Shipping Container Homes

27 Extraordinary Shipping Container Homes
Shipping container homes seem like a no-brainer. Approximately 30 million steel shipping containers are in existence, filled and floating, or standing empty in a port. 8 feet wide by 8.5 feet high, and either 20 or 40 feet long, the steel shipping container has been the globally standardized transportation module since 1956.

Sending empty containers back to their origin is expensive, so often the containers sit unused in ports. If one lives near a port with abundant containers, then the energy required to transport the steel container to a local building site will be lower than an inland location, far from the port.

But buyer beware, as that used container might have been sprayed with insecticides or fungicides inside, and coated with lead or heavy metal paints on the outside. Here’s a look at some of our favorite shipping container homes across the world.

Do you have photos of your shipping container house project you’re willing to share? Let us know and we will add them to this page.

1) Shipping Container Guest House, San Antonio

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Poteet Architects’s client lives in a small warehouse on a former industrial site just outside of San Antonio, Texas. The newly installed shipping container guesthouse is fitted with a bathroom and one side is used as a garden shed.

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Container house with green roof by Poteet Architects.

2) The Savannah Project

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Container Home, “The Savanah Project’, Georgia. Two 40-foot containers,

3) Off-The-Grid Shipping Container Home in Nederland, Colorado

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Two shipping containers surround a taller common space in Nederland, Colorado. The containers house sleeping and work areas while the center space hosts dining, living and a loft above. The project is off-the-grid using solar orientation, passive cooling, green roofs, pellet stove heating and photovoltaics to create electricity. Brad Tomecek.

4) Triple Shipping Container Home

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Three shipping containers with a common area between (see below). Note the green roof. Architects: Arcgency. Manufacturer: worldFLEXhome. Area: 180.0 sqm. Year: 2012.

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Shipping container home, as above. Lots more great photos here (modern, open interior!):

5) Rustic Minnesota Container Home

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Two twenty-foot shipping containers were purchased at $800 each to create a cabin complete with kitchen, dining room, living room with a wood burning stove, laundry room and two queen beds. The two cabins are connected by a middle section loft and roof made out of “(3) 4 1/2″ X 11 1/4″ fir beams made up of (3) 2X12’s thru bolted and glued” and a glass door entrance. The cabin is partially powered by solar power arrays and connected to a rainwater cistern, making this building an ecologically-sustainable vacation home. Hive Modular.

Shipping Container Home Tour: 2 Containers Welded Together

This two-container home still fits on a trailer for easy transport. It is quite narrow, but has a full kitchen with stove, sink, and cabinet space. The living area is a kind-of “half-loft,” up some sort stairs, with room for two built-in couches, a TV, and wood-burning stove. The bedroom is at the back of the house, it has room for a queen-sized bed, plus built in storage. The bathroom is fully-tiled and includes a sink, toilet and shower, plus a large window for ventilation.

6) Shipping Container Home in Ottawa, Canada

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By Idekit Homes:

7) Container Home And Photography Studio, San Jose, Costa Rica

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Eight containers surround a double height glass atrium. Maria Jose Trejos.

8) Ancient Foundation, New Container Home

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A wooden sided container sits atop an existing stone foundation in Portugal.

9) Swedish Shipping Container Sauna

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Sauna with built-in wood storage by WRB, Sweden.

10) Quad-Container Home

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The Cross Box, France, comprised of 4 x 40′ shipping containers, accommodation totals 1280 sq ft.

Inside A $50,000 Container Tiny Home

Walker Wilderness Enterprises in suburban Denver offers this container home for $50K. The video shoes the overall plan plus the interior of the house. It includes a storage nook, a (very, very narrow) shower, along with a sink and composting toilet. The door to the bathroom slides along an iron bar. In the kitchen, a wooden countertop includes a top-mount sink. The kitchen storage is simple shelves on brackets. Other storage is provided by hooks around the house. The home has three narrow window on one side, and a somewhat larger “picture window” on the other. The exterior is painted gray with a red door.

11) New York Container Home

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Shipping container home, NY. Tim Steele Design.
Two forty foot long containers sit on a twenty foot container.

12) Container ‘Quik’ House, New Jersey

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Two, three-container-wide 2000 sq foot homes.

