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Costa Rica Shipping Container House with a Rooftop Deck

This is a Costa Rica Shipping Container House with a rooftop deck!

It’s built by a company in Costa Rica who has been modifying containers for 11 years and has made near 40 container houses. You can read about builder’s history and building process below.

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Costa Rica Shipping Container House with a Rooftop Deck

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Images via James

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About the builder: 

We only sell in Costa Rica, Panama and Nicaragua. A small finished 20ft home costs: $12,000. The finished 40ft HQs cost: $20,000.

We thought about exporting but the construction codes are so different for every State and zone that it was too much. Plus we are busy here in Central America.

I build these homes as a business. I have modified over 40 shipping containers in the past 11 years. I got started when I got into the real estate business and my clients wanted homes.

So I built one, my first, and did not enjoy myself. Plus I was a Chiropractor and had a very busy office, so I was unable to travel and build homes. That’s when I discover the container home idea and immediately bought a container and put it in my driveway and built my first home. The neighbors were not excited about the visual effects, but this one sold quickly and we were onto #2.

On and on we built and learned and sucked at things, but naturally got better. The materials I used are the standard construction materials. Instead of drywall we use a cement board which holds up well with mold and Costa Rican climate.

The homes vary in size but the one you see in the photos was built with a 40ft HQ (9ft6″ high) standard ISO shipping container. At first we do the cuts for the windows and doors then weld galvanized steel frames in both the window hole and the cut out. The framed cutout is then put on a rail so it can easily slide open and close. We install a lock box on all the home to prevent break ins.

Next we frame out the unit with furling strips screwed into 1×2 steel posts. Then the electricity. We have done one with solar last year, but just the one. The kitchens we make from scratch and keep open, just shelves, no cabinets, due to the moisture.

The glass we subcontract out.

We then put down the cement board on the bathroom floor and tile the entire bathroom, usually up to the ceiling. This takes about week. Standard doors, sometimes we install a slider door to save space. We also built an emergency shelter home prototype for the German government to house the Syrian refugees. This deal fell through but we learned a lot about stream lining and building bunk beds.

We have modified over 40 shipping containers in the past 11 years.


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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 three little kids. She and her family are homesteaders with sheep, goats, chickens, ducks and quail on their happy little acre.

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  • Alise M Pastorik
    July 25, 2021, 5:06 pm

    who was the builder as I need to contact him

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