This is a custom container created with two 20 ft. shipping containers.
It was built and designed by Custom Container Living. What do you think?
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Happy Twogether Shipping Container Tiny House
- Two 20 ft shipping containers combined
- Hardwood flooring
- One bathroom
The main floor bedroom and living room are in one container while the main entryway, kitchen, and bathroom are in the other. An archway connects the two containers. There are tile floors in the entryway and bathroom, and bamboo flooring throughout the rest of the house. Pine tongue-and-groove walls are used through the main part of the house and corrugated metal is used in the bathroom.1
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This container home interior is very spacious!! Based on the compact look of the exterior of this home, I would not have expected the interior to be so spacious. Great use of space and natural light!! This home has all the features necessary to live comfortably. I particularly like the spacious kitchen, washer & dryer and bathroom. I like the design of the exterior, however the color is not quite my cup of tea however, it can easily be painted and other trim & features added. This Happy Twogether home is beautifully done!😙
My only question is what type of insulation was used on this home construction? Aside from that, if I had the land with a municipal water & sewer line, I would definitely purchase this home as the price is rather affordable. Nice job!!
According to their website “closed-cell spray foam R-14 in interior walls and R-28 in roof”.
Thanks for the info redfish!
This is a double container structure, when they combine multiple containers like this they’re scaling up the total amount of space.
This allows containers to be applied from very tiny spaces with a single container that can be as small as 10 feet long, to full size mansion houses depending on the number of containers being used and combined, along with how they are combined.
Going wider also naturally helps with the layout options and putting two containers side by side like this gives you a double wide around 15-16 feet wide, which is a bit wider than even wide THOWs that normally only go up to 10-12 feet wide with a possible max of 14 feet.
Though, you could go 16 wide for something like a shed conversion but otherwise you’d have to look at modular or site built structures for something this wide.
And price tag is reasonable. However, it could use a better insulation by using other materials without increasing wall thickness.
As redfish pointed out they’re using closed cell spray foam… Compared to the other present range of options for insulation means there’s nothing that can provide more insulation for given thickness of insulation that doesn’t cost a large fortune to use or uses a lot more space to provide it…
What is the cost of this unit, or how much did it cost to build?
No closets? I love the place – everything about it – but clothes and other storage is a serious concern.
Thanks to redfish, I followed the link to the builders website and the specs detail that the bedroom does indeed have a 48”x 24” closet with an upper & lower shelf and rod.
As well you can always add additional storage by utilizing storage cube unit(s) in the living room and in the bathroom, the addition of floating shelves to the wall and a ladder for a towel rack are space saving storage options. Plus, if you choose to NOT add a dishwasher in the kitchen, you gain an additional 24″ of cabinet space for storage as well! With a little creativity, storage doesn’t seem like a real issue with this spacious container home!😉
I just noticed that there is a small storage cube unit used as a mud area behind the front door for seating & shoe storage, four coat hooks on the wall above the storage cube unit and to the right of it what looks like a small closet with a cabinet space above it! The more I look at this home, the more I love it!!
According to the floor plan on the website, the bedroom has a large closet… The whole bump out from the bedroom door to the mini-split is the closet…
You can also easily add a storage couch, storage bed, and additional storage furniture throughout.
While the layout is customizable…
rational layout, beautiful light and window placement….but the interior finishes, gahhh. too many wood textures and clashing stains. i found myself admiring the corrugated metal ceiling and bathroom for a bit of quiet from the visual noise.
a can of paint or solid stain on the cupboards would tie everything “twogether” much better for many people.
This would be a stable structure so sheet-rock should be applicable. A wood interior is a necessity if running down the highway, but sitting still increases the wall covering options. After all, the text above says it’s customizable.
Well yes but I love wood inside. For insulation, longer life, durability and just plain style. Plus it adds a good firn structure. I really hate sheet rock lol.
Other websites that sell container-converted-homes also use spray foam insulation. Does anyone here know if that is a function of ease of placing the insulation, or due to difficulty placing other types of insulation into the wallspace?
It’s more about how much space is required to provide a given amount of insulation value… Closed cell spray foam offers up the highest you can get from a widely available commercial insulation product at a per inch thickness of material value, with the bonus that anything over an inch and half becomes a natural air and vapor barrier as well.
Spray foam itself, also acts to essentially glue the walls together and thus increases the structural strength and rigidity of the walls as an additional bonus.
Though, depending on your needs, you can of course use other insulation options. Especially, if you can put the insulation on the exterior to avoid reducing your interior space… Applying the insulation to the interior isn’t the only way to do it…
There are pros and cons to just about any type of insulation as well to consider… Some also have benefits others don’t… Like Roxul’s Rock wool insulation makes a good sound dampener for sound proofing the house… The R-Value is just not as high as Close Cell Spray Foam but you won’t get good sound proofing from spray foam as the trade off…
James D., Thank you for the explanation. Your comments bring up a lot of other questions (which is not a bad thing!) For example – You mentioned Roxul’s Rock wool insulation as a good sound dampener, which could be an issue in a home made from containers….but how to obtain a good mix of sound mitigation AND increased R-Value? How does water vapor move between the surface of the metal container and the wood tongue and groove paneling; does the closed-cell foam spray insulation take care of that issue? With the attractive metal walls in the bath, are sounds amplified? What about the inevitable dampness from showers? Did the bathroom require a fan as well as a window?
