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672 Sq. Ft. Green Container House

Using two 8′ by 40′ shipping containers, placed side by side, this container house boost 672 sq. ft.

The front half of the home is the living, dining and kitchen area. While the back half of the home is the bedroom and bathroom. There is also a small space to use for a home office or work out area.

The designer of this house and founder of Sarah House Utah,  Jeffrey White, wants to create sustainable homes for low-income people. In the future hopefully these affordable and sustainable houses can be used in low-income communities. This home ‘the Sarah House’ is the prototype for future container house designs.

Check out the photos below. Let us know what do you think of this design?

672 Sq. Ft. Green Container House


Images © Jeffrey White

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Images © Jeffrey White


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  • Rhonda
    May 27, 2015, 10:53 am

    I love the idea of creating nice homes for low-income people! For the layout – everything looks really nice and open. However, I personally would prefer more space on both sides of the stove.

    • Sue T.
      October 25, 2015, 6:39 pm

      I agree with the space around the stove; I would move the sink down a bit, it doesn’t have to be under the window. Other than that I like this one a great deal.

  • Joel
    May 27, 2015, 11:09 am

    Even for non low-income people. I’d rather live in one of these than 99% of every other house I’ve seen. These are really great. Great design and the carport is a nice choice. Love these!

    • Wendy Lynne DarJean
      May 2, 2017, 4:47 pm

      Agreed Joel…. All I could want with some minor mods as the ladies discusses about more room around the stove. Wish they would ship these… My biggest concern is to insulation. Living in a cold environment this is an absolute must!

      • Eric
        January 8, 2018, 4:52 pm

        Insulation is easy as. A foam sprayed one, or those of the batt kind would work, and of course would need a wallboard of some sort. Could be plywood (yuk to me), plasterboard, what you call drywall? Called Gib board here in NZ. Would need to allow for installing services behind wallboard too, such as electrical, water, plumbing etc.

  • Jeremy
    May 27, 2015, 11:48 am


  • Debby Young
    May 27, 2015, 11:56 am

    Love the use of space and especially the storage space. I have to agree with one of the other comments and say that you do need counter space on both sides of the stove. This is what I have experienced after living in houses without any.

    • Kris
      May 28, 2015, 2:39 pm

      I agree. We had an apartment when we first got married – galley kitchen with the stove at the end and about 12″ counter between stove and sink….disasters happened trying to cook!!

      • Eric
        February 6, 2016, 3:23 pm

        Obviously a fiendish plot organised by the restaurant industry to get you to eat out… lol.

  • MisterMike
    May 27, 2015, 12:10 pm

    This is sweet. I agree that they needn’t be only for low income housing either. Would also work equally well for overpriced real estate markets.

  • SteveDenver
    May 27, 2015, 12:39 pm

    I’ve seen this house before and love the thought that went into it. The builder really makes smart choices for residents, their needs now and in the future.

  • maria west
    May 27, 2015, 12:55 pm

    One question…. Any blueprints or where do I sign up as I’m on disability

  • Canyon Man
    May 27, 2015, 1:02 pm

    I like the mid-century vibe this house has. It is open as well as bright without using up all the exterior wall space for windows. The covered porch area is an added bonus. This house would be a bonus to many neighborhoods.

  • May 27, 2015, 1:17 pm

    Simple, straight forward design which can be extremely flexible.

  • Castronovab
    May 27, 2015, 1:19 pm

    I love it but to me it is not worth $75,000.

    • don starns
      October 25, 2015, 5:08 pm

      If I could build a house this nice in Houston, I’d do it in an instant at that price!

    • Barbara Allen
      October 26, 2015, 10:14 am

      I agree. $75k is beyond the reach of most folks who would benefit from this style of home. Wish there was a $20-$30k option.

  • Sara
    May 27, 2015, 1:36 pm

    Love the exterior!

  • Tammy
    May 27, 2015, 2:17 pm

    LOOK at that amazing counter space! This is really great!!!

  • vee
    May 27, 2015, 3:03 pm

    Oh yes! I do like this space very much. The mix of woods with white is great — it feels open and spacious. That is really ALOT of kitchen counter space!!!

  • Lynnette
    May 27, 2015, 3:42 pm

    I absolutely love the idea of the shipping container houses. They have clean lines as well as spacious layouts. This has ample counter space as well as open feel. Would like to see more of the bedroom area though. I’d live there!!!

  • Steph
    May 27, 2015, 4:51 pm

    Love everything about the design, although my personal preference would be dark wood floors. Agree with others that it would be great for many – not solely as low income housing. Please post if/when purchase info becomes available!

  • Karen R
    May 27, 2015, 5:22 pm

    Whether making a basic home (or two tiny “apartments”) with a single container or creatively combining a dozen for a mansion (or condo complex), containers just make sense!

  • Catherine
    May 27, 2015, 9:33 pm

    This is an amazing example of recycling containers!
    I wouldn’t know it’s a container if you hadn’t told me.

  • Marsha Thompson
    May 27, 2015, 11:29 pm

    Floor plan????!!!!

    • Eric
      May 5, 2017, 10:23 pm

      No! Look and you’ll see one doesn’t exist. Not hard to work out though.

  • Rue
    May 28, 2015, 5:13 am

    This one’s really nice, and the overhangs on porch and carport tie the whole thing together so well. It doesn’t -look- like a shipping container, as so many of those efforts do.

    The interior is extremely flexible and could be set up any number of ways, and the built-in storage is a nice touch.

    I dunno where you folks live, but here in central MD, $75K would be dirt cheap for a house. You’d pay more than that around here for a salt box or crappy condo, probably with about the same square footage.

