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Rustic Retreat Shipping Container Tiny House: $29.9K

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This is a fantastic Rustic Retreat Shipping Container Tiny House.

It’s built by Back Country Containers and this model sells for $29,999. What do you think?

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Rustic Retreat Shipping Container Tiny House: $29.9K









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  • Price Includes:
  • Corten steel shipping container
  • Inside framing installation
  • Closed cell spray foam insulation
  • Sliding Patio Door & window installation
  • Utility routing (electricity & plumbing)
  • LED lighting throughout
  • Wood style laminate floors throughout
  • Ductless Combination Air Conditioner/Heater
  • Kitchenette with sink, mini fridge, and cabinets for storage
  • Sectional sofa that converts to full bed with storage
  • Shower, sink, and water saving toilet or composting toilet
  • Roof top deck (option to have basic front deck)
  • Price Does Not Include:
  • Sales Tax
  • Required Permitting (when necessary)
  • Delivery of container to your desired location (Averages $3-$4/mile)
  • Connection to foundation/utilities (if applicable)
  • Deck Installation


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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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  • Kitty
    November 9, 2016, 2:05 pm

    I have been viewing container homes for many years. This is one of the nicest small ones I have seen IMHO. There are very few changes I would make for myself personally; and if I were single (I’m not), I would be delighted to call this my full-time home!

    • Natalie
      November 10, 2016, 9:50 am

      This really is an excellent container home 🙂 — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Katiei
    November 9, 2016, 5:35 pm

    It is nice but I hope there is storage in the sofa because there is zero in the home.

    • elizabeth barrett
      November 10, 2016, 6:55 am

      It looks more like a movable vacation retreat. If I was going to spend a lot of time in it, I would build a cute little storage locker next to it. Nice closet for clothes and shelves for a few extra items needed to make life more comfortable. You always need a fan in the hot months, a tool box, if I are on the water..I would want a kayak to take advantage of the water , a large beach towel etc…, but keep the shipping container neat and clutter free. super cute

    • Natalie
      November 10, 2016, 9:50 am

      Sofa storage is always a great idea! — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Dug
    November 9, 2016, 8:04 pm

    Wonder what it would cost to have shipped to Scotland UK as there is nothing like this ideal solution for me here ???
    It’s to all intents and purposes (excluding the decks) what I have in my current extortionately expensive rented studio flat that’s not all that much larger in sq area.
    We really need THs to take off in the UK far more than they currently are that’s a start but to have quality designers and builders like this a very close second

    • Natalie
      November 10, 2016, 9:51 am

      More tiny homes everywhere is a great idea. Have you check out Tiny House Scotland? We just posted their NestHouse this week and it’s amazing. — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Rev
    November 9, 2016, 10:01 pm

    Overlooking the water… some might say that upper deck could be a ‘widow-walk’.

    Not me, of course. I would never suggest such a thing.

