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645 Sq. Ft. Modern Shipping Container Home

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This is a 645 sq. ft. modern shipping container modular home called the Kiev by Nova Deco which is an international manufacturer in Australia that builds quality shipping container and modular homes.

When you go inside using the glass sliding doors you’ll find yourself in the living area that opens up to the kitchen and dining room. You’ll also find two bedrooms with two bathrooms in this model! Not bad for only 645 sq. ft., right? Please enjoy, learn more and re-share below. Thank you!

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645 Sq. Ft. Modern Shipping Container Modular Home

645 Sq. Ft. Modern Shipping Container Modular Home

Images © Nova Deko

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Images © Nova Deko

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  • Deadrock
    September 12, 2015, 1:28 pm

    *drool* slurp

    • MareM
      August 15, 2016, 4:29 pm

      Hi, Deadrock. I haven’t seen comments from you in awhile, and I hope you’re all right. Did you ever make it to Asheville? If you want to reply but prefer to do it privately, my email is maremarx at yahoo dot com.

      • Deadrock
        August 16, 2016, 12:18 pm

        Hey, Mare! Thanks for remembering me. I’ve been doing poor Alex a favor and taking my divisive presence elsewhere for awhile, at least until people forgot what they didn’t like about me. 🙂 But to answer your question, yes…I did make the move to Asheville just over 3 months ago, and I’ve joined a tiny house meetup group and am hitting the land search hard. I’ll email you with a brief message since you were kind enough to suggest that would be OK!

      • Dawn
        April 13, 2019, 9:31 am

        Love your home. My husband and I are thinking of building our own. You have a large cut out in kitchen/living area. How did you support it?

      • Deadrock
        April 13, 2019, 10:19 am

        MareM, don’t know if you’re still a visitor to the site, but I got a message in my inbox that someone had replied to a message I’d commented on, so I just thought I’d drop in and update.

        I did make it to Asheville, as I mentioned, and ended up buying a house rather than land. But after 3 years here, I’m done with the (nearly) relentless gray skies, and have sold house, belongings, business, including all locks, stocks, and barrels, traded in my weensy Fiat for a Jeep, and bought a little trailer camper. So as of May 15 of this year, I will be living the tiny life after all. 135 sf, to be exact. I will follow the sun and my own whims (keeping well within reach of WiFi, as I do still have to make a living), and time will tell if I’m able to get along with Deadrock v.5.8.3. I guess it really is possible to keep reinventing yourself, no matter how old you get.

        Home is where you park it, as they say. Just hope my cat gets over the shock.

  • Deadrock
    September 12, 2015, 1:28 pm

    (mops up keyboard)

    • BrownLuster
      September 13, 2015, 6:33 am

      {^_^} LOL!!

  • Suzanne
    September 12, 2015, 2:39 pm

    I LOVE these container homes …

  • Nancy
    September 12, 2015, 2:40 pm

    Yes please!

  • gale
    September 12, 2015, 2:50 pm

    All I can say is….WOW. This is absolutely gorgeous. This is the best shipping container house I have ever seen. There is not one thing I would change.

    • Vic
      September 12, 2015, 3:11 pm

      Be sure to visit NovaDeko’s website. Their modular homes are astounding and the floorplans make sense. Biggest plus: the prices are reasonable.

      • Deadrock
        September 12, 2015, 8:37 pm

        Yes, although I assume they’re quoting in Australian dollars. What’s the cost to ship the finished product to the U.S.? Prohibitive, I bet.

        • Vic
          September 12, 2015, 8:51 pm

          You’re lucky: hesitation based on an unfounded “bet” stops you from having to expend energy.
          I’ve inquired to see if they work with anyone near me or sell plans.

        • Nerida
          November 1, 2017, 10:58 am

          YaH! You mean for once we see a local company on here.

          Trotting off to check their website, because I was just grumbling to myself this would be great if only they were in Australia. whoop

  • Kelly Libert
    September 12, 2015, 3:05 pm

    Perfect! I wonder what they charge for this…

    • David
      September 12, 2015, 3:45 pm

      According to the manufacturer’s website, the Kiev model costs 104,000 AUD plus installation; that works out to around 75k USD plus installation. All told, figure maybe 100k USD. Definitely a deluxe home, despite the small size.

      • Deadrock
        September 12, 2015, 8:38 pm

        If your figures are correct, that really DOES sound within reason. Maybe I’ll give them a call!

  • Helen bane
    September 12, 2015, 4:34 pm

    I really like the way this looks. The idea of 2bathrooms is very pleasing

  • La la
    September 12, 2015, 5:08 pm

    Absolutely yummy! This is perfect.