13) Containers of Hope, Costa Rica

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The roof between the two salvaged containers is made from the scrap pieces of metal cut out to make the windows. The central roof creates a feeling of openness and provides cross-ventilation which is surprisingly sufficient enough to never have to turn the air conditioning on. Cost $40,000. By Benjamin Garcia Saxe.

14) New Jerusalem Orphanage, South Africa

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28 donated shipping containers were used to create New Jerusalem Orphanage, a vibrant shipping container home for South African children. Designed by 4D and A Architects.

15) Modern Container Home

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Inside A Container Construction Workshop

Visit Container-Topia, in the East Bay Area, where artists and construction experts work 24-7 on different container home ideas. The workshop is about 20,000 square feet. The leader of the workshop points out that when building a tiny house, you can use materials that would be prohibitively expensive in a larger house. For example, the house he is working on has a tin ceiling, bamboo flooring, and wood paneling. The platform for the futon bed also functions as a standing desk—he’s going to build a screen that can be raised or lowered to close off the bedroom area. A projector built into the ceiling will project TV/movies/video games onto the screen. The plumbing will work with a 200-gallon tank, similar to an RV. The house will be heated with electricity, provided by a solar panel on the roof—though it will be a hybrid system that you can plug into the grid. He puts the price at $10K in materials and about 150 hours of labor—he’d sell it for around $28,000.

16) Mobile Dwelling Unit

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This shipping container home incorporates pop-out elements that extend from the 40-foot long, 8-foot wide core of the home, accordion-style. If and when the home is in transit, the elements — kitchen, bathroom, reading nook, bed, desk, sofa and storage space — fold back into their slots. See picture below.

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The Mobile Dwelling Unit by LOT-EK. The MDU was originally conceived for people constantly moving around the globe. The MDU travels with its dweller to the next long-term destination, fitted with all live/work equipment and filled with the dweller’s belongings.

17) The Manifesto House

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Constructed from 85 percent recycled, reused and nonpolluting materials for $118,000, in fewer than 90 days. Two 40-foot shipping containers and two 20-foot shipping containers sided with painted wooden pallets.

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The Manifesto House was designed by architects James & Mau in Curacavi, Chile.

18) Unique Dusseldorf Design #1

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The NRW-Forum Düsseldorf invited renowned architects, designers, and artists from around the world to submit existing and new designs for container architecture.

19) Unique Dusseldorf Design #2

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20) Unique Dusseldorf Design #3

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Tips For Buying A Used Shipping Container

The folks at BigSteelBox offer tips on buying shipping containers for a shipping container home. You want a used shipping container to be, at a minimum, wind, water, and rodent-proof. Their first suggestion is to check the door seals to make sure they are intact, both at the hinges and all along the edge of the door. Next, look for surface rust. Some is okay, but any deep rust can turn into holes and compromise the structural integrity of the container. Make sure that the door handles work, and that the doors open easily. Finally, go inside the box, shut the door, and look for signs of light coming through the walls or ceiling. They point out: “If light can get in, water can get in.”

21) Unique Dusseldorf Design #4

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22) Container City, Trinity Buoy Wharf, London.

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Container City, London. Short-life sites can have Container Cities that simply unbolt and can be relocated or stored when land is required for alternative uses. To date this alternative method of construction has successfully created youth centers, classrooms, office space, artists studios, live / work space and retail space.

23) Sugoroku Office, Gifu, Japan

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Daiken-Met Architects.

24) Keerwogen—The World’s Largest Container City

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Keetwonen is the largest container city in the world (1000 units) and is the second-most-popular student dormitory offered by the student housing corporation “De Key” in Amsterdam. Each unit is soundproof and has its own bathroom, kitchen and balcony. See more container projects at:

25) Renault Visitor Center

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Renault’s movable welcoming pavilion in France, provides visitors with information about the automotive manufacturer’s history. The structure is made of 15 colorful shipping containers of two different lengths, 12-meter long and 6-meter long units.

The Entire Shipping Container Home Construction Process

Australian Paul Chambers starting building a container home for a weekend retreat in the mountains. Now he and his wife live there full-time, as an ongoing project in sustainable living. This video is the “trailer” for his YouTube channel, which has more than 150 videos showing all parts of the shipping home construction process. Paul, who started the project with no construction experience, poured the foundations, built a shower with no access to the water system, built a solar panel array, raised ducks in a homemade pond, and built a catchment system for a self-sustaining water system. See how to live “off-grid, in sustainable luxury.”

