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Self-Sustainable Off-Grid Tiny Container Cabin

This is a sustainable off-grid mobile container home built and designed by Sustainer Homes. This model is called the Sol Van Kempen and it’s powered by a series of solar panels and wind mills that are mounted to the roof of the container.

Another unique feature of the home is its rainwater collection system. The rainwater is collected from the roof and then filtered for drinking, washing dishes, and showering. Any water that goes down the drain is then cleaned again through a plant-based filter before being released back into the ground.

When you go inside you’ll notice the walls are made with wood-based panels which are also used for the furniture and storage units. There’s also a living area, dining area, kitchenette, bathroom, and a bedroom inside. Please enjoy, learn more and re-share below. Thank you!

Self-Sustainable Off-Grid Tiny Container Cabin

Sustainable Off-Grid Mobile Container Home

Images © Sustainer Homes

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  • Deadrock September 14, 2015, 10:44 am

    Simple, and looks inexpensive, although not my favorite container home decor or configuration. Also a little bummed the company is in the Netherlands.

    Any U.S. based container home companies that are interested in a gig building a 600sf+ sized container home for me, please respond to this comment and let me know where you are!

    • Nick September 14, 2015, 2:57 pm

      We are a fine custome furniture and cabinetry business who has realized a micro home is actually a piece of furniture that you live in. We have teamed up with a designer and contracter to build micro homes. I’m not sure where you are but due to the portability of these units we are able to ship most anywhere, we are based out of Tampa Florida.

    • Megan October 11, 2015, 10:38 pm

      There’s a company approx 6 miles north of Manor on Hwy 973.

    • Megan October 11, 2015, 10:43 pm

      there’s a company in Manor, Texas

  • Alisa September 14, 2015, 11:18 pm

    Love the endless configuration the pegboard offers!!!

  • Catherine September 15, 2015, 12:26 am

    It’s bad enough to know that we use OSB in our houses now without using as a finishing product. Just DON’T get it wet!

    • Brian September 15, 2015, 6:33 am

      I agree, I would have chose something a bit nicer, and healthier.

    • Sustainer Homes October 11, 2015, 11:32 am

      Hi Catherine,

      Just wanted to let you know it’s not OSB but Eco-board. This straw-based board is made completely from agricultural waste (not wood) and is completely non-toxic as it uses no formaldehyde.

      • Kurt May 18, 2016, 6:51 pm

        OSB…Eco-board…whatever. It still looks UGLY!

      • Large Marge September 12, 2016, 6:22 pm

        Hi Sustainer,
        Excellent choice on wallboard! Rustic and relaxing. At first, we thought it was cork, also an excellent choice. Thanks for letting us know about Eco-board. It’s always nice to recycle and reuse.

  • Brian September 15, 2015, 6:29 am

    I love the idea of using shipping containers to up cycle into homes, however I own a nice piece of property in Arizona, and visited my local county to ask if I could get permits to build a very attractive 3 container home, and they straight up told me “NO WAY!”. I guess the idea is they believe they are ugly mainly, but conceded most of the officials have seen nice container homes on the Internet, nonetheless they will not issue a permit for container homes… It always amazes me that in a world today with fake economies, avg. wages that of the 1990’s, a decreasing middle class, etc, etc…. That you would think most counties and or cities would find a way to allow “greener” alternative building take place. Iam now stuck with the idea of being forced into building a residence on my property that is conformed to a mindset, much more expensive, less resilient, and looks like everyone else’s…. It may be time to sell the property?, and find another property in a more Eco friendly atmosphere.

    • Al September 15, 2015, 3:32 pm

      Obviously you can’t get a building permit for a container home , all you do is inquire if storage containers are allowed , and if they are you just move container on lot and start building , as long as you don’t require utility hookup everything should be ok. If you do need utility hookup, find a creative way to get this done before moving container to lot such as an electric service for a water well ? Just don’t call it a home , it is a standard shipping container . I have some friends who are missionaries in Italy , and used to live in Rv, but the zoning wouldn’t allow it so they just built homes in shipping containers ,and these are allowed everywhere ! Since these are movable they aren’t subject to relestate tax either .

      • Arlie October 10, 2015, 3:47 pm

        I’d do just as you suggested Al, if I had the required acreage for a C-Can…slide it in, plant some trees around it, and keep my mouth shut. However, sometimes county officials will be a bit more willing to listen if you have engineer specs, blue prints, etc. rather than a few screen shots from the Internet.

    • Sue November 5, 2015, 9:17 pm

      Then you could make inquiry on is an earth-covered home acceptable?
      Shipping containers could be used and as they would be covered also remain unseen. You would also have reduced running costs re heating and cooling.

    • Eric February 6, 2016, 3:15 pm

      You could also say you want to build using steel. Lots of commercial buildings are these days.

      Tell them you are going to use steel cladding on a steel superstructure.

      They should then approve a permit. Well, methinks anyway. What do you have to lose apart from a bit of time?

  • Al September 15, 2015, 3:21 pm

    These homes are made from new or used shipping containers and are mobile by same methods as other containers and can be delivered or moved by specially designed trucks as well as carried on freight trucks or railroad cars !

  • Porcsha S. October 11, 2015, 4:21 pm

    This home is what the tiny house movement is all about! I’m not a huge fan of the pressed wood but it makes the home cheaper! It’s off the grid, screw how it looks, fix that later! We need more homes everyone can buy because the monetary system is unfair! Everyone whines about prices but, this is worth every penny and did I mention it’s OFF THE GRID!!! I hope to see more of these homes in the future to off put these greedy people who are so low to see profit in tiny houses!

  • Sharee February 6, 2016, 11:52 am

    I really like the wall treatments. The holes in the walls would allow me to redecorate and rearrange the inside to my heart’s content. Nicely done.

  • Barbara May 15, 2016, 2:51 pm

    I don’t care what the interior is covered with, it is hideously ugly.

  • Larry Schoenemann September 14, 2016, 1:16 am

    Love to see it fully finished.

  • jm September 14, 2016, 4:52 am

    Strength isn’t the only issue in getting permit. I would submit plans with their fee and force them to tell me where it doesn’t comply. Revise, resubmit, revise, resubmit…But once they give you a permit you will be paying property taxes. And have an address, and get mail…

    I like the idea of using a container as an underground house. You can certainly apply a spray waterproofing. I would set it into a hillside, leave part of the front exposed. Shutters for the front that can completely close and secure it. Great for a vacation house.

    Largo…my favorite Sonny’s!

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