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Casa Cúbica’s 160 Sq. Ft. Shipping Container Tiny Home

Cúbica® is a company in Costa Rica that has created this shipping container tiny home with rooftop recreational deck.


A 20′ shipping container was used to turn it into an amazing 160 sq. ft. tiny house that can sleep up to four people.

Inside you’ll find a full kitchen, bathroom, washer/dryer, multi-functional living/dining/sleeping area, and ample outdoor space.

Casa Cúbica’s 160 Sq. Ft. Shipping Container Tiny Home

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  • Kim October 24, 2014, 12:47 pm

    This is one of the most impressive container houses I have seen! It looks like it would even work for a small family. I would really consider living in a house like this. I love the large windows which makes it seem so open.

  • Martha October 24, 2014, 12:57 pm

    I really like the looks of this container house, although I’d like to see more photos taken in better lighting.

  • Karen October 24, 2014, 1:13 pm

    This is wonderfully planned! If two were joined together, they would allow for two full baths and designated bedrooms for a family in 320 square feet.

  • Lisa E. October 24, 2014, 1:19 pm

    This container is nicely appointed but I’d like access to the roof from the inside, and I’d like sliding metal storm shutters for privacy and security.

  • alice h October 24, 2014, 2:25 pm

    I am a total fan of roof decks, especially if you have a flat roof already. This particular floor plan is more like a hotel room than a house but that’s fixable. I’d put the kitchen next to the bathroom to keep the plumbing in closer proximity though.

    • Eric May 16, 2016, 7:26 pm

      …but flat roofs are prone to ponding with the inherent problems that come with that.

      And, previous commenters saying they’d like access to the roof from inside… well that sure would create sealing issues. I could see seals failing and suddenly your roof is no longer waterproof and you have an unwanted indoor mini swimming pool.

      • alice h May 16, 2016, 9:30 pm

        Poorly built flat roofs are prone to problems and you could always put a slight slope under the deck, wouldn’t take much. If you build your roof hatch the same way as a skylight you shouldn’t have any more problems with a hatch than a well built skylight. Between proper flashing, sealing and drainage there shouldn’t be too many problems. I’d be more worried about the deck attachment points, much more potential for leakage there. I would attach from the sides.

  • Lisa Marie October 24, 2014, 2:34 pm

    Great use of a Murphy bed. This is one of the nicest storage container conversions I’ve seen. Having access to the roof top deck wouldn’t be practical for this size storage container. The ladder would take up too much valuable space inside.

  • Brian October 24, 2014, 3:54 pm

    The beauty of the design is separating the bathroom from the kitchen. This is overlooked by most THs that are designed with the bathroom off the kitchen. You may save on plumbing costs but end up cooking next to where you poop. Yikes. Thankyou for sharing. Cheers from Australia.

    • LK October 24, 2014, 6:08 pm

      I agree on the bathroom placement. It’s OK on a camping trip, but I would rather go outside (provided I lived in a temperate clime) than to cook near my poop area!

      • Eric May 16, 2016, 7:29 pm

        Why? Scared your poop would end up on your kitchen sink? Not likely sunshine, not likely at all. If it is smell you are worried about well a door on the toilet zone would help as would ventilation/window taking smells outside.

  • gale porras October 24, 2014, 5:41 pm

    Very, very cool. Take out the bunk beds and have a great closet too. Is there a better view of the bath?

  • LK October 24, 2014, 6:05 pm

    What others love, I love too. I think that the inside entry to the roof deck is desired so you don’t have strangers or pushy friends up there. But I would cance the outside entry to the deck area. The clean design does not look like a hotel to me – but then I love contemporary design.

  • Michael October 24, 2014, 6:55 pm

    I like the modern lines. Can’t see any access to the roof from inside and the downside of fixed stairs is that others can climb up your roof. There seems to be a slide out but I couldn’t figure out how it works. I would remove the bunk beds, too and make a dining/working there. In front of the murphy bed
    a settee could be placed which stays under the bed when sleeping.
    Their website is showing multiple units in similar design.

  • Laurie Raymond October 24, 2014, 9:42 pm

    If the large bed were a murphy bed, you could have a desk during the daytime and not use all that floor space. If I build my tiny home, it will have a murphy bed — wonder why no one does that? I don’t like lofts.

    • Kay May 17, 2015, 6:19 am

      I thought the large bed was a murphy bed… I love the dinning table which could come out when the murphy bed was up…

    • Eric May 16, 2016, 7:36 pm

      The large bed IS a murphy bed.

  • Sam October 24, 2014, 9:58 pm

    This design would be ideal for one of those projects to provide tiny houses for the homeless. And while, personally, I love the roof deck, if it was eliminated these could be stacked into a unique tiny apartment complex 2 or 3 units high around a courtyard which would be great for college students.

  • Mike October 24, 2014, 10:45 pm

    So Alex, how much does this cost? If the company is in Costa Rica, can this “tiny house” be shipped to America. It looks like a real winner!

  • Deby October 25, 2014, 5:13 am

    Great design! However… I’d get rid of the Murphy bed and instead have a love-seat sized sofa bed, so that I could use the wall space that a Murphy bed requires for shelves or cabinets. The bunk room would also serve as storage and a small office… 🙂

  • sandy b October 25, 2014, 3:51 pm

    love the look, just wondering what is in front of the commode? washer/dryer? is the shower to the right of the sink? What is the area behind the sink? Does the outside door open to the bathroom or the area behind the bathroom sink? Sorry, I couldn’t quite tell. 🙂

  • Otessa Regina Compton October 25, 2014, 4:05 pm

    I WOULD DECORATE THE INTERIOR HAVING A COASTAL THEME, BUT IMAGINE THE CREATIVITY AND GIVING A CONTAINER LIFE AGAIN. WHO WOULD THINK DOING SO MUCH WITH SO LITTLE. KEEP UP THOSE AMAZING PHOTOGRAPHS FROM YOUR PERSONAL PHOTOGRAPH ADDICT. THANKS ALEX!!!