26) Tony’s Organic Farm, Shanghai

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Container Building. Tony’s Farm is an organic farm packing station, visitor center, hotel and office building in one.

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27) Shipping Container Starbucks

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Repurposed shipping container drive-thru for Starbucks in Tukwila, Washington. Although drive-thrus are not green, Anthony Perez, global store design senior manager for Starbucks says the  ‘reclamation drive-thru was inspired by a desire to help keep items used throughout our supply chain, like old shipping containers, out of the waste stream.’ Lots more great pics:

Shipping Containers For Sale

EBay: You can usually find shipping containers and prefab shipping container homes for sale on eBay. Arranging shipping will be up to you.

Cube Depot sells shipping containers from 10 to 50 feet long. They have locations in the Los Angeles, San Francisco, Baltimore, and Houston areas, but you can use their site to search for shipping containers anywhere.

Meka World, founded by architects and engineers in Toronto, builds custom pre-fabricated homes that are the size of shipping containers, so they can be delivered worldwide.

Shipping Container Resources & Home Plans

Using Shipping Containers for Emergency Shelters – Info on using shipping container for emergency shelters. offers 7 shipping container home plans for sale, from a 320-square-foot micro cottage to a three-story condo. These are complete blueprints that you could submit to your local government to get a building permit.

At they’ve created six container home design concepts. They are just basic drawings, not full plans that you could build from. has five design concepts to inspire you.

Other Shipping Container Projects

CIMC Modular Building Systems imported shipping containers from China – complete with bathrooms, plastering and air conditioning units – then stacked them into a 300-room Travelodge hotel near Heathrow Airport in just three weeks.

New Generation Builders turn shipping containers into commercial buildings, tradeshow booths, and security booths.

SG Blocks creates custom buildings from containers—like the container Starbucks mentioned above. They work with architects and homeowners, they can build on site, or build everything offsite and ship a building to you to put on a foundation.

MSC Oscar container ship

By kees torn – MSC OSCAR & SVITZER NARI, CC BY-SA 2.0,

The MSC Oscar, christened in January 2015, is the largest container ship in the world. It can carry 19,224 shipping containers. It does not look like containers are going away anytime soon.

Shipping Containers As Emergency Shelters

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If you aren’t sure about the full shipping container home route, consider a shipping container as the skeleton for an emergency or bug-out shelter. A shipping container is a low-cost start to a functional shelter—one that would give you the peace of mind of a place for your family to go in case of a natural disaster or other emergency.

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I wonder if these can be used to build an underground house.


Funny, not half an hour ago, I read a post that said you should not bury containers as the pressure they are designed to take is only from vertical load. All those containers get stacked one on top the other, but they were not designed to withstand any pressure from the sides. And the earth would press at their sides. So it is not recommended. I do not have the link, but I know the advice was given by Owen Geiger, so I would trust it.


you can build underground but need reinforcement and waterproofing etc etc just like all underground structures plus the further underground brings up more stresses I would go hill top and earth bermed to get rid of drainage problems into ormid hill would constantly hold water longer


A lot of containers are being used in Australia as accommodation and kitchen facilities for mining at various sites the country. The company I work for supplies macerate and grey water pumps to transfer waste to on site holding tanks


we also have a house from containers, is in romania, you can find it at

it turn very nice, and at a low price 🙂

martha cecilia

que buena idea, lo unico que me falta a mi es el terreno y ha tener mi casa

Diego Romero Gómez

Excelente Información


Love these container homes.

We, in Australia, are having a problem finding suitable housing for our asylum seekers. The use of containers for housing is a win-win.


If you are looking for some insight as to what it will take to build your own home from shipping containers read this.

The advantages of using shipping containers as your construction building blocks include:

They are inexpensive. A used container will cost between $800 and $6000 each, depending on size, age, condition and distance from the building site. Each 40 foot container gives you 320 square feet. They generally cut overall construction cost by 20-50%.

Energy concerns. It takes far less energy to reuse shipping containers in a building than to melt them down and reform then into steel beams. Add solar panels and even the ongoing energy use will be green.