  • Beth @ Hooked on Health
    September 12, 2015, 6:11 pm

    So what are the advantages and limitations of a container built home? I want to learn all I can before I decide what to build.

  • Marce
    September 12, 2015, 7:01 pm

    Lol at Deadrock…
    You made me chortle at those two posts
    Giggling g

    • Deadrock
      September 12, 2015, 8:39 pm

      Ur welcome. 🙂 I do love me dem container homes, sigh.

  • vee
    September 12, 2015, 8:16 pm

    Like, like, like — LOTS!

  • Deadrock
    September 12, 2015, 8:54 pm

    Ah, so sad…NovaDeko is not yet supplying these modular homes to the U.S.

    • Erica
      September 18, 2015, 4:55 pm

      I was bummed to see that too. Any ideas on who is doing this in the USA?

      • Deadrock
        September 21, 2015, 11:56 am

        I spent quite some time last night researching that very question. It seems to me there’s a real market for container home builders – although if you know all about building but nothing about marketing your great idea for a home building service will wither on the vine. I found a couple that got mentioned in articles, but the links to their home pages were now defunct. You could try mekaworld dot com, or shippingcontainerhomedesign dot com, or numendevelopment dot com. There’s one or two more I found that either specialize in commercial rather than residential, or their websites were so terrible (or not even being monitored anymore) that I moved on. Good luck – please share if you find any other companies!

        • Rae
          September 22, 2015, 2:11 am

          I can not believe no one in the USA is offering these container homes. I know you can buy the raw containers for about $3,000 – $3,500 each. There’s a market for container homes in US!

  • Pat LaCerva
    September 12, 2015, 9:15 pm

    Thanks for including Floor Plan. Really helps me to “get the picture.” Pat

  • Nanny M
    September 13, 2015, 1:10 am

    Well disguised container, beautifully done! Sparkles! With plenty of space.

  • Joanne
    September 13, 2015, 1:38 am

    I love Nova Deko home designs & the idea of using a bespoke shipping container. However, the prices of their products have soared in the past few months – & I mean soared – up by $30K per design in some cases. Very disappointing as before they were quite affordable homes given that you’d still have to spend many thousands on foundations + connecting services & the buying in the other exclusions listed. Love them but can no longer afford them.

  • donna brady
    September 15, 2015, 11:26 pm

    how much is this model

  • CyberPine
    September 22, 2015, 11:27 am

    I’m thinking of buying a 50×100 residential lot in Florida Zoned for homes and trailers. how complex to allow a county in florida to let me drop a shipping container in? anybody done it.

  • Deadrock
    September 23, 2015, 11:30 am

    Currently living in No. California, although I am flying out to Asheville in a few weeks to scout out land there. But I called a place in Yreka, CA (just up the road from me) where they sell/rent shipping containers, just to see what kinds of prices I could expect. The quotes I got:
    40′, 8.5′ high (used, variable conditions): $3775
    20′, 8.5′ high (used, beat up): $2800
    20′, 8.5′ high (new): $4500
    45′, 9.5′ high (used, good condition): $4200

    I especially liked that last one – say one 40 or 45 footer and a decent 20 footer together would make a perfectly good sized home – some might manage nicely on less. For anyone thinking of moving to the alpine mtns. of No. CA, land is (fairly) affordable and out in the woods nobody cares much about building codes. If you can do the work to convert it, that’s a pretty cheap package. If you need to hire someone to do the construction, well…that’s more of a challenge, but do-able. So food for thought.

  • Tommy B
    September 27, 2015, 9:53 pm

    I love alternative style homes. This includes railroad cars, Gypsy wagons, Hacienda Style Straw Bale, and Earthship designs.

    First concern (Shipping container) is where do you intend to put it and what is it’s use going to be. Living, office, additional outside living with an exterior patio kitchen? That list will go on.
    You should talk with your local county building department. It would be a drag if you install the container, do all the interior reno’s and find out that it’s not allowed to be used.
    Quick example: Your local Build Dept. may require that it’s placed on a perimeter concrete Foundation two feet off the ground as opposed to setting it on a slab. There are cost differences for those different installations. Need to find out what’s allowed in your area. Unless you have some rural land where codes aren’t an issue and nobody’s watching what you’re doing out there, most places will require a permit.
    With the exterior walls in place, the rest is easy! Insulation in these ice boxes is very important!! Ya have to beat the heat and keep the frost from bittin yer ass. I would recommend ridgid insulation board for the interior. This way, you can cut channels along the walls and ceiling to run your electrical conduit for lights, switches and recepticals. For plumbing, I would run your pipes in a small, horizontal box along the walls like base board (if you can) the reason is that if it’s in the interior of the room, (inside of the ridgid insulation, this will help keep the pipes from freezing!)
    Another thought about putting these containers on a raised fondation: If you have a plumbing problem with your toilet or shower/sink DRAINS, it will be easier to get to the plumbing (Drains) if you can access them from beneath the container. Just sayin!-Just thinkin!

