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Her Shipping Container Home in a Tiny House Village

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Martha had been wanting to go tiny for a long time and one day she came across Randy and Incredible Tiny Homes on YouTube. She stayed up all night watching his videos, found out about his community, got in touch with them, and put down a deposit — all in a couple of days!

She loves her one-floor tiny home, dubbed the “Death Star” by her neighbors. As an avid Star Wars fan, she also loves the name. Most of all, though, she loves the community! Every day she has coffee or lunch or dinner or walks with neighbors who are all living tiny just like she is.

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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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  • Bonny
    February 7, 2022, 12:07 pm

    Thanks. Your attitude and relaxing video really is inspiring. Glad you’re happy.

  • vee
    February 7, 2022, 12:27 pm

    Wonderful and cozy tiny! The community sounds great as well. Her homework paid off!!

    • Natalie C. McKee
      February 7, 2022, 2:14 pm

      I thought it was so cute that she stayed up all night watching his videos!

  • Linda Baker
    February 7, 2022, 7:23 pm

    getting in on the start of the community was genius – sounds like someplace that should be copied everywhere – so glad you found your tiny and lifestyle

  • Eric
    February 8, 2022, 5:30 pm

    good grief that balancing trick on those bricks is a tad more than a bit risky.

    • James D.
      February 8, 2022, 10:24 pm

      Bricks?… Oh, you mean the stacked wood post beam blocks they used to brace it up…

      Unless you’re planning on placing it in an seismically active area, it’s actually pretty stable with the way they stacked them and once the weight of the home is on them, it’s like putting them in a clamp. So they’re locked into place and function just like a single pier footing when under load. They also did it at 6 points for added stability and not just in the 4 corners. While, remember, the whole thing is still on a trailer with wheels…

      Doing it this way is pretty common… The blocks or bricks are inexpensive, easy to get and replace, it’s easy to adapt to uneven terrain to make the home stable and level, and it can be set up by even one person with a jack by just slowly raising each side and adding blocks as needed in a seesaw pattern. Avoiding needing permanent piers and a crane to set the home in place and you can re-use and bring the blocks with you as you set the home in other locations.

      Besides, it’s only there temporarily as she waits for the mountain lot to become available and then it’ll be moved to it’s more permanent location.

      • Eric
        February 9, 2022, 3:30 am

        Ah, they looked like bricks to me. And bricks are relatively unstable unless held together by mortar, or whatever they use nowadays. But having revisited I see that they are indeed blocks of wood. So 2 points in total to me and… oh dear, 437 to the inimitable James D. 😁

  • Lynn
    February 9, 2022, 2:54 pm

    Cost of these tiny homes .

  • Linda Williams
    February 10, 2022, 7:59 pm

    Those containers had warning as cancer causing if you stayed in them to long. My supervisor had a office in one and later had cancer. Why would they use them to build tiny homes with them? Has the container material changed in the last 10 years?

    • James D.
      February 11, 2022, 7:36 am

      Shipping containers generally won’t cause cancer. It’s mainly a question of what they were used for as they could have been used to ship toxic materials, which may have left trace amounts in the container. Thus why most now get single use containers that are basically new and not as many will use old containers.

      Though, some do worry about the floor as it’s wood and they often use pesticides to make sure shipments of food, etc. don’t have bug issues but the floors are usually sealed over when doing the conversion or replaced.

      While just like any home, it can also be a question of what products you use to do the conversion and build with, but it’s generally safe the way most do it as long as it’s a good builder or someone who knows what they’re doing if DIY…

  • Rosemary Estrada
    February 11, 2022, 3:54 pm

    Want to know MORE about this…

  • Donna Bryce
    February 12, 2022, 9:33 am

    Randy Jones and his crew do amazing tiny homes. I would encourage everyone to check them out at Incredible Tiny Homes on YouTube. I can’t wait to purchase my own

  • Donna Rae
    January 14, 2023, 1:59 pm

    Very well done!!! Love the black! But Death Star??? I would have thought that Vader House or something similar, though still sinister, would be better. Well, to each their own! 😉 If Death Star is liked, then Death Star is what it will be. It would be interesting to learn which States have favorable Tiny House regulations and where Tiny House communities are located. We see fabulous tiny houses here all the time but they are not acceptable everywhere. Has research been done on this subject? I know that California recently relaxed their ADU regulations in order to help ease the housing shortage but it would be helpful if there was some way to see, by region, where tinies are welcomed. If they are all outside of California, then many will have to give up that dream because moving out of state is unacceptable.

  • Liz
    January 14, 2023, 5:27 pm

    Spectacular!! This is such a cozy, warm home. Love all the wood! If you get snow where you are, the doors at the end of the container could be closed to save energy during a blizzard or extreme cold. Can I move in?

  • Debbie in Texas
    January 19, 2023, 6:35 pm

    Love everything about it! Would be interested in finding out more, most especially about the newest section of the community, the Mountain.

    Almost seems like one-stop-shopping with the Tiny Home builder on site too!

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