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Log Cabin-style Shipping Container Tiny Home

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This is a log cabin shipping container tiny home. It’s designed and built by Custom Container Living LLC.

When you go inside, you’ll a living room, kitchen, bathroom, and an upstairs sleeping loft.

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Log Cabin-Style Shipping Container Tiny Home

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  • John Simpson
    July 19, 2016, 2:02 pm

    Love it, Though the seconded door seems like a big waste of space.

    • Michael L
      July 19, 2016, 9:23 pm

      A second door seems like a practial safety solution to me.

      • Dana Turner
        November 24, 2016, 4:56 pm

        A 2nd door is great, it’s the placement that is wrong.

        • Karen Blackburn
          October 31, 2017, 10:59 am

          Have always been taught that you should always have a second door (or a very large window) as an emergency exit. I know containers don’t burn but their interiors can, equally you can die just from inhaling toxit smoke, and 2 door always allows for a through draft of air, surely a must in a hot summer or if cooking something that burns/is aromatic, or if you are decorating. Would have thought on the opposite side would be best though, especially for a through breeze. As for wasted space, you can always have something on wheels that can easily be moved when you open the door. What worries me is that knowing the height of a container (just about high enough to take one car on top of another as long as the bottom one has flat tyres, have dealings with a shipping company) the space needed for a loft means that either the sleeping area or the bathroom below, or both, must have very low ceilings which could be claustrophobic. Also, if the container is a 40 footer there should be no need for a sleeping loft, the size isn’t clear in the article. Would definitely use a 40 footer after seeing the difference in one of the tiny homes videos on YouTube, she began with a 20′ container which was lived in while the 40′ container was being converted after which she moved into the bigger one and rents out the smaller one. The difference was enormous, there is another video about a couple doing something similar in Australia, only they used 2 40′ containers with a covered entryway between them. Well worth watching for ideas, especially as they move theirs around the property depending on where they need to live (for working on property) at the time. Fascinating and full of good information. Both videos well worth watching if interested in container living. Must confess it is becoming very appealing. Just need to find some land first.

    July 19, 2016, 3:11 pm

    What a cozy, comfy little abode. Despite the loft, it looks like a well made tiny house out of containers. Good job.

  • Kathy Handyside
    July 19, 2016, 3:13 pm

    I love this house!! I’d love to buy it and put it on a couple of acres of land in the country.

  • Kelli
    July 19, 2016, 4:53 pm

    Do you have a location with a few of these homes that we can tour ?

  • Michael
    July 19, 2016, 5:25 pm

    Another example how nice a a rock solid container home can be. Good job.

  • Larry Schoenemann
    July 19, 2016, 9:51 pm

    Like to see more of the bath. Like the doors. Sharp home.

  • Trish Dee
    July 20, 2016, 9:48 am

    I have toured this model and the 40′ model at this location: 332 W. Outer Road, Archie, MO. Contact Rick Meireis at 816-839-2829 to find out if they are still available. Pricing depends on the materials and fixtures you choose.

  • BrownLuster
    July 20, 2016, 11:47 pm

    Though a loft would not be functional for me, I can truly say that I reeeeeally like this container home! I like the use if space in tthe stairs as well the rise & run of the stairs is very generous and looks like I could easily make it up and down the stairs, no problem…particluarly with the pipe handrail! What I especially like the most is the exterior!! With the log cabin effect on the exterior, you would NEVER guess or know that the bones and structure of this home is a steel shipping container.

    Very functional living and this home is beautiful!! Nice. Really nice…

  • Nanny M
    July 21, 2016, 1:09 am

    Love the log cabin disguise.

    • Alex
      July 21, 2016, 1:44 pm

      Me too! Very clever! Thanks Nanny!

  • Kay Marshall
    July 21, 2016, 8:14 am

    The more I see TH that are stationary, the more I like them. I live in a small home myself and have loved it from day one, 22 years ago. This place is beautiful and very well done! I think the THOW is seeing itself expanding into homes that are being built to stay put and that is a great idea…

    • Alex
      July 21, 2016, 1:41 pm

      Totally! THOWs are fantastic but I agree with you….stationary small homes are excellent too and we need more of them!

      • Lantz
        August 15, 2016, 9:29 pm

        The problem with so many THnotOW is that there are code restrictions on how small you can live in. If you have those, maybe a person could just raise this and hang a couple axles under it. LOL

  • Jerry
    July 23, 2016, 9:02 am

    i would like to find companies that will build with shipping containers in South Florida, but the one i have found are no longer in buisness.

  • Rob the Potter
    August 13, 2016, 11:34 am

    Pretty neat…like the rustic edge to it…

    • Alex
      August 13, 2016, 12:05 pm

      Me too thanks Rob!