  • Kay
    May 28, 2015, 5:38 am

    I love this house, I think its vibe is great.
    Two comments:
    when I am putting furniture or fittings in a long skinny room, I try and put them on the short wall (rather than the long wall). If furniture is placed on the long wall, then the long skinny room becomes longer and skinnier.

    So, I would adjust the kitchen, same bench/counter space, but half where the sink and stove is, other half on the wall which has the light fitting… giving an L-shaped kitchen.

    2. how is the ceiling constructed?? is it insultated??

    I love love love this house!!!

  • Chris
    May 28, 2015, 8:53 am

    Love the design but how does it come in at 672 sq ft? 16’x40′ = 640 sq ft and that is assuming there are no interior walls. Add walls as it shows above in the photos and that 640 goes down depending on the thickness of the walls.

    • Comet
      October 25, 2015, 7:02 pm

      Yeah that train car line up of sink-stove-fridge is not only annoying to look at it is annoying to try and use while prepping and cooking. getting around a hot oven or a hot pot is not fun; and where do you put your groceries while getting them In and OUT of the fridge?

      Also makes the fridge have to work harder to cool stuff if it is next to that hot oven; and it might burn out it’s compressor due to that and lack of venting area. I would make a zone next to the sink–between the stove and sink– for a “landing zone” for pots and groceries and prepping; and move the fridge to the other wall and make a storage wall over there and a pantry in the fridge space.

      Other wise I like this a LOT. Pinned!

    • Comet
      October 25, 2015, 7:06 pm

      Don;t know why my comments are not posting in order–oh well!

      Suspect that extra SqFtg is due to the CARPORT–not exactly living space but in the right climate move the car out and you have a wonderful covered area–great for kids; pets; picnic table; firepit (alongside!); workshop etc. Could be screened also.

    • Eric
      May 5, 2017, 10:25 pm

      Add on the carport. Pretty normal to include that (or a garage) as part of the sq footage of a property.

  • Bev
    May 28, 2015, 2:30 pm

    Very nice, so sleek and efficient. Love it!

  • Deb
    May 28, 2015, 8:28 pm

    this could be great for seniors who are wanting to downsize homes; at first glance looks great for most disabilities; also might be great to look into housing grant for homeless vets

    • Eric
      May 5, 2017, 10:50 pm

      Yes it is disabilities compatible.

  • Deb
    May 28, 2015, 8:30 pm

    I’d be interested in knowing how much insulation is in one of these.

    • Eric
      May 5, 2017, 10:33 pm

      Quite a bit it is added to the internal walls before the wall linings are affixed. Would presume a blown foam insulation would be used.

  • Lp
    May 29, 2015, 6:09 pm

    I love tiny homes, they are all you need for eating and sleeping. They should however come with a large garage so you have space for your toys and room to work on projects.

  • Diane
    May 31, 2015, 8:00 am

    i love this. Someone said price is 75k. I really think in comparison to others seen that is quite reasonable for the size. I wonder how well insulated it is though. Have wondered if these get hot being a metal structure. If you’re in the deep south, that is a concern.

  • Susanne
    May 31, 2015, 10:57 am

    Yes, good for anyone! But I agree, why 75,000? Yes, still much cheaper than a house (in my area anyway) that would be no lower than 130,000-150,000 but explain to me why 75,000. The containers are not expensive as told to us in previous post…
    I am guessing these would be easier to work with if a person wanted to do the work themselves compared to building from scratch-and put the compost toilet, solar panels, etc so as to still not be connected to sewage and grid …..
    The round houses in previous post (used in japan) assembled without foundation in less than a week (dome) made in factory, 6 pieces, brought to site…$15,000…withstands various weather conditions…
    Cheapest I have seen so far in this newsletter and were lovely… Who’s with me????!!!!!

  • David bowes
    May 31, 2015, 12:16 pm

    yeah I totally agree 75,000 is way too much I love shipping container homes and I’ve seen many some in person but with homes that have already been built like the containers of hope that have been built for around $30,000 with Skylit windows 2 bedrooms and solar panels this house just seams to not make the cut love the idea but it just doesn’t work for the price

  • Cathy
    October 25, 2015, 2:39 pm

    I love the small or tiny house concept although not under 300, but I just can’t get into the shipping container idea! A small house that looks like a house works for me!

  • tom
    October 25, 2015, 5:17 pm

    Where i live, the land and infrastructure would be way past $75000, With a few tweaks, my wife and i would be glad to live in this gorgeous, yet simple home. I’m sure the municipal building department made sure it was adequately insulated. Big fan of 1-story living.

    • Kurt
      May 28, 2016, 5:44 pm

      “Big fan of 1-story living.” Something to think about as one gets older. My mother-inlaw visited when we lived in a townhome. She wondered why her legs were so sore after a day or two being in our home. It was because she lives in a one story home, so she wasn’t used to going up and down stairs like we had in our townhome.

  • Janp
    February 6, 2016, 1:36 pm

    Now this is for me. One level. Room to have a craft room/office and a bed room or two. I love the kitchen and bath. I need to read more. Thanks for sharing this. Many houses I like. This one I could actually live in.

    March 14, 2017, 9:24 am

    This TH is absolutely gorgeous. Makes a handy home for someone who has a home business. Looks bigger than my one bedroom apartment. Good job!

    • Natalie C. McKee
      March 14, 2017, 9:42 am

      Yes! Home business space is great!

  • Betty
    January 8, 2018, 7:58 pm

    I like this home. Would definitely work for little me. I’m small, I don’t take up that much space.😊

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