Examples of plans can be found HERE- CONTAINER


Portable houses are became a necessity for any onsite office or camp- but especially it is much required on those sites, where production & work life cycles are unknown. Portable containers offices and home making is easy and efficient in affordable price. Modified old shipping containers are an ideal solution for any on field housing and for further portable building – including cafeterias, rooms etc.


What do you think about this project, protected by patent pending, for prefabricated Unfolding Housing Unit building?

What is M.A.Di? Unfolding?

M.A.Di. is an Unfolding Housing Unit functional, earthquake proof , a facility suitable for several different uses: residential, leisure, community, trade; and useful for rescue operations in case of natural disasters.

With its technical deployment, M.A.DI. allows anyone to have, in a few hours and in the chosen location, a real home, with the possibility to close and move it to another place and to expand it with the addition of new housing modules, according to the changing needs.

M.A.Di offers the freedom to have, now,a temporary home in the place where you want, or a permanent one if placed on a building site, customized and scaled to your needs and financial resources.

M.A.Di. is a dry assembled and easy mounting structure that can be performed using different materials: wood, steel, glass, PVC or composite material (GRP, GRP or other); only the base frame will be necessarily made of steel.

In the folded condition of the M.A.Di. HOME version, M.A.Di. is presented as a parallelepiped, similar to a container. Once deployed, the box, losing all its forms, it is transformed into a real home (OVER 80 SQM) composed of a ground floor and first floor.

M.A.Di. is currently a patent protected worldwide, PLACE A for innovation and industrialization by the International Commission judging its patentability, and it having a lot of curiosity and interest.

Deborah Slaughter

We are considering using 5 container units to build an underground 'hobbit house'....with a large space between 2 parallel units for a great room. We will be planting the kitchen herb garden on the roof which will be metal as well. Any suggestions as to foundation material, how to waterproof/floodproof, etc.?


Hi Deborah,

Such an exciting project!

Hope it all comes together easily for you...

I have read that if you bury containers they are going to need a lot of extra support on the sides as they were not meant/built to receive any stress on their might need to talk to an engineer about this...

Not an expert so hoping someone else answers the water proofing/foundation questions...!

Mulualem Mulushewa

all the container by far are very attractive but does they work in hot desert climate and what are their life span expectations


WOW....Many wonderful idea recycle/useful used Container -

They are Not ugly at all...Very Attractive


Will get back to you....Hendersonville, North Carolina USA


Who does this in the state of New Mexico?


how do I find out if a container has been painted with toxic paint? Is a high-pressure hose enough to get rid of chemicals?


Unfortunately most all containers are painted with toxic marine paint. The only successful way to get all the paint off is sandblasting. Then you have to dispose of the paint mess properly... No easier way...sorry.

Other question - hot desert location - I think you would need to shelter the metal from direct sun and insulate it expectancy is long...but dependent on finish and location.


Hi, we're just beginning to design our shipping container house in Israel. We'd love to hear from anyone who has already built a shipping container house. - Experiences, tips, stories... In particular, how did you insulate/ thermamass your container? We're planning on putting earthbags on the outside, not sure what we'll use on the inside.

Our email address is:


my email is:


Hi Miriam,

I was reading your comment about your new house, congratulations!!! I am starting with a project my self and I did find a product to insulate the exterior, is a acrylic water base painting, non toxic, it will work as painting, prevent 86.60% solar heat and it has elasticity, let me know if it help.

Best regards,



check Agson Engineers did the same thing


hi.. compliements! much is a 20sq ft container? much is a 40sq ft container? much would it cost to ship it to Botswana?



What is the largest container for housing you have, new or used, and what does it cost, per container?

Also, what are the shipping costs within the continental US?

Thank you and love, love love the structures.




Prices are dependent on your location. A used container near a large shipping port is going to be a lot cheaper than transporting a new container to a land locked location. After a search on ebay (or try NYcontainer, Shipping Containers 24, Iport and Midwest Storage Containers.) I see a 20 foot container can be had for $1300. and up without shipping. A 40 foot for $1700. and up not including shipping. Shipping is definitely going to add considerably to the cost. I cannot guess as costs will differ by region. Inquire with a local shipping company. The largest shipping container made is 45 feet long by 8 feet wide.


Hi, thanks Furtake for your response, do you have the name of the paint product? Also, are you painting directly onto the container?


i need this this informations as there is a need for cheap homes in namibia. anyone with this informations please contact him. we have a high demand for affordable accomodation in windhoek.

