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40 Ft. Shipping Container Home That Charges an Electric Car!


Annina and Pascal wanted to live off-the-grid and found this amazing 10-acre piece of property in New Zealand which they’ve been transforming into a fully self-reliant homestead.

They live in the 40 ft. shipping container home, use the second shipping container for a garage and built a geo-dome greenhouse for starting some of the many plants they’re cultivating outside.

The couple installed an incredible solar array, but discovered they were gathering more sun energy than they needed! So instead of paying for gasoline for a car, they got an electric vehicle they can charge for free. Living Big in a Tiny House did an awesome video interview with the couple, so be sure to watch it to learn more about their off-grid container home!

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Off-Grid Shipping Container Home in New Zealand

VIDEO: Off-the-Grid 40-ft. Shipping Container Home

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Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee is a contributor for Tiny House Talk and the Tiny House Newsletter. She's a wife and mama of two little kids. She and her family just purchased a small fixer-upper and are starting a self-sufficient homestead on their happy little acre.
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  • Avatar PMHTX
    May 16, 2020, 9:22 am

    Nice house! Very serene feeling without a jumble of competing elements. The kitchen is especially nice with a lot of counter area & storage.

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee
      May 18, 2020, 2:05 pm

      Yes I spend a lot of time in the kitchen so I would need something spacious like this!

  • Avatar Gail Van Luvanee
    May 16, 2020, 2:28 pm

    I’ve been wondering about these shipping container and train-car homes — do they meet building code requirements and inspections the way site-built homes do? One of the first things i learned when i went into architecture was that a ANY and ALL buildings are potential lethal weapons and that an architectural professional’s FIRST duty and responsibility is for the safety of the people in those buildings.

  • Avatar James D.
    May 16, 2020, 10:22 pm

    Depends, if you want to use it as a permanent residential home on a foundation then it will usually require it to meet local building codes and zoning requirements, the same as traditional site built homes, but if you use it for travel or just for short periods then the standards to meet can be much lower…

    Different places can also have very different requirements to meet and doing a non-traditional structure may or may not be allowed in a given area… But safety is usually always a consideration, whether it’s a residential home or an RV, certain minimum standards typically have to be met if people are to stay in them for any significant length of time…

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