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320 Sq. Ft. Shipping Container Tiny House

This is a 320 sq. ft. shipping container tiny house conversion.

It’s designed, converted, and built by Live Simply Homes in the Western United States.

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320 Sq. Ft. Shipping Container Tiny House

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  • Was for sale for $24,000
  • 320 sq. ft. container conversion
  • Built by Live Simply Homes
  • “Floating stucco” exterior finish
  • Floor plan includes bedroom, living room, kitchen, and bathroom


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    September 13, 2016, 10:04 pm

    Beautifully attractive tiny house, with a great layout,and superbly priced at a cost which almost anyone can afford….! Now what more can anyone ask for…? I hope we will see more tiny houses of this type in the future, and more builders using them instead of our already unstable natural resources which are being deforested in a more than alarming rate than ever before with are ever growing population within this country….! These container boxes are an ideal building block in which the housing industry should take a better look at than they have in the past….!

    • Fred
      August 31, 2019, 7:18 pm

      I agree, although I find the outside a bit “slab sided”, but the elegance here is definitely in the simplicity of the unit.
      The shower seems a bit unusual, but I would still buy this house for $24K.
      I think its a nicely done effort and seems to exemplify the name “Live Simply Homes”.

  • jm
    September 14, 2016, 4:20 am

    Nicely done, and affordable. This is how I would build a storage container house: insulate the exterior and then finish. We coated cracked stucco buildings with an elastomeric paint (tinted any color) with special rollers that made it look like stucco, but was flexible and did not crack. I love the color. These are also pretty storm resistant. Steel is an inert material, also a good electromagnetic shielder. Needs to be lightning protected with copper cable buried encircled…

    These things are so strong that you could dig a hole, waterproof (with drainage) the container box and set it in the hole up to maybe 2 feet above grade. Set your framing on the container. (Or stack another container on top.) Cut a hole in the top of the container and install a door hatch. You have a fallout shelter, storm shelter, safe room, etc…You might have to get an engineer to do some calcs for you, but if your bldg dept is run by engineers they are usually pretty level headed and should allow it.

    • Large Marge
      September 14, 2016, 10:11 pm

      re: container burial
      Nay nay. Ixnay on container burial.

      The strength is in the corners. The walls and ceiling flex.

      Burying a container eliminates air circulation, accelerating rust. And steel tends to rust.

      Surrounding a semi-buried Conex, the weight of wet dirt is thousands of tons… held back from your tender sensitive flesh by rusty walls, walls weak to start.

      How do we know? We TDYed in similar on the beach in Beirut in 1989. Semi-buried in sand, the things crumble in your fingers in months. Sandbags in your bunk, anybody?

      Above-ground with air circulation is best.

      And comment readers here on TinyHouseTalk know our repeated rantings about powered venting of cooking odors and moisture to the outside. Imagine the moisture eating the interior steel walls, too. Double the fun.

      Live Simply Homes did a nice job on this one. Too nice to bury.

      • Steve
        September 21, 2016, 2:17 pm

        I agree with Large Marg,
        Containers are not designed for sidewall loading, in order to “bury” a container, it requires a sub-wall with air-space even with Corten steel, coated is highly rust “resistant” on a ship, but as Large Marge indicated would not do well buried.
        Aside from that, this particular model is quite sufficient for most empty nester(s) or single folk.

    September 14, 2016, 5:45 pm

    Love, love this one too!

  • Nancy
    September 16, 2016, 8:24 pm

    Very cool. I would be comfortable in this one!!

  • Betty
    September 24, 2017, 8:49 pm

    Just perfect for me only! 😀😍

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