  • susan meier
    August 13, 2016, 11:48 am

    Very nice. Loft bedrooms are no longer an option for me, but all and all, it’s perfect. If I was doing one for myself, and I hope to one day, I’m sure a 1st floor bed could easily be worked into the design.

    • Alex
      August 13, 2016, 12:04 pm

      Thanks Susan!

  • Lisa E.
    August 13, 2016, 2:00 pm

    Normally, I’m not a fan of rustic anything but I have to confess that this pulls together very nicely. I think the only things I might want to add would be a skylight in the loft and some solar panels on the roof. Other than these, this is a REALLY nice build.

  • Chris Taylor
    August 13, 2016, 5:04 pm

    I love the look of this Log Cabin container. I too prefer a permanent foundation, main floor bedroom and was wondering how I can get plans for this cabin, for I will need to modify and expand somewhat. Thank you!

  • Large Marge
    August 13, 2016, 6:23 pm

    MANCAVE!!! YeeHaw! Superb flow and style! Excellent use of sight-lines! Simple, clean! Thumbs up!

    August 13, 2016, 7:15 pm

    Comfortable looking house, I’m sure it would be easy to settle down in…

  • Robynne Catheron
    August 13, 2016, 8:17 pm

    Best so far, by far. LOVE the log cabin facade, and the interior is just as charming (I’m biased, though; I live in a log cabin). Looks like a smart use of space for storage, too. I’m in agreement that we need more stationary tinies. I sure hope we see more containers as well done as this one!

  • Donna
    August 15, 2016, 12:00 pm

    This is the first tiny home I don’t like. I need windows. Sure natural light is great but a person needs to be able to look out the window without getting in the loft or climbing a ladder. And the angle of the roof means the builder must have cut off the original roof of the shipping container. Why do that? Also what about the insulation? Is this a metal shipping container? The inside looks great but…

  • Shellie Scott
    August 15, 2016, 3:49 pm

    I couldn’t find the size of this home. I am looking for ideas for my 10×20 tiny home. What size is this one? Thanks

  • Melissa
    November 24, 2016, 6:21 pm

    After watching the Alaskan Brown Family lose their belongs and/or home destroyed by bears, twice, I would think this would be the safest way to live! Especially if you’re away from home for a few consecutive days! Try to get in one of these shipping container homes, Bears! Sweet setup!

    • Natalie
      November 25, 2016, 6:56 am

      Yes I think it’s fairly bear-proof 🙂 — Tiny House Talk Team

    November 27, 2016, 10:34 am

    Beautiful, simply beautiful….!

  • N.D.
    December 10, 2016, 10:49 pm

    They are doing good work. All look great. My favourite the 30footer.

    • Natalie
      December 12, 2016, 1:13 pm

      So glad you like it! — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Bruce Pritchett
    January 13, 2017, 3:05 pm

    Love this. The worst part about most shipping container houses is that they look like…. uh… shipping containers! This one dispenses with the industrial look and really looks cosy. I see people complaining about the loft, but in a tiny house where every bit of space counts, a loft is a very practical sleeping solution.

    • Natalie
      January 17, 2017, 12:11 pm

      That is very true, Bruce.

  • Sarah
    January 13, 2017, 3:19 pm

    My taste exactly! Don’t bike anymore but can see this is the home of a biker. Very comfy and rustic. How did they do the outside? Love love LOVE this one!

    • Natalie
      January 17, 2017, 12:09 pm

      I wish I knew. I really like it!

  • January 13, 2017, 4:01 pm

    It will be because I suffer from claustrophobia, but to me the walls really just tell me little. I would put a bookcase or bed against a wall of glass, although in this case, I see some interesting coatings nice bikes.

    January 13, 2017, 9:57 pm

    And it’s a shipping container…! I can’t stress enough how many ways these containers are just the greatest way to start a build on a affordable tiny house…!

  • jm
    January 16, 2017, 7:36 am

    Seems tall for a shipping container. Also the builder chose to install siding on both the exterior and interior. Am I seeing the bottom of the shipping container as the sloped ceiling? If so, how was the ceiling insulated? What about a roof structure? Maybe…

    • Natalie
      January 17, 2017, 11:34 am

      I’m sure you could ask the builders, but I’m not sure.