Alejandro Sam Telles Mattos

Achei de uma criatividade única.


I've found quite comprehensive article on container housing over at Julie's blog with examples of some Canadian companies, which repurpose containers for living. Mentioned costs are similar to what I read here What made my eyebrow raise was the mentioned problems with vertical insulation and reduced living space. I don't see it as real problem if you're considering adding the roof or stacking them on top of each other. What do you think?


Hi I am interested in finding people (a small group) of people In forming a Co-Op Housing project. I have 40 Acre's in Texas and am putting together a proposal for up to possibly 5 partners and no more. The units would be 2 and 4 bedroom completely self contained on 2 acre lots and would be targeted at the incoming biofuel industry in West Texas. For more information please feel free to email me thanks


Hey guys,

Thanks for the awesome ideas! I am considering making a house for myself out of these containers. I mean who doesn't want a strong/sturdy house that also helps recycles these things! I have been in touch with and I'm waiting for a quote on used containers. They sell both new and used containers FYI. Can't wait to see more pics in the future. Once I get mine built I'll share my pics 🙂

Richard Gutierrez

I live in San Jose Ca. an I have hopes of building my home out of shipping containers someday. San Jose is converted over the years into and eco friendly attitude city and I believe something like this here, would make a bold statement. keep up all the good work. See you in the near future.


Not sure if I talked to you via email about container homes or someone else. Can they be built in every State?


can you please send me some options to potentailly build a home??


You can download plans to build your own shipping container home here

Linda Giannasso

What is cost per square foot turn key!


I have been following container uses for years however even though you mention the toxic danger of using these containers rarely is it mentioned whether or not any of the above units have been treated correctly i.e. the one that is a school. Many of them that you can still see the lead based paint. Surely a huge consideration; as well as receiving permits etc. In US companies are doing conversions however the price very high or people are importing units which does not help deferring the surplus of the millions of empty cargo boxes around the USA. Great photos, thank you!


Me parece una opción muy interesante e inovadora, en Chile está recien entrando como solución de oficinas y después del terremoto como colegios.


In spite of side vents in container, after we insulated and sheetrocked, we've found that the cold metal from the outside to the warmth (even through insulation) has caused tremendous weeping, basically trashing the insulation. WHAT CAN WE DO TO PREVENT the metal from weeping? A plastic coating? What? We are going to have to rip out all the insulation, studs, sheetrock and start over but what do we do to prevent the weeping?


Hi my name is Calvin with PitBull Containers, Atlanta's largest re-seller of shipping containers.

If you are looking to buy shipping/storage containers for your projects, call me @ 1-888-443-1523 Ext # 705 I will be glad to help you with a quote and find exactly what you need. We mostly deal with 20' 40' 20'HC and 40'HC

We ship nationwide, I will get you the right price, let me know how I can be of service to you.

I think these containers make a huge statement... Good Luck on your future projects.


I live in South Africa and have been doing renovations for almost 4 years now.but moving into the Container home business. THEBGUY FROM WINDJOEK can email me do we can talk and maybe come do A project that side

Email me at chromebase@gmail come

Let's build some homes

Container homes

Iam using a touch screen sorry to this so spelling n typing fast aint my game on this device.

If anyone are interested in working with us to come do a project in your country or town let me no..anywhere in the world thou. email me and lets discuss possibilities


Hi, I'm Jay The Container Guy with Pitbull Containers, we have containers for all your housing, shipping and storage needs give me a call for a free quote at 888-443-1523 Ext 704

Direct line 404-201-8542



Anyone here possible to supply us with the best n neatest containers at the best prices delivered to Cape Town



Do you have any suppliers and builders in Ontario


I am going to be in Los Angeles next week (8/7/14) and I would like to visit some container homes or just drive by. If anyone knows of one under construction to visit would be great.

Thank you.


I wanteed to get your telephone and call for information, I want a Wonderful-Luxury-Home, I live at the Father Joe village for the homeles, I want out of here as soon as possible, My Income is only $866.00 Monthly, and after all the bill's are paid nothing is left.

There must be an answer to getting out of here! Can you , willl you work with me! My Address is: Doris Cintron 72-17th Street.,#(603) San Diego, CA 92101 PH:(619)481-8328.

