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Modern Shipping Container House in Venice, CA

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This is a modern shipping container house in Venice, CA. It consists of three 20 foot containers designed to offer functional indoor and outdoor living space.

Each container serves a purpose; the lime green container is the home office, the middle cream white container is the kitchen, and the chili red container is the bedroom and bathroom. Pretty cool, right? And there is even a secluded outdoor bath tub in between the cream white and chili red container!

This home has luxurious amenities throughout including skylights, custom cabinetry and even a steam room! For laundry there is a hidden washer and dryer plus exterior closet that you can see in the video below.

Would you live simply in a shipping container home like this one? Either way please enjoy, learn more and re-share below. Thank you!

Modern Shipping Container House in Venice, CA


Images © ipme

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  • Deadrock
    August 20, 2015, 1:00 pm

    Do love them shipping container homes! Not sure I like the idea of 3 separate, unattached containers housing all the rooms, although having alfresco “hallways” works better in Venice Beach than most other places, that’s for sure. I can add another company that will make shipping container homes to my growing list of bookmarked tiny/small home builders! Thanks!

  • Brenda Gillespie
    August 20, 2015, 3:32 pm

    I just love container homes and love what they have accomplished!! However I really don’t care for the three separate units. Much prefer to have them all together. By watching the video looks like you will need to be locking six door and security would be issue for me. But all in all you should be very proud of what you have come up with
    God Bless

  • August 20, 2015, 4:20 pm

    My guess–its a “guest quarters” or “guest house” on a larger traditional home property. That is how it gets through zoning restrictions.

  • Kristina H Nadreau
    August 20, 2015, 4:32 pm

    Interesting….. I was thinking about how one would handle the chairs and the cushions on the sofa when it rained. It does rain in SoCal most years. where is the storage area for suitcases & bedding changes and other linens? this is only 600 sq feet total. perhaps the outdoor living room items would go in the office when I had to travel for a few days or weeks??? very creative concept that would work well in the climate and make good use of a narrow lot in an urban area. Congrats to the designer and owner.

  • Hudson
    August 20, 2015, 5:02 pm

    Is the outdoor bathtub for the dog? Any A/C or heat? Like it but not sure about the practicality of having the three containers separate.

  • Nancy
    August 20, 2015, 7:12 pm

    This is really cool. Love the colors of the containers.
    This setup would only work well in areas with great year round weather and little rain.
    I”m curious about the zoning also.

  • Nancy
    August 20, 2015, 7:26 pm

    The Santa Barbara container has got to be my favorite container home.
    Click on the IPME link about to view on their website. It’s also on Tiny house talk back in May 2015.

  • gale
    August 20, 2015, 7:50 pm

    Cute house but how long does it take to lock all those doors when you leave?

  • Michael
    August 20, 2015, 10:41 pm

    great, however under the Florida sun I would prefer that the open spaces are covered by roof. There is a roof structure for hurricane areas on the morket especially designed to be fixed on container.

    • Mouzaya
      October 30, 2017, 2:06 pm

      Can you let me know the name of the company that does roofs for containers in hurrican areas?

      • Mchael
        October 30, 2017, 6:52 pm

        here it is,
        Good luck

        • Mouzaya Dabboussy
          November 7, 2017, 8:46 pm

          Thanks Michael – we lost our roof with Irma! This is perfect!!

  • Elle
    August 20, 2015, 11:33 pm

    I love the fun exterior color scheme and the way the containers are situated. How tempting it would be to enclose those open areas in between, particularly for a living area. Love the bath, though I’d be tempted to enclose that area as well, at least partially. If the wind picks up that shower curtain will start flappin’. Shipping containers are such a great idea and I always enjoy seeing the end product when people turn them into homes. I really like the strength they offer and thus the security. What a darling dog. 🙂

  • Larry Schoenemann
    August 21, 2015, 12:45 am

    Excellent, what is your total costs, are your water and sewer systems hooked up to public utilities?
    Your concept really makes one think of the possibilities. Nice job!

