10 Shipping Container Homes You Can Buy Right Now

Shipping containers make sturdy shells for these ready-to-buy, prefabricated homes.
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Shipping container architecture is popping up all around around the world—and for good reason! Several factors make these modular boxes intriguing candidates for adaptive reuse: They’re watertight, sturdy, readily available, and they can be stacked together to create backyard studios, ADUs, and even full-size houses. Read on for a look at some of the best shipping container homes that you can purchase today.

Empty Nester by Custom Container Living

Empty Nester by Custom Container Living

Price: Starting at $85,800 

Size: 320 square feet 

Container Size: One 40-foot container

Features: This container home has a ground-level bedroom, a living/dining area, a galley kitchen with full-size appliances, a five-foot bathtub, and it can be built with or without a loft.

The HO4 by HONOMOBO

The HO4 by HONOMOBO

Price: $313,750

Size: 1,280 square feet 

Container Size: Four 40-foot containers

Features: This three-bedroom, two bathroom home with an en suite bathroom includes a large living room, a dining room, and a full kitchen finished with one or two walls of floor-to-ceiling glass. A highly efficient air source heat pump helps to heat and cool the space, and buyers can also spring for optional solar panels.

The MicroCube by Rhino Cubed

The MicroCube by Rhino Cubed

Price: $55,500 (suggested retail price)

Size: 160 square feet

Container Size: One 20-foot container 

Features: The MicroCube has a kitchen with a microwave and minifridge; a bathroom with a shower, sink, and low-flow toilet; a queen-sized Murphy bed, a 30" closet, and low-e coated windows.

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Happy Twogether by Custom Container Living

Price: Starts at $86,224 

Size: 320 square feet 

Container Size: Two 20-foot containers

Features: A bedroom and living room are located in one container, while the entryway, kitchen, and bathroom are in the other. The interior features hardware and faucets with a chrome finish, three three-by-four single-hung white vinyl windows, one three-by-three window over the kitchen sink, and two 12,000-BTU air conditioners with 10,600 BTU heating combo units. There’s closed-cell spray foam R-14 insulation in interior walls and R-28 insulation in the roof.

160 SF by Montainer Homes

The 160-square-foot model by Montainer Homes

Price: Starts at $45,000

Size: 160 square feet 

Container Size: One 20-foot container

Features: Montainer Homes’s 160 SF model features recessed LED Lighting, an under-counter refrigerator, electric baseboards and an electric water heater, and TR and GFCI electrical outlets throughout. The bathroom has a sink, shower/bath and toilet, and the kitchen has a cooktop and range hood.

Workshop and Golf Tees by Back Country Containers

Workshop and Golf Tees by Back Country Containers

Price: Starts at $100,000

Size: 320 square feet

Container Size: Two 20-foot containers

Features: The Workshop and Golf Tees model from Back Country Containers has a custom interior with wood paneling, a stainless-steel farmhouse sink, a lofted bed, and an under-the-counter fridge.

M01 by HONOMOBO

M01 by HONOMOBO

Price: Starting at $144,492

Size: 419 square feet 

Container Size: 34-feet wide by 14-feet deep 

Features: HONOMOBO’s M01 model is a one-bedroom, one-bathroom home, with 31 feet of floor-to-ceiling glass windows and an open kitchen/living area.

Alt 30' by Alternative Living Spaces

Alt 30' Model by Alternate Living Spaces

Price: Starting at $56,995

Size: 240 square feet

Container Size: One 30-foot shipping container

Features: The Alt 30' model by Alternative Living Spaces has a full bathroom, a kitchen, a bedroom, and a living room with a six-foot sliding-glass entry door. Add-ons include a fold-out, full-sized Murphy bed, an appliance package, and more.

G320 by Giant Containers

G320 by Giant Containers

Price: Available on request 

Size: 320 square feet 

Container Size: Two 20-foot shipping containers 

Features: The G320 is a CSC-certified, storm-proof one-bedroom studio with one bathroom.

Insta-House by MB Architects

Insta-House by MB Architects

Price: Starting at $367,000

Size: 1,280 square feet 

Container Size: Four 40-foot shipping containers

Features: The Insta-House has two bedrooms, two baths, a full kitchen, and a living room with a double-height workspace and second-floor mezzanine. Smart technology, a ductless air conditioning and heating system, marine-grade paint, and floor-t0-ceiling windows complete the package. The container model can be fabricated in eight weeks and installed in a single day.

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