Please, call me as immediately as possible.

Thank you,

Doris Cintron

P.S. Retired-Nurse, On Social Security (SSI).

Frank Mittermueller

We are the CHS Container group, a global container trader and market leader in our homecountry Germany. We are supplying used shipping containers worldwide or affordable accommodation containers made in China but with international standard.

We offer a One Stop Solution for supply of containers, transport and assembly. Is this something you could be interested in?

contact me:


I have been selling shipping containers for over ten years. I have the best containers for the best price being I have a long term relationship with my vendors. Please call today. Huge discounts on groups of five or more.770-712-4750 or 404-798-1708


I am a real estate investor wanting to build with containers in Austin, TX. Cubist style architecture is popular and nothing is more cubical than a container. Text or call with any resources. Ray 540-664-6499


Modified container homes are getting popular day by day. The main reason behind this is the ease of modification and lesser amount of money involved. Apart from that, as the home is made up of container, it is easily movable. The blog shows some amazing creations of homes from modified containers. Just wonderful work done!


Dear friends!!! I am looking for some containers in Mexico!! Any supplier? Thanks!!


Hello friends ! need some infos on the best way to install a green roof on a container. Got doubts regarding the max. weight and the waterproofing of the container. I'll check back here but if you could also reply by email that would be much apreciated ! Thanks a lot ! 🙂



We are an Estonian company who builds houses of container, if there is interest, I will do to you according to the design of container houses.



Hi all

I'm from South Africa, does anyone know where I can get containers from for cheap? I'd like to convert them into a guest house or small apartments.

I am still new to the whole container idea but I think it's genius & just need the right contacts to help me.


This is really a great idea, with the thought and imagination.

While we are also doing incredible things but here a great idea for everyone.


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This website looks interesting, not only that it has a great designs by using shipping sea containers, which made it more interesting because I am looking a blogger who writes or talks about 'shipping containers' for that matter I would like to ask if it's possible for me to post an article in your blog/website and you can provide me a link of that article for a fee. Will it be possible?

Please do let me know your thoughts on this and we can proceed with the business by then.


I run a non profit for Veterans (, we will be donating a new home through our next fund raiser. and we have a funding solution for more homes at We build new homes out of new containers with a 50 year warranty for only $15,000. We can also build to your design. Also looking for designers to work with. email me at or call me at 310-913-5533. ALways looking to work with innovative people.


I need more information


Love this idea. As a realtor in Edmonton, Alberta Canada I would like to have the connections to suppliers and most importantly assembly here.

Anyone have information please advise.

Thank you kindly.

Nicole Bourdon


I recently started looking into shipping containers as affordable housing and most of the protects are simulating a famous design or are on such a large scale it no longer can be considered affordable or going in the trend of tiny houses is no longer considered a residence where can I find regular affordable housing designs


I am interested in building a container home in Colorado. I would like more information and prices!


Dear reader

I want to offer my new product, which is causing storm in drainage. The Wateringpipe is a new trye of water butt which is also a down pipe. It has many benefits to sustainable design.



I live in Los Angeles, How can I get one?


Aloha, we are the go-to container guys in Hawaii and serve all the islands. Rentals and Sales.


I would like to get in contact with a builder that does container construction.

I have two prime properties that I'm interested in building. If you know of any one send him/her my way. Thank you


I need a builder in Hew Orleans - Help...



Interested in one of these as I have property in CA(94501) and would like one in lieu of an upcoming remodel project on same site. (1421-23 Santa Clara Ave) Hit me back....


How can you help me build a container guest house in Botswana



Do you have anyone who works building these beautiful homes in Brisbane Australia?


Hellou i look for some business partner for build container house in Europe. If you have interested,contact me.

Cheryl Bourgeois

We are a Texas shipping container 'builder' located near IH 10 between Houston and San Antonio close to Seguin, Texas. Someone in an earlier post was looking for a builder or modification contact.


We are container home builders based in Sydney. We deliver 1 , 2 ,3 or 4 bedroom container homes completely finished including bath , kitchen and internal fittings ready to connect and occupy. We deliver worldwide and all units are made to strict Australian Building standards. Please contact us with your query and we will be glad to help.

Pls review the attached information and designs on the links below for designs and pricing options.