  • Glen October 25, 2014, 7:33 pm

    Not sure that a small family could inhabit this house permanently but as a holiday cabin this place would excel.

  • Gerd January 18, 2015, 11:51 am

    I really like the outside of the house but the interior looks as an old fashion design hotel room, with the bed dominating the principal space and the wooden finishings from yesterday, in comparison with most of their competitors. Because CR is a tropical country I assume that the wood they applied for the roof terrace is suitable for a humid environment. A real advantage would be a sun roof on top of the house. This wood also keep down the heat in the house within a tropical environment and allow for frequent use of the roof terrace.

  • Ahmed January 28, 2015, 4:13 pm

    Awesome. Now how much $$$?

  • Rich May 16, 2015, 12:28 pm

    Interesting variation on a theme. In spite of Brian’s concerns I would flip the arrangement of the “murphy bed” wall and cabinets so that the kitchen sink is closer to the other plumbing. Any mobile home or camper being used in cold climates will risk freezing piping so eliminating long runs always advisable. And no need for two vent stacks.

  • JanneZack May 16, 2015, 7:05 pm

    This is absolutely gorgeous with incredible finishes. It looks as though they spared no expense. It has an amazing floor plan with only two small problems that I can see.

    Closet. It sleeps 4, but where do you put your stuff?

    Lounging. There is no space to relax (besides in bed). No sofa-type furniture. There are murphy beds with that option, I don’t come home from work and go sit in bed to do all my evening things (reading, computer, watching T.V., etc). This is a good jumping off point as far as design is concerned… Just need a closet and a sofa. Maybe the bunk beds could just be ONE, the high one, and a closet could be under that. The sofa could be in front of the murphy bed and let the bed fold down over the seating area… you may have seen those on line. Then, we’d have perfection!

  • Mary J May 17, 2015, 12:13 am

    this design reminds me of alot of cabins used in caravan parks….and that’s not a bad thing because whenever we stayed in one I would plan out how I could happily live in one. the top bunk bed could be fold away during the daytime and that space could then be part of the normal floor space with removal table. The murphy bed could have a couch in front of it so that there is a lounge area. It does need storage but that could be along the front wall between door openings, etc.

  • gail May 17, 2015, 1:34 am

    Personally I love how the table is part of the murphy bed, I don’t think many picked up on that. I only need a space for me, so not too sure I would need the bunk beds, but the space would be great storage. Love the roof top deck.

  • Stephanie Darling May 17, 2015, 2:17 am

    Yes! Amazing, love the design. My husband and I are building a tiny house on a Big Tex right now. It is sort of like the Popomo. Anyway, I looked at the original site and unfortunately I took French in high school… I was wondering what is the cost and delivery?

  • Candide33 May 17, 2015, 9:28 am

    I love it! It looks professionally done and superior quality.

    Love the huge shower that opens to the outside, great if you have a pool, the washer and dryer across from the toilet, the bottom bunk used as the sofa during the day, neat little kitchen etc.

    The bottom diagram shows that little bump out by the ladder as a closet but the other diagram shows a chair there, maybe the make more than one kind?

  • Renee van wyck May 17, 2015, 9:59 am

    Love this design. One question is that a air conditioner/ heater over the door pod the bathroom?

  • Susan May 17, 2015, 11:22 am

    It’s just about perfect. Lots storage and sleeping. As long as there’s decent outdoor space, well…perfect. But it would work urban as well, because of the roof top. Keeping the plans.

  • Stephanie May 17, 2015, 2:58 pm

    Love that the toilet is separated from the bath and sink, it’s a more sanitary design. Hopefully the toilet room has a vent. This whole place looks great! My only critique is the placement of the cans lights could have been calculated for a better more functional finished outcome. I understand lighting design isn’t on every builder/designer’s top priority list but oh boy what a difference it makes when done correctly

  • JC May 18, 2015, 10:24 am

    Gorgeous design! Love it!

  • john May 19, 2015, 12:29 am

    how much does this cost

  • Julie Conkle May 19, 2015, 9:15 am

    I absolutely love this! This is my dream, to have a home like this one day. Sure wish I could win one, as this is likely the only way the dream will come true. Gorgeous!

  • David May 19, 2015, 11:02 am

    I like that the drop down table is built into the bottom of the Murphy bed! 🙂

  • Jonas Macondzo January 23, 2016, 11:40 pm

    How can i buy it

  • Rita Riches April 29, 2016, 5:05 pm

    I love container houses and this one ticks all the boxes, it even has bunks for the grandkids when they visit! When it’s just us two, I’d like more storage ie closet or wardrobe in place of bunk beds. How could I keep both? Maybe, as mentioned earlier, closet under the top bunk would be ideal. Regardless, I love this and although transporting this home to Australia would be impractical, it can be duplicated by a local container home specialist. In 2013, a 4-bedroom/4 bath and 2 garage container home in Brisbane sold for $AU 1,420,000. Admittedly it wasn’t a TH as it used 31 containers but it gives you food for thought!

  • Marsha Cowan May 15, 2016, 3:53 pm

    Very nice! Succinct and beautiful…

  • Vanyel July 25, 2016, 1:04 am

    Quick question. Its 20 foot long but how wide is it? Looks wider than 8’5 to me so I’d love to see what wxtra is required to be that roomy.

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