  • sc
    August 21, 2015, 9:11 am

    In all the years of looking up house building, I had decided that I would not build a home out of shipping containers, but use them for garage-workspace or a tiny barn, maybe even a small shop. My shed is wooden and the termites and ground hogs have really chewed it bad. This would be an excellent alternative.

  • John
    August 21, 2015, 11:36 am

    Hi Alex, love the newsletter. im on a committee with the city of Nelson up in BC. i want to learn about what other local govs have done to create housing using Tiny Houses. any ideas who is the best person to consult with?

    • Karen R
      August 21, 2015, 4:53 pm

      Think you can Google small homes developments in Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona, Texas, Florida and North Carolina.

  • Sandi B
    August 22, 2015, 1:07 am

    I have to say that I am not enthralled with this particular setup — I do not like the way the containers are separated and the open areas not having covers of some sort — while it is southern California, I too live in Southern California and it rains and gets cold here, not to mention high winds and el’ninos etc. For me the interiors are a little too industrial and I would never paint something “baby sh__ green”, I do not know why that has become such a popular color — any other shade of green would be fine, but I like a more monochromatic color scheme. I like the out door soaking tub, but I do not feel the love/hominess here all in all, but there is always at least one thing that is a good idea or concept in the homes we see here. I am all for container homes. I also just investigated “earthbag” homes and think they are also a great idea, but you would need to be in an unincorporated area to be able to utilize this style of building — I guess Arizona allows it in a number of place — efficient, economical and you can have any size and put several together to create a truly sustainable living environment.

  • Mame
    August 28, 2015, 10:17 pm

    I love the concept of containers being converted into housing and this is one nice example of that. However, as many others have already remarked, keeping them separate like this is simply not practical for security purposes in most places. Also, the climate needs to be almost tropical to accommodate a living style as the layout would suggest — it simply wouldn’t work in Canada where I am… (winters in an outdoor bath? lol) But, as I said, this is one nice example of a way to use containers given a friendly environment — there are innumerable other ways to use them 🙂

  • Coleen
    August 28, 2015, 10:31 pm

    I want more info this would be perfect for me and my son

  • Glema
    September 15, 2015, 3:21 am

    I could see a U shape configuration with the three containers, making a nice home. I really do like that tree in the middle for the dog’s place though, that’s spot on terrific! Could use just a patch of grass around the tree though for “other” puppy problems :).
    God bless and thanks for sharing! Happy Trails!

  • Barbara
    May 15, 2016, 2:22 pm

    The outdoor bathtub is just bizarre IMHO and kills the whole concept in my mind. Other than that, it’s too chopped up; ; its needs continuity and an easier flow.

  • Lisa E.
    May 15, 2016, 6:05 pm

    My cost-ometer is spinning like a top. How much for land in a place like Venice Beach, CA? Then, each container can run up to 65K a piece. Then, outfitting each one: the designer, the furnishings, the installation, the gravel and a steam shower! Then, last but not least, the taxes on all of this; sales and property. What are we looking at here? Half a mill to a full mill? Then you ask would I like to live here? Yah, sure, if someone else is footing all of these costs. (I used to live in Cali., but up north in SF. Winters got pretty chilly and I wouldn’t want to be taking a bath or trying to do laundry mid winter.)

  • Karen Blackburn
    October 31, 2017, 10:48 am

    Serendipity. I have recently been thinking about a similar concept only using garden sheds of up to 10 sq m (free from planning restrictions) and using 3 of them in this way linked by a raised patio/path, like this an office, living/cooking area and bedroom/bathroom. However as I am hoping to put mine in New Zealand where it really does rain every year, lots of the year, I have been playing with the placements so as to minimise the amount of fast walking needed from one building to another in rain (not sure if a covered walkway would be legal). I think this is a great idea but only really feasible if you are on a secure site. Am hoping to do mine on my parents property but even then would recommend a good guard dog. Best part is though you can enclose with a fence and have your very own roman style (modern build) property and surely you can slowly add covered in areas so that the three buildings/sheds/containers become parts of a single entity.

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