75 - We are a Calgary based supplier and manufacturer of “shipping container” based modular buildings, recently completed the largest ‘container' based hotel in North America, in Sioux Lookout, Ontario

please contact Rhys for details


Most ppl think building a house like these are impossible and they need a building degree or cert to build one. Its just simply not true. You just need to right materials and building instructions (plans) , my wife found a builders guide to constructing a shipping container home, you can find it here


we are building a shipping container home & need help on structural

our Engineer is making it to complicated & costly. Bungalow style 2000 sq feet

How would you place it on the ground & can we make a less complicated roof.

Irvine Ndjavera

Good day

I am planning fro container travel lodge need experts in this area




I stumbled upon this site as I also stumbled upon the idea for shipping container homes. Anyone know if they available in Alberta or if there was an easy way to learn more on how to save money by designing my own home out of three or four containers. Anyway, I look forward to some more info.


High function type.


Container house than the house Easy transportation,I like it



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I'm currently building a container house in Dallas, Texas. We are doing it on our own and definitely learning a lot!

For two containers we paid about 6,000... and yes... they do have a pesticide smell. Two coats of Kilz Primer did the trick! 🙂

Check out our STEP BY STEP Progress and tips on my blog at the Container House Project Tab!


I would like to know how much it will cost for plans for a 10 container home (Ten 40' containers) 4 bedroom 1 master suite and two mother in law apartments. I have the outline of the look I want but I need a price range for an architect.


This is a good innovation. I have read somewhere that container homes are much better. There are things that are taken in consideration when comparing the two. But I have read somewhere that the container homes is much better. Here's my source.


Greetings everyone,

I see there are a lot people interested in building a custom container home. There are a lot of 'how to' websites out there but most need you to pay a fee in order to get plans and blueprints.

Our team has managed to get containers at a much lower price. Approx: $1000.00 to $1500.00 each depending on size. Shipping varies depending on how far you may be from a port. (Amber Smith you could have gotten shipping containers a bit more affordable in Texas)

I have made plans to build a 1600 sqft using 6 - 40x8 containers for approx. $55000 to $65000 (not including lot $40000.00) It will have 2 floors, bottom is common area and upstairs are the rooms. There will be a 190sqft deck/balcony.

Most homes in the area with similar dimension cost about 40-50k more. I feel that is a good deal for ANYONE thinking about buying a home.

For more details as to pricing for shipping contianers, blue prints, building plans, etc, please email me to


Questions about containers:

This is what you should know and should ask before you buy.

1. Insulated or dry freight container?

2. Look for 'one-trip' containers if you are looking for a nearly new look and condition. These containers are usually made in Asia and used once for cargo shipping before being sold. They are often listed as 'new' or 'like new' but they will have a few scratches from their initial trip.

3. Look for 'corten steel' if you want to use containers in inclement weather or near the ocean. This relatively new material is also used in construction projects and it can stand up to more weather without rusting.

4. Look for a 'factory paint' label if you want it to be freshly painted, instead of refurbished. Refurbished containers can have problems with paint peeling from rust. Factory paint implies that it has only been painted once, when it was made.

5. A designation as 'no shipping label' means that you will not find a large company logo on the container. It is likely painted a single color, without many other markings.

6. A 'cargo worthy' container indicates that the unit has been inspected by a cargo surveyor. It has been deemed worthy of ocean cargo transport.

7. Shipping containers that are categorized as 'as-is' are the most worn and economical option. It is likely that they have been retired by shipping companies, they have some leaks or damage, they are partially rusted and they have 1 or more shipping labels painted onto them. There is a large supply of as-is shipping containers across the globe, so you are likely to find a good price.

Modified shipping containers are also available at various prices. Many of these containers have been repainted. Other options include roll up doors, heat units, air conditioning units, skylights, security bars, partitions, vents, fans, framing and insulation. Keep in mind that the addition of new doors or windows will compromise the seal and security of the original model.

Other well used containers are classified as 'wind-water-tight'. Wind and watertight conveys that the seller believes it to be a well sealed container, but it has not been inspected by a surveyor.

Margaret Hatten

I am very interested n this concept for an urban area with 250 vacant lots.

Margaret Hatten

I am very interested n this concept for an urban area with 250 vacant lots.


Margaret, I've been converting shipping containers since 2010. Recent project is for 82 homes and public amenities (was consultant for developer and financing). My designs range from 320 to 1280 sq/ft.


