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G-Pod Modern Transforming Shipping Container Tiny House

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The G-Pod is a modern transforming shipping container tiny house that expands when delivered on site.

In delivery mode, it’s tiny. The size of just one shipping container.

Once it’s set up on a lot it has a slide out to extend the interior space and a flip down covered deck that opens up the space even more. You can see exactly how it all works in the photo and video tour below.

Would you consider a shipping container design like this? What do you like best about it? Let us know in the comments. Thank you!

G-Pod Modern Transforming Shipping Container Tiny House


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Video: G-Pod Transforming Shipping Container House

Learn more at: http://g-pod.com/


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  • January 28, 2015, 4:04 pm

    My thoughts exactly Joseph Varano. Absolutely beautiful!! I would move in tomorrow 🙂

  • January 28, 2015, 4:23 pm

    Any idea for easy handling of the flat roof in our Vermont winters?
    Another parabolic awning?

  • Martha
    January 28, 2015, 4:33 pm

    I’m sorry there weren’t any better photos of the interior and exterior. I love the idea of recycling shipping containers into housing and this one looks like it would be worth taking a 2nd look, but there isn’t much to see as it is shown here. I clicked on the video – but forget animation and show the real thing.

  • David Swanson
    January 28, 2015, 4:45 pm

    I like it. The only thing is that the video shows they just drop this pod off in the middle of no where. Where are they getting the water from?

  • January 28, 2015, 4:45 pm

    How much for the container house?
    Shipping to Hawaii?

  • Lisa E.
    January 28, 2015, 5:04 pm

    This has a lot of problems to it. In the first place, if the sod roof is your only insulation then this house is limited to warmer climates. I wouldn’t want it in Inuvik, Northwest Territories of Canada where the temperatures hit 40 to 60 below. If the concept is to rely on circulating air to keep the place pleasant, it is also going to be circulating bugs and reptiles and other unwanted guests. I am also with Ruth and Dave Todd’s wife in not wanting to have to climb over my Bear, who is 6′ 2″ and weighs 347 lbs. I also wouldn’t want a sleepy Bear having to climb over me in the middle of the night, either. It seems to be a concept design for younger people and not really something us oldsters would get a lot of use from.

    • Barbie
      January 28, 2015, 6:47 pm

      I don’t understand why ” If the concept is to rely on circulating air to keep the place pleasant, it is also going to be circulating bugs and reptiles “…can you explain? Thanks….

  • Dinah VanDelinder
    January 28, 2015, 5:27 pm

    Alex, thanks for all of your hard work with the Tiny House Newsletter.
    Is there a distributor for the G pod in the US or must you go thru Hong Kong or Australia to order one?

  • Rita S Reames
    January 28, 2015, 5:32 pm

    I have been looking at shipping container home designs for years. Used shipping containers are plentiful and a wasted resource. We are an older couple and would like a 1 or two bedroom unit. We also don’t want a loft and do not need wheels.
    Some of them are simple yet very nice. They are strong and can be insulated For heat and AC. If the price was right I’d be proud to live in one.

  • Casey
    January 28, 2015, 6:13 pm

    Outstanding video presentation, G-Pod!
    Brilliant design, grass, solar, living space where people gather is large, where it counts, about a 20ft built in bench on deck. Excellent!

  • CathyAnn
    January 28, 2015, 7:49 pm

    I like this design very much. They way it is right now, it looks like it would be best in warmer climates, and lived in only in the summer months in the north.

    I like the compactness and the amount of storage it appears to have… great for a single person.

  • Cathalene
    January 28, 2015, 8:32 pm

    I really like it. The only problem for me would be that I could not get up top for the planting, otherwise a perfect size. How much?

  • Carolyn Vick
    January 28, 2015, 10:12 pm

    I think this one misses the boat by a good margin. Definitely not for long term.

  • Michael
    January 29, 2015, 5:38 pm

    I like it although I am older. Age isn’t connected with being conservative. Modern stuff hasn’t to be young only. Look on the Bauhaus Style its almost 100 years old.
    However, getting some more information and a price seems to me difficult.
    I have been contacting by email months ago – never got an answer.
    The slide out of shipping container is a great way to expand the small space, keep it mobile and most of its rigid structure.
    Currently, I am looking on one with slide out to both sides providing 360 sqft of living space. If this can be done with aluminium framing you can tow it with your own truck.