    • Natalie
      November 10, 2016, 9:52 am

      Or a nice place to relax 😉 — Tiny House Talk Team

    November 10, 2016, 9:32 am

    Cheep and great little tiny house….! As an advocate for this type construction, let me first start by saying, you couldn’t find a more sturdy piece of construction… These hardy boxes of steel and some times , oak wood floored to support not only the weight of the load in which this box was meant, but the fork trucks in which are driven into them loading them for transport, and than stacked so high on board container ships that the weight and stress on top of the bottom container could almost translate to the weight of maybe 10 full grown elephants if not more, maybe much more… Wow, now just think about that a minute, does the house in which you at the moment have a roof that would support the weight of just 1 elephant…? No right…? Well these containers are not only strong but in most cases as this builder has disclosed in the beginning of this story extremely cheap in cost….! Why do you ask…? Well let me tell you these containers almost 100% of the time are constructed overseas and then loaded with trade goods bound for all over the world, and many of them, as well as the majority of them end up right here in the good old U.S. Of A, and then after being unloaded of it’s contents, abandoned to become scrap metal, or in some cases houses for us if we are smart enough to grab up one of these hardy fellows…! That’s right I said abandoned…! Yes as fate would have it, after being built to ship all those brand new TV’s and Computers as well as millions of other house hold products to us shoppers here in the U.S. they are unceremoniously abandoned in ship yards and freight yards all over the country… Now because of this we are charged within the products cost a hidden fee which is not really so hidden as shipping fees which we pay millions of dollars every year here in the US alone, not including other countries…! OK so now they are stuck in ship yards as I have said stacked one upon another in rows as long as a mile or more, and up to 5 or 10 high at times, left to it’s time to either be used or scrapped for it’s metal.. Now a lot of these I bet you did not know as well are floored with oak planking to support the weight of the product and not only that but the fork truck loaders in which load them, and all that does not get recycled because of it’s cost to do so… So it all goes into some land fill some where, unless some smart new wanting to be Tiny House owner comes along and rescues these sturdy containers and have them converted into tiny houses… Ahhh….! Now you ask, but for how much can I buy these containers for, well that’s the icing on the cake.. You can buy them for just pennies on the dollar right now, and most times for just what it would cost to have them relocated to where you are going to build….! Yea so now all you are paying for is what goes into them and not what your new tiny house is being built from.. Yea I know it;’s not all that easy, but it could be if you are just aware, and make your builder aware that you know…! Because not all builders are as nice as this fellow, and is going to tell you that the container cost him less then a bag of peanuts…! Be aware and build with shipping containers, and if you are really doing your homework, than you can build some really creative and beautiful strong tiny houses for almost nothing….

    • Natalie
      November 10, 2016, 9:52 am

      I knew you’d be excited about this one, Zachary 🙂 — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Donna
    November 12, 2016, 10:01 pm

    Absolutely love this! Bought some property in no man’s land, and have been thinking how shipping containers would be just as easy as a modular, and certainly more indestructible!
    Considering kitchen/bath/living in one and bedrooms in the other, inbetween being some type of 3 season, tin roofed, polycarbonate panel type sides?
    If anyone has ideas or links to share, I’d be grateful, thank you!

    • Natalie
      November 14, 2016, 11:35 am

      Wow that’s a great idea. If I see something like this, I’ll post it here. — Tiny House on Wheels

    • Michael
      November 19, 2016, 5:38 am

      I am looking on ISBU for many years already. When reviewing what is used and built in it doesn’t appear cheap to me.
      There are better offers here and on the market.
      Rustic describes it well as simple as it is.

      Donna, for your roof between two containers check out these guys
      They are offering hurricane safe roof kits which are bolted and removable.

    November 28, 2016, 2:35 pm

    I would have to say this TH container is the perfect home for a bachelor. He sure picked a perfect spot for it. Two thumbs up!

    • Nancy
      December 13, 2016, 8:24 am

      OR a bachelorette..

  • jm
    November 28, 2016, 4:21 pm

    Almost nothing? The cost of building these can be greater than building an energy efficient high performance wood frame home, or a simple conventional wood frame home. “What I wish I had known is that building a house from shipping containers cost me a similar amount as a stick built house,” said Robyn, one of 23 shipping container home owners interviewed about what they wish they had known before they built a container home.
    New York architect Mark Hogan goes into more detail on some of the primary reasons why shipping containers are best used as shipping containers:
    Here are a few of the challenges we often encounter:

    1. Moisture problems. Our homes in the NW need to move a significant amount of moisture produced inside the building to the outside. The steel construction does not allow for vapor movement.
    2. Steel skin needs a complete insulative layer either inside or outside of the skin. This means we are doing similar effort and cost to standard construction in addition to the purchase of the skin.
    3. There is no easy-pass with agencies: the project still requires an architect and an engineer.
    4. Non-normative construction means that every sub that has to interface with the thick steel skin will consider the effort more than normal construction. We see most of our subs reacting to the uniqueness (and therefore unpredictability) with higher prices to account for the risk.
    5. False sense of “green.” Most homes are not built with recycled shipping containers, but rather new ones, for many reasons (high levels of chemical residue, lead paint, structural damage) and the carbon emissions resulting from manufacturing and transporting the containers (new or used) also lowers their green score.
    The more you learn the more you learn…

  • Sarah
    January 13, 2017, 3:16 pm

    That deck would be wonderful for Stitch and Bitch parties!! I really like this, love the old window in the bathroom. Sorry I can’t read super long comments (ADD and get distracted) but I just think this one is great!

    • Natalie
      January 17, 2017, 12:09 pm

      So glad you liked it@

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