      • jm
        January 17, 2017, 3:44 pm

        They don’t give much info such as cost—but do require 40% down. Anyone have 50k laying around? I only pay my contractors for work completed (sometimes for equipment on-site). They require a foundation and if you are going through the building dept. you will have to submit plans to them. You will have to have someone design a foundation–perhaps stamped. You may have to buy two containers and combine them for square footage requirements. Ditto for the foundation. Of course, they must meet all codes including R values, etc. Building dept may want them delivered without interior wall installed so that they can see all wiring and plumbing. The best way (in my humble opinion) to insulate these things is to spray foam insulation on both interior and exterior skin. You will still have to clad with a layer of sheet foam because ribs will still be exposed to cold. And then, you need to install siding on both interior and exterior to protect insulation. Roofing will be done same way but now you have to install waterproof roof. Install siding by drilling into steel walls–not that easy. Openings have to be cut out. Still trying to find the savings here. You are now forced to conform to the dimensions of the container (box). Great. So…how much does it cost to just frame the exterior wall with wood or steel studs? Because that is all you’re replacing with the container.

        • jm
          January 17, 2017, 3:54 pm

          Lest I forget the floor. Floor needs to be insulated–it is steel I guess. This happens underneath, unless they stand it up. It then needs to be waterproofed–maybe with a spray-on product, to protect it from ground moisture. I would replace wood flooring with new since god knows what was there before. How the container sets on the foundation has to be engineered. If combining two or more all those connections have to be engineered and approved. They have to be sealed and waterproofed. These guys only deliver. Everything else, including setup, is your responsibility. And your cost. Hope nothing goes wrong…You tell me if it’s worth it.

        • Michael
          January 17, 2017, 6:39 pm

          jm, no the floor is plywood already and its treated. However on a standard shipping container its not insulated. This can be done mostly underneath because it sits on a metal frame but there are thermal bridges. Containers are air and water tight from the factory.
          If you study how they are build and certified you would understand.

  • jm
    January 17, 2017, 7:00 pm

    Yes, containers are somewhat sealed–but when you make it a home you perforate the exterior skin with screws, cut openings for doors and windows, roof vents, utilities such as electric, gas lines,…
    Also does anyone know the chemicals used to treat the floor? Not in my home. You could have nasty chemical outgassing or worse–poisonous in event of fire. That is why I would remove and replace.
    Shipping containers are designed for that–not homes.

  • jm
    January 17, 2017, 7:08 pm

    So, homeowner would have to hire engineer to design foundation, submit everything for plan review and hopefully get permit, hire concrete sub to build, hire erection crew to install with crane (rent crane–hope it all lines up), maybe hire electrical and mechanical subs to do hookup and sign off. And schedule and coordinate everything with building department and inspectors…and pray you get your C.O. Quite a leap of faith.
    If this is the way you want to proceed, I would get complete plans from several companies–and submit to building department for plan review–get their feedback–and only THEN decide if I want to continue.

    • Michael
      January 17, 2017, 9:04 pm

      I see that you are against shipping container homes which are the cheapest way to get a structure which withstand almost any natural desaster.In most states they are considered as temporary structures with a simplified permit procedure.
      Don’t make things more complicated as they are. There are containers around with ventilation openings to avoid moisture at the steel walls and with today building materials.
      I agree with you on the floor treatment. However, most of our building stuff isn’t healthy at alland nobody is going to use the floor as is.
      Anyway, its up to you to bomb transforming shipping containers into homes but although its not for everybody its still an affordable way to get a solid home but obviously not for you.

  • jm
    January 18, 2017, 3:18 pm

    This forum allows people to give their opinions–often without justification. I give reasons for mine. I am all for alternative housing. This isn’t rocket science–I can price out the same size home stick-built, pre-fabbed, whatever. Did it many times for myself, employers and architects trying to stay within their budget.
    Builder magazine just recently emailed their latest issue that addresses disaster resistant housing (wind,seismic,hurricane, fire, etc) and they mentioned the 10 year old Institute for Business & Home Safety’s Fortified for Safer Living (FSL) designation. Do your homes carry this rating? As an example, you wouldn’t want wood siding in a wildfire prone area, and the roof wood be class A firproof, etc. You don’t mention R-value with is pretty important.
    Most people don’t figure the cost of land. (Oh wait, can’t buy the land until you know in writing what’s permitted. Give your attorney something to work with…) need to construct a road that can handle the weight of the home and crane, need to run utilities, of course, only the building deptarment can issue and address–so you need your C.O. to even GET utilities, maybe mail…and the history of shipping containers–I would want it pressure washed and sterilized (hope it doesn’t rust), maybe re-painted.
    It might be right for some people–whatver floats their boat. All I am doing is letting people what can all be involved.
    Your success would lie in providing all the services you currently don’t–give them a turn-key option.

  • October 30, 2017, 2:54 pm

    Ancient Italian proverb: ” Every curly is a whim!”….Why not!

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