    The Shell is pretty heavy gauge steel. Bullet proof!-Nice if you need that!
    To install a door, window, Slider just bust out the cutting torch (Hire a welder for this) and then install a frame in the hole for the doors etc.
    The floors in these things are usually plywood. Some have planks. Either way, the floor is not insulated! Must think about that! Once again, If on a perimeter foundation, you can insulate from below. If you’re gonna put it on a slab, before you pour your concrete, design the ridgid insulation into the prepared slab floor and pour over it.
    Okay, that’s day one. You’re almost finished!

    Rule Number One: Talk to your local building department!!!! I know, we don’t always want to share our plans. Sometimes we just want to scream that we have to divulge Our Personal STUFF and PLANS. But, the alternative may be that you can’t have what you just built because you didn’t follow the rules! Man, I Hate that!
    Rule Number Two: What ever you do, Make It Safe! Remember, you’ll be in a box! Gotta have a way out!
    Anybody can build with these things! Get some measurements. Do some sketches. Research some building materials. Even make a small Scale Model out of Card board and place some mock up walls etc. It doesn’t cost a thing to research or envision. Take pictures of your model and bring your thoughts to your local building department for their initial opinion. They’ll let you know if there have been other container homes in your county that have been approved. Maybe they’ll give you a couple of addresses. Do a drive by. Maybe meet the owners/ builders and find out the hastles/hurtles (if any) that they had to go through to get it through the Build Dept.
    Etc, Etc. Etc.
    Just start!! Reasearch!!!
    Make it yours!

    • Eric
      August 16, 2016, 9:38 pm

      “Bullet proof!-Nice if you need that!”

      Sure do in New Zealand. Got all these politicians who shoot from the lips. Sorta like a certain Trump from the other side of the world… lqtm

      • Janet
        August 17, 2016, 12:24 am

        hahaha, “shoot from the lips”… Love it!

    • Nerida
      November 2, 2017, 1:36 am

      Thanks Tommy B.

  • vee
    November 2, 2015, 6:23 pm

    What more could one want? LOVE IT!

  • Gerri
    November 2, 2015, 7:55 pm

    I could see myself in this,it looks roomy.

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    • Nerida
      November 1, 2017, 11:34 am

      It is all a matter of perspective. Houses in Australia seem to be soooooo much more expensive that in USA. Americans are always complaining about the price of small homoes and I am jumping up and down that you can actually get anything for that price.

      So if you had solar power, tank water and composting toilet how much ‘installation’ is required – plonking it on some foundations?

      Shepherds huts are around $60,000 AUD here. These seem to be just that bit bigger just that bit sturdier. No termite problems.

      You could build a whole leggo village with them couldnt you?

      I think I am in love.

  • Barbara
    May 15, 2016, 2:28 pm

    Crème de la crème! And sweet cream it is! I love this and would love to own one just like it, with plenty of insulation against the heat of Costa Rica’s southern Pacific area. Give me a double wide deck and I would be in 7th heaven.

  • Kurt
    May 18, 2016, 6:06 pm

    Very nice. I wouldn’t mind living in something like that.

  • Mary
    August 15, 2016, 3:32 pm

    Imminently livable….least is most.

  • Chuck
    August 15, 2016, 5:20 pm

    Why does it say these are built in Australia when the website says it is a Chinese company?
    Are they built in Australia by a Chinese company?
    I love this conversion. Wouldn’t change anything about it.

  • victoria
    August 16, 2016, 3:26 am

    yep, its a great looking place, but doesnt seem to qualify as a “tiny” home to me. i guess it depends on where your coming ” from” and plan on going “to”. to me, the double wide deal is huge, pretty far from tiny living. save money? again, i guess it depends on what you wanna spend. id call it a small home for some and really big for many. beautiful none the less.

  • Barnie
    August 31, 2016, 12:59 pm

    Amazing. I love the simplicity in design, potentially the most appealing container home I’ve seen yet. It’s just so nicely done.

  • Bear Wolan
    October 27, 2017, 12:05 pm

    With a single container you are pretty limited for space, but with 2 or more you can rival more conventional floor plans while still building economically and scaleable solutions. We are embarking on that path as students studying construction management/design and hope to contribute some unique ideas in the future for various locations in Texas. This pin shows or hints at the use of decks, expansions and multiple units that we feel are key to mainstream adoption and lifestyle usage.

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