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Salvaged Shipping Container Cabin in Savannah

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This is Julio Garcia’s shipping container cabin in Savannah, Georgia.

According to Faircompanies, he spent a decade designing plans for shipping container homes before building this.

Garcia used salvaged materials for nearly everything, “you could put up a structure like this for about 50K,” he says.1

Salvaged Shipping Container Cabin in Savannah



  • Designed by Julio Garcia
  • Two 40 foot shipping containers
  • I-beams added for structural integrity
  • Designed specifically for the lot


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  2. Faircompanies
  3. Price Street Projects

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  • December 28, 2016, 1:39 pm

    Wow! I love how he designed their home! It is well thought out! It was bright and airy! It fit in so nice with the surrounding area! All the natural surrounding trees and plants gives it a nice backdrop! Their home is gorgeous! I love seeing what they can do with container homes! Thank You for sharing! You have one beautiful home!?

    • Natalie
      December 29, 2016, 12:38 pm

      It really is a gem! Great job on their part! — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Karen Mamalakis
    December 28, 2016, 4:48 pm

    I am very interested in a container home. Do you mind saying how much alone the container cost?

    December 28, 2016, 9:20 pm

    I think $50,000.00 to be a little high for a structure like that made of shipping containers…

  • Louise
    December 28, 2016, 10:11 pm

    Really nice, also nice surrounding area. Had to chuckle when I saw the large dbl door refrigerator. Just don’t expect to see such a large one . Think about the electric to run it . . . .

    • Natalie
      December 29, 2016, 12:32 pm

      It’s nice if you don’t like to shop often! I hate my apartment-sized one haha. — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Kevin
    December 29, 2016, 10:02 am

    I watched the video. The walls were said to be insulated, but I wonder if the ceiling was, as it was not mentioned and does not look like it is (and in a warm, sunny climate it should be). And with the ceiling fans running full speed gave me the impression this is still a pair of hot, metal boxes. I would really like to know more about the interior environment of this building to be full sold on this particular house.

    • Natalie
      December 29, 2016, 12:30 pm

      Ya not sure about the ceiling! — Tiny House Talk Team

    • Kathy
      December 29, 2016, 2:45 pm

      Keep in mind he’s in Savannah where it stays hot most of the year and he had he’s doors open for the video, I’d be surprised if he didn’t have the fans on high.

      • Kevin
        December 30, 2016, 9:21 am

        @Kathy: Yes, I know the issues of warm climates. That is why I said what I said. In warm climates one needs to really consider insulation, and even more importantly reflective measures, in the roof to keep a home cool. It is often called hot-climate-design, and is a subset of geoengineering.

        • George P Carlin, Jr
          January 21, 2017, 10:19 pm

          Savannah has a semi tropical climate – it is very hot for much of the year and very humid all year. I would recommend extra insulation for all exterior surfaces, ensure dwelling is air tight, provide shelter from direct sun via an 2nd open roof a couple of feet off the primary one (taught sail cloth awnings would work). Once this small space is insulated and sealed I would install an air exchanger and economical split ac system. At that point it would not be that hard to take it off the grid with a ~3-6 KW solar system & battery array.
          The completion of the above steps would make for very comfortable living and low to no power bills. IMO the work would pay for itself through tax credits, reduced energy costs and increased value and salability.

        • Natalie
          January 23, 2017, 7:27 am

          Great tips/suggestions and ideas!

  • Jamie
    December 29, 2016, 9:32 pm

    I never get tired of looking at this very practical yet aesthetically perfect home

    • Natalie
      January 2, 2017, 10:24 am

      Me neither — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Susanne
    December 31, 2016, 5:23 pm

    I agree 50,000 seems high when we usually see very new, modern TH’s for 50,000…. Not shipping containers and salvaged materials.

    • Liz
      October 27, 2018, 9:19 pm

      Hi Susanne,

      This isn’t really considered a ‘tiny’ home though… its probably close to 1000 sf. Plus you have to consider cost of permits, septic, water, electric… etc.

  • Barnie
    December 31, 2016, 11:15 pm

    I love this build.. amazing design! Only I’d have insisted the floors be continuously level, even it meant a completely new floor. It’s an inspiring home though.

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