I am part of a small collaborative of GC in the southeastern United States and in the Midwest we would love to find any of these companies willing to partner with us in America by sharing plans and helping us with ideas and concepts


Can you provide me with the information for a more traditional style home using containers.


Hi. I was wondering if you require builders of these units I have a full hanger of workspace and the machinery to assemble these both in the yard or work site, I have built these units before , I have every needed here on Ghent Docks Belgium and a shop IN Pinecrest Miami I would like to know if there is a bid list to assemble these units ?

Thank you Paul

anabella soury

hey Paul. do you have these to rent? I am looking to rent one.


good afternoon

our company is currently looking for x 2 container accomondation home. i have an image of the home. please contact me for further details.

kind regards



Please could you assist. Contact me asap. would like quote on both new and refurbished steel containers(sleeping units...6 m long)


Dane Bekker

Arrive Alive Engineering



I have a project in the Houston area where I am in need of 1200 container homes for construction workers. They do not need to be fancy, but they will need good Air Conditioning. There are also a couple other building I am interested in, but I would like to know your cost and availability.



Can you please provide me with the information for a more traditional style home using containers. - I would like to buy 1 or 2.


I have a small property by medina lake in san antonio TX and I an interested I having a container home 1600-1700 sq feet placed there. would you be able to do this. What would be the cost or could you link me with some one in my area that could.


I have a small property by medina lake in san antonio TX and I an interested I having a container home 1600-1700 sq feet placed there. would you be able to do this. What would be the cost or could you link me with some one in my area that could.



I would like to receie some information about container cost (as20' as40'), cost of an average trasformation in order to fit windows and door, and delivery cost if possible, I'm located in Brescia, near to Garda Lake in Italy.



My name is Klaus Kleinfield and i am a container home builder with years of experience. I have built in different countries in AMERICA ,ASIA, EUROPE and AFRICA. For your quotation kindly contact me on +447418471410 OR KLAUS.KLEINFIELD@GMAIL.COM. Our prices are reasonable.


We have containers available forsale in Texas at very good prices. Can be transported within the states and Canada.

David Cheng



Hola, quiero saber si dichos contenedores pueden ser enviados a México, y que costo tienen, de antermano gracias.


Love your container homes and was wondering if I could get some more pictures to look at it.



I have a 5container home idea and would like to have it built..... I'm in south africa ..... how possible is it to have it build....( 3xground floor and 2 x containers ontop.with a 3sided balcony....


Hello everyone,

My firm Precision Structural Engineering, works with many different shipping container architects and builders. We have structurally engineered many different projects. If you would like more information, please feel free to send an email to Bryce at or check out our website at



I am interested in buying containers in Europe.

Can you send me info. to




Please forward my email to the person who may be able to help me and discuss in detail my upcoming project and direct me the correct way. I am interested in Shipping Container Custom Home.




My company converts shipping containers for a variety of applications. Micro Homes, Warehouses, AirBnB Rentals, In-Law Suites, etc. I'm seeking projects in the Dallas - Austin corridor. A few examples can be seen at


the container house is very advance method for the living.except the shipping container house.There is another kind with could be flat pack into the shipping it very easy to transport.If you want to lean more,vist the website:


what the different between container homes and track homes ?


Hi, we build luxury container homes for Canada and the USA


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Hi there! Is this a thing in Canada!? I live in a small town and am highly interested in these homes. Have many questions.



Fernando de Campos


Congratulations for this post.

I wish more informations about container in another use (home and shop).

Please contact me

Fernando de Campos - Brazil


Hi, I was wondering if you could build this home in the state of Utah. Please contact me.


Thank you for this interesting article about reusing shipping containers as houses. I find that this is very creative and a good way to help the environment. I think that these containers could actually be used for a lot of things. Have you ever heard of one being transformed into a swimming pool?


Hmm - that's a new one to me. If you wanted to use this below ground, maybe, but there's probably better ways to created sides to the pool. Above ground, the container isn't built to handle this type of pressure and would be a bad idea I think. Maybe check out some natural swimming pond ideas instead? =)


They say it does not compromise the pool, but I want it fixed. Can they roll on another layer of gel or does this need to be sprayed on? Is there another way to repair this? Thanks