing more.

  • ADavis

    I just read a site that talks about how much prep goes into a container home. Sand blasting for lead paint and replacing the flooring. The floors are chemically treated for rodents when used for shipping. Also the cost to cut openings, etc. Isn’t cheap.

  • Abbett Survid

    All absolutely stunning but however my favorite is #10
    because it has such a high ceiling not like any other conventional shipping container

  • Tony Adams

    have you tried

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