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Couple Living in an Ultra-Modern Shipping 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.

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.

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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.

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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 Chabassol
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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  • Avatar Jennifer Murphy
    October 21, 2020, 3:50 pm

    Love it! Love it! Love it!

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

    Just beautiful!!!

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

    Just love them all

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