The more I read, the more questions I have. James D. would you recommend a few resources that explain suggested methods needed to work with container-built homes? Thank you.
I like this house very much.
Proper ventilation is usually recommended for both air quality and dealing with moisture levels. So a vent in the bathroom and kitchen is a good to always have.
Many modern bathroom vents even have sensors to automate them when they detect high humidity levels… While cheaper ones have timers to cycle long enough to replace all the air in the room… versus older options that simply run a fan for venting that you have to remember to turn on and off… They can be pretty quiet with the modern versions, as an added bonus…
While a higher priced option is a Heat Recovery Vent (HRV), which allows up to whole house venting while retaining around 80%, maybe a little more in newer models, of the interior heat by transferring the heat of the outgoing air to the incoming air.
Energy Recovery Vent (ERV) is a step above the HRV and adds the same regulation for humidity levels of the air as well as the heat… Though, these can be pricey, they can help ensure good house efficiency and continuous fresh air year round.
The HVAC system can also act as a de-humidifier… Something like a mini-split would even draw moisture out of the house as it cooled the house and it drained away the condensation that would collect on it.
For spray foam insulation, yes, anything over about an inch and half becomes a vapor/air barrier… Though, handling of moisture depends a lot on your climate zone and what works best there.
For some climates it’s best to put the barrier on the interior but in others its best on the exterior… with the additional layers working to ensure proper drying of the walls, etc even if moisture gets in there.
Mind, like most things in nature humidity level should be at a optimal balance for the most healthy condition for both the house and its occupants, this is usually around 40%… So not too dry and not too wet…
Along with number of sources of moisture in the house and how the design will make it act… Proper air flow usually is key to ensuring a proper balance.
But things like using propane can increase moisture levels in the house vs something like a wood stove, which will dry it out more.
Number of people living in the space also factors because we give off moisture as well and everything in the house from fabrics to the bed need to be able to dry properly to avoid mold issues, etc.
Noise can be a issue in a metal container structure but you can opt to insulate and add layers to the exterior, instead of just the interior and that can give you more room to add things like sound proofing as well as the option to make the container look more like a house.
This just tends to start raising the price, though…
While in addition to insulation there are smart products like vapor barriers that can let moisture through in one direction, ensuring drying out process, as well as changing permeability as the temperature changes so adapts to whats best for a given season of the year.
For resources, check out sites like containerhomeplans(dot)org… Pretty honest on the pros and cons, along with some good details on listing options, etc.
Along with general good home builder sites that go into details about the various aspects of constructing a house… Steel framed being comparable with what you have to deal with as with a container house, for example…
Concepts like the perfect wall system that puts the insulation on the exterior can be applied to just about any structure as well… While modifying a container means you can mix and match construction methods if you choose to deviate from a pure container structure…
James D. Thank you for the comparison between the Heat Recovery Vent and the Energy Recovery Vent, and the link to the container home plans.
This requires some study and learning for me. Good place to start as any! I am so grateful we have knowledgeable people who can teach us to think about designing homes from the inside-out.
I am easily romanced by the looks of a home, and need to focus instead on the dynamics that create a comfortable, healthy, mold-free home!
James perhaps you can help answer this question. My son doesn’t like this type of house as he says it will get too hot (we live in Texas) in the summer and too cold in the winter. Can you tell a novice such as myself whether the R15 value works best in very hot or very cold climates?
love the green and blue cabinets in the kitchen, my 2 favourite colours!!!
I like how spacious the floor plan is and all of the natural light.
I like the idea here a lot, but will never understand why so many tiny homes insist on having the bathroom next to the kitchen. That is disgusting. It would be better to have the bedroom and bathroom next to each other and the living room and kitchen together.
I believe having the bathroom and kitchen close together in a tiny home is practical when it comes to running water pipes and sewers. Especially for sewers when you can have the proper sloped piping with out taking up lots of room. I do love this particular house . and wish more shipping containers could be used like this .
I really love this. Would put bathroom opposite away from the kitchen. This is pretty. I do my own dyes when I paint. I love custom colors and have the dyes and charts. I only use Dunne Edwards paints. The colors in the kitchen compliment the kitchen. Would of not thought those two colors would offset a kitchen like that. The stone on the floor is appealing. Is beautiful. We have 1 20 ft shipping container. 🙂
Good idea! That’s really cool how you do your own colors. Glad you enjoyed this one!
Interesting although I’d suggest an end swap of the bathroom with the dining. Rather have the bathroom closer to the bedroom.
Luv, luv, luv these. Live in Canada and our weather is changing as it is all over the world. We have more Tornados or at least warnings/watches than I remember growing up. How anchored are tiny homes and is it possible if you wanted to put out the extra cost put in a basement? Thanks very much!
I grew up with basements- good for tornados. Any idea that you could dig a hole and put minimal foundation down and some gravel base and then half bury a containter to use as basement say garden type basement. The containers should be stackable up to 6-7 high, and you could run your plumbing and stuff as well. tar the outside of the basement unit? maybe put in some drainage around perimeter ? You can buy a container for less than cost of a concrete basement. You would be safe from getting blown away in a gale. here, a basement is not counted as furnished space unless it is finished and meets code. With luck you could use one end as a garage.