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Purple Monster Shipping Container Tiny House by Kountry Containers

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This is a purple monster shipping container tiny house by Kountry Containers somewhere near Austin, Texas. From the outside, it’s purple, hence its nickname, purple monster. And of course, you can tell it’s more than just a shipping container, right? Because it has beautiful windows and modern french doors that blend right in with the container.

When you go inside, you’ll be stepping directly into the living area which can also go into ‘bedroom mode’ thanks to the Murphy bed behind the couch. Moving on you’ll enter the kitchen and barstool area and finally the bathroom which is accessed via sliding barn door. What do you think?

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The Purple Monster Shipping Container Tiny House by Kountry Containers in Austin, Texas

Overall, it’s a super minimalist, it looks great, but it lacks many of the features that would make it a viable long-term solution for most people. It seems like in this case, it’s probably going to end up being used as an Airbnb or something of that sort. What are your thoughts?

If you’re wondering how much this unit costs, this one was $46,000. Get a quote for your own custom shipping container structure over at Kountry Containers. By the way, you can see some of the construction of this tiny house right here and here (video).

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  • D. Pedersen
    June 3, 2019, 2:03 am

    I like this interior. Though I do not understand why the heatpump (or AC) has been placed over the television and the bed. It can add to people not being able to sleep due to the noise. And I do not understand the high placement of the television. It can contribute to cervical spinal problems, since you have to look too much up while sitting on the couch. This placement is only good for laying in bed. There should be some kind of way to move the TV up and down.

    • D. Pedersen
      June 3, 2019, 2:05 am

      And I would lower the “bar” table and remove those barstools, so the table can be used as a desk as well.

      • D. Pdersen
        June 3, 2019, 2:23 am

        Wondering why there is no storrage for clothes etc.

        • Alex
          June 3, 2019, 9:07 am

          It must be for an Airbnb or something like that. I thought the same thing, so I’m thinking it must have been designed for quick stays (just for guests).

    • Alex
      June 3, 2019, 9:07 am

      I agree with this. Part of the problem here, too, is that there is a murphy bed situation here. And it makes it so that you have to be even closer to the opposite wall where the TV is.

      • James D.
        June 5, 2019, 12:49 am

        Oh, on the TV, the arm mount means it can be pulled out and turned to face the length of the interior. So anyone sitting at the bar stools or standing by the kitchenette cam watch.

        Wall mounted TV’s typically have to account for multiple viewing angles, especially when it’s the only TV and can’t be otherwise easily moved.

        But that often means some there’s conflict and compromise between the different viewing positions. In this case it’s sitting at the sofa that’s not optimal but not so bad when laying down on the bed because your view would then be more upward for the natural viewing angle. While allowing the TV to still be useful when not sitting on the sofa…

        Though, there are some higher end wall mounts that allow the TV to be height adjustable…

    • James D.
      June 4, 2019, 1:13 am

      Mini Splits are much quieter than a AC. Especially, as the compressor is separate and in the exterior unit. So closer to the noise level of a fan from the interior unit and the exterior unit isn’t much louder…

      • James D.
        June 4, 2019, 1:30 am

        Though, ideally, they should face the length of the interior for optimal air flow but that runs into the problem of limited interior height of a container conversion and lack of any above door space… But they could have gone with a ceiling unit, there’s actually a number of options besides the normal wall unit.

        • Alex
          June 4, 2019, 9:31 am

          Good points!

    • Eric
      August 22, 2019, 6:30 pm

      Heatpump over the TV is a dumb move. It’ll more than likely cook the TV in pretty short order.

  • Anne D.
    June 25, 2019, 10:27 pm

    Getting a little weary of seeing what looks like a cute tiny house with millwork and design character on the outside, only to find out the interior was not maximized because it is being used as a bed and breakfast stay lodging. Then there are the ones that look like flat plywood board structures (again without character), and some that even if decorated nice inside are basically a saltine cracker box with rectangle cutouts all around for windows. Where are the architects like the ones that used to outfit the travel trailers of bygone years whose design styles managed to both utilize space and make it stylish too? Now don’t misunderstand, I can appreciate a well done minimalist/contemporary/modern/zen – (zen usually lets me know right up front whatever is there after I click on the title I will probably not like for me personally), however, it is not my taste, and most of those I have found to be unimaginative in their layout and function. More true artisans are needed. The closest I have come to what I find appealing and useful at the same time has been what Tiny Luxury has come up with, and even that doesn’t go far enough for me, they are still fairly plain outside for the most part. . . heavy sigh.

  • Beth Grant-DeRoos
    August 22, 2019, 4:28 pm

    $46k? Friends who have the style of AC shown said that they need to be placed in an area where nothing will be under them, No place for clothes (even Airbnb folks want a place for clothes) . Not much room to move at the end of the desk couch area.

  • Michael
    August 22, 2019, 9:06 pm

    Murphy bed and couch are making space more narrow as it is. I would either put them on the end to widen it optically or go for a lift up to ceiling one which doesn’t requires securing bed sheets , pillow and covers.
    I agree with D.Pederson on bar stools and table. Beside that, I don’t like the sitting arrangement aside each other and would go for a fold up or fold down dining table which allows facing each other, doubles as a decent working desk or additional kitchen counter space.

    • Jane
      February 16, 2020, 2:14 pm

      I agree Michael. The effect is like a bowling alley. The real estate at the ends of the container (or any tiny house) is too valuable to be used for an entrance. It could be much improved if the the sofa/murphy bed was placed at the end and the doors relocated. Tall, narrow closets incorporating bedside storage may fit into the space by each arm of the sofa, esp if the bed is just a double. Think outside the box. (pun intended)

  • lsb
    February 17, 2020, 4:26 am

    Seems kind of expensive for a shipping container, there are homebuilders in Puget Sound (rural areas outside of Seattle) that will build a 500 sqft home on your lot for $60K, which would then increase in value.

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