Top 10 Most Wonderful Container Homes In The World
The Most Wonderful Shipping Container Homes In The World
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What is a shipping container home?

As the name suggests, container homes are made from the steel shipping containers that you see all over the place on trains, trucks, and ships. People are making homes of all shapes and sizes out of these big Lego blocks.

Most shipping containers come in sizes of 10ft, 20ft, and 40ft. A shipping container home can have about 100 square feet of floor room in the smallest container. Eight bigger containers can be put together to make a house with two stories and about 1400 square feet of space. A very large apartment building can be made from hundreds of small homes in containers.

This makes me wonder why shipping containers are being used to make studios, businesses, homes, and cabins.

There are a lot of them because there are about 14 million "out-of-service" containers in the world. And there's something fun about playing with big blocks!

Are homes made from shipping containers safe?

Most of the time, you can't tell what was shipped in a used container, whether it was safe consumer goods or dangerous industrial materials. You also can't tell what the container has been through. The paints and finishes used on crates are industrial and made to be shipped across the ocean, not for homes. This means that they might have toxic pesticides and lead in them.


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How Much Are Homes Made Out Of Shipping Containers?

How much will it cost to live in a shipping container? Container homes that are smaller and less fancy can cost anywhere from $10,000 to $35,000. The cost of building a big house with amenities and several shipping containers can run from $100,000 to $175,000. Sometimes, homes made from shipping containers cost half as much per square foot as homes made from sticks. But it's not always easy to compare like with like, and there are many things to think about.

What size does a shipping container house come in?

Shipping containers aren't very big, and water, HVAC, insulation, and other systems can quickly fill them up. A container is small because it was made to fit on a train. Regular furniture doesn't fit well in there. It's also only 8 feet wide and 8 feet 6 inches high, which doesn't leave much room for headroom after the insulation and wires are put in.

Do homes made of containers get hot?

Not all the time. Whitaker says, "If they're properly insulated and ventilated, there's no real reason why they should get hotter than any other building." If the local environment isn't taken into account and the design isn't changed to fit, then a container can get too hot or too cold, just like any other building.

That was also said by McFadgen, who also talked about how they improved the heating and cooling in their shipping container town. "At the Hilda L. Solis Care First Village, we chose to use an exterior circulation system that kept many of the units cool from direct sunlight and encouraged residents to interact with each other."

People are interested in container homes not only because they are trendy, but also because they can save them money by being prefabricated or flexible. Many people who want to buy a home want to find places where the costs of building and maintaining it are lower. In addition, some people think that container houses help recycle.

Top 10 Most Wonderful Shipping Container Homes In The World

1. Squirrel Park — Allford Hall Monaghan Morris

Four single-family homes were built in Squirrel Park. They were all made from modified shipping containers and were designed by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris and built by Smith Design Company. Each house has a living area of about 1,400 square feet. The bright, simple interiors have light wood floors and paneled walls, which stand out against the modern, industrial look of the outside. The head of AHMM's Oklahoma City office, Wade Scaramucci, said, "We found that using a mix of off-the-shelf materials, like millwork, linings, and flooring, while also honoring the container's industrial past gave it the most honest look."

2. Starburst House — Whitaker Studio

The Starburst House is a custom container home that is built into the side of a rocky mountain in Joshua Tree National Park. It is on a 10-acre piece of land. The three-bedroom, 2,000-square-foot home is made up of 21 shipping containers. It has a large kitchen and a living room.

Whitaker placed each container in a way that made the views of the scenery better, changed the amount of light that came into the house, and gave the people who lived there some privacy. The house gets its power from solar panels on the roof of the garage, which adds to the eco-friendly feel.

3. The box hop shipping cabin

Top 10 Most Wonderful Container Homes In The World

A lot of people like shipping container homes because they are simple and cheap, but this one in Ohio is a strong reminder that they can also be very stylish. This lovely house has two stories and is set back from the road so there is a great view.

The second floor is reached by a beautiful wide spiral staircase on the outside and a beautiful simple cast iron spiral staircase on the inside. There is a complete glass window on one whole end of the top shipping container that makes you feel like you could walk off into the forest.

4. Container house in Toronto

Top 10 Most Wonderful Container Homes In The World

Shipping containers can be a great way to build a home when you don't have a lot of room but still want to make it your own. This beautiful Toronto home is squished into a small space next to another building, but it has all the style and comfort you could want.

Putting three shipping containers on top of each other makes a big space with a very small footprint on the ground. The whole unit is a beautiful black color. The original smooth siding has been kept, which gives the house a very modern and stylish look. Two sides of the top container are sloped, making room for a patio and giving the design a lot of depth.

5. The Scenic Orchard by Emily and Gabriel Broomfield

Emily and Gabriel Broomfield, who are siblings, turned a used shipping container that used to hold lawn equipment into a cozy, modern tiny home in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains. The floor-to-ceiling windows at the Scenic Orchard make guests feel like they are part of the trees and hills around them. The Broomfields added an outdoor patio with a hot tub and a handmade gas fire pit to make the living space bigger.

6. Måns Tham Container Home — Måns Tham Arkitektkontor

Swedish architect Måns Tham built an off-grid, industrial-chic home on a lake outside of Stockholm out of eight recycled shipping containers. The walls between the containers were taken down to make the living areas bigger. The building fits into the V-shaped natural slope on the site because the upper level is higher than the entrance level. The inside is also eco-friendly, with used materials like metal boards, stairs, and wood planks.

7. Quadrum Ski & Yoga Resort

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The Quadrum Ski & Yoga Resort in Gudauri, Georgia, is made up of stacked shipping containers covered in wood paneling. This makes the ski resort very modern, which stands out against the background of the Caucasus Mountains.

8. Seven Havens

Top 10 Most Wonderful Container Homes In The World

In Lombok, Indonesia, the Seven Havens high-end hotel is set on a hill and has one of the best views of the whole island. It is possible to rent four separate rooms or a house with three bedrooms.

The Seven Havens luxury hotel is located on a hillside in Lombok, Indonesia, and has one of the best views on the island it sits on. There are four individual rooms available for rent, as well as a three-bedroom villa.

9. C-Home Hudson — LOT-EK

It is in Claverack, New York, just outside of Hudson, New York, a bedroom town. The C-Home Hudson is a high-quality prefab home that is already built. It is made from six used 40-foot shipping containers. The open plan of the single-family home with over 1,920 square feet of space includes a living room, dining room, and kitchen on the ground level. The second level has two-bedroom suites, each with its own staircase and full bathroom and walk-in closet.


This shipping container home in Michigan is so stylish that it makes many other building designs look bad. If you can use old things in this way, there's no reason to build something new.

Adding beautiful gray brick to the entrance along with wooden paneling gives the room a very classic look. On one side, two shipping containers have big plate-glass windows that make it look like you could walk out from inside.

This home doesn't have the problem of low ceilings that come with shipping container homes. Instead, it uses the height of two containers to make the ceiling very high in the open living area. The inside has exposed piping, a black and white color scheme, and a beautiful open concept layout that makes for a very modern and stylish living area.

In conclusion

The many uses of shipping containers make it possible to build almost any type of home you can think of. It's often hard to believe that a shipping container home is real. By showing you a bunch of different custom container home plans, we hope you get a better idea of what you can do with container homes of all shapes, sizes, and prices.

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