  • Sandi B
    January 29, 2015, 6:55 pm

    The idea is interesting, but the actuality would not be very practical. I certainly would not want to maintain a “roof garden” — it is hard enough to maintain a normal insulated roof. Also to have the room it appears to need to be be open to the world on the one side. Anyone and anything could just wonder on in for any purpose. There are some great ideas and interesting concepts that have not been fully worked out. I have seen better storage container homes on this site. Since it probably is for part time use, the ability to close up the side and slide on is the other is probably a good idea to keep vandals out, but otherwise, the concept is just a little too open for me.

  • Sandi
    January 29, 2015, 9:05 pm

    I agree with Ruth & Dave, I woul love to have one on our mountain property if I knew the price

  • Gigi
    April 16, 2015, 9:10 am

    Bravo! Clap clap! Bravo!!!!!!

  • Bob
    May 29, 2015, 10:56 am

    Along with most of the other negatives on this one, for me, is the slide-out.

    I’ve lived with slide outs on a couple of trailers and a fifth-wheel. They do open up a box nicely. They also open a can of worms with maintainance of the in-and-out mechanism and the weather seals, the latter of which in my experience can be trusted to do their job for only four or five years parked or vigorously traveled.

    As one of the earlier commentators said, I’ve seen far better container-use concepts on this site, and they’re the housing solution that I’m leaning toward.

  • Virginia
    May 29, 2015, 11:16 am

    I like it. As others have said, I’d like real photos and descriptions to tell me how this would work for more than one person, whether it is outfitted for off-the-grid living, etc. But, yes. There are possibilities here.

  • Mary Cavaliere
    May 30, 2015, 3:48 pm

    This is amazing! Is this offered in the US? I am working a few more years and then retiring and I am looking to buy a very small parcel of land and put a tiny house on it.

  • Jane
    March 20, 2016, 12:20 pm

    Thank you.
    I appreciate all of your postings.
    As a source of both ideas and fully executed designs your site is diverse, imaginative, challenging, and enchanting.
    Please ignore the ignorant rantings of self appointed editors to your postings and carry on for enlightenment of the majority of your readers.
    You are doing wonderfully informative work with this site.

  • Michael
    March 20, 2016, 8:14 pm

    I think its a project only. I tried to get in touch with these guys – no response.

  • Michael L
    March 20, 2016, 9:38 pm

    If you follow the link to their website, there is a download that answers a lot of the questions asked on here. It’s a little costly… $74,900us. Wothout shipping!

    February 22, 2017, 5:18 pm

    I wish there was more photos on this TH, so I don`t have more to say about it, except it is lovely!

  • Darrel Odom
    February 23, 2017, 10:59 am

    Shipping containers are gigantic metal boxes that conduct heat in and out very well. Where is the insulation on the top, bottom, and sides? Slideouts are very heavy things hanging off the side of the main thing. Where are the tracks and the structure holding it all down on the opposite side? They seem to indicate a folding glass wall on the plan so that may be the answer to the open looking side issue. You could have a separate, not built in, bed or fold out or futon or Murphy Bed in that part of the fold out to make room for bed access or other furniture. Slideouts sound expensive. Wouldn’t a second container (there were two on the digital truck) do the same as the slide out at much less expense? Interesting concept but seems more conceptual than realistic.

    • Natalie C. McKee
      February 24, 2017, 5:43 am

      I’m just not sure if the concept drawings include as much of the practical aspects/nuts & bolts in a visual way. They might have thought of those things, though, just didn’t put them in a picture.

    February 24, 2017, 6:03 pm

    Well we need not ask what I think about this clever little video, do we…? I have looked at a lot of different type container conversion kits, and houses, and I have yet to see one I did not really care for…! This one is no exception to that rule….!

    • Natalie C. McKee
      February 27, 2017, 8:06 am

      🙂 I appreciate that you are predictable! It’s a good trait.

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