This man (Larry) wanted to build a self-sustained and off-the-grid home out of two shipping containers.
He wanted all of the comforts of a home and to be able to live in it comfortably up to a year or more if need be.
To do this he ordered two sea containers and welded them together to make one awesome cabin.
Water is heated using solar power or by wood stove if necessary. Access to water is by well.
The two containers combined add up to a 40′ x 16′ floor plan so about 640 square feet of space inside.
I encourage you to learn more about this custom off grid shipping container cabin (and check out the floor plan, cost, etc., too) below:
After he prepped his land for the project he ordered the two sea containers
Each one weighs over 8,000 lbs. Larry was able to adjust them to the right spot (on his piers) with the help of the driver, his compact tractor, an old floor jack, and a 4 ton power-puller.
Before they were welded together he chained them and spray foam insulated the space in between them.
Learn more about how he picked the land, got the containers, and how he adjusted them into the right spot here.
40′x16′ Container Cabin Floor Plan
The Cutting Begins
To cut the walls he used about one 4 and 1/2″ disc for every 5′ of wall he had to cut.
Since the containers are made of very heavy steel they are super sharp in the edges after you cut them (so be very careful if you ever do this… better yet, get some help!)
He decided to cut the openings in arched shapes to retain the strength of the container’s roof and so that it will match the arched windows too.
These cuts were then recycled and used later on to create a covered front door entrance. :)
Welding the Containers Together
Insulating the Cabin Shell
Cutting the Windows and Doors
Framing the Interior
$35k Off-Grid Shipping Container Cabin
Entrance to Living Room
Two Doors to Bedrooms
Wood Stove in Living Room
Door to Bathroom and Kitchen to the Right
Bathroom and Laundry
Images: Sea Container Cabin
Heating the home can be done by solar as well as with the wood stove.
Lighting options include 110 volt, 12 volt and kerosene.
Cost to Build
In total he spent about $35,000 to build it which includes the containers, well, landscaping, plumbing, interior, and the carport. But it does not include the land it sits on.
- Larry’s Taj Malodge Shipping Container Cabin Blog
- Complete Tour with More Info on the Finished Cabin
- How he Welded Them Together
- How he Insulated Them and Did the Landscaping
- How he Framed the Interior
- Interior Insulation and Walls
- Solar Setup
- Metal Cut Out Recycling
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