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Model One: Container Tiny House Plans For Sale

Container homes are an awesome way to reduce-reuse-recycle, and with the cost of lumber these days it’s likely somewhat more economical than the alternative.

These are plans for a container home (estimated $20,000 in materials to build — expect to pay more today as material costs have gone up quite a lot since this was estimated) that includes a downstairs bedroom and epic rooftop deck with a full staircase!

The example home below has dark, modern finishes, but you could — of course — make it look like whatever you want. You can buy the plans here.

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Love the transition from wood paneling to drywall.

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The lighting they chose is quite different.

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Huge doors take you inside.

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The living space in this home is mostly outdoors.

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Tiled shower in the bathroom.

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I like the overhang for the porch.

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This version has the stairs on the side.

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What do you think?

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Purchase Includes:

  • Demolition and welding plans included.
  • Architectural floor plans.
  • Roof/deck/stairs plans.
  • Interior elevations.
  • Structural plans and details.
  • Electrical plan and details.
  • Mechanical plans and details.
  • Includes door and window schedules.


  • Container Home
  • Square Footage: 192 SF
  • Foundation Details: Fixed foundation -or- can be loaded upon a trailer
  • Primary Bedroom Location: Downstairs
  • Sleeps 1-2 People
  • Engineered Design
  • Shower
  • Standard flush, composting, or incinerating (our top recommend!) toilet
  • Roof Style: Flat/Rooftop terrace
  • Estimated Completed Weight: APPROXIMATELY 12,000#
  • Exterior Door: Sliding Door Long End Location
  • Designed for Tall People
  • Murphy Bed
  • Solar Ready
  • Designed for Cold Climates
  • Low VOCs
  • Heat/AC

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Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee is a contributor for Tiny House Talk and the Tiny House Newsletter. She's a wife, and mama of three little kids. She and her family are homesteaders with sheep, goats, chickens, ducks and quail on their happy little acre.

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  • merryl
    July 22, 2021, 10:20 am

    Nice but to modern for me.

    • James D.
      July 24, 2021, 12:11 am

      Tends to be the case with Container conversions but you could trim it out differently to give it a different look, maybe add a gabled roof over the upper deck, for example…

      Depending on your budget, you can even completely hide the fact it’s a container and make it look like a traditional house… Modern look just tends to be simpler and more cost effective as you don’t need to change much to the container…

  • Kathy McKune
    July 22, 2021, 5:59 pm

    No closet/clothes storage.

    • James D.
      July 24, 2021, 12:00 am

      They’re optional, since you’re buying the plans it means you decide what gets installed but that depends on how you are going to use it.

      AirBNB, for example, wouldn’t need much because people would only be staying a night or two at a time and would be living out of their suitcase… Versus an ADU or guest house, which you then would put some long term storage options.

      So many ways to go about it and thus they only show what would be the most common elements for the layout as they probably imagine most people would just put this in their back yard or use like a weekend getaway for something more comfortable than a RV…

  • Michael
    July 24, 2021, 2:08 am

    I like shipping containers especially for the hurricanes here in FL. However, window shutters are a must.
    This one is my style, it’s bright and many windows are making feel it bigger and let nature in.
    I would go for the Murphy bed option or better a lift up bed which is ready to use alwaysto create a decent living area. It can be furnished by some folding lounge chars or even a bedsofa to have some guest accommodation.
    The asking price seems to me a bit but includes a lot like welding plans.
    Well done.

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