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Life in their 704-sq.-ft. Multi-Container Home

The Black Box Container Home is a modern 2-bedroom shipping container home in Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada, built by Honomobo.

Cathi and Trevor downsized from a 2,300-square-foot home to this smaller 704-square-foot space three years ago after their sons left home.

The couple then built a stick frame studio space with a glass garage door and connected it to the main house with a breezeway.

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Couple’s Shipping Container Home with Connecting Breezeway

The main house is built with 4 recycled shipping containers, and it has 2 bedrooms, an open-concept kitchen and living room space, and a full bathroom.

One of the most beautiful things about this home is the floor-to-ceiling windows along the front of the house.

There’s plenty of seating space at the kitchen counter and in the living room for having guests over.

A surprising amount of storage in the kitchen and the wall-to-wall closets in the bedrooms.

The bathroom has a full bathtub and shower, a utility closet with a washer and dryer, and a water heater.

The studio next door is a fully self-contained micro cabin that Cathi and Trevor on Airbnb.

Black Box Shipping Container Studio 5 – 72 dpi

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The most stunning feature is the glass garage door that can be opened up to a beautiful view and a patio for lounging.

Black Box Shipping Container Studio 7 – 72 dpi

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The container studio has a full-size bed and an entertainment center with a big-screen TV and a turntable.

Black Box Shipping Container Studio 6 – 72 dpi

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The kitchenette has a fridge, sink, microwave, toaster oven, and a small dining area.

Black Box Shipping Container Studio 9 – 72 dpi

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The bathroom has a large tiled walk-in shower and a sink and toilet.


Image © Trevor Marshall

The shipping container house was designed and built by Honomobo, and it’s pretty neat to see them being installed on the property.


Image © Trevor Marshall

One of the things that attracted Cathi and Trevor to the idea of a container home was that they were pre-fabricated and could be dropped into place much more quickly than building a house on-site from start to finish.

Check out this full video tour by Exploring Alternatives to meet Cathi and Trevor and see their home and studio’s interior.

VIDEO: Living in an Ultra-Modern Shipping Container Home – Built with 4 x 20ft Used Containers

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Danielle is a digital nomad who is passionate about tiny spaces, living with less, reducing waste and eating plant-based food. Danielle is half of the Exploring Alternatives blog & video project. You can find more of her at www.ExploringAlternatives.ca and her Exploring Alternatives YouTube Channel.
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  • Jennifer Murphy
    October 21, 2020, 3:50 pm

    Love it! Love it! Love it!

  • Anna Wendt
    October 21, 2020, 6:04 pm

    Just beautiful!!!

  • Lonnie McClure
    October 21, 2020, 9:22 pm

    Just love them all

  • Susan Kim Pratt
    May 14, 2021, 2:43 am

    I love the house and the B&B Room, it is so cozy, with the bathroom and kitchenette. Love the Entertainment. The Record player is so nice, and albums are coming back. The garage door is so nice, just open it up and sit out on the little deck and enjoy the view.

  • Sue Roberson
    April 13, 2022, 10:39 am

    This is great!

  • Ginnie Kozak
    April 13, 2022, 5:22 pm

    One of the best container house layouts I’ve seen. The studio is a great idea–whether as guest quarters, a spacious office/workspace or airbnb. It would also work well for an elderly person who can afford to live at home and have live-in assistance.

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