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500-square-foot Off-Grid Shipping Container Home with Pool

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This 500-square-foot off-grid shipping container home might be what you’ve always dreamed of. It has built-in deck space, it’s own pool, and can easily be hooked up to utilities if you wanted to.

The interior is made out of OSB wood boards and it’s built with moisture-resistant insulation. There’s a murphy bed installed inside to double up on space when needed and is already hooked up with solar panels. There are 4 panels at 240 watts each hooked up to a 3600-watt 24-volt inverter. That means it produces anywhere between 3700 to 4400 watts of power per day as long as you have access to 5-6 hours of sunshine daily.

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500-square-feet off-grid shipping container conversion home with a pool

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You’ll love the toilet with its built in sink that recycled gray water for flushing. Here’s something that should be installed in more homes as it’s a great concept to save water. What’s the point in going to the bathroom in perfectly good water if we don’t have to?

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Cork flooring was used along with stained cement in the bathroom. The hand held shower can be hooked up to a gravity fed solar hot water heater.

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  • alice h
    November 9, 2012, 6:29 pm

    Is that a home made pool? I’d love to know how to do that, make a great therapy pool.

  • kme
    November 10, 2012, 9:59 am

    This is a super-cool tiny house, excellent.

  • Tombfyre
    November 10, 2012, 10:13 am

    Now that is an awesome container home. The world needs much more of these, and the small lots of land to house them on to boot!

  • Betty
    November 10, 2012, 3:47 pm

    I don’t like dirty water to go #2 in because it might splash on me 🙁

    • Mark
      November 10, 2012, 5:32 pm

      But, it’s soapy water, like a high end bidet!

  • Mark
    November 10, 2012, 5:34 pm

    This is a really cool idea. I’d add some sort of screening above the open side screen area, to keep the bugs, and little creatures out.

  • Carolyn B
    November 12, 2012, 1:59 pm

    My favorite part of this post was the grey water combo of faucet and toilet. I’m still trying to find a combo style that faces the same direction but sit side by side for wheelchair access to the sink.

  • TomLeeM
    November 12, 2012, 2:57 pm

    I think that is really nice. I like the pool part very much. It would be a great place to live.

  • Earl
    December 15, 2012, 6:22 am

    Gimme blueprint I’ll build for my own house 🙂

  • Holly
    January 6, 2013, 1:23 am

    Wow it is nice.

  • Keith G
    February 23, 2013, 2:15 pm

    Not sure why half of the pictures are “stretched” horizontally… we know it’s small, we don’t need to pretend to make it bigger! 😛

  • Tian
    March 12, 2013, 7:38 pm

    Very interesting design…..I like how you have created the structure around the containers, but I am wondering how that part will fare in an intense storm situation, especially because we know the container part is indestructable!?

  • LaMar
    January 24, 2014, 11:25 am

    Nice job guys!
    I would say because of the larger windows and glass sliding door this would be better for a warmer climate. OSB is cheap and good for building and can be painted or varathaned for a nice look. The pool appears to just be a pool liner in a wood frame and could be filtered with any cheap pool pum and filter so it can be taken down in winter and you could heat this for a spa with an eccotemp 105 propane OD water heater hooked in line with the pump.


  • Jennie K
    January 24, 2014, 1:38 pm

    Very interesting, indeed. Love the tiny pool. Not crazy about how dark the interior is though. I would probably lighten up things a bit, exchange that dark furniture for lighter colored furniture, and lighten up the cabinets and bathroom walls, to open up the space more. But I do like this structure, haven’t seen anything quite like it before.

  • Sammie
    January 24, 2014, 1:47 pm

    I don’t like straddling the toilet for sink access either. Plus my experience with OSB is if it takes a hard hit it chips and starts crumbling and has splinters in it. For the cost of the OSB couldn’t you perhaps buy some reclaimed materials if you shopped carefully and maybe get some giveaways materials from people who want to get rid of stuff. To me, OSB looks unfinished and basically unattractive.

  • Glema
    January 24, 2014, 8:13 pm

    The toilet design gives you plenty of room in the restroom to stand at the side of the toilet and use the sink, that’s why faucet faces that way. 🙂
    I went to the site and there is also a washing machine atop a toilet! Now that’s a great idea! Do your laundry and wash your can out all the same time, as you flush. Pricey though! Happy Trails!

  • Comet
    January 25, 2014, 11:10 pm

    There used to be washing machines that pumped the RINSE water out into a slop sink and then used that as the WASH water for the next load—I never had one so am not versed in exactly how this worked but know friends who had them and swore by them. Might be worth looking into if still made or how to DIY if not—could save and re-use LOTS of water. And in many warmer climates the laundry items are outdoors in shelters so adding slop sink would not eat up indoor room either.

    On this tiny container house tho–is that the ENTIRE “kitchen”??? I had to laugh at the nice but elaborate looking place settings on the cool table and apparently NO place to actually COOK!

    And I would question how long the OSB would hold up in the moisture rich area of the bath. Judging from how poorly it holds up here in a fairly damp climate I would def want to cover this up. And I am not a fan of it’s looks either!

    As to the open toilet/sink–yeah no way is this appetizing. The concept of the gray water re-use—yes. The straddling or trying to get to the sink—not so much. The ick factor–High. Having managed to almost die from an E-Coli kidney infection recently I have become a lot more concious of what is floating around the planet—no need to expose ourselves to any more germs than we need to to be healthy! I am far from a germ-o-phobe but have a new “respect” for their ability to make us seriously and resistantly SICK. Any time helicopters are involved in my health care I am pretty sure it is NOT a good thing! So—seperate the sink and the toilet please! And there is NO way to properly clean that OSB.

  • jeff mika
    January 27, 2014, 3:43 am

    I like the toilet concept..ANY sink or dishwasher could be drained into the toilet tank and the tank needs an overflow drain for when the tank is full..a fill valve could still be put on the tank for the times when you have to flush and there is no water in the tank..good idea for saving water.

  • Jeff Mika
    January 27, 2014, 3:46 am

    For heating the pool…snorkel stoveworks has a submersible wood burning stove..

  • Beverly
    January 13, 2015, 10:01 am

    I like it. I think I could live in it. It looks bigger than it really is. I’ve been looking at little house’s for a few year’s now. Thinking of buying one for myself

  • Liz
    October 26, 2015, 1:30 pm

    I’d never seen the sink/stool combination before coming to this site. Nope. And, what size is that “pool”? Can one swim laps? It looks like the size of a hot tub, which in my experience is very difficult to swim in.

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